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    This journey takes you from Delhi, the capital of the Mughal and British Empires, to Mumbai and Goa, once ruled by the Portuguese, the first Europeans to set foot on Indian soil as colonizers. You travel on a luxurious train, the Maharajas’ Express, which evokes the charm of a bygone era, to visit forts and palaces, tombs and temples, animal sanctuaries, camel farms and cities, and to wine and dine with royalty as you travel through the major cities of Rajasthan, once ruled by Maharajas, to Balasinor in Gujarat, ruled by Pathan Nawabs and birthplace of a well-known Indian cine star.

    Code: Ultra Luxury (Personal concierge tour)

    Duration: 15 Nights

    Destinations: Delhi (3), On Luxury Train - Maharaja Express (7), Mumbai (2) & Goa (3)

    Theme: Heritage, Culture, Cuisine & Wellness

    Experience Highlights:

    • In Delhi take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, Delhi’s colorful bazaar, and visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb & Qutab Minar.
    • Get an introduction to Yoga by an expert and get astrological predictions from the world-famous Ma Prem Usha.
    • Visit places of religious interest – Temples, Mosque and Gurudwara.
    • Savor the delicacies of Indian cuisine at well know Restaurants and homes.
    • Get an opportunity to meet local people in Delhi as they welcome you in their home.
    • Start the Maharajas’ Express journey with a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra and enjoy a Champagne breakfast.
    • Spot an elusive tiger in the Ranthambore National Park.
    • Witness an enthralling Exhibition Elephant Polo Match in Jaipur.
    • Enjoy Sundowner cocktails on the sand dunes of Bikaner.
    • Relish a Gala dinner in Jodhpur.
    • Indulge in a Royal Lunch in Udaipur.
    • Visit one of the largest dinosaur fossil parks in the world.
    • In Mumbai take a boat ride to the Elephanta Caves and visit other heritage sites.
    • Visit the Dhobhi Ghat, an open air laundry, the only one of its kind in the world.
    • Enjoy a cooking demonstration in Mumbai.
    • Enjoy relaxing massage therapies.
    • In Goa visit old Portuguese towns and spectacular Churches.
    • Go beach hopping.
    • Learn Yoga with a Master and undergo a relaxing spa treatment.
    • Savor a Goan cuisine and a romantic culinary surprise.

    Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…

    Day 1: Arrive in Delhi, India 
    Arrive at Delhi International Airport.

    Delhi, the administrative and political capital of India, is a major tourist attraction and a perfect start for a holiday in India, because of its rich heritage and cultural past, revealed in its monuments, parks, Government buildings and other places of interest. Delhi’s attractions range from forts and monuments dating back a thousand years to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, as well as a wide range of cuisines to suit every taste.

    Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, your personal concierge will meet you to extend a warm welcome. Drive through the Diplomatic Enclave to arrive at your hotel. Your personal concierge will provide assistance with check in and will present you with a welcome pack, including all necessary documentation as well as the travel plan. Your personal concierge will be available 24x7 to ensure that you are well looked after throughout your India Experience.

    Enjoy the rest of the day / night at leisure.

     
     
    Day 02: In Delhi 
    This morning, your personal concierge picks you up from your hotel to go to an Ashram for an introduction to and a session of Yoga. Return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast and then visit Humayun's Tomb, a 16th century monument, which is often considered the predecessor to the Taj Mahal. Proceed to the Lotus Temple, dedicated to the Baha'i religion and considered an architectural delight.

    Enjoy lunch at the finest Indian restaurant of modern times, which has won several awards and is a showcase destination for signature menus created by its celebrity chef, who blends fusion Indian with traditional Indian cuisine to delight gastronomes.

    After lunch, visit the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone minaret which was a part of the first mosque in India, dating back to the 12th century. Take a walk in the Lodi Gardens before returning to the hotel.

    Enjoy a relaxing hour-long massage at the hotel SPA.

    In the evening, we take you for dinner at an Indian Home, to meet local people and witness Indian hospitality at its best. Return to your hotel after a memorable evening.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 03: In Delhi 
    After breakfast, tour Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple in Delhi, followed by Old Delhi, with your guide. Admire the Red Fort, one of the most opulent Mughal forts, built by the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in the 17th century. Visit the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, and ride a rickshaw in Chandni Chowk, one of the busiest shopping areas of Delhi. Proceed to Rajghat to view the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation. Continue to enjoying lunch at one of the oldest Delhi restaurants, famous for its delectable cuisine as much for its interesting setting.

    Drive through Connaught Place, designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens in the early 20th century, as a shopping arcade for the elite and known for its circular design and the many fabric, textiles and handicrafts shops, as well as noted art and antiques galleries. Visit major monuments, parks, gardens and government buildings including India Gate, the national monument, followed by the Houses of Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhawan, all of which were designed by Lutyens and his partner, Henry Baker, as a testament to the power of the British Raj. Ironically, India gained its independence not long after the last phase of this world-famous and much-studied urban development was completed in 1930s.

    In the evening, your personal concierge takes you for a welcome dinner at an upscale city restaurant and to witness the city’s night life. Return to your hotel after a memorable evening.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 4: Delhi – Evening board The Maharajas’ Express - 2200 hours 
    After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy an interesting and enlightening consultation with Ma Prem Usha, the world-famous astrologer, to gain insights into your life and destiny.

    Take a drive to visit the newly-built, lavish Akshardham Temple, which is intricately hand-carved and built in the northern style by 11,000 artisans over five years. Akshardham is made of salmon-coloured sandstone and white marble, contains 20,000 sculptures of deities, and features traditional Orissan, Gujarati, Mughal and Rajasthani architectural elements. Return to the hotel for high tea in the lounge and check out. Celebrate the evening with your personal concierge over cocktails at an upscale Delhi bar before reaching the assembly venue hotel of the Maharajas’ Express, which will take you from Delhi to Mumbai via Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Balasinor. This journey will introduce you to the history and legends associated with Rajasthan.

    Rajasthan, a northwestern Indian state, features many iconic Indian sights, which you will visit on this train journey. You will examine Rajasthan’s diverse terrain at leisure; admire the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur and the desert forts, even as you gasp at the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. This journey brings to life the bygone era of the Maharajahs, in all its opulence and luxury. This evening, you will complete your registration and check in formalities at the hotel for the Maharajas’ Express. Then you proceed to the Safdarjung Railway station, where you board the Maharajas’ Express and are greeted with a welcome drink. The Maharajas’ Express departs Delhi late evening for Agra. Enjoy dinner on board and retire to your Plush Junior Suite.

    Meals :: B H-T D
     
     
    Day 05: Agra – Ranthambore (Sawai Madhopur) 
    In Agra, explore the Taj Mahal, a monument built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan to honor the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Also visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Shah Jehan’s grandfather, Emperor Akbar; Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan spent his last years as a prisoner and Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra.

    The Taj Mahal, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, constructed entirely out of white marble with beautiful inlay work and marble screens, by 20,000 of India’s most revered craftsmen. Witness the dramatic interplay of light as the sun rises and casts its golden rays over the pearl white tomb, recreating the magic of the Taj.

    Enjoy a champagne breakfast overlooking the magnificent Taj, followed by free time for shopping or an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri or Itmad-ud- Daulah’s tomb. The latter, in its use of marble and inlay, is yet another precursor to the Taj, built by Noor Jehan, Emperor Jahangir’s wife, to honor her father. After a leisurely lunch on board, visit the magnificent Agra Fort. Return to the comfort of the train and continue your journey to Ranthambore National Park. Savor in-house culinary delights at lunch and dinner on board.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 06: Ranthambore – Jaipur 
    On arrival in Sawai Madhopur, embark on an exciting drive into the Ranthambore National Park, a Project Tiger reserve since 1973. Enjoy lunch on board; relax and unwind as your journey continues to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City”, one of the finest planned cities of India. On arrival, you will visit Amber Fort, with its beautiful Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) and then view an enthralling exhibition elephant polo match, followed by a champagne dinner. Return to the station and board the train for your onward journey.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 07: Bikaner 
    On your journey through the desert, observe the sights--the scattered procepis cineraria trees; the villagers in their bright turbans and the occasional herd of camels breaking the monotony of the landscape. You arrive in Bikaner, which lies in north Rajasthan and boasts the finest riding camels in the world. On arrival, you can opt to go on excursions to the Karni Mata (Rat) Temple at Deshnok, the Lalgarh Palace Museum or a camel breeding farm.

    In the afternoon, visit the formidable Junagarh Fort, built in 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, who served the Mughal emperors as a military commander. He traveled extensively within the Mughal Empire, gaining an appreciation for art and architecture, which influenced the design of various structures within the fort. Participate in a camel-cart procession, followed by sundowner cocktails, a barbecue and performances of folk music and dance on the sand dunes that surround this city. Return to the train and embark on your onward journey to Jodhpur.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 08: Jodhpur 
    This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as your train passes through the dramatic landscape of the Thar Desert en route to the Blue City of Jodhpur, the second-largest city of Rajasthan, called the Blue City, since the houses around Mehrangarh fort are painted that color. On arrival, you can opt to visit a local village or relax onboard. Venture on a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower market, to glimpse the life of the local residents. Visit Mehrangarh Fort, to admire the intricate latticed windows, elaborately carved panels and elegantly curved porches. Later, savor dinner at an exclusive venue. Return to the train and continue your journey to picturesque Udaipur.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 09: Udaipur 
    Udaipur is called the City of Lakes, the best-known being Lake Pichola, where the Lake Palace stands on its largest island. After breakfast on board the train, you visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies and cupolas, and Crystal Gallery, where you enjoy its hospitality over a royal lunch. You can proceed for an optional walking tour through the Old Market or view the royal family’s collection of vintage cars. Return to the train, ready for the next stage of your journey.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 10: (Friday) Balasinor 
    You arrive in Balasinor, a town located in the Kheda district of Gujarat. After disembarking from the train, you will visit the largest Dinosaur Fossil Park the world. Then you will visit a village, to get a glimpse of local culture, before meeting the royal family for lunch, to relish their unique cuisine. Board the train for the last leg of your journey. Enjoy an Indian evening on board, raising a toast to a memorable experience.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 11: Disembark in Mumbai – 0815 hours 
    You will disembark this morning, after breakfast, in Mumbai, the financial capital of India. Mumbai is a lively city, its people constantly on the move. It is home to millions of people from the country and the world, who come here as tourists, workers, students, businesspersons or actors. It has been heavily influenced by the liberalization of the economy.

    Your personal concierge will meet you upon arrival, to assist you with the transfer to your hotel and check in. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    Enjoy a relaxing hour-long massage in the afternoon at the hotel.

    In the evening, you personal concierge take you for a cooking demonstration and dinner at a local home.

    Meals :: B D
     
     
    Day 12: In Mumbai 
    After breakfast, go sightseeing with your personal concierge in Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area of South Mumbai, which was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, prior to the Delhi Durbar, in December 1911. Later, take a short ferry ride to the island of Elephanta, famous for its rock-cut caves which display remarkable craftsmanship by artists of the late 5th to the late 8th century. Enjoy lunch at a city café / restaurant to experience the pulsating street life of Mumbai.

    Continue your tour with the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air laundry in the world, where sheets and garments from Mumbai's hotels, hospitals and other establishments are hand-washed. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi often stayed on his visits to Mumbai and initiated the Non-Cooperation Movement, maintained as a memorial since 1955. Drive to the Fort area to view colonial architecture. Spend a leisurely evening at the hotel and enjoy dinner at one of its restaurants.

    Meals :: B L
     
     
    Day 13: Mumbai - Goa 
    Arrive at Goa airport, and get driven to your exquisite resort. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure amidst the beauty of the resort. Your personal concierge is at disposal to arrange any special requests that you may have.

    Savor a splendid array, including seafood delicacies, at lunch at the hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at the beach relaxing, sunbathing and dipping in the waves of the ocean. This evening, we take you for sea food dinner.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Day 14: In Goa 
    After breakfast, proceed with your guide to tour the churches and beaches in Panjim. Begin with the palm-fringed beach of Dona Paula, named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the daughter of a Portuguese viceroy, frequently featured in Bollywood movies and a popular water sports hub. Then visit Miramar Beach, close to Panaji, popular with locals and tourists, and a good viewing spot for Aguada Fort, located across the Mondovi.

    Take a drive around Fountainhas, the oldest and the most interesting district of Panjim, and savor lunch at the Balcony Restaurant in Panjim Inn, a quaint Indo-Portuguese specialty cuisine restaurant. After lunch, pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, an epitome of Baroque architecture dedicated to the baby Jesus and a World Heritage monument that houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa.

    Later visit the Se Cathedral of Santa Catherina, one of the largest churches in Asia, dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria that contains the Golden Bell used during the Goa Inquisition. The Archaeological Museum in the abandoned Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, which houses and displays portraits and sculptures from the prehistoric to the medieval period, is worth a visit. Return at sunset to your hotel, to spend the evening at leisure.

    Meals :: B L
     
     
    Day 15: In Goa 
    Enjoy an early-morning yoga class with a master, providing deep insight into its ancient science and traditions.

    Enjoy rejuvenating massage at the hotel SPA for an hour.

    This afternoon go beach hopping with your personal concierge, taking pleasure in the scenic landscapes of Goa.

    On return to the hotel, unwind before receiving a mesmerizing romantic culinary surprise created by the hotel for you.

    Meals :: B D
     
     
    Day 16: Goa - Delhi - Back home (Option to fly out of Mumbai) 
    Enjoy a leisurely morning, with a walk along the beach. In the afternoon you are met and transferred to the airport to connect to your flight to Delhi, snack - lunch served on board. On arrival in Delhi, you are provided with a room to wash and change at an airport hotel for few hours.

    Today we host a farewell dinner for you at one of the most famous Indian restaurant serving delectable kebabs and curries.

    Later your personal concierge transfers you to the airport to connect with your flight back home.

    Meals :: B L D
     
     
    Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
    Day City Hotels Room Category
    1DelhiThe Leela PalaceJunior Suite
    2DelhiThe Leela PalaceJunior Suite
    3DelhiThe Leela PalaceJunior Suite
    4AgraThe Maharaja ExpressJunior Suite
    5RanthamboreThe Maharaja ExpressJunior Suite
    6JaipurThe Maharaja ExpressJunior Suite
    7BikanerThe Maharaja ExpressJunior Suite
    8JodhpurThe Maharaja ExpressJunior Suite
    9UdaipurThe Maharaja ExpressJunior Suite
    10BalasinorThe Maharaja ExpressJunior Suite
    11MumbaiThe Taj Mahal PalaceLuxury Grande - Sea View
    12MumbaiThe Taj Mahal PalaceLuxury Grande - Sea View
    13GoaTaj ExoticaVilla Room - Sea View
    14GoaTaj ExoticaVilla Room - Sea View
    15GoaTaj ExoticaVilla Room - Sea View
    16DelhiRadisson BluRoom for wash and change
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