Tour Highlights


For centuries, this land was adorned in the gaudy fabric of pageantry while the sun baked the hills bronze and orange. Fierce battles took place as mustachioed Rajput warriors battled for territory, their merciless double edged khandas flashing in the sun. The 'Land of Kings' is shrouded in a haze of history where legends were written in the dust.

  • Enjoy a Champagne breakfast overlooking the Taj Mahal
  • Travel on the Maharajas’ Express – a decadent ‘palace on wheels’ 
  • Cruise around Lake Pichola, in the shadow of the Aravalli Range
  • Take in the stunning architecture and whirlwind of characters in Old Delhi
  • Visit the labyrinthine City Palace of Udaipur
  • Marvel at inspiring mountain panoramas on a picturesque drive from Jodhpur to Jaipur
  • Discover the intricate beauty of Hawa Mahal palace
  • Perhaps encounter a Bengal tiger on a game drive through Ranthambore National Park
  • Explore the beautiful ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.  
  • Admire the breathtaking Amber and Gwalior Forts
  • Journey to the holy city of Varanasi. 
  • Savour a dainty high tea at Jai Vilas Palace
  • Embark on an extraordinary boat trip on the sacred Ganges
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Taj Mahal

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Where we visit


Tour Map

Full Itinerary


Delhi (India)

Day 1: Saturday 11 November

Today, your journey begins amidst the hubbub of Delhi – an eclectic mix of old and new, commerce and tradition – fortunately, the Taj Palace Hotel provides a grand respite from the commotion outside.

Delhi

Day 2: Sunday 12 November

As you explore the streets, it will soon become apparent that Old Delhi and New Delhi are incomparable. Built by the British as India’s imperial capital, the wide avenues of New Delhi are now lined with modern cafes and bars, while Old Delhi retains its ancient architecture and whirlwind of characters. We are treated to views of both sides today. We've explored mosques and temples, tried for a bargain at the bazaars and watched daily life play out in the busy streets. Now it's time to feast on dishes as unique as the city itself during our Welcome Dinner.

Delhi – Udaipur

Day 3: Monday 13 November

Spend the morning exploring the captivating streets of New Delhi once more, or simply relax amidst the serenity of our hotel. An early afternoon flight takes us to Udaipur, known as the 'City of Lakes'. Seemingly afloat on Lake Pichola, the Taj Lake Palace boasts luxuriant rooms decorated in rich, romantic textiles, tranquil gardens with incredible views and a pool fringed with an array of delicate flora.

  • This evening choose from a selection of restaurants on a dine-around dinner.

Udaipur

Day 4: Tuesday 14 November

A residence that took several kings and more than 400 years to construct, the labyrinthine City Palace of Udaipur steals our attention this morning. We'll also visit the shady gardens
of Saheliyon Ki Bari and take refuge from the bustle beside the bubbling fountains.

  • The afternoon is left free for you to explore at leisure; or see the city from a new vantage point as you cruise around Lake Pichola in the shadow of the Aravalli Range.

 A lavish dinner awaits this evening at the Taj Lake Palace to finish the day in style.

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Udaipur – Jodhpur

Day 5: Wednesday 15 November

Inspiring panoramas of the Pali district’s mountain ranges accompany our drive to the enchanting Jain temples of Ranakpur. After lunch at a local restaurant we continue our journey to Jodhpur. Once famous for producing sandalwood, dates and copper, Jodhpur is better known today for its moustached men who rarely turn down a photo opportunity. For the following two nights, we call the elaborate Umaid Bhawan Palace home. This hotel is one of the last great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world.

Jodhpur

Day 6: Thursday 16 November

Mehrangarh Fort – also known as the 'Citadel of the Burning Sun' – stands sentinel watching over the city of Jodhpur. The exquisite courtyards and halls of the museum, once the fort’s palace, are not to be missed, with intricate latticework that makes the facade appear draped in lace. While the views of Jodhpur sprawled out below will almost steal our breath.

Our day continues with a visit to the Jaswant Thada memorial. Built in 1899 from white marble, this beautiful structure stands in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

  • Dine like royalty this evening at your choice of the hotel's restaurants.

Jodhpur – Jaipur

Day 7: Friday 17 November

A breathtaking morning drive leads us through bucolic Indian countryside, past rural villages and buffalo herds, to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Surrounded by seven gates, this beautiful city was founded in the early 18th century. The enchanting rose blush of the buildings was a special request of the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who ordered their construction in 1727.

For the next two nights we stay in refined luxury at the regal Taj Rambagh Palace. Built in 1835 as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, this incredible estate is spread across 57 acres of the greenest manicured lawns and ornamental gardens. This evening we enjoy an elaborate dinner in the palatial grounds of our hotel.

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Check into the stunning Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur

Day 8: Saturday 18 November

The Amber Fort is a commanding edifice soaked in regal culture. Today, we head for the hills of Jaipur and onto the fort where we'll admire the incredible craftsmanship that has intrigued so many before us. Burning a golden hue at the height of the day, you'll have to agree that its name describes this complex quite perfectly.This afternoon we gaze in admiration at Hawa Mahal and its soaring facade of pink stone lace, constructed so the ladies of the court could survey the city streets unnoticed from the outside. We also visit the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh, a keen astronomer.

  • Select from our hotel’s fine dining restaurant or its more casual venues on a dine-around dinner.
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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Jaipur

Day 9: Sunday 19 November

Join the Maharajas' Express

Make the most of a morning at leisure before we embark on a tour of the City Palace, home of Jaipur's Maharajas.

Later in the day we greet the Maharajas' Express, prim and polished for our six night journey. The incredible 'palace on wheels' reignites the decadence of bygone years.

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Maharajas' Express All inclusive luxury India tour with Captain's Choice

Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri

Day 10: Monday 20 November

In search of the elusive Bengal tiger, we make tracks for Ranthambore National Park, a Project Tiger Reserve, in time for an early morning game drive. Although rare, it is certainly not impossible to encounter these majestic creatures as we move stealthily through the jungle scrub peppered with temples, hunting pavilions and burial tombs. Back on board our train for lunch we travel to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri – an almost completely intact  ‘ghost city’ that was deserted centuries ago. We'll explore eerie secret passageways and spine chillingly quiet courtyards with their pools and bridges. Dinner will be served this evening as we travel express to Agra.

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Chase the rare Bengal Tiger

Agra - Gwailor

Day 11: Tuesday 21 November

It is inconceivable to visit this spectacular country and not see the world's greatest declaration of love, the Taj Mahal. This masterpiece took 22 years and 20,000 workers to build and is perfectly symmetrical from every angle. We behold its splendour in the soft morning light and toast to its beauty over a champagne breakfast. We rejoin our train to Gwalior, arriving in time for lunch at the 120 year old Usha Kiran Palace. Later we see the magnificent Gwalior Fort and enjoy a dainty high tea at Jai Vilas Palace.

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Taj Mahal, Agra

Orchha – Khajuraho

Day 12: Wednesday 22 November

It's full steam ahead this morning as we reach the bejewelled Jahangir Mahal in Orchha. Our train then continues to Khajuraho, the ‘City of Love’, where we stop to visit the large and intriguing collection of aphrodisiac temples, boasting some of the finest – and most provocative – temple art in the world. Chugging our steady course through the plains of India we will enjoy both lunch and dinner on board today at easily the best restaurant in town!

Varanasi

Day 13: Thursday 23 November

Our overnight journey takes us to the holy city of Varanasi – a place known for its entrenched rituals and worship. We visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his inaugural sermon to his first five disciples; see Dhamek Stupa; and tour a silk weaving centre. This evening we embark on an extraordinary boat trip on the sacred Ganges, to witness Aarti on the ghats – a religious ritual that takes place on the steps of the Ganges. This evening we rejoin our train for dinner.

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River Ganges, Varanasi

Lucknow

Day 14: Friday 24 November

Today we explore Lucknow, the enchanted 'City of Nawabs' and capital of Uttar Pradesh. See the Rumi Darwaza gateway and the grand Bara Imambara shrine, before perusing the city’s bustling markets in the afternoon. Relish the charm and ceremony of Indian hospitality this evening during an exclusive dinner of traditional Awadhi cuisine from the Royal Kitchens of Lucknow. Our overnight journey takes us onward to Delhi.

Depart Delhi - Disembark the Maharajas' Express

Day 15: Saturday 25 November

Somewhat familiar scenes drift into view this morning as we enjoy one last breakfast on board and farewell our friendly crew of the Maharajas’ Express. Thankfully, there is no need to worry about our luggage as it will be whisked off to the Taj Palace Hotel where we have a room for the day. Lunch and dinner will be served at our accommodation with time to enjoy one last golden Indian sunset. Then freshen up before boarding a late evening Singapore Airlines flight back to Singapore. 

  • Don’t want to go home yet? Join our  Bhutan post tour option and enjoy one more night in Delhi before flying to Paro the next day.

Reset after the flurry of India with a post tour option to bask in the serenity of Bhutan. Let your spirit soar as we venture into this untouched Himalayan kingdom.

Delhi

Saturday 25 November

How lucky we are to wake to enjoy a further day to soak up the sights of Delhi. Tonight we'll bed down at the Taj Palace Hotel.

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Delhi – Thimphu (Bhutan)

Sunday 26 November

After a morning flight we arrive in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. We can't wait to uncover the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', 'Kingdom of the Clouds', a mythical enclave governed by Buddhist values. Although the city itself may be wonderfully rustic, our hotel for the next three nights, the Taj Tashi, is an oasis of abundance.

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Buddhist Prayer Wheels

Thimphu

Monday 27 November

If you imagine a capital city void of traffic lights, where life seems frozen in time, you have just dreamt of Thimphu. Discover what makes the people so peaceful and loyal to their traditions on an exploration of the city.

Thimpu Buddha Statue

Thimpu

Wangdue Phodrang – Punakha

Tuesday 28 November

We take the remarkable drive over Dochula Pass into the lush Punakha Valley, driving through amazing scenery to visit Wangdue Phodrang. After lunch it's back through the valley to admire Punakha Dzong.

Thimphu – Paro

Wednesday 29 November

As the morning mist clears, we drive to Paro, winding through the skyscraping mountains to the heart of a community that exists in harmony with its surroundings. We delve deeper into local traditions at the quaint National Museum, admire the view from Rinpung Dzong and cross the traditional wooden bridge to Paro Town. We have three nights among the serene cloud gardens of Zhiwa Ling Hotel. Why not see if you can catch a yoga class?

Paro

Thursday 30 November
  • You may have heard of the 'Tiger's Nest'. Officially known as Taktsang Monastery, it's one of Bhutan’s most photographed icons. Mushrooming from the cliffside, the spectacular structure is well worth the early morning hike. This sprawling complex of temples juts precariously out of the mountain and is often shrouded in a cloud mist that heightens its mysticism. 
Taktsang Monastery, Tigers Nest Monastery - Bhutan Small Group Tours

Tigers Nest Monastery, Bhutan

Paro

Friday 1 December

You’re welcome to spend your morning relaxing at the hotel, or take a scenic drive to Chele La Pass, one of the highest vantage points in the region, to capture that decisive panoramic photograph. We’ve one last afternoon to breathe in the serenity at Drukgyel Dzong and shop for last minute souvenirs at Paro’s handicraft shops. Come together tonight to share snaps and stories at our Farewell Dinner.

Depart Paro

Saturday 2 December

Leaving the landscapes of Bhutan behind, we fly to Singapore where our journey comes to an end.

Arrive Australia

Day 16: Sunday 26 November

We arrive into Singapore this morning and continue on our way home to Australia with minds full of treasured memories.

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Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

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Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

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Flights

We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

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Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

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Accommodation

We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

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Your train the Maharajas' Express

Redefining luxury train travel since 2010, the Maharajas’ Express is the latest and most luxurious train in India, designed to recreate the elegance and pageantry of the personal carriages of erstwhile Maharajas. Onboard, you’ll lose yourself in the scenery through the panoramic windows, dine in one of two excellent restaurants, relax in the Safari Bar or Raja Club and enjoy complimentary local beverages throughout.

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Dining

Gracefully appointed Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal dining cars serve an eclectic mix of delectable cuisines in a relaxing ambience. These minimally furnished and quaintly decorated cabins have been designed keeping in mind the need for comfort and space of the guests.

Solo Traveller

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

Accommodation highlights


You have come so far, so why settle for second best when you get there? Captain’s Choice carefully researches and selects the best hotels to ensure you’re staying at the most enviable locations in town. We partner with the finest hotels to deliver our gilt edged service, seeking out the region’s top rating five star – or best available – residences. All our accommodation has been assessed for quality – we believe that a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. Location and accessibility are also key factors – we endeavour to seek hotels that are in close proximity to the sites, that boast stunning views or offer a special something that makes them sparkle. It’s important to us that the hotels we select deliver the complete package and aren’t just trading on their reputation.

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Lake Pichola

Taj Lake Palace

Reinvigorate yourself at the Taj Lake Palace, seemingly afloat on Lake Pichola

Just a wonderful, wonderful tour, rates in with the best I have ever done. I really enjoyed Holi and the privilege of being amongst the royals at the celebrations was very special.

I Gibson, Rajasthan & the Maharajas' Express

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Based on per person, twin share in a Deluxe Cabin on board the Maharajas' Express –  from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying with Singapore Airlines. Prices from other cities are available on request.

All regional flights are in Economy Class with strict luggage restrictions.

Land Only guests join in Delhi after dinner on Day 1 and depart Delhi after disembarkation on Day 15.

Supplements (Add to base tour cost, per person, twin share)
Junior Suite $5,150
Suite $11,570

Single Supplement (Add to base tour cost)
Deluxe Cabin $9,990

Bhutan Post Tour Option
Per person, twin share $10,500
Single Room Supplement $2,080

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