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.
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G & D Gjergja, Rajasthan & the Maharajas' Express
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lavish dinner awaits this evening at the Taj Lake Palace to finish the day in style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We arrive into Singapore this morning and continue on our way home to Australia with minds full of treasured memories.
Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
If you are interested in other Suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants for details.