Embark on an unforgettable luxury adventure that begins in the capital city of Delhi. Witness the ethereal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the erotic carvings on the Chandela temple walls of Khajuraho, and the magnificent wilderness of the Bandhavgarh National Park, still home to a healthy tiger population. The route continues to the sacred city of Varanasi where, during a cruise on the River Ganges, you can observe ancient spiritual rites, before moving on to Lucknow, which was once compared with Rome for its grand palaces and pleasure gardens.
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Fly overnight from London to
Delhi with British Airways. (N)
Morning arrival and transfer
to the Taj Mahal Hotel for 3 nights including
immediate occupancy. Afternoon tour of Old
Delhi, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid
Morning tour of New Delhi, the
tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and the Qutb Minar tower. Afternoon at leisure.
Transfer to Delhi’s Safardjung Railway Station where, following a welcome drink you will board the Maharajas’ Express for a 6 night journey. Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you travel to Agra through picturesque countryside. On arrival, explore the spectacular monuments of the city then continue to the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incomparable marvel is constructed entirely out of white marble and is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful inlay work. Proceed to the Taj Khema, overlooking the Taj Mahal to admire this magnificent structure at sunset with a glass of champagne. There are excellent shopping opportunities in Agra before returning to the train where dinner will be served. (B, L, D)
This morning the train passes through the fascinating Chambal Ravines before arriving in Gwalior. Continue to Usha Kiran Palace, a 120-year-old palace, which has played host to the King of England. Following lunch amid the spectacular surrounds of the palace, visit the magnificent Gwalior Fort to see its exquisite temples and palaces. Proceed to Jai Vilas Palace that resembles an Italian Palazzo and has an assortment of royal possessions, curiosities and memorabilia including a crystal staircase and two of the world’s largest chandeliers, each weighing over three tons. Dinner will be served in the grounds of Jai Vilas Palace before you return to the train. (B, L, D)
This morning visit the striking Bundela temples, palaces and cenotaphs in Orchha. Return to the train for lunch and continue onwards to the temple city of Khajuraho. Visit the exquisite Chandela Hindu temples, built between 950 and 1050 AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity, these temples, with their famous erotic carvings, represent some of the finest examples of Indo-Aryan temple architecture in northern India. Following the fascinating Son et lumière show, return to the train for dinner. (B, L, D)
This morning, you will arrive into Umaria from where you will be driven to the renowned Bandhavgarh National Park. With the highest known density of tigers, it was the former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Rewa. Animals such as deer, langur, sloth bear and exotic birds can also be found here. Following lunch, visit the park in search of the elusive tiger. Return to Umaria for the overnight journey to Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world with a spiritual legacy of over 3000 years. (B, L, D)
The journey to Varanasi continues as you enjoy breakfast this morning. A place of pilgrimage, Varanasi epitomises the chaos and colour of India with its lively bazaars, exquisite and bright silks, temples, mosques and palaces. Arrive in Varanasi and proceed to visit the ancient ruins of Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon. After lunch, visit the silk weaving centre and then continue on to the ghats for a boat ride on the sacred Ganges to watch the evening aarti ceremony. Return to the train for an overnight journey to Lucknow. (B, L, D)
Late morning arrival into Lucknow, the city of Nawabs. Originally founded by Nawab Asaf ud Daula, the city has retained its historical and cultural traditions. After disembarkation, visit the key British and Muslim monuments including the Bara Imambara and Rumi Darwaza, both fine examples of late Moghul tomb architecture and the British Residency that was built in 1800 and made famous during the Indian Mutiny. Following lunch, return to the train or take an optional tour of the bustling markets. This evening to the accompaniment of traditional courtesan music and dance, savour culinary delights from the Nawabi kitchens. (B, L, D)
Following breakfast, disembark in the capital city of Delhi. Overnight at The Oberoi New Delhi. (B)
Fly to London with British Airways (N)
Some departures operate in reverse,
from Calcutta to Delhi. Please contact Cox & Kings
It is also possible to combine Classical India with Princely India, spending 13 nights on board. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itinerary details.
the itinerary when you board
the train as this is subject to change at the
discretion of the operator.
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
The Oberoi Grand is located in the heart of the city, near the main monuments and shopping district. It is 22 km from the international airport, which takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
The hotel has been a feature of Kolkata (Calcutta) for over 125 years and it combines classic Victorian architecture with modern facilities. It has 6 categories of rooms and suites. Deluxe rooms offer a panoramic view of the city and some luxury rooms have a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard. Premier rooms feature four-poster beds and private balconies and classic suites overlook the pool and garden. Set amid the palm-fringed courtyard and pool are the deluxe suites and the 3 luxury suites, each measuring 84 sqm, feature four balconies overlooking the hotel grounds. All rooms have a satellite television, DVD player, Internet access, safe, telephone and mini bar.
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Located in the lush greens of Lutyen’s New Delhi and a member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, The Taj Mahal offers 300 rooms including 27 suites. Facilities at the hotel include a shopping arcade and swimming pool, while golf and tennis can be arranged on request. Meals can be taken at 3 of the hotel’s restaurants; Machan, a 24-hour eatery; Varq, with modern Indian cuisine or the House of Ming, Delhi’s most celebrated Chinese restaurant serving authentic Sichuan and Cantonese...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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