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Indian Splendour

Private Travel | Rail Journey 9 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £6030

Ride the Maharajas’ Express on a whistle-stop tour of North India, encompassing the Golden Triangle and beyond. Your luxury rail journey pauses first in Agra, where you have time to admire the Taj Mahal in all its majesty. From white marble to black stripes: next, it’s a safari in Ranthambore, hunting ground of the Bengal tiger. Pretty in pink, Jaipur is next to impress, as you take in the city’s landmarks – including the impressive Amber Fort. Then it’s on to Bikaner’s orange dunes; the hilltop fortress of Mehrangarh in the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur; and the gleaming white City Palace in Udaipur. Experience India in all its multicoloured finery, aboard one of the world’s leading luxury trains.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Ride on one of the world’s leading luxury trains
  • Visit Ranthambore National Park for the opportunity to see tigers in the wild
  • Enjoy sundowners and a barbecue on Bikaner’s scenic sand dunes
  • Cruise on Udaipur’s tranquil Lake Pichola
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Delhi

Fly overnight from London to Delhi. (N)

Day 2: Delhi – Agra

This morning, gather at Delhi Safdarjung railway station to check in before boarding the Maharajas’ Express. Your first stop is Agra, famously the home of India’s most iconic landmark, the Taj Mahal. Visit this UNESCO-listed, Mughal-era mausoleum in all its white-marble splendour. Afterwards, return to the train. Additional optional activities include a spa visit at a luxury hotel, a traditional theatre performance, or a guided city tour by road. (L, D)

Day 3: Agra – Ranthambore

Disembark for an early-morning visit to the imposing Agra Fort. Return to the Maharajas’ Express in time for a relaxed breakfast, as you continue towards Ranthambore. Upon arrival, enjoy an open-top safari drive in Ranthambore National Park, formerly the maharajas’ hunting ground. This wild sanctuary is home to tigers, sambar, nilgai, sloth bears, wild boars, hyenas, leopards and jackals. During the winter months, we recommend bringing warm clothes with you. Return to the train for dinner and continue your rail journey towards Jaipur. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Jaipur

After breakfast on board, disembark for a guided tour of Jaipur, including a visit to the Amber Fort, whose rugged red-sandstone exterior belies its opulent interior. Tour the Fort’s royal apartments, Chamber of Mirrors and Hall of Victory. After lunch back at the train, optional activities include a spa visit at a luxury hotel, an excursion to Jantar Mantar observatory and the City Palace, or a private tour of Jaipur by road. Later, enjoy an exclusive dinner at the 19th-century Rambagh Palace Hotel. Return to the train this evening for onward travel to Bikaner. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bikaner

Enjoy breakfast with views of the countryside rushing by. Arrive in the desert citadel of Bikaner this morning for an optional city tour. After lunch back on board, disembark for a visit to Junagarh Fort, a 16th-century royal fortress that encloses a number of impressive palaces. Later, a ceremony of camel carts delivers you to a spot atop sand dunes for a sundowner and barbecue, accompanied by folk performances. Return to your train this evening and continue towards Jodhpur. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Jodhpur

Your morning is at leisure. Remain on board the Maharajas’ Express, or select from optional experiences including a tour of rural Bishnoi villages, a visit to the spa of a five-star hotel, a private tour of Jodhpur by road, or a visit to Jaswant Thada and Uhmaid Bhawan Palace Museum. After lunch on the train, you explore Mehrangarh Fort, a vast 15th-century hilltop complex which encompasses elaborate courtyards, palaces, galleries and more. Next, embark on a walking tour of Old Clock Tower Market, arriving as the locals do – via tuk-tuk. This evening, enjoy an exclusive cocktail evening, sampling a range of local delicacies. After, return to the train and continue towards Udaipur. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Udaipur

Wake up in the pretty region of Mewar for breakfast on board, proceeding by rail past the Aravali Hills to Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’. Disembark for a tranquil boat ride on Lake Pichola, then tour the resplendent City Palace – Rajasthan’s largest palace complex. Explore more of the city’s highlights, including Mor Chowk, Moti Mahal, Chini Mahal and Zenana Mahal, admiring peacock mosaics, gorgeous mirror-work and ornate tiles as you go. Aided by an audio guide, you also visit Crystal Gallery and Darbar Hall. For lunch, feast on a spread on Indian delicacies in Satkar Hall, housed within Fateh Prakash Palace. The rest of your day is spent aboard the Maharajas’ Express, as you make your way to Mumbai. (B, D, L)

Day 8: Disembark in Mumbai

Following a leisurely morning on board, disembark the Maharajas’ Express at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, as your Indian adventure concludes. (B, L)

Day 9: Fly to London via Mumbai

Fly home from Mumbai on an early-morning flight.

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Maharajas' Express - Indian Splendour
    Maharajas' Express - Indian Splendour

    Conceived as a palatial hotel on wheels, the Maharajas' Express features luxuriously appointed carriages equipped with every modern amenity and comfort. Each carriage comprises spacious and stylish passenger cabins with climate control, LCD television and environmentally friendly washrooms. Other facilities include two fine dining restaurant cars and an observation lounge with its own bar and game tables. Suites, Junior Suites and Presidential Suite are available at a supplement.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £6030 per person

High season from £6030 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • Direct international flights
  • • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles 1-3 people: AC Toyota Innova Crysta 4-6 people: AC Tempo Traveller
  • • Train tickets for Maharajas Express Delhi/Mumbai in Deluxe Cabin
  • • Experienced, English-speaking local guides
  • • Full-Board throughout
  • • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • • Porterage at airports & stations