Step into the world of India's Maharajas
India you’ll travel on one of the world’s most luxurious trains
and stay in some of the country’s finest hotels.
The world’s leading luxury train
After a restful sleep, you’ll receive a traditional Indian welcome as you board the palatial Maharajas' Express. Described as the world’s leading luxury train, it recreates the opulence of the personal carriages created for India's maharajas. As you enter the extravagant world of a bygone era, elegant interiors and state-of-the-art facilities combine to create one of the finest ways to travel in India. In the ornate restaurants, you'll feast on delicious Indian cuisine served on gold-edged plates, and drink wine from hand-cut Swarovski crystal glasses. There's a lounge with a well-stocked bar, and each high-class cabin comes with private facilities and is decorated with rich tapestries, linen, upholstery and antiques. This exquisite train will be your home for the next three nights, as you journey from Delhi to Agra and Jaipur. Whilst on board, all meals, soft drinks and a selection Indian wines, beers and spirits are included. If you need anything else – your butler is on hand!
A former royal residence
After bidding farewell to the magnificent Maharajas' Express, you’ll fly to Udaipur and spend two nights at the lavish Taj Lake Palace. A former royal residence, this stunning white, marble hotel floats on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola, offering breathtaking views over Udaipur's City Palace and the surrounding hills. As you glide across the lake by boat, you’ll be following in the footsteps of royalty. Queen Elizabeth once stayed here, along with other distinguished personalities like Jacqueline Kennedy, Lord Curzon and Vivien Leigh. Stepping ashore, you’ll be welcomed by a shower of delicate petals and butlers will attend to your every need. Your room, with its plush canopy bed and richly coloured upholstery, is an oasis fit for a king, and the hotel’s extensive leisure facilities make it an idyllic island retreat. Oozing glitz and glamour, scenes from the James Bond film Octopussy were filmed here, so why not follow Roger Moore’s lead and sip a drink or two in the stylish Amrit Sagar bar.
Stroll around beautiful grounds
Moving on, the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur is your next destination, where you’ll stay in yet another wonderful hotel, the luxurious Umaid Bhawan Palace. Constructed from the same ivory-white marble used to build the Taj Mahal, this is the sixth largest private residence in the world. It was built between 1928 and 1943 and is, to this day, the home of descendants of the royal family of Jodhpur. From its elevated position on Chittar Hill, the highest point in the Jodhpur, you can admire panoramic views of the city and nearby desert. Dine on authentic Rajasthani cuisine in one of hotel’s fine dining restaurants, enjoy a stroll around the beautiful 26-acre grounds or take a dip in the stunning subterranean swimming pool. It really is luxury beyond compare!
The stunning Taj Mahal Palace
Your final destination is the buzzing metropolis of Mumbai, home to the iconic monument, the Gateway of India, which stands opposite the stunning Taj Mahal Palace. This legendary hotel has, over the years, hosted royalty, dignitaries and well-known celebrities, and now it is your turn. Overflowing with nostalgia and elegance, here you can take Afternoon Tea, enjoy traditional Indian delicacies or feast on oriental flavours in some of India’s most renowned fine-dining restaurants. And for an extra special treat, why not round off your holiday with a luxurious, pampering treatment in the hotel’s brand new Jiva Spa. The ultimate luxury holiday for solo travellers If you’re looking for an elegant and relaxing way to experience India’s history, culture and charm, look no further. This luxurious holiday for solo travellers is your chance to step into the opulent world of India’s Maharajas and Maharani.