Embark on an epic journey through the eons to the splendour of bygone eras and across the entire breadth of India, on this incredible 16-day heritage tour beginning in bustling commercial city of Mumbai on the shores of the Arabian Sea on the west coast, and ending in Kolkata in the east near the Bay of Bengal.
The first portion of your tour is via a luxury train as you ride the Maharajas’ Express between Mumbai to Delhi, via some of the most romantic, historical sights in India – the shimmering Lake City of Udaipur (the “Venice of the East”), the majestic Mehrangarh fort at Jodhpur, the Pink City of Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Voted “The World’s Leading Luxury Train” for many years, the train has been designed to recreate the elegance and pageantry of the personal carriages of erstwhile Maharajas and boasts sumptuous sleeper cabins, two restaurant cars, two lounge cars provide complimentary drinks, amongst a selection of books and wonderful views, and a gift shop. The Bar Car is well stocked with a variety of finest labels of wines and spirits from around the world in an enchantingly decadent setting of a royal safari.
As part of your seven day train ride, you will enjoy sun down cocktails with a sumptuous barbeque and folk dances on the charming sand dunes of Bikaner, catch a glimpse of the elusive Royal Bengal tigers from close quarters at Ranthambore on a jeep safari, and relearn the meaning of beauty and love at the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
After a short flight from Delhi, you’ll then board a riverboat reminiscent of a historic paddle steamer and navigate the lower stretches of the Ganges on the Hooghly River between Kolkata and Baranagar. This voyage will take you through the rich history and lush countryside of West Bengal to discover places that the average traveler wouldn’t ordinarily get to see. Meandering through some of the prettiest parts of deepest India, stop off to walk through mustard fields and mango orchards, explore sleepy villages and traditional towns, and witness some of the most impressive temples and palaces this majestic country has to offer.
Off ship excursions and on board enrichment activities are all focused on engaging with the local culture, religious monuments and rich village life along the banks of one of the world’s most sacred and culturally significant rivers. Take a rickshaw ride to see a unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 lesser shrines, visit a brass-working village and history-changing battlefield, learn of the Hare Krishna movement and its connections to Henry Ford, and so much more.
The rich cultural heritage of India—from the regality of Rajasthan to the riverine riches of the Hooghly River—is yours to discover by train, tuk-tuk, jeep, riverboat, and more on this luxurious adventure across India.