The attractions during the Maharajas Express train tour include a heady mix of World Heritage Sites, wildlife, art, culture and royalty along with some unique insider experiences at some select destinations.
To start with Maharaja Express recreates the days of royalty, therefore the “land of Rajputs” Rajasthan and its marvelous cities features in many of the itineraries. Journey across Jaipur ‘Pink City’, Blue city of Jodhpur, the Golden City of Jaisalmer, beautiful city dotted with lakes-Udaipur, Bikaner and the royal province of the Royal Bengal Tigers- Ranthambore. The royal province of Gwalior, UNESCO World heritage site Khajuraho-a forgotten royal dynasty and Lucknow-the city of Nawabs. The cave of Ajanta and Ellora add to the glorious heritage. The Taj Mahal, the icon of love is a magnificent creation of the Mughals and features among the most popular destinations in India. Also, pay a visit to the sites of Balasinor, one of the world’s largest Dinosaur fossil park.
Mentioned below are all the destinations which are covered in the 7 itineraries of the Maharaja train.
Aurangabad - 'City Built by Royalty' has to showcase numerous ancient tombs, monuments, and palaces reflecting the fine specimen of Mughal art & architecture. The city is admired for production of superior quality silk, handicraft items and metal goods. With 13 gates of Ajanta & Ellora, across the city, Aurangabad is also called 'City of Gates'.
The City of Lakes - Udaipur has numerous lakes, adding a magnificent element to the natural aura. Located amongst the Aravallis, the natural ambiance and rich cultural heritage make this place worth visiting. The old forts also represent the glorious history of the Rajputanas.
The city has abundant of ancient castles to showcase, reflecting the aura of the times gone by. Jodhpur gets its name 'Blue City' due to the blue painted buildings around the popular Mehrangarh Fort. The amazing art and architecture could be seen in every attraction.
To enjoy exotic camel safaris, fairs and festivals, Bikaner is the perfect destination. The city has abundant of historical forts, monuments, palaces and temples worth exploring. Apart from this, you can experience the mesmeric charm in the rich culture and heritage of the city.
The pink color of the forts, palaces and havelis make this city be called as 'Pink City'. The rich culture & art, forts and palaces, reflect the royal aspect of the place. This city also gets its name as 'The City of Victory' as this has been a battleground and witnessed grand victories.
Ranthambhor National Park is the main attraction making Sawai Madhopur highly popular. The city is a busy commercial town. The forests, guavas, forts, temples etc., also make this place south-after. You can also enjoy street shopping and scrumptious local foods.
Agra, the city of love, has to showcase one of the UNESCO world heritage sites - Taj Mahal. Apart from this fine specimen of Mughal art & architecture, you have much more to explore like the Agra Fort and Jama Masjid.
Fatehpur Sikri is popularly known as 'the ghost city'. This place was the capital of the Mughals for several years, but soon got abandoned due to scarcity of water in the area. The Fatehpur Sikri palace complex has bountiful attractions to explore. The city showcases the combination of Islamic and Hindu style in every architectural structure.
Orchha is worth visiting due to the splendid archaeological monuments. This city represents the rich cultural heritage that paints the picture of a glorious past. You can also enjoy exquisite Mural Paintings on the walls of the temples and other monuments.
Khajuraho is the place displaying fine examples of medieval heritage. The temples are appreciated for the architectural and sculptural sheerness. The fine engravings on the temple walls reflect the artistic excellence.
'Land of Moksh', the most sacred destination, Varanasi is popularly called Kashi or Banaras. This is one of the significant pilgrim centers in India. The natural setting of the place is very comfortable and locals are very friendly. The Paan is another specialty of the place, apart from the enchanting temples.
'The Nawab City', Lucknow, is the city of royal people who are appreciated for their mannerism, hospitality and unique style of greeting. Being the epitome of the Shia culture, the tradition and culture of the place is worth observing.
'The former princely state of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is an important historical city. Founded by Suraj Sen, a prince of the Kachhwaha Rajput clan of the 18th century, it was a dream city of several rulers, mainly because of its strategic location.
Situated in the Kheda district of the West Indian state of Gujarat, Balasinor is a small town. Also known as Vadasinor, it was established during the 18th century.
The capital city of India is worth visiting due to the various attractions that date back to Mughal dynasties and British era. Various historical monuments paint the picture of a glorious past. Here are different government buildings, local markets, temples, etc., to be explored.
Chettinad is a testament to a glorious era of history. It is home to extravagant Chettinad Mansions belonging to the Chettiar community. Know about the glorious era of the Chettiars, marvel at the grand mansions, taste the mouthwatering dishes or relive the lavish days with a stay at one of the mansions. The charming town promises a remembering experience.
Home to one of the Great Living Chola Temples, Brihadeeswarar Temple- a UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, Thanjavur is a real gem of South India. Come, be charmed by marvelous Dravidian temple architecture, Tanjore paintings, cotton and silk sarees and the lush beauty of the rural India.
The royal town of Karnataka, Mysore is the home of the Wodeyar. If you're kind of a history buff or love to visit royal palaces, Mysore Palace, a World Heritage Site, reflects the glorious past of this city. A juxtaposition of the traditions and modern attractions, this destination has something for everybody.
The UNESCO World heritage site of Mahabalipuram is settled on the Coromandel Coast overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The ruins of 7-8th century are marvelous architectures of the Pallava dynasty. From intricate bas-reliefs, temples, cave temples dedicated to Hindus and Jains, the group of monuments are a testimony of the bygone era.
Deriving its name from the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala. A major IT Hub in India, the town is known because of its undulating terrain of low coastal hills. The glorious city houses pristine beaches, splendid temples and historic monuments.
The ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, transports the visitor to the past, bringing him face to face with the glories of the Vijayanagara Empire. Every street here is dotted with an architectural wonder, and on every bend are remains waiting to be explored.
Goa, with its long coastline, is blessed with wonderful beaches that are scenes of vigorous partying, as well as oases of tranquility. Its fascinating history is reflected in its forts and magnificent churches, while the waterfalls, lakes and springs showcase its wonderful topography. This is where you learn to explore, to celebrate, to enjoy!
On the Vembanad Lake lies a cluster of small villages known as Kumarakom. This quaint village is as much famous for its flora and fauna as for its backwaters. It also specializes in handicrafts of various kinds, which are produced in a traditional manner. Once a year, Kumarakom hosts the Snake Boat Race, an event that attracts tourists in large numbers.
Amazing skyline, superb Marine Drive, huge Chinese Fishing Nets and Fort Kochi complete the splendid picture of Kochi aka Cochin. The major commercial port has a long history dating back to 13th century and has been luring traders and holidaymakers since 6 centuries!