Maharaja Tour

10 NIGHTS – 11 DAYS

DELHI – AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI – RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK – JAIPUR – UDAIPUR – MUMBAI

This is an ideal tour for honeymoon or to celebrate life’s special moments as it not only takes you to the most romantic places but also gives you the opportunity to stay at royal palaces and finest resorts. You visit one of the finest monuments in the world also known as the monument of love, “Taj Mahal” and then enjoy an elephant ride to reach fort of Amber fort in Jaipur, go for a romantic cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur and then visit the city of Bollywood – Mumbai. You can even have an option to enjoy the sun and sand on beaches in Goa or Kerala at the end of the tour. In our opinion there is no other tour that gives you an opportunity to visit such wonderful places and stay at luxury resort, camps and hotels.

1

Day:

Delhi

Arrive at Delhi.
Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel.
New Delhi is the cultural and political capital of India. Each crumbling wall of the city has a story to tell. The architecture of the city gives a deep insight into the glorious past of the country. It’s a cosmopolitan city where people are open to amazing new ideas and lifestyle.

In the afternoon, we will leave for sightseeing of Old Delhi. First we will visit Raj Ghat.
Raj Ghat is a memorial place built to mark the cremation spot of the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He was the man who changed the course of history with his ideologies and philosophies.

Then visit Red Fort, an impressive Fort that served as a capital to the Mughal Empire for two centuries. The fort is a treasure trove of Indian art and history and is of great national importance. The Red Fort is now used as a platform by the Prime minister of India to address the people of the republic on the eve of Independence Day.
Enjoy rickshaw ride through the intricate pathways of ancient Chandni Chowk bazaar with a stop at Jama Masjid.

Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in Asia which was completed in 1650. Built on an elevated platform, it has three daunting entrances approached by a series of steps; prayer hall is lined by a four-storied minaret on both the ends. On the top are three large domes of white marble decorated with black marble inlays.
Return to hotel Oberoi or Imperial for overnight stay.
Hotel Imperial is one of the finest luxury hotels in the country. With an iconic and overwhelming heritage intertwined in the regal sophistication; the hotel resides in its contemporary delivery of traditional class, grandeur and luxuries.
Hotel Oberoi is located in the heart of New Delhi, overlooking the lush greens of the Delhi Golf Club and the monument, Humayun’s tomb. It reflects the spirit in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication.
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Day:

Delhi

In the Morning visit India Gate and drive past Parliament Buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan.
India Gate is an arch that was built to commemorate the death of 70,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War 1. The memorial even imprints the names of British and Indian soldiers who laid their lives during Afghan war. This splendid monument was designed by Edwin Luyten. There is an immortal flame that burns throughout the day and night as a mark of remembrance.

Parliament House is a circular arcade building housing offices of various ministries and a well-stocked library. This imperial style architectural monument comprises of open air verandah and 144 columns. It is indeed a sight to watch.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residential estate of President of India. This magnificent monument cannot be compared to any other monument in terms of its size, immensity and magnificence. Rashtrapati Bhawan houses 4 stories and 340 rooms.
Then visit Humayun’s Tomb. It is a memorial built by the wife of Humayun, Hamida Banu Begum, commonly known as Haji Begum in 1569. Being the first garden tomb of India, it is also the first distinct example of Mughal architecture inspired from Persian architecture.
Also visit Qutub Minar, the tallest tower of India. Constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak is a World Heritage site. It is a beautiful example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. The tower of victory has verses inscribed on the sandstone walls from the Quran.
Overnight Stay at Hotel
3

Day:

Delhi-Agra

(200 KM, 4 Hours )


In the morning drive to Agra
Agra finds its name in the great Indian epics, but the city became world famous during Mughal Reign. The city served as the capital of the Mughal dynasty for several years. Agra is noted for its World Heritage sites and inlay marble work. Setting itself beautifully on the banks of River Yamuna, the city magnetizes a lot of tourists with its diverse marble and red sandstone structures.
Visit world famous Taj Mahal
Visit the tomb constructed in soft and pure marble and ornamented with semi-precious stones, where in the tranquility of glory rests the Queen Mumtaz Mahal in peace with her King Shah Jahan. Taj Mahal is a marvel in epic that unfolds the pages of past. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, the elegance of and magnificence of geometrical designs has added to the delicacy of epitome of love.
Also visit Agra Fort and Sikandra
Constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar, Agra Fort is a symbol of power, strength and resilience. The fort is embroidered with a number of opulently ornamented buildings incorporating the impressive Mughal style architecture. The fortified walls of the fort encompass several palaces and houses like the Moti Masjid, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Musamman Burj, Jehangiri Mahal, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal etc.
Then we shall set out for Sikandra, the tomb of Akbar. Located on the borders of the Agra city, the ruler started the construction of his tomb during his lifetime, but it was finished by his son Jahangir. The monument comprises of well-manicured lawns with extraordinarily decorated gateways and white marble memorial. This monument perfectly absorbs the best of all religion’s motifs, signifying the new religion started by Akbar – The Deen-E-Ilahi.
Overnight stay at Hotel Amar Vilas.
Situated 600 metres from Taj Mahal, the hotel provides a spectacular view of the monument. Embraced by the royal services of the hotel, makes the stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas exclusive and unforgettable.
4

Day:

Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Ranthambore

(305 KM, 7 Hours )

In the morning leave for Ranthambore National Park.
En-route stop and visit Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is situated at the distance of 37 kms from Agra and served as the short term capital city of the Mughal Empire under the rule of Akbar the Great. Akbar ordered for the construction of an impressive mosque as a token of appreciation to the saint who had forecasted that he would be blessed with a son. When prediction of the saint came true, Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri. He even constructed three palaces for his favorite wives. The city was a perfect representation of Indo Islamic style.
Then proceed to Ranthambore National Park
Arrive and check in at Vanya Vilas to stay in a luxury tent.
The Oberoi Van Vilas is a leading luxury jungle resort in the country. Spread across twenty acres of lush, landscaped garden, the resort is rich in flora and fauna. You can appreciate scenic views of the neighboring jungle, spot wildlife at the adjoining watering hole and enjoy champagne with the mystical views of sunset.
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Day:

Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is the biggest national park in the state of Rajasthan. It’s beautifully set against the backdrop of aravalli hills and on the banks of Chambal and Banās River. Royal Bengal tigers are the prime attraction of this park. It is also host to a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. In spite of exotic flora and fauna, the park is also blessed with impressive forts, ancient temples and magnificent palaces.

Enjoy wildlife safaris into the park during morning and evening in an open jeep.
Overnight stay at Vanya Vilas.
6

Day:

Ranthambore – Jaipur

(170 KM, 4 Hours)

In the morning leave for Jaipur.
Well-known for its magnificent historical monuments, diverse culture and planned development, Jaipur is a fascinating tourist destination in India. Profoundly known as the Pink City, the city lets you discover the colorful past with a unique spirit of modernity.

Arrive and check in at hotel Raj Vilas.
The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the local bazaar.
Jaipur is not only the important tourist destination of the state due to its royal palaces and monuments, but also it offers you the best shopping experience ever. Ranging from footwear, handicrafts to the rare vintage items, the bazaar of Jaipur are the comprehensive set of delightful shopping.
Overnight stay at Hotel Raj Vilas
Set beautifully against landscaped gardens and exotic birdlife, Oberoi Raj Vilas is a royal resort built around the 18th century Shiva Temple. The haven for mystical peace and natural serenity is ornamented with Mughal arches, gold leaf frescoes and magnificent crystal chandeliers. The hotel offers a perfect blend of traditionalism and luxury that is incomparable to any of the resorts in the city.
7

Day:

Jaipur

(260 KM, 6 Hours)

In the morning we will go for an excursion to Amer Fort
Ascend by a painted elephant to the Fort. Perched high over the craggy hills, Amer Fort is known for its majestic grandeur as well as its robust ramparts and stunning palaces. The fort portrays a perfect fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The red sandstone and white marble pavilions when mirrored in the lake at the foot hill is a sight to behold.
In the afternoon we will go for sightseeing of Jaipur. We will visit City Palace and Museum that is situated in the heart of the city. Owing to the perfect blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, City Palace is simple yet notable in design, intricate in implementation and important in the city’s regal past. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the palace still serves as a residence for the royal family. The palace stands as a royal symbol of magnificence and grandeur.
Nearby is the ornate Hawa Mahal, popularly known as Palace of Winds is the important landmark of the city. The most remarkably designed monument was built by Raja Sawai Pratap Singh in the 18th century. Multi- notched five story building was built to provide suitable position behind stone carved mesh like screens to the palace women for viewing the imperial processions passing through the lively and vibrant bazaar.
Also visit Jantar Mantar that has an extraordinary collection of astronomical instruments to discover. It is the largest and best preserved observatory of the country. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes.
Overnight stay at Raj Vilas.
8

Day:

Jaipur – Udaipur

( By Flight – 1 Hour)

Morning transfer to airport to board a flight to Udaipur. Arrive at Udaipur airport and transfer to hotel.
Udaipur city is a delight to the senses. The city is synonymous with palaces and is a destination that is full of passion with the surroundings of flourishing green hills and lakes that enthralls all eyes with its imaginative atmosphere and magnificence. This paradise on earth is regarded as the most romantic city of the country due to its picture perfect backdrop.

In the evening, enjoy cruising on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.
Also, visit the Jag Mandir Palace. Situated on the southern island of Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir Palace is an impressive structure made of yellow sandstone and white marble. Built by Maharana Karam Singh, is also popularly known as Lake Garden Palace. You will be enthralled to appreciate the eight life-sized Elephants engraved out of white marble, personifying as the guards of this beautiful island Palace.
Overnight stay at Hotel Lake Palace.
Situated in the middle of Lake Pichola, you reach the four-acre man-made island palace via private boat. Hotel Taj Lake palace represents the most romantic architectural significance, historical opulence, and natural beauty. The Taj has a way of making you feel like a traveler not a tourist, like a royal guest not a visitor. A stay here lets you experience real life like a magical fairy tale.
9

Day:

Udaipur

(260 KM, 6 Hours)

Morning city tour of Udaipur.We will start with visit to the City Palace.
Situated on the bank of Lake Pichola, are gigantic series of fortresses built in 1559 A.D. The triple arched gate leads to a series of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens. Mor Chowk or peacock courtyard is known for its vivid mosaics in glass decorated walls. The museum in palace exhibits a unique collection of antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils.
Then we will visit Jagdish Temple, raised on a high platform, the three tiered structure was built in yellow sandstone and white marble in 1651. The entrance of the temple is flanked by two life sized elephants and Gul Mahal is the major attraction of the temple. The temple is a notable example of Indo – Aryan architecture. The elaborate beauty of the carvings is very inspiring.
Saheliyon ki Bari is one of the most beautiful gardens in Udaipur. Famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains is situated on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. The palace was presented as a green retreat to royal ladies by Maharana Sangram Singh.
In the afternoon excursion to Eklingji and Nagda.
Eklingji Temple is one of the famous temples of the city and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The magnificent architecture of the temple is really remarkable. The pyramidal style of temple and beautifully carved tower add to the charm of the double storied temple. The series of steps on the outer walls of temple descend into the serene waters of the lake. The temple boasts of a prominent four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) that is made of black marble.
Founded in the 6th century, Nagda is a small town located at the distance of 23 kms from Udaipur. The city was founded by Nagaditya. Nagda houses numerous temples and the most famous is the Saas Bahu temple.
Overnight stay at the Lake Palace.
10

Day:

Udaipur – Mumbai

( By Flight – 1 ¼ Hour)

Transfer to airport to board a flight to Mumbai. Arrive at Mumbai airport and transfer to hotel.
Mumbai is a city that never sleeps and can be described as pulsating, alive, on the move, vibrant, and fun. Once the cluster of seven islands, Mumbai is the most modern city of India and it captures the spirit of changing pace set by liberalization. This is a metropolitan hub of a thriving cultural life, with an endless stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The center for Hindi film industry, known locally as Bollywood, it produces the largest number of films in the world. You can enjoy and savor here many contrasts; old and new, rich and poor, classical and modern.
We will go for sightseeing of Mumbai city.
We will first visit Gateway of India; a monument constructed to honor the visit of King George and Queen Mary to the city of Mumbai in 1911. The basalt arch edifice is 26 meters high. Being the most famous tourist attraction in the city, it’s also called as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai.
Then we will visit Hanging Gardens or the Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. These terraced gardens are situated on the top of the Malabar Hill. The place offers you with splendid views of the sunset over the Arabian Sea. The Hanging Gardens are a great escape from the madness of Mumbai. Great views and beautiful trees make it worth a visit.
Prince of Wales Museum will take you back to the bygone era. The museum houses rare and ancient artifacts of Indian history and objects from foreign lands. The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, integrating elements from other style of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain.
The evening is free for shopping and other independent activities
Mumbai is not only famous for luxury brands, but also for local handicrafts and assortments. The bustling bargained markets are located in the suburbs of Mumbai. Colaba Causeway is a huge market situated in Colaba offering you with a variety of things. Chor Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Mumbai. If you are looking for modern or traditional objects, handicrafts, jewelry, brass items, outfits and more, then ‘Linking Road’ is the best option for you. ‘Fashion Street’ is always crammed with tourist who comes here to shop for the trendiest attires.
Overnight stay at Hotel Taj mahal.
It is an iconic hotel and the first harbour landmark of Mumbai city (built 21 years before the Gateway of India). For more than a century, the Taj Mahal hotel has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe.
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Departure

Early morning transfer to the airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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