With this journey, you can explore the true gems of India. The preciousness of Indian gems resides in its shimmering greens, its iridescent heritage, and its architectural marvels. With this unique Gems of India route, you can visit the iconic epitaph and monument of love- Taj Mahal, catch the sight of the elusive tiger at Ranthambore and explore the Indian culture in Jaipur.
The exciting Gems of India tour combines enthralling explorations with boundless luxury.
Duration – The tour stretches up to four days and each day brings a new city to explore. Fare- The fare for gems of India route starts from $3850 and for interesting offers, you can click here. Season- The season for this unique Gems of India journey starts in October and ends in April. You can always choose to either end or start a year with us amidst luxury and opulence.
Guests board the palatial train at Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi and are grandly welcomed as per Indian traditions. Check-in formalities are also carried out on the first day.
Guests can pamper their taste buds with an on-board dinner in the train’s two thematically designed restaurants- Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal.
The Maharajas’ Express proceeds for the alluring city of Agra. Guests spend overnight on the palatial train.
The second day of the Gems of India tour begins at Agra where guests visit the Taj Mahal, the famous epitaph of Mughal Queen, Mumtaz Mahal; an architectural marvel and an eternal symbol of love.
Visit Taj Mahal is followed by a sumptuous Champagne breakfast a top Taj Khema.
Return to comforts of Maharajas’ Express or visit Itmad-ud-daula, another epitome of amazing architecture or visit Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient Mughal capital, as an optional tour.
Guests can have lunch on-board in the palatial restaurants.
Post-Lunch guests can either proceed to visit the Agra Fort or choose from optional activities such as Spa at a 5 star hotel or a private shopping tour.
After that, guests can return to the comforts of the Maharajas’ Express or may watch “Mohabbat-e-Taj Show” as an Optional Activity.
Treat yourself with different cuisines on onboard dinner.
The Maharajas’ Express leaves for Sawai Madhopur, the first city in the regal state of Rajasthan under the Gems of India route.
Each day gets more exciting in Gems of India journey and the third day begins with the train’s arrival; at Sawai Madhopur. Guests proceed for an exciting Game Drive at Ranthambore National Park, where they can spot the elusive tiger crouching amidst the sprawling greenery.
After the adventurous odyssey guest can return to the Maharajas’ Express.
Begin your day with a wholesome breakfast on board.
The Maharajas’ Express departs for Jaipur, the final destination under the Gems of India route. Delicious lunch for Guests on Board.
Guests can then proceed to visit the Amber Fort or may also choose other optional activities such as Spa facilities at a 5-star hotel or a blissful session of private shopping tour or an exciting visit to City Palace and the Observatory (locally known as Jantar Mantar).
With Gems of India tour, you can soak in the brilliance of the archaic era as guests can proceed to City Palace/Jai Mahal Palace for an exclusive Elephant Activity, where guests may choose to indulge to paint them, feed them or take the royal ride followed by an enchanting dance performance and dinner.
Return to the abode of luxury, the Maharajas’ Express.
The Maharajas’ Express leaves for Delhi and guests spend night on-board.
Have a sumptuous breakfast on-board.
Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas’ Express as you take the shimmering memories of Gems of India tour back home.
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Amber (pronounced Amer) is situated about 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachwahas of Amber before the capital was shifted to the plains, the present day Jaipur.
The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sandstone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture.
Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones, and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking vista. Built mainly for the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort.
All means of survival and luxuries for the royal families and the people who were concerned with the functioning of this small kingdom of the Kachhawas were well provided. The Rajputs who had apparently won a small structure passed on by Meena tribes, later on, renovated it into the grand Amber Fort.
Holding a history as old as seven centuries, this place vibrates with its legendary past. Although many of the early structures have been literally ruined at the same time, those dating from 16th century onwards are remarkably well preserved by sincere efforts.
The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1666, A.D. although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shahjahan.
The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid – a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khaas, Musamman Burj – where Shahjahan died in 1666 A.D. Jahangir’s Palace; Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.
Taj Mahal was built by a grief-stricken Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world-renowned wonder, Taj Mahal sits pretty on the northern side of this green paradise. It looks the same from all the four sides! The Quranic inscriptions on its four entrances are carved in such a subtle increase in size that may appear to be of the same size from top to bottom! Shahjahan invited master craftsmen from as far as Italy and Persia to help design his ambitious tribute to love.
The Taj Mahal is phenomenal not in the beauty alone that shines forth, but in the deep planning and design that went into its making, and the ethereal idea of immortalizing love. Delicate carvings in marble vie with gorgeous pietra dura for attention. Lapis-lazuli, Cornelian, Mother of pearl, Agate and Emerald are inlayed in floral and geometrical patterns in the marble itself. This enchanting mausoleum, on the bank of river Yamuna, started in 1631 and it took 22 years to complete with the help of an estimated 20000 workers.
It was once the private hunting grounds of the Kings and Royals of Jaipur. Spread over 392 sq km, the park has steep crags embracing a network of lakes and rivers. The terrain is a blend of impregnable forests and open grasslands. The forest is an open deciduous type with Dhok being the most prominent tree. The park can be visited in the morning and evening either by canter or gypsy.
At Ranthambore, tigers are readily observed during daylight, hunting or lazing around, oblivious of jeep load of tourists and their cameras. Apart from tigers, the park has a wide variety of animals, birds, and reptiles. One can find Marsh Crocodiles, Hyenas, Leopards, Jungle Cats, Fox, and Jackal apart from Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara. Sambhar Deers are the pride of Ranthambore.
The park has more than 300 varieties of the avian population including Black Storks, Quails, Crested Serpent Eagles, and Painted Storks.
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Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. It is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushing pink, where once lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewelry, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Kaya Kalp – Spa at ITC Rajputana
Kaya Kalp as the name suggests rejuvenation of mind, body & soul is a perfect place to rediscover yourself. An ultimate delight to profit yourself with western style therapies using luxurious products that are natural but deliver the desired effects. A visit to the place will be a journey full of relaxation & rejuvenation.
Deep Tissue Massage (60 mins) The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures.
Kaya Kalp Massage (60 mins) This signature massage is designed to relax the entire body, focused on relieving muscular tension while combining wonderful soothing strokes for the ultimate massage. This powerful aroma therapeutic massage incorporates dynamic blends of essentials oils personalized according to your specific needs.
Traditional Thai Massage (60 mins) Thai massage is based on the discovery of ten invisible energy lines called Sen, which run throughout the body. Your journey begins with a masterful combination of Thai stretching techniques and a deep tissue pressure point massage. This stimulation treatment increases blood flow, releases toxins and restores suppleness; balancing your body, mind, and spirit.
The philosophy of Jiva or “Inner force” is inherently rooted in India’s ancient approach to wellness. Allow all the stress & tension to meltdown & revive your skin & soul. Inspired by ancient Indian healing wisdom, Jiva believes that a spa unfolds a holistic path of life that opens out channels to nurture ones’ life force.
Deep Tissue Massage (60 mins) A customized technique of muscle massage performed by specially-trained hands, which work on your deep-seated stress. Experience enhanced mobility of joints and let a deep sense of relief fill you.
Relaxation Massage (60 mins) A full-body relaxing massage to melt away your stress. Alternating palm and thumb strokes, skilled hands gently work on your tired and sore muscles. Fragrant signature oil blends, with the richness of Kewda, Frankincense, and Brahmi, infused in Sandalwood and Sesame are used for this massage to release tension, bringing ease and tranquillity to your entire system.
Energizing Massage (60 mins) A deep-muscular massage to lift your spirits and revive your inner vitality. A special blend of oil, laced with fragrances of Nagarmotha, Pachouli, Tulsi, and Aswagandha, will work on your deep-seated aches, releasing trapped nerves and balancing the flow of energy in your body. Every joint, muscle and sinew will pulse with newfound vigor.
Gentlemen’s Game – Golf at Rambagh Golf Club
A game of golf here will transport you into the bygone days as you catch glimpses of the Rambagh Palace Hotel, The Moti Doongari, & Nahargarh Fort & the Birla Temple. The origins of the Rambagh Golf Club date back to October 1944. Approximate time take for visit: 3 Hours
Museums are the best place to visit to know about the culture and traditions. The Albert Hall was developed based on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Royal Albert museum contains a rare collection of decorative art objects, pottery, paintings, sculptures, woodwork, natural history specimens, an Egyptian Mummy and the well known Persian Golden Carpet. In this museum, one gallery is dedicated to Mehndi, body art and great Rajasthani motifs and designs are on display. Approximate time is taken for visit: 1 Hour
Visit to City Palace & Astronomical Observatory
The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. The huge complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings blend both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The Peacock Gate is exquisite and contains an alluring display of detailed workmanship featuring bright peacocks. Today, the royal family lives in the graceful Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace) bordering the courtyard.
Considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built, combining religion, science and art, the Jantar Mantar is the name given to a series of five, magnificent structures built in Jaipur, New Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. At first glance, Jantar Mantar seems like a complex of slides, globes, and other intriguing constructs. But closer viewing will reveal its wonder. The science and engineering of Jantar Mantar is a remarkable achievement for its contribution to astronomy and architecture. Approximate time is taken for visit: 2 Hours.