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Letter from India: The Magical Indian Panorama Journey with the Maharajas’ Express…

My dear travellers, how are you today? I believe that this heat and pandemic did not hinder you in performing your daily duties. Due to the current health situation, the only thing left for us to do is look at our old pictures and remember the beautiful moments from the trip and along the way hope that we will soon be able to travel normally again.

If you follow my blog for a long time, I believe that you will remember my stories about an unusual, distant land of contrast – India. Two years ago, more precisely in February 2018, I had the opportunity to visit this far distant country. My boyhood dream was to visit one of the wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal.

The plan of the National Tourism Organization of the Republic of India was to promote different regions in India with the use of railways. It was my first long train journey and all the time during the flight to Delhi I wondered what a trip really looks like where people spend most of their time on the train itself.

My thinking was interrupted by the captain of the plane, who welcomed us to the capital of one of the most populous countries in the world. The excitement and adrenaline after several hours of flights did its thing and I tried in every way to get around the crowd and find my hosts. A warm welcome and numerous gifts brought a smile to my face. During the drive to the hotel, the hosts tried to briefly explain the route and the way of traveling to me, but my eyes were fixed on the window because I was seduced by the lights of a world metropolis such as New Delhi.

Through conversation, I learned that I was one of the first bloggers from my group to come and that the remaining members of the crew would arrive by the early hours of the morning. Insomnia did its thing, so I decided to get acquainted with the details of the trip and started reading the details about the Maharajas’ Express, a dream train that many say is a five-star hotel on wheels.

The Maharajas’ Express is the only train that provides a journey that will be remembered for the rest of your life. The National Railways of the Republic of India, together with the management of the Maharaja Express, wanted to show people the beauty of travel that dates back to the famous Indian royal era. Maharaja Express trips are specially organized throughout the year and last on average between seven and ten days. The main goal of each trip is to acquaint tourists with the national treasure of India, the incredible Indian spirit and cultural heritage. All Maharajas’ Express trips are created to be in line with the wishes and needs of clients who value their money and expect a certain level of comfort and luxury during their trip.

This unusual luxury train in India, after many years of successful work, has received numerous awards for its exceptional hospitality. The specificity of this train is the presidential suite, which is symbolically called “Navratna“, which in Indian language means “nine precious gems”. The luxury train Maharajas’ Express received its own for the precious gems of various Maharajas (kings). According to tradition, the trains of the Indian Maharajah have 14 locomotives for guests, which are called: Moti (Pearl), Manik (Rubin), Heera (Diamond), Panna (Emerald), Neelam (Blue Sapphire), etc.

A traveler on this extremely luxurious train journey can get to know and come into direct contact with the cultural heritage of India. All information and travel instructions are sent to passengers by mail to the home address before the trip, and passengers also receive a special copy of documents and brochures before the train departs. Traveling by this luxury train will be an unforgettable experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

The price of the travel package also includes the services of professional butlers, spacious cabins with fully equipped bathrooms with basic packages for daily care, TV, electronic safe and wireless internet.

Maharaja Express has several dining cars (wagons) with different themed units, where an incredible variety of world cuisines are served in gold and silver cutlery in an elegantly decorated ambience. Themed restaurants are: Peacock Restaurant (Maiur Mahal) and Haveli Restaurant (Rang Mahal). One of the many cars is reserved for the Safari bar where passengers can enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with a number of snacks.

I have to admit that I spent a lot of time with pistachios, Indian nuts and unsalted peanuts while working on the computer during the trip. I think I spent more time in the Safari Bar than in my own room. All train services like food and drinks of all kinds are included in the price because the train service is “all inclusive” so you don’t have to carry money or the credit card with you every time.

Safari Bar wagon within the Maharaja Express

If you decide to travel by this magical train, you can choose between four programs: Indian Panorama, Indian Shine, Cultural Heritage of India and Jewels of India. Each of these programs is unique and differs in route and duration of the trip. I am a member of the crew that was on the Indian Panorama program. If you are interested in the routes and duration of all programs, you can read all about the program tours at this link.

For all those adventurers who have the desire to get to know India and visit this country for the first time, I wholeheartedly recommend the Indian Panorama tour. Why? This program includes all the jewels of Indian cultural heritage: Agra and Fatehpur Sikri (Taj Mahal), Jaipur (pink city of winds), Varanasi (the place where the river Ganges connects the earthly with the heavenly world), as well as many others. In addition to important cultural and historical cities, you will have the opportunity to go on safari and experience the beauties of the natural wild life of India.

For years I have dreamed of visiting the Taj Mahal and after so many years my dream has been fulfilled because of that I am most grateful to have a job that I truly love and that fulfills me with the selfless support of my readers who daily follow my unusual adventures around the world.

If you want to remind yourself what my great Indian adventure looked like you can read my stories at the following links:

  1. India: Land of Smile and Happiness
  2. India: When Dreams Come True!
  3. India: Last Call For Varanasi
  4. India: Red is the Color of Joy (special fashion outfit post)
Lunch time and arrival of Maharaja Express in Varanasi with a view of the river Ganges

My dear travellers, once again we have come to the end post from special post about my Indian adventure with Maharajas’ Express. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from Maharajas’ Express for this incredible adventure and Incredible India for their huge efforts to make my dream come true. Also I would like to say huge thank you for this great adventure.

This time, Qatar Airways recognized the quality of my work and they wanted to be part of this amazing project. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with companies that are at the top of the tourism industry and I would like to thank them for this incredible adventure and for allowing me to experience the beauty of the world in a completely different way.

How do you like this story about India? Have you maybe had a chance to explore India with Maharajas’ Express? I would like to share with me your experience! See you next week with another interesting story!

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

Best,
Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Incredible India and Maharajas’ Express. I would like to say thank you to Qatar Airways for having me. This trip was an extraordinary experience for me!

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India: When Dreams Come True!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my new post! I sincerely hope that you’ve been able to rest for the weekend and to “prepare” for the new working week. Last week I promised you a new post about my little adventure in India. Today has come a day to fulfill my promise and I write you impressions from a far, far country – India.

In the last post I wrote to you that India is a land of contrasts and smile. I’m happy to say that my greatest childhood dream was fulfilled, to see one of the seven miracles of the world – Taj Mahal! I have to admit that with my 25 years I wouldn’t succeed alone, since the average Serbian wallet can’t afford such a trip, but with the small help of the Indian Tourist Board#IncredibleIndia in cooperation with Maharaja’s Express, they have managed to fulfill my dream. Of all my heart, I thank the organizers of this magical journey, not only that they have fulfilled my greatest dream, but I have met new colleagues and made a new friends. Thank you!

 

 

Let’s start with today’s adventure! The second town that was planned to visit on our Maharaja’s Express was Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is a town located in the area of Agra, specifically in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He was the first planned city of the Mughal Empire, where the buildings are a mixture of Indian, Persian and Islamic architecture. Because of this, Fatehpur Sikri has been added to the UNESCO list of sites of historical importance in Asia and the Oceania. In addition to the city’s glamor, palace and of course the Jami Mosque are great tourist attractions that attract a large number of tourists each year to this lovely Indian city.

 

 

At every step you can find the remains of buildings that, unfortunately, have not resisted from the time, but some remains are preserved and if you are a fan of architecture I’m sure you will find additional reasons to visit this city!

 

 

Fatehpur Sikri is still surrounded by its original 6 km long wall on its three sides, while the fourth is covered with a vanished lake nowadays, but apart from the complexes of imperial buildings on the rugged cliff of the diameter, most of the city has disappeared. The architecture of the Imperial complex exudes Hindu and Jain styles dominating Islamic elements of architecture. There are a number of buildings that make up this complex, but some of the most important buildings are: Buland Darwaza – the largest portal in the complex, Jama Mosque – the oldest building in the whole complex, the Salim Chisti Mausoleum, Hall of the Private Audience and others.

 

 

I don’t know have you ever wonder how it’s possible that human strength and hands can do something so powerful and timeless… Maybe they are not buildings from a later period like Renaissance, but you have to admit that this style is magnificent! I loved it so much!

 

 

When you walk around these gorgeous halls and gardens, you just understand the concept of this luxury that Maharaja had enjoyed. The sunset is magnificent here! The way a man feels fulfilled, somehow all worries disappear for a moment. You don’t have time to think about everyday things that life can turn upside down!

 

 

After the Royal Complex, it was time to visit Jama Masjid, or Jama Mosque. Very unique building in this complex. There are certain records that prove this is perhaps the oldest building in the Fatehpur Sikri complex.

 

 

One more day it was slowly coming to an end, and bloggers were tired, but fortunate to have enough energy to board on the Maharaja Express and continue their journey!

 

 

Why did I mention a couple of times so far in the past post, and even in today’s post that Maharaja’s Express train I called the train of dreams? It is really a magical train that will give you a memorable trip for a lifetime. This is not a fairy tale, it’s the reality! The train that leads you to the largest jewels of India. You have to admit that there is not much opportunity in life to get to know a good incredible country like India. You should properly organize your time, use it right and of course enjoy in your adventure!

I talk tooo much, but good morning from the city of my dreams! Good morning from Agra! Some people call Agra – The City of Great Love, are you maybe wondering why? I believe you heard about the building of Taj Mahal. Do you know what that symbol is? I’m sure you know! – The symbol of Eternal Love!

 

 

White fairy tale! The Tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Who was she? The young girl Arjumand Benu Begum, who was a wife of the famous Mughal emperor – Shah Jahan. Title Mumtaz Mahal (Crown of My Palace) was given due to the excessive love she had received from her husband. Mumtaz managed to make her husband happy with the 13 children, but unfortunately she died when she was giving birth to their 14th child.

Mumtaz had few last wishes, and one of them was that Shah Jahan wouldn’t marry again and to build her the biggest evidence of love that the world haven’t seen. So the magnificent Taj Mahal was built. It is a tomb of 36 kinds of white marble, 22,000 workers, who have worked hard for 22 years to build “The Palace of the Great Love”.

 

 

The Emperor Shah Jahan is with his beloved one and his soul has found peace in Taj Mahal, on the other hand Taj Mahal is now on the list of Seven Wonders of the World. Today, millions of people come from all over the world to see this amazing building. Until 3 weeks ago, I had only the memories of my father who was constantly describing Taj with his lovely stories and how many times he was able to see it while he was in India when he was young, many before I came to the world. There, 20 years later in my 25th year and maybe the 3th year of my blogging career I managed to see this building by my own! My dream is fulfilled now. You just have to believe in your dreams! One day they will become reality! Believe me!

 

 

I’m just sorry because I didn’t have more than those three hours to enjoy in the beauty of the Taj Mahal. The plan of the journey had to be respected, and I tried to satisfy my desire in those three hours and to take some photos of this White Palace called Taj Mahal.

 

 

After taking the photos, I was sitting on a famous bench where many famous personalities like Lady Diana – princess of the hearts of people in Great Britain, the present princesse, the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton and other royal family members and well-known politicians. I had a strange feeling, sitting in front of a building that is a tomb of a one woman and her family.

 

 

In the last post, I wrote that death in India only seems sad, but the Maharaja leaves after him the whole piece of art, just to show their size and luxury which they had for their lifetime. This monument is a bit different, it is the proof of the greatest love. I took advantage of the photographer’s services that followed us on the journey, so the picture came out like “Mom, here I am finally here! Do not worry, I’m fine! ” My mom just told me to look like one famous singer from his cover for his latest album. Mothers…

 

 

This is a monument of the real love, the last hope for all women on the world to remind that love really exists. Maybe your husband will not be able to build you this kind of proof of love, but let’s be realistic no more wealthy people on the world like this, but we can always show our love with some small gestures always. That’s why Taj Mahal is unique and maybe if you can afford to go in your lifetime once, just to feel that peace. It is very important to find that peace there and of course to enjoy art yourself. I did not mind a crowd of tourists who were pushing to make good pictures, I understood because I did it just a few minutes before them. I just sat on the bench and enjoyed the look, I did not feel hunger or thirst at all…

 

 

My sincere recommendation is that if you already have a chance to go to Agra and visit Taj Mahal, spend the night there and arrive the following day in Taj to feel the real oasis of peace and tranquility. I think Mumtaz is really proud that her eternal house has the most beautiful view of the world!

 

 

I would like you to write an interesting fact. As you know about the law of physics, when approaching certain objects or structures, they will enlarge to you, and of course they will look bigger and bigger to you. The Taj Mahal is a little different, there is an optical illusion! As you approach, Taj is “reducing” to you! Very interesting! As long as you don’t climb up the stairs and come in front of Taj itself you do not have the feeling of the true size of Taj itself.

 

 

My perfect morning is ended and Maharaja’s Express crew had to come back to their planned schedule! The next station – Gwalior! I will not say goodbye to Taj Mahal, but I’m looking forward to seeing you at least once in my life! Even with a walking stick or wheelchair, I promise I will come to see you again!

 

 

Fortress Gwalior is one of the largest and most beautiful ancient monument that can be found in the state of Madhya Pradesh, in Central India. The fortress is wonderful, not to mention the little ducks on mosaics on the wall of the fort.

 

 

This cute dog was so much funny and very jealous that we were trying to get some good pictures of the wall of the ducks, not of her. She simply decided to sit down and take her place in the picture! I had to make this picture to publish in my post because she was very kind and humble. She has  a good soul which is full of love for life and people.

 

 

Folks, that is all for today! We have come to the end of the second post in this small series of posts of my adventure from India. I sincerely hope you enjoyed my post and that you enjoyed India. I would like to thank you for the wonderful comments and messages you have written via email and social media. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I would like to hear your impressions about this post! If you have a question, some comment, suggestion, or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as you have always been able to contact me via mail or social networks, you can find it on the CONTACT page.

In the next post you will se my outfit from India! And now I’ll go to prepare myself for ITB Berlin exhibition! See you!

 

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

This way I would like to thank my friends from the Indian Tourist Board and Maharaja’s Express team for a wonderful experience and I was pleased that I had the opportunity to meet a country like India. I am also grateful to my friends from Sony for the premium camera RX100 Mark V. This post was sponsored by the Government of India, the Tourism Board of India and the Maharaja’s Express luxury train.

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