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Lucknow - The City of Grace and Grandeur

Lucknow - The City of Grace and Grandeur

Lucknow, known as the city of Nawabs, is still rich with the reminders of its royal heritage. The ancient mansions, big Imambaras [Spelling]and unique lifestyle of the people, are relics of the bygone grandeur of the city.
Whether it is the popular classical dance form  Kathak, or the delectable Avadhi cuisine, there are hints of the Nawabi lifestyle in every walk of life in Lucknow. To get a glimpse of the Nawabi splendor, just ride a boat down the Gomti river or take the Lucknow tour by luxury train.

The Captivating History of the City

From the beginning of Nawabi era, which started in 1775 with Nawab Asafuddaulah, Lucknow saw flamboyance and luxury with every Nawab who ruled the city. The monuments in Lucknow are a proof to that, be it the heavily adorned gateway Rumi Darwaza or the immensely beautiful Bara Imambara. The Nawabs of Lucknow at that time, established a new style of architecture.
The city used to be the capital of the nawabs of Awadh and is one of the main reasons why its called the 'City of Nawabs'. This era of Nawabs gave Lucknow its courteous culture and the mouth watering dishes for which it is famous today.

The nawabs were also actively involved in socio cultural activities, which gave Lucknow the name, 'City of Tehzeeb'. This culture is still prevalent in the city and can be experienced with almost every person one meets.

Even after immense modernization, Lucknow has retained its age old charm and splendor. The Nawabi era also gifted Lucknow with the wealth of music. literature and arts. This is the city where Tabla and Sitar were born. Travelling to the city and visiting the numerous monuments, brings one closer to the glorious era of the nawabs.
The popular train  Maharajas' Express, is a luxury palace on wheels, which takes its guests on a wonderful trip to witness the royal splendor of Lucknow.

Art and Culture

The Nawabs had great love for art and they created new horizons for music, dance and literature. Urdu poets prospered the most at the time, mesmerizing the world with their magnificent poetry. Indian literature has not been the same since then. Their admiration for arts and music gave Kathak dance and Hindustani classical music a prominent place in India's art and culture. The famous Lucknow festival held every year between 25th November and 5th December, still maintains the charm and royalty of the Nawabi era. The Indian Maharajas' Express is a great way of taking a tour to Lucknow during this time.

The World-Famous Avadhi Cuisine

Lakhnavi Nawabs were used to fine living as well as food habits, and never compromised on quality. They regularly experimented in the royal kitchens, which took Avadhi cuisine to new heights.

The cooking patterns of Avadhi cuisine are similar to those of Central Asia and Middle East, and it comprises of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Mughal cooking techniques have greatly influenced this cuisine and the city of Lucknow is known for its Nawabi food.

Whether it is vegetarian food like Dum Aloo, Dum Pukht, or non-vegetarian items like Dum Murg and Dum Mutton, the Nawabs of Lucknow made great contribution to Indian cuisine. Other popular dishes of the Avadhi cuisine include  Dum Biriyani, Mori Pulao and Noor Pulao.

Also known as the 'Land of Kebabs', Lucknow has produced variety of kebabs, including the world-famous Seekh Kebab, Nargisi Kebab, Galawat Kebab and Shami Kebab. Visiting the world-famous kebab joints of Lucknow will definitely make anyone's luxury holidays in India a memorable one.

The Maharajas' Express luxury train takes its guests on a fascinating journey to this amazing city, on their tour package named as the 'Indian Panorama Journey'. The itinerary starts with breakfast on board, followed by visit to the beautiful monuments - Rumi Darwaza and Bada Imambara.

There is cocktail lunch served later, at Taj hotel, after which the guests return to the train. Afterwards, there is an exclusive 'Indian Evening' arranged for the visitors, which gives them a peek into the culture of India. The guests leave for Delhi on the same night.

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Glorious Gwalior at a Glance

Glorious Gwalior at a Glance

Indian luxury holidays include various ancient and famous cities, and Gwalior is one such destination. The city is famous for its old world charm, along with a rapidly transforming modern environment. There are a number of famous monuments in the city. Mughals, who at one time ruled Gwalior, were the creators of the world-famous Taj Mahal, and the well-known Gwalior Fort, was at one time their royal prison.

While visiting the city, you should definitely take a guided tour of the Gwalior Fort. The architecture of this fort is amazing. The fort includes two main palaces  Man Mandir and Gurjari Mahal. The feel of the place is such that it offers some unique experiences, especially when you visit the spot where they used to hang prisoners. While being on this Indian holiday, you will be reminded of some of your old history lessons.

The sound and light show at the fort, at nighttime, is one of the main attractions of the fort. And watching it should be a 'must-do' in every traveler's agenda. Colorful lights playing around re-create events in the fort's history. Audiences have a specific seating area, and the sounds and lights, along with a beautiful narration, bring the fort to life.

Other popular monuments in Gwalior include the gigantic Jain sculptures that have been carved into the rocks. They are located along the cliff-face of the fort. This masterpiece proves how Gwalior was at one point or another home to different religions. Jain, Hindu and Muslim practitioners are equally prominent in Gwalior's history and culture.

Another architectural wonder that should not be missed while taking this luxury journey in India, is the Jai Villas Palace. According to the history of the palace, it was built by prisoners who were captured and kept in the Gwalior fort. Along with a diverse mix of old and new pieces, it has the largest known carpet in Asia, which has also been created by convict labor, over a period of 12 years. Another most talked about antique in the palace museum is a small train model that has tracks going around a large table. The train was meant to pass guests food from one part of the table to another. Ridiculously extravagant, and yet a practical method of hospitality.

So, make sure that you visit these fascinating places in Gwalior and create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. Gwalior tour luxury train is a good way of traveling to this city.

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Maharajas' Express

Guests of Maharajas Express Receive Warm Welcome at Enriched Ambience of Stations

Guests of Maharajas Express Receive Warm Welcom

Luxury redefines in this magnificent train that guarantees unforgettable trips across some of the India's amazing locales. The spectacular train promises the most exciting journeys, though magnificent fort, palaces, picturesque lakes, ancient monuments and spectacular natural wonders. The train not only chugs around some amazing locations but traveling in this train also exposes guests to some royal and empirical treatment, which is difficult to forget in the entire life. Right from their arrival at the boarding station, the guests receive grand and red-carpet welcome in the proper traditional style at the enriched ambience of the station. The warm hospitality offered by the staffs and crew members are at par with the services of five-star hotels that are sure to baffle and astonish the clients.

Artistically designed and professionally managed Maharajas Express leave no-stone unturned to entice its guests with its amicable hospitality and state-of-the-art facilities. It is not only the onboard services that leave the clients in awe but even the excursion of different places, which the train covers are simply unmatchable. The guests of this royal train is greeted with grand welcome at every station, where they are exposed to the traditional song and dance performed by the local artist of the place. Ostentatious welcomes will make the guests feel like king and queen. They are welcomed at every station in completely traditional style, thereby giving them a hint of the rich cultural and heritage delight of that place.

The itineraries of the train is planned and designed in such a manner that guests are exposed to the rich cultural heritage of different parts of India in a brilliant manner. As the train cruise along different stations like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajanta, Mumbai, Gwalior, Jodhpur, Lucknow and Varanasi, guests of Maharajas Express will relish the impressive and grandeur welcome at every station that will expose them to the age-old tradition and heritage of the place. Local and renowned artists of these places are approached to entertain and welcome the guests of the train with their amazing talent and art.
For more details please visit us at www.the-maharajas.com.

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