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Luxury Train Travel in India aboard the Maharajas' Express

India, the Land of the Maharajas, welcomes you to lead the very royal lives its erstwhile rulers led. And what better way to experience a week of unparalleled luxury than travel in a virtual palace running on wheels. Yes, luxury train travel has come a long way in India and are at par, if not above, with their international counterparts – the Royal Scotsman, the Orient Express and the likes. Maharaja's Express in particular is one luxury train that hardly needs a fancy introduction

The names of the carriages of the Maharajas' Express have been named after the legendary jewels of the various Maharajas.

An Experience Unforgettable

As if 2 World Travel Awards, several nominations in World's Leading Luxury Train category and numerous other awards were not already enough, Maharaja's Express can be introduced as one of the most popular luxury trains running on Indian rails. The train was incepted in 2010 by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) with a view to provide unmatched luxury to guests looking for the Maharaja experience. Since the keyword here was always "Maharaja", everything that was befitting an Indian monarch was somehow incorporated into the train and its journey. King size beds that were studded with jewels, cabins that would put Five Star hotel suites to shame, hospitality that even the Rajahs of yore would envy. It is all these things and more that makes the Maharaja's Express not just a journey. It is a lifestyle – 7 days of godly bliss.

A train almost half a mile long redefines luxury and comfort. It recreates the Lifestyle of a princely era.

Only fittingly, the 14 guest carriages of the Maharaja's Express are each named after a precious stone. The Presidential Suite, the only of its kind in the world, spans an entire carriage and is aptly called the Navratna. The train has a four-cabin configuration – Presidential Suite, Suite, Junior Suite and Deluxe Cabin. All cabins and suites feature large panoramic windows to run the beautiful imagery of varying landscapes whizzing by. Facilities such as Live Television, Wi-Fi Internet and individual climate control transform your cabin into a cocoon of comfort.

The on board services is provided in collaboration with M/s. Select Holiday Resorts Pvt. Ltd, a hospitality chain operating 5 star hotels and partner for the off-train excursions is M/s. Creative Travels Pvt. Ltd, a leading destination management company.

Deluxe Cabin

Cabin area 112 sqft, twin/double bed cabins with attached bath.

Junior Suite

Cabin 150 sqft, twin/double bed cabins with a writing table and attached bath.


Cabin area 220 sqft, double bed with separate living and bedroom areas, attached bath with bath tub.

Presidential Suite

Cabin area 448 sqft, two bedrooms, two attached bath (one with bath tub), a living cum dining room.

Categories of Cabin available on Maharajas' Express
Room Category Twin Double Total Cabins/Suits Passenger Capacity
Delux Cabin 15 5 20 40
Junior Suite 12 6 18 36
Suite 4 4 8
Presidential Suite(has a double
and a twin room)
1 4
Total 43 88

Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal (Restaurant Cars)

Fine dining has a new dimension added altogether as you wine and dine like royalty does. 2 theme restaurants, Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal, serve culinary masterpieces in multiple cuisines. Both restaurants can accommodate 42 guests each, at a time. Each restaurant has been beautified with a unique theme décor and has an ambiance that is the perfect foil to the sumptuous food to be had.

The Rajah Club and Safari Bar (Lounge and Bar Cars)

The majestic Safari bar houses the choicest of wines, champagnes and beer – Indian and foreign – served with delectable snacks. The adjoining Rajah Club is where you can kick back with a book, sipping a single malt. There is a mini library, bar game tables and snuggling arm chairs that create the perfect ambiance for lounging around

Maharajas' Express Journeys

Gems of India (Tour Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days)

Gems of India offers a whirlwind tour through the golden triangle circuit of India- Delhi, Agra and Jaipur along with a halt at the tiger abode 'Ranthambore National Park'.

Tour Highlights

  • Tour of Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world and Agra fort, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Shopping and spa sessions in Agra
  • Morning game safari in the Ranthambore National Park
  • City excursion of Jaipur
  • Exhibition Elephant Polo in Jaipur

Treasures of India (Tour Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days)

A fascinating ride across the golden triangle circuit of India- Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The itinerary of this luxury train also includes excursion to the Ranthambore National Park.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
  • Jeep Safari in the Ranthambore National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visit to the Exhibition Elephant Polo
  • Shopping at local Bazaars of the Pink city and enjoying Spa session

Heritage of India (Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days)

A perfect opportunity for those who wish to see the royal and cultural heritage of India, the Heritage of India tour itinerary extensively covers the destinations in the western part of India. The luxury train itinerary covers Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to Ajanta Caves
  • Sightseeing tour of City Palace complex, Udaipur
  • City excursion and cultural performances in Jodhpur
  • Visit to Camel breeding farms in Bikaner
  • Visit to Amer Fort and elephant ride in Jaipur
  • Golf game or Spa session at City Palace, Jaipur
  • Jeep Safari through The Ranthambore National Park
  • Visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Visit to Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world
  • A lavish breakfast accompanied with Champagne at Taj Khema

Indian Panorama (Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days)

Beginning and culminating in Delhi, the Indian Panorama tour itinerary offers a glimpse of the Indian architecture, culture and spirituality in a journey lasting up to 8 days. The luxury train itinerary includes a visit to Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit to Amber Fort followed by an Exhibition Elephant Polo
  • Shopping in the local bazaars and spa session at City Palace
  • Safari trip to the Ranthambore National Park
  • Exploring Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the World
  • Visit to Gwalior Fort
  • High-tea at Jal Vilas Palace
  • Visit to Jahangiri Mahal in Orchha
  • Exploring World-renowned Khajuraho temples, a world heritage site
  • Visit to Sarnath, a Buddhist heritage
  • Enjoy shopping at Varanasi Silk Center and and evening 'Aarti' on the banks

Indian Splendor (Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days)

A meticulously designed itinerary that includes a visit to the former princely states of Rajasthan and Gujarat along with a halt in Agra. The inclusion of Agra is justified as it was the seat of the Mughal emperors.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Agra (Taj Majal, Fathepur Sikri, Itmad-ud-Daulah
  • Shopping tour in the city
  • Jungle Safari in the Ranthambore National Park
  • Shopping, local sightseeing and an Exhibition Elephant Polo in Jaipur
  • Visiting cattle breeding farm in Bikaner
  • Enjoying cultural performances sightseeing and a lavish in Bikaner
  • Cultural performance in Rohet, Bishnoi
  • Sightseeing of Jodhpur
  • Sightseeing and Shopping in Udaipur
  • Excursion of Dinosaur Fossil Park, Balasinor