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Maharajas' Express: World's Leading Luxury Train

Step aboard into a world of red carpets and high teas with maharajas....rediscover a bygone age of elegance, opulence and romance

The golden era of luxury train travel in India dawned when Maharajas' Express - an initiative of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) - was introduced in 2010. Dubbed India's equivalent to the Orient Express of Europe, this Maharaja train is rated by prestigious travel magazines and luxury guides as one of the greatest rail journeys in the world.

Maharajas' Express has been designed to redefine executive travel. But there's more to it than sheer class. With its 5 tastefully crafted rail journeys, it presents India in a way never seen before. Long before the arrival of colonial power, India used to be the land of maharajas. Kingdoms were founded, cultures flourished and art developed.

The Maharajas journeys are crafted to offer you a glimpse into this rich heritage and culture of India through:

  • Cultural immersions through insider experiences
  • Visits to forts and palaces replete with history
  • Guided tours to World Heritage Sites
  • Excursions into National Parks to witness untamed wildlife
  • Arrangement of folk dances at select destinations performed by local artists
  • Traditional Indian hospitality

Whereas the life off the train is designed to offer cultural interactions, life on board is all about refinement, opulence and elegance. All guest salons are been named after a precious stone or the Navratnas. Each coach incorporates the gemstone after which they are named as its motif. For optimum comfort and luxury, each guest cabins are equipped with:

  • A spacious wardrobe
  • Individual climate control
  • Luggage hold underneath the bed
  • 24hrs availability of paramedic on Board.
  • Electronic smoke detection systems & free Wi-Fi internet.
  • Live television and CCTV cameras for all public areas
  • Direct International dial telephone facility in each passenger cabin.
  • Attached washroom in all categories of room
  • Air Ambulance service in case of emergencies

Suites and Presidential Suites are also equipped with:

  • Mini Bar
  • Bathrooms with wash basin, WC, shower cubicle, a full bath tub with running hot and cold water
  • Spacious sitting area

The Facilities that distinct the Maharajas Train with others:

  • Live television and CCTV cameras for all public areas
  • Most Spacious Passenger Cabins (Presidential Suite - 43.1 Sq. mt)
  • 24hrs availability of paramedic on Board
  • Air Ambulance service in case of emergencies
  • On Board water filtration plant.

Gourmet dining on board the maharaja train is arranged in 2 dining cars which are named Rang Mahal (Color Palace) and Mayur Mahal (Peacock Palace). The plates are fine Limoges, edged with gold, the glasses Swarovski hand-cut crystal and the cutlery monogrammed with the letter M. Variety of cuisine served on board include:

  • Lactose Free Meals
  • Kosher Meal
  • Ovo Lacto Veg Meal
  • Gluten Free Meal
  • Jain Meal
  • Non Vegetarian Meal
  • Vegan Meal
  • Vegetarian Meal

Guests could engage in recreational activities inside the Rajah Club - Lounge Car. Rajah Club has a well stocked library with general books and pictorial guidebooks offering glimpses of Indian Maharajas who used rule their kingdom before India became democracy. Board games and card games could also be enjoyed in Rajah Club over sip of your favorite wine. At one end stands the bar and at the other stands a souvenir shop named Treasure Chest from where you could buy mementos of this royal train journey.

Come live a Maharaja life now on board most luxurious train in the world. Embark on a saga of adventure, elegance and romance on board Maharajas' Express, which definitely is one of the finest travel experiences in the world, a journey like no other.

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Maharajas' Express Pan-Indian Journeys

Maharaja Express Heritage of India

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Embark on a journey down the history lane. Heritage of India tour is a medley of heritage, art and culture along with the finesse and romance of luxury train traveling. Highlights of the tour include visit to Ajanta Caves and the land of Maharajahs Rajasthan.

Maharajas' Express - The Indian Splendor

Duration :7 Nights / 8 Days
The Indian Splendor itinerary whisks you from Delhi to Mumbai in a journey drenched in elegance and opulence. The cultural fervor of this classic rail journey only gets more pronounced as guests are invited to play elephant polo match in Jaipur - the way erstwhile monarchs did.

Maharajas Express Indian Panorama

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
From land of Nawabs Lucknow to the citadels of mighty Mughals in Agra; and from the vibrant Rajasthan to sleepy hamlet Orchha and the sensuous Khajuraho, the Indian Panorama tour is a power packed tour itinerary of North India with an emphasis on heritage factor.

Maharajas' Express Golden Triangle Journeys

Maharaja Express Treasures of India
Treasures of India

Duration : 3 Nights / 4 Days
Embark on a whirlwind tour across the famed golden triangle tour circuit to behold the magnificent marvels of Mughal and Rajput architecture. Rediscover an age of elegant train traveling as the myriad colors of Indian traditions unfolds itself.

Maharajas' Express Gems of India
Gems of India

Duration :3 Nights / 4 Days
Gems of India itinerary is yet another golden triangle tour offered by the train operators combining the best of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur. Explore cultural treasure troves such as Taj Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort, all with a royal touch.


The tour had some amazing experiences, the warm greetings we have received both on and off board was memorable.

Ann Clivette & Arthur Taylor UK

Very good venues & side trips, all staff courteous, attentive & professional, always helpful.

Anne & Stephen Hayes Australia

Everything about Maharajas’ Express was excellent.

Benny Gal Isreal

Thank you all for the wonderful time. This was the best experience will never be forgotten. Thank you once again.

Bipin & Eila Pabari UK

The organization of the boarding/de-boarding, tour vehicles and guides are all integrated very well.

Clarence M Bishop USA

Awards & Accolades

Maharajas' Express was declared
World's Leading Luxury Train

Maharaja Express was voted World's Leading Luxury Train Read More
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