Maharajas’ Express : Soaked in opulence

Exterior view of Maharaja Express which takes visitors on a royal tour of India. Photo Courtesy: Maharajas' Express

If you want to be treated royally and have a glimpse of the majestic Indian past embedded in rich architectural splendour of palaces, exquisite designs of marvellous buildings, symbiotic culture of the land, then travel in Maharajas’ Express. The train swathed in opulence will take you to different places including world's monumental icon of love the Taj Mahal at Agra, beautiful cave paintings at Ajanta, spotting the elusive tiger in the vivid greens of Ranthambore National Park. The train also soaks you in  the spectacular regal heritage of Rajasthan in its magnificent forts, vibrant bazars and the royal cuisine. The journey will leave you with everlasting memories of a unique mix of culture, history and folklore and will show you a new meaning of India tourism.

Maharajas’ Express currently runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering a dozen destinations, mainly in Rajasthan, between the tourist months of October and April.

Since its inaugural run in 2010, Maharajas’ Express has been redefining elegance and opulence, luxury and comfort, recreating lifestyle of the princely era and showcasing Incredible India.

Maharajas' Express has become synonymous with style, opulence and grace. So, get ready for the journey to have date with royality. Photo courtesy : Maharajas' Express

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All its carriages are equipped with an array of top notch facilities such as live television, DVD player and wifi. All coaches are equipped with individual temperature control, attached bathroom and water filtration plant. Besides round-the-clock valet service and a paramedic is available throughout the journey.

The train has been bestowed the "World's Leading Luxury Train" award at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years in 2012 ,2013,2014 & 2015. The Maharajas' Express has redefined the luxury travel experience by offering guests the opportunity to explore fabled destinations providing a glimpse of rich cultural heritage of Incredible India which will leave you with fond memories of this train journey to be cherished.

View of the Presidential suite of Maharajas' Express. Photo Courtesy Maharajas' Express

There are four categories of cabins/suites in this luxury train. The cabins on the Maharajas' Express are the most lavish among all the international luxury tourist trains. The lavish interiors, distinct theme supplemented by the latest international safety features such as Electronic smoke detection system, CCTV, Pneumatic suspension for superior ride comfort will ensure your luxury rail journey a truly comfortable experience you ever had.

View of Suite of Maharajas' Express

The Maharajas' Express has a total of 14 guest carriages which have got its names after various precious stones such as Moti (Pearl), Heera (diamond), Neelam (Blue Sapphire), Feeroza (Turquoise), Monga (Coral), Pukhraj (Sapphire) and so on. In these carriages are fitted luxury cabins that are segregated in four categories - Deluxe Cabin, Junior Suite, Suite and Presidential Suite. Out of these, the Presidential Suite, called Navratna spreads itself in an entire carriage is inclusive of two bedrooms, a separate living area, a dining room and a modern private bathroom with a bath tub. These cabins and suites have the capacity of accommodating 88 guests.

Dining Restaurants

Restaurant of Maharaja Express where you can enjoy the rich and delicious cuisine of India, Continental,Italian and other places.

On-Board the luxurious Maharajas' Express, you will find two thematic fine dining restaurants which will allow you to enjoy delicious meals in a vibrant yet soul soothing environment. The names of the restaurants are aptly suited to the tastefully crafted design, ambience and concept.
 

View of Mayur Mahal Dining Restaurant

One of it is "Mayur Mahal", named after India's very own graceful national bird peacock, fondly called as Mayur and the other is "Rang Mahal", which literally means 'The Palace of Colors' decorated with hand painted fresco ceiling. The two fine dining restaurants can comfortably accommodate 42 guests each at any given time. The setup on one hand allows a seating of two persons who prefer to relish meal over a private chat and on the other hand also provides with a seating of four persons for guests who believe in socializing over a hearty conversation while enjoying the meals.

Tours on Maharaja Express

Heritage of India  ( 7 nights/8days)

Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Delhi

Maharajas' Express Heritage of India itinerary offer insights into the rich heritage and culture of India.Starting from Mumbai, the train crisscrosses through the medieval caves of Ajanta, forts and Palaces of Rajasthan and the majestic Taj Mahal during the Heritage of India Tour.

View of Bikaner where the visitors are enjoying the ambience. Photo Courtesy: Maharaja Express

The highlight of the tour includes cultural immersion during local sightseeing tours, insider experiences such as sundowner cocktails amidst sand dunes and Elephant painting & joyrides and some shopping experiences among others.

Indian Panorama ( 7 nights/8days)

Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Lucknow – Delhi

View of Amber Fort in Jaipur where elephants are lined up to welcome the guests of Maharajas' Express. Photo courtesy: Maharajas' Express.

Beginning and concluding in Delhi, the Indian Panorama tour chugs along to Agra for a sojourn of Taj Mahal and move on to the sacred city of Varanasi and its holy bathing Ghats on the banks of legendary Ganges. Group of Monuments at Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another attraction offering a glimpse into an era of cultural and architectural brilliance of Chandelas. A never before experience of the India is on the cards in the sheer opulence of Maharajas Express tastefully appointed interiors aided impeccably by gracious hospitality.

Treasures of India (3 Nights / 4 Days)
Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur – Delhi

The journey include visit to Ranthambore National Park where you can be lucky enough to see a tiger. Photo courtesy: Maharajas' Express

Treasures of India is a 3 nights and 4 days whirlwind tour across the famed Golden Triangle tour circuit of India. From the colorful bazaars and majestic forts of Rajasthan, to catching the glimpse of tigers prowling in the wild in Ranthambore National Park.

Maharajas Express Treasures of India itinerary include visits to no less than 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with insider experiences and shopping detours in Agra and Jaipur.

Gems of India (3 Nights / 4 Days)
Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur – Delhi

Gems of India route is yet another Golden Triangle tour package offered by the Maharajas' Express. The itinerary takes you to the three of the most fascinating tour destinations in India - Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

View of Maharaja Express

Explore the master creations of men along with a dash of wildlife at the Ranthambore National Park. Also included in the Maharaja Express itinerary is the local sightseeing, shopping and optional spa breaks at select destinations.

And all this while, live a maharaja life inside India's most luxurious train with elegant décor, gourmet dining, and state of the art amenities adds unparalleled finesse to this royal train journey.

 Indian Splendour  (7 Nights / 8 Days)
Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Balasinor – Mumbai

A view of Mumbai city showing Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal hotel in the background. Photo Courtesy : Maharajas' Express.

A meticulously crafted itinerary which includes a dash of royalty, palaces, forts, sand dunes, wildlife and cultural excursions will bring out the best of the India's royal traditions, art and vibrant culture. A journey spanning over 8 days and 7 nights in the magnificence of Asia's most luxurious train brings out an amazing concoction of the myriad hues of this vast and diverse land. Adding to the royal experience is the delectable cuisines, impeccable hospitality and guided off-train excursions bringing out the best of the splendours of the incredible India.

Author
Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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