Luxury train traveling in India has come a long way since the introduction
of Palace on Wheels train in 1982 for promotion of tourism in Rajasthan. The
most recent and unarguably the most luxurious tourist train in India with
finesse at par with the Orient Express of the West, Maharajas Express has
redefined the art of elegant train traveling in India. Radiating sheer
opulence, Maharajas Express offers a fascinating voyage across some of the
finest destinations across India manifesting the true spirit and
kaleidoscope that is India. Maharajas Express has a high-tech
pneumatic and hydraulic suspension system which ensures a smoother train
Since 2012,over past four continues years, Maharajas Express has been voted as the best luxury train journey experience in the world, at Annual WTA (world travel awards) Function & rated higher than Blue Train(in South Africa), Orient express(in Europe) & The Royal Scotsmen (in UK).
One of the most expensive and luxurious luxury train rides in the world, the
salons of the Maharaja Express train draws inspiration from the private
saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas of India. Maharajahs. Each of the cabins
including the dining coupes is suffused with nostalgia of past grandeur.
Quaint décor fused together with the contemporary amenities create an
aura of sheer opulence and 5 Star pampering inside the cabins of Maharaja
Express. Besides 4 different categories of Passenger cabins ,there are Plush facilities such as 2 restaurants, bar lounge & a club lounge with complimentary wi-fi facility. ; that redefine the art of luxury train travel on board
Maharajas Express. Even eminent journalist writers and Master Chefs such as
Sir Mark Tully and Vivek Singh have graced this train with their presence -
not just as mere travel companion but part of the crew - since its inception
in March 2010. From every modern amenity which money can buy to eco-friendly
technologies and services, every aspect of an elegant train journey has been
looked into with meticulous diligence. A train that never falls short of
surprises and at the same time promising travelers a royal experience, the
mesmerizing journey undertaken abroad the Maharajas' Express helps in
savoring every bit of this magical & magnificent country called India.
Some of the exclusive features of this train include:
Passenger Saloons & Cabin Type
All the cabins & public areas have large panoramic windows & the
train is just so designed to savor every bit of the journey called India.
For meeting the journey The Maharajas Express offers 43 Passenger cabins
spread over 14 carriages, which constitute plush accommodation with en suite
bathroom for guests. All cabins have their individual climate control and
are equipped with amenities such as bathroom, Wi-Fi internet, , LCD TV with
satellite channels and direct dial phones. Other than this, every cabin also
has its own electronic safe deposit box. The Passenger Saloons are named after precious gem stones (in hindi language)
Public Areas & Dining
- 20 Deluxe Cabins(12 twin bedded & 8 queen size bedded) are of 85 sq ft area each with additional 25 sq ft area for bathroom having shower Cubicle & WC.
- 18 Junior Suites (12 twin bedded & 6 queen size bedded) are of 115 sq ft area each with additional 25 sq ft area for bathroom having shower Cubicle & WC.There is also writing desk with 2 chairs in the Junior Suite.
- 4 Suites (all havingqueen size beds) are of 180 sq ft area each with additional 40 sq ft area for bathroom having Bath tub,Shower Cubicle & WC.There is a separate sitting area in the Suite having upholstered arm chairs with side table & writing desk.
- The Presidential Suite offers 2 bedrooms & 1 living room spread over 440 sq ft area
- The Master bedroom has Queen size beds with attached bathroom having bath tub,shower cubicle & WC ;& another smaller bedroom has twin beds with attached bathroom having shower cubicle & WC. There is a complimentary mini-bar.
- Twin beds are of 6.5 ft x 2,75 ft size each;andSingle Large Queen size Bed measures 6.5 ft x 5 ft..
Dining to the guests is offered in 2 Suave Restaurant Saloons (called Mayur
Mahal & Rang Mahal), each with a seating capacity of 44 guests at a
time. Dining experience during Maharajas Express is a gourmet's delight with
menu including authentic Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine among
others. Food prepared from fresh ingredients by top chefs is tastefully
presented for the platter of the guests. The Safari Bar Saloon offers a well
stocked bar with a variety of finest labels of wines and spirits from around
the world in an enchantingly decadent setting of a royal safari, . Reclaim
yourself with choice from a menu having crème de la crème of
wines and spirits along with innovative cocktails. The Lounge Saloon OR
Rajah Club with en-suite bar is equipped with games tables and club
arm-chairs to pamper and relax the guests in a laid back atmosphere. On
board shopping is possible in Treasure Chest saloon , a high end boutique
where you can shop for gifts and souvenirs to cherish the memory of this
For providing support services while on the move, we have with us a
dedicated team of butlers on board who are trained to attend to your each &
With each carriage manned by single butler who is on call 24 hours, we are
there to meet each & every needs of our guests with utmost speed and
Our butlers also take pride in offering exclusive services to each of the
guests accompanying us, thus ensuring for them a memorable stay on-board.
Off Board Excursions & Transport
Right from super deluxe AC coaches for Deluxe Cabin & Junior Suite
passengers, to private luxury cars for Suite and Presidential Suite
passengers, we ensure a comfortable journey experience is provided to all.
On all off train excursions, travelers will be accompanied by professional &
qualified English speaking guides. As there is no substitute for little
local flavor, we also employ experienced local guides who provide tourists
invaluable & in-depth view of sights they visit while undertaking the
journey. All vehicles used for traveling is equipped with complimentary
sightseeing kits like bottle coolers, pith hats and shoe uppers. After all,
we understand that when it comes to providing comfort to royals, each &
every little detail counts. However, certain excursions are also undertaken
using jeeps or canters . Please refer to the itinerary for specific details.
As most of Off Train Excursions involves fair amount of walking, we
recommend travelers comfortable walking shoes. Further, moderate degree of
physical fitness is also required for participating on the planned off train
excursions where travelers may encounter unpaved sidewalks, uneven surfaces
and problems getting on/off the train.
Optional Tours & Spa Facility
As per policy of Maharajas Express Train Tour Operator (IRCTC) ; certain sightseeing trips & excursions are optional & can only be booked after boarding the train –on direct payment basis. Also Spa treatments at leading luxury hotels.
In some destinations can be availed on extra payment
Since these optional off board activities are subject to Maharajas Express Train operating as scheduled, we at Royal Indian Trains bear no responsibility, if these optional tour services are not made available to the guests by train management.
A limited laundry service is also made available at select destinations. For
availing this, please contact your carriage butler for details.
We also offer facility of high speed Internet access that is made available
on board. Please contact Train Manager for further details.
We offer Telephone facility in all of the cabins. Here, the cost for all
external calls made is considered as additional and is not included in cost
of the journey.
Just a small reminder for those passengers who are using a different power
supply, the Maharajas' Express is equipped with 110/230V sockets. Voltage
available on train is 110 volts. Further, for meeting the specific equipment
requirements of international travelers, we also have adaptors that are made
available on board.
With limited storage space inside the cabins, we recommend that each guest
travel with luggage as per international airline - rules (for first /
business class passengers). Further, it is also advisable to carry
soft-topped luggage as the same is more easier to store. Luggage storage
space is also provided under beds and in luggage hold area.
On Board For ensuring a safe journey, we also have a paramedic on board the
train who is trained to provide emergency medical care if and when required.
For ensuring a pleasant experience while undertaking the journey or taking
a walk, we recommend travelers smart casual clothing tagged along with
suitable walking shoes for those off-train excursions taken during the day.
The comfortable attire includes clothes in natural subdued colors (bright
colors are not advised) that blend with surrounding landscape and is
desirable for all excursions especially those undertaken to the wildlife
reserves. The tradition & sheer elegance of train provides dressing
opportunity for the occasion, thus recreating magic & opulence of royal
era. Lounge suit/blue blazer is acceptable and warm clothing is advisable
for tours concerning winter months departures of December & January.
Wheelchair Access / Disabled Passengers/Special Diet preference
We regret that dimensions of train carriages & its design makes it re
not suitable for wheelchair bound passengers. Here, we also recommend that
guests having limited mobility & other such constraints should be
accompanied by able-bodied passenger. However, valets at our end will also
be available to provide any additional assistance as required. Kindly
specify any special meal requirements at time of booking.
In accordance with Indian Laws, smoking is not permissible while on board
the train. Further, smoking is also prohibited in all public places like
airports, restaurants, stations, hotels, shopping malls, public areas and
other such places.
World-class service delivered by Maharajas' Express is well backed by our
team of highly motivated hospitality staff. They ensure that guest
experience delivered is unmatched and their every need is well anticipated
and met. Adding unique sense of exclusivity to the journey, our attentive
crew members are also well versed in English language that ensures language
is not a barrier while travelling with us.
Gratuities For Services
Providing gratuities for small services delivered has always been part of
culture followed in India and all around the world. This is additional to
tour package price and is completely at guests' discretion. An envelope is
provided in each cabin on last night of the journey towards gratuities for
all staff (A suggested total amount is $ 250 per guest).
The term we used above, refers to the Principal Train Tour
Company (viz IRCTC) in third person