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Maharajas Express Train

It is a fascinating voyage across some of the India’s finest destinations

About the Train

A royal expedition taking you through India’s premium destinations discovering the essence of this incredible country. A fusion of elegance, opulence and magnificence- Maharajas Express has cemented its status as India’s most premium luxurious train. Far surpassing as just a transportation, it offers a dive into the soul of India by visiting the most entrancing destinations like the rugged forts bearing scars of battles, the stupendous palaces, and the sanctuaries and wildlife parks walled by desolate mountains and the serene lakes and glistening water bodies. All in all, a journey aboard Maharajas’ Express is kaleidoscopic and panoramic and one lures you with its magical richness and stunning variety.

Maharaja’s Express barely requires an exclusive introduction among the luxurious trains around the world. A journey in Maharaja’s Express is like stepping into the royal era of India, transporting you to the world of refinement, elegance and romance of the golden era while stimulating their imagination by constantly changing the window views.

Enriching your travel casket with a sequence of unforgettable moments, this royal Indian train makes you come to this colourful country again and again.

The one of the most ultra-luxurious train running on the Indian rails is operated by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) with a goal to give the visitors a level of luxurious service fit for the kings.

The ‘Maharaja Express’ lives up to its name, embodying the gracious living of Indian monarch. Every detail, from the lavish cabins to the immaculate hospitality, perfectly replicate the lifestyle of a Maharaja. Such rich offerings transform the Maharajas’ Express beyond a transportation to a lifestyle- an exquisite 7-day journey of divine bliss.


The Maharajas Express consist of total 14 guest carriages each drawing their names from exquisite precious stones such as Moti (Parl), Nelam (Blue Sapphire), Heera (Dimond), Feeroza (Turquoise), Pukhraj (Sapphire), Monga (Coral) among others. Within these carriages are luxurious cabins divided in four tiers- Delux Cabin, Junior Suite, Suite and the lavished Presidential Suite also known as Navratna (Nine Gems). The presidential Suite alone spans an entire carriage featuring two bedrooms, a dining room, a spacious living area, and a modern private bathroom with a bath tub. These cabins and suits comfortably accommodate up to 88 guests.
The unmatched royal decor is inspired by the opulence of bygone royalty. The cabins are adorned with rich fabrics like linen, plus upholstery, semi- precious stones and timeless antiques and not only this while enjoying the royal hospitality inside enjoy the stunning vistas passing through the huge panoramic windows. Though it has the traditional royal decor, the expansive cabins seamlessly integrate modern facilities to meet the international standards. Each cabin is well equipped with LCD television, Direct Dial telephone, DVD players, individual temperate control, Channel music, electronic safe deposit box, a choice between twin or king size bed, private bathrooms with premium toiletries and much more ensuring a truly luxurious experience for every guest.
The Maharajas’ Express offers a four luxurious train vacations meticulously crafted itinerary showcasing the best of the Indian culture, natural beauty and its history.

Destinations of Maharajas Express Train:

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Udaipur- The World’s oldest surviving dynasty, and served as the capital of erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, founded by Maharana Udai Singh.


Jodhpur- The Blue city, the formal capital of Marwar.


Bikaner- Famed for its expensive sand- Dunes, it is popularly known as the Camel Country.


Jaipur- The heart of Rajasthan also known as the Pink City. It offers a vibrant blend of ancient heritage and modern charm.


Ranthambore- Known for its Royal Bengal tiger and diverse natural habitats.

Agra-Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal- symbol of love and architectural brilliance and is one among the Seven Wonders of the World.


Khajuraho: A charming city of exotic temple architecture featuring a splendid example of Indo-Aryan craftmanship.


Varanasi- Counted under one of the World’s ancient cities, described by Mark Twain “Older than history, older than tradition, older even that legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.

All these Itineraries of Maharajas’ Express are meticulously curated to showcase the best of Incredible India. Whether it’s the sundowner cocktails and barbecue amidst the picturesque sand dunes of Bikaner, the regal ambiance of an Elephant Polo Match at City Palace, Jaipur, or the exquisite champagne breakfast at Taj Khema, Agra, each moment promises to be a highlight of your luxury vacation in India. Step aboard the Maharajas’ Express for an unmatched journey through the wonders of Incredible India.

Categories of Cabin Available on Maharajas' Express

Room CategoryTwinDoubleTotal Cabins / SuitsPassenger Capacity
Deluxe Cabin1282040
Junior Suite1261836
Presidential Suite
(has a double and a twin room)

Deluxe Cabin

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The Maharajas’ Express Deluxe Cabins

The Maharajas’ Express boasts a total of 20 deluxe cabins, each exuding a royal charm and equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable journey. Let’s delve into the specifics of these cabins that make them truly unique.

Cabin Names and Themes

Each of the 20 deluxe cabins is named after a precious stone, adding a touch of elegance and exclusivity to your stay. The names include:

  • Firoza
  • Akik
  • Pitoniya
  • Katela
  • Beruzi
( inches) Double Bed Dimensions
80x6 0
Sq. Ft (Cabin Area)

Twin Bed and Double Bed Configurations

Among these 20 cabins:

  • 12 are designed with twin beds, perfect for friends or siblings traveling together.
  • 8 feature double beds, ideal for couples seeking a romantic and intimate journey.

Modern Amenities in Each Cabin

Despite the royal aesthetic, the Maharajas’ Express ensures that passengers enjoy the benefits of modern technology and conveniences. Each cabin includes:

  • Controllable Air Conditioning: Personalized climate control for maximum comfort.
  • DVD and LCD Screen: Entertainment options to enjoy movies and shows during the journey.
  • Wi-Fi: Stay connected with the world even while traversing the remote landscapes.
  • Direct Dial International Telephone Facilities: Easy and direct communication with family and friends.

Junior Suite

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The Maharajas’ Express Junior Suites: Royal Comfort Redefined

The Maharajas’ Express, renowned for its royal grandeur and luxury, offers an exceptional travel experience with its Junior Suites. Among its various cabin categories, the Junior Suites stand out for their blend of opulence and modern comfort. Each suite is housed in every coach of the train and is named after prestigious gems such as Panna (Emerald), Moti (Pearl), Manik (Ruby), Pukhraj (Sapphire), Moonga (Coral), and Gomed (Hessonite).

The Maharajas’ Express features 18 Junior Suites: 12 with twin beds and 6 with double beds, catering to diverse passenger preferences. Each suite boasts large windows, allowing travelers to savor the breathtaking landscapes of India throughout their journey. The suites are equipped with air conditioning, a pioneering feature in Indian luxury trains, ensuring a comfortable climate at all times.

( inches) Double Bed Dimensions
80 x 6 0
Sq. Ft (Cabin Area)

State-of-the-art amenities are provided to keep guests entertained, including live television, DVD players, and Wi-Fi Internet. Each coach is also equipped with a mini-pantry, ensuring that refreshments and snacks are readily available. The presence of a dedicated valet in every coach guarantees personalized and lavish service, attending to the needs of every passenger with meticulous care.

Traveling in a Junior Suite on the Maharajas’ Express is an extraordinary experience, combining the splendor of Indian royalty with contemporary luxury and convenience. Whether enjoying the panoramic views, the advanced amenities, or the attentive service, passengers are assured of an unforgettable journey.


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The Maharajas’ Express Suites: An Epitome of Luxury and Elegance

The Maharajas’ Express, synonymous with luxury train travel in India, offers suites that epitomize opulence and comfort. Each suite is meticulously designed to provide an unparalleled royal experience, reflecting the grandeur of India’s majestic past while incorporating modern amenities for contemporary travelers.

Suite Decor and Ambiance

The decor of the suites on the Maharajas’ Express is a blend of traditional Indian aesthetics and modern luxury. Rich fabrics, intricate woodwork, and elegant furnishings create a regal ambiance. The suites are adorned with artwork and motifs inspired by Indian royalty, exuding a timeless charm. Plush carpets, hand-woven rugs, and silk drapes enhance the luxurious feel, while the color schemes are chosen to create a soothing yet grand environment.

The Maharajas’ Express features a total of 4 lavishly appointed suites, ensuring an exclusive and intimate travel experience. Each suite comes with a dedicated valet to cater to the personal needs of the guests, providing exceptional service and attention.

( inches) Double Bed Dimensions
80 x 6 0
Sq. Ft (Cabin Area)

Facilities and Amenities

Each suite is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey. These include:

  • Spacious Interiors: Ample space to move around, relax, and enjoy the journey in comfort.
  • Large Windows: Offering panoramic views of the scenic landscapes of India.
  • Controllable Air Conditioning: Personalized climate control to suit individual preferences.
  • Live Television and DVD Player: Entertainment options to enjoy movies and shows.
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: Stay connected with the world even while traveling.
  • Direct Dial Telephone: For easy and direct communication with family and friends.
  • En-suite Bathrooms: Featuring running hot and cold water, luxury toiletries, bathrobes, and hairdryers for a pampered experience.


Presidential Suite

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The Maharajas’ Express Presidential Suite: Ultimate Luxury and Service

The Maharajas’ Express Presidential Suite stands as the pinnacle of luxury train travel, offering an unparalleled experience of opulence and comfort. This expansive suite, spanning an entire carriage, is meticulously designed to exude royal grandeur and modern sophistication.

Presidential Suite Decor and Ambiance

The decor of the Presidential Suite is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, featuring rich silk fabrics, intricate woodwork, and elegant furnishings. The suite is adorned with regal artwork and motifs, creating an ambiance that mirrors the splendor of Indian palaces.

( inches) Double Bed Dimensions
80 x 6 0
Sq. Ft (Cabin Area)

Facilities and Amenities

The Presidential suite boasts:

  • Expansive Living Area: Spacious interiors with separate living, dining, and sleeping areas.
  • Large Panoramic Windows: Stunning views of India’s landscapes.
  • En-suite Bathrooms: Luxurious amenities, including a bathtub, running hot and cold water, and premium toiletries.
  • State-of-the-art Technology: Live television, DVD player, Wi-Fi, and direct dial telephone.
  • Personalized Service: A dedicated valet ensures every need is met with impeccable service.

Traveling in the Maharajas’ Express Presidential Suite offers a unique blend of historical grandeur and contemporary luxury, promising an unforgettable journey.


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Maharajas’ Express Restaurants: Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal

The Maharajas’ Express offers an exquisite dining experience in its two luxurious restaurants: Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal. Both dining cars reflect the grandeur of Indian royalty, ensuring passengers dine in a setting of opulence and elegance.

Mayur Mahal

Mayur Mahal, meaning “Peacock Palace,” is adorned with elegant decor that mirrors the beauty and grace of a peacock. The interiors feature rich colors, intricate designs, and luxurious furnishings that create a regal atmosphere. The peacock motifs, hand-woven carpets, and fine dining setup enhance the majestic feel.

Rang Mahal

Rang Mahal, or “Palace of Colors,” lives up to its name with vibrant decor that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of India. The restaurant’s interiors are a riot of colors with detailed artwork, traditional Indian patterns, and plush seating arrangements, creating a lively and festive ambiance.

Cuisine and Service

Both restaurants offer a diverse menu that includes Indian, Continental, and Oriental cuisines, prepared by expert chefs. Passengers can indulge in a variety of dishes, from traditional Indian curries and kebabs to international gourmet delights. Each meal is crafted with the finest ingredients, ensuring a gastronomic experience that is both delightful and memorable. The attentive staff provides impeccable service, ensuring that each dining experience is as exceptional as the journey itself.

Dining at Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal on the Maharajas’ Express is not just a meal but a royal culinary journey.

Lounge & Bar Cars

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Maharajas’ Express Safari Bar and Rajah Club: Elegance and Relaxation

Safari Bar

The Safari Bar on the Maharajas’ Express exudes an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance, reminiscent of an old-world hunting lodge. The decor features rich wooden paneling, plush leather chairs, and tasteful wildlife artwork, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. The bar is well-stocked with a selection of premium spirits, wines, and beers, catering to diverse tastes. Guests can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails and fine beverages while socializing or relaxing after a day of exploring.

Rajah Club

The Rajah Club is a luxurious lounge designed for relaxation and social interaction. The decor is opulent, with rich fabrics, elegant furnishings, and intricate Indian motifs that reflect the grandeur of Indian royalty. The lounge offers comfortable seating arrangements, making it an ideal spot for unwinding or engaging in conversations with fellow travelers.

Facilities and Service

Both the Safari Bar and Rajah Club provide state-of-the-art facilities, including Wi-Fi connectivity, live television, and a collection of books and board games for entertainment. The service is impeccable, with attentive staff ready to cater to guests’ needs, ensuring a personalized and enjoyable experience.

Drinks and Refreshments

The Safari Bar offers a wide range of drinks, from classic cocktails and fine wines to premium spirits and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. The Rajah Club also serves an assortment of teas, coffees, and light snacks, making it a perfect place to relax at any time of the day.

Together, the Safari Bar and Rajah Club offer a blend of elegance, comfort, and top-notch service, enhancing the luxurious experience aboard the Maharajas’ Expres

General Information & Facilities

Comprehensive Guide to Maharajas’ Express Facilities and Services

Baggage Allowance

Storage Space

Given the limited space within the cabins, it is crucial to adhere to international airline baggage guidelines typically associated with first or business class travel. Ensure your luggage is appropriately sized to fit under the bed compartments and in the designated luggage hold areas.

Recommended Luggage

Opt for soft-topped luggage. This type of bag is more flexible and easier to stow in the available storage spaces, ensuring a smoother and more organized travel experience.

Bed & Bath Linen

Daily Fresh Linens

For your utmost comfort, fresh linens are provided daily. This service ensures you enjoy a clean and inviting environment throughout your journey.

Environmental Consideration

To support eco-friendly practices, we encourage guests to reuse towels. If you wish to participate, simply leave your towels on the rack.


Dedicated Service

A dedicated team of butlers is available around the clock to attend to your needs. Each carriage is assigned one butler, ensuring personalized and attentive service at all times.

Cell Phone Reception

Variable Reception

Cell phone reception can fluctuate while the train is in motion. Reception tends to improve when the train is near large cities or stationary.

Usage Guidelines

To maintain a peaceful environment, please keep your cell phones on silent mode. Public areas are intended to be device-free zones, so please use your devices in the privacy of your cabin.

Clothing & Travel Accessories

Seasonal Attire


Lightweight cottons and linens are recommended for comfort during the warmer months.


For cooler mornings and evenings, light sweaters and wraps are advisable. During December and January, warmer clothing is necessary.

Onboard Attire

Smart casual attire is suitable for all onboard activities. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for off-train excursions.

Wildlife Excursions

Subdued colors are advised to blend in with the natural surroundings, avoiding bright colors that can disturb wildlife.

Sun Protection

Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.


Smart casual attire is appropriate for dining in our restaurants.

Credit Cards

Accepted Cards

MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are accepted onboard. Please note that a surcharge applies to card transactions.


Service Standards

Our highly motivated, English-speaking staff is dedicated to providing attentive and unobtrusive service, ensuring a pleasant journey.

Currency & Money Exchange

Indian Currency

The currency in India is the Rupee (Rs/₹), with notes available in denominations ranging from Rs. 5 to Rs. 2000.

Foreign Exchange

Foreign exchange is regulated, and amounts exceeding USD 5000 must be declared. Exchange services are available through authorized changers and banks. Smaller denominations are generally preferred.



Customs regulations are similar to those in other countries. Ensure you have all necessary documentation for a smooth process.



The onboard voltage is 110 volts. International adapters are available to accommodate various plug types.


Contact Information

Provide details of your pre and post-journey accommodations for emergency contact purposes.

Gratuities for Services

Customary Practices

Gratuities are at the discretion of guests. Envelopes for tips are provided on the final night of the journey.


Professional Guidance

English-speaking, local guides are available for off-train adventures, ensuring an enriching and informative experience.

Hair Dryers


Hair dryers are available in all washrooms for your convenience.



Check the latest health advisories for any required vaccinations. Anti-malaria precautions are recommended, and it is advisable to carry any necessary prescription medications.

Hot Water

Usage Guidelines

Switch on the heating system 20 minutes prior to use. In double occupancy cabins, allow a 20-minute gap between uses to ensure ample hot water.

Insurance for Maharajas’ Express


The Maharajas’ Express is insured against earthquakes, fires, terrorism, and theft, ensuring peace of mind during your journey.



Internet access is available onboard, though reception may vary with the train’s movement.


Service Availability

Laundry services are available at selected destinations. Contact your butler for more details.

Maharajas’ Bar and Lounges

Safari Bar

Guests enjoy complimentary access to the Safari Bar, which offers a selection of drinks and snacks.

Rajah Club Lounge

The Rajah Club Lounge is furnished with cozy armchairs and features a high-end boutique.

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Dining Facilities

The train houses two restaurants, each accommodating 42 guests. Complimentary house wines and beer are served with meals.

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Coaches & Cars

Deluxe coaches and cars are provided for different cabin classes, along with complimentary sightseeing kits.

Off-Train Excursions

Fitness Requirements

Moderate fitness is required for off-train excursions. Please inform us of any mobility challenges at the time of booking.

On-Board Safety

Electronic Safes

Electronic safes are available in all cabins for storing valuables securely.

Paramedic on Board

Medical Assistance

A paramedic is available 24/7 to attend to any medical needs that may arise.

Personal Travel Insurance

Mandatory Coverage

Adequate personal travel insurance covering illness, injury, death, loss of luggage, and trip cancellations is mandatory for all guests.

Placement of Train on Platform at Stations

Movement Guidelines

The train may move for refueling and other purposes. Adhere to advised deboarding timings for your safety.


Assistance Availability

Porters are available at all embarkation and disembarkation stations to assist with your luggage.

Pre & Post Hotel Accommodation

Booking Recommendations

It is advisable to book one-night accommodations before and after your rail journey. Contact us for assistance with reservations.



Store your valuables in electronic safes and ensure your personal effects are insured.

Smoking Policy


Smoking is strictly prohibited onboard the train and in public places.

Special Meals/Dietary Requirements/Medical Conditions

Notification Requirements

Inform us of any special dietary needs or medical conditions at the time of booking. Ensure you carry necessary medication for allergies or medical conditions.

Telephone Calls


Telephones are available in all cabins for internal and external calls. Additional charges apply for external calls.

Train Manager


The Train Manager is available for special requests, problem resolution, and tour information.

Transportation on Excursions


Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite passengers have access to coaches, while Suite and Presidential Suite passengers are provided with luxury cars. Jeep transfers are available for certain tours. Refer to your itinerary for specific details.

For further assistance or queries, please contact the Train Manager or your carriage butler.