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Maharajas 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 features total 20 deluxe cabins each named after the precious stones such as Firoza, Akik, Pitoniya, Katela and Beruzi.  Among these 12 cabins are fascinated with twin beds and 8 are with double beds. Each cabin is accompanied by modern equipment’s like controllable air conditioning, DVD, LCD screen, Wi-fi, Direct Dial International Telephone facilities a much more. Each cabin is adorned with royal look and feel. Each cabin has their own attached bathrooms, with shower cubicle with running hot & cold water and equipped with other enmities like slippers, essential oils, bathrobe, hairdryer and luxury toiletries.

( inches) Double Bed Dimensions
80x6 0
Sq. Ft (Cabin Area)

The Maharajas Express provides an exceptional service, ensuring a seamless and comfortable journey for every guest. Each Carriage of the train is attended by a team of dedicated valets throughout your tour. This high staff-to-guest ratio guarantees prompt assistance, whether you require something during the train journey or off-board excursions.

It’s no surprise that these luxurious and exceptional service have been recognized on a global scale. The Maharajas’ Express has consistently received the prestigious World’s Leading Luxury Train Award, a testament to its commitment to guest comfort and satisfaction.

Junior Suite

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Maharajas’ Express will never fall short of delivering a royal experience. Among its various categories of cabins, the Junior Suite stands out. Housed in each coach of the train, these suits suites of Maharaja’s Express are named after prestigious gems such as Panna (Emerald), Moti (Pearl), Manik (Ruby), Pukhraj (Sapphire), Moonga (Coral)and Gomed (Hessonite).

The Maharajas’ Express has18 Junior Suites: 12 with twin beds and 6 with double beds. Each suite features large windows, allowing you to savour every bit of magnificent India throughout your journey. The passenger carriages are equipped with air conditioning, the first of its kind in India, and state-of-the-art amenities like live television, DVD players, and Wi-Fi Internet to keep you entertained throughout your royal journey. Every coach is also equipped with a mini-pantry and staffed by a valet, ensuring personalized and lavish service during your tour on the Maharajas’ Express.

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

To ensure the safety and well-being, the train is equipped with CCTV camera, RFID door locks, smoke alarms, and a 24/7 Paramedic service. Traveling aboard the Maharajas’ Express promises an extraordinary experience, ensuring you enjoy your journey with complete peace of mind.


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Delivering the lavish living experience reflecting the splendour of India’s royal heritage, the rail coaches of Maharajas’ suit bear their names like Nelam (Blue Sapphire) and Heera (Dimond) inspired by India’s precious gems, representing the luxury offered on-boar.

There are features only 4 double bed suits, each with a large window allowing you to savour the beautiful views of passing landscape. Each coach is equipped with mini-pantry and staffed by a valet to deliver attentive and prompt service. Additionally, the suits offer complementary luxuries such as min- bar and bath a bathtub. The fare includes an exclusive language-speaking guide and a luxury car for off-board excursions.

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

For your safety and well-being, the train is equipped with CCTV camera, RFID door locks, smoke alarms, and a 24/7 Paramedic service. Your luxurious vacation aboard the Maharajas’ Express promises to be an extraordinary experience, showcasing the richness of India in unparalleled comfort and style.

Presidential Suite

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The Presidential Suite of Maharajas’ Express has a lavish area spanning 448 sq. ft, uniquely unparalleled among other international trains. Named Navratana (Nine Gems), this suite is a veritable palace on wheels, including a living room, two bedrooms, and deluxe washrooms.

Guests of the Presidential Suite are treated to the exclusive service of a 24-hour personal valet, ensuring every desire is met with the utmost care and attention. Equipped with the latest international amenities, this palace on wheels promises an extraordinary journey like no other.

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

The tariff for the Presidential Suite includes the services of an exclusive language-speaking guide and a luxury car for off-board excursions.


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Maharajas’ Express there are two thematic fine dining restaurants that offers mouth-watering meals in a vibrant yet tranquil setting. Their names perfectly reflect their exquisite design, concept and ambience.

The first restaurant “Mayur Mahal” named after the India’s national bird Peacock (Mayur), offering a royal dining experience with a completing ambience for socializing and enjoying your meals. And the second is “Rang Mahal” or ‘The Palace of Colours’ adorned with beautiful fresco-celling and a colourful decoration, creating a feast for eyes.

Each restaurant can comfortably host 42 guests at a time, providing versatile seating arrangements. Whether you prefer an intimate seating for two persons or prefer a larger table for group of four people to enjoy a hearty meal with family or friends, the setup accommodations all preferences.          

The culinary team onboard Maharajas’ Express are delighted to serve you diverse range of Indian and International cuisine. Your fare includes table d’hote meals, are meticulously prepared to satisfy your palate. Additionally, a wide range of wines are available to perfectly compliment your meal. All melas from breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner is served in these magnificent restaurants.

Lounge & Bar Cars

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If you are a person who likes to have drinks while chit-chatting with friends, Maharajas’ Express have two bars. ‘The Safari Bar’, a thematic bar, design to deliver a decadent setting, evoking the royal ambience of a bygone era. Another one is ‘The Raja Club’, an attached lounged area to the Safari Bar. It is a sophisticated lounge bar featuring games tables and club arm-chairs made from English calf leather.

Both the bars offer a comfortable atmosphere for conversation over an exquisite selection of wines, beers and spirits from across the world. 

Additionally, there’s another luxurious space for guest to unwind and socialize: The Maharaja Club. This club carters a refined social experience, if you’d prefer to socialize with fellow travellers in a sophisticated environment. It boasts a library, a personal bar and a souvenir shop to collect mementos for your journey.

If you are a corporate traveller, the Maharajas’ Express offers a seamless integration of business and pleasure. We can arrange an ideal meeting setup at the Safari Bar. This versatile space also serves as a venue for festive events.

General Information & Facilities

General information & Facilities

Here is some general information to assist you in planning your Maharajas’ Express Tour:


The storage space in your cabin is limited. We recommend to adhere to international airline baggage rules for first/business class passengers. We advise to carry soft-topped luggage as it is easy to store. Storage is available under bed compartments and in the luggage hold.


For your utmost comfort, we provide fresh bed and bath linens daily. To help us protect the environment, kindly leave your towels on the towel rack if you wish to rescue them.


A dedicated team of butlers are serviced on train, with one assigned to each carriage 2 4/7 to assist you with utmost speed and efficiency, ensuring a memorable stay.


The reception varies while the train is moving but improves when the train is near the large cities or stationery.


To ensure a peaceful and enjoyable experience for everyone onboard, we kindly request that you keep your cell phones on silent mode during your journey. This applies to both onboard and while visiting monuments during off-train excursions. Use of cell phones, laptops and computers are discouraged in public areas. Kindly utilize the privacy of your cabin.


Summer: Pack some lightweight cottons and linen for summers and most winter days.

Winters: Pack light sweaters and wraps for cool mornings, evenings, and excursions throughout the year, especially for desert trips, wildlife reserves, and village safaris. Additionally, bring warm clothes for December, January, and winter nights.

Onboard: Opt for smart casual attire and comfortable walking shoes for off train adventures during day time.

Wildlife Harmony: Wear comfortable attire in natural, subdued colours that blend with the landscapes; bright colours are not recommended, especially for excursions to wildlife reserves.

Sun Protection: Pack sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the scorching sun.

Dining: Smart casual attire is perfect for onboard meals.


  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions – pack enough woollens for the entire trip.
  • Pack heavy woollens for Journeys between mid-December and mid-January, as this period experiences severe cold and fog in Northern India.
  • If your chosen itinerary includes golfing, bring your own golf shoes.



Master, Credit, Visa, Amex all cards are accepted onboard Maharajas’ Express. Kindly note a surcharge applies to all card transactions.


Our highly motivated staff is committed to providing an unparalleled guest experience. They’ll anticipate your needs and ensure every moment is exceptional.

Expect unobtrusive yet attentive service from our English-speaking crew who add a touch of exclusivity to your journey.


Indian Currency: The Rupee (Rs/₹), is Indian currency, divided into 100 paisa. Rupee notes come in denominations of Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, & 2000. Coins are in denominations of Re. 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20.

Foreign Exchange: Foreign currency exchange is regulated in India. Passengers carrying foreign exchange exceeding USD 5000 or its equivalent in cash, banknotes, or traveller’s cheques, with a total aggregate exceeding USD 10,000, must declare it upon entry into India. It’s recommended to exchange currency with authorized money changers or banks, especially in remote areas where exchange services may be limited. Be cautious of damaged notes or those with tapes attached, as they may not be accepted. It’s advisable to carry smaller denominations rather than Rs.1000 notes, as obtaining change can be challenging.


For assistance with foreign currency exchange, inquire with your onboard Guest Relations Manager about special facilities available to Maharajas’ Express guests.


Customs regulations in India are similar to other countries. Importing prohibited items carries serious penalties. Kindly note, it’s your responsibility to ensure you have all the valid and necessary documentation. The Company is not responsible for any consequences due to failure to apply.


The train provides 110 volts and international adapters are also available onboard.


Details of the ground handler, the place you are staying before and after the journey on the Maharajas’ Express are required for emergency contact.


Gratuity is customary in Indian culture for small services rendered. The amount given towards gratuities for all onboard staff is entirely at the guests’ discretion. An envelope will be supplied in each cabin on the final night of the journey for this purpose.


A professional and well qualified English-speaking guide will accompany you throughout your off-train adventures. We believe in embracing the authentic local experience, which is why we enlist seasoned local guides. They offer an invaluable and comprehensive perspective on the sights you’ll explore.


All washrooms are equipped with hair dryers.


No specific vaccination is currently required to travel to India. However, it is advised to check the latest health adversary before departure. Foreign tourists originating or travelling from a Yellow Fever endemic country should possess a certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination. Anti-malaria precautions should be taken, and carrying sufficient insect repellent is recommended.        Consulting a physician for personalized health advice based on your travel itinerary is prudent. If you’re under prescription medication, ensure you carry an adequate supply for the duration of the trip. Since medications in India are locally manufactured, it’s advisable to carry your own medicines.


For running hot water, remember switch on heating 20 minutes before usage. In cabins with double occupancy, kindly allow a gap of 20 minutes between two users.


The MAHARAJAS’ Express is completely insured for earthquakes, fires, terrorism and theft providing, umbrella insurance coverage for all guests.


Stay connected with speed Internet access available onboard. For further details kindly contact the Train Manager. While internet reception may vary while the train is moving, it typically improves when the train is stationary or near major urban areas.


Laundry service is available at selected destinations. For more details contact your carriage butler.


Enjoy complimentary access to an exotic Safari bar stocked with a fine selection of wines, beers, and spirits, along with snacks for every passenger. Additionally, relax in the Rajah Club lounge, furnished with cosy club armchairs. For those seeking luxury, the Maharajas’ Express offers a high-end boutique showcasing exquisite and unique creations.


The MAHARAJAS’S Express offer two dining restaurants, each accommodating 42 persons, where everyone onboard dines together.  House wines and beer are served complementary with your meal.


From super deluxe coaches serving Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite passengers to cars designated for Suite and Presidential Suite guests at every destination, each is equipped with complimentary sightseeing kits containing bottle coolers, candies, tissues, and shoe uppers. Every detail is meticulously attended to, ensuring your comfort akin to royalty. Experience this level of luxury when you step off the Maharajas’ Express.


We recommend packing comfortable walking shoes as the of-train adventure may involve walking on uneven surface and unpaved sidewalks. You should be moderately fit for the off-train adventures. and may encounter challenges when boarding and disembarking the train.

Travellers with mobility challenges or any physical conditions must inform us at the time of booking. We reserve the right to decline participation in outings for individuals unable to complete the tour or causing unacceptable delays to the group. In such cases, no refund will be provided for any unused portion of the tour.


All cabins of the train are equipped with electronics safes for the security of your valuables. While we take every precaution, we are not responsible for any loss.


A 24/7 paramedic is available on board for any emergency medical assistance.


Guest safety is Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) is priority. Therefore, it is mandatory to have adequate travel insurance from the country of domicile covering, illness, injury, death, loss of luggage and belongings, accidents and trip cancellations. Please provide IRCTC your insurance details, the name, phone number and address, policy number and 24/7 emergency contact number. If you have any re-existence medical conditions please disclose that to the insurance or to us, failure to do so may invalidate your travel insurance policy.


After deboarding at the stations, the Maharajas’ Express moves towards the yard for watering and refuelling. Please, follow the advised timings of deboarding to avoid any inconvenience. In vase if you need to return to the train before its boarding time, contact the manager to confirm the availability of the train on the platform.


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


We recommend booking minimum one-night accommodations before and after your rail journey. Reservations can be made by contacting us at great vacation@btconnect.com.


All cabins of Maharajas’ Express are outfitted with electronic safes. For safety reasons, we recommend to store your valuable documents like- passports and travel documents in the cabin safe. However, it is essential to have personal effects insured.


According to Indian Law, smoking is prohibited onboard the train and all the public places such as, airports, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and other public areas.


If you have any special dietary requirements or allergies, please inform us at the time of booking and to the on-board Chef/Train Manager. They will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Note that some adventures, like Jungle Safaris, involve open vehicles that may traverse dusty terrain. Guests with dust-related allergies are advised to carry necessary medication or inhalers.


 Telephone facilities are available in all the cabins, with additional charges for external calls.


Throughout your journey, the Train Manager will be available for any special requests, problems, or tour information.


Most off-train tours include coach transfers for Deluxe Cabin & Junior Suite passengers and luxury cars for Suite & Presidential Suite passengers. However, some tours may involve jeep transfers. Please, refer to your itinerary for specific details.