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Maharajas' Express

India

The Maharajas’ Express is India’s newest luxury train and offers journeys through Northern India, visiting some of the country’s most iconic sights, but also providing some unique experiences that are difficult to reach by normal overland travel.

The Maharajas' Express is now under new management and Scott Dunn are not selling the train until further notice. Speak to our India specialists for alternatives in Rajasthan and beyond.

At a Glance

  • The Maharajas' Express allows for great distances across India to be covered in luxury, which makes visiting key sites of interest in a relatively short period of time possible - an ideal mode of transport for guests that are limited on time

  • Please note that guided tours are on a shared basis, with your fellow Maharajas' Express passengers, a maximum of 88 guests - coach collections will operate however guided groups will be no larger than 20

  • Butler standing by in case you fancy a masala chai in the middle of the night

  • Amazing garlanded Indian welcome as you board

  • Perfect blend of bygone era elegance and state of the art amenities

Insider's View

A great way to see a lot of India in a short time for those with time at a premium.

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Description

Purporting to be the most luxurious train in India, the Maharajas’ Express has been designed to satisfy the romantic intrigue that is associated with train travel in the subcontinent. It has been created for those who appreciate the finer things in life such as luxurious cabins, good food, excellent excursions with quality guides, and the overall ambience of opulence and sophistication. What train travel in India provides is the chance to traverse huge distances overnight and see something new each day, ideal for those with a long wish list, but limited on time.

The Maharajas’ Express offers five itineraries; the first (Indian Splendour) lasts 8 days and begins in Delhi, takes in the Taj Mahal in Agra, then journeys through Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Balasinor before terminating in Mumbai. The second (Heritage of India) lasts 8 days and begins in Mumbai before heading through Aurangabad to visit the cave paintings at Ajanta, then through Rajasthan visiting Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and Delhi. The third (Treasures of India) and fourth (Gems of India) differ only in their departure days of Sunday and Wednesday. They both last four days, start and finish in Delhi and take in the Golden Triangle as well as Ranthambore National Park. Finally the fifth (The Indian Panorama), lasts 8 days, and combines Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow before returning to Delhi.

As you board the train, you will notice their desire to make you feel rather regal and quite special, as you embark along a red carpet and are served by elegant turban-clad staff who are there to look after your every whim and desire.

The cabins have been laden with all kinds of gadgetry and modern amenities, with en-suite facilities and hot power showers. There are four categories of rooms from the standard Deluxe Cabins, to the rather grand Presidential Suite, which has two bedrooms, a sitting room and even a bathtub.

The train has 2 dining restaurants that can each seat 42 passengers, and dinner is taken at leisure between 7pm and 9pm. All meals and drinks onboard are complimentary (house wines, spirits, beers and fresh juices), meaning that when you are on the train, there are few things you actually need to fork out for. All the sightseeing and excursions are also included in the cost.

Accommodation

The Maharajas' Express offers 20 Deluxe Cabins (in 4 Carriages); 18 Junior Suites (in 6 Carriages); 4 Suites (in 2 Carriages) and 1 Presidential Suite (in its own Carriage). Amenities onboard the train include LCD TVs, internet, direct dial phones, climate control, panoramic windows and en-suite bathrooms.

Childcare

Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Some discounts are offered for children aged 11 or under.

Facilities

The Maharajas' Express offers guests 2 restaurants: the Mayur Mahal (Peacock Restaurant) and the Rang Mahal (Haveli Restaurant) which serve a variety of sumptuous cuisines. There is a lounge car named the Rajah Club with en-suite bar equipped with games tables and club arm-chairs; and the Treasure Chest, a boutique carriage.

Activities

The train stops at India's most famous destinations each with their own unique offering of cultural experiences; stunning archaeological, religious and historical sites, museums to discover more about India's fascinating history and of course, its delicious cuisine. The Maharajas' Express also has arrangements with Taj and Leela Hotels for guests to enjoy spa treatments (there is a charge for this).

Services

Services include Wifi internet and laundry and dry cleaning which is available at some locations.

Location & Directions

India

Journeys through Northern India between Delhi and Mumbai, visiting some of the country’s most iconic sights.

When to go

Due to temperatures and precipitation, Delhi can be an extreme place to visit during certain months of the year. The hottest months of the year are May and June, during which time the average temperature is 39. The coldest months are from December until February, during which time the average low temperatures are in the 20's. The monsoon season is from the end of May through to July, during this time the humidity is very high, and rainstorms are frequent. It is not advised to visit during these months.

The most comfortable climate in Delhi is found during the months leading into summer (February into April), and again trailing the monsoon season (October and November).

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