maharajas' express

Overview

World's leading luxury train in India

Welcome aboard the Maharajas' Express, bestowed the "World's Leading Luxury Train" award at the World Travel Awards for six consecutive years from 2012 to 2017. 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.


India... a country with history as old as time. A country where diverse dynasties have ruled through centuries, leaving their marks on the landscape, language and culture of the nation.

It is said that one can witness a different India after every hundred kilometers. Royal Palaces, Forts, Rich natural bounty, Taj Mahal - the monument of love at Agra, Untamed Wildlife... there's so much to soak-in and store memories for a lifetime.

Now savor all this with the Maharajas’ Express by choosing any of its grandiose eight tours.

Almost half-a-mile long it is not just a train, it’s a luxury palace on wheels that has truly redefined the luxury and comfort over rail. It recreates the Lifestyle of a princely era.

This Indian Maharaja is undoubtedly the most luxurious train of India.

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.

The state of the art facilities in all the cabins of the train includes Live Television, Wi-fi Internet, Direct Dial International Telephone Facility, DVD player, LCD screen, wardrobe, Personal safe and air conditioning and en-suite bathroom facilities such as shower cubicle with running hot & cold water, W.C and basin. To make your stay Lavish and relaxed, we provide amenities such as bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer, range of Luxury toiletries made of essential oils.

Each car of the train is attended by personalized valets to provide you with attentive, friendly and un-intrusive service throughout your Luxury rail tour. The high ratio of staff to guests in the train ensures prompt services, should you need any assistance during the rail journey or during off-board excursions. No wonder these Lavish and unique features of this Luxury train has enhanced the comfort levels of the guests and aided Maharajas' Express to receive the internationally acclaimed World's Leading Luxury Train Award.

Maharajas' Express Presidential Suite

Presidential Suite on-board this first class tourist train has 448 sq. ft of cabin area and the only one of its kind among the international trains. It is really the palace on wheels.

The Presidential suite is aptly named Navratana (nine precious gems) and has a living room, 2 bedrooms and washrooms. The guests on-board the Presidential suite has an exclusive 24 hours personal valet to provide with attentive and luxury service. This palace on wheels has been provided with latest international features.

The tariff of presidential suite is inclusive of an exclusive language speaking guide and Luxury car during the off-board journeys.

Maharajas' Express Suite

Traveling in finely embellished suite of the Maharajas’ Express, gives you a royal ambience for your life time memory.

The suite room on rail is luxury redefined at 220 Sq. ft area. The rail coaches of Suites are named after the precious gems Heera (Diamond) & Neelam (Blue Sapphire) to indicate the luxury and splendors offered on-board .

All the 4 suites are double bedded and have large panoramic windows, so that you can savor every bit of Indian splendor on your rail journey. Each coach of the rail has a mini-pantry and manned by a valet to provide with attentive & prompt service.

The suite rooms are provided with additional features such as complimentary mini-bar and bath tub. The fare for the suite is inclusive of an exclusive language speaking guide and Luxury car during the off-board journeys.

To ensure your safety and well-being, the rail has been provided with CCTV cameras, smoke alarms, RFID door locks and round the clock services of a Paramedic. Your luxury vacation on Indian splendor, on-board the Maharajas' Express will be truly an experience extraordinaire.

Maharajas' Express Junior Suite

The Train that never falls short of royal experience provides various categories of cabins, one among them being the Junior suite. The train coaches of Junior suites are named after the precious gems Moti (Pearl), Panna (Emerald), Manik (Ruby), Gomed (Hessonite), Moonga (Coral) & Pukhraj (Sapphire) an indicator of lavish present in the overall experience provided in the tour Packages of Maharajas' Express.

The train has 18 Junior suites of which 12 are twin bedded and 6 double bedded. All the suites have large panoramic windows, so that you can savour every bit of magnificent India on your train journey. All passenger carriages come with air-conditioning, the first of its kind in India and have state-of-the-art facilities like Live Television, DVD players, Wi-Fi Internet to name a few to keep you entertained through the royal train journey. Each coach of the train has a mini-pantry and manned by a valet to provide a lavish & personalized service during the tour packages.

To ensure your safety and well-being, the train has been provided with CCTV cameras, smoke alarms, RFID door locks and round the clock services of a Paramedic. Your tour package on-board the Maharajas' Express will be truly an experience extraordinaire.

Maharajas' Express Deluxe Cabin

The train coaches of Deluxe Cabin are named after the precious gems Hakik (Agate), Firoza (Torquoise), Katela (Amethyst), Beruz (Aquamarine) & Pitoniya (Bloodstone) to indicate the lavishness present in the overall experience provided in the tour packages of Maharajas' Express. The train has 20 Deluxe Cabins of which 12 are twin bedded and 8 double bedded.

Categories of Cabin available on Maharajas' Express

Room Category Twin Double Total Cabins/Suits Passenger Capacity
Deluxe Cabin 12 8 20 40
Junior Suite 12 6 18 36
Suite -
4 4 8
Presidential Suite
(has a double & a twin room)
-
-
1 4
Total -
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43 88

Maharajas' Express Restaurants

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 & concept.

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.

The chefs at Maharajas' Express will be more than delighted to treat you with range of Indian & International cuisine. Table d'hote meals are included in your fare. Guests can also choose a suitable paring of wine from a wide range available onboard. All onboard meals-breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner will be held in the two restaurants.

Maharajas' Express Lounge & Bar Cars

For the guests who like to enjoy drinks over a friendly chat, we have two bars. One of it is a Lounge bar- 'The Rajah Club' and the other is a thematic bar named as – 'Safari Bar'. Both the bars provide comfortable & relaxed sitting arrangements to complement the exquisite range of wines & spirits, allowing you to unwind and lighten up. For those who wish to be left alone, we provide selective collection of books and for those who love to socialize, we do have few board games to play and have fun with.

For the corporate travelers, who want to combine business and leisure onboard the Maharajas' Express, we can organize a suitable setup for meetings at the Safari Bar. This bar also serves as a venue for festive events.

Maharajas' Express Amenities

  • Double Bed Dimensions: 80 x 60 (In)
  • Twin Bed Dimensions: 80 x 33 (In)
  • 2 Bed rooms (only in Presidential Suite)
  • Living Area (only in Suite & Presidential Suite)
  • Sofa (only in Presidential Suite)
  • Writing Table
  • Complimentary Mini - bar (only in Suite & Presidential Suite)
  • Luggage Hold underneath the bed
  • Live Television
  • Wi-fi Internet (Subject to network availability)
  • Direct Dial International Telephone Facility
  • DVD player
  • LCD screen
  • Wardrobe
  • Personal safe and
  • Air-conditioning
  • Towels and linens changed daily or as per request
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, mineral water and light snacks available at all times
  • Dedicated butler service
  • Shower cubicle with running hot & cold water
  • W.C
  • Basin
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Range of toiletries
  • 24hrs personal valet service

GENERAL INFORMATION

Please find below some general information to assist you with your planning for your journey aboard the Maharajas' Express.

CREDIT CARDS

The Maharajas' Express accepts Credit Cards, master, Visa, Amex on board. A surcharge is applicable on all payments made using credit / debit cards.

MAHARAJAS' TRANSPORT

From super deluxe coaches for Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite passengers, to cars for the Suite and Presidential Suite passengers each at every destination. All equipped with complimentary sightseeing kits like bottle coolers, candies and tissues and shoe uppers. After all, when it comes to providing comfort to royals, every little detail matters. That's what the Maharajas' Express has in waiting for you when you step off.

VISAS

Passengers should be in possession of valid travel documents and a valid visa granted by Indian Missions abroad for entering India. Those arriving in India without visas bearing the correct validity dates and number of entries into India are subject to deportation. For Foreign nationals holding Tourist Visas with a stay stipulation of 180 days / 90 days and with a multiple entry facility; there should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to the country on this visa. In case there is a requirement to visit the country within two months, permission should be sought from the Head of Mission concerned indicating the specific reasons for another visit within a short period.

PRE & POST HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

It is highly recommended that you take a minimum of one pre and post night accommodation with your rail journey.

CUSTOMS

Customs regulations are in line with those prevailing elsewhere in the world; however, the import of prohibited items carries serious penalties. Please note that it is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure that they are in possession of any necessary and valid documentation and the Company assumes no responsibility for the consequences of any failure to apply.

PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE

For us guest safety & holiday enjoyment are very important. Therefore, travel insurance is essential; indeed it is a condition of booking with us that passengers have adequate travel insurance cover from the country of domicile for injury, illness, death, accident, loss of effects or luggage and holiday cancellation. Guests must supply us with the name, address and telephone number of the insurers, policy number and the 24-hour medical emergency telephone number. Any pre-existing medical conditions must be declared to the insurer and to us; failure to do so may invalidate your Travel Insurance Policy.

INSURANCE FOR MAHARAJAS' EXPRESS

The Maharajas' Express is comprehensively insured for fire, earthquake, theft and terrorism. All guests are covered under an umbrella insurance cover.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Travel Documents, which are valid only for the passenger(s) named, will be issued after receipt of full payment for your reservation and not normally later than 14 days prior to departure. Please carry your confirmation of booking with you on departure.

CLOTHING & TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

Recommended Clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens throughout the summer and most winter days; with warm clothes for December and January and winter nights.

Please include light sweaters and light wraps for the cold mornings and evenings, for the excursions to wildlife reserves, in the desert and on village safaris throughout the year.

For the journey on board the Maharajas' Express, we recommend smart casual clothing and suitable walking shoes for off train excursions during the day. Comfortable attire in natural subdued colors (bright colors are not advised) which blend with the landscapes is essential for excursions to wildlife reserves.

It is advisable to carry sunscreen, caps / hats and sunglasses.

For dining on board the train smart casual clothing is recommended.

Note:

  • Please note that with the change in weather, we recommend enough woolens while on tour.
  • Please note that for the journeys between mid of December till mid of January, the Northern India witnesses severe cold and fog, therefore it is recommended to carry heavy woolen during this period.
  • On some journeys, we have a golfing option available. We recommend you to carry your own golf shoes for the same.

CURRENCY & MONEY EXCHANGE

India's currency is the Rupee, abbreviated as Rs. which is divided into 100 paisa. The Rupee notes come in denominations of Rs.5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, & Rs.1000. Coins are in denominations of rupee 1, 2, 5 and 10. Foreign Exchange encashments are regulated in India. Any passenger bringing Foreign Exchange in excess of USD 5000 or its equivalent in currency notes and an aggregate total of USD 10,000 and above (Including Cash, bank notes, traveler's cheques) are required to declare the same at the port of entry in India. Please note that changing money in remote areas can be difficult and hence please change with authorized money changers or banks. Please take care not to accept damaged notes or notes with tapes attached as these are not accepted. It is always advisable to carry smaller denomination instead of Rs.1000 note as it is not easy to obtain change.

Note:

Please contact your Guest Relations Manager on Board for special facilities provided to guests of Maharajas' Express for their Foreign Exchange encashment.

SMOKING POLICY

In accordance with Indian Law, smoking is not permissible on board the train. Smoking is also prohibited in all public places such as restaurants, airports, stations, shopping malls, hotels, public areas etc.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

There is limited storage space inside your cabin. We recommend that each guest travels with luggage as per international airline - rules for first / business class passengers. It is also advisable to carry soft-topped luggage as it is easier to store. Luggage storage is provided under the bed and in the luggage hold.

SPECIAL MEALS / DIETARY REQUIREMENT / MEDICAL CONDITIONS

In case of any special dietary requirement or allergies, guests should mention the same at the time of booking and to the chef/Train Manager on Board. Our Chef shall endeavor to accommodate these as far as possible.Please note a few excursions like Jungle Safaris shall be conducted in open vehicles like jeeps or canters. Such rides may get dusty due to the terrain. Guests with dust related allergies are advised to carry their prescribed medication / inhalers on the journey.

PORTERS

Porters will be available at all embarkation and disembarkation stations to assist you with your luggage.

BUTLERS

There is a dedicated team of butlers on board to attend to your every need. Each carriage is manned by a single butler, on call 24 hours, trained to meet the needs of our guests and comply with utmost speed and efficiency. Our butlers take pride in offering unique services to each of our guests ensuring a memorable stay on board.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS / DISABLED PASSENGERS

We regret that the dimensions of the carriages and design of the train are not suitable for wheelchair bound passengers. We also recommend that guests with limited mobility and other such constraints should be accompanied by an able-bodied passenger. However, our valets will be available to provide additional assistance. Kindly specify any special requirements at the time of booking.

ELECTRICITY

Voltage available on the train is 110 volts. International adaptors are also available on board.

BED & BATH LINEN

The bed and bath linen is changed everyday. We request you to help us protect the environment and if you wish to reuse your towels, you may leave it on the towel rack.

HOT WATER

For running hot water, please be sure to switch on heating 20 minutes prior to usage. For cabins on double occupancy, please allow a gap of 20 minutes between two users.

SAFE

All cabins on board the Maharajas' Express are equipped with electronic safes. For safety reasons, it is advisable to store the passport, travel documents and other valuables in the safe provided in the cabin. However, it is still important to have your personal effects insured.

HAIR DRYERS

All wash rooms are provided with hair dryers.

OFF TRAIN EXCURSIONS

Since most of our Off Train Excursions involve a fair amount of walking, we recommend you pack some comfortable walking shoes. A moderate degree of physical fitness is required to participate on our off train excursions. You may encounter unpaved sidewalks, uneven surfaces and problems getting on and off the train.

Travelers with walking difficulties or any such physical condition should inform us at the time of booking. We reserve the right to refuse participation on any of our excursions to anyone who would be incapable of completing the tour or would cause unacceptable delays to the rest of the group. In these circumstances there would be no refund for any unused part of the tour.

GUIDES

On all off train excursions, you will be accompanied by professional and qualified English speaking guides. There's no substitute for a little local flavour, so we employ experienced local guides who provide an invaluable and in-depth view of the sights that you visit.

Language speaking guides can be provided at select destinations, subject to availability and at an extra cost. Please let us know of your requirement at the time of booking.

TRANSPORTATION ON EXCURSIONS

Most excursions off the train include a coach transfer for Deluxe Cabin & Junior Suite passengers and Luxury cars for Suite & Presidential Suite passengers; however, certain excursions are also undertaken by jeeps. Kindly refer to your itinerary for specific details.

SMOKING POLICY

In accordance with Indian Law, smoking is not permissible on board the train. Smoking is also prohibited in all public places.

PARAMEDIC ON BOARD

We have 24 hrs paramedic on board the train that can provide emergency medical facilitation if required.

HEALTH

No specific vaccinations are required for travel to India currently. However, the latest advisory in this regard may kindly be checked before departure. Foreign tourists should be in possession of a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate conforming to international health regulations, if they are originating or traveling through Yellow Fever endemic countries. Anti-malaria precautions should be taken. It is also advisable to carry sufficient insect repellent.It is recommended that a physician be consulted for any personal health advice based on the travel itinerary. If under prescription medication, it is advisable to carry enough supplies to last for the duration of the trip.It is recommended that guests carry their own medicines, since all medications in India are locally manufactured and the same brand names may not be available.

Please specify any ailments at the time of booking and update the Guest Relations Manager of the same while boarding.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

There is limited storage space inside the cabins. We recommend that each guest travels with luggage as per an international airline guidelines for first and business class passengers. It is also advisable to carry soft-topped luggage as it is easier to store. Luggage storage is provided under the bed. If there is any extra luggage, it can be stored in the luggage hold, which is located in a separate cabin. It is advisable to lock your luggage with locks. The size available under the twin bed is 915 mm x 690 mm x 330 mm height and under the double bed is 1370 mm x 940 mm x 330 mm height.

LAUNDRY

A limited laundry service is available at select destinations. Please contact your carriage butler for details.

GRATUITIES FOR SERVICES

Providing gratuities for small services is part of the culture in India. Any amount to be given towards gratuities for all the staff onboard is completely at the guests' discretion. An envelope will be provided in each cabin on the last night of the journey for the same.

INTERNET

High speed Internet access is available on board. Please contact the Train Manager for details. The internet reception can vary while the train is moving, but does improve when the train is stationary or near large cities.

CELL PHONES

Kindly keep your Cell Phone on silent mode on board the train out of consideration for your fellow passengers and also while visiting certain monuments on your Off Train Excursions. Please also note that the use of cell phones and laptop computers is discouraged in all the public areas and should be used in the privacy of your cabin.

CELL PHONE RECEPTION

The reception can vary while the train is moving, but does improve when the train is stationary or near large cities.

TELEPHONE CALLS

Telephone facility is provided in all cabins. The cost for all external calls is additional and not included in the cost of the journey.

TRAIN MANAGER

Train Manager will be available in the train through out the journey. For special requests / problems / tour information, you may contact him.

PLACEMENT OF TRAIN ON PLATFORM AT STATIONS

After deboarding of the guests at the stations Maharajas' Express moves to the yard for fueling and watering. Hence, timings as advised at the time of deboarding should be followed to avoid any inconvenience. In case any guest decides to return to the train before the advised boarding time, he/she should contact the Train Manager to check the availability of the Maharajas' Express on the platform.

EXPECTATION FROM GUEST

Passengers are advised to be punctual and to adhere to the prescribed timings. We will not delay departures or make provisions for late arrivals. In case any services are missed due to the late arrival of the guests, we shall not provide alternate services and shall not make any refunds for the same. The guests are expected to follow the tour to avoid any confusion. Prior information should be given to Train Manager if the guest want to leave the group/train for personal visits/tours. Guests who repeatedly fail to follow the tour may be asked to leave the tour to avoid inconvenience to the other guests and the management.

ON-BOARD SAFE

All cabins are equipped with electronic safes. While every precaution is taken, we cannot be held liable for loss of valuables.

CREW

Maharajas' Express world-class service is highlighted by our team of highly motivated hospitality staff who ensure that the guest experience is unmatched and every need is not just met, but anticipated. Our attentive, unobtrusive crew members add a unique sense of exclusivity to the journey. All our staff members are well versed in the English language.

MINIMUM PASSENGER REQUIREMENT

All our journeys require a minimum number of passengers to operate. Should this not be accomplished, we will offer you an alternate departure date or an alternate journey or a refund. In the unlikely eventuality of this occurring, 30 days advance intimation can be given.

SPECIAL EXCURSIONS / EVENTS

An additional supplement will be levied on certain departures which offer special interest excursions, signature events and special guest lecturers.

CHARTERS

The Maharajas' Express can be chartered to corporate companies, agencies and individuals worldwide for incentives, conferences, weddings or any other exclusive event.


Journeys Check-in Venue / Time Departure Station / Time Arrival Station / Time
The Heritage of India The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai / 1430 hrs Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai / 1640 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 1500 hrs
Treasures of India Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 0800 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 0930 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 0800 hrs
Gems of India Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 2000 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 2200 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 0800 hrs
The Indian Panorama Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 2000 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 2200 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 0815 hrs
The Indian Splendour Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 2000 hrs Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi / 2200 hrs Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai / 0815 hrs

Itinerary

India... a country with a history as old as time. A country where diverse dynasties have ruled through centuries, leaving their indelible imprint on the landscape, language and culture of the Indian Sub-continent. Majestic Palaces, Forts, Rich natural bounty, Untamed wildlife... there's so much to soak in and store memories for a lifetime while traversing on the Indian Panorama.

The Indian sub-continent is very vast and to undertake comfortable Luxury trips on various tour circuits will be a tiresome affair.

The tour circuit on this vast Indian landscape is made convenient by the Maharajas' Express - the latest Luxury Train and provides Luxury on wheels.

It offers six luxury train circuits on wheels to let one choose the best way to discover and explore the treasure trove and amazing Indian kaleidoscope.

The Luxury Tour Circuits on wheels, let one explore exotic locales such as a trip to one of the largest dinosaur fossil parks at Balasinor with opportunity to meet one of the Indian royal family, a trip to the erotic temples of Khajuraho, to participate in the Elephant activities at Jaipur, cocktail & barbeque sundowner on the sand dunes at Bikaner, champagne breakfast overlooking the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal, boat trip on the Ganges at the holy city of Varanasi - and much more...

The unmatched ambience, contemporary amenities, impeccable service and luxurious decor provide a Royal Tours on board this Palace on wheels.

Maharajas' Express by providing an Experience Unsurpassed, with its mélange of providing immaculate on-board services and well designed Luxury Tour Circuits had made.
The Heritage of India

The Heritage of India

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The Indian Panorama

The Indian Panorama

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

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The Indian Splendour

The Indian Splendour

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The Southern Sojourn

The Southern Sojourn

Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Ernakulam – Kumarakom - Trivandrum

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The Southern Jewels

The Southern Jewels

Trivandrum – Chettinad – Mahabalipuram – Mysore – Hampi – Goa – Mumbai

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Treasures of India

Treasures of India

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Gems of India

Gems of India

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Excursions

Agra

1. The Agra Fort

The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1666, A.D. although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shahjahan.

The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid - a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khaas, Musamman Burj - where Shahjahan died in 1666 A.D. Jahangir's Palace; Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal.

2. The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal was built by a grief stricken Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world-renowned wonder, Taj Mahal sits pretty on the northern side of this green paradise. It looks the same from all the four sides! The Quranic inscriptions on its four entrances are carved in such subtle increase in size that may appear to be of the same size from top to bottom! Shahjahan invited master craftsmen from as far as Italy and Persia to help design his ambitious tribute to love.

The Taj Mahal is phenomenal not in the beauty alone that shines forth, but in the deep planning and design that went into its making, and the ethereal idea of immortalizing love. Delicate carvings in marble vie with gorgeous pietra dura for attention. Lapis-lazuli, Cornelian, Mother of pearl, Agate and Emerald are inlayed in floral and geometrical patterns in the marble itself. This enchanting mausoleum, on the bank of river Yamuna started in 1631 and it took 22 years to complete with the help of an estimated 20000 workers.

1.  Ranthambore National Park

It was once the private hunting grounds of the Kings and Royals of Jaipur. Spread over 392 sq km, the park has steep crags embracing a network of lakes and rivers. The terrain is a blend of impregnable forests and open grasslands. The forest is open deciduous type with Dhok being the most prominent tree. The park can be visited in the morning and evening either by canter or gypsy.

At Ranthambore, tigers are readily observed during daylight, hunting or lazing around, oblivious of jeep load of tourists and their cameras. Apart from tigers, the park has a wide variety of animals, birds and reptiles. One can find Marsh Crocodiles, Hyenas, Leopards, Jungle Cats, Fox and Jackal apart from Chital, Nilgai and Chinkara. Sambhar Deers are the pride of Ranthambore.

The park has more than 300 varieties of avian population including Black Storks, Quails, Crested Serpent Eagles and Painted Storks.

Amber Palace

Amber (pronounced Amer) is situated about 11 kilometres from Jaipur and was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachwahas of Amber, before the capital was shifted to the plains, the present day Jaipur.

The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking vista. Built mainly for the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort.

All means of survival and luxuries for the royal families and the people who were concerned with the functioning of this small kingdom of the Kachhawas were well provided. The Rajputs who had apparently won a small structure passed on by Meena tribes, later on renovated it into the grand Amber Fort. Holding a history as old as seven centuries, this place vibrates with its legendary past. Although many of the early structures have been literally ruined but at the same time, those dating from 16th century onwards are remarkably well preserved by sincere efforts

Fatehpur Sikri

Perched atop a rocky ridge 37 km west of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri came into being four centuries ago when the Emperor Akbar, not yet 28 years old, created the first planned city in Indo-Islamic style. The city was actualised with great energy, but was completely abandoned a little more than a decade later.

In 1568, Akbar was secure and powerful but he had no son and heir. His search for blessing for the birth of a successor brought him to the Sufi mystic Sheikh Salim Chishti, who lived in Sikri village. The saint prophesied the birth of three sons and soon after was born Prince Salim, later to become Emperor Jahangir. In gratitude for the blessing Akbar decided to create imperial residences in Sikri, which would function as a joint capital with Agra. As a mark of his faith and his recent victories, he named his new city Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar was a keen builder and the plan of Fatehpur Sikri reveals an architectural mastermind at work. Research has proved that it was planned on a definite mathematical grid.

The siting of the Jama Masjid marked the actual beginning of the city which came up around it. The palace courts were laid out parallel to the cardinally aligned mosque and the sequential order of the palaces were emphasised by change in level. The most public space was at the lowest level, while the royal harem was at the highest.

Fatehpur Sikri is built in red sandstone, and is a beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements. The sandstone is richly ornamented with carving and fretwork. Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned 14 years after its creation. A shortage of water is believed to be the reason. Today it is a ghost city, its architecture is in a perfect state of preservation, and wandering through the palaces it is easy to imagine that this was once a royal residence and a dynamic cultural centre.

1. Saas Bahu Temple

The Teli ka Mandir is a 9th century edifice, towering at 100 ft high. This is a Pratihara Vishnu temple of a unique blending of architectural styles. The shape of the roof is distinctively Dravidian, while the decorative embellishments have the typically Indo-Aryan characteristics of Northern India. Also dedicated to Vishnu is the graceful little Sas-Bahu-ka-Mandir, built in 11th century. This temple is one of the greatest architectural marvels situated by Gwalior Fort. The entire temple is covered with carvings, notably 4 idols of Bramha, Vishnu and Saraswati above its entrance door. However, limestone erodes over time, and soon portions of the limestone fell, later spurring conflict as to whether it was a Jain temple or a Hindu temple.

2. The Gwalior Fort

Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, Gwalior Fort dominates the city and is its most magnificent monument. It has been a scene of momentous events : imprisonments, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the Fort, flanked by statues of Jain tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the Fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. This imposing structure inspired Emperor Babar to describe it "the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind." Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his Gujar queen, Mrignayani. After he had wooed and won her, so the story goes, Mrignayani demanded that he build her a separate palace with a constant water supply from the River Rai, via an aqueduct. The outer structure of the Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation; the interior has been converted into an Archaeological Museum.

Also built by Raja Mansingh is the Man Mandir Palace, built between 1486 and 1517. The tiles that once adorned its exterior have not survived, but at the entrance, traces of these still remain. There is a charming frieze here of ducks paddling in turquoise waters. Within, the palace rooms stand bare, stripped of their former glory, mute testimony to the passing of the centuries. Vast chambers with fine stone screens were once the music halls, and behind these screens, the royal ladies would learn music from the great masters of the day. Below, circular dungeons once housed the state prisoners of the Mughals. The Emperor Aurangzeb had his brother, Murad, imprisoned, and later executed, here. Close by is Jauhar Pond, where in the Rajput tradition, the 'ranis' committed mass 'sati' after their consorts had been defeated in battle. Though the major portions of the Fort were built in the 15th century, references to this gigantic complex can be traced back to 425 AD. Older than the city is the Suraj Kund within the Fort walls, the original pond where Suraj Sen, or Suraj Pal as he was later known, was cured by the Saint Gwalipa.

3. Jain Cave Sculptures

Sonagiri means 'golden peak'. Sonagiri is primarily the site of the Digambar sect of Jains. History speaks that King Nanganag Kumar had conquered salvation and was liberated from the cycles of death and life in this very place. Millions of his devotees took his path to liberation. Thus, Jain saints who seek deliverance or practice the paths to nirvana, flock to this place. There are more than 100 temples that magnetize visitors and tourists. The leading temple has an idol of Chandraprabhu in meditation, 11 feet in height. There are 77 striking Jain Temples in the hills and 26 temples in villages. Temple no. 57 on the hill is actually the main temple. It consists of a charming spire. Two other idols of Lord Sheetalnath and Parsvanath are installed beside the chieftain. There is a column of dignity (Maanstambh), 43 feet in height, also a model of Samavsharan. This is a outstanding place known as Laghu Sammed Shikar covering the area of 132 acres, straddling two hills. A pillar of white stone outside the temple is bound to catch one's eye, with its intrinsic carvings; there are 'chatris' (cenotaphs) on three sides of the pillar showcasing images of all Jain Tirthankaras.

4. Jai Vilas Palace

A splendour of a different kind exists in the Jai Vilas Palace, current residence of the Scindia family. Some 35 rooms have been made into the Scindia Museum, and in these rooms, so evocative of a regal lifestyle, the past comes alive. Jai Vilas is an Italianate structure which combines the Tuscan and Corinthian architectural modes. The imposing Darbar Hall has two central chandeliers, weighing a couple of tonnes, and hung only after ten elephants had tested the strength of the roof. Ceilings picked out in gilt, heavy draperies and tapestries, fine Persian carpets, and antique furniture from France and Italy are features of these spacious rooms. Eye-catching treasures include: a silver train with cut-glass wagons which served guests as it chugged around on miniature rails on the tables; a glass cradle from Italy used for the baby Krishna each Janamashtami; silver dinner services and swords that were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jehan.

There are, besides, personal mementoes of the past members of the Scindia family: the jeweled slippers that belonged to Chinkoo Rani, four-poster beds, gifts from practically every country in the world, hunting trophies and portraits. The Scindia Museum offers an unparalleled glimpse into the rich culture and lifestyle of princely India. Open everyday except Wednesday from 10 am to 5.30 pm.

Entry fees are Rs. 40/- for Indian and Rs. 300/- for foreign visitors.

1. The Temples

The architectural style of the Khajuraho temples is very different from the temple prototype of that period. Each stands, instead of within the customary enclosure, on a high masonry platform. Combined with the upward direction of the structure, which is further accentuated by vertical projections, the total effect is one of grace and lightness, reminiscent of the Himalayan peaks. Each of the chief compartments has its own roof, grouped in such a way that the highest is in the centre, the lowest over the portico, a triumph of skill and imagination in recreating the rising peaks of a range. The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three geographical groups: Western, Eastern and Southern.

1. Sarnath Ruins and Museum

2. Silk Weaving Centre

3. Boat ride on river Ganges

1. Asafi Imambara (Bara Imambara)

Also known as the Bara Imambara, it was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 and is one of the architectural wonders of that era. Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork in the entire structure. It has large underground passages which have been blocked up. A staircase from outside leads to a series of labyrinths known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan which is a complicated entanglement of zig-zag pass. Visitors are advised to visit only with authorized guides. Within the compound of the Imambara is the grand Asafi Mosque. Shahi Baoli is another attraction here.

2. Chhota Imambara

Though Popularly called as the Chhota Imambara, the Hussainabad Imambara stands to the west of Bara Imambara. Built by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah (1837-42), it is more ornate in design with exquisite chandeliers, gilt-edged mirrors, silver mimbar and colourful stuccos which adorn the interiors. A golden dome and fine calligraphy on the exterior of the building makes it a truly exceptional monument of Mughal architecture.

Residency

Built for the British Resident during 1780-1800, it was originally a large complex of many buildings. It was the scene of dramatic events during the first war of independence in 1857. The main building overlooks the river Gomti and is surrounded by terraced lawns and gardens. Today, only the scarred ruins bear witness to the turmoil of 1857.

Rumi Darwaza

The 60 feet high Rumi Gate was constructed under Nawab Asafl-us-Daula in 1786. It is said to be identical in design to an ancient portal at Constantinople. Its uppermost part consists of an eight faceted chhatri, approachable by a staircase.

1. Gajner

Gajner is an incomparable jewel in the Thar. It was built by the great Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner on the embankment of a lake with a generous dose of flora and fauna. Basically a hunting and relaxing lodge, the maharaja and the family shared their passion with their exclusive guests and hosted exotic holidays for them. Around the palace is a thick forestation that encourages the guests to go for a simple walk admiring the migratory birds in winter like imperial sand grouse, antelopes, black bucks and the animal species that wander around in the form of Nilgais, chinkaras, deers etc. The hotel is spread over a large area, and the ambience around is as raw and authentic as it was before.

2. Junagarh

It is an unassailable fortress, which had never been conquered. Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, one of the most distinguished generals in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat.

The main entrance to the fort is Karan Pol [gate] that is facing east. Next to it is the Suraj Pol meaning the sun gate. In the fort complex are some magnificent palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or palace of pleasure. The Har Mandir is the majestic chapel for the royal family for worshipping their gods and goddesses. These palaces, constructed in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure. The premises also house a museum, which has an array of rich collection.

1. Mehrangarh Fort

Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 but subsequent rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries. A meandering road leads to the from the city 5 kms below. Battle scars of canon ball hit by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left is chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot while defending the fort against the armies of Amber. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol meaning victory built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies.

Fatehpol also meaning victory gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of Mughals. The palm imprints still attract devotional attention and are covered by vermilion paste and paper-thin silver foil.

1. City Palace

City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. Maharana Udai Singh initiated the construction of the palace but successive Maharanas added several palaces and structures to the complex but retained remarkable uniformity in the design. The entry to the Palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant Gate. The Bari Pol or the Big Gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate. It was a custom to weigh the Maharaja under this gate in gold and silver, which was distributed to the populace. It is also now the main ticket office. Balconies, cupolas and towers of the palace give a wonderful view of the lake. Suraj Gokhada (or the balcony of the sun) is where the Maharana would grant public audiences mainly to boost the morale of the people in trying times. The Mor Chowk is the Hindi name of peacock square and is named after a vivid blue decorative glass peacock on the wall.

The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artifacts. As we go down the steps from the entrance is the armoury museum exhibiting a huge collection of protective gears and various kinds of weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword. The City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori. This leads to the Rajya Angan or the royal courtyard. This is the spot where Maharana Udai Singh is said to have met the sage who advised him to found a city here. The rooms of the palace are superbly decorated with mirror tiles and paintings. Manak Mahal or the Ruby Palace has a lovely collection of glass and mirror work while Krishna Vilas displays a rich collection of miniature paintings. Moti Mahal (the pearl palace) has beautiful mirror work and the Chini Mahal has ornamental tiles all over. The Surya Chopar (the sun square) depicts a huge ornamental sun symbolising the sun dynasty to which the Maharajas and their ancestors belonged. The Bari Mahal is a central garden giving a view of the city. Some more beautiful paintings can be seen in the 'Zenana Mahal' (the ladies chamber). Then, there is the Lakshmi Chowk which is a beautiful white pavilion.

2. Crystal Gallery

Situated in the Fateh Prakash Palace, it has a breath taking collection of crystals. These were ordered by Maharana Sajjan Singh from F & C Osler England but could not live to see them because of his untimely death. The crystal items include tables, sofa sets, dining tables, dressers, fountains and even beds besides a whole array of washing bowls, decanters and perfume bottles. There is also an exquisite jewel studded carpet.

3. Fateh Prakash Palace

The Fateh Prakash Palace, the grand heritage palace hotel of the HRH group represents the authentic royal luxury at its best. The warmth of royal hospitality greets you as you walk along the corridors lined with large paintings of the Mewar School that flourished through the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.

The lake facing suites in the turrets are suitably appointed with four poster beds and period furniture, festooned with maroon velvet curtains and delicate silk tassels. It's a legacy kept alive since the early decades of the twentieth century when Maharana Fateh Singh (period of reign: 1884 - 1935) used to be the royal occupant of this palace. Till date the formality of royal occasions are maintained.

1. Dinosaur Fossil Park

1. Ajanta Caves

In all, total 30 excavations were hewn out of rock which also include an unfinished one. Out of these, five (cave no. 9, 10, 19, 26, and 29) are chaityagrihas and the rest are viharas. In date and style also, these caves can be divided into two broad groups. The earliest excavations belong to the Hinayana phase of Buddhism of which similar examples could also be seen at Bhaja, Kondane, Pitalkhora, Nasik, etc. In total, 5 caves at Ajanta belong to this phase, viz., 9 & 10 which are chaityagrihas and 8, 12, 13, & 15A which are viharas. These caves are datable to the pre-Christian era, the earliest among them being Cave 10 dating from the second century B.C. The object of worship is a stupa here and these caves exhibit the imitation of wooden construction to the extent that the rafters and beams are also sculpted even though they are non-functional.

The world famous paintings at Ajanta also fall into two broad phases. The earliest is noticed in the form of fragmentary specimens in cave nos. 9 & 10, which are datable to second century B.C. The headgear and other ornaments of the images in these paintings resemble the bas-relief sculpture of Sanchi and Bharhut.

The second phase of paintings started around 5th - 6th centuries A.D. and continued for the next two centuries. The specimen of these exemplary paintings of Vakataka period could be noticed in cave nos. 1, 2, 16 and 17. The variation in style and execution in these paintings also are noticed, mainly due to different authors of them. A decline in the execution is also noticed in some paintings as indicated by some rigid, mechanical and lifeless figures of Buddha in some later period paintings. The main theme of the paintings is the depiction of various Jataka stories, different incidents associated with the life of Buddha, and the contemporary events and social life also.

Cave 1: Has the well known Bodhisattva Padmapani which is a wonderful portrayal of tender compassion. A gentle figure holding a lotus delicately in one hand. In the same cave is the golden figure of Avalokiteswara, elaborately adorned. The women, nymphs, princess and attendants are elegant and beautifully attired. Here also is a lively panel of dancing girls and musicians.

Cave 2: There is a detailed panel of Queen Maya's dream, of the white elephant which was interpreted by royal astrologers to mean the birth of an illustrious son. The row upon row of Buddhas, can be seen in this cave.

Cave 16: An elegant Vihara with an inscription that mentions the king and his minister who had the cave built. Here a towering Buddha sits preaching. He is flanked by attendants with fly whisks.

Cave 17: There is a flying apsara in a fashionable embroidered turban and splendid jewellery.

Cave 19: The arched chapel window set in an elegantly simple facade, is repeated in an elaborate frontage with its complete Chaitya and a slender votive stupa enclosing a standing Buddha at the far end. Of particular note is a sculpture of a seated Nagaraja with his consort and female attendant.

Cave 26: The sculpture is elaborate and beautiful though the painted frescoes are incomplete.

It is worth walking away from the caves in order to look back on to the horseshoe gorge. The ingenuous water cistern system can be seen which must have provided water for the monks and their visitors. Ajanta was on the ancient trade route leading to the coast so there must have been considerable activity and many visitors. Nobody really knows what life was like in those times and visitors can interpret the past as they wish, which is perhaps yet another secret charm of Ajanta.

Optional Excursion

Agra

The erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire during the reign of Akbar, and an unavoidable destination on the itinerary of every traveller to India, Agra offers a revealing glimpse into the refinement of Mughal courtly life and Mughal sensibilities, captured in its many historical sites, which in addition to Taj Mahal, include Fatehpur Sikri, the Agra Fort and the tombs of prominent members of the royal family.

SPA

Kaya Kalp - The Awarding Winning Spa at hotel ITC Mughal (available in Indian Splendour,Treasures of India & Gems of India programs only)

Kaya Kalp - the Royal Spa, recreating in today's context, the opulence and luxurious lifestyle of the Mughal Dynasty. Spread over a vast expanse of more than ninety-nine thousand square feet, this is the largest spa in India and offers therapies based on ancient customs, to create meaningful experiences for the soul.

Treatments

Deep Tissue Massage (60 mins) The term "deep tissue" is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures.

Kaya Kalp Massage (60 mins) This signature massage is designed to relax the entire body, focused on relieving muscular tension while combining wonderful soothing strokes for the ultimate massage. This powerful aroma therapeutic massage incorporates dynamic blends of essentials oils personalized according to your specific needs.

Spa at The Gateway Hotel (available in Indian Splendour, Treasures of India & Gems of India programs only)

Blending ancient Indian wisdom with contemporary therapies, the Spa offers the best in Indian rejuvenation therapies ranging from Indian aromatherapy massages, time-honoured Indian treatments, body scrubs and wraps. The spa experiences are offered by trained experts using exclusive natural products in a fresh and harmonious setting.

Treatments

Relaxation Massage (60 mins) A relaxation massage encourages your body to digest its food, and get rid of its toxins. It will help you to sleep better. A massage will also help un-knot any muscles, soothe aches and sprains and encourage the skin to heal minor abrasions.

Price on Request
Inclusions

  • Pick and drop to and from the venue/Train using an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of an escort to and from the venue/Train
  • Any one treatment of your choice from the options mentioned above
  • All currently applicable taxes excluding Service Tax

Tariff

Maharajas' Express package combines the opulence of luxury with charm of culture. These luxury train fare includes the accommodation in double or twin-bedded cabins with en-suite bathroom and are inclusive of meals, soft beverages, house pour brands of wines, beer and spirit.

Maharajas' Express tariffs encompass each and every need of our customers and also includes the butler service, paramedic services, guided off-tour excursions as illustrated in the journeys, inclusive of entrance fees, all camera fees, transport and services of a guide and porterage at stations.

Maharajas' Express Fare per Person for 2018-19

Maharajas' Express Rooming Deluxe Cabin Junior Suite Suite Presidential Suite
The Heritage of India
8 Days / 7 Nights
(Covering approx. 3285 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$6840
$5160
$9890
$8910
$13800
$13800
$23700
$23700
The Indian Splendour
8 Days / 7 Nights
(Covering approx. 2767 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$5980
$4510
$9460
$8520
$13800
$13800
$23700
$23700
The Indian Panorama
8 Days / 7 Nights
(Covering approx. 2307 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$5980
$4510
$9460
$8520
$13800
$13800
$23700
$23700
The Southern Sojourn
8 Days / 7 Nights
(Covering approx. 2530 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$ 7530
$ 5680
$ 10880
$ 9810
$ 15180
$ 15180
$ 26070
$ 26070
The Southern Jewels
8 Days / 7 Nights
(Covering approx. 2815 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$ 7530
$ 5680
$ 10880
$ 9810
$ 15180
$ 15180
$ 26070
$ 26070
Gems of India
4 Days / 3 Nights
(Covering approx. 859 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$3850
$2910
$4950
$4460
$7600
$7600
$12900
$12900
Treasures of India
4 Days / 3 Nights
(Covering approx. 859 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$3850
$2910
$4950
$4460
$7600
$7600
$12900
$12900

Taxes will be charged extra as applicable.

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Guided off train excursions as illustrated in the journeys in vehicles mentioned below:
  • Deluxe Cabin - Deluxe Coaches
    Junior Suite - Super Deluxe Coaches
    Suite - Exclusive Luxury Car with Guide (exclusivity not available for game safari and boat ride)
    Presidential Suite - Exclusive Luxury Car with independent Guide (exclusivity not available for boat ride)
  • Entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
  • Services of an on-board tour director
  • 24 hrs paramedic on train
  • 24 hrs butler service
  • Porterage at stations
  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Taxes, Insurance, Gratuities.
  • Telephone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands of wines, spirits, beer served in the restaurants and bar)
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees.
  • Maharajas' Express Exclusions Arrival and departure transfers.
  • International and domestic air tickets.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation and any tour extensions are not included unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys.

CHILD POLICY

Maharajas' Express does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavor to maintain.

  • Children below 5 years shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) - 50% of the adult fare, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • Please note that we do not have the facility for interconnecting cabins except in the Presidential Suite car.
  • All applicable taxes will be charged extra.

PAYMENT


A . Payment Terms


In case of FIT's

  1. 25% of the published price plus applicable taxes at the time of confirming the booking along with names.
  2. Balance payment 60 days prior to the departure.

In case of bookings under companion offer

  1. 1st Adult:- 25% of the published price plus applicable taxes at the time of confirming the booking along with names.
  2. 2nd Adult:- Full 50% of the published price plus applicable taxes at the time of confirming the booking along with names.
  3. Balance payment 60 days prior to the departure.
  4. Special Note
  • Name with details required at the time of booking except as provided. Name change is allowed upto 30 days prior to departure.
  • Only one date change may be permitted upto 30 days prior to departure subject to availability. No refund in case of difference of tariff.The difference of tariff to be paid in case of higher tariff for the scheduled departure.
  • Either name change or date change will be allowed not both as stated above.

B. Penalty Clause

  • Deduction of 0.5% of the balance amount shell be paid if payment is made between 30 to 59 days prior to departure.
  • Deduction of 0.75% of the balance payment shall be paid if payment is made between 0 to 29 days prior to departure.

If this is not done, then the request will not be accepted and the booking will be treated as cancelled and relevant cancellation charges will be applied following deduction for services rendered.

On payment of the booking amount, you will receive an acknowledgement for the amount paid.

You will have to pay all bank charges.

The amount in INR should be credited in our account as per the rate of exchange (ROE) of the previous day of the date (www.rbi.org.in) of transferring the amount.

The Company reserves the right to decline your booking /s for any Tour or to cancel your booking without assigning any reason.


CANCELLATION

If you wish to cancel the booking , you must communicate the cancellation by

  • E-mail to sales@luxetrains.com

The following cancellation charges will apply:

For any cancellation days are counted excluding the date of departure

A. In case of FIT's:

  • 60 days or more prior to departure, 25 % of published price.
  • 45 to 59 days prior to departure, 50% of the Net amount.
  • 0 to 44 days prior to departure, 100% of the Net amount.

B. In case of Bookings under companion offer:

1st Adult:-

  1. 60 days or more prior to departure, 25 % of published price.
  2. 45 to 59 days prior to departure, 50% of the nett amount
  3. 0 to 44 days prior to departure, 100% of the nett amount.

2nd Adult:

  1. Full 50% of the adult fare will be charged irrespective of no. of days from the date of cancellation and the date of departure.

Train Schedule

Gems of India - 3 Nights / 4 Days
MonthWednesday
October 201803, 31
November 201828
December 201826
January 201923
February 201920
March 201920
Treasures of India - 3 Nights / 4 Days
MonthSunday
October 201828
November 201825
November 201917
January 202012
March 202008
December 201823
February 202009
January 201920
February 201917
March 201917
April 201914
December 201915
October 201920
The Indian Panorama - 7 Nights / 8 Days
MonthSaturday
November 201803
December 201801, 29
January 201926
February 201923
March 201923
September 201929
October 201806
The Indian Splendour - 7 Nights / 8 Days
MonthSaturday
October 201813
November 201810
December 201808
January 201905
February 201902
March 201902, 30
The Southern Sojourn - 7 Nights / 8 Days
MonthSaturday
September 201907
September 201815
The Southern Jewels - 7 Nights / 8 Days
MonthSaturday
September 201822
September 201914
The Heritage of India - 7 Nights / 8 Days
MonthSaturday
March 201909
April 201906
November 201817
December 201815
January 201912
February 201909
October 201820

Offers

A) Pay for One & your Companion Pays 50% only


Applicable for all Nationalities.

On the above departures on the booking of first adult on twin sharing at full cost, the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost. Offer valid till the date of departure and is subject to availability of cabins.

Journeys Date  
Journeys Name
03rd Oct 2018 The Gems of India
28th Nov 2018 The Gems of India
08th Dec 2018 The Indian Splendour
15th Dec 2018 The Heritage of India
26th Dec 2018 The Gems of India

Terms & Conditions

  • This offer is applicable on the above mentioned 05 ME departures.
  • The payment for the 01st Adult will be as per the normal terms and conditions and for the 02nd adult availing 50% discount, will have to make full non refundable payment.
  • The commission for the 2nd Adult ( i.e for whom 50% Tariff is applicable ) half of the regular applicable commission will be applicable.
  • This offer is not transferable.
  • This offer cannot be clubbed with any other offers.
  • This offer is on First Come Basis and depends on the availability of cabins/suites on the particular trip.
  • Management reserves its right to call back the offer at any moment.
  • The decision of the Management is final in all disputes.
  • Other general Terms & Conditions of Maharajas’ Express shall apply in addition to this.
  • Offer Valid till the date of departure.

B)Maharajas’ Express Early Bird Offer for selected departures.


Applicable for all Nationalities.

Book a Deluxe Room & get a chance to upgrade your room from Deluxe Cabin to Junior Suite by paying only 50% of the difference in Tariff between Junior Suite and Deluxe Cabin. Offer valid till 03rd Oct’ 2018 and is subject to availability of Junior Suites.

Terms & Conditions

  • This offer of up-gradation to Junior Suite is applicable on First come first serve basis and will be confirmed on payment of the difference amount as per the offer by 03rd Oct’ 2018as per invoice.
  • The offer of Junior Suite is subject to availability.
  • This offer is applicable for above mentioned 05 ME Departures.
  • This offer is not transferable.
  • This offer cannot be clubbed with other offers.
  • Maharajas Express reserves the right to amend or withdraw the offer any moment.
  • All other Terms and conditions, booking & cancellation policy of Maharajas’ Express shall remain the same.
  • The decision of Maharajas' Express will be final in all disputes.
  • Offer valid till 30th Sep’ 2018.

Special Note :

Only one of the above two offers can be availed by the guests at a time subject to availability.


Other Terms & Conditions

It is further proposed to add below mentioned clauses inthe Promo Offer:

Child Policy:

Single child (5 years -12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - Two adults fare on twin sharing basis.

In such cases, where two adults fare are being charged, the second pax being child sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost paid. For any other permutation and combination the existing child policy will prevail.

Presidential Suite:

  • In case two adults: the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost
  • In case three adults: the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost and third adult on full cost
  • In case four adults: the two adults sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost

Cancellation Charge:

In case of the cancellation the prevailing terms and conditions shall apply, keeping in view the below two points.

  • In case of Promo offer A, the cancellation charges for the 1st Adult who pays full adult fare shall be charges as per the existing cancellation policy and the companion who pays 50% of the adult fare will be charged whole of the 50% as cancellation charge irrespective of no of days from the date of cancellation and the date of departure.
  • In case of Promo offer B, the cancellation charges for both the Adults shall be calculated on Deluxe cabin and 50% amount of the difference between Jr Suite and Deluxe cabin shall all also be charged as cancellation charge irrespective of number of days from the date of cancellation and the date of departure.
  • In case of No Show of 02nd adult on twin sharing cabin under the promo offer A and B, the applicable difference in amount calculated as per single occupancy cabin basis will be charged from the 01st Adult.

A) Pay for One & your Companion Pays 50% only


Applicable for all Nationalities

On the above departures on the booking of first adult on twin sharing at full cost, the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost. Offer valid till the date of departure and is subject to availability of cabins.

Journeys Date  
Journeys Name
15 Sep 2018 Southern Sojourn
22 Sep 2018 Southern Jewels

Terms & Conditions

  • This offer is applicable on the above mentioned 2 departures.
  • On booking of first adult on twin sharing at full cost, the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the published adult cost.
  • The payment for the 01st Adult will be as per the normal terms and conditions and for the 02nd adult availing 50% discount, will have to make full non refundable payment.
  • This offer is not transferable.
  • This offer cannot be clubbed with any other offers.
  • This offer is on First Come Basis and depends on the availability of cabins/suites on the particular trip.
  • Management reserves its right to call back the offer at any moment.
  • The decision of the Management is final in all disputes.
  • Other general Terms & Conditions of Maharajas’ Express shall apply in addition to this.
  • Offer Valid till the date of departure.

Special Note :

Only one of the above two offers can be availed by the guests at a time subject to availability.


Other Terms & Conditions


Child Policy:

Single child (5 years -12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - Two adults fare on twin sharing basis.

In such cases, where two adults fare are being charged, the second pax being child sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost paid. For any other permutation and combination the existing child policy will prevail.

Presidential Suite:

  • In case two adults: the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost
  • In case three adults: the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost and third adult on full cost
  • In case four adults: the two adults sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the adult cost

Cancellation Charge:

In case of the cancellation the prevailing terms and conditions shall apply, keeping in view the below two points.

  • In case of Promo offer A, the cancellation charges for the 1st Adult who pays full adult fare shall be charges as per the existing cancellation policy and the companion who pays 50% of the adult fare will be charged whole of the 50% as cancellation charge irrespective of no of days from the date of cancellation and the date of departure.
  • In case of No Show of 02nd adult on twin sharing cabin under the promo offer A and B, the applicable difference in amount calculated as per single occupancy cabin basis will be charged from the 01st Adult.

Book Now & Get Complimentary

  1. 01 Night stay in Delhi/Mumbai/Trivandrum with reference to the itinerary at 5 Star hotel with buffet breakfast
  2. Airport Pick Up
  3. Delhi/Mumbai/Trivandrum Guided Sightseeing Tour with reference to the itinerary
  4. Both Ways Railway Station Transfers
  5. All Transfers & Sightseeing in Air Conditioned Luxury Vehicle
  6. Certificate of Travel in The Maharajas' Express
  7. Travel Gift Voucher worth USD 100 per Person
  8. Souvenirs from the Company

Package Starting @ US$ 3850 per Person

10% Off on All Maharajas' Express Journeys

  • Use Coupon Code - 10OFF
  • This offer cannot be clubbed with any other offers
  • This offer is on first-come first-serve basis & subject to availability of cabins

Official Partners
  • PSA
    PSA
  • GSA
    GSA
  • GSA
    GSA
  • Deccan Odessey
  • The Golden Chariot
*Note   GSA=General Sales Agent,   PSA=Preferred Sales Agent