maharajas' express

Overview

World's leading luxury train in India

The Maharajas' Express extends a warm welcome, having earned the prestigious title of "World's Leading Luxury Train" for seven consecutive years from 2012 to 2018 at the World Travel Awards. This exquisite train has revolutionized the concept of luxury travel, inviting guests to embark on a journey to legendary destinations that offer a captivating glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Incredible India. This voyage promises to create cherished memories that will forever hold a special place in your heart.


India, a land steeped in history, holds the legacy of numerous dynasties that have shaped its landscapes, languages, and cultures over millennia.

It's often said that every hundred kilometers traversed unveils a new facet of India, from regal palaces and formidable forts to the natural splendor and the ethereal Taj Mahal in Agra. The untamed wildlife roams freely, offering an abundance of experiences to treasure for a lifetime.

Now, with the Maharajas' Express, you can savor all this and more, with a choice of four grand tours. Stretching nearly half a mile, it transcends the mere definition of a train; it stands as a luxury palace on wheels, redefining the standards of comfort and opulence in rail travel.

This Indian Maharaja undoubtedly reigns supreme as the epitome of luxury train travel in India.

The Maharajas' Express offers four categories of cabins and suites, setting a new standard for luxury among international luxury tourist trains. Lavish interiors with distinct themes are complemented by state-of-the-art safety features, including an electronic smoke detection system, CCTV, and pneumatic suspension for an exceptionally comfortable ride.

Every cabin is equipped with modern amenities, including live television, Wi-Fi, direct dial international telephone, DVD player, LCD screen, wardrobe, personal safe, and air conditioning. The en-suite bathroom features a shower cubicle with running hot and cold water, a W.C., and a basin. For added comfort and luxury, guests are provided with amenities such as bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer, and a range of high-quality toiletries made from essential oils.

Each car is attended to by personalized valets who offer attentive, friendly, and unobtrusive service throughout the journey. The high staff-to-guest ratio ensures prompt assistance both on board and during off-board excursions. It's no surprise that these lavish features have elevated the comfort levels for guests and contributed to the Maharajas' Express receiving the prestigious title of the World's Leading Luxury Train.

Maharajas' Express Presidential Suite

The Presidential Suite on the Maharajas' Express, a first-class tourist train, boasts an expansive cabin area of 448 sq. ft, making it the only one of its kind among international trains. It truly embodies the essence of a palace on wheels.

Named aptly as Navratana (nine precious gems), this suite comprises a spacious living room, two bedrooms, and well-appointed washrooms. Guests in the Presidential Suite are assigned a dedicated personal valet, available round the clock, to offer attentive and luxurious service. The train itself is equipped with the latest international amenities.

The tariff for the Presidential Suite includes the services of an exclusive language-speaking guide and a luxury car for use during off-board excursions. This ensures a seamless and opulent travel experience for guests.

Maharajas' Express Suite

Embarking on a journey within the opulent suites of the Maharajas’ Express promises an experience steeped in regal grandeur, etched into memory for a lifetime.

These suite rooms redefine luxury, offering a sprawling expanse of 220 sq. ft. The coaches themselves bear names like Heera (Diamond) and Neelam (Blue Sapphire), a nod to the extravagance and splendor that awaits on board.

Each of the four suites boasts a double bed and generous panoramic windows, allowing you to revel in every facet of India's magnificence as it unfolds along your rail odyssey. A dedicated valet tends to your needs, ensuring attentive and swift service throughout your journey.

Complimentary mini-bars and inviting bath tubs are additional amenities provided within the suite. The suite fare also encompasses the services of an exclusive language-speaking guide and a luxury car for your excursions at various stops.

For your safety and well-being, the train is equipped with modern features like CCTV surveillance, smoke alarms, RFID door locks, and the constant presence of a paramedic. Your sojourn in luxury amid India's splendors, aboard the Maharajas' Express, will undoubtedly be an extraordinary experience.

Maharajas' Express Junior Suite

The Maharajas' Express offers an abundance of royal experiences, including the exclusive Junior Suites. These suites are aptly named after precious gems like Moti (Pearl), Panna (Emerald), Manik (Ruby), Gomed (Hessonite), Moonga (Coral), and Pukhraj (Sapphire), signifying the opulence that defines the overall Maharajas' Express tour packages.

Among the 18 Junior Suites, 12 feature twin beds while 6 boast double beds. Each suite is adorned with expansive panoramic windows, allowing you to immerse yourself in the grandeur of India throughout your rail journey. With pioneering air-conditioning in all passenger carriages, the train offers modern amenities like Live Television, DVD players, and Wi-Fi Internet to ensure your entertainment during this regal voyage.

Every coach on the train includes a mini-pantry and is attended by a valet, ensuring you receive personalized and lavish service throughout your tour. The train is equipped with advanced safety measures such as CCTV cameras, smoke alarms, RFID door locks, and provides round-the-clock access to a paramedic. Your journey on-board the Maharajas' Express promises to be an extraordinary experience.

Maharajas' Express Deluxe Cabin

The Maharajas' Express offers Deluxe Cabins, each named after precious gems like Hakik (Agate), Firoza (Turquoise), Katela (Amethyst), Beruz (Aquamarine), and Pitoniya (Bloodstone). These names signify the opulence woven into the entire experience provided by Maharajas' Express tour packages. The train features a total of 20 Deluxe Cabins, with 12 offering twin beds and 8 providing double beds for a comfortable and luxurious stay.

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 -
-
43 88

Maharajas' Express Restaurants

The Maharajas' Express boasts two thematic fine dining restaurants, offering a delightful culinary experience in an ambiance that soothes both body and soul. These restaurants are thoughtfully named to align with their exquisitely designed interiors and overall concept.

Within the train, you'll find 'Mayur Mahal,' a dining haven named in honor of India's cherished peacock, affectionately known as Mayur. The second, 'Rang Mahal,' translates to 'The Palace of Colors' and is adorned with meticulously hand-painted frescoes on the ceiling. Both these fine dining venues are thoughtfully designed to comfortably host up to 42 guests at any given time. This arrangement caters to those who prefer an intimate dining experience for two, as well as those who relish the conviviality of a group of four, engaging in hearty conversations while savoring their meals.

The talented chefs aboard the Maharajas' Express are eager to delight your palate with a diverse range of Indian and international cuisines. Table d'hote meals are included in your fare, and guests can also select the perfect wine pairing from a generous selection available onboard. Whether it's breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, all onboard meals are served in these elegant restaurants.

Maharajas' Express Lounge & Bar Cars

For guests seeking a convivial atmosphere to enjoy drinks and conversations, we offer two distinctive bars. The first is 'The Rajah Club,' a sophisticated Lounge bar, while the second is the themed 'Safari Bar.' Both bars provide comfortable and inviting seating arrangements, perfectly complementing the extensive selection of fine wines and spirits. This provides you with the opportunity to decompress and unwind with a touch of elegance.

For those who prefer solitude, we offer a curated collection of books, while for those who relish socializing, a selection of board games awaits. Additionally, for our corporate travelers seeking to blend business and leisure, we're equipped to arrange tailored meeting spaces at the Safari Bar. This versatile venue also serves as a delightful setting for celebratory occasions

Maharajas' Express Amenities

  • Double Bed Dimensions: 80 x 60 (In)
  • Twin Bed Measurements: 80 x 33 (Inches)
  • two Bed rooms (only in Presidential Suite)
  • Living Space (Available in Suite & Presidential Suite Only)
  • 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

The Maharajas' Express provides the following general information to facilitate your preparations for the upcoming journey aboard this luxurious train.

CREDIT CARDS

The Maharajas' Express gladly accepts major credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, and American Express for onboard payments. Please be aware that a surcharge is applicable for all transactions made using credit or debit cards.

MAHARAJAS' TRANSPORT

From super deluxe coaches catering to Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite passengers, to exclusive cars designated for the Suite and Presidential Suite travelers at each destination. Each one is outfitted with complimentary sightseeing kits, complete with bottle coolers, candies, tissues, and shoe uppers. Because when it comes to ensuring the utmost comfort for royalty, every minute detail holds significance. And that's precisely what awaits you upon disembarking from the Maharajas' Express.

VISAS

Travelers must possess valid travel documents and a visa issued by Indian Missions abroad to enter India. Those arriving in India without visas bearing the correct validity dates and number of entries into India may face deportation. Foreign nationals holding Tourist Visas with a stipulated stay of 180 days/90 days and a multiple entry facility should maintain a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to the country on this visa. If there is a need to visit the country within two months, permission must be obtained from the Head of Mission, specifying the specific reasons for another visit within a short period..

PRE & POST HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

We strongly advise you to book at least one night of accommodation before and after your rail journey.

CUSTOMS

Customs regulations in India are in line with international standards. Importing prohibited items can lead to serious penalties. Each passenger is responsible for ensuring they have all necessary and valid documentation. The Company assumes no responsibility for any consequences resulting from a failure to comply.

PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE

Ensuring the safety and enjoyment of our guests is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, having travel insurance is essential. It's a condition of booking with us that passengers have adequate coverage for injury, illness, death, accident, loss of effects or luggage, and holiday cancellation from their country of domicile. Guests must provide us with the name, address, and phone number of the insurers, policy number, and the 24-hour medical emergency contact number. Any pre-existing medical conditions must be disclosed to both the insurer and us; failure to do so may render your Travel Insurance Policy invalid.

INSURANCE FOR MAHARAJAS' EXPRESS

The Maharajas' Express is fully insured against risks such as fire, earthquake, theft, and terrorism. All guests are included in this comprehensive insurance coverage.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Travel documents, which are specific to the passenger(s) listed, will be provided after receiving full payment for your reservation and usually no later than 14 days before the departure date. Please ensure to carry your booking confirmation with you on departure.

CLOTHING & TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

Suggested Attire: Opt for lightweight cottons and linens during the summer and most winter days. Ensure to pack warm clothing for the colder months of December and January, especially for chilly winter nights.

Ensure to pack light sweaters and wraps for the cool mornings and evenings, especially during excursions to wildlife reserves, desert landscapes, and village safaris. This recommendation holds true for all seasons throughout the year.

During your journey aboard the Maharajas' Express, it is advisable to opt for smart casual clothing and wear suitable walking shoes for daytime off-train excursions. Choose comfortable attire in natural, subdued colors (avoiding bright colors) that harmonizes with the landscapes. This recommendation is particularly crucial for excursions to wildlife reserves.

Don't forget to pack sunscreen, caps or hats, and sunglasses for added protection.

For dining aboard the train, smart casual clothing is advised.

Note:

  • Be prepared for varying weather conditions, and ensure you have enough woolens during the tour.
  • From mid-December to mid-January, Northern India experiences severe cold and fog. Therefore, packing heavy woolens during this period is recommended.
  • For select journeys with a golfing option, it's advisable to bring your own golf shoes.

CURRENCY & MONEY EXCHANGE

The currency used in India is the Rupee, abbreviated as Rs., and it is divided into 100 paisa. Rupee notes are available in denominations of Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and Rs. 1000. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, and 10 rupees. Foreign Exchange transactions are regulated in India. Passengers carrying Foreign Exchange exceeding USD 5000 or its equivalent in currency notes, and a total aggregate of USD 10,000 and above (including Cash, bank notes, traveler's cheques), are required to declare it at the port of entry in India. Please be cautious not to accept damaged notes or notes with tape attached, as these may not be accepted. It is recommended to carry smaller denominations instead of Rs. 1000 notes, as obtaining change for them can be challenging.

Note:

For special facilities provided to Maharajas' Express guests for Foreign Exchange encashment, please contact your Guest Relations Manager on board.

SMOKING POLICY

As per Indian regulations, smoking is strictly prohibited on the train. This rule extends to all public spaces, including restaurants, airports, stations, shopping malls, hotels, and other public areas.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

The cabins have limited storage space, so we advise guests to bring luggage in accordance with international airline rules for first/business class passengers. Opting for soft-topped luggage is recommended for ease of storage. You can store luggage under the bed and in the designated luggage hold.

SPECIAL MEALS / DIETARY REQUIREMENT / MEDICAL CONDITIONS

If you have any specific dietary needs or allergies, please inform us at the time of booking and also notify the Chef or Train Manager once on board. Our Chef will do their best to accommodate these requirements. It's worth noting that some excursions, like Jungle Safaris, may be conducted in open vehicles such as jeeps or canters, which can lead to dust exposure due to the terrain. Guests with allergies related to dust are advised to carry their prescribed medication or inhalers during the journey.

PORTERS

At all points of embarkation and disembarkation, porters will be present to help you with your luggage.

BUTLERS

A team of dedicated butlers is available on board to cater to your every need. Each carriage is staffed with a single butler who is on call 24 hours a day. They are trained to meet the specific requirements of our guests with utmost speed and efficiency. Our butlers take great pride in providing personalized services to ensure a memorable experience during your stay on board.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS / DISABLED PASSENGERS

We're sorry to inform you that the dimensions and design of the carriages on the train do not accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers. For guests with limited mobility or other constraints, we highly recommend being accompanied by an able-bodied passenger. Nevertheless, our valets will be readily available to offer extra assistance. Please be sure to mention 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 linens and bath towels are refreshed daily. To support environmental conservation, we kindly ask you to leave towels on the rack if you'd like to reuse them.

HOT WATER

To ensure you have access to hot water, please remember to switch on the heating system 20 minutes before use. If the cabin is shared by two guests, we recommend allowing a 20-minute gap between users.

SAFE

Every cabin on the Maharajas' Express is furnished with an electronic safe for your convenience. To ensure your valuables and travel documents are secure, we recommend using the safe provided. However, it's essential to have your personal belongings insured for added peace of mind.

HAIR DRYERS

All wash rooms are provided with hair dryers.

OFF TRAIN EXCURSIONS

As many of our off-train excursions involve walking, it's advisable to pack comfortable walking shoes. A moderate level of physical fitness is recommended for participation. Some excursions may include unpaved surfaces, uneven terrain, and embarkation and disembarkation from the train.

Travelers with any mobility concerns should inform us at the time of booking. We retain the right to decline participation in excursions for those who may face difficulties completing the tour or causing significant delays for the group. Please note that in such cases, no refund would be provided for any unused portion of the tour.

GUIDES

During off-train excursions, you'll be accompanied by knowledgeable and certified guides fluent in English. We believe in adding a touch of local expertise, which is why we engage seasoned local guides who offer a comprehensive and insightful perspective on the places you explore.

If you prefer guides speaking in other languages, this can be arranged at specific destinations, contingent on availability and with an additional charge. Kindly inform us of your preference when making your booking.

TRANSPORTATION ON EXCURSIONS

For passengers in Deluxe Cabins and Junior Suites, the majority of off-train excursions involve coach transfers. On the other hand, Suite and Presidential Suite passengers will enjoy the luxury of traveling in private cars. Some excursions, however, may involve thrilling jeeps rides. Please consult your itinerary for precise details.

SMOKING POLICY

Smoking on board the train is strictly prohibited in compliance with Indian law. This regulation extends to all public areas.

PARAMEDIC ON BOARD

A 24-hour paramedic is available on board the train to offer emergency medical assistance if the need arises.

HEALTH

While there are currently no specific vaccinations required for travel to India, it is advisable to check the latest advisory before departure. Foreign tourists originating or traveling through Yellow Fever endemic countries should possess a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate in accordance with international health regulations. Taking anti-malaria precautions is recommended, and carrying sufficient insect repellent is advised. Consulting a physician for personalized health advice based on the travel itinerary is also recommended. For those under prescription medication, it is advisable to carry enough supplies for the entire trip. Guests are encouraged to bring their own medicines, as locally manufactured medications in India may not always align with familiar brand names.

Please inform us of any specific ailments at the time of booking and update the Guest Relations Manager upon boarding.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

The cabins on the Maharajas' Express provide limited storage space. It is recommended that each guest packs luggage in accordance with the guidelines for first and business class passengers on international airlines. Using soft-topped luggage is also advisable as it is easier to store. There is designated luggage storage under the beds in the cabins. In case of additional luggage, there is a separate luggage hold cabin available. It is recommended to use locks to secure your luggage. The storage space under the twin bed measures 915 mm x 690 mm x 330 mm in height, while under the double bed it measures 1370 mm x 940 mm x 330 mm in height.

LAUNDRY

Limited laundry service is offered at specific destinations. Feel free to reach out to your carriage butler for more information and details regarding this service.

GRATUITIES FOR SERVICES

It is customary to offer gratuities for small services in Indian culture. The decision to provide any gratuities for the onboard staff is entirely up to the guests. Envelopes for gratuities will be provided in each cabin on the final night of the journey.

INTERNET

Guests have access to high-speed internet on board. For specific details, please get in touch with the Train Manager. Please note that the internet signal may fluctuate when the train is in motion, but it tends to be more stable when the train is stationary or in proximity to large cities.

CELL PHONES

For the comfort of your fellow passengers and out of respect for certain monuments during your Off Train Excursions, we kindly request that you keep your cell phone on silent mode while on board the train. Additionally, we discourage the use of cell phones and laptop computers in all public areas, and suggest using them in the privacy of your cabin. Thank you for your cooperation.

CELL PHONE RECEPTION

The reception may experience fluctuations when the train is in motion, but tends to improve significantly when the train is stationary or in close proximity to large cities.

TELEPHONE CALLS

Each cabin is equipped with a telephone for your convenience. Please note that charges for external calls are not included in the journey cost and will be billed separately.

TRAIN MANAGER

Throughout your journey, the Train Manager will be available on board to assist you with any special requests, address any concerns, and provide tour information. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them.

PLACEMENT OF TRAIN ON PLATFORM AT STATIONS

The Maharajas' Express undergoes refueling and watering in the yard after guests have disembarked at the stations. It is crucial to adhere to the recommended timings provided at the time of disembarkation to prevent any inconvenience. If a guest wishes to return to the train before the advised boarding time, they should contact the Train Manager to confirm the availability of the Maharajas' Express on the platform.

EXPECTATION FROM GUEST

Guests are advised to strictly adhere to the prescribed timings and be punctual. Departures will not be delayed or special provisions made for late arrivals. If any services are missed due to the late arrival of guests, alternate arrangements will not be provided, and no refunds will be issued. It is expected that guests follow the tour itinerary to prevent any confusion. If a guest wishes to deviate from the group or train for personal visits or tours, they should inform the Train Manager in advance. Guests who repeatedly deviate from the tour may be asked to leave to avoid inconvenience to other guests and the management.

ON-BOARD SAFE

Each cabin is furnished with an electronic safe for the security of your valuables. While we take every precaution, we cannot assume liability for any loss of valuables.

CREW

The Maharajas' Express prides itself on its world-class service, exemplified by a dedicated team of hospitality professionals. They are driven by a strong commitment to provide guests with an unparalleled experience, where every need is not only met, but anticipated. Our attentive and discreet crew members contribute to the journey's distinctive sense of exclusivity. It's worth noting that all our staff members are proficient in English.

MINIMUM PASSENGER REQUIREMENT

For each of our journeys, there is a minimum requirement of passengers for operation. In the rare instance that this threshold is not met, we will present you with options: an alternative departure date, an alternative journey, or a refund. It's important to note that if such a situation arises, we will notify you at least 30 days in advance.

SPECIAL EXCURSIONS / EVENTS

Certain departures, featuring unique interest-based excursions, special events, and guest lectures, will have an additional supplement applied.

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 land steeped in history, where dynasties have woven their stories into the very fabric of the subcontinent. From grand palaces to formidable forts, from untamed wildlife to the exquisite Taj Mahal, there's a wealth of experiences to cherish.

Navigating this vast expanse comfortably can be a challenge. That's where the Maharajas' Express steps in – a pinnacle of luxury travel on wheels. It offers six distinct circuits, each a key to unlocking the wonders of India.

These circuits promise encounters with extraordinary places, like the dinosaur fossil park in Balasinor, a rendezvous with Indian royalty, the mesmerizing temples of Khajuraho, elephant experiences in Jaipur, and more. Imagine a champagne breakfast with the Taj Mahal in view or a boat ride on the sacred Ganges in Varanasi.

With its regal ambiance, modern comforts, impeccable service, and opulent décor, the Maharajas' Express offers an unparalleled royal experience. It's a journey that surpasses all expectations, a fusion of flawless service and thoughtfully crafted luxury circuits.

This is the legacy of the Maharajas' Express – an experience that redefines luxury train travel.

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The Heritage of India

The Heritage of India

Mumbai – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra and Delhi

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The Indian Splendour

The Indian Splendour

Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Mumbai

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The Indian Panorama

The Indian Panorama

Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Orchha and Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi

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Treasures of India

Treasures of India

Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi

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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

The Maharajas' Express train package seamlessly blends luxury with cultural charm. Your reservation on the Maharajas' Express includes accommodation in either double or twin-bedded cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. The package is all-inclusive of meals, soft beverages, as well as house pour brands of wines, beer, and spirits.

The Maharajas' Express tariff for Indian Maharaja booking is designed to cater to every need of our valued customers. This luxury train tariff also covers the dedicated butler service, paramedic services, guided off-tour excursions as outlined in the journeys. This includes entrance fees, all camera fees, transportation, and the services of a guide, along with porterage at stations.

Maharajas' Express Fare per Person for 2023-24 & 2024-25

Maharajas' Express Rooming Deluxe Cabin Junior Suite Suite Presidential Suite
The Heritage of India
7 Days / 6 Nights
(Covering approx. 2771 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$8,130
$6,100
$10,390
$9,360
$14,490
$14,490
$24,890
$24,890
The Indian Splendour
7 Days / 6 Nights
(Covering approx. 2724 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$7,750
$5,820
$9,940
$8,950
$14,490
$14,490
$24,890
$24,890
The Indian Panorama
7 Days / 6 Nights
(Covering approx. 2309 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$7,750
$5,820
$9,940
$8,950
$14,490
$14,490
$24,890
$24,890
Treasures of India
4 Days / 3 Nights
(Covering approx. 860 kms)
Adult
Single Supplement
$4,890
$3,670
$5,200
$4,680
$7,980
$7,980
$13,550
$13,550

Booking for Presidential Suite Cabin: 50% reduction in tariff for 3rd & 4th guest. Further 50% reduction on reduced tariff will be given for child accompanying 2 Adult guests in Presidential Suite cabin for season 2023-24 & 2024-25.

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 & Junior Suite - Volvo Bus / Tempo Traveler / Volkswagen Crafter
    Suite - Mercedes E Class / Audi A6 / BMW 5 Series with separate English speaking Guide (exclusivity not available
    for game safari and boat ride)
    Presidential Suite - Mercedes S Class / Audi A8 / BMW 7 Series with separate English speaking Guide (exclusivity not available for boat ride)
    At certain locations such as Ranthambore during Jungle Safari, Jeeps/Canters will be provided to guests including the Presidential Suite & Suite category guests. At Orchha there is a small auto ride from Jahangir Mahal to the Railway Station.
  • 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

Treasures of India - 3 Nights / 4 Days
MonthSunday
October 202420
November 202417
December 202415
January 202512
February 202509
March 202509
The Heritage of India - 6 Nights / 7 Days
MonthSunday
October 202413
November 202410
December 202408
January 202505
February 202502
March 202502, 30
The Indian Splendour - 6 Nights / 7 Days
MonthSunday
October 202406
November 202403
December 202401, 29
January 202526
February 202523
March 202523
The Indian Panorama - 6 Nights / 7 Days
MonthSunday
September 202429
October 202427
November 202424
December 202422
January 202519
February 202516
March 202516
April 202506

Offers

Complimentary Pre & Post Journey Add-on Services

  1. 01 night stay in Delhi/Mumbai with reference to the itinerary at 5 Star Deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast
  2. Airport Pick Up & Drop Off
  3. Delhi/Mumbai Guided Sightseeing Tour with reference to the itinerary
  4. Railway Station Transfer
  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. A bottle of Champagne per cabin upon arrival
  9. Souvenirs from the Company

10% Off on All Maharajas' Express Journeys
Package Starting @ US$ 4890 per Person

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