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Explore India with the luxury enjoyed by Maharajas of lore. Indian Railways has transformed the princely train carriages that swept royalty through India during the British Raj into the opulent Maharajas' Express, a luxury hotel on wheels.


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The Maharajas' Express embarks from either Mumbai (or Delhi) and winds its way northeast (or southwest) through the mountain-desert regions of Rajasthan and the jungles near Ranthambore, until it reaches its final destination in Delhi (or Mumbai) eight days later. The Maharajas' Express train stops to let you explore the fascinating destinations of Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Agra.

The Maharajas' Express features exquisitely decorated interiors accompanied by lavish amenities and modern conveniences. You will forget that you are in transit until you peer out the panoramic windows of the train.  24-hour butler service in each carriage ensures a royal experience.

The Maharajas' Express is the newest and most opulent luxury train in India. Although its maiden journey was in 2010, the Society of International Railway Travelers already has rated it as one of the top 25 trains in the world. Offering tours from early October until late March, the Maharaja Express delivers its passengers in a new city to explore each day. Local English-speaking tour guides offer explanations of the most significant sites in each city and there are opportunities to experience authentic regional cuisine, shopping and traditional cultural offerings.

This all-inclusive luxury adventure will take you through richly diverse landscapes, cultures and heritage sites.  The Maharajas' Express offers unique excursions with tours ranging from beloved Indian landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, to off-the-beaten-path forts, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lasting memories are created through unique excursion experiences such as participation in an elephant polo match and a sundown dinner amidst sand dunes while being entertained by traditional music and dance performances and a parade of decorated camel carts.

The five star service of the Maharajas' Express begins the moment you board and are greeted with a welcome drink.  A porter assists you to your private cabin. Your carriage's butler is available to assist you in making yourself at home in your cabin or suite. Over the next week, the Maharajas' Express will delight all of your senses as you travel through India with the pomp once reserved exclusively for royalty.

The Maharajas’ Express offers a chef-prepared multi-course menu with selections of mouthwatering Indian, vegetarian or Continental cuisine. Enjoy meals in either of two opulently decorated dining cars. The Rang Mahal, or 'Palace of Color' is an elegant pink and cream themed colonial style dining car. This opulently decorated restaurant features carved wooden chairs, floral design booths, fine linens and cutlery, crystal glassware and rich red drapery. The alternate dining car, the Mayur Mahal, or 'Peacock Palace,' exudes an oriental ambience with its blue, green and gold color palette accompanied by dark wooden floors, ornate chairs, gold plating, luxurious drapery and linens, fine cutlery and crystal glassware. Take advantage of the onboard sommelier who will recommend the perfect wine pairing or after-dinner drink.

Retreat to the subdued luxury of the Rajah Club lounge car for a game of cards or relax in one of the comfortable armchairs. The nearby boutique sells a variety of books and souvenirs. The Safari bar never closes. In addition to the Maharajas’ complimentary house wines, beers and spirits, the Safari bar boasts a wide selection of top-shelf liquors, a full wine list and other drinks are available at an additional cost. The Safari bar also serves delicious snacks.

During the day, the Rajah Club lounge provides a warm, naturally lit observation area. Here you can enjoy a morning newspaper with a cappuccino or espresso while taking in the scenery. The lounge is a welcome respite after a long day of exploring, greeting you with a cold beverage upon your return from sightseeing.

As a passenger on the Maharajas' Express, you will have a number of cabin configurations and levels of luxury to choose from. Each cabin is lavishly decorated to match the elegance of the train. Every compartment features an eco-friendly washroom with a hot shower and an array of luxurious toiletries. Optimize your environment through your room's individual temperature controls. Enjoy modern entertainment and convenience throughout your journey as each cabin is equipped with an LCD television, a DVD player, a telephone and high speed internet access. The Maharajas' Express maintains a house collection of movies and games for your entertainment pleasure.You will appreciate the attention to detail when you discover your complimentary sightseeing kit, complete with brochures, stationary, bottle coolers, pith helmets and spats for your walking shoes.

Deluxe cabins begin at 110 square feet and include a panoramic window. Both the deluxe cabins and the junior suites offer a choice of a double bed or two twin beds.

The junior suites are more spacious than the deluxe cabins, with two windows, wooden floors and a table with chairs.

The four exclusive suites on the Maharajas’ Express all feature double beds and are significantly larger than the junior suites. The suites include panoramic windows and a private sitting room with a desk, table and chairs, fresh flowers and artwork.

The Presidential suite of the Maharajas’ Express is the first of its kind among all the luxury trains in India, encompassing an entire train carriage. Delicate ceiling artwork, a couch, silk textiles, a glass coffee table with gold and silver detailing, a glass breakfast table with chairs, and a writing desk. Two washrooms with decorated tiling, a bathtub, spa quality bath soaps and wooden lattice screening complete the opulent Presidential Suite.