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Maharajas Express Informationn

The Maharajas' Express luxury train service began operations in March 2010by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The train is known for offering world-class hospitality and unique way to discover India. The train has been the winner of several awards including World Travel Awards for several consecutive years in a row from 2012 to 2018. There are a total of 4 different itineraries that the Maharajas Express offers its guests such as Treasures of India, Indian Splendor, and Heritage of India and Indian Panorama.

Check out : Here is Integrated all the information about Maharajas' Express train and its history.
Awards & Accolades Won

The Maharajas' Express was rewarded seven times in a row for being “The world's leading luxury train” from 2012- 2018. It was the first runner up in specialist train operators category at Conde Nast travelers reader choice awards 2011. It was also rewarded as adjudged Best luxury Train at CNBC travel Awards in 2011. It was also rewarded as adjudged Best luxury Train at CNBC travel Awards in 2010.

Concept of Carriage

The trains have 23 carriages, with 14 guest carriage and can carry 88 passenger capacities. As the train represents different aspects of Indian heritage, the carriage is named under precious stones, Moti (pearl), Heera (diamond), Neelam (Blue Sapphire), Feeroza (Turquoise), Monga (Coral), Pukhraj (Sapphire) and so on. The 23 carriage has wonderful accommodation including dining, bar, lounge, generator and store cars. The train also has a lounge with a private bar called Rajah Club and a bar car called Safari Bar.


The Maharajas' Express is being run across North-west and central India with beautiful ambiance. It provides Wi-Fi in cabins, dining cars, lounge, bar, shop and attached bathroom with spacious sitting rooms. It has a telephone in every cabin to make national as well as international calls services.

Guest Cabins

The train is equipped with 43 guest cabins - 20 deluxe, 18 junior suites, 4 suites, and 1 Presidential Suite with a capacity of 88 passengers. The cabins are accommodated with five star equivalent facilities. The carriage has all in 2 bedrooms, a separate living area, a modern attached bathroom with bath tub and a dining room. The cabins has spacious wardrobe also. It also provides you 24 hours paramedics on train and air Ambulance services is also provided in case of emergency. Read more.....

Dining and Restaurant

There are two restaurants with 42 passenger capacity at any given time. The names of restaurants are - Mayur Mahal (Golden Peacock) and Rang Mahal (Palace of Colors) with a variety of cuisine including Chinese, continental, Mewari cuisine is served. All meal breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner are held in two restaurants. You can find every type of meal like lactose free, gluten free, vegan meal, non vegetarian and Jain meal.

Bar and Lounge Coaches

There is a bar coach named “Safari bar” with well-stocked beverages. Guests can also ask for wine, spirits, and beer from a variety of brands. The lounge bar “The Rajah club” lets the guest relax and have a lovely time on wheels. Both the bars are aligned with congenial sitting arrangement and contains extraordinary range of wines and spirits in the wine closet to make your journey more pleasurable.

Itineraries and Routes

There are four Itineraries planned for Maharajas' Express:

  • Treasure of India tour for 3 nights / 4 days planned covering Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur.
  • Heritage of India tour for 6 nights / 7 days and destination covering Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Delhi.
  • The Indian Panorama tour for 6 nights / 7 days traveling through Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Orchha and Khajuraho, Varanasi.
  • The Indian Splendour with duration 6 night s/ 7 days planned with destination to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai.
Train Route

With traditional hospitality, the train runs across North Central and 5 Northern States of India. The train will take guests to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi. You can find route maps with pictorial explanation of this luxurious train journey. Read more....

General Information

Q. What is the Maharajas' Express?

A. Maharajas' Express is India's iconic luxury train which came in recent times and it is the luxury train known for its pan-Indian journey experience.

Q. Where does Maharajas' Express operate?

A. The train operates in North-West and Central India. Particularly, in the months of October and April, it runs through Rajasthan.

Q. How to book tickets for Maharajas' Express

A. Maharajas Express tickets can be booked via online through Orient Rail Journeys. To book tickets, click here.

Q. Why it is called as Maharajas' Express

A. The regal touch and world-class equipment adorned to the train remembers the times of Maharajas and their legacy. All these made it named as "The Maharajas' Express”.

Q. Who owns the Maharajas' Express?

A. Maharajas' Express was owned by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC). It is an enterprise of Indian Railways.

Q. Is Maharajas' Express only for foreigners?

A. Not at all, it is for all who can afford the expenses.

Q. Is Maharajas' Express not for Indians?

A. No, anyone can enjoy the services of the Maharajas' Express not biased with any country or place.

Q. Are pets allowed in Maharajas' Express?

A. No, Pets are not allowed to the board.

Q. What are the travel documents required for the travel?

A. After your payment successfully completed, you will get travel documents. These documents are must to carry and in addition to these Visa and Passport are also required.

Q. How early should I book tickets?

A. If you book in neck-end time, you can’t get confirmation of your ticket. So it is always better to book before 3 to 4 months not to get disappointed.

Q. How to pay for the tickets?

A. Through card payments, you can complete your payment. All major Debit and Credit cards are acceptable.

Q. Are there any regulations for dressing in the train?

A. No, as per your convenience and comfort you can wear what you like.

Q. What type of dresses are recommended?

A. India is a tropical land so, in winters better to wear thick woolen clothes and in remaining times cotton and linens are the best. During safaris, better to wear light clothes, shoes, sunglasses.

Q. Can I book my ticket online?

A. Yes, you can book Maharajas' Express tickets through online it is the easiest and reliable mode.

Q. What are the top destinations covered by Maharajas' Express?
A. The top destinations can be covered are Agra, Jaipur, New Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore, and Varanasi.
Q. How many itineraries offered by Maharajas' Express?
A. Maharajas' Express offers four itineraries such as The Heritage of India, Treasures of India, The Indian Panorama, The Indian Splendor.
Q. Where do the itineraries start and end?
A. Either in Mumbai or Delhi, the itineraries starts and ends.
Q. What is the duration of the journeys?
A. In total six, 3 itineraries are 6 Nights/7 Days long and 1 is 3 Nights/4 Days long.
Q. Is the itinerary open throughout the year?
A. No, from September to April only the trains run in the year.
Train Fare
Q. What is the ticket price of Maharajas' Express in USD and INR?
A. Based on the selection of cabins ticket price varies, at minimum a cabin costs USD 4,840 & INR 3,44,710 and at maximum a cabin costs USD 23,700 & INR 16,87,920. For more details, click here.
Q. What is the ticket cost for a child in Maharajas' Express?
A. For children above 5 years, 50% of the adult fare will be charged and no charge for children below 5 years.
Q. Will the cost be altered in virtue of any celebrations?
A. Yes, in case of any celebrations or special events some additional amount will be charged.
Q. Are gratuities a part of the train fare?
A. Gratuities are not part of the train fare.
Q. Will there be a reduction in tariff if I cut short the train journey?
A. No, the tariff will not be reduced for part of journeys.
Q. Are the meal included in the tariff?
A. Yes, meals are included in the tariff.
Q. When does each trip start and end?
A. According to the updated departure dates, the trip start and end dates will be decided. Please check the updated departure dates chart.
Q. What are services that are included in the tariff?
A. Accommodation, onboard meals, wines & spirits, butler services, a guide for off-train excursions, complimentary tea, coffee, and mineral water.
Q. Are guides available for Journey?
A. For all off-train excursions, guides will be arranged. They can speak foreign languages too as per convenience.
Q. Do I need to take any vaccination to travel in Maharajas' Express?
A. Not mandatory, for prevention you can take. It is better to possess a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate if you are from Yellow Fever epidemic country.
Q. Can I cancel the booked tickets? What is the cost of cancellation?
A. Yes, you can cancel your booked tickets. The cancellation charges follow as like. 1. If you cancel before 60 days of departure date, 25% of the fare will be deducted. 2. If you cancel before 45 to 59 days of departure date, 50% of the fare will be deducted. 3. If you cancel before 44 days or within, no refund will be granted.
Q. Can I transfer the ticket to another person?
A. No, it is not possible to transfer the ticket on a registered name to others.
Q. Is my tour insured?
A. Yes, your tour will always be insured under the circumstances of terrorism, theft, fire, and earthquake.
Q. Will Maharajas' Express cancel the booked tour?
A. Yes, if minimum passenger count is not reached, then booked tour will be canceled. Before 30 days you will get information if any happens like this and new journey date or refund will be issued in such cases.
Train History
Q. When was the first tour of Maharajas' Express started?
A. Maharajas' Express started its first tour in the year 2010.
Q. What is the history of Maharajas' Express?
A. Maharajas Express began its first trip in 2010 and was preferred by tourists around the world, from day one. When the train began its first trip, it allowed only 86 passengers. Today, the journeys of Maharajas Express is comparable to the world-class Orient Express of West, in terms of hospitality, elegance and uniqueness.
Coaches and Cabins
Q. How many coaches are there in Maharajas' Express?
A. 14 guest coaches are equipped to the Maharajas' Express with four different types of accommodation.
Q. Does the name of coaches make any difference?
A. Yes, the 14 guest coaches of the Maharajas' Express were named after the precious stones.
Q. How many passengers can be accommodated in the coaches?
A. 88 passengers at a time can be accommodated in the coaches of the train.
Q. What are the amenities available inside the cabin?
A. In every cabin, you can enjoy the full air-conditioning system, Wi-Fi accessibility, Live Television, DVD player, personal safe locks, luggage holds, and modern equipped bathrooms.
Q. What are the types of accommodations available in Maharajas' Express?
A. In Maharajas' Express, there are four different kinds of accommodations such as Deluxe Cabin, Junior Suite, Suite, and Presidential Suite. In these, you can choose twin or double occupancy.
Q. How much luggage is allowed inside the cabin?
A. Baggage should be carried in accordance with the standards set by international airlines. Soft top luggage is recommended as it requires less space than other luggage.
Q. Is Telephone available in the cabin?
A. Telephones are provided in every cabin. Each call charges are additional and are not included in your train ticket.
Q. How is food served inside the train?
A. The train equips two dining cars for serving food. At a time 42 members can be served.
Q. What type of cuisine is served in Maharajas' Express?
A. Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian specials, Jain Meal, Vegan Meal, Kosher Meal, Gluten Free Meal, etc are the best cuisines of Maharajas' Express restaurants.
Q. Is Maharajas Exress provides any special dietary requirements?
A. Do you want any special diet during your travel? The menu changes from time to time. If you required any special dietary meal for any medical reason, you need to mention it during the time of booking.
Q. Does the train provide laundry services?
A. No, laundry services are not available. But at some selected destinations laundry services are available.
Q. Am I entitled to have a butler?
A. Yes, for every traveler on the train one butler will be appointed to look after them.
Q. Are there any facilities for physically challenged tourists?
A. At the booking time you have to mention is there anyone physically challenged. Then, the team will provide you a wheelchair and other services.
Q. Are there any medical facilities available?
A. Yes, paramedical services are available throughout the journey. If any emergency treatment need, they will be available 24 hours to serve.
Q. Is train fully air-conditioned?
A. Yes, the train is fully air-conditioned.
Q. Is there an internet facility on the train?
A. Yes, Wi-Fi facility is offered in the train but connection may not be stable. At major destinations, you can have good signal strength.
Q. How many restaurants are available onboard of the Maharajas' Express?
A. Two restaurants are available onboard. They are named as Rang Mahal and Mayur Mahal.
Lounge and Bar
Q. What are the name of Lounge and Bar Car of Maharajas Express?
A. The train comes with two bars, namely, Rajah Club and Safari Bar.
Q. Is smoking allowed in the train?
A. No, smoking is strictly prohibited in train. According to Indian Law, smoking is not permissible in public places.
Q. Who will be served drinks in Maharajas' Express?
A. The one who is 21 years old or above only be served with alcohol drinks in the train.
Q. What are the facilities available in the lounge room?
A. The lounge of Maharajas' Express equips a multilingual library, board games, and etc. You can have a great time enjoying the scenic views through the windows and reading books.
Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
Q. When should I reach India for Maharajas' Express tour?
A. Better to reach the departure destination before a night of the tour. It makes you reach the station without a rush in the last few minutes.
Q. Are the hotel accommodations covered in the tariff?
A. No, pre and post hotel accommodations will not cover under tariff.
Q. Are the fly-in and fly-out tickets included in the fare?
A. No, pre and post flight tickets of your tour not cover in the fare.