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.
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. Read more....
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. Read more.....
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.....
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. Read more.....
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. Read more.....
There are four Itineraries planned for Maharajas' Express:
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....
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.
A. The train operates in North-West and Central India. Particularly, in the months of October and April, it runs through Rajasthan.
A. Maharajas Express tickets can be booked via online through Orient Rail Journeys. To book tickets, click here.
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”.
A. Maharajas' Express was owned by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC). It is an enterprise of Indian Railways.
A. Not at all, it is for all who can afford the expenses.
A. No, anyone can enjoy the services of the Maharajas' Express not biased with any country or place.
A. No, Pets are not allowed to the board.
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.
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.
A. Through card payments, you can complete your payment. All major Debit and Credit cards are acceptable.
A. Without a visa, foreigners are not allowed to the country. So it is needs to carry. In the case of Indians, no need to carry.
A. No, as per your convenience and comfort you can wear what you like.
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.
A. Yes, you can book Maharajas' Express tickets through online it is the easiest and reliable mode.
A. In total six, 3 itineraries are 6 Nights/7 Days long and 1 is 3 Nights/4 Days long.
A. No, from September to April only the trains run in the year.
A. For children above 5 years, 50% of the adult fare will be charged and no charge for children below 5 years.
A. Yes, in case of any celebrations or special events some additional amount will be charged.
A. Gratuities are not part of the train fare.
A. No, the tariff will not be reduced for part of journeys.
A. Yes, meals are included in the tariff.
A. According to the updated departure dates, the trip start and end dates will be decided. Please check the updated departure dates chart.
A. Accommodation, onboard meals, wines & spirits, butler services, a guide for off-train excursions, complimentary tea, coffee, and mineral water.
A. For all off-train excursions, guides will be arranged. They can speak foreign languages too as per convenience.
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.
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.
A. No, it is not possible to transfer the ticket on a registered name to others.
A. Yes, your tour will always be insured under the circumstances of terrorism, theft, fire, and earthquake.
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.
A. Maharajas' Express started its first tour in the year 2010.
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.
A. 14 guest coaches are equipped to the Maharajas' Express with four different types of accommodation.
A. Yes, the 14 guest coaches of the Maharajas' Express were named after the precious stones.
A. 88 passengers at a time can be accommodated in the coaches of the train.
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.
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.
A. Telephones are provided in every cabin. Each call charges are additional and are not included in your train ticket.
A. The train equips two dining cars for serving food. At a time 42 members can be served.
A. Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian specials, Jain Meal, Vegan Meal, Kosher Meal, Gluten Free Meal, etc are the best cuisines of Maharajas' Express restaurants.
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.
A. No, laundry services are not available. But at some selected destinations laundry services are available.
A. Yes, for every traveler on the train one butler will be appointed to look after them.
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.
A. Yes, paramedical services are available throughout the journey. If any emergency treatment need, they will be available 24 hours to serve.
A. Yes, the train is fully air-conditioned.
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.
A. No, smoking is strictly prohibited in train. According to Indian Law, smoking is not permissible in public places.
A. The one who is 21 years old or above only be served with alcohol drinks in the train.
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.
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.
A. No, pre and post hotel accommodations will not cover under tariff.
A. No, pre and post flight tickets of your tour not cover in the fare.
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