The Maharajas’ Express, an awarded Indian luxury train owned and operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has become a hallmark of luxurious travel in India since its inception in 2010. The latest and most illustrious amongst the luxurious trains in India, the Maharajas’ Express was voted “The World’s Leading Luxury Train” four times in a row at The World Travel Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The most expensive luxury train in the world, it also received the first runner up award in the Specialist Train Operators Category at Conde Nast Travelers Reader Choice Travel Award in 2011.
The ultimate in luxury and opulence, Maharajas’ Express offers 5 enthralling journeys crisscrossing the most fascinating and vibrant tourist destinations in India. There are 5 Maharaja Express journey departing either from either Mumbai or Delhi. Each journey presents a unique opportunity to take a peek into a unique Kaleidoscope that is India.
The important cities and tourist attractions covered in these five mesmerizing journeys by Maharajas’ Express in Indiaare mentioned as following:
Heritage of India
Duration:7 days/8 nights
Destinations covered:Mumbai, Ajanta, Udaipur Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and Delhi
You get an opportunity to explore the lands of Indian Maharajas (kings) and get a first-hand experience of what it meant to be a royalty in India before it became a full-fledged democracy post-independence. Visit exquisite palaces and mighty fortresses that bears testimony to the lavishness and grandeur of the erstwhile rulers. Allow yourself the thrill and adventure of roaming in the hunting ground of these Maharajas which now is inhabited by king of jungle—the majestic tiger.
You also get to visit the spiritual capital of India—Varanasi. The city also known as Banaras is located on the banks of the Ganges in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism, Varanasi has been the center of North India for several thousand years, and is closely associated with the Ganges. The city is known worldwide for its many Ghats, where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions.
Of course no journey to India is complete before visiting the city of love Agra. It hosts the world famous Taj Mahal, a mausoleum of white marble built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A UNESCO world heritage site, the pride of India is described as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”, it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history.
And Taj Mahal is not the only tourist attraction when you are in Agra. You must visit Agra Fort and Fathepur Sikri–one of the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture in India. You can take delight in a lavish breakfast accompanied by Champagne at Taj Khema. While you treat yourself to a grand lunch aboard the Maharajas’ Express, the train will traverse back to Delhi to mark the end of the voyage aboard this India luxury train.
Treasures of India
Duration:3 Nights/4 Days
Destinations covered:Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, and Jaipur
Treasures of India is a Golden Route Travel package offered by Maharaja Express in India. This luxurious train takes you to the most visited and popular tourist destinations in India—Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Enjoy the wonders of Jaipur, the capital city of largest Indian state Rajasthan. Also known as the pink city of India owing to its pink color of the forts, palaces and havelis, Jaipur wasfounded on 18 November 1726 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer after whom the city is named. Located 260 km from the Indian capital New Delhi, Jaipur forms a part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Agra (240 km). Jaipur is a hugely popular tourist destination in India and serves as a gateway to other popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur, which are covered by Heritage Package of India tour by Maharajas’ Express.
Explore the majestic architectures built by Rajput kings and enjoy the thrill of wildlife at its majestic best at Ranthambore National Park. Also included in the Maharajas’ Express itinerary is the local sightseeing, shopping and optional spa breaks at select destinations.
Other hugely popular packages offered by Maharajas’ Tour express includes Indian Panorama covering Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow and Delhi. The Indian Splendor package covers Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Balasinor and Mumbai.
India has no dearth of fascinating tourist destinations all of which provide you with a unique glimpse in its art, history and culture along with monumental architectures, many of which are UNESCO heritage sites.
And in visiting all these eminent tourist destinations, the Maharaja’s Express allows you to live like a Maharaja inside India’s most luxurious train with elegant décor, gourmet dining, and state of the art amenities.