Maharajas Express Asia, India
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Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:
- Discount off the published prices of any journey;
- 50% off companion fare on following journeys, 2019 - 6 October & 1 December, Indian Splendour; 8 December, Heritage of India
NOTE: Offers are subject to conditions, frequent change and availability. Prices shown are net of the Government of India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST).
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India needs no explanation, as the wonderful panoramas, breathtakingly romantic buildings, rich cultures, sites and sounds are known to all. But to travel in the luxury of the Maharajas Express through these beautiful visions evoke a wealth of feelings and delights.
The Maharajas Express takes one back to an elegance of a bygone era, whilst maintaining all the modern comforts that can cater for 88 passengers. The pneumatic and hydraulic suspension systems ensure a smoother train ride.
Along with exquisite, comfortable dining and lounge cars, there are luxurious cabin choices of Deluxe, Junior Suite, Suite, Presidential Suite on the Maharajas Express. They all have large panoramic windows. The 24-hour valet service ensures that passengers have a comfortable experience, from having drinks brought to their cabins through to preparing cabins for the night.
Designed to recreate the elegance and pageantry of the personal carriages of erstwhile Maharajas, the interiors of the Maharajas Express are full of nostalgia.
Accommodation, Maharajas Express
Lounge, Dining and Bar Cars
There are two restaurant cars, (Peacock and Haveli), each seating 42 guests. All breakfasts (except at the Taj Mahal) are taken on board, with some lunches and dinners off the train.
The two Maharajas Express lounge cars provide complimentary drinks, amongst a selection of books and wonderful views, as well as a gift shop in the Maharaja's Club.
The Bar Car is a well stocked bar with a variety of finest labels of wines and spirits from around the world in an enchantingly decadent setting of a royal safari.
Maharajas Express Suites with Cutaway Plans
Deluxe Cabin (112 sq.ft): Twin or double beds with bathroom
Junior Suite (150 sq.ft): Twin or double beds, writing table and bathroom
Suite (220 sq.ft): Double bed, living area, bathroom with bath. Private vehicles for local excursions at all destinations.
Presidential Suite (448 sq.ft): Two double bedrooms with bathrooms (one with a bath tub), living/dining area. Private vehicles for local excursions at all destinations.
Maharajas Express Itineraries 2019/2020/2021
Heritage of India Maharajas Express : This 6 night/7 day tour takes you from the city of Mumbai to the city of Delhi, via some of the most romantic, historical sights in India - the shimmering Lake City of Udaipur, the majestic fort at Jodhpur, the Pink City of Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Treasures of India Maharajas Express : 3 night/4 day tour city of Delhi to Agra, via the renowned golden triangle, which includes the beauty of Agra with the Taj Mahal and Jaipur and Agra with the Amber Fort.
Indian Panorama Maharajas Express : 6 night/7 day tour is a return journey to Delhi, via some of the breathtaking sights of India, visiting temples, forts and palaces. From the beauty of Jaipur, to the romance of Lucknow, via Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, and Varansi.
Indian Splendour Maharajas Express : 6 night/7 day tour takes you from the city of Delhi to Mumbai, via the beauty of Agra and Jaipur, Ranthambore, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Balasinor.
Southern Sojourn Maharajas Express : 7 night/8 day tour departs Mumbai to Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Cochin, Kumarakom, Trivandrum. This is the first time the Maharaja's Express has explored southern India. See also the Southern Jewels.
Southern Jewels Maharajas Express : 7 night/8 day tour departs Trivandrum to Chettinad, Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hampi, Goa, Mumbai. The Maharaja's Express ventures into southern India.
Heritage of India, Maharajas Express
Sunday Day 1, Mumbai. Check-in begins at 10:30hrs at the hotel. Following a traditional welcome and boarding at Mumbai, dinner is served as we travel to Udaipur.
Monday Day 2, Udaipur. The fantastic landscape leading to stunning Udaipur is further enhanced by the magnificent structures. Following breakfast, there is a visit to the large City Palace complex. Built in 1559 in a flamboyant style, it is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. This visit is followed by a traditional lunch in the Fatehprakash Palace, which houses the crystal gallery that consists of crystal chairs, dressing tables, sofas, tables, chairs, beds, crockery, and table fountains which were never used. There is also a unique jewel studded carpet here. After this, one can either take a walking tour through the colourful and vibrant Old Market, or visit the vintage car collection of the Royal family, or enjoy a Son et Lumiere show in the Palace.
Tuesday Day 3, Jodhpur. Following breakfast and lunch on the train, we see the beautiful structures of Jodhpur come into view. Dinner is served following a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower Market and a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort, a sprawling 16th century palace perched on a rocky cliff, 400 feet above the plain, comprising of a complex of beautiful buildings, complete with sandstone filigree stone work.
Wednesday Day 4, Bikaner. The beauty of the desert with its palaces and temples. Here one can take optional tours of either the Deshnok temples, the Lalgarh Palace Museum, a camel breeding farm or shopping for Kundan jewellery, followed by a visit to the unassailable fortress of Junagarh. Camel cart rides will be followed later in the evening by a sand dune excursion with sundowner cocktails and a barbecue dinner.
Thursday Day 5, Jaipur. A sightseeing tour of this pretty city then leads us to an elephant polo match followed by a champagne lunch. After a visit to the impregnable Amber Fort, there will be an opportunity to indulge in shopping, golf, spa, or a visit to the 18th century City Palace, painted pink in honour of the visiting British royal family.
Friday Day 6, Ranthambore to Fatehpur Sikri. After an exciting early morning safari through the Ranthambore National Park, we rejoin the train for breakfast, whilst travelling down to Fatehpur Sikri where we visit the fascinating deserted royal court complex, comprising of fabulous 16th century architecture, and Jama masjid which is one of the largest mosques in India.
Saturday Day 7, Agra to Delhi. In the early morning we visit the romantic Taj Mahal. A lavish champagne breakfast is served at Taj Khema, overlooking the Taj Mahal. Back on the train our final luncheon is taken whilst the train traverses back to Delhi, where this magical voyage ends.
Dates and Prices 2019/2020/2021
2019: October 13. November 10. December 8. 2020: January 5. February 2. March 1,29
2020: October 25. November 22. December 20. 2021: January 17. February 14. March 14. April 11
* Christmas/New Year prices on application.
Treasures of India, Maharajas Express
Sunday Day 1, Delhi: Following a traditional Indian welcome, and having being shown to your cabin, a delectable brunch is served as the train takes you to Agra, the City of Muhgal splendour. Here guests disembark to explore the Agra Fort. As evening descends, champagne is served at the Taj Khema, overlooking the Taj Mahal. Dinner is served back on the train, where it is stationary for the night.
Monday Day 2, Agra: After an early breakfast, visit the romantic Taj Mahal early in the morning. Back on board, luncheon is served on the way to Ranthambore, where there is a safari into the Ranthambore National Park. Back on board, dinner is served as the train travel overnight to Jaipur.
Tuesday Day 3, Jaipur: After breakfast, guests embark on a sightseeing tour of the Amber Fort, followed by an elephant polo match. At the end of a tasty lunch in an exclusive venue, there will be an opportunity to indulge in either shopping in the local bazaars, golfing, spa sessions, or a visit to the pink City Palace or the royal observatory Jantar Mantar, with its collection of architectural astronomical instruments. Rejoin the train for dinner and the overnight journey to Delhi.
Wednesday Day 4, Delhi: Following a breakfast, we bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express.
Dates and Prices 2019/2020/2021
2019: October 20. November 17. December 15. 2020: January 12. February 9. March 8
2020: October 4. November 1,9. December 27. 2021: January 24. February 21. March 21
Sunday Day 1, Delhi: After a traditional Indian welcome and being shown to your cabin, guests enjoy brunch and a wonderful rest as the train travels to Jaipur. Dinner at an exclusive venue in Jaipur.
Monday Day 2, Jaipur: After breakfast, guests embark on a sightseeing tour of the Amber Fort, with its impressive architecture and intricate carvings, followed by an elephant polo match. At the end of a tasty lunch in an exclusive venue, there will be an opportunity to indulge in either shopping in the local bazaars, golfing, spa sessions, or a visit to the City Palace or the royal observatory Jantar Mantar, with its collection of architectural instruments dating back to the mid-sixteenth century. Then we rejoin the train to journey to Ranthambore whilst enjoying dinner.
Tuesday Day 3, Ranthambore to Fatehpur Sikri: Following breakfast, embark on an exciting morning safari through the Ranthambore National Park, before rejoining the train to enjoy lunch whilst travelling down to Fatehpur Sikri where we visit the fascinating deserted 16th century royal court complex. We return to the train for dinner as we travel to Agra.
Wednesday Day 4, Agra: Following an early morning visit to the jewel of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal, there will a champagne breakfast served at the Taj Khema, overlooking the Taj Mahal. Rejoin the train for lunch and then a visit to the wonderful Agra Fort. Return to the train for dinner as it travels to Orchha.
Thursday Day 5, Orchha to Khajuraho: After a stop at Orchha and a visit to Jahangiri Mahal, our journey continues to Khajuraho whilst having lunch. On arrival one can visit the fabulous temples before returning to the train for dinner.
Friday Day 6, Varanasi: The day is spent in this Holy Indian city, known for its Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites. One can visit the silk center and enjoy a river cruise on the Ganges, before returning to the train for dinner.
Saturday Day 7, Delhi: Following a sumptuous breakfast, we bid farewell to the train.
Dates and Prices 2019/2020/2021
2019: September 29. October 27. November 24. December 22. 2020: January 19. February 16. March 15. April 5
2020: October 11. November 8. December 6. 2021: January 3,31. February 28. March 28
|Price/USD$ inc tax||Per Cabin||Single Cabin|
* Christmas/New Year prices on application.
Southern Jewels, Maharajas Express
Trivandrum – Chettinad – Thanjavur – Mahabalipuram – Mysore – Hampi – Goa – Mumbai
Saturday Day 1, Trivandrum. Meet around 18;00hrs at the Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Trivandrum for registration/check in formalities for the Maharajas’ Express after which we go to the station for a traditional welcome as you board the Maharajas’ Express. Dinner is served as the Maharajas’ Express departs Trivandrum (Kochuveli Railway station)for Chettinad, land of the South India’s most influential trading community Chettiars.
Sunday Day 2, Chettinad/Karaikudi. During breakfast the train pulls into Chettinad, where there is a visit to the Chettinad Mansions and Athnagudi Tile Factory. The tour then goes to the Chettinad Heritage Hotels for activities including Mundu/Dhoti Draping, Saree Draping, Henna Art etc. Lunch and dinner onboard as the train continues to Mahabalipuram.
Monday Day 3, Mahabalipuram. Following breakfast, join a coach to travel to this historical port town from where sea trade with South Asian countries flourished. Visit 5 Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance and Shore Temple. Lunch is taken at an exclusive venue with folk dances after which we return to the comforts of Maharajas’ Express as the train proceeds to Mysore during dinner.
Tuesday Day 4, Mysor. After breakfast, visit the Wodeyar Palace popularly known as the Mysore Palace. The residence of the royal family of Mysore, the Palace is one of the largest in South India and houses two ceremonial halls coupled with an array of courtyards, gardens and other buildings. Lunch is taken at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. The heritage building, was built by the Wodeyars for the exclusive stay of the Viceroy of India in the 1920s. The structure, particularly the central dome, resembles St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and houses a Viceroy Hall, Ball Room and a restaurant. One can then return to the train or choose, as an optional activity, a visit to Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Sultan. During dinner the train travels to Hampi.
Wednesday, Day 5, Hampi. After an early breakfast, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi. The group of monuments with several stone structures spread over a vast expanse speaks volumes about the highly developed Dravidian architectural style of the Vijayanagar empire. Prominent sites include Ganesha Statue, Virupaksha Temple, Narasimha Statute, Elephant Stables and the Vittala Temple complex, housing the Musical Pillars Temple and the Stone Chariot. Travel around the ruins on Tuk Tuks and Battery Operated Carts.
Return to the train for lunch after which we visit Anegudi Village. The sylvan village across the Tungabhadra river dates its history to the Neolithic Age. Interact with the locals and participate in activities to get a glimpse of the village life. Or you may choose for a rejuvenating spa at one of the deluxe hotels. Dinner on the train.
Thursday Day 6, Hampi to Goa. In the early morning hours, the train travels to Goa. Breakfast and lunch are served onboard, allowing one a relaxed morning as the train passes through beautiful scenery. At around 16:00 hrs we go to visit the Goa Chitra Museum, one of the finest private ethnographic museum in the state. Later enjoy an exclusive Goan evening of carnival music followed by dinner at an exclusive venue. After dinner, return to comfort of Maharajas’ Express for the night.
Friday Day 7, Goa. After breakfast onboard, disembark at Ratnagiri to visit the Ratnadurg Fort ruins, Govt Aquarium and Thibaw Palace and Tombs. Lunch is either at an exclusive venue or on the train, with a relaxing afternoon. Enjoy an Indian Evening onboard – an evening of Bollywood dance and music with dinner as the train proceeds to Mumbai.
Saturday Day 8, Mumbai. Early morning breakfast, bidding farewell to the train at 8:15hrs
Dates and Prices 2019
2019: September 14
|Price/USD$ inc tax||Per cabin||Single Cabin|
Price. All the above prices are per cabin based on twin sharing. Please note all bookings confirmed are non-transferable and will invite a cancellation charge as applicable.
Tax: The Government of India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax levied on the sale of goods and services. It varies regularly.
Inclusions. The price includes train accommodation, all meals, house brands of Indian wines, spirits and beers and soft drinks as well as a Butler service, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board. Conducted sightseeing tours and entrance fee at monuments, palaces, parks, and cultural programmes. There is an opportunity to meet Indian Royalty, a choice of optional excursions and luxurious spas at hotels, and 24 hour valet service. Porter charges at stations.
Cabins include. Folding Writing Table; Range of toiletries; Luggage Hold underneath the bed; Wi-fi Internet (Subject to network availability); 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; Shower cubicle with running hot & cold water; W.C, Basin; Bathrobe, Slippers; Hairdryer
Cuisine and Menus. Authentic Indian, Chinese and Continental (European) cuisine among other options: Lactose Free, Ovo Lacto Veg, Jain, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten Free, Non Vegetarian and Vegetarian
Visas. Please ensure you have the correct visas for entry into and travelling within India. Please check with your visa office.
Insurance. Travel insurance is a condition of your booking on the Maharajas’ Express. Passengers must have adequate travel insurance cover from the country of domicile for injury, illness, death, accident, loss of effects or luggage and holiday cancellation. Guests must supply the name, address and telephone number of the insurers, policy number and the 24-hour medical emergency telephone number. Any pre-existing medical conditions must be declared to the insurer and to us; failure to do so may invalidate your Travel Insurance Policy. Guests must take their policies with them to show.
Dress Code. This is smart casual for the day although of course one may dress up for the evening. Being winter, there may be a need for some woolen attire.
Smoking. No smoking allowed.
Gratuities. The recommended tipping charges are USD125pp for the entire journey (this is a guideline advised by train and not mandatory). The guest need not tip anybody off train i.e, it includes tip for coach drivers/guides etc. An envelope will be provided in each cabin on the last night of the journey for the same.
Credit Cards. All major credit cards are accepted onboard, with applicable surcharges.
Optional Tours. These can be booked on the train.
Unforeseen events/changes: itineraries, routes and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; the Luxury Train Club cannot accept any responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible.
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