Maharajas' Express

Location: Delhi & Around | India

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

One of the most luxurious ways to travel by train anywhere in the world, the Maharajas’ Express is one of the world’s leading luxury trains, and it’s not hard to see why, with its lavish interiors, multiple restaurant and lounge cars, and team of attentive butlers. With itineraries taking in the likes of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai, this is a truly extravagant and unforgettable way to take in some of India’s most iconic destinations.
Perfect forLovers of trains and those looking for a different and rather special way to explore India.
In the knowVisit the tigers in Ranthambore National Park during your journey. 

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Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The Maharajas’ Express lives up to its name, with opulent, traditional interiors fit for a king. It is grand not only in style but in scale - at nearly half a mile long, this is a big train, with plenty of space per passenger in its luxurious cabins, restaurants and lounge cars, and plenty of opportunities to take in the ever-changing views.

The Maharajas' Express runs various itineraries, most of which begin and end in Delhi with the exception of two: one begins in Delhi and ends in Mumbai, and the other begins in Mumbai and ends in Delhi.

Rooms onboard Maharajas' Express

The train is claimed to be a ‘luxury palace on wheels’, a claim lived up to in its stately passenger cabins. The 20 cabins, which have private bathrooms, are wood-panelled and softly lit, bringing to mind a traditional luxury hotel, and are either double or twin-bedded.

The Express Suites feature separate living rooms with seating areas and writing desks, and the Presidential Suite has no fewer than two bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a living room. You will be waited on hand and foot (if you so choose) by an attentive valet.

Food & drink

The Maharajas’ Express is home to two beautiful themed restaurant cars. Mayur Mahal, named for India’s national bird - the peacock - has an appropriately beautiful blue-green colour scheme and peacock statues, while Rang Mahal - ‘The Palace of Colours’ - has an ornate, hand-painted frescoed ceiling. Both serve a wide variety of Indian and international cuisine, and you can find the perfect wine pairing from the extensive wine list.

The Safari Bar is a beautiful themed saloon car, where you can enjoy a wide selection of spirits and wines from across the world, and drinks are also available at the Rajah Club lounge car.


A team of highly-trained butlers are on hand to attend to your every whim, and for more pampering, certain stops will take you near luxury hotels with world-class spas, which you are free to use. A selection of books and board games are available in the Rajah Club. The train also has high-speed internet throughout.

Activities onboard Maharajas' Express

The Maharajas’ Express takes in many of India’s iconic gems on its itineraries, including the Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur, and the shimmering lakes of Udaipur. Guided excursions will help you get the most out of these extraordinary destinations, while in between stops, onboard entertainment includes traditional music and dance performances.

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Most journeys begin and end in Delhi, but some routes also begin in Mumbai. 

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