Royal Maharajas' Express

Royal Maharajas' Express

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There are few better ways to see the majesty of India’s beautifully diverse landscapes than on board the lavish Maharajas’ Express, a train embodying opulence and indulgence.

Winning the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” award for seven years in a row from 2012 to 2018, the Maharajas’ Express redefines rail travel, as seen in its motto, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, which literally translated means ‘Guest is equivalent to God’.

This luxury train, designed to recreate the magnificent carriages that the Maharajas travelled in during the days of the Raj, offers four itineraries that take in some of India’s most vibrant destinations giving a true flavour the landscapes, culture, and history of this colourful country. From resplendent palaces and the iconic Taj Mahal to sailing along the River Ganges and tiger safaris in Ranthambore National Park, the Royal Maharajas Express will help you discover India like no other journey. You’ll travel in complete comfort in spacious cabins, with your own butler to see to your every need and dine on Indian delicacies in elegant surroundings.

Maharaja Express Lifestyle

Train Features

2691 Guests



1173 Crew Members



Entered Service


Entered Service

17 Decks



30 Accessible Cabins


Accessible Cabins

Life on board Royal Maharajas' Express

With crimson carriages emblazoned with a glorious motif of prowling tigers* and golden letters, the Maharajas’ Express is sumptuously decorated with décor comprised of intricately designed walls and mosaic, fresco-decorated ceilings.


Mimicking the service that used to be given to royalty on their personal trains, the Maharajas’ Express makes certain that it is on the same level. To begin your journey, you’ll be welcomed in classic Indian Maharaja style at the station. Then at the finale of your the journey, you’ll experience a farewell event at the Safari Bar. The women are offered bright and silky saris while the men are presented with kurtas to dress in while dining on sumptuous cuisine in a night filled with laughter, food and entertainment. 

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Butler service
  • Guided off train excursions inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
  • Porterage at stations

Off-Train Experiences

Indian Panorama (Delhi – Delhi)
  • City Palace Galleries
  • Amber Fort
  • Game Drive at Ranthambore National Park
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Taj Mahal
  • Orchha Fort and village Tour by Tuk Tuks
  • Western Group of Temples
  • Sarnath ruins and visit to silk weaving centre
  • Boat ride on the Ganges to witness Evening Aarti

Curated by Imagine

At Imagine Holidays, we expertly curate unique and immersive experiences to create once-in-a-lifetime holidays that you’ll remember forever, paired with Royal Maharajas’ Express rail journeys.

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Royal Maharajas' Express FAQs

Do you sleep on the Maharajas’ Express trip?

Yes, all four itineraries vary between one- and six-night durations, so you will enjoy a comfortable and cosy night’s stay on board the train.

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