Explore India with the luxury enjoyed by Maharajas of lore. Indian Railways has transformed the princely train carriages that swept royalty through India during the British Raj into the opulent Maharajas' Express, a luxury hotel on wheels.
The Maharajas' Express embarks from either Mumbai (or Delhi) and winds its way northeast (or southwest) through the mountain-desert regions of Rajasthan and the jungles near Ranthambore, until it reaches its final destination in Delhi (or Mumbai) eight days later. The Maharajas' Express train stops to let you explore the fascinating destinations of Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Agra.
The Maharajas' Express features exquisitely decorated interiors accompanied by lavish amenities and modern conveniences. You will forget that you are in transit until you peer out the panoramic windows of the train. 24-hour butler service in each carriage ensures a royal experience.
The Maharajas' Express is the newest and most opulent luxury train in India. Although its maiden journey was in 2010, the Society of International Railway Travelers already has rated it as one of the top 25 trains in the world. Offering tours from early October until late March, the Maharajas Express delivers its passengers in a new city to explore each day. Local English-speaking tour guides offer explanations of the most significant sites in each city and there are opportunities to experience authentic regional cuisine, shopping and traditional cultural offerings.
This all-inclusive luxury adventure will take you through richly diverse landscapes, cultures and heritage sites. The Maharajas' Express offers unique excursions with tours ranging from beloved Indian landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, to off-the-beaten-path forts, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lasting memories are created through unique excursion experiences such as participation in an elephant polo match and a sundown dinner amidst sand dunes while being entertained by traditional music and dance performances and a parade of decorated camel carts.
The five star service of the Maharajas' Express begins the moment you board and are greeted with a welcome drink. A porter assists you to your private cabin. Your carriage's butler is available to assist you in making yourself at home in your cabin or suite. Over the next week, the Maharajas' Express will delight all of your senses as you travel through India with the pomp once reserved exclusively for royalty.
The Maharajas’ Express offers a chef-prepared multi-course menu with selections of mouthwatering Indian, vegetarian or Continental cuisine. Enjoy meals in either of two opulently decorated dining cars. The Rang Mahal, or 'Palace of Color' is an elegant pink and cream themed colonial style dining car. This opulently decorated restaurant features carved wooden chairs, floral design booths, fine linens and cutlery, crystal glassware and rich red drapery. The alternate dining car, the Mayur Mahal, or 'Peacock Palace,' exudes an oriental ambience with its blue, green and gold color palette accompanied by dark wooden floors, ornate chairs, gold plating, luxurious drapery and linens, fine cutlery and crystal glassware. Take advantage of the onboard sommelier who will recommend the perfect wine pairing or after-dinner drink.
Retreat to the subdued luxury of the Rajah Club lounge car for a game of cards or relax in one of the comfortable armchairs. The nearby boutique sells a variety of books and souvenirs. The Safari bar never closes. In addition to the Maharajas’ complimentary house wines, beers and spirits, the Safari bar boasts a wide selection of top-shelf liquors, a full wine list and other drinks are available at an additional cost. The Safari bar also serves delicious snacks.
During the day, the Rajah Club lounge provides a warm, naturally lit observation area. Here you can enjoy a morning newspaper with a cappuccino or espresso while taking in the scenery. The lounge is a welcome respite after a long day of exploring, greeting you with a cold beverage upon your return from sightseeing.
As a passenger on the Maharajas' Express, you will have a number of cabin configurations and levels of luxury to choose from. Each cabin is lavishly decorated to match the elegance of the train. Every compartment features an eco-friendly washroom with a hot shower and an array of luxurious toiletries. Optimize your environment through your room's individual temperature controls. Enjoy modern entertainment and convenience throughout your journey as each cabin is equipped with an LCD television, a DVD player, a telephone and high speed internet access. The Maharajas' Express maintains a house collection of movies and games for your entertainment pleasure.You will appreciate the attention to detail when you discover your complimentary sightseeing kit, complete with brochures, stationary, bottle coolers, pith helmets and spats for your walking shoes.
Deluxe cabins begin at 110 square feet and include a panoramic window. Both the deluxe cabins and the junior suites offer a choice of a double bed or two twin beds.
The junior suites are more spacious than the deluxe cabins, with two windows, wooden floors and a table with chairs.
The four exclusive suites on the Maharajas’ Express all feature double beds and are significantly larger than the junior suites. The suites include panoramic windows and a private sitting room with a desk, table and chairs, fresh flowers and artwork.
The Presidential suite of the Maharajas’ Express is the first of its kind among all the luxury trains in India, encompassing an entire train carriage. Delicate ceiling artwork, a couch, silk textiles, a glass coffee table with gold and silver detailing, a glass breakfast table with chairs, and a writing desk. Two washrooms with decorated tiling, a bathtub, spa quality bath soaps and wooden lattice screening complete the opulent Presidential Suite.
The Palace On Wheels explores the state of Rajasthan, famous for its luxury palaces and impressive forts. You will pass through the deserts and valleys and even see a jungle filled with wildlife at Ranthambore National Park. You will begin this eight day journey in Delhi and stop in cities whose history spans centuries. The loop through the royal interior of Rajasthan stops in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaugarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Agra before returning to Delhi. You not only get to experience the most culturally and historically relevant cities in India (commonly referred to as the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) but many more off the beaten path cities. You will witness the most amazing feats of architectural achievements, such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, a monument to love and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace on Wheels takes you on excursions to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and luxury palaces where you will view inspiring museums and galleries. There are also plenty of opportunities to shop for handicrafts and taste local cuisines.
The Palace on Wheels consists of 14 lavishly appointed coaches, each named after a former Rajput state. There are four cabins per coach, and you may select from a cabin with two twin beds or one with a double bed. Each cabin features wall to wall carpeting, air-condition, a television with satellite channels, channeled music capabilities, and an intercom. Adjoining each cabin is a bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a shower. Each coach has a mini pantry and lounge, with comfortable couches to sink into. This is the perfect place to visit with other travelers and enjoy hot or cold beverages and refreshments. Every morning, you may choose from an array of major daily newspapers. You never have to give up modern conveniences while you are traveling on the Palace on Wheels, as there is a conference car that houses a business center. Other amenities on the Palace on Wheels include a gym and a spa that offers massages and beauty treatments.
Relax in the Palace on Wheels’ very own bar, where you are kept in high spirits through an assortment of Indian and International brands of beverages. Rest in the lounge car, adjacent to the two restaurants. There you will enjoy a large selection of books to peruse, a good area for watching the passing scenery fly by, or a restful place to mingle with other travelers or watch a DVD. The Palace on Wheels also offers a wide array of magazines and games such as chess, Chinese checkers, carom board and crossword puzzles for your entertainment.
The Palace on Wheels contains two royal restaurants. The Maharaja and the Maharani. Each serve freshly prepared offerings ranging from Continental to Indian to Chinese. The chefs place a special emphasis on Rajasthani cuisine.
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Each cabin offers one or more windows, an LCD television, a DVD player, a telephone and high speed Internet access, individual temperature controls, an attached washroom with glass-door shower, all-natural bath soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion, plush spa towels, brochures and stationary.
Twin cabins have one bed that fits 2 people; Double cabins have two beds; one per person. There are 14 passenger carriages, two dining, one bar, one lounge, a generator car and storage cars. There are a total of 24 carriages and the total guest capacity is 88.
The dress code for dinner is a jacket and tie for men and a dress or a skirt/slacks/blouse combination for women.
There are two restaurants which each seat 42 guests and serve the same menu.
There is an onboard sommelier to recommend wines, liqueurs or other after-dinner drinks.
Services and Amenities aboard the Train:
The Lounge Car
Payments: ALL PAYMENTS, DEPOSITS & OTHER MONETARY SUMS ARE QUOTED PER PERSON IN ALL STATEMENTS THAT FOLLOW. We require a payment of $2150.00 per deluxe cabin for The Maharaja Express as an initial deposit. For online reservations the initial deposit can be made by credit card only and will incur an additional charge for credit card fees as the train operator only accepts cash payments from us. If you would rather use another form of payment for the initial deposit, please call us. For people booking the train as well as a ground tour this initial deposit will be higher. If you would rather use another form of payment for the initial deposit, please call us or submit the inquiry form on the relevant tour page. For people booking the train as well as a ground tour this initial deposit will be higher.
All the train operator’s prices and our prices are quoted as cash discount prices and there is a surcharge for payments, made by credit card. For the land portion of your tour, if any, the initial deposit does not incur a surcharge for using a credit card. We accept bank transfers and personal/bank checks. Domestic Air Travel supplements for travel within India (& other countries on your tour) are usually due within two to four weeks of the initial deposit. Most international flight reservations can be done by credit card without a surcharge.
20% of the cost of your ticket value is required at the time of confirming the booking. The other 80% of the ticket value is due 40 days prior to the start of your tour. Reservations made with less than 40 days remaining will require immediate payment of all dues.
A 10% surcharge is applicable during Christmas and New Year’s Eve on the train costs and this raises the initial deposit from $2150 to $2350.
Prices: All rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and in US dollars. All prices, except for when a deposit has been accepted by Easy Tours Of India, Inc., on a C.O.A.P. submitted to the guest, are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Easy Tours Of India, Inc.
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For tour charge payments made to Easy Tours of India, Inc., and only for those payments, the following cancellation terms and charges apply:
(a) Cancellations received by us at least seventy days remaining till your visit begins, are charged 25% of the total cost of your train ticket value plus $150 per person cancellation fee, plus 25% of the value of your additional land tour, if any.
(b) Cancellations received by us between seventy days and fifty five days remaining till your visit begins are charged the 75% of the total cost of your train ticket value plus $150 per person cancellation fee, plus 90% of the value of your additional land tour, if any.
(c) If less than fifty five days remain, a cancellation is considered a "no show"* and will not get a refund from the train operator. There is also a 100% cancellation charge for the land tour except at the sole discretion of Easy Tours of India, Inc.,
Domestic airfare purchased by Easy Tours as part of your tour with us will be subject to the following Cancellation & Change terms: Prior to 7 Business Days before the beginning of your tour you will incur charges as levied by the airline + a $10 Service Fee per segment. We do not quote, or book, unrestricted (Full) Fares because they are very high. WE also usually don't quote non-refundable fares although they can be a little lower. We usually quote and book Smart Fares which have cancellation costs of about $25 per segment.
If less than 7 Business Days remain till the beginning of your tour all domestic fares are non-refundable & cannot be changed.
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For the land portion of your tour, very infrequently, small changes may be made to your travel arrangements which we reserve the right to do so at any time, and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. These changes may be the result of Force Majeure or other similar reasons that are beyond our control, such as weather conditions, strikes or riots, overbookings or closure of a hotel, decisions taken by Tourist Organizations and/or State Governments, etc. This may result in an alteration of the itinerary, omission of a destination, or changing the time spent in a particular destination. If it is possible we will provide you with alternative arrangements, and if not, give you a refund as per our policies defined in the "refund section".
For the Train Portion of your Tour - Itinerary and the venue/timing can be changed without any prior notice by the train management /operator. Any departure on any train can be cancelled by the train management / operator, in which case a full refund will be issued for the cost of only the train journey.
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If you cancel your tour, or do not make payments as per the agreed upon schedule, Easy Tours of India, Inc. shall process your refund (after deducting the agreed upon cancellation costs) in less than thirty days from the earliest of the following dates:
(1) The scheduled date of departure.
(2) The day the passenger requests a refund.
(3) The day of cancellation by Easy Tours of India, Inc..
In the unlikely event that we are unable to provide the tour package, we will process the refund of all your payments within three days from the day that we become aware of this inability.