The 23-carriage-long Maharajas' Express luxury train is owned and operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), a Govt. of India Enterprise. IRCTC is wholly owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Railways, Government of India. The train commenced its operations in 2010 and has been a frontrunner since then, especially noted for its enriching journey and exquisite onboard facilities.

The train houses four types of accommodations viz. Deluxe Cabins, Junior Suite Cabins, Suites and Presidential Suite. All the cabins come fitted with ensuite bathrooms, ample closet space and luggage holds. The ensuite bathrooms have 24*7 running hot and cold water supply. The Deluxe Cabins and Junior Suite Cabins have a WC and Shower Chamber. The Suites have a bathroom with a WC and Bathtub. The Presidential Suite has two bathrooms one with a WC and Shower Chamber and the other with a WC and Bathtub.

To shed light on the luxurious experience the passengers are undertaking, the carriages are named after semi-precious and precious gemstones. Each class of cabins is similar in size and services but has a different upholstery to give it a unique feel.

The Presidential Suite spans one full carriage and has a Living Area with two bedrooms, with attached bathrooms. It has been given a Lotus Theme, which is reflected in the hand-painted ceilings, tastefully adorned bathroom tiles, drapery and paintings.

The train has two restaurants, each having a seating capacity of 42. One of the restaurants is called Rang Mahal, literally meaning ‘Palace of Colours’. It has a beautiful hand-painted fresco ceiling, showcasing the vibrant colours of India. The other restaurant is called Mayur Mahal, which is themed after the National Bird of India, Peacock. Both restaurants have the same menus and guests can choose to sit in either of them.

In addition to the restaurants, there are 02 Bar cum Lounges on the train. The Rajah Club and Safari Bar serves a mix of House Pours and other international brands. The House Pours are included in the Package and select international wines and spirits are on sale.

The train houses a lavish kitchen, which serves both international and Indian cuisines. The menu changes daily and guests can make special requests before the commencement of the journey.

Other facilities provided onboard include complimentary wi-fi, Infotainment, direct dialling telephones, newspapers and magazines etc. The train can accommodate up to 88 guests. Each cabin has a valet attached to it and guests can contact their valet through the in-room intercom facility. An Onboard Paramedic and Tour Director travel on the train throughout the journey. 

The train offers four exquisite journey options:

• Indian Splendour (6 Nights/7 Days) - starting in Delhi and covering Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur and ending in Mumbai. • Heritage of India (6 Nights/7 Days) starting in Mumbai and covering Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and ending in Delhi.

• Indian Panorama (6 Nights/7 Days) - starting in Delhi and covering Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and ending in Delhi. 

• Treasures of India (3 Nights/4 Days)-  starting in Delhi and covering Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur and ending in Delhi. 

The train journeys offer an eclectic mix of history and culture. Each itinerary is uniquely crafted so guests can make the best of their travel by visiting prominent places of interest at destinations, indulging in sumptuous meals at exclusive venues, and experiencing the highlights of local culture like folk dances, music, etc.

Owing to its exquisite services, the train has been voted as the World's Leading Luxury Train by World Travel Awards for eight years in a row since 2012.

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