• Boarding the train on a red carpet as musicians serenade you aboard
  • Incredible sightseeing opportunities in some of India’s essential destinations including Agra, Ranthambore, Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur
  • Guided off-train excursions in the company of an expert
  • Chances to explore forts and palaces, meet the owners and enjoy a privileged glimpse into their lives

Step aboard India’s leading luxury train for one of its pan-India itineraries and find yourself transported into a sophisticated world of red carpets, high teas and elephant polo. And, after travelling one of its range of curated routes, you may just come away thinking that this is the only way to see India. Perhaps move out from the bustling capital and through the Golden Triangle to take in the Ranthambore tigers, the inimitable Taj Mahal and the Mughal forts of Rajasthan or knit together the holy centre of Varanasi and the classic temples of Khajuraho by way of palaces and princely estates. 

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In more detail

The Maharajas’ Palace is a purpose-built luxury train, designed to be India’s answer to the Orient Express. And, it compares favourably. Suffused with opulent touches, it allows passengers to glimpse a bygone era of elegant touring that is redolent of the romance of the Indian Maharajas. It is said that you can encounter a different India every one hundred miles and, on the carefully constructed signature journeys, you will enjoy a tasteful blend of heritage, culture and exclusive insider experiences, allowing you to gain real insight into this most fascinating of countries.

During the day, meals are served in one of two elegant dining cars, distinguished from one another by the different décor. Look out for the peacock feather patterns on the high-backed chairs and mirrored mosaic tiles of Mayur Mahal or the rich cream and red colourings of Rang Mahal, which are complemented by a hand-painted fresco ceiling. In both you will enjoy a culinary adventure, conjured up in the on-board kitchens. Table d’hote meals are included in the fare, although you can also order a la carte. Either before or after your meal, settle into the Rajah Club lounge or take a seat in the Safari Bar car to catch up with fellow passengers, swap stories about the day’s sightseeing and toast your travels with expertly prepared cocktails.

Sleeping cars have up to just four cabins per carriage, meaning that each is unusually roomy, especially when you consider the wide Indian track gauge. You can even have a whole carriage to yourself, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with a bath) and your own private lounge.