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Tour Overview


History of The Train

Redefining luxury train travel since 2010, Maharajas Express is the latest and most luxurious train in India. Offering 5 fascinating journeys crisscrossing some of the most vibrant destinations, significant attractions and offering a vista of breathtaking landscape, culture and heritage with which India is blessed; Maharajas Express offers journeys to the very depth of the soul of India in sheer opulence.

Designed to recreate the elegance and pageantry of the personal carriages of erstwhile maharajas, the interiors of this luxury train in India is suffused with nostalgia. Elegance of a bygone era and state of the art amenities coalesce seamlessly to offer 5 Star living in the quaint interiors of the Maharaja Express.

The Maharajas journeys are crafted to offer you a glimpse into this rich heritage and culture of India through:
  • Cultural immersions through insider experiences
  • Visits to forts and palaces replete with history
  • Guided tours to World Heritage Sites
  • Excursions into National Parks to witness untamed wildlife
  • Arrangement of folk dances at select destinations performed by local artists
  • Traditional Indian hospitality

Whereas the life off the train is designed to offer cultural interactions, life on board is all about refinement, opulence and elegance. All guest salons are been named after a precious stone or the Navratnas. Each coach incorporates the gemstone after which they are named as its motif.

For optimum comfort and luxury, each guest cabins are equipped with:
  • A spacious wardrobe
  • Individual climate control
  • Luggage hold underneath the bed
  • 24hrs availability of paramedic on Board.
  • Electronic smoke detection systems & free Wi-Fi internet.
  • Live television and CCTV cameras for all public areas
  • Direct International dial telephone facility in each passenger cabin.
  • Attached washroom in all categories of room
  • Air Ambulance service in case of emergencies
Suites and Presidential Suites are also equipped with:
  • Mini Bar
  • Bathrooms with wash basin, WC, shower cubicle, a full bath tub with running hot and cold water
  • Spacious sitting area
The Facilities that distinct the Maharajas Train with others:
  • Live television and CCTV cameras for all public areas
  • Most Spacious Passenger Cabins (Presidential Suite - 43.1 Sq. mt)
  • 24hrs availability of paramedic on Board
  • Air Ambulance service in case of emergencies
  • On Board water filtration plant.

Gourmet dining on board the maharaja train is arranged in 2 dining cars which are named Rang Mahal (Color Palace) and Mayur Mahal (Peacock Palace). The plates are fine Limoges, edged with gold, the glasses Swarovski hand-cut crystal and the cutlery monogrammed with the letter M. Variety of cuisine served on board include:

  • Lactose Free Meals
  • Kosher Meal
  • Ovo Lacto Veg Meal
  • Gluten Free Meal
  • Jain Meal
  • Non Vegetarian Meal
  • Vegan Meal
  • Vegetarian Meal

Guests could engage in recreational activities inside the Rajah Club - Lounge Car. Rajah Club has a well stocked library with general books and pictorial guidebooks offering glimpses of Indian Maharajas who used rule their kingdom before India became democracy. Board games and card games could also be enjoyed in Rajah Club over sip of your favorite wine. At one end stands the bar and at the other stands a souvenir shop named Treasure Chest from where you could buy mementos of this royal train journey.

Come live a Maharaja life now on board most luxurious train in the world. Embark on a saga of adventure, elegance and romance on board Maharajas' Express, which definitely is one of the finest travel experiences in the world, a journey like no other.

Itinerary Details

Details :
Tour Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Departure Dates: 2015 : 10 Jan, 07 Feb, 07 Mar, 04 Apri, 17 Oct, 14 Nov, 12 Dec

Day 1 - Saturday - Arrive Mumbai
1430 Welcome & Registration at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
1545 Proceed for Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station,Mumbai
1640 The Maharajas' Express leaves for Ajanta
1930 Dinner on-board

Day 2 - Sunday - Ajanta
0630 Breakfast on-board
0740 Proceed for excursion to Ajanta Caves
1330 Return to the Maharajas' Express for lunch on-board
1345 The Maharajas' Express proceeds for Udaipur
1930 Dinner on-board

Day 3 - Monday - Udaipur
0800 Breakfast on-board
1000 Arrive into Udaipur. Proceed for boat ride on Lake Pichola followed by visit to City Palace and Crystal Gallery.
1345 Lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace
1500 Return to the train for a relaxed afternoon. You may also opt for the optional services such as Spa facilities at a 5 star hotel OR private shopping tour.
2000 Dinner on-board
2200 Maharajas' Express proceeds for Jodhpur

Day 4 - Tuesday - Jodhpur
0730 Breakfast on-board
0915 Optional tour to Bishnoi village
1230 Lunch on-board.
1430 Proceed to Visit the Mehrangarh Fort followed by a walking tour of the Clock Tower Market OR you may choose optional activities such as spa at Deluxe Hotel OR visit to Umaid Bhawan palace Museum and Jaswant Thada OR private shopping tour.
1800 Proceed for an exclusive cocktail dinner at Hanwant Mahal.
2015 Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express

Day 5 - Wednesday - Bikaner
0800 Enjoy countryside while having breakfast on-board
1000 Arrive into Bikaner. Relax on-board OR you may also choose optional activities such as visit to Lalgarh Museum OR Deshnok (the Rat Temple).
1300 Lunch on-board
1400 Visit to Junagarh Fort
1600 Proceed for Sundowners at the Sand Dunes.En-route tea break at Gajner Palace
1740 Arrive at the Sand Dunes
2015 Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express
2130 Train leaves for Jaipur.

Day 6 - Thursday - Jaipur
0800 Breakfast on-board.
0930 Arrive into Jaipur.Proceed for the Amber Fort.
1230 Proceed for Exhibition Elephant Polo Match followed by lunch at City Palace.
1600 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express OR you may also choose to participate in the optional activities such as Spa facilities at a 5 star hotel OR private shopping tour OR golfing at Rambagh Golf club OR Visit to City Palace & The Observatory (Jantar Mantar)
2000 Dinner on board
2130 The Maharajas' Express leaves for Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore)

Day 7 - Friday - Fatehpur Sikri
0630 Proceed for an exciting game drive at Ranthambore National Park
0930 Return to the Maharajas' Express.
1015 Relaxed brunch on-board
1100 The Maharajas' Express proceeds for Fatehpur Sikri.
1445 Arrive into Fatehpur Sikri
1515 Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri
1800 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express
2000 Enjoy an "Indian Evening" followed by dinner on-board.

Day 8 - Saturday - Agra - Delhi
0700 Arrive into Agra and Proceed to visit the Taj Mahal.
0930 Champagne Breakfast at Taj Khema
1045 Return to the Maharajas' Express.
1105 The Maharajas' Express proceeds for Delhi
1300 Lunch on-board
1530 Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end!

Facilities / Coaches

Facilities / Coaches
The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coupes each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes per car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car. Apart from the above there are generator cars with luggage store and staff car or spare car.

Presidental Suite Dimensions

Cabin area:

191 sq ft (18sqm)

Cabin length:

27'7" (8.4m)

Cabin width:

7' 7” (2.3m)

Bed width single:

3' (0.9m)

double:

5' (1.5m)

Bed Length:

6' 5” (2m)

Cabins per car:

2

Deluxe Cabin Dimensions

Cabin area:

95 sq ft (9sqm)

Cabin length:

13' (3.97m)

Cabin width:

7' 7” (2.3m)

Bed width twin:

3' (0.9m)

Bed Length:

6' 5” (2m)

Cabins per car:

4

Dining

Fine Indian and Continental cuisine is served on board in two restaurant cars. The high level of on-board service is delivered by one of the prestigious hotel chain of India i.e
Taj Group of Hotels.

Facilities

Conference Room with capacity to host 50 guests with facility for satellite communication, Internet, computer with printer and fax, and telephone exchange

  • Library
  • Bar
  • Channel Music
  • Ayurvedic Massage Centre
  • Steam Bath
  • Gymnasium
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Business Centre
  • Special Suite for Physically challenged
  • Fully loaded mini pantry in each coach
  • Telephone in each saloon
  • Television in each coach
  • Plasma TV in Lounge Car
  • PA System/ 6 Channel Music System
  • Lounge in each passenger car

Tariff

 


Tariff
The Indian Maharajas' - Tour Tariff *
The rates valid for 2014-15 & 2015-16
Occupancy Deluxe Cabin Junior Suite Suite
Adult US $ 6840. 00 US $ 9890. 00 US $ 13800. 00
Single Supplement US $ 5160. 00 US $ 8910. 00 US $ 13800. 00

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

Please note :
» All the above prices are on per person per journey on twin sharing basis
» All the costs are excluding Govt Service tax which presently is @3.09 % on the total bill. This service tax is to be added to any of these costs.
» 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.
» Triple occupancy is not available.

INCLUSION & EXCLUSIONS:


Silver class : Stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursion by air-conditioned luxury coaches.

Gold Class : Stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned private car with private language failing English speaking local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients, only English Speaking naturalist for jungle safari).

Platinum class : Stay in Presidential suite, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned private car with private language failing English speaking local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients, only English Speaking naturalist for jungle safari).

General inclusions for all the classes of travel:
  • All meals starting from Dinner on Wednesday till Breakfast on day 08 i.e. next Wednesday.
  • Entrances to monuments, National Park and other places of visits as per program.
  • 02 Jungle Safari by canters at Ranthambhore (even for Gold class). Jeep safaris for Platinum class
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to water levels).
  • Gala Dinner at Durbar Hall at Fateh Prakash Palace-Udaipur or Gala Dinner at City Palace-Jaipur
  • Services of English Speaking guides for sightseeing as per booking class.
  • Mineral water, Tea and Coffee throughout the journey.
General exclusions for all the classes of travel
  • Any drinks (soft drinks, cocktails or liquor) whether on board the train or at land hotels will be payable directly.
  • Camera/ video camera charges, insurance, any airfare, airport tax
  • Facilities at Conference car, Business centre, Beauty Saloon and Spa.
  • Tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the “inclusions” section above.
Booking Policy
Payment:
» At the time of booking: USD 1000 per person, non refundable, non-adjustable.
» Balance payment: 60 days before departure.

Cancellation terms:
» 30% of ticket value 59-45 days prior to departure.
» 50% of ticket value 44-30 days prior to departure.
» 100% of ticket value less than 29 days prior to departure.

* Tariff is Subject to change without notice.

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