Maharajas' Express -
The Indian Panorama

Duration : 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destinations : Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri –Agra – Gwalior – Orchcha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi

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The Indian Panorama with Nawabs and Kings

India is truly a panorama where different sights, sounds, colours and other sensory experiences enthrall the travellers with great zeal. This land of 100 kingdoms is not just known for its natural beauty, but also for its cultural heritage. This established heritage can be experienced while spending moments in the picturesque beauty of India. The Indian Panorama Train is one such journey to discover its unseen and unhindered magic.

It will redefine the glory and royalty of India present in its different regions. The scenery and the beauty might be different, but one thing during this luxury train journey will remain the same, the richness of India. This unforgettable escapade, right in its beginning will mesmerize you with its picture-perfect moments, awe-inspiring scenery, colours, customs and traditions. This richness can be experienced onboard as well as surface journey. You will be treated par Maharaja with the amazingly unique hospitality in this Maharajas' Express Train.

Capture the Indian Panorama with wide eyes

The carefully planned itinerary also speaks volumes about the beauty of India. Beginning from Delhi, the tour enters the royal capital of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The city laid out with proper planning is a remarkable retreat where you get to live the luxury of the Maharajas in this kingly state. Observe their whims and fancies in indulgence with the enriching Indian tourist attractions. This marvellous joyride moves ahead with following the royal tiger in the wilderness of Ranthambore. Further, the journey gets another high with the entry in ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and Agra's magical monument, Taj Mahal. The The luxury train then takes a U turn towards the earthy royal tones of Gwalior and world heritage temples of Khajuraho. These temples are a sculpted specimen of different mood depictions in India and are the second most visited monument after Taj. Experience the spiritual high in Varanasi, the spiritual city of India. And in the end, visit the city of refined nuances, Lucknow famous for Nawabi royalty and Awadhi cuisine.

The Indian Panorama (Maharajas' Express) - 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destination Covered »

Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri –Agra – Gwalior – Orchcha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi

Day 01. Depart Delhi 22:30 hrs

Board your Maharajas' Express Train amidst showering traditional welcome at Safdarjung Railway Station. After check-in and registration formalities, enter the most luxurious train in India and observe the minute detailing of this celebrated masterpiece where everything is epitomizes finesse and exquisite craft. Begin your overnight ride on Maharajas' Express Train. Dinner on board.

Highlights of Day 1 - Board The Indian Panorama – a Maharajas' Express presentation with the traditional royal welcome

Day 2. Jaipur

Morning arrive into the capital royale, Jaipur. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, Jaipur is a city planned as per Vastu Shastra, Indian architectural principles. Presently, the city is known for its magnificent and marvellous palaces, forts and temples. With your visit to the city, experience the royal welcome at the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel and watch the exciting Exhibition Elephant Polo Match. You can even sit on the back of royal elephants and be a part of the royal game. The royal welcome in the palace hotel is accompanied by the heart-thumping music of beating Nagadas and the royal military band. This will be followed by the match and Champagne Lunch at the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel. Post Lunch, move towards an excursion to the Amber Fort, overlooking city Jaipur in pride and valour. Set in the rugged hills, the fort is a fascinating way to explore royalty residing in this pink city. On completing the tour of Amber Fort, you will have the opportunity to shop in famous markets of Jaipur for finest jewellery, textiles and blue pottery. Besides this, you can also choose optional interest based excursions. You can stay back at the palace hotel for spa facilities OR enjoy golfing at Rambagh Golf Club OR visit to City Palace and Jantar Mantar (The Observatory). Breakfast and Dinner on board. Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

Highlights of Day 2 - Exhibition Elephant Polo Match followed by Champagne Lunch

Day 3. Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri

Begin day 3 early in the morning with a great safari towards Ranthambore National Park, the erstwhile hunting ground of the Maharajas’. It is now a protected National Park. This semi arid forest is best known for wonderful wildlife including tigers, nilgai, chital, chinkara, wild boar, hyena, sloth bear, jackal and leopard.

The breakfast will be served at Vivanta by Taj, following this rewarding wild excursion. Move further towards the ghost city of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri in The Indian Panorama luxury train. Lunch onboard. Fatehpur Sikri was the immaculately planned city of the Mughals. Built lavishly by Emperor Akbar as a dedication to Shaikh Salim Chisti, a sufi saint; the city was abandoned for water shortage and thereby known as a ‘ghost city/town.’ Famous structures of Fatehpur Sikri feature Jami masjid, Buland-Darwazah and tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti. Khass Mahal, Shahi-Bazar, Mina-Bazar, the Panch-Mahal, Khwabgah, Anup-Talao, Chaupar Diwan-i-Khass, and Diwan-i-Am are other attraction of this monument.

Return to the train and continue your journey to Agra. Overnight on Maharajas’ Express.

Highlights of Day 3- Indulge in an exciting game drive to Ranthambore

Day 4. Agra - Gwalior

Day 4 of this Maharajas' Express Train Tour brings you closer to the crowning glory of India, the world famous Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This monument is often considered as the most recognized and iconic monument of India. It took approx. 20,000 labourers hard work for 22 years which resulted in the pristine beauty of Taj. This marble poetry served the purpose of an ode by Emperor Shah Jahan in the fond memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Observing this marvellous monument wrapped in the pleasant hues of the rising sun is a great experience accentuated by Champagne Breakfast atop Taj Khema. The special highlight of this morning meal will be gazing the magnificent Taj while relishing the lavish breakfast.

Post breakfast, return to The Indian Panorama train and continue your journey towards fort city of Gwalior. On arrival, experience a Royal Traditional welcome and move for Lunch at the Usha Kiran Palace.

Post lunch proceed on a tour of the magnificent Gwalior Fort. Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the biggest forts in India. Standing on an isolated rock, this majestic fort overlooks the town and contains a number of historic buildings. Historical records state that Gwalior Fort was built in the 8th century. The fortress and the city have been integral to the history of the kingdoms of North India. First Mughal Emperor Babur quoted Gwalior Fort as ‘The pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind.

Return to the main city to visit the Jai Vilas Palace Museum. The Museum exhibits a collection of antiques belonging to the Scindia reign. The most noticeable attractions of the museum are Two Belgian chandeliers weighing several tons, a glass cradle from Italy, silver train & dinner services and swords that were once worn by Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan are conspicuous.

Enjoy Hi Tea at the Jai Vilas Palace Compound.

Day 4 can be optionally planned with the post lunch spa session to relax the flexes at spa of hotel Usha Kiran Palace. Late evening return to the comfort of the train. Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.

Highlights of Day 4 - Feast of delicacies from the Royal kitchens of Gwalior

Day 5. Khajuraho

On arrival at Jhansi Railway station drive towards Orcha. Visit the Jahangiri Mahal, pass over Chaturbhuj temple & the Cenotaphs of Orcha Rulers lying along the Betwa river. Orchha’s legacy is captured in stone. A tour through this medieval city includes exploring the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries. The cenotaphs or Chhatries built by Raja Bir Singh are also of prominent importance in Orchha.

Return to the train and continue onwards to the temple city of Khajuraho. Lunch on board. Upon arrival, proceed to visit the magnificent temples of Khajuraho.

Khajuraho Temples are a marvellous creation and a celebration of Indian architecture in stone. One thousand years ago, the 85 temples were carved and erected under the patronship of Chandela kings of Central India. Completed in a short span of 100 years, these temples depict the joys and creativity of human craftsmanship. The outer walls of Khajuraho Temples contain erotic art, making it earn the epithet of Kamasutra Temples. But, besides that there are other carvings that depict the everyday life of common Indians during the onset of medieval era. Some of the popular depictions show women putting on makeup, musicians, potters, farmers, and other folk.

Post sightseeing at Khajuraho, you have the option of enjoying spa facilities at a 5 star hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Board. Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.

Highlights of Day 5 - Marvel at the sights of Khajuraho and Orchha

Day 6. Varanasi

Day 6 brings you closer to your own self at Varanasi, the oldest continuing city of India and a prominent religious hub for Moksha. This city is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Bhaang, the drink of lord Shiva. According to Hinduism, it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to freedom from the cycle of births and re-births. Besides being a Hindu Hub, the city is also a gateway for Buddhist followers for Sarnath, one of the prominent Buddhist circuit sites known for Lord Buddha’s first preaching. Post breakfast, move towards tour to Sarnath ruins followed by a visit to Sarnath Museum.

Return back to the Maharajas’ Express for Lunch. Post lunch visit The Silk Weaving Centre. Continue your journey towards the mesmerizing Ghats for a scenic boat cruise on The River Ganges. Witness the magical evening Aarti on the Ghats of the Ganges. Return back to the Maharajas’ Express and continue towards Lucknow, the last destination of the Indian Panorama. Breakfast, Lunch & dinner onboard.

Highlights of Day 6 - Visit the city of lights and learning, Varanasi

Day 7. Friday Lucknow

Arrive into Lucknow, popularly known as “The City of Nawabs”. Situated on the banks of the River Gomti, Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It was founded by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. In the olden times, it served as the capital of the Nawabs of Awadh and it is one of the reasons why it is also called as the City of the Nawabs. The era of Nawabs conferred Lucknow with the courteous nuances and culture as well as mouthwatering delicacies and Awadhi cuisines for which it is famous today.

Morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Lucknow visiting Bara Imambara & The Residency.

The Bara or Great Imambara is an amazing monument of Lucknow dedicated to Shi'ite Muslim holy man. Built in 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daula, this grand structure features the large Asfi mosque, the bhulbhulayah (the labyrinth maze), and bawli, a step-well with running water. Two imposing gateways lead to the main hall.

Beside the Imambara, and built by Asaf-ud-Daula , is the imposing Rumi Darwaza. The British Residency of Lucknow is a famous historical landmark of this place. It is now in ruins and has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Return back to the train for Lunch. After a relaxed afternoon, evening proceed to enjoy the fabled hospitality of Lucknow at the Indian Night at the Residence of Local Nawab of Jehagirabad.

Highlights of Day 7 - Relish food from the royal kitchens of Lucknow

Day 8. Saturday Disembark in Delhi

After breakfast, disembark at Delhi and bid farewell to the luxurious Maharajas’ Express Train.

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Tour Highlights

Elephant Polo Match at Jaipur with Champagne Lunch

An exciting Game drive at Ranthambore

Champagne breakfast gazing at the legendary Taj Mahal

Feast from the royal kitchens of Gwalior and Lucknow.

Explore the mystic Orchha and Khajuraho marvelous temples

Drench yourself in the mystique of Varanasi – the oldest living city in the world.

Highlights of Maharajas' Express Train

Accommodation – The accommodation of Maharajas' Express Train features four cabin configurations (Deluxe Cabin, Junior Suite, Suite and Presidential Suite). Named on the precious gems of India, the train is best suited to provide the grand touring experience. Deluxe Cabin is spread over 112 sq ft area offering twin/double bed cabins with attached bathroom. This cabin can accommodate 40 passengers. Junior Suite comes up with 150 sq ft area featuring twin/double bed accommodation along with writing table and an attached bath facility. The accommodation can hold over 36 passengers during the journey. The Suite comes equipped with a separate living and double bedroom areas over an area of 220 sq ft area. This accommodation also features the attached bath with bathtub as a luxurious option. This Suite can hold only 8 passengers in its luxurious setting. The largest suite of Maharajas' Express, Presidential Suite is the grandest accommodation on a luxury train ever. The coupe is spread over an area of 448 sq ft having two bedrooms, two attached bath; one of them having a bathtub and a living cum dining room. This exclusive accommodation can hold 4 Maharajas' in its indulgent setting.

Panoramic Views – The train also boasts of the largest panoramic views furnished with matching royal furnishings to cater to your indulgent taste. These royal windows allow you to marvel at the distinctive beauty of India.

Individual Temperature Control – All royal coupes of Maharajas' are equipped with individual temperature control, the first of the kind facility in India devised keeping in mind your comforts.

The Rajah Club and Safari Bar (Lounge and Bar Cars) – The Rajah Club provides the connoisseurs of indulgence with the choicest collection of house brand of beers, wines and spirits. All these drinks are available complimentary for you to indulge in the pleasures. Also, the club features a comfortable sitting arrangement and an exquisite collection of books, which makes it a nice socializing joint of Maharajas' Express. The Safari Bar is another option to relax in the comfortable club arm chairs in the company of selected books and bar game tables.

Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal (Restaurant Cars) - The restaurant cars in this luxury train is also a promising experience. The two restaurants, namely Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal boast of a unique theme décor based on their names. Mayur Mahal has a peacock based theme, the vibrant national bird of India. Everything you find here is embossed with royal peacock ornamentation, making the experience truly ecstatic. At Rang Mahal, you get to experience the colourful indulgence of the Maharajas' by living their lifestyle. Sitting under the hand painted golden motif on crimson ceiling is a royal experience enhanced with the finest dining. Even the cutlery and crockery are plated with 24-carat gold. The fine Limoges plates edged with gold, hand cut and crafted crystal glasses, and the cutlery monogrammed with letter M also make this dining a Maharaja experience. These restaurants employ the finest chefs and butlers who eagerly will be dishing out choicest delicacies for the dining kings. All the meals will be served with great zeal.

At Safari Bar, you can enjoy playing indoor games on the bar game tables.

Arrival kit – An arrival kit is a part of welcoming your stint in Maharajas' Express. This kit features stationery items, brochures and cards for your convenience.

Luggage collection - Your luggage will be picked up and taken to your respective saloons without you worrying about it.

No hassle of daily packing and unpacking the luggage as you will be staying in the Maharajas' Express.

Exclusive sightseeing with entrance fee is included in the fare. All you have to do is marvel at the amazing sights and colours of India.

Various cultural shows, sound and light shows form an enticing attraction of this luxury train.

Paramedic is available onboard during the complete luxury train tour for immediate contact

Optional excursions can be availed at specified location where you can indulge in the luxurious spas at hotels

Services of a tour director are included in exclusive train tour

On this dream trail, you even get to meet the Indian royalty

24 hr valet service is another highlight of this tour

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Schedule - Indian Panorama - 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destination Covered »

Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri –Agra – Gwalior – Orchcha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi

The Indian Panorama Train from the house of Maharajas' Express is a quaint legacy of the country offering the great sights and experiences during the 7 wholesome days. The journey offers a taste of royalty of different regions of India and their remnants in the form of forts, palaces and other important links tracing back to the time. The train is scheduled on selected dates wherein you can enjoy celebrating royalty of the different eras together on a single tour. Follow the schedule below and enjoy the majestic sights of India during this luxury train tour.

Departure Dates for 2018-19
Day Saturday
Oct'18 6
Nov'18 3
Dec'18 1, 29
Jan'19 26
Mar'19 23
Feb'19 23
Apr'19 -

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Tariff - Indian Panorama - 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destination Covered »

Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri –Agra – Gwalior – Orchcha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi

The tariff of the luxury train Maharajas' Express for the Indian Panorama tour itinerary has been mentioned below for your kind perusal:

The tariff of the Maharajas' Express includes accommodation, meals, beverages (light drinks, tea, coffee, and mineral water), Indian wines (in-house brands), butler service, and porter-age at stations, guided tours and entrance fees at monuments. The tariff however does not include taxes, insurances, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, and fees of video and professional cameras.

Maharajas' Express Tariff in USD for 2018-19
Occupancy Cabin Tariff (USD) Description
Deluxe Cabin
Double/Twin 5,980  per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 4,510 per person Single Cabin
Junior Suite
Double/Twin 9,460   per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 8,520 per person Single Cabin
Double/Twin 13,800 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 13,800 per person Single Cabin
Presidential Suite
Double/Twin 23,700  per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 23,700 per person Single Cabin

Maharajas' Express Tariff in INR for 2018-19
Occupancy Cabin Tariff (INR) Description
Deluxe Cabin
Double/Twin 397620 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 299880 per person Single Cabin
Junior Suite
Double/Twin 629000  per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 566500 per person Single Cabin
Double/Twin 917570  per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 917570 per person Single Cabin
Presidential Suite
Double/Twin 1575830 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement 1575830 per person Single Cabin
# USD 500 per person extra surcharge during Christmas and New Year departures.
Taxes will be extra as applicable.
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any change or amendment in the routing
  • Service tax will be charged extra as applicable
  • For child policy and other details, please refer to our website
  • Itineraries, destinations, venues and schedules departure are subject to change without prior notice
  • All the above prices are on per person per journey on twin sharing basis
  • Supplement will apply for Signature Journey, Special occasions such as a New Year, Christmas etc.
Christmas & New Year, Signature Journey Supplement Charges
There will be supplement charge of USD 500 per pax travelling during the tour falling on New Year eve and Christmas.The supplement charge will be applicable for child between 05-12 years also.Supplement charges may be applicable for certain signature journeys as announced by IRCTC from time to time.

Child Policy :

Maharajas' Express does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavour to maintain.
  • Children below 5 years shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking. However, this is not recommended by us.
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) sharing cabin with adults - 50% of the adult fare, subject to sharing of double bed with two full paid adults. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking. However, this is not recommended by us.OR Single child (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the (adult fare + Supplement charges) if requested in a separate cabin.
  • Two child (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child in a separate cabin on twin sharing basis.
  • Three child (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing of double bed. ORIf third child request in a separate cabin - 50% of the (adult fare + Single Supplement charges)
  • Single child (5 years -12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - Two adults fare on twin sharing basis.
  • Two child (5 years -12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - One adult fare plus 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing of double bed.
  • Child booking if requested in a separate cabin is subject to travelling with the adults. It is to be noted that single child has to share guide/vehicle with adults travelling together in case of Suite & PS cabin booked pax. In case, a separate higher category vehicle is required then supplement will be levied.
  • Please note that we do not have the facility for interconnecting cabins except in the Presidential Suite Car.
  • All applicable taxes will be charged extra.

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Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri –Agra – Gwalior – Orchcha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi

Beginning from metropolitan Mumbai, this luxury train takes a U turn towards the ancient era marvel of Ajanta caves, famous for Buddhist cave paintings. The next day, open your eyes in the city royale at Udaipur. Here, you will get to marvel at two marble palaces overlooking each other inside Lake Pichola. Move further towards Jodhpur, an exciting city wrapped with blue walls and colourful fresco-art. On day 5, visit Bikaner and experience the heart of deserts in depth. Next in schedule is Jaipur, the royal capital known for its rugged forts and recognizable structures. An exploration further brings you down in the semi arid forests of Ranthambore famous for tigers. Towards the end, the Heritage of India tour wraps up itself in the company of the unforgettable Taj Mahal in Agra.

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