The Maharaja Express is one of India’s most famous and luxurious private trains: only the Palace on Wheels comes close in terms of opulence and service. The train and its carriages were designed to compete with the splendour of the Orient Express, which in spite of its name never actually brought passengers to the Orient!
You can choose between seven different itineraries on the Maharaja Express; the seven night Heritage of India course between Mumbai and Delhi is the classic route, but two new and imaginative options in South India have also been recently added. Southern Jewels takes in the UNESCO treasures of Mahabalipuram and Hampi; while on the Southern Sojourn, coastal highlights include Goa and Cochin.
The train’s cabins are named after precious stones, from the standard Moti (Pearl) class right the way up to the vast, four-person Presidential Suite. The interior designers have certainly taken their inspiration from Indian palaces, choosing rich tapestries, fine linens, and antique furniture to create the perfect look.