Maharajas Express Destinations


Maharajas’ Express the world’s leading luxury train, chuggs out of the Delhi station on a royal odyssey to take its patrons across the famed “Golden Triangle”, and other princely states of Rajasthan including Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur as well as Khajuraho and Varanasi. A signature enterprise of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the magnificent train, known for unmatched hospitality and off-train excursion, runs on five circuits across north-west and central India, covering around a dozen destinations. There are certainly no compromises and the passengers on these Palaces on Wheels are possesed only of imperial chambers, grand repasts and personal attendants.

Aurangabad: City of Gates

Aurangabad is the largest city in northern Maharashtra, Aurangabad (“Aurang City”) is named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and was founded in 1610 by Malik Ambar, prime minister of the Nizam Shahi rulers of Ahmadnagar. In 1653 it became the headquarters of Aurangzeb, the last Mughal emperor. Aurangabad is titled “The City of Gates” and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city.

City of Lakes - Udaipur

The royal house of Mewar is now known as Udaipur. The city has a profusion of palaces, lakes, elaborate gardens, serene temples and festivals. The fairy tale city with its palaces and lakes surrounded by hills, was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and became the capital of Mewar after fall of Chittorgarh in 1567.

Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The Rathors of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh moved to Marusthal, the blazing desert land in the heart of Rajasthan. Their land came to be called as Marwar. In 1459 Roa Jodha founded Jodhpur. Strategically located on the overland trade route, it soon became a flourishing trade centre.

Bikaner

Bikaner is a city in the northwest of Rajasthan and located 330 kilometres from the state capital, Jaipur. It is also a great desert kingdom of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1486 by Rao Bika, the disgruntled younger son of Rao Jodha, the ruler of Jodhpur. Bikaner with its old walled town where camels saunter past colourful stalls, the imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones which display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization, has lot in store for visitors.

Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital Rajasthan state in Northern India. The city is named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber and was founded on 18 November 1727. Jaipur city is enclosed within hills with fascinating bazaars, well known museums, opulent palaces and historical sights. This city of Rajputs is well known for its fairs and fests.

Sawai Madhopur

Sawai Madhopur is a home to the Ranthambore National Park and the historic Ranthambore Fort a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies within the national park. Sawai Madhopur is famous for its guavas, affectionately known as “Madhopur guavas” in Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in northern India and it is situated 14 km from Sawai Madhopur and about 180 km from Jaipur district of Rajasthan state.

Agra

Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna, 363 kilometres west of the state capital, Lucknow and 200 kilometres south of the national capital New Delhi. The city is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, where it was called Agrevaṇa (‘the border of the forest’). Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king (c. 1475), whose fort Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present Agra fort.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is a fascinating ghost city built in the 16th century; 37 km from Agra Akbar the great, who at 26 years did not have an heir, founded this historic site.Fatehpur Sikri He went to a saint, Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a city called Sikri. His blessing gave Akbar 3 sons. As a gesture, Akbar built a whole new city in Sikri. Akbar named his new capital Fatehpur Sikri or the City of Victory. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height.

Orchha

Orchha, 120 kms from Gwalior is a medieval town, looks today much as it must have in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela king, Rudra Pratap, on the banks of the sparkling Betwa River and was the capital of Bundela kings until 1738, when it was abandoned in favour of Tikamgarh. Orchha means ‘hidden’ in Bundelkhandi language.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho lies to the north of state of Madhya Pradesh. Legend has it that Khajuraho was founded by Chardravarman, the son of the moon god Chandra, who descended on a beautiful maiden as she bathed in a stream. One of the greatest sights is temple complex which saw a flowering of architecture in this small village came through in period 950 to 1050, a mere 100 years. Chandela dynasty built 85 temples of which 22 survive today.

Varanasi

Varanasi also known as Benares, is a city on the banks of the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres south-east of the state capital, Lucknow and is India’s holiest Hindu city, with a spiritual and religious legacy that goes back nearly 3,000 years. Varanasi is also known as the favourite city of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and in older times was known as Kashi or `Shiv ki Nagri’. The most sacred stretch of the Ganga is at Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities in the world.

Lucknow

Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and it has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persian-loving Shia Nawabs of the city are well known amongst Indians and students of South Asian culture and history. Lucknow is popularly known as the The City of Nawabs.It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India.

Gwalior

Gwalior founded by Maharaj Suraj Sen and named after Saint Gwalipa, is the northernmost city of Madhya Pradesh and was established in 8th century AD. Gwalior remained a princely state of British Raj before Independence with Scindias as the local ruler. The city is surrounded by high rocky hills from all sides, on the north it forms the border of the Ganga – Yamuna Drainage Basin.

Balasinor

Balasinor (also referred to as Vadasinor) is a town located in the Mahisagar district, in Gujarat, India. Formerly a princely state of the Babi (Yusufzai Pathan) dynasty, it was created on 28 Sep 1758 out of the Junagadh Babis.Balasinor is located at on the National Highway Number 59 and the Gujarat State NH2.

Delhi

Delhi also known as the National Capital Region is a metropolitan region in India. It is the largest city in India by land area. The town was known as Indraprastha, where Pandavas used to live. Delhi has been a witness to the political turmoil for over five centuries. It was ruled by the Mughals in succession to Khiljis and Tughlaqs. In the year 1803 AD, the city came under the British rule. In 1911, British shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi.

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