Top cabin: Presidential Suite (Navratna)
Key selling points: Reserve this tony cabin, also known as Navratna, which means “nine precious gems,” and you’ll have an entire railcar to yourself—just like a modern-day maharaja. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the suite’s two plush bedrooms (one with skylights), two bathrooms, and a sitting and dining area will make you feel more like you’re staying in an apartment than a train carriage.
Standout service: One guest forgot his camera in his hotel room in Mumbai, so the crew arranged for the it to be shipped from Mumbai to the train’s next destination before the guest ever even needed it.
Style: Lotus-inspired, by Elizabeth Kerkar, 2009
Special amenities: Kohler-fitted bathtub, two 26-inch Sony flat-screen TVs, fresh fruit replenished daily, private vehicle and translator, complimentary house wine, spirits, and beer
Square footage: 448
Number of bedrooms: Two
Number of bathrooms: Two
Number of cabins on train: 43, including 23 suites
Who’s slept here?: Oil company board members, a former top Microsoft exec
Rate: From $12,900 per person for a three-night itinerary
Route: The train offers five routes, three of which start and end in Delhi, one that starts in Delhi and ends in Mumbai, as well as one that runs the reverse from Mumbai to Delhi. Some destinations along the way include Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ranthambore National Park, and Agra.
Charter: Maharajas’ Express is available for a full charter on existing routes for a minimum of 53 people. For charters along other routes, special arrangements can be made based on requirements and inclusions.