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Luxury On Wheels and Water – Experience Cultural India in Style

Want to explore India in true luxury while simultaneously experiencing her myriad of living cultures? If so, it doesn’t get any better than the Luxury on Wheels and Water Journey.

This is an experience that’s a unique combination of two of India’s most luxurious modes of transport, the Maharaja Express bestowed the title of the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” and the MV Mahabaahu, India’s only 5-star rated river cruise ship. On this journey, travellers get to embark upon an immersive holiday through the North-Eastern state of Assam as well as the Northern and Central states of Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The Maharaja Express

All set to feel like a true maharaja?

On board the Maharaja Express, your own butler attends to you in a setting of pure decadent elegance. Take in the passing views at the Safari Bar where your drink of choice is served in hand cut crystal glasses.

Or perhaps you’d rather prefer one of the two restaurants where world cuisine and Indian delicacies are served on fine Limoges plates and gold & silver plated cutlery.

Reminiscent of bygone eras, this luxury train doesn’t compromise on modern amenities such as WiFi, plasma TVs, individual climate control and more.

The Journey

The Maharaja Express makes it a point to make sure travellers witness the star highlights of northern and central India.

From the Taj Mahal in Agra and the royal state of Rajasthan to the temples of Madhya Pradesh, travellers get to witness it all.

Guests can look forward to the following:

Visiting ancient fortresses from different eras such as the glorious Amber Fort in Jaipur, and the Fatehpur Sikri in Agra.

Guided tours to World Heritage Sites such as the Taj Mahal where you get an in-depth insight into India’s rich history where multiple cultures have co-existed since the beginning of time.

Exploring National Parks such as the Ranthambore National Park to witness untamed wildlife. Ranthambore is known for its tiger sightings and is a hub for photography and nature buffs alike.

Getting a glimpse into traditional folk culture and crafts with special performances especially arranged for the guests at select destinations. These are performed by local artists who’ve been practising their art for decades. Visits to the studios of local craftsmen are also organised. For instance, in Varanasi, guests have the opportunity of visiting a silk weaving centre.


The MV Mahabaahu

The path-breaking MV Mahabaahu has redefined tourism in Assam by offering a luxurious way to explore a completely off-the-beaten-path destination. This cruise ship is the only 5-star river cruising experience in Assam.

From ancient temples to the Serengeti of India, the MV. Mahabaahu journey offers travellers a chance to experience the real Assam.

The ship has structural features that no other cruise offers such as:


Bay Windows, Hair Salon, Elevator, Pool, Spa, Private Balcony, Internal Corridors, Safety – International Class Certified Ship, 3 Engine Propeller, Double Bottom, 2 Tenders for River Excursions and Emergencies

The Journey

This is the only cruise in the world where travellers can witness 7000 meter high peaks of snow-covered mountains.

A view like this is not visible from any other navigable river of the world.

Experience amazing wildlife in Kaziranga National Park known as the Serengeti of India. Home to the greatest population of over 2,400 Single Horned Rhinos, 3,100 Wild Buffaloes, 1,100 Asiatic Elephants, 115 Royal Bengal Tigers, Spotted and Clouded leopards, this is home to the Big Six of the Indian Sub-Continent.

Guests are also able to spot wildlife directly from the ship itself. Enjoy the views of herds of wild animals including rhinos, elephants, wild buffaloes, freshwater dolphins and if one is lucky, tigers too.

Tiger sightings from the MV Mahabaahu deck

Cultural immersion is a highlight onboard the MV Mahabaahu. Travellers visit the tea plantations, weaver villages, temples and monasteries.

The MV Mahabaahu journey is the richest combination of natural and living history on any river in the world. It’s no wonder this was showcased on the National Geographic People channel.

A combination of the two experiences feels as natural as the flowing rivers of India because at their core the Mahabaahu and the Maharaja Express have the same values. Cultural immersion, while being surrounded by luxury and experiencing Indian hospitality at its best, is what both the experiences are about.

Note: If you’d like to look at a detailed itinerary of the journey, you can click here. Alternatively, if you’d like to reach out to us at Far Horizon India to customise this experience for you, please feel to contact us here.

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