Air India is now offering 17% discount to passengers booking tickets for the railways’ luxury train, Maharajas’ Express. The ultra-luxury offering train covers the major princely tourist attractions in the country like Delhi, Agra, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Varanasi, Mysore, Goa and Mumbai. A senior railway official confirmed on Wednesday that the discounts can be availed on all AI flights for travelling between any Indian cities.

In an attempt to leverage their respective markets and large customer base, this is a first-of-its-kind initiative by both the travel giants. Being the travel and tourism arm of railways and Air India, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has signed a MoU to develop and promote special tour packages for the flagship premium rail tourist products of Indian Railways. These products are namely – the Maharajas’ Express and Buddhist Circuit Deluxe Special Train.

Started from Wednesday, passengers can now book the tickets, both for the train as well as the flight, on the website of Maharajas’ Express. For the Buddhist Circuit train, the offer will be valid someday later.

“Passengers can now book tickets for the Maharajas’ Express and they will get a 17 per cent discount on their Air India tickets. These tickets can be for travel between any cities of India,” the official said.