In today’s times, when traveling is a matter of hours in the cramped luxury of airways, traveling on board train may well be the last respite of gracious and opulent traveling. Luxury train travelling around the world is making a strong comeback led by the Orient Express. Much of this revival is also credited to the rise of similar rail tours in India. Luxury train traveling offers much needed break along with exclusive experiences. Led by Palace on Wheels, presently there are six regal tourist trains in India which includes India’s first privately managed train the Indian Maharaja.
The Indian Maharaja, India’s first privately managed tourist train offers a unique and opulent way to unravel the amazing concoction of India. Winner of the coveted World Travel Award for Asia’s Leading Luxury Train twice in a row, this Indian luxury train is recreates the art of elegant train traveling which once was exclusive domain of princes of India.
Compared to the likes of the Blue Train of South Africa and Orient Express of the West, the Indian Maharaja comes equipped with state of the art amenities. There are a total of 21 which includes 11 passenger cars, two dining cars, a lounge bar, a conference car and a fitness suite. All carriages on board are designed ethnically to replicate the traditions and culture of various ruling dynasties of India to transport the guests to the epoch of erstwhile maharajas.
Designed ethnically, the Indian Maharaja comes equipped with facilities such as Wi-Fi internet, televisions in guest cabin, direct dial phones, electronic safe and attached bathrooms. All the meals on board the train are table d’hote along with the option of dining a la carte. The home brand of liquors offered on board are complimentary and guests could also sip on some of the choicest brand of foreign liquors and wines. A personal attendant is appointed in each guest carriages to cater to the needs of the guests round the clock. Well trained and skilled staff on board ensures that the guests feel pampered throughout the tour.
The Indian Maharaja journey is a weeklong adventure crisscrossing some of the most mesmerizing terrains and covering major attractions in India. With its two itineraries – Delhi to Mumbai and Mumbai to Delhi – this rail journey offers an unforgettable voyage across Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The destinations covered during the rail tour include Jaipur, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Aurangabad, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra.
During the 168 hours extravagant ride, the magnificent symbols of India’s culture, heritage and history will unfold like the pages of history books. From the ancient wonders of Ajanta and Ellora or colonial structures breathing in the metropolis of Mumbai, and from grand Mughal monuments to the royal forts and palaces of Rajasthan, the Indian Maharaja rail journey offers a seamless blend of history and contemporary.