The $15 million Maharajas’ Express is a class apart in luxury rail travel. Built with a classic taste of royalty, the train features a fantastic blend of royal era and ultra-modern times. Interiors draped in exquisite regal embellishments are coupled with hi-tech facilities like Wi-Fi, telephone lines, and climate control system.
The Presidential Suite attracts the most “wow’s” with its twin bedrooms, one spacious sitting room, two showers and a bath. It spans one entire carriage of the train. It is rightly called Navratna or Nine Gems. Its air of spaciousness, plush beds, royal ambience, and hand-painted ceilings and tiles deserve every bit of applause.
Embarking on the royal journey
Passengers enter the train with their foreheads daubed with a red “teeka” – the typical India traditional style of welcome. The garland of fresh flowers around their necks gives them a nice aromatherapy. This happens at the platform. A red carpet awaits you, as you march your way towards the sleek, “kingly” train all set to take you to places.
Waiters in tailed turbans and dashing tunics offer you fresh melon juice, as a welcome gesture on board. Each passenger gets a 24×7 personal butler, who appears instantly on call, yet stays ‘invisible’ so as not to intervene in your privacy. So, you can call him at 12 midnight for a cup of masala chai. He will be delighted to serve you irrespective of the time.
Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal – these aren’t some palaces, but dining cars of the train. Each car can seat 42 passengers at a time. Rang Mahal or Palace of Colors offers a beautiful resemblance to a king’s “darbar;” while the Mayur Mahal or Peacock Palace is a striking beauty with peacock-feather theme in the entire car. You can find the theme on its high-backed regal chairs, window blinds, and the mirrored mosaic tiles of ceilings.
The dining cars offer a range of lip-smacking dishes from Indian and international cuisines, both catering to veg and non veg tastes. You can also find Jain cuisine, lactose free meal, ovo lacto veg meal, vegan meal, kosher meal, and gluten free meal.
Palace on wheels tours
Seekers of luxury and leisure should look no beyond than the moving palace on India’s railway tracks. The Maharaja train is known to arrive at a new and fascinating destination each morning, taking you farther from your daily mundane life.
The train’s off board excursions are a package of adventure, thrill, and royal trips. You may visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of them being the Taj Mahal, intriguing palaces and forts, outstanding monuments that speak about India’s glorious history, royal dining places, wildlife national parks, exotic caves, opulent spas, cultural shows, elephant polo matches, and lots more.
You may get a chance to shop, have fun, dance to the tunes of folk music, paint and bathe elephants, come face to face with a tiger, relish your favorite cuisines, and gather memories that stay with you forever.
The 8-day tour that begins in Delhi and ends in Delhi gives you a glimpse of India’s rich heritage and culture. The train chugs across several important tourist locations like the holy ghats of River Ganga in the oldest city of the world Varanasi,the “city of Nawabs” Lucknow, the “Pink City of India” Jaipur; the ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri, the fascinating temples of Khajuraho, and more.
Simply reading about this palace on wheels may not thrill you in the true sense. To experience the real thing, you ought to be in the train.