The luxury train traveling in India has come a long way since the introduction of Palace on Wheels train in 1982 for the promotion of tourism in Rajasthan. The most luxurious tourist train in India with finesse at par with the Orient Express of the West, Maharajas Express has redefined the art of elegant train traveling in India. A fascinating voyage across some of the finest destinations in India let you discover the true spirit of this incredible nation.
One of the most expensive and luxurious luxury train rides in the world, the salons of the Maharaja Express train draws inspiration from the private saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas of India. Even before the inception of rail traveling in India, Maharajahs of India had a keen fascination with these moving wonders on wheels invented by James Watt.
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Many Maharajahs of India ruling various princely states took the initiative to build their own lines whereas many had their heir apparent built miles of narrow gauge lines where they could play with their personal toy trains. Even as Maharaja of Vadodara built his then son and the present Maharaja of Vadodara a fully functional toy train, Maharaja of Gwalior used to proudly flaunt his silver model train chugging along the center of his banqueting table to the dignitaries and officers of East India Company.
Current salons of the train are designed to recreate the same old panache of the personal carriages of Indian Maharajahs. Each of the cabins including the dining coupes is suffused with the nostalgia of past grandeur. Quaint décor fused together with the contemporary amenities create an aura of sheer opulence and 5 Star pampering inside the cabins of Maharaja Express.
The journeys of Maharajas Express have even been compared to that of legendary Orient Express of the West in refinement and luxury. From every modern amenity which money can buy to eco-friendly technologies and services, every aspect of an elegant train journey has been looked into with meticulous diligence.
A truly world class train journey is promised in each of the 5 itineraries offered by the train. With each destination as vivid as the confounding colors of India and tours encompassing palaces, fortresses, World Heritage Sites, cultural sightseeing and spirituality of India, the royal colors of India and its rich heritage sprinkled across vast geography do come alive in each of these pre-crafted journeys.
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The Maharajas’ Express, has just won the 2016 Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Award. Operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), it’s the second time the train has won this award, and in a row. The felicitation ceremony was hosted at Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, Spain, and conferred upon the luxury train the Signum Virtutis, a seal of excellence from the Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.
The Maharajas Express currently offers six trips, including various itineraries such as Gems of India, Jewels of India, Treasures of India, and The Indian Panorama, amongst others. These cover Indian destinations such as Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore, and Mumbai, and guests can choose between four and eight-day trips on the train.
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