India is a land of charm. She dons several feathers in her cap. One of them is the worlds top luxury train. Flagged off in March 2010 by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the train has emerged as the most luxurious and expensive one in luxury travel scene. It has won hearts of foreign tourists, national and international travel magazines, global hospitality sector, and television channels.
Name: Maharajas’ Express
Operated by: IRCTC
Category: Luxury train
Travels to: North India, North West India, Central India, and South India
“The Orient Express of the East”
This is what the Maharajas’ Express is called. Orient Express is the top luxury train of Europe and has earned worldwide fame for its extreme luxury. The Maharaja train rubs shoulders with it.
North Indian tours are Gems of India, Treasures of India, Heritage of India, Indian Splendor, and Indian Panorama.
South Indian tours are Southern Sojourn and Southern Jewels.
The train operates from September to April. This is the best time to visit India. Indian summers are too hot to travel leisurely. Visitors from cold climates may not find tropical summers comfortable. Indian winters are pleasant for them.
Tours of the Maharaja train are such that you get a chance to stroll around vast gardens, grand forts, huge palaces, and market places. The winter sun provides a pleasantly warm environment to walk around open spaces and enjoy the beauty of landscapes.
Maharajas’ Express is a gem of luxury train. Its suites and cabins are named after gems too. The most brilliant of all gems is the Presidential Suite. It is called Navratna. So true to its name! Spanning one whole carriage, the suite is fit for a king or a queen; not that other suites and cabins are unfit, but this one gives the ultimate pleasure.
Your journey of a lifetime in the worlds top luxury train starts with a royal welcome at the platform. Walk on the red carpet. Be greeted with a “Namaste” and a garland of fresh flowers. Allow the staff to do a ‘tilak’ of vermilion on your forehead. While all this happens, there’s beautiful music playing in the background.
Already feeling nice, right?
You are then led to your suite or cabin in the train. Well-dressed porters take care of your luggage. You get a personal butler on board. He is at your service round the clock.
You are now a ‘royal guest’ of the Maharajas’ Express.
You cease to be a train passenger. You cease to be ordinary. You are the king or the queen for the entire tour. Be at leisure and live your moments to the fullest. This could be once-in-a-lifetime experience. Even if you travel in the Maharaja train again, the experience is always different.
The beauty of traveling in the worlds top luxury train lies in the way the staff and the train ambience make you feel. Sheer delight, complete luxury, utter bliss – what else is there to say?
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