Maharajas Express Rail Tour for a Pan-India Experience

Alison Rombough

Maharajas’ Express is the latest addition in the fleet of Indian luxury trains. With décor reminiscent of the days of yore, a journey on board this luxury tourist train begins with traditional red carpet welcome wherein band musicians offer royal salute and traditionally dressed women daub your forehead with vermilion mark.

Owing to its recent repackaging, Maharajas’ Express has come up with five brand new itineraries- Heritage of India, Indian Splendor, Indian Panorama, Treasures of India and Gems of India. The shorter itineraries which include Treasures of India and Gems of India encompass Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and have been specifically designed for time bound travelers. On the other hand, Heritage of India, Indian Splendor and Indian Panorama are full-fledge 8 days and 7 night’s journey and explore the royal, cultural and spiritual facet of India. The article briefly talks about the three aforementioned pan-India itineraries offered by this Indian luxury train.

Talking about the Heritage of India tour, the weeklong itinerary takes guests on a whirlwind tour across prominent destinations in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. Beginning from Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai, the 8 days and 7 night’s journey covers Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Agra, before heading back to New Delhi. The architectural marvels sprinkled across these destinations have got patronage from Rajput and Mughal rulers expect for Ajanta Caves. The 30 rock-cut caves of Ajanta have been carved out from Rocky Mountains with the help of chisels and hammers.

Next pan-India tour itinerary is Indian Splendor. A meticulously tailored itinerary spanning over 8 days and 7 nights, Indian Splendor covers the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan and Gujarat along with a halt in Agra. The destinations of Rajasthan dominate this weeklong journey offered by Maharajas’ Express. Just a stroll through the forts and palaces of Rajasthan will acquaint you with several historic events that took place here. The lunch meeting with the royal family of Balasinor will mark the crescendo of the day.

Last pan-India tour itinerary is Indian Panorama that will embark on its maiden voyage on 20th October, 2012. The weeklong journey covers Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Lucknow. Right from sensuous poetry of Khajuraho temples to soul-stirring religious chants in Varanasi and pinkish edifices of Jaipur to tiger safari in Ranthambore, every single aspect of Indian territory is well presented by this luxury train itinerary. A personal butler has been appointed for each cabin to provide personalized attention to the guests.

The tariff of Maharajas Express beginning from USD 5560 is truly worth the opulence, grandeur and exclusive insider experiences offered by this luxury tourist train. The train offer accommodation in terms of 43 well appointed cabins which include a presidential suite spanning over entire carriage. Facilities provided on board these cabins include LCD television, electronic safe, direct dial phone and writing desk among others. Besides that there are 2 lavish restaurants- Rang Mahal and Mayur Mahal and Safari Bar. Although there are so many untouched aspects that describe the sheer diversity of India, the three aforementioned itineraries still manages to occupy a significant chunk in the large pie.

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