Maharaja Express – Luxury Trains
One of the most expensive and luxurious train rides in the world, the salons of the Maharaja Express train draws an inspiration from the private saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas of India. Before even the inception of rail traveling in India, Maharajahs of India had keen fascinations with these moving wonders on wheels invented by James Watt.
The Maharajas’ Express is owned and operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and is the most expensive luxury train in India. It runs on the 5 circuits covering more than 12 destinations across North-West and Central India, mainly centered on Rajasthan between the months of October to April. The Maharajas’ Express was voted “The World’s Leading Luxury Train” at The World Travel Awards, 2012, the far most expensive luxury train in India. It was placed under the named to the 2011 list of World’s Top 25 train.
Trains by The Society of International Railway Travelers and was praised for its onboard accommodation and dining facilities with unique service, and off-train excursion programs after its review in the autumn of 2010. Maharajas’ Express also begged the first runner up award in the Specialist Train Operators Category at Conde Nast Travelers Reader Choice Travel Award in 2011.
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 toys train. Even the Maharaja of Vadodara built his then son and the present Maharaja of Vadodara have their own 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.
In the era of Raj, many Maharajahs had their own personal carriages draped in luxury used for occasions such a state visit, nuptial sojourn and hunting trips. Many had been build and designed in art deco style, Sylvan inlays, exquisite carvings and elegance tapestries along with exquisite mirror and jewel work exuded an unmistakable élan. All spoke volumes about the splendor and pomp of the Maharajahs of erstwhile princely states of India.
Current salons of the Maharajahs Express are designed to recreate the same old panache of the personal carriages of Indian Maharajahs. Each of the cabins includes the dining coupes is suffused with nostalgia of past grandeur. Quaint décor fused to-gather with the contemporary amenities create an aura of sheer opulence and 5 Star pampering inside the cabins of Maharaja Express.
Maharajas Express train consists of 23 coaches and having the passenger capacity of around 88. In addition facilities such as 2 restaurants, 1spa salon, 3 bars, 3 lounges, fitness center and business center redefine the art of luxury train travel on board Maharajas Express. Even eminent journalists, writers and Master Chefs such as Sir Mark Tully and Vivek Singh have graced this train with their presence – not just as mere travel companion but part of the crew – since its inception in March 2010.