India wants you to live like a king: on rails. On March 20, with sultans and honorable ministers in attendance, Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd. unveiled their pride and joy, the Maharajas’ Express. India’s newest luxury train is modeled after and inspired by the Maharajas (ruling princes) of yore. Departing from Kolkata Station, the 84-passenger train embarked on its eight-day “Celestial India Tour” accompanied by Sir Mark Tully, a writer and broadcaster onboard to offer expert background on Indian history and culture. The itinerary includes Buddhist and Hindu religious sites, the forests of Bandavgarh, the rock cut temples of Khajuraho and the Taj Mahal.
Super high-rollers should consider the ultra lavish Presidential Suite. It occupies one entire car and will only set you back $2,500 per person per day. If the Presidential isn’t exactly keeping with your budget this year, don’t despair, 20 Deluxe Cabins, 18 Junior Suites, and 4 Suite Doubles are also available and slightly easier on the wallet.
In addition to the Celestial India Tour, travelers can choose from three additional themed itineraries: Classical India, Princely India and the Royal India Tours. Each journey lasts between seven to eight days.
Two fine-dining restaurants serving both Indian and Western fare, an observation lounge, gift shop and Safari Bar are also on hand to abate any boredom that sets in. Good news considering all food and drinks (yes, spirits too) are complimentary.
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