Not so long ago, India had only one luxury train: the very popular Palace on Wheels. Now though, you can choose from half a dozen: the Deccan Odyssey (in Maharashtra), the Golden Chariot (Karnataka), the Indian Maharaja (Mumbai to Delhi), and the latest and most lavish: the Maharajas’ Express.
This majestic train was launched in early 2010. Each of the 23 coaches is suffused with nostalgia. With a maximum passenger capacity of 82 passengers, the onboard service is superb.
The maximum number of passengers per journey is 82 and there are four classes of luxurious accommodation on board to choose from. All come equipped with LCD televisions, DVD players, internet and panoramic window. En suites are standard and a 24 hour valet service ensures that each passenger is well looked after during their journey.
Most meals are served in one of the two fine dining restaurants, although some lunches and dinners are taken off the train. The two opulent lounge cars serve house brand alcoholic drinks and snacks and not only make great social hubs, but also elegant areas for relaxation as reading material and games are readily available.
This immaculately kept, half mile long train has all of the modern comforts but reflects the elegance of a bygone era.
There is no better way of seeing the best-known sights in the north and west of India than via one of the three or 7 night itineraries available and all are easily combined with tours to other areas of India.