“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Luxury train is the new style statement for those who love to travel in exclusivity. One of the many things which is incredible about India is the train network. It is said that you haven’t seen India if you haven’t travelled in train. One of the most luxurious train to be introduced in India happens to be the ultra-luxe Maharajas’ Express. This luxury train was introduced in 2010 as a joint venture of IRCTC and Cox & Kings.
Currently the train is owned and operated solely by the IRCTC. Winner of several awards and voted runners up at Condenast Traveller Readers Choice Award, Maharajas’ Express offer 5 Signature journeys across some of the most dazzling destinations in India.
The history of luxury train traveling in India is quite old. It started with the penchant of the former monarchs of princely states of India during the British Colonial rule. Fascinated by James Watt’s creation, the erstwhile Maharajas of India introduced the trend of royal train traveling in the country during the British Raj. These carriages were the reflection of the pageantry and idiosyncrasies of the Indian maharajas and were studded with gems, jewels, valuable materials and antique artworks. From salons to billiard rooms and from private suites to air conditioning- everything was arranged for to recreate the opulence of their palatial lifestyle. The first luxury train of India, Palace on Wheels when launched in 1982 was composed entirely of the personal carriages of various maharajahs of India.
Find below a slideshow of India’s most luxurious train:
Also find a few images of Maharajas’ Express Train below to give you a peek into the luxury and refinement of train carriages.
More information, details of tariff and schedule, picture gallery are available on the official website of Maharajas’ Express PSA-IA.