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Onboard India's most expensive train

Last updated on: June 16, 2011 13:42 IST

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It is considered to be the ultimate ride on rails.  The Royale Indian Rail Tours offers one of the most luxurious train journeys across India's most beautiful locales. At a price.

The Maharajas' Express is one of the six luxury trains in India that promises to offer the best in travel, traditional food and hospitality.

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The fares for this luxurious travel range from Rs 212,000 ($4,725) for a single cabin to Rs 900,000 ($17,500) for the presidential suite for a 7-day trip on a 'classical journey'.

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The 'Classical India' tour (7 days/6 nights) starts from Delhi and passes through Agra, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Varanasi, and Lucknow, before returning to Delhi.

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For a 'Princely India' trip (8 days/7 nights), it costs Rs 243,000 ($5,400) for single accommodation, Rs 321,000 ($7,140) for double occupancy and Rs 900,000 ($17,500) for the presidential suite.

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This particular trip starts from Mumbai and passes through Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, and finally ends at New Delhi.

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The train criss-crosses through some of the most beautiful locales in the country offering a panoramic view of India's countryside.

The Royal India tour (8 days/7 nights) takes you from Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Vadodara, before winding up at Mumbai.

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The train chugs along the majestic ghats, deserts, lush green fields, scenic villages and rivers of western and north India.

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The Maharaja Express redefines luxury travel with five-star hotel hospitality and high-tech modern amenities all along the journey.

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The pan-India super luxury has a total of 23 coaches with a passenger capacity of 84.

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It has five deluxe cars each with four cabins, six junior suite cars with three cabins; two suite cars with two cabins each and finally the presidential suite that occupies an entire compartment.

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Every cabin has large panoramic windows, individual temperature controls, the first of its kind in India.

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It also has LCD televisions, DVD players, direct dial telephone, electronic safe deposit box and internet facilities to make the journey an unforgettable experience.

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The train is being operated by Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd (RIRTL), a joint venture between Cox and Kings (India) Ltd and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

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A royal banquet for passengers, the Maharajas' Express has two fine dining restaurants that seat 42 persons at a time. Wine and beer are complimentary.

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A bar with the choicest collection of house wines also offers beer and spirits along with snacks that are complimentary for every passenger.

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There's also a lounge-cum-bar with comfortable club armchairs. The deluxe cabin is decked up in lavish style.

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The Maharajas' Express also houses a high-end boutique, featuring exquisite and unique creations.

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The tour package includes guided train excursions at different places.

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The fare includes entrance fees at various sight seeing places, camera fee, transport and services of a guide, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board and porterage at stations.

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The Maharajas' Express is comprehensively insured for fire, earthquake, theft and terrorism. All guests are covered under an umbrella insurance cover.


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