15 Most Interesting Facts to know before boarding the Maharaja Express Train
If Maharajas’ Express is your next vacation plan, you ought to know that it is a once in lifetime style of vacation. The train is tagged as the leading luxury train of the world. Unlike other luxury trains, this train will take you on a cruise on the tracks, capturing culture, monuments, people, nature and much more.
Are you planning to enjoy Maharajas’ Express soon? You ought to know these 15 points in prior to your vacation.
#1. The unique vacation
Maharajas Express train is not just about luxury. It adds uniqueness to your vacation. There are numerous luxury trains in the world. However, none has won as many laurels and recognition like Maharajas’ Express. The youngest luxury train of India helps you to rekindle romance with your special ones, with a memorable vacation.
Pampering is not just about availabilities of amenities. Yes, every luxury train has a list of amenities and facilities to create a richness in travel. However, Maharajas’ Express is not just about the list of amenities. It is about introducing luxury in every element of travel. You will be assigned with a butler, you can get a personalized wake-up call, enjoy breakfast in bed (this is not allowed in any other luxury train of the country).
You need not worry about your safety when it comes to Maharajas’ Express. The train has a doctor, on-board. Although the doctor does not have every specialty medicine with him, you can rely on him for every basic medical needs. The doctor also accommodate you during excursions to handle any misfortune during the sightseeing. The doctor provides required medications, health assistance’s and injections, based on your medical condition. Your visit with the doctor is not charged and the doctor is available 24/7.
#4. Price variance
Maharajas’ Express ticket is expensive, and it is understandable as the level of pampering and luxury provided by the train, is unmatched. However, the train provides a gradient of pricing. You can choose shorter vacations, during lean season for a manageable budget. If you want to enjoy the best vacation with no regards to the cost, choose 8 days trip during peak tourism season. The price changes from time to time and, there would be offers to celebrate any local festivals. Keep track of the pricing to learn about the best time to try Maharajas’ Express.
#5. Type of accommodation
As stated before, the price changes with many factors. This includes the choice of accommodation. There are four types of cabins in the train. The least luxurious one of all is the deluxe cabin. Do not get confused with this statement. Even the least luxurious feature of Maharajas’ Express is the best feature of the world in its genre. Luxury and pampering are guaranteed during your stay in deluxe cabin too.
The most prestigious accommodation is the Presidential Suite. There is only one presidential suite in the train. The other types of accommodations are junior suite and suite. If you are not planning to spend a lot of time in your cabin, you can settle with smaller rooms. If you are planning a vacation with a lot of private time, choose higher levels of cabins like Presidential Suite.
The deluxe cabin holds a bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom has the bed and a large window to gaze out. Junior suite is similar to the deluxe cabin, but it has extra space to move around and a chair and table. The Suite holds three rooms, the bedroom, bathroom and a sitting room. The sitting room has upholstery and enough place to move around. Presidential Suite will never disappoint you, even if you are expecting a seven-star hotel inside your suite. The Presidential Suite spans for an entire car of the train. It has two bedrooms, sitting room, panoramic windows and other exclusive features.
#6. Length of the train
All the iconic facilities of the train will obviously take up more space. Thus, Maharajas’ Express is not the same like the local trains. These have longer cars, making the train to stretch for one km in length. Moving from one end of the train to another, would be a good exercise for you. You can walk through all the cabins, without disturbing them. The hallway is narrow, but enough to walk without hindrance. If you are planning to enjoy all the amenities in the train, you need to put your walking shoes on.
#7. Restaurant on wheels
This Maharajas Express train has two restaurants. This is quite the same with all other luxury trains. The luxury element of the restaurant is the options available. You can find a spectrum of dishes spanning numerous cuisines, including the traditional Indian cuisine. Based on the location of the train, the menu varies. The train staffs procure fresh ingredients, which are specialty of the region during the stay in the station. Thus, chef could provide local delicacies and signature dishes with fresh ingredients throughout the trip.
The two restaurants are located on the either ends of the train and the decor of the restaurants vary. Other than these two, the restaurants are similar in numerous factors. They have the same menu, same number of seats, types of foods and so on. Every dish of the menu is included in the tariff. Thus, do not think twice before trying out new dishes. Apart from the varying cuisine, you can opt for different styles of dining like vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free and so on.
If your child or you have a special requirement, you can mention it in prior during your booking. You are allowed to make unique requests, out of the menu, while dining. The chefs will try to satisfy your needs, to their level best.
#8. Different itineraries
There are five itineraries of varying destinations and lengths. The most commonly chosen one is The Indian Panorama. This trip covers four different states in North and Central India for eight days and seven nights. The itinerary covers Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Lucknow.
If it is your first time with India, choose the ionic Golden Triangle trip with Treasures of India and Gems of India. Both the itineraries are four days and three days long. They covers Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur. If you like to scale heritage spots, choose Indian Splendor. The itinerary covers Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Balasinor.
#9. Welcome ceremony
Maharajas’ Express brings the ultimate experience with the welcome ceremony. All the staffs of the train welcome you in a red-carpet styled ceremony. This is not just a one-time thing. This happens every time you board the train, at each station. You would be provided fresh flowers, served welcome drink and given token gifts to celebrate your time with the train.
Your vacation does not end within the train. At each destination, you would be taken for a sightseeing trip on road, covering unique attractions, culture, cuisine and nature. From tiger safari to Taj Mahal visit, the train covers all iconic attractions of the land. You need not worry about your luxury level during excursion.
You would be taken on a tour bus to the locations. During the excursion, if you wish to get back to the train before the trip ends, just alert one of the staffs and required arrangements would be made. If you wish to stay back in the train for the day, you can enjoy the cabin for yourself. During the excursion, your vacation is well managed. The staffs take care of the monument entry, lunch and other activities, which would keep your day, busy and entertaining.
Just like two restaurants, there are two lounge cars in the train, which holds bars. You can order almost any drink you like. If you don’t see it on the menu, just ask the bartender and he would blend one for you. The train focuses on luxury in every element. Are you a teetotaler? The train provides a long list of mock tails, which are signature drinks of the train. The bar even caters unique drink needs like Frappuccino, black coffee and so on. Whatever your taste might be, you would be served here.
What is luxurious in sleeping in a roaring and rocking train? Sleeping in train can be luxurious than you can imagine. If you have motion sickness, they have a doctor to handle it for you. You can request for blackout shades, earplugs and others. The train specifically runs in a slower rate, to avoid motion sickness.
#13. Entertaining day
How will I be spending a week locked up inside a train? In reality, you would be spending far less time in the train, than you imagine. During most of the days, you would reach the train right in time for dinner and sleep. During certain days, your day starts as early as possible and keeps you busy with numerous activities.
#14. Meal at specialty hotels
Not all the 20 meals of the vacation are confined to the train. While on excursion, you might be taken to iconic hotels for a lavishing dinner. The most notable hotel is the Taj Hotel, overlooking Taj Mahal in Agra. You might be tasting some high tea or mild snacks at some hotels, too. Remember that dinner is usually served late. So, if you please, have a heavy lunch.
#15. Wi-Fi factor
It is true that you would receive Wi-Fi throughout your stay in the train. Remember that this is not your home fiber-net internet. The speed and strength of the signal varies with the destination. For instance, while you are closer to rural areas, the Wi-Fi might be very weak.
If you are closer to metro cities like Jaipur and Delhi, you will have comparatively better. We are speaking about Wi-Fi on a train, which is moving at 100+ km per hour. Please be patient with the staffs when Wi-Fi is not working as you expect. There is very little that your butler could do, if the connectivity is weak.
Additional information about the train vacation
Luckily, the itineraries start and end either in Delhi or in Mumbai. Both the destinations have busy international airports, well-connected roadway and railway. Thus, no matter where you are right now, you can easily reach India and the respective city, with ease.
Once you reach the airport, you can easily find cabs and other forms of transportation to reach the railway station. If you are an international traveler, you need to have a valid passport and visa to enter India and to enjoy the train vacation. Citizens of certain countries are allowed to take visa after entering India. For more details about visa process, contact your travel agent.
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