Luxury Train Travel – An overview of this niche travel segment
Maharajas Express is the latest and most opulent 23-car luxury train, which was inspired by the lavish personal carriages of India’s colonial-era princes. Dubbed as Asia’s most luxurious train, Maharajas Express is equipped of two ornate restaurants with decorative vaulted ceilings, an observation lounge and 43 cabins that start at roughly 110 square feet. Offering once in a lifetime rail tour with unique experiences, Maharajas Express is truly “a journey like no other”.
The train, which caters to luxury travelers seeking to explore the vast country with style and ease, arrives at a new station every morning for off-rail excursions. The eight-day Mumbai to Delhi Princely India tour chugs through western India with sightseeing tours in Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park and Agra.
Passengers aboard the seven-day Delhi-to-Delhi Classical India tour crisscrosses dozens of sites in Northern Indian region which includes Gwalior, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh National Park, Varanasi and Lucknow. All 4 itineraries begin or end with a visit to the Taj Mahal.
European and African nations also have recognized the demand for luxury rail trips. Competing with South Africa’s long-running Blue Train between Cape Town and Pretoria, a formal experience where men don jackets for dinner in the train restaurant, the South African businessman Rohan Vos began Rovos Rail. Using restored carriages from as far back as 1911, Rovos Rail offers itineraries across southern Africa. Even small, isolated Eritrea has revamped its narrow-gauge railway, dating from the Italian colonial era, so it can run charters. It ascends through impossibly steep passes rising from Asmara, the capital.