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Maharajas Express Completely owned by IRCTC: Delhi HC

By Nikhil Chandra on Jan 09, 2012

IRCTC is the absolute owner of Maharajas Express train
Maharajas Express will now be run by state enterprise IRCTC alone

Holding that state enterprise Indian Rail Tour Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is the "absolute owner" of luxury tourist train Maharaja Express, Delhi High Court bench comprising of acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Siddharth Mridul set aside its interim order to IRCTC to run this service jointly with Cox & Kings.

The argument put by the Cox & Kings counsel that the worldwide repute earned by the Maharajas Express is due to the marketing effort of the travel agency was set aside by the bench of the court. The bench observed that the fact that the train has earned world wide acclaim and that it is one of the most premier luxury train in the world, though true, does not give Cox & Kings the indefeasible right to run Maharajas Express.

Earlier the train was being operated by the Royale India Tour Ltd (RIRTL), a joint venture between Cox and Kings, India and IRCTC. Whereas the train Maharajas Express was owned by the IRCTC, Cox in Kings was the operator of the rail tours as per the agreement. Recently IRCTC annulled the agreement due to the nonpayment of haulage charge which was contested by Cox and Kings. 

Howerver, the bench of the High Court also observed that for bookings made for the train journeys beyond December 2011, IRCTC will take over those bookings from Cox & Kings and will ensure that the train would complete the season, albeit under the supervision of IRCTC to ensure that the third party interest is also not going to suffer.

Nikhil Chandra

A savvy traveler and a part of Indian Luxury Trains (ILT) for last 2 years, Nikhil Chandra offers travel advice on a range of issues like when, where and how to travel along with advice on finding best deals and places for a perfect holiday. He is also the luxury travel feature writer for Indian Luxury Trais (ILT).

Posted on Jan 09, 2012

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  • Anand S Mishra Apr 25,2014 @ 10:14
    This is a very beautiful product and has edge over other luxury trains when comes to luxury in true sense in India but as we all know that only luxury cannot sustain unless the service and sanctity of what Palace on Wheels has been able to create amongsts her travelers who just ravish every thing even there is a bit of over toning when comes to defining luxury as per World's standard. over three decades, so successfully .Indeed, it requires a lot of experience and expertise to run a train and keep it sustainable for years on Indian tracks !! I think that thing was missing greatly in the Maharaja Express despite spending huge in marketing. There were lots of lacking in intial planning and strategizing. It is really a heart breaking for Incredible India!!!

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