I was curious and keen to board this train. It is officially described as the India's answer to the Orient Express which again is described by couture specialist Vanity Fair Magazine as the train against which all other luxury train are measured.
The journey on board Maharajas Express promises to unravel the varied tapestry of this majestic landscape. Music, dance and cheerful ladies adorning us with garlands and applying vermillion mark on our forehead as we walked the red carpet mark the ceremonial entrance, a traditional Indian welcome on board the Maharajas Express.
First impression is an important one and for sure I was Impressed. Was I wrong?
Here's the summary of my trip
This train certainly is a cut above other cruise trains in India in terms of comfort and elegance and even comparable to the top luxury trains plying in different part of the globes.
The train is unarguably luxury with facilities such as LCD TV, internet connectivity, comfortable beds, suave restros and bar and well equipped bathrooms.
Destinations covered are truly regal and itinerary which includes not only traveling to royal forts and palaces but meeting and dining with the descendants of erstwhile princes themselves captures a variety of experiences.
The restaurants and bar on board the train is truly 5* when it comes to decor and service offered by the staff and even the variety of cuisines and yes you can savor some mouth watering delicacies prepared by master chefs.
Dining during off train excursion are great and mostly in 5 star heritage hotel. Taj Lake Palace definitely gets a thumbs up.
The fellow travelers gathered from around the globe were another interesting element of the journey so that I couldn't even open the book I was carrying.
Collection of wine and beer is limited and Indian drinks can really give you a culture shock and for foreign brand of liquors and wine you'll have to cough up extra bucks.
Sleeping is the most difficult task but way improved as compared to other cruise trains out here.
The shopping part in œrecommended shops still remains the major dampener of cruise train journey in India.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I definitely do but mind you it's one of the costliest train journeys in the world. What you get is slice of royal forts & palaces, wildlife adventure, camel safari, elephant polo as well as a cultural excursion to village of Bishnois considered to be oldest living environmentalist. If you are short on time not money then this luxury cruise is crafted just for you.