Experience Indian Tourism With the Maharajas’ Express Train
The Maharajas’ Express Train has been initiated, owned and operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). It is a luxurious tourist train that runs on 5 circuits and covers more than 12 destinations across North-West and Central India. Its journeys are mainly centralized in and around Rajasthan and they take place between the months of October and April. It is a once-in-a-lifetime luxury train journey to slow travel through India. The express is suitable for both solo tripping and a family trip.
While this express caters to its guests in a luxurious way, the regular Indian trains are just the opposite. The Indian Railways is the fourth largest railway network and is also owned by the IRCTC. It is not a luxury train because it caters to millions of people on a daily basis who regularly mobilize because of their job ventures and not for holidaying in luxury.
Here are the ways in which the Maharajas’ Express Train is different from the regular Indian Railways.
Accommodation And Availability:
The Maharajas’ Express conducts 5 wonderful journeys at once and is available throughout the year with fixed dates of departure. They provide personal carriages. 14 guest carriages allow Accommodation and the total passenger capacity is of 84 people.
The Indian Railways run over 14,300 trains daily with a daily ridership of 30 million passengers. The trains are available every day and have a set routine for fixed arrivals and departures. There are no personal carriages.
For the Maharajas’ Express, people are escorted to their spacious suites in a true Maharaja style. Each spacious car has been named after a precious gem and each coach has a personal alley to attend to its guests complete with contemporary amenities and impeccable service surely a cut above five-star luxury. The guests are allotted with a special Maharajas’ Express private butler and the Express consists of an onboard paramedic doctor 24*7.
While the “guests” at the aforementioned express enjoy certain facilities, the same cannot be said about the regular railways as there is no special catering facility provided by the authorities, “passengers” help themselves and each bogie is numbered.
The Maharajas’ Express features two cars entirely dedicated to gourmet dining. They are named as the Rang Mahal and the Mayur Mahal. Their cutlery is customized carefully with gold and hand-cut crystals with a monogrammed letter M. they provide a variety of food choices like vegan meals, lactose-free meals, non-vegetarian meals, Jain meals and the like.
On the other hand, Indian Railways provide food of lower quality when compared with steel or plastic plates and containers. This difference is naturally because they cater to a million people daily and cheap food prices that are affordable by all. Food is provided only by one Pantry car available in every train which is not the dining area but where cooking and delivering takes place which happens within half an hour and one hour. Food of better quality can be found in other expresses like Shatabdi, Rajdhani or Duronto, but then again they fail to match the luxury of the Maharaja.
The Maharajas’ Express train has leisure amenities such as television, Wi-Fi, pneumatic suspension, bar, lounge, eco-friendly attached bathrooms, and souvenir shops. Larger cabins have roll-top baths and spacious sitting rooms.
On the other hand, the regular Indian trains do not provide any of these facilities.
Maharajas’ Express Train Type Of Accommodation:
For the Maharajas’ Express, guests staying in the suites enjoy the extra luxury of a well-stocked minibar and an elegant bathtub. On discovering the glorious train, one can find out that there are various cabin classes to choose from – the deluxe cabin, junior suite, suite, and presidential suite.
• Each deluxe opulent car consists of four double bed cabins with attached baths.
• The junior suite cars, on the other hand, consist of three spacious double bed cabins and a cozy sitting area.
• Each suite car consists of two sprawling suits with separate living and bedroom areas.
• The Presidential suite is exceptionally grand with its two bedrooms, a large living room, and a cozy bathtub. The ceiling is decorated with striking starlight which adds a gorgeous twinkle to the magnificent sweet saloon.
For the regular Indian Railways, there are no special cabins except that of sleeper classes, AC bogies, and the general bogies.
IRCTC introduced five new journeys in the year of 2012. Two are of them are short-term tours of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra) and the rest of the three are week-long voyages.
Treasures of India: it covers destinations from Delhi to Agra to Ranthambore to Jaipur to New Delhi. The entire journey takes about 3 nights and 4 days.
Gems of India: it covers destinations from Delhi to Agra to Ranthambore to Jaipur to New Delhi. The entire journey takes about 3 nights and 4 days.
Heritage of India: it covers destinations from Mumbai to Ajanta to Udaipur to Jodhpur to Bikaner to Jaipur to Ranthambore to Agra to New Delhi. The entire journey takes about 7 nights and 8 days.
Indian Panorama: it covers destinations from Delhi to Jaipur to Jodhpur to Ranthambore to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra to Gwalior to Orchha to Khajuraho to Varanasi to Lucknow to Delhi. The entire journey takes about 9 nights and 10 days.
The Indian Splendour: it covers destinations from Delhi to Agra to Ranthambore to Jaipur to Bikaner to Jodhpur to Udaipur to Balasinor to Mumbai. The entire journey takes about 7 nights and 4 days.
The Indian railways have regular journeys and they are usually long-distance ones. Short-term ones are also available.
The train’s heart lies at the “Rajah Club” a tastefully appointed lounge – a perfect place to spend an idyllic evening. It also houses a fascinating boutique of Indian artifacts and crafts for the discerning shopper.
Both these types of railways run by the IRCTC are unique in their own ways and functionalities. Not one is dominant over the other solely because of the fact that they differ in priorities, the functions they discharge and the rates.