The Maharajas’ Palace is a purpose-built luxury train, designed to be India’s answer to the Orient Express. And, it compares favourably. Suffused with opulent touches, it allows passengers to glimpse a bygone era of elegant touring that is redolent of the romance of the Indian Maharajas. It is said that you can encounter a different India every one hundred miles and, on the carefully constructed signature journeys, you will enjoy a tasteful blend of heritage, culture and exclusive insider experiences, allowing you to gain real insight into this most fascinating of countries.
During the day, meals are served in one of two elegant dining cars, distinguished from one another by the different décor. Look out for the peacock feather patterns on the high-backed chairs and mirrored mosaic tiles of Mayur Mahal or the rich cream and red colourings of Rang Mahal, which are complemented by a hand-painted fresco ceiling. In both you will enjoy a culinary adventure, conjured up in the on-board kitchens. Table d’hote meals are included in the fare, although you can also order a la carte. Either before or after your meal, settle into the Rajah Club lounge or take a seat in the Safari Bar car to catch up with fellow passengers, swap stories about the day’s sightseeing and toast your travels with expertly prepared cocktails.
Sleeping cars have up to just four cabins per carriage, meaning that each is unusually roomy, especially when you consider the wide Indian track gauge. You can even have a whole carriage to yourself, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with a bath) and your own private lounge.