Fascinating Journey on the Maharaja Express Train

The Maharaja Express train is one of the most luxurious such railway services in the world, drawing inspiration from the lives of the Maharajas of India. From modern amenities to eco-friendly technologies, the elegant vehicle has a lot to offer. With each destination and tour, encompassing historical, natural and cultural sites, this world-class train introduces passengers to the rich heritage and vast geography of the nation. Listed below are the details of this legendary train that have made it popular among travellers.

Facilities

The rail-bound vehicle offers a royal journey to give people the taste of the lavish life of the Maharajas. It has 14 guest carriages, named after gemstones like blue sapphire, coral, diamond and turquoise. These carriages are divided into four categories – Deluxe Cabin, Suite, Junior Suite and Presidential Suite. Well appointed with modern amenities like king-size beds, LCD TVs, electronic safes, DVD players, hairdryers, air conditioners and Wi-Fi, these cabins provide a pleasant journey. The Maharaja Express train has two restaurants cars: Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal. With butlers and the elegance of the bygone era, the restaurants serve everything from Indian delicacies to global cuisine. Guests can also unwind with a variety of spirits and wines in Safari Bar. The lounge, named Rajah Club, is equipped with armchairs and games tables.

Itinerary

The luxury train offers five journeys or tour packages: Heritage of India, Treasures of India, Gems of India, Indian Panorama and Indian Splendour.  Each one of these introduces travellers to a unique aspect of the country, such as culture, wildlife and architecture. With these tour packages, globetrotters can explore the tales of chivalry, the mighty fortresses, and exquisite palaces. The Maharajas Express Heritage of India is an itinerary, which takes people from Mumbai to Delhi. This 8-day trip includes a tour of the medieval caves of Ajanta, palaces of Rajasthan and the majestic Taj Mahal. The journey also includes a trip to the Jaipur and Udaipur City Palaces, Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum, Jaswant Thada, Lalgarh Palace Museum, Junagarh Fort, Amber Fort and Ranthambore National Park.

Travellers, who want to explore the heritage and prominent attractions of the western part of the country in style, can opt for the Maharajas Express Heritage of India tour.

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3 Destination to Explore with Maharaja Express Luxury Train

As a traveller, if one wants to explore India and its universally famed attractions, then nothing can be a better option than to explore it by train. And in case, the travel is via Maharajas Express Luxury Train, surely the experience is going to hike in multiples. This train takes travellers on a royal journey to some of the best places of India in a kingly style, offering scenic views on its way. The service is offered on five routes and one of them is Maharajas Express Gems of India that takes to the three most popular destinations of the country.

Delhi

Delhi, the National Capital Territory (NCT), house several magnificent monuments, such as Red Fort, Qutb Minar and Humayun Tomb. It is a hub of diverse cultures, and people from multiple ethnicities reside here. The city is known, throughout the country, for its spicy street food and ample shopping opportunities at markets like Janpath and Sarojini Nagar. The NCT also has a fully distinctive face, Old Delhi, which is impressively standing and retaining its old charm.

Agra

Agra is home to several medieval-times edifices, including the ever-popular Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This white-domed mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, in the memory of his dear wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It would not be wrong to say that it the most iconic symbol of love. Other places to visit on this tour package are Agra Fort – another grand demonstration of Mughal times. The Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-Khas section of the fort are built by using white marbles and has intricate interiors. Apart from this, travellers can also visit Fatehpur Sikri or Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb.

Before heading to the next destination, travellers are taken on a thrilling safari in the majestic Ranthambore National Park.

Jaipur

A heritage city – Jaipur is the capital of Indian state of Rajasthan. Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur has left a great impact on international travellers with its architectural masterpieces like Amer Fort, City Palace and Hawa Mahal. While on the tour to this city, travellers are offered to see the elephant polo match. They can also try golfing at Rambagh Golf Club and go on a shopping spree, which are provided optionally in Maharajas Express Luxury Train tour package.

Enjoying the Ultimate Luxury Holidays in India on-board Maharaja Express

Luxury Holiday in India

Luxury Holiday in India

Those who wish to enjoy luxury holidays in India can take a trip on any of the numerous tourist trains of the country. The Maharaja Express is one such train that is gaining immense popularity among holidaymakers. Started in March 2010, this rail-service has gained widespread acclaim for its on-board luxury factor and the route and cities that it goes through. It offers 5 separate itineraries and takes visitors to western, northern and central parts of India. Starting from Delhi, it goes through Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ranthambore, Lucknow, Varanasi, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Fatehpur Sikri, Orchha, Mumbai, Ajanta and Balasinor with its various packages. The train has 23 coaches out of which 14 are for guests, 2 each for staff, generators, restaurants, bars and 1 for kitchen.

Accommodation

There are four classes in the train and the coaches, housing them, are named after precious stones. The 5 coaches, carrying the Deluxe Cabins, are named as Katela, Hakik, Firoza, Beruz and Pitoniya, comprising total 20 cabins. Junior Suite Coaches, numbering 6, are named as Moti, Panna, Manik, Gomed, Moonga and Pukhraj and they have 18 suites. The 2 Suite coaches are called Heera and Neelam and each of them consists 2 suites, all equipped with double beds. Offering the most luxurious of experiences is the Navratna Presidential Suite coach. The common amenities, offered to everyone are LCD TVs with DVD players, Wi-Fi connection, phones with direct local and long-distance dialling, electronic safes, wardrobes and individually-controlled air-conditioning. Apart from these, bath amenities such as shower cubicles, hot and cold water, wash basins, bathrobes, slippers, hair-dryers and toiletries are also available to everyone. The higher travelling classes come with more amenities, including writing desks, armchairs, side tables, bath tubs, bath salts, sofa and mini-bars.

Dining

Rang Mahal

Rang Mahal

The train has 2 carriages dedicated to dining and each houses one restaurant with a seating capacity of 42 persons, each. Named Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal, these restaurants provide passengers with fine-dining experience with double or quadruple seating options. People can choose from a range of Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes with foreign and domestic liquors on complimentary basis. An entire carriage acts like a full-service kitchen dishing out these delicious and beautifully plated dishes to travellers, dining in both restaurant cars. Mayur Mahal has a pre-dominantly golden and green colour-theme and two golden sculptures of the said bird are in the front. It has a wooden floor, ornately decorated ceilings, lamps and windowpanes and gold-plated crockery. The Rang Mahal restaurant, though plainly decorated is equally grand in its ambience. Golden ceiling, well-laid red carpet along the length of the floor and bright red curtains truly create a royal atmosphere.

Bar and Lounge

Visitors, availing holiday tour packages in India with Maharaja Express, may also enjoy at the bar or at the lounge. The Rajah Club and Safari Bar cars have comfortable sofas and chairs and offer a range of alcoholic beverages. Both have libraries as well as games such as Poker and Carom for guests to enjoy and unwind. The Maharaja Express has been ranked among the top luxury trains of the world, which testifies to its plush services and over-the-top journey that it takes tourists on.

Celebrating Pahan Charhe on Nepal Tours

On Nepal tours, among the greatest festivals to be a part of, is Pahan Charhe. The festival, also called Pasa Charhe, is celebrated with a lot of revelry, especially in Kathmandu, the national capital. Its occurrence is fixed according to the lunar calendar; hence, its date in the Gregorian calendar is variable. During the celebrations, a lot of rituals and activities take place and treating loved ones with lavish dinners is the most significant of all. The 14th day of the first fortnight of the fifth month of the Nepali calendar is when the fanfare begins.

Celebrations

The first day begins by offering prayers to Luku Mahadyah, an aspect of Lord Shiva. His idol is generally sunk in the ground in dirty corners. Offerings of meat, wine and the flowers of rapeseed and radish, the latter two symbolising silver and gold, respectively are made to it. In the evening and through the night, a mask dance known as Nyatamaru Ajima Pyakhan is performed on city-streets, where the masks represent various deities. Day 2 is when the most important and most-attended ceremonies take place. Portable shrines of seven mother goddesses, namely Lumadhi, Kanga, Mhaypi, Takati, Mayti, Yatamaru and Bachhala are paraded near their respective shrines. While this happens, numerous horse races are organised by the Nepali Army in the parade ground in Tundikhel. In the evening, all these shrines are hauled by devotees on their shoulders, who bring them to the Tundikhel ground, accompanied by musical bands. Their arrival is symbolised by processions of revellers, who hold fire-torches in their hands.

The last day involves similar processions and parades, with the band members wearing caps, with their colours, representing their locality within the city. As these portable shrines or palanquins pass through the streets, people from their houses above them, throw rice crepes, called chatamari. This bringing together of the palanquins, symbolises the meeting of the goddesses, who according to popular lore, are sisters. If travellers attend this festival with their holiday tour packages to Nepal, they will get to hear seasonal Newari songs with a melancholic feel. Those, who want to witness the celebrations of this colourful festival, can visit Nepal in the month of March.

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