If you’ve ever been to India, the words train ride and luxury are oxymoronic. Indeed, train rides in India are more akin to third-world suffering than just about any train ride in the world. They’re hot, sweaty, laced with people and toilets flush directly onto the tracks… even at the station. But get that smell out of your head, ‘cause Indian tracks will now experience rolling decadence unseen since the age of Indian Royalty – Maharaja.
Romantics have often said that India is best explored by train, and now it’s true. Welcome aboard the The Indian Maharaja, a new private luxury railcar offering cinematically lavish tours of northern India. Well-appointed understates the plush interiors and extravagant cuisine of this memorable journey machine. Welcome aboard! It’s pulling out of station as you read this, most likely flush with a flock of hip travelers like you who know a good thing when they see it.
Specifically, an on-board spa and enough wine to keep you sated for the duration of your tour across northern India’s finest attractions. Outside your climate-controlled, rolling hotel room, lays an unpredictable vista of beauty, history and even a few unusually friendly tigers, courtesy of Ranthambore National Park.
Red sandstone ghost towns, 10th century fortresses and endless subcontinent picturesque glory are a few of the marvels you’ll roll through on this week-long odyssey of Orient-Express enormity. It’s a mesmerizing tour of the vast expanse of Maharashtra, covering Mumbai, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Modhopur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi.
In fact, this pimp ride offers everything you expect from a continental hotel, yet it’s all miraculously suspended above rails and set loose on the subcontinent. That means you’ll be able to take in a steam bath, get a quick rubdown courtesy of the onboard masseuse, or (in case of emergency) send a few emails without stepping off the train.
And, more importantly, you’ll be bedding down in a bona fide hotel room instead of a sleeper car, decked out with a full bed, a minibar and a butler to bring you whatever you can’t find in the room….
Which is endless considering the environment. None to fret –exotic daytrips off tracks entice, including one that lets you tackle the countryside while riding a camel.
Don’t stare it in the mouth.
The Indian Maharaja, departing Nov 18, 877-904-6342