Maharajas’ Express commences first Celestial India Tour

Maharajas’ Express, a pan-India super luxury train was flagged off recently by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee from Kolkata. Sultan Ahmed, Minister of State for Tourism and other ministers were also present on the occasion. The train is being operated by Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd (RIRTL), a Joint Venture between Cox & Kings (India) Ltd and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

As per the company release, the itineraries include the Celestial India Tour, the Classical India Tour (the Celestial India tour in the reverse with minor changes), The Princely India Tour (an eight-day itinerary that will follow the Mumbai-Vadodara-Udaipur-Jhodhpur-Bikaner-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra-Delhi route) and the Royal India Tour (the Princely India tour in the reverse with minor changes.

The cost per journey on the Princely India Tour and Celestial India Tour starts from USD 6,400 per person on twin-sharing basis to USD 20,000 in a Presidential Suite. The cost per journey on the Royal India Tour and Classical India Tour starts from USD 5,600 per person on twin-sharing basis to USD 17,500 in a Presidential Suite.

“Royal Rajasthan on Wheels” flagged off

JAIPUR: The “Royal Rajasthan on Wheels” train was flagged off from Safdarjung railway station in Delhi on Sunday for its first commercial trip this year with several new facilities for the passengers, such as satellite television, cultural programmes and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity, introduced on board.

According to an official release here, the luxury train has been booked to 40 per cent of its capacity and will run every week regularly till March 28 next year. The tourists aboard the train will be taken to more sites during the trip to the desert State and will get value for their money.

The release quoted the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Chairman and Managing Director Manjeet Singh as saying that passengers would remain connected with the rest of the world while on the move through Internet and would get the spa facility within the next four months. With a change planned in the luxury train’s route from the next tourist season, passengers will be taken to Varanasi and Khajuraho as well, besides covering the “golden triangle” of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. Mr. Singh said the new arrangement would ensure that tourists can see more sites that were not possible earlier.

The new route of the train will be Delhi-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Chittaurgarh-Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Agra and back to Delhi. Mr. Singh said the food would be served to the passengers at five star hotels at all these places as far as possible. Mr. Singh said the booking of passengers was likely to touch the figure of 1,500 during the current season, making up 60 per cent of the train’s capacity. The RTDC has also reduced the passenger fares for the train, which has the capacity to carry 82 persons in a trip.

Mr. Singh said the tourists would be taken deep inside the forest areas at places such as Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur and given a royal treatment. A special light and sound show will also be organised at Taj Mahal in Agra during their visit.