Maharaja Express, a new luxury coach will be inaugurated by Indian Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee on March 20, 2010. She will flag off Maharaja Express from Kolkata station. For the next six days and seven nights, the train will go to
Maharaja Express is a joint venture between Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Cox and Kings India Ltd. The Maharajas’ Express will have 88 passengers and they will enjoy all the facilities. All food and drinks are complementary. An official said:
The initial runs are familiarisation trips for the tour operators. Once they are satisfied with the service, they will sell the idea to their clients. Remember, there is a three-month waiting period for the Palace on Wheels. This train will be much more luxurious. We are sure that it will be a very successful venture,”
The operators are targeting tourists. For a deluxe cabin, the charge is $800 per person per day. The Presidential Suite costs $2500.
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