In India the rail network is an important part of daily life. It is ranked second in the world for the sheer size of it. Usually the 14 million people who travel by train are squashed into carriages with bars at the windows or they travel on the roof. This train opens up a whole new world. This train is where the passengers are pampered whilst feasting their eyes on the changing scenery. The train totally cocoons its travellers from the outside world.
This is a journey to recapture the travel of the maharajahs. By taking this train tour you follow the epic journey of the Viceroy of India. You will travel 2,300km from Mumbai through Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Bharatpur, and Varanasi to Siliguri in the far east. From here you travel by steam train to Darjeeling and on to Kolkata This route has opened thanks to the hard work of GW Travel, the rail journey experts behind the Trans-Siberian Express, negotiating terms with Indian diplomats.
The train has two dining carriages, business centre, seating area with televisions, sleeping carriages with en-suite cabins and a spa car which includes a steam room and gym. There are also thirty eight staff who are there to ensure you have everything you desire.
The journey begins in the Victorian Mumbai Terminus that is over 150 years old. The train staff are dressed in traditional Maharashtran peshwar tunics and the greeting you receive from them gives you a brief glimpse of the service you will receive on the journey. Scarlet mats are placed at your feet whilst garlands are hung around your neck. A fantastic start to an unforgettable journey.