MAHARAJAS IN TRAINING

Welcome aboard, madam.

Welcome aboard, madam.


We’re doing this trip in considerable style on the Maharajas Express Heritage of India tour.

To be honest, I didn’t know such luxury trains existed. I assumed that the best available would be First Class, which in India may not mean much other than getting a seat to yourself, with your private cockroach swatter dangling above you.

This train is more like we imagine the Orient Express to have been, in the mythical good old days when extremely rich people could get murdered on it.

The red carpet was rolled out for us in Mumbai, and we had only to hop across the little local sewer to step onto it. We were garlanded with marigolds, sprinkled with rose petals and had coloured dots pressed onto our foreheads and drinks pressed into our hands.

From that moment on we’ve been treated like maharajas and we’re starting to get used to it.

The train is a five star hotel on wheels.

Fine dining three times a day, if not more.

Fine dining three times a day, if not more.

No sleeping on the roof for us.

No sleeping on the roof for us.

If it sounds a little staid and formal, it’s not. “Indian Night” loosened things up considerably, once we’d become used to the costumes.

Will you ever catch us wearing these outfits again?

Will you ever catch us wearing these outfits again?

There's not a lot of room to dance in a train corridor...

There’s not a lot of room to dance in a train…

...but after a strawberry daquiri or two the atmosphere was relaxed.

…but after a strawberry daiquiri or two the atmosphere became more relaxed.

Of course, a glance out the window at any moment reminds us of the absurdly privileged life we’re leading, and not only for this week.

It's attractive to look at, but living there may not be as appealing.

It’s very attractive to look at through double glazing, but living there may not be as appealing.

Fellow passengers wait for their train at Fatehpur Sikri.

Fellow travellers wait for their train at Fatehpur Sikri.

Trips on the Maharajas Express can be organised through Railbookers.com.au

The writer was the guest of Railbookers.

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11 responses to “MAHARAJAS IN TRAINING

  1. Ina

    I think I would have liked India a lot more if I could have travelled like that. I do feel a tiny bit jealous…… love your photos. Excellent stuff .

  2. Robert & Lynn Medina

    Wow!! Great to see you both tripping in style.

  3. oooh fun! (and strawberry daquiris do have that magic about them.)

  4. That bedroom is so sumptuous, much better than mine at home. Love your outfits.

  5. Pingback: WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: (accidental) selfie, Rajasthan | Richard Tulloch's LIFE ON THE ROAD

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