The Indian Maharaja is loosely based on the Palace of Wheels and is a new and more luxurious version of the Deccan Odyssey.
It aimed at providing facilities and services of a five star hotel and has two restaurants, a bath and sauna, business centre, spa and gymnasium.
The coaches of the Deccan Odyssey were manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.
However, in 2004, the Maharashtra government shut operations of the Deccan Odyssey citing poor response. It was revived again in the following monsoon season.
This elegant train has twenty carriages, out which eleven cars are passenger cars. The train has two Presidential Suite cars that have two coupes per car.
Features include a conference car that is turned into a dance floor in the evenings. In addition, the train has two restaurant cars, a lounge and bar, and a spa car.
The Indian Maharaja has two restaurant cars which serve fine Indian and Continental cuisines. The train also has a conference room which can accommodate as many as fifty people at a time.
Furthermore, the facilities on board include a library, bar, music, Ayurvedic Massage Centre, Steam Bath, Gymnasium, beauty parlour and business centre.
Special suite for the physically handicapped, fully loaded mini pantry in each car, telephone in each saloon, television in each coach, plasma TV in each car, lounge in each passenger car are also available.
The interiors of the train are decorated with opulent decor and furnishings to give it a royal look. The train offer rich and lavish accommodation facilities.
Destinations Covered By The Indian Maharaja:
The destinations covered by the Indian Maharaja include Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Agra and New Delhi.
The Indian Maharaja has one or two departures per month, from November to April. The train starts on every Wednesday from Mumbai and takes its guests to destinations such as Aurangabad, Sawai Madhopur, Agra and Delhi.
The train also takes the reverse course and starts from Delhi every Wednesday and ends its journey in Mumbai.
During its reverse journey, it passes through the capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. In both routes, sightseeing in Delhi is involved.
The Indian Maharaja starts its weeklong journey from Mumbai every Wednesday and takes its guests to destinations such as Aurangabad, Sawai Madhopur, Agra and Delhi.
The train also takes the reverse course from Delhi and passes through Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat. Tourists can take back flights to their original destinations of return in the same train