First, the itineraries are hardcore and cover a distance, allowing you to see quite an abundance:
The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey [does a] seven night-eight day trip on Mumbai-Aurangabad-Ahmedabad-Udaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur-Bharatpur-Agra-Delhi circuit. The itinerary includes visit to Ellora Temple Caves, Ajanta Caves, City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir Palace, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and National Park, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Maharaja's Express...will offer two itineraries: a seven night-eight day trip through Mumbai-Vadodara-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Bikaner-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra-Delhi and back, and a six night-seven day trip across Delhi-Agra-Gwalior-Khajuraho-Bandhavgarh-Varanasi-Gaya-Kolkata, with an option of a reverse trip on the second itinerary.
Then, there's the matter of the service and plush comfort of the train. The Deccan Odyssey train's hospitality will be run by the Taj Hotel Group, who also manage such crazy luxe properties as The Pierre in New York. With amenities like this, it's no wonder that the Presidential Suite on board, per person per night, is starting from $950: "The presidential suite is almost a replica of a five-star hotel with a living area, a bedroom and a personalised washroom." How is the washroom "personalized," is what we'd like to know. Okay, that and who is going to book these tours. We're guessing rich Russians and the ever-present German tourist.
· Luxury Trains To Add A New Dimension To India's Tourism [Economic Times]
· India's Luxury Trains [Official Site]
· Train Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: The Luxury Trains]