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Indian Maharaja Train

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Indian Maharaja Train

we have booked the 11 day trip on this train in October 2010. Has anyone done this journey and can we have any info re the trip. The train looks fantastic and as we will be on the train for 9 nights what is the dress code for day and evening and especially for the gala dinner evening at one of the Taj hotels. Any tips or info would be very helpful.

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I guess you're booked on the newly furbished Deccan Odyssey that is now going to North India. If you type Deccan Odyssey in the Search Box you'll find past posts on the train itself. I filmed the train for a TV-show and spoke to several guests, this was a couple of years ago, when the Deccan Odyssey was doing a different route, but everyone seemed quite happy with the trip and the train itself looked great. October is a good month for travelling, it is still quite hot in the afternoons in many places. The locations that the Indian Maharaja is going to - Delhi / Agra / Ranthambhore / Jaipur / Udaipur / Ajanta and Ellora / Mumbai are each quite different from the other, so there is significant variety and beauty in the trip. These trains see a wide variety of dressing styles; mostly during the days people dress informally, and then in the evenings some people like to dress up a bit, but there are no rules.

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The Indian Maharaja is operated by TCI (Travel Corporation of India) which is one of the leading travel companies in India.....and I have net people who have been on the Indian Maharaja and have heard great reviews about it.....they do not have a very large capacity (max of 80 people)....and have the best possible modern amenities in the train.....

I would highly recommend it......TCI is using some of the best experts in the region to escort the tours.....I am sure you will have a great trip....

Happy Traveling......

Sunil

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Hi

I've recently been on the Indian Maharaja from Delhi to Mumbai routing and it was simply wonderful.

Dress code (as you've been advised below) is light and casual during the day.

We were travelling in December and a fleece was DEFINITELY required (and hat or earmuffs) for the early morning game drive in Ranthambore - surprisingly cold! Perhaps October won't be quite so crisp but best be warned!

In the evenings, everyone on the train tended to freshen up, shower and change clothes into what is best described as 'smart casual' for drinks in the bar and/or dinner.

On the evening of the gala dinner in Udaipur, dress was a little smarter - gentlemen tended to wear a slightly smarter pair of trousers with smart shirt (open at the neck - NO ties). Some men also wore jackets. Ladies wore skirts or dresses or evening trouser with a blouse or top with a bit of sparkle. Basically you are eating in the Durbar hall of a palace so everyone dressed up a little to be more in keeping with the superb surroundings.

Have a fantastic time! I'm sure you will...

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We are going on the Indian Maharaja next month, can anyone let us know about strage space in the cabin and what happens to luggage in general?

Thanks

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Hi,

We are also thinking of booking in Oct 2010 (but we may already be too late)

Anyway, what age groups are typically taking this trip. We are in our early thirties and was hoping is is not only retired people on the trip

Thanks for any responce

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Hi

When you check in you are given a boarding pass, itinerary details and your luggage is taken from you and labelled with your name and the carriage name in which you will be travelling. Your luggage is then loaded on the bus that will take you to the train station.

You will next see your luggage on the train station platform - overseen by members of the Indian Maharaja team. You may be asked to identify your luggage again before it is loaded into your train carriage. From there your butler will take it to your room. There is stowage space for your bags under the beds and, as typical of train carriages, minimal hanging space so I'd advise only take a few things each to hang up!

Just as a reminder, on the day you check in, it is likely you will be doing some touring (for example, when we went on it, check in was at about 10am (from memory) and we did a full day tour of Delhi (including lunch, etc) prior to boarding the train) So keep your touring essentials handy - rather than putting them in your suitcase... (cameras, wallet, etc) Bottled water is supplied on the bus.

Security: In your room on the train there is a small safe. A laptop wouldn't fit in it but it's ideal for passports, any jewellery, camera, etc... We were very pleased with the security on board the train - as were our fellow passengers - many of whom had brought laptops and other valuable gadgets with them. (There are power points for chargers, laptops, etc)

Your butler holds the keys to all the rooms in your carriage and he will lock your room after you when you go to meals or out on tour.... and of course, let you in again when you get back.

At various times you will be out in an air conditioned car or coach. Again, we felt safe leaving belongings in the vehicle at times as the driver (and co-driver) are in the vehicle at all times for security purposes.

Have a great time!

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Hi

About the age groups... we had a wide variety on board which was great. The eldest people on board were in their 50's, maybe early 60's at most - I would estimate that there were only about 6 people in this age group aboard and they were very charming and a couple in particular, great fun. The rest of the passengers ranged from late 20's to 40's - majority being 30 & 40-somethings (I'm in this category). There were three children on board aged 9, 12 and 13. The passengers came from all over the world - we had Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, and UK represented.

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Thank you very much, we had visions of our luggage being separated from us in the train but from what you say it will remain with us - even fairly large siutcases?

It is so useful to get replies like yours. Once again, thanks.

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- Yes - largish suitcases are fine... I was in a twin bedded berth (in Silver Class) and could fit my large suitcase underneath one bed without any difficulty ... and some shoes too... very helpful in a small space if you are someone like me who is naturally messy and genetically predisposed to travelling with too much luggage and buying more en route!

Have a great time!

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Thank you for the information, it is very helpful.