MUMBAI – India’s most luxurious tourist train started its maiden journey from an eastern city on Saturday evening.
The train , which is called “Maharajas Express,” launched at Kolkata station at 10:10 pm by Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, Indian media reported on Saturday evening.
For the coming six days and seven nights, the train will stop at six stations before reaching the destination of New Delhi.It will be a unique pan-Indian tour, and tourists could visit many famous destinations, such as heritage cities and wild forests , where visitors may have the opportunity of a glimpse of tigers, said Banerjee.
The train only carry 88 passengers in 23 well-decorated carriages, which are equipped with individual temperature control systems, environment-friendly toilets, live TV sets, DVD players, internet and direct dial telephones, and all food and drinks are complimentary, according to the report.There are four categories of carriages—junior suite for US$800 per person per day, deluxe cabin for US$900, suite for US$1400 and the Presidential Suite for US$2500.
The new move created history in Indian railways, and will promote the development of the tourism industry, the minister said.