China’s new breed of luxury traveller

China is also growing exponentially in their inbound and outbound tourism sector.



Robert Upe writing in The Sydney Morning Herald says rich Chinese tourists are likely to own three cars and four watches and their leisure preferences, after travelling, include reading, tea-tasting, driving and spending time with family – in that order. They also like karaoke and foot massages.

The interesting statistics he quotes come from the  latest research from luxury publishing group, Hurun Report, released at Shanghai’s annual International Luxury Travel Market this week.

The Hurun profile of wealthy Chinese travellers says there are 600 billionaires in China and 2.8 million millionaires, measured in US dollars.Upe says their favourite hotel chain is the Shangri-La and when they shop – which is often – they clamour for high-end French brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, and Cartier – possibly why France is at the top of their list of preferred overseas luxury destinations.

They are helping drive the top end of the tourist market…

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Maharajas Express Luxury Train

Maharajas Express Luxury Train

The Mayur Mahal restaurant with unique theme decor and capacity to seat 42 guests is one of the in-house restaurant cars in the world’s leading luxury train.


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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Lounge

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Lounge

The luxury version of Palace on Wheels train is Royal Rajasthan on Wheels train that departs from Delhi and covers Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ranthabore, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi, coming back to Delhi.

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Luxury Train – The Palace on Wheels

Luxury Train - The Palace on Wheels

The passenger coaches which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These coaches were not being used by the Indian Railways after independence in normal passenger trains on account of very rich and traditional interiors.

The name “Palace-on-Wheels” (POW) was derived from its royal back-ground of the coaches & first introduced in 1982. A new meter gauge air conditioned Palace-on-Wheels was introduced in 1990 & had 13 Saloons, 2 Restaurant cum Kitchen car, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 Service Cars. In order to further increase the amenities on the train and due to over all gauge conversion in the state, a new broad gauge Palace-on-Wheels has been constructed. & has been running since 1995. It’s 14 Saloons are inter-connected, the interior matching the aesthetics of the royal states. The cabins of each saloon name attached with showers.The train also has a well appointed lounge, library, bar & dining cars.

In the past 20 years of operations, the Palace-on-Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten luxurious rail journeys in the world.

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Kashmir – Dal Lake

Kashmir - Dal Lake

We offer add on packages with our luxury trains so you get a greater essence of our spicy Indian mixture.

A lot of topographies, and very little time.
Cultures within a culture. The journey echos and rhymes.

The Himalayas beckon. Answer their call.


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Luxury Train – Maharajas Express Crew Members

The Maharaja Train Tours are conceptualized as for providing a taste of personal hospitality while traveling in a Group. The guests re-live the Traditional Indian Hospitality during the tour. 

At the time of check-in, the guests are personally escorted to their Passenger Carriages and the butlers are available round the clock for the tea/coffee services in your cabins/sleeping chambers. These butlers are also responsible for the cleanliness of your chambers during the entire journey. Any specific diet request or special need of yours can also be conveyed to the Train Tour Manager through these butlers.

The Bar Lounge is manage by a supervisor & two attendants.
There is a Supervisor & three stewards in each dining saloon.
The On-board Kitchen is managed by Head Chef & his team of cooks.
The Spa treatments & laundry services are outsourced to private company & can be availed on prior request, on direct payment basis
The Railway Engine is diesel/electric based & operated by staff of Indian Railways.

For sightseeing tours, the total members are divided into groups of 25-30 persons & each group is accompanied by an English speaking guide. In addition, An Assistant Train Tour Manager also accompanies the Group for all excursions & sightseeing tours.

The Train Tour Manager can usually be contacted through Bar Supervisor.



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Indian Luxury Train – Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Indian Luxury Train - Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

The Super Deluxe Cabin aboard the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.
It follows a similar itinerary to the Palace on Wheels.
It was originally created several years ago, to be a luxury version of The Palace on Wheels.
Priced at USD 1050 per day for a 7N/8D journey,
that starts and ends at New Delhi, covering Jaipur, Jodhpur, Agra, Udaipur, Ranthabhore and other destinations.
The season is from October- March every year.

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Golden Chariot Train – Lounge Bar coach

Golden Chariot Train - Lounge Bar coach

India’s first PAN South Indian luxury train.

Places Covered: Bangalore – Chennai – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Thiruvananthapuram – Backwaters & Kochi / Allepey – Bangalore

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Indian Luxury Train – Maharajas’ Express

Indian Luxury Train - Maharajas' Express

The Presidential Suite: One of the world’s most expensive luxury train cabin, starting at USD 3000 per day.
Cabin Area: 448 Sq. feet
Two bedrooms, two attached bathrooms (one with bath tub),
a living cum dining room.
Capacity: 4 people

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The Golden Chaiot Luxury Train, India


The Palace on Wheels of South India- Golden Chariot Train tour has been rated by Vanity Fair, U.K. amongst the top seven train journeys in the world. It is a luxury train appointed with the finest facilities that takes you on a journey truly unique and memorable.

A 7N/8D itinerary includes
Day 01 : MON : Bangalore Depart
Day 02 : TUE : Drive From Mysore / Kabini – Overnight Stay
Day 03 : WED Morning : Mysore Palace & Srirangapatna Fort
Day 03 : WED Afternoon : Mysore
Day 04 : THURS Morning : Gomateswara Hill Monolith
Day 04 : THURS Afternoon : Belur & Halebid
Day 05 : FRI : HAMPI – UNESCO World Heritage Site Day 06 : SAT : UNESCO World Heritage Site of Badami and Pattadakal
Day 7 : Sun : GOA Churches & Golden Beaches
Day 8 : Mon : BANGALORE Return

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