Fancy spending your time in India like a Maharaja? Take a break from travelling on a shoestring budget to have a ritzy experience and bring out the bon vivant in you.
We aren’t royalty, but we sure can live like one – well, at least when travelling in India! Below is our value-for-money guide on spoiling yourself and living the lavish lifestyle of Indian sophistication.
Yes, you can travel like a king too, with the fleet of luxury trains in India.
Our favourite ‘cruise train’ is the new Maharajas’ Express, which The Telegraph dubbed as “a world of red carpets, high teas with Maharajas and elephant polo”. You will be entranced by its beautiful royal setting, with the arched ceilings, ornate hand-painting decorations, and gold-trimmed plates in its restaurants. You also get your own butler, and sommeliers are readily available on-board.
Other popular posh picks we like are The Indian Maharaja, the first-class Palace on Wheels, and The Golden Chariot.
Still not feeling like royalty? India has other pursuits to accompany opulent palace life.
Go tiger-spotting at Ranthambore National Park to see the majestic predators as well as other wildlife like leopard, hyena, deer, peacocks, and eagles. Visit the Elephant Festival in Jaipur to look at the extravagantly decorated elephants, or indulge yourself in a rejuvenating Ayurveda massage or the performing arts – check out the Ghoomar folk dance from Udaipur. You can even go boating at Lake Pichola in Udaipur or Ana Sagar Lake in Ajmer, for a panoramic view and some tranquil.
Here’s to having a royally good time in India!