Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of Indian Railways, has introduced Wedding on Wheels package aboard The Maharajas’ Express luxury train. A week-long extravaganza journey will merge both wedding festivities with the experience of traversing through Incredible India. Aimed at the uber rich, who want to give their guests a unique taste of India along with all the glitz and glamour of a desi wedding, an officer from IRCTC said, “There will be the best of everything, managed by experts to make it one of the most memorable events for the bride, groom and their families. We are finalising the finer details and will launch these packages on demand.We are hoping it’s a huge success.”
Couples and wedding planners will be able to customise different wedding packages on offer from IRCTC. They can choose luxury or semi-luxury coaches, travel circuits, food, number of guests, and decoration. Spas and saunas too will be available for the real luxury-seekers. Cost will depend on the facilities used.
The train has 24 coaches fitted with 43 guest cabins – 20 deluxe, 18 junior suites, four suites and one presiden tial suite.
The general fare per person for the eight-day Heritage of India tour which travels from Mumbai to Delhi through Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Agra starts at $6,840 (approx Rs 4.5 lakh) and goes up to $23,700 (Rs 15.8 lakh) for the presidwedding, ential suite.
There are other locations covered in other packages like the Indian Panorama tour that starts and ends in the Capital, taking passengers through Jaipur, Agra, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Lucknow.