India’s rapid ascent to tourism stardom has been acknowleged by the record number of local brands nominated in this year’s World Travel Awards. Companies in with a chance of picking up the highest accolade in travel and tourism include the Indian Maharaja for “Asia’s Leading Luxury Train”, and the Taj Lake Palace for “Asia’s Leading Resort”.
Sitting precariously on the roofs of trains may be an iconic image of travelling across India, but now the country is poised to make its mark in the luxury rail market with a new “Palace on Wheels”. Equipped with LCD TVs, panoramic windows and WiFi, the new Maharajas’ Express promises to make the journey from Kolkata to Delhi an experience fit for royalty.
India will fall under the sporting spotlight in October when Delhi hosts the 19th Commonwealth Games. With seven months before the opening ceremony, Breaking Travel News takes a look at preparations for the event. Mike Starling reports