Experience exclusivity by travelling in these super luxurious trains of India
“Exploring India through a train ride is an experience in itself. And the joy becomes multifold when it is to travel in one of the most luxurious trains of India. Let’s get to know more about such train rides in this post.”
Luxury Train Tour in India - Exploring India through a train ride is an experience in itself. And the joy becomes multifold when it is to travel in one of the most luxurious trains of India. Let’s get to know more about such train rides in this post.
Traveling through train in India is one of the most fascinating things. The reason because it offers an opportunity to get familiarized to diverse cultures and traditions of India in the most enchanting way. Considered among the largest railway system in the world, Indian Railways is certainly the aptest blend of speed, competence, comfort and affordable mode of travel. Extending their services to the Indian Locale without discrimination, Indian Railways plays a major role in driving the nation’s economy and making people move to new places. At the same time, Indian Railways is known to have some of the most luxurious trains of the world that give royalty a new meaning. Boast of the erstwhile era of kings, these trains take you on a tour to the royal culture of India and provide a chance to explore the many sides of India’s culture.
Let’s discover more about them below.
# Maharajas' Express
Owned and managed by IRCTC, Maharajas' Express is one of the most royal trains in India. It operates between October and April, covering nearly 12 destinations, primarily in the state of Rajasthan. While the fare for a Deluxe Cabin for one person is $3,850 (Rs. 2 lakh 80 thousand) for 4 days and 3 nights, it can go up to $12,900 in case of a Presidential Suite. The train offers a range of five itineraries between the months of September and April, which tends to provide unique experiences like meeting the members of the royal family, becoming a part of the elephant polo match in Jaipur, and discovering the temples of Khajuraho.
# Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Exhibiting more spacious cabins and outstanding interiors, this luxury train don a modern look with attached bathrooms & twin beds. There is an option to book Super Deluxe Cabins that come with queen size beds. There are 2 retro bar lounges, with a facility to service all the Passengers in one sitting. The guests can also opt for the facility of onboard ayurvedic spa by paying extra. The train departs from New Delhi on Sunday afternoon on a 7N/8D journey to Rajasthan.
It covers places like Jodhpur(Monday), Venice of the east-Udaipur & Chittorgarh Hillfort (on Tuesday); Ranthambhore forest & Pink city of Jaipur(on Wednesday); Kama sutra temples of Khajuraho(Thursday);Holy City of Varanasi & Sarnath (Friday) & Taj Mahal at Agra (Saturday) before returning to Delhi on next Sunday morning Cost towards Elephant ride & Cultural program in Jaipur; sound & light show at Chittorgarh; boat ride Udaipur lake; Jungle excursion to Ranthambhore Tiger reserve & Boat ride on Holy Ganges in Varanasi are all included in the train tour program The train operates from October to March annually.
# Palace on Wheels
Get exposed to a superlative degree of royal treatment while exploring India on wheels only at Palace on Wheels. The train takes you to the bygone era of royalty and luxury through a heritage tour of the majestic culture of Rajasthan. The royal train offers best-in-class facilities and services to its passengers who expect to get a lifetime experience on this train. From the well-appointed accommodation to lip-smacking food, mementos shop, spa therapy, and full-fledged bar, there is so much to indulge in. There is a ‘Khidmatgar’ (attendant) available at your service round the clock who is meant to help you with every need of yours.
# The Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot train journey is the most sought-after way to experience the best destinations of South India. In 2013, it was awarded ‘Asia’s leading luxury train’ at the World Travel Awards. The train boasts of all modern amenities for its travelers. The train is operated by the Indian Railways in co-operation with Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC). It covers all leading attractions of South India and allows you to enjoy the stunning views of various scenic landscapes. The two itineraries offered by the train provide you with great opportunity to discover the famous destinations of Southern India.
# The Deccan Odyssey
Based on the model of Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey is a luxury train owned by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. It offers six itineraries to some of the most celebrated travel destinations of India. The Deccan Odyssey train is comprised of 21 coaches in which 12 are passenger cars, one conference car, and two dining cars, 2 generator and luggage cars, 2 staff cars, 1 spa car, and 1 bar car. At one point of time, a total of 90 passengers can enjoy this royal ride together. While the other luxury trains cover only popular destinations, Deccan Odyssey takes you to unique destinations to give a different feel. So, even if you have traveled in luxury trains many times in India, your first time with Deccan Odyssey would feel entirely different.