Holiday season is knocking the door and what’s better than Indian railways to help you explore the mainland. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India offers a rich bouquet of diversity which can be best experienced by travelling through luxury trains which helps to explore such diversity with a royal touch.
Indian railway operates a number of luxury trains which cater to various tourist circuits throughout India.
Five Best luxury trains in India
1. Palace on Wheels
The “Palace on Wheels” is a luxury tourist train. It was launched by the Indian Railways association with Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to promote tourism in Rajasthan. Palace On Wheels is the best Royal Indian Train and world’s 4th best luxury train. The cruise train has 14 salons named after provinces of Rajasthan, two Restaurant named as Maharaja Restaurant and Maharani Restaurant, There are 14 coaches in the train. Each is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past: Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur. Each coach has four cabins with other world class facilities like exotic bar, Spa, Live TV, internet connectivity.
Tour: 50 Thousand to 5 lakh per person per Journey
Palace on Wheels: 8 Days to 13 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi-Jaipur- Udaipur- Swai Madhopur- Chittorgarh- Jaisalmer- Jodhpur- Bharatpur- Agra-Delhi.
Bookings on : http://www.palaceonwheels.net
2. Maharaja’s Express
The Maharajas Express is a joint venture of IRCTC and it is the most expensive luxury train in the world. It runs on 5 circuits covering more than 12 destinations across North-West and Central India, mainly centred on Rajasthan between the months of October to April. It is equipped with world class facilities including large dining, bar, lounge, generator, LCD TVs, direct dial phone, internet, individual temperature controls and in suite bathroom as well. The train also has a lounge called the Rajah Club with a private bar, two dining cars and a dedicated bar car.
Tour: 2.75 to 10 lakh per person per Journey
Princely India: 8 Days / 7 Nights –
Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi
Bookings on – http://www.maharajas-express-india.com
3. The Golden Chariot
A luxury tourist train started by the KSTDC to connect most popular tourist spots in the state of Karnataka and Goa. The royal itinerary has 19 coaches colored purple and gold with two restaurants, a lounge bar, conference room, gym and spa facilities. The ultimate luxury train was named after the renowned ‘Stone Chariot’ of Hampi and commercial run on March 10, 2008. Explore the fascinating architectural designs and exotic natural landscapes of south India with the Golden Chariot and experience the Royal Indian Luxury train.
Tour: 25 to 50 Thousand per person per Journey
Southern Splender: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Destinations Covered: Bangalore – Chennai – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Tiruchirapalli – Thanjavur – Thiruvananthapuram – Poovar – Kochi – Kerala Backwaters
Bookings on- http://www.goldenchariottrain.com
4. Royal Rajasthan On Wheels
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is luxury tourist train running by RTDC. It is equipped with facilities like super deluxe rooms, Restaurants, bar, board room, fitness centre, spa, saloons and enabled Wi-Fi.
Tour: 50 to 80 Thousand per person per Journey
Royal Rajasthan: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Destinations Covered: New Delhi- Jodhpur- Udaipur- Chittorgarh- Sawai Madhopur- Jaipur- Khajuraho- Varanasi- Agra- New Delhi
Bookings on – http://www.royalrajasthanonwheels.co.in
5. The Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey is a special luxury train run by venture of Maharashtra MTDC and Indian railway. The 5-star hotel on wheels covers the heritage site of Maharashtra and boost the tourism on the Konkan route. The new express luxury train of India has total of 21 luxury coaches equipped with restaurants and a bar, a sauna, business center, Computers and internet connectivity. There is another blue train called The Indian Maharaja – Deccan Odyssey runs from Mumbai to New Delhi is considered as the best luxury trains in the world. Enjoy once in a life time experience of heritage sites of Maharashtra and beautiful beaches in Goa on the magnificent Deccan Odyssey.
Tour: 3 to 8 lakh per person per Journey
Silver to Platinum Class: 7 Nights/8 Days
Destination Coverd: Mumbai-Ajanta & Ellora Caves-Udaipur Lake City-Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve-Pink city of Jaipur – Taj Mahal at agra -Delhi
Tour: 40 to 50 Thousand per person per Journey
Heritage of Maharashtra: 7 Nights/8 Days
Destinations Covered: Mumbai-Sindhudurg-Goa-Kolhapur-Daulatabad-Chandrapur-Ajanta Caves-Nashik-Mumbai
Bookings on –http://www.deccan-odyssey-india.com