Best Luxury Train Travel Guide - Deluxe Trains That Give You Royal Glimpses Of India 0

7th Dec 19
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Harshal, Indian Travel Blogger
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Are you someone who doesn’t like to explore the tourist sites behind a car window? So you want something more convenient that just sleeper rail coaches? You would like to take the hospitality to the next level and still travel by train? Well, you are in the right place. Unlike other tourist destinations around the world, India offers luxury train tours that may look like normal rail wagons to you but resemble moving palaces. They might not come cheap as compared to your other Indian rail journeys, some of them costing as high as 10,000 dollars. But with relishing meals, guided tours, incredible monuments, and cultural sites offered altogether, you wouldn’t worry about how long the bill gets.

Here is a simple guide elaborating Luxury trains in India :

1. Palace On Wheels

Khidmatgar welcome on Palace on Wheels (Image Courtesy)

  • Literally synonymous with its name, the Palace On Wheels tour is the oldest luxury train service in India. Operating since 1982, this royal train tour offers iconic seven-day sightseeing which includes monuments, cultural events, and accommodation. Departing from Delhi, it takes you through the regions of Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh fort, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and Agra.

  • 13 carriages consisting of 39 deluxe cabins with opulent interiors and furniture are intent upon treating you like royals. All of these are complemented with private attendants serving you 24X7 while you enjoy restaurants, lounges, bars, spas, and souvenir shops onboard.

  • Prices may vary according to the season. Facilities such as built-in wardrobes, safe, TV, DVD player, WiFi, piped music, telephone, and attached bathrooms are at your disposal and truly worth your money.

2. The Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey

  • How would you like to explore each part of India while sitting in the luxurious comforts of a rail coach? The Deccan Odyssey is the right choice for you. Primarily covering Maharashtra, these luxury trains tours are divided into six magnificent seven-night itineraries exploring destinations of Western and Central India.

  • The six trains are known as Maharashtra Splendor, Indian Odyssey, Indian Sojourn, Jewels of the Deccan, Hidden Treasure of Gujarat and Maharashtra A Wild Trail

  • 10 coaches with 40 deluxe cabins offer presidential suites, parlor, mini gym, spa and massage center, bar, conference centers, restaurants, saloons, bedchambers and much more at your very disposal.

3. The Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot Express

  • Want to explore South India without breaking a sweat? Then hop on the imperial coaches of The Golden Chariot. Started in 2008, this luxury train covers the entire state of Karnataka as well as the other prominent cities of South India.

  • 11 Coaches with 44 cabins offer an itinerary of seven nights and eight days with facilities such as gym, spa, restaurants, conference rooms, deluxe bedrooms, Wifi and much more.

  • The 2 itineraries namely the Pride of the South covers destinations and monuments across Karnataka including Goa while the Splendour of the South takes you through prominent tourist sites of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, and Kerala.

4. The Maharajas' Express

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  • A multiple-time winner of the "The World's Leading Luxury Train" award, the Maharajas’ Express stands true to its name literally meaning the ‘King’s Express’. With five unique week-long itineraries, this luxury rail service covers the ‘Golden Triangle’ Cities of Jaipur, New Delhi, and Agra also with Mumbai and the rest of Rajasthan.

  • 23 carriages facilitate deluxe presidential suites, palace-type restaurants, a special bar carriage, exquisite lounges, dining room and all that was part of the daily life of Indian Maharajas’.

  • The journeys are divided into pan-Indian voyages and are named as Heritage of India, Treasures of India, Indian Panorama and The Indian Splendour.

Along with these prominent luxury rail services in India, other trains such as the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Royal Orient, Maharparinirvan Express and the Fairy Queen operate seasonally to cater to your lavish travel needs, sensationalizing your journey at all costs.

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