If you plan to explore the beauty of India, the best way to do is travel by train. The 4th largest rail network in the world covers most of the parts of the country and offer some of the best sightseeing moments to the passengers. The network covers all major tourist spots in some way or the other by means of passenger trains, toy trains and luxury trains. The railways is not only a mode of commutation to the people rather it is the backbone of the tourism sector in India. In this blog we bring you the list of 5 luxury trains in India
- Palace on Wheels: A premium train launched by the Indian Railways for promoting tourism in Rajasthan, gained popularity in a very short span of time. To give a new look and feel to the passengers, the train was refurbished and relaunched in 2009. The railways had worked very hard to give the train a new decor, itinerary and cuisine. Considering the concept of possessing personal railway coaches by the rulers of the princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, Hyderabad & Viceroy of British India, the Indian railways decided to continue the concept in the modern India. A glimpse to some of the facilities available is enough to explain the luxury and hospitality the train offers.
Each coach has four cabins with twin beds, wall-to-wall carpeting, air-conditioning, DTH satellite television, channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, with personal attendants. The train covers the route in a 7 nights & 8 days itinerary departing from New Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra ending the tour at New Delhi.
- Maharaja Express: The most expensive luxury train in India is the Maharaja express. The train offers 5 different itineraries where in the journey would start or end at Delhi. The train covers most of the routes during nights so that every morning the passengers are introduced to a new station. Some of the facilities that the train provides are large panoramic windows, Individual temperature controls for all cabins, LCD televisions, DVD players, direct dial telephone and internet are some to be named. The train gives 5 different Itinerary options The Heritage of India, Treasures of India, Gems of India, The Indian Panorama and The Indian Splendor covering various parts of the Western India.
- Royal Rajasthan on Wheels: The Royal Palace on Wheels is an upgraded version of world famous Palace on Wheels. The train was launched in January 2009. The train as compared to Palace on Wheels is much luxurious and the cabins are more spacious. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is designed and embroidered in a contemporary royal style to experience the existing regal luxury, taste a slice of royalty and enjoy a royal feast on board, where every moment is woven together into an everlasting and immemorial experience to be lived and cherished forever. The magic of the splendid journey to the land of kings, majestic forts, incredible palaces, temple towns, diverse cultures and varied landscapes starts from Delhi. The Train has 14 passenger coaches.
The train has two restaurants namely ‘Swaran Mahal’ amd ‘Sheesh Mahal’ offering delicacies ranging from ethnic Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese Cuisines. Finest wines and international brands of liquor are available on the two restro-lounges.
- Golden Chariot: The Golden Chariot train journey is the best way to experience the major and also offbeat tourism destinations of South India. It has recently been awarded the ‘Asia’s leading luxury train’ award at the World Travel Awards, 2013. Special tariff for Indians/NRIs is also available. A sojourn through well known & off beat destinations of South India in luxurious fashion. An adventure in comfort, a romance on rail tracks, with heritage & cultural destinations waiting for you to discover them. Very unique, customized itineraries have been developed that leave a resonance of the amalgam of culture of South India. Temples, palaces, relaxed beaches, a wildlife sanctuary, backwaters.. there is something for everyone.
- Deccan Odyssey
India is often described as an incredible travel destination whose history is still sung in folklores by bards. Deccan Odyssey is a name that recalls a dream journey where guests are invited for the regal celebrations of life.
The train brings to mind the images of lush paddy fields, quaint villages, silvery sandy beaches, azure Blue Ocean, brilliant vineyards, rich history, religious sites and breathtaking caves & monuments. Apart from this, the journey offers a royal setting with luxurious chambers, lip-smacking cuisines, attentive concierge and endless world of breathtaking vistas that unfolds beyond the windows.
Listed below are the destinations covered by Deccan Odyssey in its 6 travel packages.
Maharashtra Splendour, Indian Odyssey, Jewels of Deccan, Maharashtra Wild trail, Hidden treasures of Gujarat, Indian Sojourn
The best part about this specific trek to India could be the temperate component related. You can spare a few pennies by settling on travel discounts from online portas like Goibibo, TicketGoose, Redbus and more which will make your South Indian Affair worth remembering!