Trains in India are more than just the most popular mode of transport within the country. They build memories and offer experiences that one would cherish forever. Trains crisscross every nook and corner of the vast landscape- from the mountains to the plains and connect not just places, but also its people. Some Indian trains even act as time machines, transporting one back to the ages when the royalty led lives of opulence. This fleet of elite luxury trains, owned by the Indian Railways is sure to leave one awestruck with their grandeur. Welcome aboard to luxurious travel beyond imagination on India’s very own luxury trains.
Here is a list of the luxury trains in India that are sure to take your travel to a level par excellence:
1. Maharajas’ Express
The 19-car Maharajas’ Express provides an unparalleled way of discovering some of the most popular destinations in the North and West of the country. Due to the top-notch facilities offered, it has been awarded the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ title at the World’s Travel Awards 7 times in a row between 2012 and 2018!
Journeys: The train follows 4 itineraries taking as many different routes that include India’s rich royal heritage, spiritual destinations, and vast wildlife reserves. They are-
The Indian Panorama (6N/7D), The Indian Splendour (6N/7D), The Heritage of India (6N/7D), Treasures of India (3N/4D)
Places covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Agra, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Mumbai.
2. The Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey is the complete package of a 5-star hotel on wheels providing the best amenities on board. It is arguably one of the finest luxury trains in the world with its awe-inspiring appeal.
Journeys: 6 travel packages are offered by the blue limousine covering the best places of the beautiful Deccan Plateau, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Delhi in the most luxurious way. These are-
Indian Odyssey (7N/8D), Maharashtra Splendour (7N/8D), Maharashtra Wild Trail (7N/8D), Jewels of Deccan (7N/8D), Hidden Treasures of Gujarat (7N/8D), Indian Sojourn (7N/8D)
Places covered: Jaipur, Kolhapur, Daulatabad, Nasik, Ajanta Caves, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Kutch, Mumbai, Goa, Sindhudurg, Tadoba, Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Delhi, Badami, Shiridi, Vadodara, Aihole, Bijapur, Pattadakal, Sasan Gir, Nagzira, Hyderabad, Bhavnagar, Modhera, Ahmedabad, Sanchi, and Ratnagiri.
3. Palace on Wheels
Prepare yourself for a whirlwind trip to Rajasthan, Delhi, and Agra in the luxurious coaches which were originally meant for the personal use of the erstwhile rulers of Rajputana, Baroda, the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the Viceroy of India. Getting pampered like a Maharaja, rediscover India’s royal life on the Palace of Wheels.
Journeys: The train traverses along just one route lasting 7 nights and 8 days beginning and culminating at Delhi.
Places covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and Agra.
4. The Golden Chariot
An epitome of luxury, the Golden Chariot is named after the Stone Chariot in the Vitthala Temple in Hampi. Awarded the title of ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Train’ at World Travel Awards 2013, the Golden Chariot provides luxury akin to those enjoyed by the kings of South Indian kingdoms.
Journeys: Through its two tastefully crafted itineraries, the train covers the Southern States of Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. These are-
Pride of the South (7N/8D), Splendor of the South (7N/8D)
Places covered: Bengaluru, Mysore, Nagarhole National Park, Hassan, Belur, Halebidu, Hospet, Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami, Goa, Chennai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey, and Kochi.
5. The Royal Orient
With its coaches named after the dynasties of Rajputana, this luxury train surely does make one feel like a Rajput royalty aboard a carriage, traversing through the lands he has conquered. An aesthetic marvel, the sojourn promises a nonpareil experience.
Journeys: The trip takes one to the stupefying grand fortresses and palaces of Rajasthan and Gujarat, an astounding desert safari, and a wildlife tour to see the Asiatic lions, found only in India. It lasts 7 nights and 8 days.
Places covered: Delhi, Chittorgarh, Mehsana, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Junagadh, Veraval, Sasan Gir, Ahmedpur, Mandvi, Palitana, Sarkhej, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur.
India had yet another luxury train, theRoyal Rajasthan on Wheels, which was retired from service in 2017. Its carriages have been added to the Palace on Wheels.
From exquisite interiors to exceptional hospitality, an expedition on Indian luxury trains taking you on an enthralling tour of India is an experience worth immersing oneself in. Next time you plan your trip to India, make sure to add a trip on a luxury train to experience the best in its class.
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