Luxury Trains of India

When we get a chance to travel in train we get excited whether its short distance journey or long. Everyone loves to ride on train. The elite class in India travel in first Ac but there is another class which is more luxurious and grandeur than First AC, where you will feel like that you are travelling in majestic 7 Star Hotel.

Luxury Travel in Indian trains has now become a reality. There are many trains offering luxurious train journey on various Indian routes. One can witness relish royalty, spirituality and wilderness in one unforgettable escapade in these luxury trains.

These lavish trains assure you a delightful journey and will take you through the popular tourist places and enchanting landscapes of India.

There are Seven Luxury Trains in India :

  1. Maharaja’s Express

IRCTC owns Maharaja’s Express which is the best luxurious train running on the Indian tracks. This train has been awarded as the “World Leading Luxury Train” from 2012 to 2017. Travelling in this train is a lifetime journey through heart of India. You will be travelling to the famous places in Rajasthan and get to know about the ancient culture. You will have a royal experience as you will get facilities not less than a 7 star hotel. The Maharaja’s Express train has been equipped with world class facilities to offer comfortable on board experience to the guests. It Includes 23 coaches, 5 Deluxe Cars, 6 Junior Suite cars, 2 suite cars, a Presidential Suite car, a bar car and a lounge car. It has 14 guest carriages and can takes 84 passengers on 8 days long journey.

Operational Time:  October to April

Cost and Routes:

a. The Heritage of India: 454800 INR approx

(Mumbai- Ajanta – Udaipur- Jodhpur- Bikaner- Jaipur- Ranthambore-Agra –Delhi).

b. Gems of India: 255990 INR approx

(Delhi-Agra- Ranthambore- Jaipur- Delhi)

c. Indian Splendour: 397620 INR approx

( Delhi-Agra-  Ranthambore-Jaipur-Bikaner-Jodhpur- Udaipur-Balasinor-Mumbai).

d. Indian Panorama: 397620 INR approx

(Delhi- Jaipur- Ranthambore- Fatehpur Sikri- Agra – Gwalior-Orccha-Khajuraho-  Varanasi- Lucknow –Delhi).

e. Treasures of India: 255990 approx

(Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi).

  1. Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot takes you to an unforgettable journey of South India. It is an initiative of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. It has completed a majestic run of 10 years. Golden Chariot has been awarded with “Asia leading luxury train” in World Travel Awards 2013.

Train Travel has been synonymous with romance with stopping to smell the flowers chugging through at a melancholy pace while you gaze upon vistas of the mellow countryside.

Golden Chariot offers two meticulously planned itineraries that let you choose from the pride of the south and the southern splendour.

The pride of the south traipse its itinerary through culture and natural history.

You will see the urban metropolis of Bangalore to the calming wiles of Kabini.  You can experience the local culture in Mysore and Hassan as well as witness the rich history of 500 year old dynasty at Hampi and Badami.

The trip eases off with some melancholy in the quintessential heaven that is Goa.

The Southern Splendour runs its itinerary through Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala showcasing the vibrant history and culture across the serene landscapes. You will get passengers saloons, restaurant coaches, lounge bar coach and spa and gym facilities during your travel in this luxurious train.

Operational Time: October to March

Cost and Routes:

a. Pride of the South: 245000 INR per pax

Bangalore – Kabini – Mysore – Hassan – Hampi – Badami – Goa – Bangalore).

b. Southern Splendour: 259000 INR approx for single person

(Bangalore – Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Madurai – Thiruvananthapuram – Alleppey – Kochi – Bangalore).

  1. Palace on Wheels

Rajasthan Tourism and Indian Railways have set into place a luxury train that brings together the past and the present.

Rajasthan Tourism and Indian Railways have come together to bring the palace on the wheels, running from  the olden times to the recent era.

It has all the modern amenities that live up to royal lifestyles. The train is literally a moving palace thus it has been christened the Palace on Wheels. The palace on wheels consists of 14 fully AC  deluxe saloons with world class facilities to improve travelling experience. A journey by this train could be one of your most memorable experiences. The Maharajah and Maharani Restaurant offer seating arranged in groups of two and four by the window side. The Chefs in the attached kitchen prepare Rajasthani cuisine with special emphasis on Indian Specialties and gourmet food.

Operational Time:  September to March

Cost and Routes: 273000 INR for single person

Delhi -Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi.

  1.  The Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey luxury train is collaboration between Indian Railway and Maharashtra State. This train was started with an aim to promote tourism of Maharashtra. The Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 12 are passenger cars and others are public coaches. Out of these 10 Deluxe Passenger 33 cars have 4 self contained coupes accommodating 8 people and 2 Suite cars having two suites in each coach can accommodate 4 person in each. Conference Car, 2 Dinning Cars, 2 Generator Cars with Luggage Store, 2 Staff spare Car, a Spa Car, Bar Car. The train has on-board facilities like T.V. Cable connection with central audio disc player, cell phones, Channel Music, Foreign exchange facilities etc. The present capacity of the train is 88 passengers.

Operational Time: October to April

Cost and route: 4,11,814 INR approx for a single cabin

Mumbai-Aurangabad (Ellora)-Ajanta-Udaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur-Agra-Delhi and back).

  1. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Indian Railways introduced this train in collaboration with the Rajasthan Tourism. The upgraded version of the Palace on Wheels provides lavish comfort having only 3 cabins in each coach while the super deluxe coach has 2 coupes decorated brilliantly.

Operational time: October to March

Cost and route: 3,78,000 INR per person

New Delhi – Jodhpur-Udaipur – Chittorgarh-Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Khajuraho – Varanasi-Agra – New Delhi.

  1. Royal Orient Train

The royal orient is amongst the most striking trains in the whole world. It is jointly administered by the tourism corporation of Gujarat limited and the Indian railways. It crosses a number of tourist attractions which still house the memories of opulence of ancient period including Chittaurgarh, Delhi, Somnath, Veraval, Junagarh, Ahmedpur, Sasan Gir, Sarkhej/Palitana/Mandvi, Jaipur and Ahemdabad.

Operational time: full year  and price is 7500/- per person

  1. The Fairy Queen Express

The Fairy Queen takes tourists on an unforgettable two-day weekend trip from Delhi to Alwar. Fair Queen provides first class accommodation to sixty passengers. The two-day package includes a night stay at Sariska Palace Hotel (near Alwar) on twin sharing basis from where the tourists are taken around the Tiger Sanctuary the next morning.

Operational time and cost: October to March and price is 10000 INR per person.

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Aman Goenka

Aman Goenka

A writer, editor, publisher and wildlife explorer with an emphasis on travel writing, landscapes imagined and luxury travel.

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