Did you know India has some of the finest luxury trains operated by the Indian Railways? These trains are so grand, they can put any five star hotels to shame any day! It is once in a lifetime experience to travel in any of these. Check them out here.
Palace On Wheels
Launched in order to promote tourism in Rajasthan, this luxury tourist train has been a hot favourite among travelers ever since it became operational in 1982. It has 23 coaches - each one named after former Rajput states. Each coach has for cabins aka saloons. The interiors are aesthetically done to match with the royal grandeur of places like Udaipur, Amer, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and more. The train has a seven nights and eight day travel package that covers destinations like New Delhi (source station), Jaipur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra and finally back to New Delhi. It has often been termed as the best luxury train from the country. It serves some of the finest Rajasthani cuisine. The saloons have TV, Intercom, attached bathrooms and personal attendants.
The Maharaja Express
The most expensive luxury train in India – The Maharaja Express takes luxury on wheels to a whole new level. The four suite rooms spread over a jaw dropping 220 sq feet. The train has a valet, a mini pantry in each of its coaches. The suites have a mini bar and a bathtub as well.. sigh! It has five different itineraries that include pan India journey and the Golden triangle journey. The train also has two theme based fine dining restaurants - Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal - decorated with hand painted fresco ceiling. They serve a variety of exotic Indian and international cuisine. The train has four categories of cabins/suites - Delux Cabin, Junior Suite, Suite, Presidential Suite. Each suite has lavish interiors, TV, wardrobe, WiFi, personal attendants and much more. No wonder why is it called the world's leading luxury train!
Royal Rajasthan On Wheels
Styled after the Palace on Wheels, this one runs across the forts, the wildlife and the natural beauty of Rajasthan. Launched in 2009, it covers the Hawa Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Ranthambhor National Park, Chittaurgarh Fort, Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. It has 14 luxury cabins named after some of the most famous royal palaces of Rajasthan. The deluxe and super delux cabins aka Saloons are royally done up providing facilities like Wi-Fi, TV, music system and individual temperature control. It also has a souvenir coach offering handcraft products and apparels. A spa has been the latest addition to the train. The itinerary is a 7 nights eight days package similar to the Palace on Wheels.
The Golden Chariot
This luxury train runs across the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Named after the Stone Chariot in Hampi, this train has 19 coaches - coloured in gold and purple. Launched in 2008, this is a weekly train and is also designed on the lines of Palace on Wheels. It has two restaurants - Nala and Ruchi, a lounge bar called Madira, and conference, gym and spa. The interiors have been designed inkeeping with the architecture and grandeur of South Indian dynasties, mostly inspired by the Hoysala and Mysore architectural movement. The train offers two seven nights and eight days itineraries - Pride of South and Splendour of South.
The Deccan Odyssey
This is a special luxury train designed to boost tourism in Maharashtra. Starting from Mumbai, it covers Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Kolhapur, Belgaon, Solapur, Nanded, Aurangabad, Ajanta-Ellora Nasik and Pune. The train aims to offer a complete five star experience on wheels thus showcasing fine hospitality and services. Coloured in royal blue, it has a restaurant, bar, suana and a business centre as well. There are ten deluxe cabin Saloons with four twin bed chambers. The Presidential suites also have a separate living area.