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Experience the Luxury of past time in these Seven Luxury Trains in India

In India, you can get to enjoy several types of tours depending on age, interest, work and other such things. You can also enjoy leisure tourism in several states of India to have some quality time and to pamper yourself. Some of the Luxury trains that are managed by IRCTC and Indian Railways help you fulfil your fantasy of travelling back in time and enjoying some of the royal amenities. Various luxury trains run through several states of India showcasing the precious gems of India. This Luxury train journey enables The Tourist to explore the top attractions of India with full comfort despite being on the train. Here is a list of some of the famous luxury trains in India.

1. Palace on Wheels

Palace on Wheels is one of the most luxurious trains in India. It was launched to promote tourism by the Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. The train service was revamped and relaunched in August 2009 with new décor, attractive itinerary and cuisines. Have a great and luxurious ride on Palace On Wheels which has luxurious cabins, pretty wallpapers, a well-stocked bar, superb hospitality and yes local culture displayed by the artistic use of paintings and handicrafts.

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One gets an option of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food available in Chinese, Continental, and Indian cuisines. Palace on Wheels is voted as the 4th best luxurious train in the whole world. The months of operation for this royal train are from September month to April.  Plan a trip to Rajasthan and take a royal ride on this luxurious train to create memories forever.

Places Covered: The places covered are- Delhi- Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Chittorgarh-Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Bharatpur-Agra-Delhi. Here is the list of some amazing places that one covers through this train ride- Delhi- India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Jaipur- one gets a chance to visit the famous Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace, and Jantar Mantar, Sawai Madhopur and Chittorgarh- Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur- Jag Niwas, Lake Pichola, Jaisalmer- Yellow sandstone fort and ancient Mansions, Jodhpur-Mehrangarh Fort, Grand Palaces, and yes the most amazing thing-shopping tour in Jodhpur, Bharatpur- Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Agra- Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal.

Journey Duration: The 7-night and 8-day journey includes seven stoppages where the travellers are taken for city tours.

Tour Cost: The total cost is INR 2,10,000 plus GST.

2. Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey is truly inspired by the travelling style of the king and rulers during the different royal eras of ancient India. It offers 40 deluxe cabins in 10 coaches. It also has four presidential suites in 2 cars, 1 conference car with a business centre, two restaurants, a well-stocked bar and a spa.  This train is indeed a five-star hotel on wheels that takes one to some of the astounding destinations of India. It was started to promote tourism. It is a venture of the Maharashtra government and the Ministry of Railways, Government of India.

It came into service in the year 2004. Enjoy the royal treatment given here to the tourists. Witness the pretty interiors of the Deccan Odyssey. This royal train has a multi-cuisine restaurant, lounges, an onboard spa, a sauna, a business centre and other state-of-the-art amenities that make the Deccan Odyssey one of the most luxurious trains in India. The Deccan Odyssey operates from October to April Month.

Places Covered: Explore some of the stunning places by riding in Deccan Odyssey -Maharashtra Splendour- Mumbai-Nasik-Ellora cave-Ajanta Caves-Kolhapur-Goa-Ratnagiri-Mumbai.

Indian Odyssey- Delhi-Swai Madhopur- Agra-Jaipur- Udaipur-Vadodara-Ellora Caves-Mumbai.

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat- Mumbai- Vadodara-Palitana-Sasan Gir-Somnath-Little Rann of Kutch-Modhera-Patan-Nashik-Mumbai.

Indian Sojourn- Mumbai-Vadodara-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Agra-Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur-Delhi.

Jewels of the Deccan- Mumbai-Bijapur-Aihole-Pattadakal-Hampi-Hyderabad-Ellora Caves-Ajanta Caves-Mumbai.

Maharashtra Wild Trail- Mumbai-Aurangabad- Ramtek-Tadoba-Ajanta-Nashik-Mumbai.

Journey Duration: The duration for the six routes is 7 nights and 8 days.

Tour Cost: The total cost is - INR 371900 plus GST.

3. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is one of the most luxurious trains in India. It was launched in January 2009. It is quite similar to Palace on Wheels. This royal train covers the Rajasthan circuit including- Varanasi, Agram Delhi and the temples of Khajuraho. This train has spacious and beautifully decorated cabins in hues of pearls- ruby and sapphire, deluxe and super deluxe cabins with dining lounges and bars.

One can even avail internet facility on request.  It has 14 luxury cabins named after some erstwhile royal palace of Rajasthan state. It is categorized into Deluxe and Super Deluxe saloons and is equipped with amenities like- Wi-Fi-internet, Satellite TV, channel music system and individual temperature control.

Two dining cars on this train are named Swarn Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. The tourists are taken to numerous major tourist, wildlife and heritage sites across Rajasthan. Treat yourself to a royal ride at least once in a lifetime and enjoy witnessing the most amazing places of India.

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Places Covered: One covers some of the mind-blowing places like- New Delhi-Jaipur-Ranthambore Jungle and Chittor Fort- Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Bharatpur and Agra- New Delhi.

Journey Duration: The journey duration is 7 nights and 8 days.

Tour Cost: Deluxe cabin on single occupancy- INR 363300, Deluxe cabin on double occupancy- INR 546000, Super Deluxe cabin on single occupancy-INR 756000 and Super deluxe cabin on double occupancy- 954000 plus GST.

4. Maharaja’s Express

Maharaja’s Express is one of the fantastic luxury trains and is also one of the five most luxurious trains in the world. It is owned and operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. This royal train was entered into service in March 2010. It runs on four circuits and covers more than 12 destinations across Northwest and Central India, mainly centred on Rajasthan. It has 23 carriages that include accommodation, a dining bar, generate and store cars.

The accommodation is available in 14 guest carriages with a total passenger capacity of 84. Maharaja’s Express also has a lounge that is called the Rajah Club with a private bar, two dining cars and a dedicated bar car. It is also equipped with a water filtration plant. This royal train also holds fully stocked bars, lavish suites, butler services,  spacious sitting rooms, superb hospitality and some other amenities too.

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Just enjoy a ride on Maharaja’s Express to experience the richness of India at its best. Maharaja’s Express was voted the World’s Leading Luxury Train for years-2012,2013 and 2014 consecutively. Just pamper yourself and give yourself and your loved ones a moment of royal life by riding on a Maharaja’s Express. This royal train is operational from October till April month.

Places Covered: Witness some of the mind-blowing places by riding on this luxurious train and capture some beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime- the Heritage of India- Mumbai- Ajanta-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Bikaner-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra-Delhi.

Gems of India- Delhi-Agra- Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.

The Indian Panorama - Delhi-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Fatehpur-Sikri-Agra-Gwalior-Orchha-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Lucknow-Delhi

Indian Splendour- Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.

Treasure of India-Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.

Journey Duration: Gems of India and Treasure of India is for 4 days, Indian Splendour and the Indian Panorama is for 8 days, and Heritage of India is for 8 days.

Tour Cost: The total cost for this luxurious ride is- Gems of India and Treasures of India- INR 257950, Indian Splendour and the Indian Panorama-INR 400660, and Heritage of India- INR 458280 plus GST.

5. Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot is truly one of the amazing luxurious trains in India. Enjoy a ride that will take you to some of the most astonishing places in South India. The Golden Chariot was launched in the year 2008 and is renowned for its superb hospitality. It offers superb accommodation in 44 cabins in 11 coaches that are named after dynasties that ruled the region- Kadamba, Hoysala, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bahamani, Adil Shahi, Sangama, Satavahana, Yadukula, and Vijaynagar.

The nineteen coaches are coloured purple, and gold and sport the logo of the mythological animal with the head of an elephant and the body of the lion. This train connects the major tourist spots in Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherey. In the year 2013, it was awarded the title of Asia’s Leading Luxury Train at the World Travel Awards.

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Golden Chariot is operated by the Karnataka State of Tourism Development Corporation. It entered into service in the year 2008. This royal train has AC chambers with royal and pretty interiors, bars, restaurants that serve multi-variety cuisines, a mini gym, an Ayurveda spa, onboard internet connectivity via a USB-stick, and some other five-star facilities too. In the year 2013, it was awarded as Asia's Leading Luxury Train. It runs from October to March.

Places Covered: Make sure to plan a ride on this royal Golden chariot and witness some of the amazing places to create memories- Pride of South- Bangalore-Kabini-Mysore-Hassan-Hampi-Badami-Goa-Bangalore.

Southern Splendour- Bangalore-Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry-Thanjavur-Madurai-Thiruvananthapuram-Alleppey-Kochi-Bangalore.

Journey Duration: The Journey duration for both routes- Pride of South and Southern Splendour is 7 nights and 8 days.

Tour Cost: The price per cabin on a twin-sharing basis for Pride of South is INR 308000 plus service tax and per cabin on a twin-sharing basis for Southern Splendour is INR 350000 plus GST.

6. Mahaparinirvan Express

The Mahaparinirvan Express is a Buddhist circuit special train that takes one across the spiritual journey with an itinerary that covers Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It was launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation on 28th March 2007 to attract Buddhist pilgrims. This train is named after Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana Sutra which teaches the true Buddha Nature.

This train covers sites like Lumbini, Sarnath/Varanasi Kushinagar and Bodhgaya. It is operated by Rajdhani express carriages that have 1, 2 and 3-tier structures and serve onboard meals and refreshments. So take a spiritual tour and get a chance to visit the Buddhist sites across North India. Visit Agra Tour Packages

Places Covered: It covers- Delhi-Gaya-Bodhgaya-Balanda-Rajgir-Varanasi-Sarnath-Gorakhpur-Kushinagar-Lumbini-Gonda-Sravasti-Agra.

Journey Duration: The journey duration is 7 nights and 8 days.

Tour Cost: AC first class 76800 per person, AC two-tier- INR 62850 per person plus GST.

7. Royal Orient

Royal Orient is one of the fantastic luxury trains in India and runs between Gujarat and Rajasthan and covers the most famous tourist places in these two states. Royal Orient was started in the year 1994-1995 as a joint venture of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and the Indian Railways. From the year 2007, this train started making profits.

Royal Orient has palatial-style comfortable cabins, well-trained hospitality professionals, a multi-cuisine restaurant with the Watering Hole Bar, spacious bathrooms, a library and some other royal amenities too. It runs all year round. There is a total of 13 coaches named after the erstwhile kingdoms of Rajputana. Make sure to plan a ride to enjoy the royal life.

Places Covered: Embark on a luxurious journey by Royal Orient train and treat yourself to a delightful experience of travelling to some of the most fantabulous places.  The city attractions one can cover are- Delhi-Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and India Gate. Chittorgarh/Udaipur- Chittorgarh Fort, City Palace, boating in Lake Pichola, Shipgram and Royal Gardens. Junagarh/Veraval- Ashokan Rock Edict of 3rd Century BC, Darbar Hall Museum, Mausoleum of Nawab. MahabatKhanji, Somnath temple on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Sasan Gir National park. Dilwara- St. Paul’s Church and Mandir Beach. Palitana- Jain temple atop Shatrunjaya hills. Ahmedabad-Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles, and Sidi Aayyad’s Mosque. Jaipur- Amer Fort, elephant ride, Hawa Mahal, city palace, and Jantar Mantar.

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Journey Duration: The journey duration is 7 nights and 8 days.

Tour Cost: The starting fare per cabin per person for 1 night on a twin-sharing basis from October to March is INR 7480 plus service tax. The starting fare per cabin per person for 1 night on a twin-sharing basis from April to September is INR 8450 plus GST.

8. Fairy Queen Express

Fairy Queen Express is one of the oldest trains that offer luxurious train journeys in India. It is powered by the oldest serving steam locomotive constructed around 1855. This royal train has its charm that rambles through Alwar in the Rajasthan state. In the year 1998, it was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest steam locomotive in regular service. The Indian government bestowed heritage status on the Fairy Queen Express in the year 1972, rendering it a national treasure.

It was restored and given a special spot in the newly constructed National Rail Museum at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi. After the success of the Palace on Wheels, the locomotive was restored to full working order in the year 1997. It runs from October to March on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Places Covered: Fairy Queen Express has two stoppages-Sariska and Alwar. Sariska- Lake Palce, Sariska National Park. Alwar- Alwar Museum.

Journey Duration: The journey duration is 1 night and 2 days.

Tour Cost: The fare for the full package is INR 8600 plus GST.

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