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Luxury Trains of India

Updated on November 28, 2012
A view of the blue city from Mehrangarh Fort
A view of the blue city from Mehrangarh Fort | Source

Introduction

The Indian Railways is an enterprise state-owned and operated by the government of India. It is one of the world’s largest railway networks in the world comprising 115,000 kilometers of track route with 7,500 station. The network carries more than 20 million passengers daily. The luxury train operations in India can be described as a joint venture between the Government of India and the respective State Government of India. Luxury trains can be described as special trains which are designed for luxurious travel by railroad. The purpose of such rides is to evoke a sense of history in a leisurely ride. Luxury trains operate in various countries and they offer comfortable travelling options. Luxury train operators usually offer tours across major destinations of a country providing passengers with an experience of a ride cutting across state borders soaking in the country side and the roads less travelled for passengers who would pay a premium for it.

The Luxury Train - India

The Luxury Train is one of India’s largest luxury train operator. Among the luxury that they operate are the Palace on Wheels (between Rajasthan & Agra), Deccan Odyssey (West& South India) and The Golden Chariot (South India), The Royal Orient (Gujarat) and the The Fairy Queen (Delhi).


The Royal Rajathan on Wheels
The Royal Rajathan on Wheels | Source

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

This train is designed so that the passenger experiences the regal luxury combined with a slice of royalty. It’s furnishings are embroidered in contemporary royal style combined with royal feasts onboard. This train and its journey provide with passengers the experience to the land of the kings, majestic forts, palaces and towns with diverse cultures and varied landscapes. Passengers would be treated like royalty onboard this train. The journey begins at Delhi after a traditional welcome. The second day of the journey would be spent with a visit to Ranthambore National Park. The third day is spent with a visit to the city of lakes, Udaipur. The next day is completed with a visit to the Pink City, ie, Jaipur. The fifth day is spent visiting the city of Taj Mahal, Agra. After that, the sixth day is spent in Khajuraho which is famous for its temples. The seventh day is spent visiting Varanasi, a city also famous for its temples and finally the eighth day is spent travelling back to Delhi. The cities in order of stations are Delhi, Ranthambore, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi (Benares) and ending in Delhi.

The highlights of this journey includes the visit to the Tiger Reserve at the Rathambore National Park, a boat cruise in Udaipur, visiting Amber Fort in Jaipur, visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra and the temples of Khajuraho and finally visiting the Ghats in Varanasi which is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Included in the tour fare is services such as a Deluxe Cabin with attached bathroom, all meals provided including tea & coffee and mineral water, Safari into the jungles of Ranthambore, Jeep or Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur followed by a cultural programme afterwards, transport for sightseeing with Deluxe Coaches, entrance fees to monuments and museums and finally English speaking guides.

Palace on Wheels

This train journey takes you on a seven day journey throughout Rajasthan covering the major cities of Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and ending in Delhi. Onboard this train, every luxury is ensured so that passengers have a memorable journey while exploring Rajasthan. The specific train stations associated with the Palace on Wheels is starting at Delhi, Jaipur, Sawal Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra and ending in Delhi.

The tour on this train starts once the train departs Delhi. On the second day of the tour, a visit is made to Jaipur which is also known as the Pink City capital of Rajasthan. On the third day, a visit to the Ranthambore National Park and Chittaurgarh is made. The fourth day is spent in the City of Lakes, Udaipur. A visit to the famed water palace is part of this tour. The next day is spent in Jaisalmer, in the heart of the Desert Fortress. The sixth day would be spent in the Blue City which is also known as the Gateway to the Great Indian Desert, Jodhpur. A visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and also a visit to Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri is made on the seventh day. Finally, the last day is spent travelling back to Delhi.

The highlights of this journey include visit to Amber Fort, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, a boat cruise in Lake Pichola in Udaipur, visit the sand dunes of Jaisalmer and finally Taj Mahal.

Included in the tour fare is accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin with attached bathroom, all meals, tea, and coffee & mineral water bottles. City sightseeing tours in air-conditioned Deluxe Coach. Monument entry fees to all palaces, museums and parks and lastly an English speaking tour guide during sightseeing tours.

The Indian Maharaja

This train journey draws its inspiration from the stately royal families in India. There are two tours associated with the Indian Maharaja. The first tour is from Mumbai to Delhi which starts at Mumbai, then proceeds to Ellora and proceeds to cover Ajanta, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur and ends in Delhi. The second tour is from Delhi to Mumbai and starts from Delhi, then proceeds to Agra, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, Ellora, Ajanta and ends in Mumbai.

The highlights of this train journey is the visit to Ellora Caves, Ajanta Caves, the City Palace at Udaipur, Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Ranthambore National Park, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Amber Fort in Jaipur and also the Jai Mahal Palace in Udaipur.

The ticket prices includes accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin with attached bath, all meals, tea, coffee & mineral water bottles, city sightseeing tours in an air-conditioned deluxe coach, monument entry fees to all palaces, museums and parks and finally English speaking guides during the sightseeing tours.

The Deccan Odyssey

The mesmerizing Maharashtra experience begins from Mumbai and then proceeds to Sindhurg Nagari, Goa, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ajanta, Nashik and finally returning to Mumbai. The first day begins after departing CST Terminal in Mumbai. In day 2, a stopover is made at Sindhudurg where passengers would visit the local market, temples and enjoy a boat cruise. On the third day, a stopover is made at Goa where passengers can visit the St. Augustine Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral Church. The fourth day continues with further visits to the Mhalsa and Mangeshi temples and the Spice Farm at Ponda. The fifth day is spent in Kolhapur visiting museums and handicraft stalls. The sixth day is spent visiting Daulata Fort and Ellora Caves. On the seventh day, a stopover is made at Nashik before ending with the stopover in Mumbai on the eighth day of the journey.

Some of the highlights of this train journey is the visit to Sindhudurg Fort by boat, a visit to the St. Francis of Assisi Museum and also the Bhavani Mandap Mahalaxmi Temple.

The services included in the price is accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin with attached bath, all meals, tea, coffee and mineral water is provided for, city sightseeing tours by English speaking guides as well as monument entry fees to all palaces, museums and parks.

The Golden Chariot – Pride of the South

The Golden Chariot’s journey begins from Bangalore and traverses through Kabini/Bandipur, Mysore, Hassan, Hampi, Gadag, Goa and ending in Bangalore. The first day begins with a departure from Bangalore station. The second day proceeds with a visit to Nagarhole National Park in Kabini which is an untouched natural reserve. The third day is spent with a guided tour to Mysore Palace and Srirangapatna. After that, on the fourth day, passengers would experience the Belur, Halebid and Sravanbelagola. On the fifth day, the highlight would be your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vijayanagar in Hampi. The sixth day is spent in Badami and Pattakal, visiting cave temples and experiencing local ancient history. On the seventh day, passengers would get to experience Goa with visits to the famous churches, chapels & beaches. The last day ends with a return trip to Bangalore.

The services included in the price is accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin with attached bath, all meals, tea, coffee and mineral water is provided for, city sightseeing tours by English speaking guides as well as monument entry fees to all palaces, museums and parks.

Splendour of the South

This is India’s first southern India train journey. This train journey covers the whole of South India and touches the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The journey begins at Bangalore and takes you to historical temples cities of Mamallapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Madurai & Kanyakumari. In Pondicherry, you will visit the former French colony. The beaches of Kovalam await you after that. You will also get to experience the backwaters of Kochi, the lively port city and finally ending in Bangalore.

The highlights of this train journey includes dinner and cultural show at Taj Green Cove Kovalam, light and sound show followed by dinner with live classical music at Madurai, a visit to Brihadeswara Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Thanjavur and also experience a house boat cruise at Allepey.

The services included in the price is accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin with attached bath, all meals, tea, coffee and mineral water is provided for, city sightseeing tours by English speaking guides as well as monument entry fees to all palaces, museums and parks.

The Maharaja Express

The Maharaja Express
The Maharaja Express | Source

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    • reena_yadav profile imageAUTHOR

      reena_yadav 

      5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Hi Sunil,

      Thanks for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed the article.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Interesting. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful information.

    • reena_yadav profile imageAUTHOR

      reena_yadav 

      5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Hi safiq,

      Thanks for dropping by & the compliments as well. The food is good, indeed!! :)

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      safiq ali patel 

      5 years ago from United States Of America

      Good hub. I have travelled on some of india's luxury express trains...Great food.

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