Railway transport is one of the important modes of travel in India. Several decades prior today, Indian railway was suffering severely given various issues like punctuality and maintenance. But now, Indian Railways has been upgrading its infrastructure and service given its drive for modernization. Apart from all this, do you know that India has some luxurious trains which can give you an experience of being a grand royalty? Managed by the Indian Railways and the IRCTC, there are seven luxury trains in India which do not just give you a royal feeling but also explore the rich cultural heritage of India.
So here is a list of seven popular luxury trains in India:
- Maharajas’ Express:
The Maharajas express is not only among the most luxurious trains in India but also one of the top five posh and well-decked trains in the world. It goes through some of the most beautiful cities of India like Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Delhi. This royal locomotive runs from October to April covering a 4 day-long journey which starts at a price tag of RS2, 57,950 and 8 days approx journey priced at RS4,00,660. The luxury train serves highest quality of hospitality, stocked bars, lavish suites and butler services which ultimately take you to experience a memory that can be cherished for long.
- Royal Rajasthan on Wheels:
Well-known for its supreme quality of comfort and everlasting traveling experience, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is one of the most expensive and luxurious trains in India. The train always remains in great demand because of its interior design embodying the royal palaces, multi-cuisine restaurants, bars, and spa services. It covers many heritages sites of India such as Jodhpur- Mehrangarh Fort, Chittorgarh- Gaumukh Reservoir, Rana Kumbha Palace, Jaipur- Hawa Mahal, Khajuraho temple, and the Taj Mahal. The journey costs around Rs 5, 67, 000 per cabin on twin sharing basis.
- Palace on Wheels:
Palace on Wheels is another luxury locomotive by Indian Railways which gives you the best regal experience if you are planning a trip to Rajasthan. It was re-launched in 2009 to promote Rajasthan tourism. The main attractions of this train for the travelers are its luxurious cabins, exquisite wallpapers, well-stocked bars, and great hospitality. The beautiful interiors paintings and handicrafts depict the local rich culture of Rajasthan. The train’s operation month is from September to April while covering cities like Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Delhi etc. The fare of this journey starts from Rs 2,10,000 with 4.5% service tax.
- The Deccan Odyssey:
The Deccan Odyssey caters Maharashtra and Gujrat with and experience of opulence. The exquisite lounges and interiors are inspired by the traveling style of the Kings and rulers during different royal eras of ancient India. It takes you on its 5-star hotel journey to the fascinating destinations like Ellora cave, Ratnagiri, Rann of Kutch, Ajanta caves, etc. The conference car, luxurious lounges, and restaurants make it one among the most luxurious trains not only in India but in world as well. The train covers 6 routes in 7 nights and 8 days with fares starting from Rs 3,71,900.
- Golden Chariot:
This particular luxury train ‘Golden Chariot ‘was initiated by the Indian Railways to take you to some of the most famous tourist places in South India. It was launched in 2008 and serves impeccable hospitality service. The train has royal interior designed with several added features such as multi-variety cuisine restaurants, Ayurveda spa, mini gym, etc which gives you an experience of being in a 5-star hotel. It covers routes of big tourist sites and cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Hampi, Goa etc. The Golden Chariot runs from October to March for 7 nights and 8 days with a fare of Rs 3,08,000 per cabin.
- Royal Orient Train:
Indian Railway started the Royal Orient Train to provide the travelers an experience of the grand journey while enjoying a delightful feel of traveling to famous tourist destinations onboard. The trip on the luxury train will give you a combination of opulence and chivalry at the same time. The comfortable cabins, multi-cuisine restaurant, along with the watering hole bar will make your journey memorable. The train runs all year around from Delhi to Ahmedabad covering other cities like Jaipur, Junagarh, Chittorgarh, Sarkhej, etc. This 7 nights and 8 days trip takes you to beautiful destinations like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India gate, Royal gardens of Chittorgarh, Somnath Temple, Arabian Sea Shore, etc. Sharing fare per cabin per person for this luxury train is Rs 7,480 for one night from October to March.
- Fair Queen Express:
If you are planning a short but luxurious journey to Alwar and Sariska then Fair Queen Express is a perfect train to give you a royal journey experience at affordable prices. Fair Queen is one of the oldest serving steam locomotive built in around 1855. This luxurious train’s name can also be found in Guinness Book of World Record. Not just that, it famous for being the recipient of National Tourism Award. The trains cover a journey of destinations like Delhi, Alwar, and Sariska. It runs from October to March on Saturdays. Sariska Lake Palace and Alwar Museum are two attractions in its stoppages. The fare of this journey starts from Rs 8,600 only.