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iXiGOers Jun 21 2013

Which are the various luxury trains in India?

Reema Bhalla Jun 21 2013
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Travelling in luxury trains in India is no longer limited to one or two options. Now one can choose from a plethora of options available not only in the number of trains but also in the choice of routes available.

Palace on Wheels

The name itself has become synonymous to luxury trains, one of the most popular luxury trains in India, Palace on Wheels still continues its royal journey starting from New Delhi to the heart of Rajasthan covering 8 destinations in total. But in this experience the journey is as important as the destination if not more. The gleaming carriage, 14 luxury saloons with all the modern amenities to soak yourself in while the train strolls past countryside, a personal attendant and two multi-cuisine restaurants with a well stocked bar defines epitome of luxury.

Tariff: INR 48000 per person per night for Indians and INR 50727 per person per night for foreigners.

It departs Wednesday from Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi on its scheduled journeys.

Photo by the official website

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

This newly built contemporary royal train blends aesthetic splendour of royalty with modern facilities effortlessly. Extending the luxury of palaces aboard are its 13 deluxe coaches named after a palace like Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal etc. while the super deluxe coach is called the Taj Mahal. From two multi-cuisines restaurants to a bar and even a spa, this wi-fi enabled train takes care of every need of its guests.

Tariff: INR 55457 per person per night

The train departs from Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi between the months of October to April every year.

Photo by the official website

Royal Orient Train

As you embark your journey on this magnificent train you are transported back to the times of Maharajas, with its 13 super luxurious coaches named after the kingdoms of Rajputana, the train completes its journey through the culturally rich and fascinating states of Rajasthan and Gujarat starting from Delhi.

Tariff: 2 berth cabin: single occupancy- October to March (INR 22182) per day, April to September ( INR 16667) per day

3 berth cabin: sharing- October to March (INR 11090) per day, April to September (INR 8367) per day

Duration: 7 days
Departure : Delhi Cantonment

Maharaja Express

The Maharajas Express has surpassed the levels of luxury at all levels, it not only offers five different tours with different destinations and duration of time but is also well equipped with facilities like wi-fi connectivity, bathtubs in suites, LCD television etc. as it makes its journey through the majestic palaces and untamed wildlife.

Tariff: INR 170000 for Deluxe Cabins

Maharajas Express journeys either originate from Delhi or Mumbai.

Photo by the official website

The Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot makes its luxurious voyage through Southern India exploring opulent palaces, wildlife and golden beaches. It is named after the popular Stone Chariot in Hampi which is a world heritage site. Its hand woven silk bed sheets by the local artisans, folk performances, lavish restaurants and a gymnasium set amidst this breathtaking train inspired by Mysore school of architecture.

Tariff: INR 24000 per night for Indians and INR 48172 per night for foreigners.

Starting point: Bangalore

Photo by the official website

Fairy Queen (locomotive)

Fairy Queen is the oldest running locomotive in the world. With only one coach it can accommodate only fifty passengers. While it makes its journey from Delhi to Alwar from where the guests are taken to Sariska National Park, one can enjoy relaxing on its recliner chairs and savour decadent food from the pantry while soaking in the view through its large windows.

Tariff: INR 12375 for Adults

Starting point: Delhi cantonment

Deccan Odyssey

The magical Deccan Odyssey India Tour begins from the city of Mumbai, making its journey through beautiful scenery and heritage destinations, through beautiful beaches of Goa and Maharashtra, splendid forts and palaces of Marathas, Osho ashram in Pune and historic sites of Ajanta, Ellora and Aurangabad. The train houses twenty one well appointed suites, a gymnasium, spa and a well stocked library.

Tariff: INR 368353
Starts from Mumbai or Delhi

Photo by the official website

Splendor of the South

This splendid voyage starting from the garden city of city of Bangalore to serene calmness of Pondicherry, resplendent temples of Tamil Nadu to finally ending the journey in the coastal region of Kochi. Besides to multi cuisine restaurants which are a complete culinary delight, it also has a separate gym and spa coach.

Tariff: INR 244089

Starts from Bangalore.

These luxury trains in India are no ordinary mode of transport but one of the most indulgent and exuberant way to explore Indian hospitality and culture at its best. The sheer bliss of travelling in comfort and indulging in local flavors is an experience of lifetime in itself. Travelling in trains in India has indeed become a fun and comfortable experience as a whole. With multiple websites and mobile apps available out there, it is quite easy to check PNR Status as well as live train running status.

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