India is well known as the land of royalty. From the various princely states that we have read about in history to being famous as the land of the Kohinoor, our history is as rich as our culture. Current day India also offers us a chance to go back in time and explore the royal life. While many of us may have stayed in former royal places which are now luxury hotels, here’s another out-of-the-box experience for those who believe the journey is as important as the destination.
India’s railway network which is the largest in Asia offers you a chance at luxury travel where you could travel through the deserts of Rajasthan or the tropical beaches of Konkan all by train. You could also get the Taj experience or travel by train which has an in-house spa.
Read on to find out more about some of India’s most luxurious trains.
1. The Deccan Odyssey
This royal blue beauty managed by the Taj Group of Hotels will not give you the feel of a regular train. It has beautifully designed and spacious cabins having a five-star touch. The grandeur of this train will leave you awestruck because this train is designed to reflect the lives of Maharajas in 16th century India. The train has multi-cuisine restaurants, spas, massage parlors, and many more activities to make your stay more pleasant. This train starts from Mumbai or Delhi and the states it covers are Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The average ticket fare for one person is around 4.50 lakh rupees for seven nights and eight days.
2. Maharaja Express
This train has won the title ‘World Leading Luxury Train’ for six consecutive years. The beauty of this train is beyond imagination. It offers eight grand tour packages of India from which you can choose one. The states it usually covers are Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. Explore India’s heritage with the top-class experience of this train’s services and private lounges. This train starts from Delhi or Trivandrum and the average cost for one person is around 4 lakh rupees for six nights and seven days.
3. The Golden Chariot
It takes you on a journey through the World Heritage Sites and the scenic natural wonders of Karnataka and nearby states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is an initiative by the Karnataka State Tourism Board and they proved the name given to the train. The train is big on opulence and grandeur having classic Mysore style furniture, an Ayurveda spa, and in-house fine-dine restaurants. This train starts from Bengaluru and charges on this train are 16,000 rupees per night.
4. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Experience the royal Rajputana and Rajasthani culture like nowhere else on this train. This train takes you through the rich heritage of Rajasthan, and on the way see the stunning forts and palaces of the Rajput kings. The most unique thing about this train’s journey is the grand red carpet welcome that you receive before boarding the train. This train starts from Delhi and the per-person cost is around 3.80 lakh rupees for seven nights and eight days.
5. Palace on Wheels
This was the original or you can say the first luxury train of India. This train was used by the Nizams, Kings, and Queens in earlier times. This train is the first heritage luxury train of India and has given the first taste of royal travel to Indians so it surely has some sentimental values. Besides all this, this train is also full of luxuries and world-class amenities. You can travel through Rajasthan and Agra on this train and it starts from Jaipur, and the average per-person cost is around 3.65 lakh rupees for seven nights and eight days.
So, add these trains to your wish list and mark the dates for your luxury vacation on wheels because these opulent trains will surely change the way you think about train