There is an old-world charm in travelling slowly and getting onboard a train. When these trains are some of the finest luxury trains in the world, that becomes a journey to celebrate. When you travel to the land of Maharajas, it makes immense sense to travel like one and be treated like one, to get the complete experience. Here we curate some of the finest luxury train journeys in India which we recommend to our guests –
The Maharaja express
The Maharaja Express focuses on giving all of its passengers a luxurious experience and a royal treatment. It has been awarded the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ consecutively for seven years now. Maharaja express is famously known for its top-notch hospitality and providing maximum comfort to the passengers throughout their short journey. This luxury train proudly shows the tourists, India’s rich culture and heritage. Each passenger gets to experience the magical charm of the Taj Mahal and the royalty of palaces in Rajasthan. There are about 4 unique kinds of travel packages offered by The Maharaja Express. Each of these is designed with the utmost care, keeping in mind to provide a comfortable travel experience to its passengers. The Train has four different types of cabins, each varying in size, accommodation, and prize. One may choose the cabin according to their budget and the number of people the cabin can accommodate. One experiences a royal treatment through several facilities available on the train. There are two restaurants equipped with gold-edged cutlery and Swarovski crystal glasses so that you can eat like a Maharaja and therefore feel like a Maharaja. The restaurant also gives you an option to personalize your meal plan. The chefs on board can cook any dish, be it non-vegetarian, vegetarian, or vegan. The train has two bars and lounges for people to socialize and relax. The Safari Bar is recommended for an exquisite socializing scene and The Rajah Club is recommended when one wants to savor a few hours of solitude, by reading a book with a background picturesque view of pan India.
The Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey is a majestic tourism train that has 21 coaches, and each of them is designed differently. These designs are inspired by the different eras in which multiple dynasties ruled throughout Maharashtra. Every cabin on the Deccan Odyssey is furnished with all standard amenities like internet connection, personalized guest facilities, air-conditioning, and attached washrooms to ensure that the guests have comfortable travel experience. The train has various other modern amenities for the passengers to enjoy. The train has two fancy restaurants, they are- Peshwa I & II. The restaurants have a classy decor and a wide range of dishes on the menu for the passengers to choose from. It also has a highly stocked bar with the best varieties of liquor brought to you from all the parts of the globe. The bar has an elegant ambiance, which helps the passengers to relax from a long day of doing wayfarer activities. The train has a royal spa on-board that helps the guest unwind and give them rejuvenating massages. Indoor gaming facilities are available for a good family bonding session and also to pass-time during the trip. The fun doesn’t have to stop once the passengers get on board! Every passenger is given an arrival kit with primary items like stationery, itinerary, brochures, etc. The Deccan Odyssey provides its passengers with six different kinds of journey alternatives to choose from. Each of them designed to show the guests the rich culture, various art forms, and religious practices of ancient India.
Palace on Wheels
Palace on Wheels is the first luxury train of India. It has a service that focuses on providing the on-board passengers with a memorable trip by showing them the heritage of India. It is voted by the passengers as the fourth-best luxury train across the world. The train is designed in such a way that it provides the passengers with an exquisite ambiance to fit in with the overall artistic and royal theme. To feel like royalty, one must sleep like royalty. The cabins of palace on wheels are spacious and comfortable with regal decor, so the passengers feel like they are sleeping in the royal chambers of the majestic palaces in India. The Cabin has all the facilities like open WiFi connection, attached bathroom, small pantry, air conditioning, etc. A personal attendant is present in each saloon to cater to the guest’s needs. The coaches have a historical design and are each known after iconic forts and palaces of Rajasthan. Laundry service is available to the passengers on specific days. The Palace on Wheels has a special spa lounge, and Ayurvedic massages are offered to the guests. Smoking is prohibited on the train. It also has a multi-cuisine serving kitchen, with some of the top chefs to serve the passengers with freshly cooked meals. The Palace on Wheels also has a bar lounge that is an excellent way of mingling with other passengers and unwinding after a long day. This train has only one 8-days tour program which covers the western parts of India. Witness the charm of royal palaces of Rajasthan and the vibrant heritage that is internationally-recognized through this colorful journey. Check out a sample itinerary of Palace on Wheels here
Royal Orient is an exalted train that gives its passenger an enthralling experience in their journey. The train, as the name suggests, is designed to give passengers a taste of royalty and take them through a magical journey filled with culture and heritage. It offers eight days and seven nights’ journey that starts from Delhi and ends at Pink city, Jaipur. Royal Orient is a perfect way to witness the charm and royalty of the multiple dynasties that ruled the state of Rajasthan. The entire tour, including the train, is based on the Rajasthani royalty theme. There are thirteen coaches on Royal Orient, and all of them are painted in royal blue color, and their names are after the royal kingdoms of Rajasthan. Each cabin is fitted with the necessary amenities, and each of them has an attached bathroom. Two personal attendants are present in every saloon and provide the passengers with a 24/7 hour service. Two restaurants that serve traditional Rajasthani, Chinese, Gujarati, Continental and Indian cuisines are available on the Royal Orient. The menu includes both non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. It also has an in-house bar that serves world-class alcohol, and the ambiance of the bar helps the passengers to relax and provides a fun-loving social scene for them. A traditional lounge with facilities like TV, CD player, powerful music speakers, and a library is available on the train. The library has a collection of books varying in genres that will keep you in the company throughout your journey. The library is also stocked with newspapers and magazines for your entertainment. The passengers catch a glimpse of the historical architectures, experience the customs and traditions of locals, devour mouth-watering cuisines, learn about the art and history of these places during their tour.
The Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot is a lavish train of southern India. It gives the passengers a luxury tour of the Deccan part of India. All the important tourist points, heritage sites, ancient architecture monuments are covered during this tour. The Golden Chariot has commendable hospitality, and each cabin has a regal decor that gives you a glimpse of the heritage of southern India. The names of the coaches are after the ancient places in Karnataka and other regions surrounding it. Every cabin is equipped with various amenities like wardrobe space, internet connection, LCD TV, attached bathroom, DVD player, air conditioning, etc. One of the coaches on this train has a span and a gym. Traditional therapeutic Ayurvedic massages are offered in the spa, which relieves the pressure from the body and helps the guest to relax. The gym has the latest equipment for workout and is an excellent way to feel energized. Every coach has a butler assigned to assist the passengers with their needs. The Train offers three different kinds of journey options, each of them showing the pride and heritage of the southern states. Witness the astounding culture the Southern states have to offer.
These lavish trains are a perfect way to enjoy the picturesque sceneries and the culture and heritage of India, and be treated like a royalty.