While on board the Golden Chariot, don't miss capturing the World Heritage Sites enroute
Indulge in the finest Rajasthani cuisine aboard the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Be greeted in red-carpet style on the Palace on Wheels. "Khamaghani" means 'Welcome'.
While on tour in the Mahajas' Express, visit heritage palaces, forts and monuments - best of India's heritage properties
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Train journeys have come a long way from the times when we carried our own boriya-bistar, heard the usual “chai garam, garam chai” sounds of the tea vendor, and drank water from a surahi. Today, in the time of super-fast express trains, let’s explore the most luxurious trains in India that let you travel like royalty. These uber-luxury trains are not just a means of transport, but journeys where you’re in no hurry to reach the destination.
1. The Deccan Odyssey
The very site of the royal blue train makes you feel like you are climbing aboard a noble chariot, going out for an inspection of the conquered lands. This 5 star indulgence on wheels boasts of opulently designed cabins that will leave you awestruck with their grandeur. The train takes you across various routes starting from Mumbai and Delhi, covering some stunning cities and landmarks. Managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, this train is designed to reflect the lives of Maharajas in the 16th century. An initiative of Maharashtra Tourism, the Deccan Odyssey is the perfect amalgamation of transport and luxury. There is plenty to do aboard the train, from multi-cuisine restaurants serving food presented by expert chefs, to a spa for relaxing massages, along with many other state-of-the-art facilities.
Awarded the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” title for 6 consecutive years by the World Travel Awards, The Maharajas’ Express is luxury beyond imagination. Choose from eight grand tours of India, witnessing palaces, forts and heritage properties. The princely train is built with the idea of exploring India’s heritage while on board a palace. The presidential suite on the train would give any premium five star hotel a run for its money, with private lounges, bedrooms, lavish washrooms and a plush dining area.
An initiative by the Karnataka State Tourism Board, The Golden Chariot travels to a number of World Heritage Sites, making its way through the most beautiful natural wonders the country has to offer. These elegantly designed trains are equipped with facilities fit for kings, offer breakfast in bed and mesmerise you with the scenic routes. The aesthetic interiors complement the picturesque terrains through which the train travels. Each of the 11 guest cabins, named after ruling dynasties, are intricately designed with elegant Mysore style furniture. An Ayurveda spa centre, in house fine-dining restaurants, and tastefully maintained ambience of the lounges are just sweet cherries on top of this very delicious cake.
Start From: Bangalore
Approximate Tariff: Starting at INR 16,000 per night*
As the name rightly suggests, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes you through the rich heritage of Rajasthan. Experience the Rajput culture of valour and hospitality, and travel through many stunning palaces and fortresses built in the Rajputana region. Upon boarding the train, you are greeted with a grand musical red-carpet welcome, and the warmth of hospitality that one expects from Rajasthani culture. The private cabins are no less than princely abodes, with tastefully decorated interiors, imagery from Rajputana history, all the modern facilities of a luxury hotel, and fine-dining experiences showcasing the most delectable gems from the region.
The original luxury train in India, The Palace on Wheels showed Indians what luxury is all about. With a recent face-lift, the train was once used as transportation by the Nizams of Hyderabad and the kings of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat and others. This was the first heritage luxury train put together by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, and introduced the charm of royal travel to Indians and foreign visitors. Today, this premium train has retained its regal extravagance, and takes travellers through the heart of Rajasthan.
A writer. A reader. An observer. A traveler. In no particular order. The path to self discovery has taken Neha from India to Italy, from Bahrain to Dubai and back to India. Her journey has only just begun.