Gone are the days when train was just a mode of transportation in India. In the whole journey from the initial ‘invention’ of trains, till now, India has witnessed a lot of changes.
Leaving behind the old and boring coach/ sleeper-class experience, trains in India reached the ‘express trains’ station and now are redefining the whole concept of train journeys. Now, you would not want to look at each station and wait for your destination to arrive, rather, the experience in the new ‘luxury’ trains would want you to enjoy the journey as much as the destination itself.
Let’s see the 5 amazing luxury trains in India to offer such experience.
1. The Deccan Odyssey
(Image Courtesy: Deccan Odyssey Official Site)
Looking all elegant in blue, this royal train would make you as if you are taking onto aa royal chariot. Not only the elegance from outside, even in the interiors, but the train also gives you a royal experience with luxuriously curated cabins.
The train starting from Mumbai and Delhi will take you to various stops covering some stunning cities and landmarks. Taj Group of Hotels manages the train, which is designed to reflect the lives of Maharajas in the 16th century and is an initiative of Maharashtra Tourism.
Price to pay for the luxury: Starting at INR 4.27 Lakh*
2. Maharajas’ Express
(Image Courtesy: The Maharajas’ Express Official Site)
The 6 times awarded “World’s Leading Luxury Train”, the Maharajas’ Express is luxury beyond imagination. While booking the train, you can select from eight grand tours of India, witnessing palaces, forts, and heritage properties. The royal train is made with the objective of exploring India’s heritage while onboard a palace.
Cost of the lavish experience: Starting at INR 3.97 Lakh*
3. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
(Image Courtesy: Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Official Site)
Just as its name suggests, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels covers the whole of Rajasthan to give you the whole experience of the city’s rich heritage. As you enter the train, you are greeted with a grand musical red-carpet welcome and the warmth of hospitality that one expects from Rajasthani culture. The exclusive cabins are just like the princes’ rooms, with alluring interiors and decorations.
You can make the bookings: Starting at INR 3.78 Lakhs*
4. Palace on Wheels
One of the first luxury trains in India, The Palace on Wheels introduced Indians to the concept of luxury trains. Now a modified and refined version for public experience, the train was once used as transportation by the Nizam of Hyderabad and the kings of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, and others. Being the first heritage train by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, it introduced the charm of royal travel to Indians and foreign visitors.
Book your royal experience: Starting at INR 3.63 Lakh*
5. The Golden Chariot
(Image Courtesy: Golden Chariot Official Site)
A Karnataka State Tourism Board initiative, The Golden Chariot covers a number of World Heritage Sites, via the most beautiful natural wonders India has to offer. Each of the 11 guest cabins, named after ruling dynasties, are beautifully crafted with royal Mysore style furniture. An Ayurveda spa centre, in house fine-dining eateries and sophisticatedly maintained aura of the lounges are worth appreciation.
Bookings: Starting at INR 16,000 per night*
Just after the pandemic ends and you need a good relaxing vacation, scroll through the available trains, and book one royal trip for yourself too.
*Prices may vary