India is a land of beauty and people from around the world visit this subcontinent to bask in the natural bliss and get enthralled by the grandeur of majestic monuments. But the varied environment of India has sometimes become problem to the foreign tourists and hence to enable an immemorial journey of the country, Indian railways have come up with several luxury trains. Embark any of these royal carriers to explore India like a king.
Palace on Wheels
Introduced in 1982, the Palace on Wheels truly compliments its name with suites resembling royal palaces and hunting lodges and offering comfort as high as that of royal life. The 14 suites and 4 cabins of the train are enveloped in soft carpets, while every room is equipped with best in class amenities, like large beds, music systems, televisions, attached bath with branded toiletries and round the clock medical service.
Good food has always been an essential part of Rajput lifestyle and hence the two dining cars of Palace on Wheels are maintained by master chefs. While the food is lip smacking, the way the food is served brings smile on your face.
Palace on Wheels starts its journey from the capital city of Delhi and takes you through Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ranthambhore National Park, Bharatpur and Agra.
Some of the sparkles of the Indian subcontinent lay at the western part of India. Starting its journey from the commercial capital of Mumbai, Deccan Odyssey takes you through the rock cut caves of Ajanta Ellora, through the Portuguese life of Goa, through the rich culture of Alwar, Ratnagiri, Jaigadh, Ganapatipule, Bhatye Beach, through the rich history of Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Sawantwadi, Aurangabad, Pune and through the wine capital of Nasik. Launched in 2002, the luxury train of Deccan Odyssey boasts of 13 fully air conditioned couches with 4 twin bedded chambers. From intercoms to wheel chairs, the train takes utmost care of your privacy and needs. The eight day trip on this train is a journey of splendour, relishing heavenly delicacies and sipping the best liquor.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
As a response to the immense popularity of Palace on Wheels, Indian railways came up with the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Started in 2009, this luxury train has more cabins and space than the Palace on Wheels. While the soft beds draped in silk and velvet spreadsheets absorb your day’s tiredness, the vintage furniture and world class ambience remains forever in your memory. The restaurants of the train, namely, Sheesh Mahal and Swarn Mahal dazzles with crystal pelmets and floor lamps, while the food served is quintessential. The train has the same itinerary as that of the Palace on Wheels.
Ride on the Golden Chariot to travel to the land of stone architecture, South India. The train chugs through Bangalore, Mysore, Hampi, Badami and Goa on its eight days journey. Tour on Golden Chariot is a golden memory as the air conditioned rooms help you accommodate easily to the different atmosphere of South India and the Ayurveda spa massage car helps you to revive from stress. Maintain your fitness even on a vacation at the well equipped gym or get high with friends at the bar lounge of the train to enjoy a fulfilling vacation.
Visit the land of fairyland, Rajasthan on one of the classic trains of India, Fairy Queen. With just 50 tourist accommodations, this luxury train helps you enjoy some special moments with your loved ones far from the maddening crowd. The heart warming hospitality, inviting atmosphere and awe-inspiring decoration with Rajasthani paintings and furniture, for some days make you feel a king with your queen.