Most of us always think of a train journey as a method of getting from place to another, when you do not have enough money to fly; or the patience to drive. The train has been around for over 200 years; many changes, developments and advancements have undergone the industry with the introduction of monorails, high speed trains and even the metro. We are lucky enough to be living in a time, when we have the uber-luxury trains; and you are even luckier to have me to tell you all about them.
Palace on Wheels
The first of the luxury trains to come out in India, they set new benchmarks for train travels. The train was used by Indian royalty years ago; which led it to become India’s first Heritage Luxury Train. Of course, the train has been renovated since the time of Indian Royalty; and now boasts features that would rival most hotels. It does however, beat most hotels in terms of views traversing the Rajasthani landscapes. So, if you want to be treated like a king or queen, this is the right place to start.
Cost for two: Starting at Rs. 4,20,000
The Route: New Delhi- Jaipur- Sawai Madhopur- Chittaurgarh- Udaipur- Jaisalmer- Jodhpur- Bharat Pur- Agra- New Delhi
Duration : 8 days
The Golden Chariot
This train travels to various world heritage sites, making its way through South India’s beautiful landscapes. The train has only eleven cabins, but each one is named after a ruling dynasty; with according décor and colour schemes. The train boasts of a spa and ayurvedic centre and beautiful lounges for you to lounge in whenever you get tired of being in your room.
Cost for two: Starting at Rs. 3,50,000
The Route : Bangalore- Kabini- Mysore- Hassan- Hospet- Badami- Goa- Bangalore
Duration : 7 Days
The Deccan Odyssey
Named quite aptly, since it is an odyssey of luxury. It travels from Mumbai to Delhi. Across various heritage sites and through beautiful landscapes. It is one of the few luxury trains privately managed by the Taj Group of hotels. The entirety of the train reflects the majesty of living like royalty; while encapsulating the best amenities you could ask for.
Cost for two: Starting at Rs. 2,40,000
The Route: Mumbai- Nasik- Ellora Cave- Ajanta Caves- Kolhapur- Goa- Sindhudurg- Mumbai
Duration : 8 Days
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Experience the true essence of Rajput hospitality and all the intricacies of their culture. Travel to various palaces across the Rajasthani landscapes; in absolute luxury. The entire ambiance of the train is decorated with traditional Rajasthani art, handiwork and even music. Travel through time and history when you step on board the train.
Cost for two: Starting at Rs. 42,000 per night
The Route: New Delhi – Jodhpur- Udaipur- Sawai Madhopur- Khajuraho- Varanasi- Agra- New Delhi
Duration : 8 Days
The Maharaja’s Express
The most awarded and talked about luxury train in India. It has been awarded with the award for “World’s leading luxury train” for six consecutive years. I think the word ‘luxury’ may actually be a synonym for the Maharaja’s Express. A once in a lifetime experience, designed to make you feel spoilt the minute you step off the train. Offering you eight different options to tour and explore the vast Indian landscape with. You’ll be spoiled for options.
Cost for two: Starting at Rs. 5,00,000
Duration : 8 Days
So what is stopping you from taking your place amongst the royalty of the country? I would advise booking now, as these journeys get filled up fast.