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Take a Ride on the 5 Most Luxurious Trains in India

Luxury and royalty go hand in hand in India. As such, all the luxury trains of India are built to look and feel like an Indian palace. Travelling in a luxury train here is definitely worth the money. In addition to that, these trains cover some of the major tourist locations of India so you can be assured of not missing anything while being treated majestically. Explore the best luxury trains in India has below.

1. Maharajas’ Express

A lounge in the Presidential Suite
A lounge in the Presidential Suite. Photo by The Maharajas.

The name Maharaja translates to King. So most definitely, they make sure that everything in the train is nothing less than royal. Each of their carriages is named after the most precious gems of the Indian kings. Would you believe that the huge beds within the train are studded with jewels? Unimaginable maybe, but true. That is the kind of grandeur you will be experiencing here.

The train is equipped with all the facilities that you will ever require. There is a separate bar, lounge and dining area. They have huge panoramic windows to let you observe the changing landscapes whizzing past. Apart from these, all the necessities like WiFi and live TV are also available.

They operate five different tours. All of these focus on the Northern states of India. Two of them include the Golden Triangle tour. If you would like to know more about this, check The Top Sights of the Golden Triangle. The rest of the three trips cover the main attractions of Gujarat and Rajasthan also.

Experience royalty on the Maharajas’ Express.

2. The Palace on Wheels

Bar Lounge in the train
Bar Lounge in the train. Photo by The Palace On Wheels.

The Palace on Wheels is the best luxury train in India and the 4th best luxury train in the world. It was, in fact, the first luxury train to be launched in India.

This train is truly a palace on wheels. It mainly covers the state of Rajasthan which contains all the ancient architectural prowess of the country. You will be shown the major palaces, forts, temples and much more. In addition to this, you can choose further add-on packages of different states from their website while booking.

The entire train has a Rajasthani look to it. From it’s exterior to its elegant interiors, from its food to the people who serve you, everything has that Rajasthani vibe to it which is truly a delight. They have two major restaurants namely Maharaja Restaurant (King’s Restaurant) and Maharani Restaurant (Queen’s Restaurant). They also provide spa treatments which are amazing.

3. The Golden Chariot

Deluxe Cabin of the train
Deluxe Cabin of the train. Photo by Golden Chariot.

This beautiful luxury train covers South Indian states like Karnataka and Goa. It got its name from the famous chariot statue in Hampi which goes by the same name.

Just like its name, the train is known for covering many offbeat destinations of the South, focusing on cultural and heritage sights. It was awarded the best luxury train of Asia in 2013.

The train is very attractive in the first sight itself with its purple and golden coloured paint that gives it a posh and high-class look. Also, you are promised immense scenic beauty while the train is on the move because the South Indian states are filled with greenery, hills and valleys. It is very pleasing to the eyes.

If you love travelling to the mysterious and old cultural sites of India while relishing the beautiful Southern surroundings, then do it in luxury in the Golden Chariot.

4. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

One of the Restaurants of the train
One of the Restaurants in the train. Photo by Simon Pielow.

As the name suggests, this train also covers the major attractions in the state of Rajasthan including cities like Jodhpur, Udaipur and even the Khajuraho Temples. This train resembles Palace on Wheels and follows a similar route.

Since Rajasthan is the largest state in India, there is more than plenty to see here. It has been the land of Hindu kings for centuries and centuries. Therefore, you will experience royalty both outside the train as well as inside it.

The train has all the facilities including a world-class spa and a gym. So you will not miss out on anything.

A journey in this luxury train is worth your money.

5. Deccan Odyssey

Enchanting routes of the Deccan Odyssey
Enchanting routes of the Deccan Odyssey. Photo by Deccan Odyssey.

The Deccan Odyssey is a remarkable luxury train. Voyaging to some major states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa, the train allows you to have a varied experience of India. It is a relatively new train in comparison to the others.

Be it exploring the old forts and temples of Maharashtra and Rajasthan or spotting Asiatic Lions in Gujarat, this train makes it all possible. You will never have a dull moment throughout your journey in this luxurious train.

They claim to offer state-of-the-art amenities to their clients and the testimonials prove that they stand by their claim. They have saunas, bar, restaurants and even conference and business rooms within the vehicle. You can also access computers that are available in it. Isn’t it incredible?

Get ready for some five-star pampering and embark on this odyssey to explore India.

By Merlin Chacko

Currently studying English Literature at Delhi University. Obsessed with Harry Potter and NOT Shakespeare. I believe that nothing nourishes the soul like books and travelling. Constantly amazed by the Indian culture and its history. Personally feel that the old forts and ruined palaces in India are almost magical.

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