Luxury Trains in India

The Indian Railways operate five Luxury Tourist Trains in association with Indian Railway Tourism Catering Corporation (IRCTC) and State Tourism Corporations. These trains are no less than moving Luxury Hotels, where you get a taste of hospitality reserved for the Royalty. Cocooned in opulence and grandeur, these chariots take you to the choicest heritage sites, temples and wild life sanctuaries of India.  

Ever wondered how the Maharajas and Maharanis of the bygone ages lived?  You can get a first-hand experience of this in the Luxury Trains of India. You will be travelling amidst stringent security and personal attention in the trains which have tastefully and grandly decorated exteriors and interiors, inspired by the architecture are culture of the respective journey State – be it Rajasthan , Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu.  Each cabin highlights the cultural ethos of the state, represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, painting and furnishings. These trains had set a trademark in luxury trains era by attaching royal carriages to them. From that day till today many modifications and alternations have been carried out without compromising on the original opulence and charisma. The Palace on Wheels Luxury Train will give you a glimpse of the royal heritage of Rajasthan, the Golden Chariot of South India is reminiscent of the architectural heritage of Hoysala and Mysore tradition.

These trains are centrally air-conditioned with highest standards of hygiene. They comprise of different types of suites including Presidential suites, restaurants, lounges and bars. Some of these trains also have beauty parlours and spa facilities on board.
These trains have several types of lodgings to chose from – Cabins, Junior Suites, Suites and Presidential Suites.  You will be travelling ensconced in beautiful suites with majestic ambience.
The suites have large panoramic windows and are furnished with state-of-the-art facilities like comfortable, elegant beds, LED TVs, high speed Wi-Fi connections, mineral water for drinking, luxurious bathrooms with running hot and cold water and many more facilities. You will be provided with 24-hour personal servant, butler and laundry services.

The trains are equipped with multi-cuisine restaurants and cosy dining areas serving a lavish choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian culinary delights.  You also get an eclectic melange of assorted snacks in the private lounges. There is a bar on board, serving an exclusive range of domestic and international alcohol. 

On a few selected itineraries, you could get a chance to meet and interact with the members of royal families over lunch/dinner. Elephant rides and Elephant Polo are also on the itinerary for the Jaipur trip.
There are various journeys to select from.  All the journeys would take you to explore all the opulent jewels that India has to offer – Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra; a plethora of Forts and Palaces in Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner; Tiger Sanctuary in Ranthambore; unmatched beauty of the ancient temples of Khajuraho, architectural marvels of Orchha, and wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh; Holy Ghats of Varanasi; mystic caves of Ajanta and Ellora and 1000years old temples in Maharashtra; royal palaces and the most amazing temples of South India; to name a few. 

During the tour, you just have to sit back and relax as everything including the formalities and logistics to various sites will be taken care of by the train officials. Local transport to and from the train will be provided in luxury cars or buses. While you are off-board during the journey, you will be provided meals at super deluxe luxury hotels.

These luxury trains were conceptualized to present before the visitors, especially foreigners, a picture of the royal lifestyle of the ancient Indian rulers as well as to offer them a peek into the real essence of India. And true to the promise, a journey on any of these trains is sure to recreate a bygone era of indulgence and grace for you. Most passengers on these luxury trains are foreigners and they carry home an unforgettable experience of a lifetime, worth spending a fortune on.

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