Inside the ‘seven heavens’ on the wheels

If travelling is your fantasy and royalty are your interests, then the luxury trains of India will fulfil all your interests and fantasies. There are total seven luxury trains in India which are managed by Indian Railways, namely: Maharaja’s Express, Palace on Wheels, The Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Royal Orient Train, and Fairy Queen Express. So are you ready to take a ride on these luxury trains?

1. Palace on Wheels, which covers the best of Rajasthan

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This train was launched in 2009 for promoting Rajasthan tourism. With extravagant rooms, exquisite interior, luxurious dining hall and a well-stocked bar. Palace on wheels runs from September to April.

Route: Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi
Package:  The 7 nights, 8 days journey includes 7 stoppages, where tourist are taken for city tours. Key attractions covered by this train are:

  • Delhi – India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb
  • Jaipur – Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Rajasthali, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
  • Sawai Madhopur & Chittorgarh – Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh Fort
  • Udaipur – Jag Niwas, Lake Pichhola
  • Jaisalmer – Yellow Sandstone Fort, ancient mansions
  • Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, grand palaces, shopping tour in Jodhpur
  • Bharatpur – Keoladeo Ghana National Park
  • Agra – Fatehpur-Sikri, the Taj Mahal

Fare: International travellers- US$3500+ taxes
Indian travellers- INR 2,10,000+ taxes

2. Golden Chariot- Discovering South India 

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The superb luxury train takes you on a tour of the most amazing places in South India. It is well known for its impeccable hospitality. The train has royal interiors, lavishing rooms and bar, spa facilities and other 5-star facilities. Regarded by tourists as one of the best luxury trains in India, it was also awarded as ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Train’ in the year 2013. It runs from October to March.

Routes: 

  • Pride of the South (Bangalore – Kabini – Mysore – Hassan – Hampi – Badami – Goa – Bangalore)
  • Southern Splendour (Bangalore – Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Madurai – Thiruvananthapuram – Alleppey – Kochi – Bangalore)

Fare: For international travellers- US$8,260+ taxes
For Indian travellers- INR 3,08,000

3. Fairy Queen Express – A short, but luxurious journey to Alwar & Sariska

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This is the oldest luxury train, established in 1855. It rambles through Alwar and Sariska in Rajasthan.  With a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records and a recipient of National Tourism Award, Fairy Queen easily makes it to the list of most luxurious trains in India.

Route: Delhi – Alwar – Sariska- Alwar – Delhi

Runs from October to March on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Duration of the journey is 1 night, 2 days. Attractions at its two stoppages – Sariska and Alwar – are:

  • Sariska– Lake Palace, Sariska National Park
  • Alwar– Alwar Museum

Starting fares for full package
(Two-way train journey + sightseeing/stay at Sariska for an adult)
INR 8,600 + Government taxes/Service taxes

4. Maharajas’ Express – Royal journey to India’s top tourist destinations

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Route: Delhi – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Agra – Delhi

Package: Like most Indian luxury trains, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is operational from October to March. Duration of the journey is 7 nights, 8 days. In each city that it stops, tours to city attractions and famous historical places in India are included. Here are the top tourist attractions you cover on your journey in Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

  • Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada
  • Udaipur – Forts, palaces, and hotels of Udaipur
  • Chittorgarh – Vijay Stambha, Gaumukh Reservoir, Rana Kumbha Palace
  • Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambhore Palace and Ranthambore National Park, Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple
  • Jaipur – City Palace, Hawa Mahal
  • Khajuraho – Khajuraho Temples and
  • Varanasi – Ganga Ghats, Sarnath
  • Agra – Taj Mahal

Starting fares per cabin on twin sharing basis:
For international travellers: US$9,450 + taxes
For Indian travellers: INR 5,67,000 +taxes

5. The Deccan Odyssey – Exploring Maharashtra & Gujarat

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It is a 5-star-hotel on wheels that take you through the fascinating destinations in Maharashtra and Gujrat. It has multi cuisines, excellent furniture, lavishing cabins, lounges and extravagant spa.

Routes:

  • Maharashtra Splendor (Mumbai – Nasik – Ellora Cave – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Ratnagiri – Mumbai)
  • Indian Odyssey (Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Ellora Caves – Mumbai)
  • Hidden Treasures of Gujarat (Mumbai – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir – Somnath – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera – Patan – Nashik – Mumbai)
  • Indian Sojourn (Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi)
  • Jewels of the Deccan (Mumbai – Bijapur – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai)
  • Maharashtra Wild Trail (Mumbai – Aurangabad – Ramtek – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai)

The Deccan Odyssey operates from October to April and the duration for all 6 routes is 7 nights, 8 days.

Starting fares:
For international travellers: US$5,810 + taxes
For Indian travellers: INR 3,71,900+ taxes

6. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels – Indian heritage with complete luxury

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It is one of the most beautiful trains which takes you through the most eminent places of Rajasthan, having 14 luxury cabins modelled on erstwhile royal palaces, multi-cuisine restaurants, bars and spa services on board, this train lives up to its name and remains in great demand for luxury train journeys in India.

Route: Delhi – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Agra – Delhi

Package: Like most Indian luxury trains, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is operational from October to March. Duration of the journey is 7 nights, 8 days. In each city that it stops, tours to city attractions and famous historical places in India are included. Here are the top tourist attractions you cover on your journey in Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

  • Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada
  • Udaipur – Forts, palaces, and hotels of Udaipur
  • Chittorgarh – Vijay Stambha, Gaumukh Reservoir, Rana Kumbha Palace
  • Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambhore Palace and Ranthambore National Park, Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple
  • Jaipur – City Palace, Hawa Mahal
  • Khajuraho – Khajuraho Temples and
  • Varanasi – Ganga Ghats, Sarnath
  • Agra – Taj Mahal

Starting fares per cabin on twin sharing basis:
For international travellers: US$9,450 + taxes
For Indian travellers: INR 5,67,000 + taxes

7. Royal Orient Train – A royal journey to the heart of India

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Route: Delhi – Chittorgarh/Udaipur -Junagarh/Veraval- Sasan Gir/Dilwara – Palitana- Sarkhej- Ahmedabad- Jaipur- Delhi

Package: The Royal Orient Train runs all year round, and the duration is 7 nights, 8 days. City attractions one can see en route are:

  • Delhi – Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate
  • Chittorgarh/Udaipur – Chittorgarh Fort, City Palace, boating in Lake Pichhola, Shilpgram and Royal Gardens
  • Junagarh/Veraval – Ashokan Rock EDICT of 3rd Century BC, Darbar Hall Museum, Mausoleum of Nawab
  • Mahabat Khanji, Somnath Temple on the shore of the Arabian Sea
  • Sasan Gir National Park – Lion Sanctuary
  • Dilwara – St. Paul’s church and Mandir Beach
  • Palitana – Jain Temple atop Shatrunjaya Hills
  • Ahmedabad – Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles, Sidi Aayyad’s Mosque
  • Jaipur – Amar Fort and elephant ride, Hawa Mahal, City palace, Jantar Mantar (observatory)

Starting fares per cabin per person for one night on twin sharing basis from October-March:
For international travelers: US$200 + 4.5% Service tax
For Indian travelers: INR 7,480 + 4.5% Service tax

Starting fares per cabin per person for one night on twin sharing basis from April-September:
For international travellers: US$150 + taxes
For Indian travellers: NA

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