Ever thought of a experiencing a holiday on wheels? Explore the country, by travelling in one of India’s luxury trains which is fast becoming popular, promising you both, extravagance and comfort! These luxury tourist trains, which offer every indulgence imaginable right down to customised cutlery, inject glamour and romance into seeing some of India’s best tourist attractions. From meals, tours, and entrance fees to monuments and cultural sites, everything is included in the tariff. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the regal experience. Travel at night and explore new destinations during the day!
Palace on wheels
If you want to live life King size, then travel like the Royals do! Hop aboard the Palace of Wheels for an unmatched experience of a lifetime! It promises a truly enchanting week-long royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas. The exquisite and exclusive Palace on Wheels has 14 exquisite cabins, all individually named after a city in the desert state of Rajasthan. Their interiors are authentic historic replicas of the coaches once owned by the erstwhile Maharajas of Rajasthan. In addition, the Palace on Wheels has two restaurants and a bar lounge area where guests can relax and enjoy the passing scenery. The train is decorated in rich traditional style, including draped curtains, hand crafted lights, and Rajasthani art.
The train departs on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. from Delhi and visits Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra, before returning back to Delhi at 6 a.m. the following Wednesday. Send in your enquiry for cost details and reservation.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Travel like a Royal on one of India’s prized luxury trains, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, introduced in January 2009 has a more advanced version of the Palace on Wheels with more luxurious and spacious cabins. It boasts of two super deluxe suites and 13 deluxe cabins, along with two restaurant lounges, a spa, and wireless internet! The interiors of the train really are striking with deluxe cabins coming with names such as Emerald, Pearl, Ruby and Sapphire, and beautiful rich colour schemes to match.
The train departs on Sundays at 6.30 p.m. from Delhi and visits Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Bharatpur , Agra, and Varanasi before returning back to Delhi on the following Sunday morning.
The Deccan Odyssey
Discover the soul of Incredible India, by embarking on a journey aboard The Deccan Odyssey! You can select from 10 great rail journeys in India aboard the Deccan Odyssey and rediscover the joys of travelling. The duration of the journeys range from a maximum of 7 nights – 8days to a minimum of 2 nights – 3 days every month. The interiors of each of its 21 coaches have been inspired by the forts of the Deccan Plateau and popular tourist places visited by the train. Similar to a luxury hotel, there are spacious presidential suites, spa, gymnasium, business facilities, fine dining restaurants, and a well-stocked bar! The Deccan Odyssey runs from September until the end of April each year. It stops during the really hot and monsoon months. Departure dates are limited to once per month. Each tour has its own special route. Places visited are Sindhudurg, Goa, Kolhapur, Ajanta, Ellora Caves, Nashik among many other places of interest. The 10 rail journeys include, The Maharashtra Wild Train Journey, Indian Odyssey, Maharashtra Splendour, Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Soul Quest, Jewels of the Deccan, Spiritual Sahyadri, Indian Soiree, Indian Sojourn, Golden Treasure. There is also another luxury train service from Mumbai to Delhi, The Indian Maharaja. Send in your enquiry for more information about the tour type, departure dates and reservation.
The Golden Chariot
For a fascinating journey through Karnataka’s historical heritage sites, embark on a voyage aboard The Golden Chariot. The train has two restaurants, a lounge bar, gym, spa and a coach for business activities. Each of the Golden Chariot’s carriages have been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka — Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar. One of the highlights on board is the performances by local artists in the train’s Madira Lounge Bar, the interior of which has been designed as a replica of the Mysore Palace. The Golden Chariot has two routes: “The Pride of the South” which runs through Karnataka, and the “Southern Splendor,” an expanded route that incorporates Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The Pride of South – This train service runs from October to April for a duration of 7 days. It departs every second Monday at 8 p.m. from Bengaluru and visits Mysore, Kabini and Nagarhole National Parks, Bandipur, Hassan, Hampi, Gadag, Badami, and Goa. It returns back on the following Monday to Bengaluru at 11:30 a.m. You can also travel for a shorter durations such as from Bengaluru to Goa, Hassan to Bengaluru, and Hospet (near Hampi) to Bengaluru.
Southern Splendour – This train service runs from October to April. It departs every second Monday at 8 p.m. from Bengaluru and visits Chennai, Pondicherry, Tanjavur, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthpuram (Trivandrum), Kovalam, Alleppey (Kerala’s backwaters) and Kochi. The train arrives back in Bengaluru the following Monday morning at 9 a.m. Passengers can hop on and hop off anywhere along the routes, as long as they spend a total of three nights aboard the train.