Do you know (some interesting facts): Indian Railways is today the Largest Rail Network in Asia. There are 12,618 trains that run daily to carry over 24 million passengers. The first train to run on Indian soil was in the year 1853 from Mumbai to Thane. Indian Cargo Rails run more than 7,521 goods trains carrying 3 million tonnes (MT) of freight every day. India is world renowned for its Luxurious Royal Trains.
When we decide to plan a vacation, there are few but very important things that we give utmost priority to. Transportation being one of them, because if where we have planned our vacation if the transportation facility is not convenient then the entire fun or enjoyment of vacation goes in vain. Hence traveling through passenger trains to the desired place is a very important factor and perhaps the key to a successful trip. Here, what we are talking about is not just mere trains but Luxurious Tourist Coaches. To be more precise it’s more about royal transport, hence we are going to discuss of top 6 Super Luxurious and Expensive Trains In India.
(1)The Maharaja Express
One of the world’s top Luxurious and Expensive Trains on the planet the Maharaja Express offers superb services in terms of hospitality, as they have extremely well-trained and professional staffs. The Interiors are developed to reproduce the beauty of the personal carriages of erstwhile maharajas, the decorations of this high-class practice in Indian is suffused with an appreciation for the past. The elegance of a past era and cutting-edge facilities coalesce easily to provide top class residing in the charming decorations of the Maharaja. This train which is half-a-mile long have bars stocked with quality drinks, luxurious suites. There trained butlers will be always at your service. The food here is superb offering variety mills like the Lactose Meal, the Kosher Meal, the Ovo Lacto Veg Meal, the Gluten Free Meal, the Jain Meal, the Vegan Meal, both vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Meal. The prime features of this train includes television and CCTV cameras in all public areas, bathrooms that have washbasin, shower, bathtub that has both hot and cold water running, a small bar, large sitting area, free internet, ISD call feature in each cabin, wardrobe, luggage holder under the bed, ambulance and so on. There are multiple cabins which include 5 deluxe cars, 6 junior suite cars, a couple of suite cars, one presidential suite car, 1 bar and lounge car, 2 restaurant cars,1 kitchen car, 1 staff coach, 1 executive and managers car. This express train runs across more than 12 locations in North-West and Central India. The tour itinerary goes like this: Heritage India: starts from Mumbai then moves to Ajanta covers Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and back to New Delhi. Gems of India: covers Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore to Jaipur and back in Delhi. The Indian Panorama: covers from Delhi to Jaipur, then to Ranthambore then towards Fatehpur Sikri towards Agra, then to Gwalior towards Orchha covering Khajuraho it moves towards Varanasi, then covering Lucknow, back to Delhi. Indian Splendour includes starting from Delhi towards Agra then moves towards Ranthambore covering Jaipur, turns to Bikaner covering Jodhpur then Udaipur and Balasinor, back to Mumbai. Treasures of India runs from Delhi covering Agra to Ranthambore then to Jaipur and back in Delhi. Fare in this train ranges from Rs 36000 to Rs 1,12500 INR per day.
(2)Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The Royal Rajasthan is one of the grand luxurious trains of contemporary times. It was designed following the structure of the famous train “Palace on Wheels” the Interiors of which are build in today’s elegant style that features like a royal palace to encounter the current elegant luxury, where every moment is weaved together into a long-term and immemorial encounter to be resided and valued permanently. There are about 14 passenger coaches, the thirteen coaches have 3 deluxe and 2 super deluxe rooms each that are built on different themes of color. The coaches are named as Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Surya Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Jal Mahal Padmini Mahal, Kishori Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jogi Mahal, Kumbha Palace, Lalgarh Palace. The Super Deluxe room is called the “Taj Mahal”.All the cabins symbolize ultimate comfort, luxury, space. The suites are named as “Emerald” and “Diamond”. The dining facility is splendid here with the train offering two restaurants which offer cuisines rights from Rajasthani Thali’s to other Indian, Continental, and Chinese dishes. Few other services here include a bar with variety of liquors, spa centre offering different therapies and finest medication, free internet, a music system and also a public address system, laundry services, electronic safes are offered in each cabin to keep your belongings safely, mailbox is provided separately, foreign exchange is on offer, in addition to all this for a relaxed touring encounter, Elegant Rajasthan on Wheels will provide customized Volvo vehicles for the travellers in luxurious and vehicles for travellers in a super-deluxe saloon. the grateful kindness is likely to leave you left without words. The kindness and hospitality are likely to leave you in awe, a sort of experience is unforgettable once you board the train. The qualified attendants will help you 24 / 7. This train covers 7 days and 8 nights tour all the way in Rajasthan. Journey begins from New Delhi’s Safdarjung train place from Day 1, and halts at Jodhpur on 2nd Day, covers Udaipur and Chittaurgarh in 3rd Day, Ranthambore Nationwide Recreation area and Jaipur on 4th Day, enters Khajuraho on the 5th Day, Varanasi and Sarnath on 6th Day, Agra on the 7th Day and returning to Delhi on 8th Day. Some of the sightseeing opportunities can be found on the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Ranthambhor, Nationwide Recreation area, Chittaurgarh Citadel, Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), Keoladeo Ghana Nationwide Recreation area, Agra Citadel last but not least the Taj Mahal. Trian fare starts from 36462.28 rupees INR onwards.
(3)The Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey Train is recognized for providing an extravagance travel encounter for the guests wanting to revive the spectacular history of ancient Indian. The destination included in the sojourn in the state of Maharashtra. The Deccan Odyssey provides an exposure to traditional, religious, wild animals and social wealth of India. The inner part of the train is remodelled following the Deccan History and Regime. A nice hospitality of traditional Indian kind is on offer that will make you feel like a prince; hence you can re-visit the era of forgotten elegant journeying. A personal attendant is allotted for each cabin to take care of each guests. There are about 21 cabins,11 passenger cars, and couple of presidential suites that is arranged in terms of accommodating the travellers. There are cars provided for generator, pantry luggage etc. The train also has several other facilities like the medicated spa that provides Ayurvedic body massage and steam bath, 24 hrs running hot and cold water, Intercom, free internet, music players, wall-mounted plasma LCD TV’s and so on. Each cabin is well equipped with air conditioning, beauty parlour, fitness gym etc. For each room there is an attached bathroom. A special feature of this train is that there is separate facility for disabled guests. In terms of the business class people there is a separate allotted conference car well designed and built particularly to attend business purpose. Regarding the dining options fabulous selections involving culinary wonders, the mind-blowing dishes here include a wide range of both Indian as well as International delicacies. The dinner is served by experienced staff offering service of supreme quality. This train provides a mind-boggling tour of 7 nights and 8 days, with destinations starting from Mumbai then all the way to Aurangabad, traveling towards Tadoba, Ajanta caves, Nasik, Kolhapur, Goa and then all the way back to Mumbai again. Fare starts from 374864.10 rupees INR.
(4)The Golden Chariot
The most luxurious and expensive train available in southern India, the Golden Chariot is supremely designed following the Hosalya Temple that existed way back in the twelfth century. As far as the coaches are concerned, there are about 44 cabins all of which are air-conditioned, 11 interconnected rooms where 26 double bedrooms are combined, along with another 17 bedded rooms and a specific room equipped to assist the physically disabled. Every room is decorated with all modern amenities such as the LCD Tv’s, battery recharge facility, writing desk, private bathrooms, beds that have extra padding, free internet and so on. Apart from this luxurious train is fitted with latest gymnasium, couple of rooms that are dedicated for massage, an Ayurvedic spa service and a huge lounge to relax. Besides, there is also a well decorated pub that has a grand collection of both national and international liquors that will simply lift your spirits up. The bar is crafted following the design of the palace of Mysore. In this royal train, there are two restaurants for dining, that are namely the “Nala” and “Ruchi” that are exclusively designed to provide multiple variety of cuisines that are a class apart. Amazing beauty and peaceful atmosphere add to the romantic endeavours of a sophisticated cuisine experience on board the Golden Chariot. Get an unforgettable experience of super hospitality travelling in this train. Every staff, be it butler, room service in this particular journey will serve you in a way that it will be a life-long memorable experience to cherish. The Golden Chariot travels for an range of Global Heritage locations, wildlife haven, and social sites within states of South India associated with Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Starting from high tech city of Bangalore the train runs through Chennai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey, Kochi, and finishing the tour with Bangalore. The total package of the tour, only the train fair that is 238000 rupees INR approx.
(5)The Palace on Wheels
The Palace on Wheels which is India’s first ever luxury train reminds us the age of the kings who were decorated with jewels and with a raised sword in hand used to ride on war elephants. This train marks the ancient era of the grand maharaja’s and their lavish lifestyles and it has been modelled in resemblance to the royal palace both inside as well as outside the train, that’s why this grand train is suitably named “Palace on Wheels” and is surely one of the most luxurious and expensive trains in India. Build in by the inspired decoration of the Nizam’s and the Maharaja’s of ancient history, this train has 14 coaches or cabins in all that is crafted with graceful paintings, wonderful workmanship of mirrors, and vintage furniture’s marks era royalist Rajasthani estates of the past. Needless to say that all these coaches are equipped with all modern technological gadgets like LCD TV, music system, free internet, Intercom, a small pantry for tea-coffee, snacks etc, attached bathrooms with 24 hrs facility of running hold and cold water, and so on. To get rid of both physical and mental fatigue there is always the special spa treatment facility that is on offer by dedicated spa treatment experts that you will always keep you charged. After a long days of sight-seeing you can always relax and enjoy gossiping with other travellers in the train in the big sitting lounge that is on offer in this luxurious train. While you are a part of this royal journey, you can not only enjoy the site views but also the tremendous hospitality on offer which is perhaps the biggest asset of the “Palace on Wheels”. The staff services are one to remember. As many as 88 guests can be fitted in this train, the cabins are named as Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer etc. following the different districts of Rajasthan. Regarding the food options, there are two restaurants of the train namely the Maharaja and the Maharani Restaurant offering Continental and European dishes keeping in mind the travelers from abroad as well. Along with this there is a bar as well offering different international and national flavoured drinks. The 7 days and 8 nights tour schedule begins from Delhi, covers Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra, and back to Delhi again. Fare starts from INR 203033.2500.
(6)The Royal Orient Train
This is another hi-class super deluxe train in which the journey will be quite fascinating. This Royal Train is a traveller’s dream-come-true. The main feature of this train is regal richness, offering an opportunity to look back at the tradition of the royal people. Ideally built following the rich culture of the rich states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, journey with the Royal Orient will make you feel every aspect of traditions and customs of India. With an accommodation facility of as many as 13 blue cabins, this train has all necessary modern ambiences to thrill you. Every coach has is designed in such a manner that it easily fits into 5 star category with attached bathrooms with hot and cold water running at all times. Not only that, this train is also equipped with provisions for free internet, LCD TV, DVD player, entertaining music systems that enables the guests to listen to music of their own choice. Besides there is a huge library on offer that is a treat for book-lovers having all kinds of different books on art, literature, culture and many other subject’s, along with it one can find newspapers and magazine’s here too. As like other 5 star categorised train this one also has a big lounge to relax, chit-chat, watch movies etc. If you are looking to enjoy a drink, then there is the “The Watering Hole” that is a drinker’s delight having a stock full of both national and International branded drinks. The staffs in this train are awesome hospitable people, be it the butler or room-service, their help and assistance of the guests is something to cherish. There is couple of such attendants in each cabin to serve you always whenever you need them. Like the Palace on Wheels, this train also has two restaurants serving mind-blowing delicacies like the Rajasthani and Gujarati Thali’s, Chinese as well as Indian and other continental dishes. They all include both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian and need not forget the beverages they offer that are both hot and cold depending upon your choice. The journey with this commences from Delhi, en-route to Chittorgarh/Udaipur, Junagarh/Veraval, Sasangir/Dilwara, Palitana/ Sarkhej,Ahmedabad ,Jaipur and back in Delhi. The charges travelling in this illustrious train are as follows: 2 berth cabin price (from October to March-single): INR 22505.8750 and INR 12860.5000 (if shared). (from April to September-single): INR 16911.5575 and INR 9645.3750 (if shared). 3 berth cabin price (Oct to March): INR 11252.9375 and INR 8487.9300. (sharing only).
These luxurious trains present a seamless fusion of romance of a bygone era with contemporary finesse and true essence of diversified and enriched cultural India.