The popularity of India as a unique travel destination is growing rapidly because of its architectural wonders and scenic beauty. Tourists in India are attracted by its history, culture, spirituality, and monuments.
The luxury trains in India can give you a whole tour to the royal as well as the modern era. So, if you are planning on a trip then you must look forward to these luxury trains for a different and better experience that can’t be forgotten for life.
List of Luxury Trains in India
There are some incredible sights to be seen and discovered through luxury trains in India and all of that will makes you visit India and have a memorable trip. The government has started many special trains so that the tourists have a comfortable journey.
These Luxury trains of India cater to tourists who wish to explore the rich cultural heritage of India in the lap of luxury. These luxury trains in India redefines hospitality & opulence. If you want to get a taste of Indian Hospitality while on a go, these trains will definitely serve the purpose.
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The Maharaja Express provides every luxury on wheels and is known to come in the Top 5 luxury trains in India as well as across the world. The luxurious train is operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) covering 12 destinations costing about 4,58,280 in 7-8 days.
Known for its great hospitality, the train has a posh Presidential Suite, four Suites, 18 Junior Suites, and 20 deluxe cabins in the fourteen guest carriages namely Moti, Manik, Heera, Panna, etc.
Luxury trains in our country mainly run on the idea of portraying the old and famous culture of India added up with the modern facilities. A fitness health area, a decent bar lounge, library, a good dining corner with all basic amenities like Wi-Fi, telephone, television are provided.
Main Features: Library, Bar and Longue, Health fitness center, vintage furniture, Wi-Fi, 2 dining cars and live television
Fares: 4 days journey for INR 2,57,950 and 8 days journey for 4,58,280
Places covered: Delhi – Jaipur -Udaipur – Swai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi
THE DECCAN ODYSSEY
This Deccan Odyssey is inspired by the way kings in ancient history used to travel. Also known as the 5-Star Hotel on Wheels, the train guarantees a perfect fusion of comfort and hospitality.
The routes that the blue beauty covers are from Mumbai, Rajasthan, Aurangabad, Tadoba and offers accommodation in 40 exclusively deluxe cabins in 10 coaches which includes 4 Presidential suites, 1 conference area for business purpose, 2 multi-cuisine restaurants, bar and spa for massages.
This luxurious train is owned and operated by the Taj Group of Hotels (in collaboration with IRCTC and Maharashtra Government). For Indian travelers, the tour starts from about Rs.3,71,900 and for an international tourist, it is US$5810+4.5% tax.
Main Features: deluxe suites, premium bar, health spa, and multi-cuisine restaurants.
Fares: For International travelers: US $5810+4.5% tax
For Indian Travelers: INR 3,71,900
Places Covered: Mumbai-Ajanta & Ellora Caves-Udaipur Lake City-Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve-Pink city of Jaipur – Taj Mahal at Agra -Delhi
THE GOLDEN CHARIOT
The Golden Chariot takes you all across the amazing places in South India like the temples, the exotic beaches of Goa, a wildlife sanctuary and to the backwaters of Kerala.
Launched in 2008, The Golden Chariot is well known for its hospitality and is the only luxury train of South India. As the name suggests, this is one train that is a top runner among the luxury trains in India.
The best thing about this train is its outside beauty that is highlighted by the purple color. The exceptionally beautiful train provides all the comfort wanted by the traveler as it consists of AC chambers with royal and unique interiors, premium bars, restaurants serving multi-variety cuisines, gym, Ayurveda spa, and other 5-star facilities.
The train is operated by Indian Railways in a joint venture with Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation. This luxury train has been awarded as Asia’s leading luxury trains.
The price starts from Rs.3,50,000 for the residents of India and the ones from abroad the rates are US$8260+4.5% Service tax.
Main Features: AC chambers, royal interiors, mini gym, multi-variety cuisine restaurant, Ayurveda spa, and many other 5-star facilities.
Fares: Pride of South– For International travelers: US$8260+4.5% Service tax
Indian Travelers: INR 308000+4.5% Service Tax
Southern Splendour: For international travelers: US$ 9130+4.5% Service tax
For Indian travelers: INR 3,50,000+4.5% Service tax
Places Covered: 1. Pride of the south: Bangalore – Mysore – Hampi – Belur – Kabini – Badami – Goa – Bangalore
2. Southern splendor: Bangalore – Chennai – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Tiruchirapalli – Thanjavur – Madurai – Thiruvananthapuram – Poovar – Kochi – Kerala Backwaters
ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEELS
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is known for the classy cuisines it offers and flawless interiors. The train has 14 deluxe cabins, multi-cuisine restaurants, well-stocked bars and health spa services on board.
This beauty is preferred because of the high-quality comfort it provides and the way it portrays the Rajput culture. Also, its magnificent red carpet welcome in the traditional royal style is very much appreciated by the travelers.
The rates start from Rs.44,000 for deluxe cabin and Rs.117,300 for Super Deluxe Cabin. It is one of the most popular luxury trains in India.
Main Features: 14 luxurious cabins modeled according to royal palaces, bars, spas, and multi-cuisine restaurants.
Fares: The pricing starts from 44,000 INR if you are taking the Deluxe Cabin, going up to 117,300 INR if you book Super Deluxe Cabin.
Places covered: New Delhi- Jodhpur- Udaipur- Chittorgarh- Sawai Madhopur- Jaipur- Khajuraho- Varanasi- Agra- New Delhi
PALACE ON WHEELS
The Palace on Wheels is one of the oldest luxury trains in India. The train is famous for its absolute excellence in hospitality and high-class amenities like luxurious cabins, extremely beautiful wallpapers, bar, regional culture shown by the creative use of paintings and handicrafts.
Having 14 deluxe rooms which are all fully air-conditioned, the train gives a very royal and decent look at the same time.
The price starts from 51,000(Deluxe Cabin) and goes up to 3,78,000(Super Deluxe Cabin). It is called to be the 4th best luxurious train in the world.
Main Features: Lounges, Bar, library, dining cars, twin and double suite cabins, amazing paintings, splendid handicrafts, and carved furniture
Fares: 51,000 for deluxe cabin and 3,78,000 for Super Deluxe Cabin
Places covered: Delhi – Jaipur -Udaipur – Swai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi
The Fairy Queen was built in 1855 and thus is the oldest luxury train running in India. Fairy Queen has charms all it runs through Alwar in Rajasthan and covers an area of 143 kilometers distance with a maximum limit of 60 at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour.
This is a train that can easily fit your budget as it costs about 13000 INR per person which is cheaper than any other luxury train in India. Your travel journey, all the meals, sightseeing, and overnight stay is in the 13 grand packages.
The trains’ journey is also famous under the name of Steam Express Tour. It has its name engraved in the Guinness Book of Records under the world’s oldest working locomotive.
Main features: 60-seater AC Chair car, pantry car, beautiful lounge
Fares: INR 8600+ taxes
Places Covered: Delhi – Alwar – Sariska – Delhi
Royal Orient connects Rajasthan and Gujarat. Started in 1995, the luxurious beauty displays the best of ancient Indian history and culture. The train is well known mainly for the extraordinary cuisines that it offers.
The multi-cuisine restaurants provide the best of Gujrati and Rajasthani food taste and also serve a great range of Indian, Chinese and other continental cuisines. The luxury of this train isn’t really expensive to get like other ones.
The cost starts from 12,000 INR and goes up to a maximum of 18,000 INR depending upon the choice of cabin taken. Comfortable cabins, exceptional hospitality, spacious baths, a library and almost all luxuries that you need can be found here easily.
The train’s package offers a tour of 8 days covering the cities like Delhi, Udaipur, Mehsana, Ahemdabad, Diu, etc.
Main Features: comfortable cabins, well-trained professionals, multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, spacious baths, library, and many other facilities.
Fares: October to March: International Travelers: US$200+4.5% tax, Indian travelers: INR 7480+4.5% tax
April to September: International travelers: US$150+4.5% tax
Indian travelers: NA
Places Covered: Delhi – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Junagarh – Veraval – Sesangir – Dilwara Palitana-Sarkhej – Ahmedabad – Jaipur – Delhi
THE DARJEELING TOY TRAIN
The perfect train which is loved by children, older, foreigners, travelers, and honeymoon couples have been in the limelight as it has become a great tourist attraction.
Darjeeling is located in the Himalayas, so the train goes all through the beautiful terrains and hilly slopes which is a wonderful sight.
The Darjeeling Toy Train journey is only for 2 days running between Darjeeling to Ghum. It will hardly cost you approx 1000 to 1600 INR per round trip which is a great deal for such an experience.
It is a complete symbol of our culture since the British Rule built in a marvelous way which was rare in that era.
Main Features: first-class coaches and luggage van
Fares: Diesel Engine ride: INR 1000
Steam Engine ride: INR 1,600
Places Covered: Darjeeling hills
HERITAGE ON WHEELS
One of the oldest luxury trains in India that displays the tradition of Rajasthan via its exceptionally beautiful interiors that gives the tourists a whole flashback in the old days.
The train is run by the tourism of Rajasthan in a joint venture with the Department of Tourism Rajasthan and IRCTC.
Heritage on Wheels is known to be one of the most expensive trains in India with spacious cabins, restaurants serving authentic meals, premium bar and impressive décor.
Traveling in this train is a once in a lifetime experience s it gives out royal vibes. The fare is Rs.12,500 per night. Cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra are covered in the journey.
Main Features: 14 glistening carriages furnished with an opulent taste of royalty, heritage ambiance, and decor. Saloons can accommodate eight guests in four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
There are two restaurants Maharaja and Maharani with draped curtains, five-star table settings, and exquisitely crafted lights, restaurants that serve Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines, and well-stocked bars cum lounge with varieties of red wines & white wines.
Fares: INR 12,500 per night
Places Covered: Bikaner – Nawalghar – Shekhawati – Rajasthan
Mahaparinirvan Express or the Buddhist pilgrim train that takes you to the Buddhist destinations in India and Nepal. It is an 8-day train trip to the holiest Buddhist sites and is loaded with top-notch facilities and a well-planned itinerary.
The train also provides a kitchen car facility which is very useful and found rarely in any other luxury trains in India.
The journey starts and ends in New Delhi and you will visit places like Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Varanasi, Lumbini and Sravasti. There are great levels of luxury and comfort for the passengers.
Main Features: AC train with three classes, toilets, showers, kitchen car facility, packaged drinking water, and luggage assistance.
Fares: The cost of the train goes with the sleeper type chosen like 2nd AC Sleeper – 62,800 rupees and 1st AC Sleeper – 76,800 rupees.
Places Covered: New Delhi – Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Varanasi – Sarnath – Nautanwa – Lumbini – Kushinagar – Balrampur – Sravasti – Taj Mahal – Delhi
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Indian Government has started these special luxury trains in India to provide a comfortable journey to the tourists. Experience the grand royalty that exceeds your expectations in all aspects.
You can experience with the mind-blowing interiors, lavish gastronomical fare, and majestic ambiance. Take these luxury train tours and explore the Indian culture and heritage to the fullest.