Luxury Train Tours in India | An Ultimate Guide
If you have some spare cash, you should explore India in style on a luxury train tour. It's an excellent way to see the country without having to compromise on comfort. These luxury tourist trains, which offer every satisfaction imaginable right down to customized cutlery, inject glamor and romance into seeing some of the India's best tourist attractions.
The Deccan Odyssey covers Maharashtra, as well as other popular destinations in neighboring states such as Goa, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. This luxury train has been operating since 2004 and does offers six diverse seven-night itineraries, most of which depart from Mumbai. These are the Maharashtra Splendor ( it covers Ajanta Ellora caves, Nashik wineries, Kolhapur, Konkan Coast and Goa), the Indian Odyssey ( it departs from Delhi and travels through Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Vadodara, to the Ellora caves in Maharashtra), the Jewels of the Deccan (that heads south to Hampi and Hyderabad), the Maharashtra Wild Trail (this includes Pench and Tadoba national parks) , Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, and Indian Sojourn (it is similar to the Indian Odyssey but departs from Mumbai and ends in Delhi). Do note that these tours only operate on certain dates each year.
The Maharajas' Express was introduced by the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) in 2010 as the only luxury train in India to travel across the whole country. It has consistently won the Leading Luxury Train of the World Award. There are five main tour itineraries to choose from, with an emphasis on North India. Two are short three-night Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Ranthambore) tours and the other three are seven-night voyages. In addition, two Southern Sojourn tours have been introduced, focusing on South India. However, these only operate in September. The train is priced higher than other luxury trains tours in india, with rates starting from around $11,000-$12,000 for two people, for seven nights.
The Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot is currently going under renovation and is expected to start running again in October 2019.
the Golden Chariot gets its name from the Stone Chariot in historic Hampi, one of the many places it visits in Karnataka. This is the only luxury train to operate exclusively in south India. The train started running in early 2008 and does offers two different seven-night itineraries, both of which depart from Bangalore. This is also called the Pride of South. It focuses on Karnataka and includes Mysore, Hampi, Badami and Pattadakkal, the temples at Belur and Halebid, Kabini and Nagarhole National Park, plus Goa. The Southern Splendor has an expanded route that encompasses Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, and Kerala.
Palace on Wheels
The Palace on Wheels is the oldest and most iconic of India's luxury trains. It's been operating since 1982 and is rated as one of the best train journeys in the world. The train's seven-night itinerary includes some of the most popular destinations in Rajasthan, as well as the Taj Mahal in agra.
The Palace on Wheels received its makeover in 2017 using the carriages from the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, which ceased operating. These carriages are more spacious and luxurious than the train's previous ones, and they've been refurbished to recreate the feel of the Palace on Wheels. New facilities include a Royal Spa and modern amenities. The train's exterior has also been painted a cream color.
The old carriages of the Palace on Wheels were used to launch a more affordable Heritage Palace on Wheels luxury train in late December 2017. Unfortunately, the train failed to attract enough passengers though.