If travelling back in history and experiencing the grand royal lifestyle and interests intrigue you, these luxury trains in India might excite you. Palace on Wheels, Maharajas' Express, Deccan Odyssey and Royal Orient cater to tourists looking to explore the rich cultural heritage of India without compromising on luxury. Lavish interiors, delectable cuisines, majestic ambience all contribute giving you a grand experience.
1. Palace on Wheels
The oldest and most iconic luxury train in India, The Palace on Wheels began its journey in 1982 and is rated as one of the best train journeys in the world. Refurbished and re-launched in 2009 to promote tourism, it used carriages from the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels that had ceased operations. The seven night-eight day journey includes seven stops, where tourists are taken for city tours. Gracious hospitality, luxurious cabins, grand interiors, a well-stocked bar—Palace on Wheels recreates the bygone era beautifully. New facilities include a Royal Spa. Starting in Delhi the journey includes Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Jaisalmer.
Starting at Rs 6 lakh approx
2. Maharajas’ Express
Introduced in 2010 by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, Maharajas’s Express has consistently won the Leading Luxury Train of the World Award. It offers five circuits in North India. Lavish suites, butler service and so much else, make this train stand out. Tourists get to experience the richness of Mumbai, Ajanta, Bikaner and Agra.
Starting at Rs 8.53 lakh approx
3. The Deccan Odyssey
Taking inspiration from the travelling style of the rulers of ancient India, Deccan Odyssey is a 5-star luxury hotel on wheels. It takes you to some fascinating destinations that primarily cover Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Deccan Odyssey has been operating since 2004 and offers six luxurious itineraries.
Starting at Rs 4.27 lakh
4. Royal Orient Train
Royal Orient Train numbers among the most luxurious trains in India. The multi-cuisine restaurant and its bar 'Watering Hole', palatial-style cabins, butler service, a library for book lovers are some of the features that are waiting for you. The private cabins are no less than princely abodes, with tastefully decorated interiors. The train runs between Gujarat and Rajasthan, covering important tourist locations in the two states. The train covers Delhi, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Sasan Gir, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, among other places.
Starting at Rs 4.27 lakh