“Atithi Devo Bhava” means “Guest is God” and India, with its beautiful & luxurious trains, proves it True. They make India memorable for the visiting tourists by Providing them with the most exquisite & hospitable experience. These trains are the epitome of luxury, offering passengers a glimpse of the country’s rich culture, exotic destinations, and spellbinding sceneries.
The Deccan Odyssey
Deccan Odyssey was launched in 2005 to boost tourism in Maharashtra. The Indian Railway and the Maharashtra State Government collaborated on the project. This sumptuous train travels through Maharashtra’s tourism destinations, offering passengers a glance at the state’s culturally rich legacy. The exquisite interiors are reminiscent of a timeless classic, yet with a contemporary twist, creating a wonderful mix for a memorable moment.
The opulent Deluxe Cabins and Suite Cabins with attached restrooms showcase state-of-the-art amenities and provide passengers with a luxurious voyage. Dining Car, Saloon, Bar Lounge, Mini Gymnasium, Conference Hall, and Ayurvedic Spa are among the other onboard amenities. This regal journey is like a five-star hotel on wheels, with all the luxuries. Twelve passenger cars, one conference car, two dining cars, two generators, luggage cars, two staff cars, one spa car, and one bar car make up the Deccan Odyssey’s 21 coaches.
The train has a crew of over 30 to supervise a pleasant & comfy trip for all the 90 passengers on board. The Deccan Odyssey Train offers six different itineraries for discovering India’s most exotic destinations: Indian Odyssey, Indian Travel, Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Deccan Jewel, and Maharashtra Wild Trail.
The ‘Maharajas Express‘ train, an ultra-luxury train travel experience, has won the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ award seven years in a row at the annual World Travel Awards. It now ranks higher than other world-class luxury trains like the Royal Scotsman in the United Kingdom, the Orient Express in Europe, and the Blue Train in South Africa.
The Maharajas Express offers four separate routes across North, Central, and Western India, with four different cabin and suites classifications to pick from. Three of the journeys last three nights, while the others last six nights each. All passenger cabins are equipped with individual temperature controls, televisions, DVD players, direct dial telephones, and internet connectivity, to name a few amenities, to make your journey as convenient and pleasant as possible.
Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal are two fine dining establishments on the Maharajas’ Express. It has a seating capacity of 42 people, enabling everyone on board to dine together. It also offers an exotic Safari bar with a fine collection of wines, beers, and other refreshments for all passengers. There is also a lounge called ‘Raja Club,’ which includes comfy seats and club armchairs. The Maharajas’ Express also features a high-end boutique with exquisite and one-of-a-kind items.
The Golden Chariot
The luxurious Golden Chariot Train travels to Bengaluru, Bandipur, Halebidu, Chikmagalur, Chettinad Kumarakom, Mysore, Hampi, Belur, Badami, Mahabalipuram, Goa, Thanjavur, and Kochi for its passengers. A collaboration between the IRCTC and the KSTDC, The Golden Chariot train aims to exhibit South India’s grandeur in the shortest time feasible. Pride of Karnataka, Jewels of South, and Karnataka’s Glimpses are three of the train’s itineraries, lasting between 4 to 7 days.
Golden Chariot offers perfect travel joy with luxurious interiors and well-appointed cabins designated after Karnataka’s ruling dynasties. The luxury train features an Ayurvedic spa, 2 fine dine restaurants, deluxe wooden suites with private washrooms, a gym, and a conference area. Golden Chariot is sheer grandeur on wheels, inspired by Dravidian art and culture. This 18-coach luxury train includes 44 guest suites that can accommodate approx. 84 people.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The interiors of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels are magnificent and luxurious. This luxury train has 14 passenger coaches, each named after one of Rajasthan’s majestic palaces. There are 13 deluxe and two super-deluxe saloons. Each saloon is designed elegantly with the highest quality jewels such as ruby, pearl, and sapphire, and offering its visitors a sense of grandeur and imperial lifestyle.
Beautiful silk and velvet bedspreads adorn the coaches, evoking the true beauty and allure of Rajasthan. In addition, each saloon’s vintage furnishings enhance the journey’s elegance and beauty. The coaches are fitted with study tables, chairs, and almost all of the lavish facilities and conveniences, to make the travel extra enjoyable. With its two beautiful restaurants, Swarn Mahal and Sheesh Mahal, a ride on the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels becomes more thrilling and scrumptious. They serve a range of cuisines to their customers, including traditional Rajasthani delicacies, Continental, Chinese, and other international cuisines. While touring on the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, a spa onboard provides the best leisure and rejuvenation.
Palace on Wheels
Palace On Wheels commenced service on January 26, 1982, and has remained a popular mode of travel in Rajasthan ever since. Within a few years, the Palace on Wheels was named one of the world’s top 10 most sumptuous train excursions. The 14 air-conditioned coaches are named after erstwhile Rajput states to reflect the royal past’s beauty and interiors.
Each saloon has a little pantry to ensure the all-time availability of hot and cold beverages, as well as refreshments. Sofas to curl up on, strategically placed lighting to read by, beautifully fitted beds with plush furniture, integrated closets, and enormous window panes to gaze out at the rolling landscape have all been thoughtfully arranged. The train includes two opulent retro bars, “Maharaja” and “Maharani,” both decorated in Rajasthani style and serving mouthwatering Continental, Chinese, Indian, and Rajasthani cuisines. In the eateries, seating is thoughtfully placed near glass windows. The Palace on Wheels also has a well-stocked bar with a wide selection of Indian and international alcoholic beverages.