Home to the most coveted royal palaces and mahals, India is a culturally rich land that is known to celebrate its vivid culture and roots in more than one way. Can you name a better way to explore the rich culture, heritage, and history of India than one of its royal trains – traveling in style, comfort and luxury.
The luxury trains in India are one unique way of reminiscing the romantic and opulent era of the past. India is home to several luxury royal trains that will take you on a curated journey of opulence and glamor while you explore the country, draw you in the immersive experience and indulge you in the lavish lifestyle.
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Some of the most unique, famous, and sought-after luxury royal trains in the country are:
Palace on Wheels
Launched in 1982, Palace on Wheels is one of the most well-known and oldest luxury trains of the country which has 14 luxury cabins and offers the passenger a week-long extravagance covering famous, alluring and fascinating destinations of the royal state of Rajasthan. It covers the colourful destinations like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Ranthambore National Park.
It is presently a joint venture between the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways. Designed to resemble the royal carriages used by the Maharajas of Rajasthan, traveling in the Palace of Wheels today will cost you between INR 3.5 – 5.3 lakhs for the entire duration of one week.
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This luxury on wheels is widely known for its extravagant interiors and the exceptional five-star service. This royal train covers the area of Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Mumbai. Known to be one of the most luxurious trains in the country, it is operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. The train design is carefully crafted to resemble the private trains that were used by the Maharajas of India.
A trip on this ultra-luxury vehicle will cost you anywhere between $4,000 to $24,000 dollars for a 4–8-day trip across the country.
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Travel in luxury across some of the most intriguing sites of Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka. Taking you through the glorious destinations of Mumbai, Goa, Hampi and Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Deccan Odyssey comes with a limited 21 luxury cabins and offers world-class amenities like a spa and a gym on board. It is also operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and has a distinctive blue and gold colour scheme that is unique to the train, designed to resemble the carriages used by the rulers of Deccan plateau.
A trip on this luxury vehicle will cost you anywhere between INR 5-11 lakh based on your choice of luxury suite.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Introduced in 2009, offering a week-long journey, Royal Rajasthan on wheels covers some of the most beautiful destinations of the royal state of Rajasthan along with a few other parts of northern India. The luxury train is operated by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation going from Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
With 14 luxury cabins, it offers high end and luxe amenities like a bar, lounge, and a spa. A trip on this royal vehicle will cost you between $4,000 to $11,000 USD.
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With 44 luxury cabins and amenities like a gym, spa and a lounge, this train offers a luxurious journey through southern India covering destinations like Bangalore, Hampi and Mysore. The glorious design of the Golden Chariot is crafted to resemble the royal carriages used by the rulers of South India.
Introduced in 2008, it is operated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. A trip with Golden Chariot will cost you anywhere between INR 75,000 to 3,80,000 based on your choice of suite.
If you seek an unforgettable and uniquely memorable experience to explore the culturally rich heritage of India, the royal luxury trains are an indulgent offering that will immerse you in the luxe offerings and bring you memories of a lifetime.