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Top 5 Royal Trains in India


Known for its rich culture and heritage, India boasts the richness through lavish palaces, magnificent art works and timeless architectural structures. How to experience the luxury of India at its best? You may not know until you travel in any of the royal trains. Explore India in a different flavor, in royal colors and radiant lavishness at its best, like a King and a Queen. These top 5 royal trains in India take you to experience the grandeur of the golden period of luxurious India!

1) Palace on Wheels –

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The royal train seconds its name, ‘The Palace on Wheels!’ The luxury train is run by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation in collaboration with the Indian Railways. This is the first luxurious train launched in India. Artistically designed coaches dipped in lavishness depict nothing but the majestic grandeur. Palace on Wheels symbolizes the opulence of the prosperity and magnificence of Royal Rajasthan. The train has 14 coaches exquisitely designed with modern amenities.

Places covered: Delhi-Jaipur- Udaipur- Swai Madhopur- Chittorgarh- Jaisalmer- Jodhpur- Bharatpur- Agra-Delhi.

Duration: 6 nights and 7 days

Months operated: From September to April

Cost per person: Starts from INR 1.5 lacs to INR 3 lacs. The cost per person varies if you travel solo or as a couple or a trio. In addition, cost of the tour varies according the date and season of travel.

Starts from every Wednesday at New Delhi at 4 Pm from Safdarjung Railway Station

Website: http://www.palaceonwheels.net/new/home.htm

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2) Royal Rajasthan on Wheels –

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If you add layers of lavishness over the Palace on Wheels, it turns Royal Rajasthan on Wheels! Inspired by the Palace on Wheels, this royal train is a splendid extravagance! Explore the Rajasthan at its best experiencing the grandeur in every breadth! The theme of the interior is quite stunning and based on the erstwhile culture of the ancient Rajasthan.
The train follows the same itinerary of Palace on Wheels, except it starts from New Delhi every Sunday.

Cost: Starts from INR 2.5 lacs to INR 12 lacs per person. The price range varies on single occupancy, and twin sharing.

Website: http://www.royalrajasthanonwheels.co.in

3) Maharaja Express –

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Take a royal ride like a King in one of the world’s luxurious royal train, Maharaja Express. Maharaja Express is this most luxurious train as well the most expensive royal trains in India! The train has 14 carriages divided into 4 categories. Luxury is redefined with exquisite elegance! The picturesque interiors royal train recreates the lavishness of the erstwhile Kings of the bygone eras.

Maharaja Express runs across five different routes covering various destinations.

Short Rides

1. Treasures of India – Runs every Sunday
Duration: 3 Nights and 4 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi
Cost: Starts from 1.8 lacs to 7.8 lacs per person

2. Gems of India – Runs every Wednesday
Duration: 3 Nights and 4 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi
Cost: Starts from 1.8 lacs to 7.8 lacs per person

Long Rides

3. Indian Heritage – Runs every Saturday
Duration: 7 Nights and 8 Days
Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi
Cost: Starts from 2.8 lacs to 15 lacs per person

4. Indian Panorama – Runs every Saturday
Duration: 7 Nights and 8 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi
Cost: Starts from 2.8 lacs to 15 lacs per person

5. Splendor of India – Runs every Saturday
Duration: 7 Nights and 8 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Balasinor – Mumbai
Average Cost: Starts from INR 2 lakhs to 15 Lakhs per person
Website: http://www.maharajas-express-india.com

4) The Golden Chariot –

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Experience the landscapes and enchanting attractions of South India in a royal way. Embark your majestic journey in a beautiful purple colored royal train, The Golden Chariot! Filled with world class luxury featuring the classic royal heritage, the train covers all important historical destinations, beaches and heritage sites across South India. You have two itineraries to pick from.

Pride of South Tour – Karnataka and Goa
Duration – 7 nights and 8 days
Destinations covered: Bangalore – Mysore – Hampi – Belur – Kabini – Badami – Goa – Bangalore

Southern Splendor – Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu
Duration – 7 nights and 8 days
Destinations covered: Bangalore – Chennai – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Tiruchirapalli – Thanjavur – Madurai – Thiruvananthapuram – Poovar – Kochi – Kerala Backwaters

Cost: Starts from INR 1.7 lakhs per person for single occupancy, 2.8 lacs for two persons on twin sharing, and to 3 lacs for three persons on triple occupancy.

The train operates on varied schedules. There is no standard departure dates or days. Check the website to know more information about departure.
Website: http://www.goldenchariottrain.com/

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5) Deccan Odyssey – The Indian Maharaja –

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It is the child of the royal train ‘Palace on Wheels.’ Travel like an Indian King, aka the Maharaja (it has many vibes) and enjoy the majestic, heavenly and historical attractions across Konkan.

Destinations covered – Mumbai-Sindhudurg-Goa-Vasco-Kolhapur-Aurangabad (Ellora)-Jalgaon(Ajanta)-Nashik-Mumbai

Cost: Starts from INR 3 lacs to 6.6 lakhs per person

Check website for the departure dates and schedule
Website: http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/mtdc/HTML/DO/DefaultDO.aspx?strpage=/mtdc/HTML/DO/About_DeccanOdyssey.html

Further Read – Tips For Luxury Travel on Budget

I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!”

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