Indian Railways is the heart and soul of Indian tourism. India’s railway route is one of the oldest in the country and the most widely spread. The popularity of Indian tourism is well known across borders. After taking a flight to India from any foreign country, International travelers prefer a train voyage to explore the country to the fullest.- This is because the train voyage allows them to witness the scenic beauty of the country and the rich fauna and flora that make the environment even more majestic.
To start their journey, the international travelers prefer some of the most exotic and special trains that are both comfortable and luxurious. In this blog, we have managed to compile some of these special trains that are in existence, keeping in mind both International and local travelers. So, without any further ado, let us start with the compilation.
Apart from being the most luxurious train in India, Maharajas Express is also among the most luxurious trains in the World. Living up to its name, the Maharajas Express offers you world-class amenities, stunning interiors, wall-to-wall carpets, rich paintings, vintage furniture, silk bed linens, Wi-Fi, LED TVs, around-the-clock attendants, and much more. In the Maharajas Express, you will feel like you are living in a 5-star hotel.
Talking about food, the Maharajas Express serves you both Indian and global delicacies in gold and silver-lined plates and drinks in the Swarovski glasses. The train starts from Delhi and takes you to different historical places in the northern region of India.
Palace on Wheels
If you want to explore Rajasthan by train, Palace on Wheels is the only name to rely upon. It is regarded as one of the oldest luxury trains in India. The train basically covers the most remarkable sites of Rajasthan and is famous for its warm hospitality and high-end amenities. Each coach is decorated in such a manner that it will resemble a royal palace.
You can enjoy the traditional Rajasthan delicacies along with other cuisines served at the dining cars. TV sets, personal attendants, free Wi-Fi, onboard medical service, lounge, bar, etc., are some of the primitive luxuries one can get in Palace on Wheels.
The Mahaparinirvan Express is a luxurious train specifically meant for the Buddhist Pilgrims. It runs for 8 days and 7 nights through different Buddhist sites of North India, covering Bodh Gaya, Lumbini, Kushinagar, and Varanasi. The train is completely air-conditioned and equipped with all the basic necessities.
One of the oldest trains in the country, the Samjhauta Express, is a bi-weekly train that travels between Amritsar (India) and Lahore (Pakistan). The train was started on 22nd July 1976 and is running ever since then. The train stops at a couple of destinations during the journey, one at Wagah (Pakistan) and Attari (India) for immigration and customs checks. Apart from this stoppage, the train directly stops at the final destination i.e., Delhi.
The next on the list is Deccan Odyssey. This train covers the most beautiful tourist sites of Rajasthan, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Tadoba, Ajanta Caves, Kolhapur, Nasik, and Goa. You can get all the luxurious amenities offered in Maharajas Express and Palace on Wheels in the 8 days and 7 nights tour.
The famous itineraries of Deccan Odyssey include Indian Odyssey, Indian Sojourn, Hidden Treasure of Gujarat, Maharashtra Splendor, Jewels of Deccan, and Maharashtra Wild Trail.
Lifeline Express is the first-ever hospital train in the World. It got started on 16th July 1991 and is also called Jeevan Rekha Express. The train comprises all the necessary equipment required for medical purpose. It has recovery rooms for patients, surgery rooms, onboard power generators, medical supplies, and pantry cars. The Lifeline Express is especially helpful for people residing in rural areas who are bereaved of high-quality medical assistance.
The Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot predominantly runs in the Southern part of the country and takes you to the awe-inspiring rock-cut temples of South India. The journey of Golden Chariot covers the exotic beaches of Goa and then moves onto the southern regions of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
Like any other royal train, you can get all the luxurious amenities in the Golden Chariot. These include 5-start hotel accessories, writing desks, LCD TVs, Lounge cars, Conference cars, recreational coaches (Gym, Spa), Wi-Fi, personal butler, etc.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Royal Rajasthan is another luxurious train traveling to the most prolific sites of Rajasthan. The primary difference between Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is that the latter has more coaches than the former. Like Palace on Wheels, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is known for its quintessential interiors, facilities, and exotic cuisines.
Fairy Queen is the oldest running steam locomotive created during the British rue in 1855. This train still runs between Delhi and Alwar with two coaches along with the steam locomotive engine.
Royal Orient Train
The Royal Orient was started in 1994-95 and is the only luxurious and premium train that runs between Rajasthan and Gujarat. The train predominantly covers the palaces and forts among the two states. Like Palace on Wheels or any other luxurious train, you can get 5-star like services across the 13 coaches, plus you get a library as well that comprises books of India’s rich heritage, history, and culture.
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Time to wrap up: So that concludes our blog for the most famous and luxurious trains that are the pride of India. Which particular train do you wish to get into at least once? Strike your answers in the comment section below.