Hop on these 5 majestic trains to give yourself a break from the hustle of life
By Muskaan Bhatia
Have you always thought of a train as a mere medium to commute? Moreover, Indian trains are somehow stuffed with people, have stinking washrooms and with a dubious speed. Donâ€™t worry! That is where the luxury trains come to you rescue; designed to offer a comfortable and royal ride with a host of facilities which the regular trains lack, making these a premium travelling option. Here is a list of the most luxurious trains in India which redefine enjoyable journeys.
â€¢ Maharajasâ€™ Express
Voted as "The World's Leading Luxury Train" at The World Travel Awards, 2012 and has been winning the title since then, Maharajasâ€™ Express has 14 guest carriages which can accommodate 88 guests. Facilities include lavish suites, fully stocked bar along with a remarkable gourmet experience.
When: November to April
Where: New Delhi, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow
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Living in the fast lanes literally
â€¢ Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
As the name says, this train is all about royalty. It has 14 luxury cabins providing contemporary services and amenities as well as the multi-cuisine restaurants, bars, spa services. You can tour Indian heritage with this luxurious train.
When: October- March
Where: New Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Agra
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Experience the regal sojourn with leisure travel
Witness the true colors of Rajasthan
â€¢ Palace on Wheels
Winner of PATA Golden Awards and voted as the 4th luxurious train in the world, Palace on Wheels takes you on a vibrating journey to the royal land of sand dunes and regal palaces and gives you with a perfect chance to relieve royal era. Luxurious cabins, exquisite wallpapers, splendid paintings, in-house bar, polite hospitality and authentic ambience refresh your soul.
When: November to April
Where: Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra
Enjoy food like royalty
Live life king style
â€¢ The Deccan Odyssey
A 5-star hotel on wheels, Deccan Odyssey rides through the magnificent Western Ghats and provides a glimpse of Deccan Plateau too. Apart from luxurious cabins and hospitality, Indiaâ€™s very own Blue train has a library, bar, a sauna, a mini gym, a parlour and a business centre.
When: October to April
Where: New Delhi, Mumbai, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Vadodara, Goa, Vadodara, Palitana, Sasan Gir, Somnath, Little Rann of Kutch, Modhera, Patan, Nashik, Aurangabad, Ramtek, Tadoba
Eat the delicious food during the Blue train journey
Rejuvenate yourself on board
â€¢ The Golden Chariot
Awarded as â€˜Asiaâ€™s Leading Luxury Trainâ€™ in the year 2013, the train discovers the southern region of India in a royal way. It has 11 guest carriages; each of them has a unique design, can accommodate 44 guests. The train has two routes; Pride of the South and Splendour of South, each of them covering different yet enchanting aspects of South India. The train has an ayurveda spa, mini gym, multi-cuisine restaurants, a lounge bar and other luxurious facilities.
When: October to March
Where: Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Hassan, Hampi, Badami, Goa, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey, Kochi
An alluring journey aboard magnificence
Stay in the cabins inspired by the intricately carved Hosalya temple architecture