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Rail Romance

Rail Romance

While planning a honeymoon, one researches to find the best hotels, destinations, activities and experiences but often leaves out the most important part of the journey— The journey it self! Instead of booking those last minutes air tickets and getting crammed in a flight for long hours, enjoy a slow and scenic travel with these opulent trains.

Europe: The Orient Express

The Orient Express began its maiden voyage on 4 October 1883 at the Gare de Strasbourg (Today’s Gare de l’Est) in the presence of high-ranking politicians, journalists and writers. Despite the enthusiastic press coverage of that first journey, it was not until 1 June 1889 that the luxury sleeping-car service began operating a direct link to Constantinople, eliminating the need to change trains or take a steamer across the Bosphorus.

A timeless emblem of the Art of Travel, the Orient Express carried many notable celebrities, including American actress Marlene Dietrich, the adventurer Lawrence of Arabia, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and even spies such as the infamous Mata Hari. The mythical status of the Orient Express was further enhanced by books and films – most famously, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, and the adventures of James Bond.

More trains were soon added to the service, all equally luxurious, to keep up with demand. A jewel of Art Nouveau, the Orient Express remains the most beautiful among them: travellers slept and dined royally on board, , and on arrival at the main destinations, they even found newly-built luxury hotels awaiting them.

Due to low cost airlines and newer, high speed trains, on 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables. The Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, a private venture by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd (Now Belmond), using original CIWL carriages from the 1920s and 30s, continues to run from London to Venice and to other destinations in Europe, including the original route from Paris to Istanbul.

The train offers world-class comfort and culinary options in an yber luxurious set up.

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India: The Palace on Wheels

Enjoy your Honeymoon just like erstwhile monarchs in this lavish rail experience. This luxury train was first introduced in 1982, the passenger coaches were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These coaches were not being used by the Indian Railways after independence in normal passenger trains on account of very rich and traditional interiors. In the past 20 years of operations, the Palace-on-Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten luxurious rail journeys in the world. Its 14 Saloons are inter-connected, the interior matching the aesthetics of the royal states. The cabins of each saloon comes attached with showers.The train also has a well appointed lounge, library, bar and dining cars.

Each saloon has 4 coupes (sleeping rooms) with attached toilet. In every saloon, there is one saloon captain valet and one attendant to look after the personal needs of the tourists. Each saloon has a mini pantry properly equipped to provide ready tea/coffee and snacks.

All the royal guests get a complimentary bottle of fine Indian wine. Mineral water is made available to you all through the journey. That's not all your honeymoon on the Palace on Wheels you get to feast at heritage hotels like the Rambagh Palace hotel in Jaipur and the lake Palace hotel of Udaipur. After all the meticulous planning and execution makes your honeymoon holiday happy.

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Canada: VIA Rail

Embark on a romantic journey through the Canadian Rockies with VIA Rail in Canada. Canada by Train brings to life the unique thrill of travel by train with insights into the ethnic diversity and traditions of Canada, complemented by this land’s stunning wilderness and majesty. This might just be the perfect honeymoon getaway for a relaxed, scenic and a memorable experience. The moment you step into the station, you and your beloved will be stunned by the high ceilings with dramatic architectural details. Once onboard, relax in your room, viewing the ever changing picturesque landscapes. 

The train journey will cheer up your romantic endeavours. Deposit your luggage and be free to explore the train. Make your way to the activity car or start by exploring an upper section that sits above the rest of the train with windows completely encasing it to see the blue sky and all around. Your cabin, at night,  will change from a sitting room to a bedroom. Enter to see the comfortable bunk beds made, complimented with chocolates on the pillow. Drift off to sleep or spend the night in the arms of your beloved to the gentle rocking and hum of the train. The morning will bring you to new experiences after a hot shower, yes a personal bathroom and shower in your cabin! Head to the dining car area to enjoy a fantastic breakfast.

So sit back and indulge in lap of luxury as you discover a beautiful land by rail!

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