Indian Railways and the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation provide a variety of luxury rail travel in India. Eight luxury trains are owned and operated by IR, which have decided to introduce luxury Anubhuti coaches on regular trains.
Here’s a list of 5 luxury trains run and maintained by the Indian Railways:
1. Palace on Wheels
- The pride of royal Rajasthan, Palace on Wheels stands true to its name with a lavish interior that speaks volumes about the regal Rajasthan.
- The train started back in 1982, based on the royal train coaches of British era, which used to be the personal coaches of erstwhile rulers of the princely states.
- The train starts its journey from New Delhi and covers Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and Agra, before returning to Delhi.
- If you plan on experiencing this royal journey, make sure you have Rs. 3,63,300 to spend!
2. The Golden Chariot
- This is a luxury train for touring around popular spots in South India, in the states of Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry, depending on the itinerary.
- The tariff for 7 nights is Rs. 1,82,000.
- Passing through the resplendent surroundings of lush green forests and breathtaking waterfalls, the train not only provides a royal accommodation but also offers a spa treatment, restaurants and a bar, among other facilities.
3. The Deccan Odyssey
- Based on the model of Palace On Wheels, this train was launched with an aim to boost tourism in Maharashtra.
- It starts from Mumbai, covers 10 popular tourist locations including Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Aurangabad, Ajanta-Ellora Nasik, Pune, returning to Mumbai.
- While a deluxe cabin for a single person costs $5,810, you’ll have to shell out $12,579 to book a presidential suite.