Luxury on Wheels
(Clockwise from top) Deccan Odyssey, Royal Rajastan on Wheels, Palace on Wheels
Deccan Odyssey: This luxury train covers Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Goa, Kolhapur, Daulatabad, Chandrapur, Ajanta caves and Nashik and is equipped with everything you could ever want right from the gym to two swanky restaurants that offer Indian, Continental, Maharashtrian, Goa and Chinese cuisines. If you’re on business, there’s conference room on board this royal blue train. Then step into the massage parlour later to unwind. Experience the real deal with the presidential suite that comes to around Rs35,000 per night per person.
Palace on Wheels: It’s one of the top 10 luxury trains in the world and it covers Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra. Known for its excellent hospitality, you’ll be given an arrival kit and you’ll have a porter to carry your luggage and an attendant that caters to your every need. You can also avail of the postal service on board. And if you have the urge to shop, head to the ‘Bazaar,’ the shop on the train where you can buy beautiful handicrafts and exotic gifts. At Rs30,000 per night, this train ride is worth every penny.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels: If you want to see Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Agra, Delhi, Varanasi, Chittorgarh, Khajuraho and Sawai Madhopur then this is the train to travel in. True to its name, it’s royal right from the cuisine to the interiors. There are two resto lounges on the train that are decked with crystal and gold. The spa on the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels offers an unmatched relaxation venue with a range of personalised beauty products, excellent massages and therapies. A night in a super deluxe saloon is around Rs70,000.
From left : Maharajas' Express, The Golden Chariot
Maharajas’ Express: This is the only luxury train that journeys across the entire country! Every cabin has huge panoramic windows to take in the breathtaking scenery. The Victorian-styled interiors are something to look out for. You’ll have your personal butler 24/7 and if you’re used to flying instead of taking the train, you won’t miss out on much since the train is fitted with a suspension system that gives you the feeling of floating in the air. Check out the boutique on board for exquisite showpieces. One night in platinum class will cost you Rs 58,000.
The Golden Chariot: The pink train covered in golden borders covers Bangalore, Kabini/ Bandipur, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Badami and Goa. The interiors are infused with Indian charm and include intricate carvings and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture. Each suite is crafted accordingly to the kingly splendour of rich past. If you’re in for an entertaining night, the bar with its live musicians is a perfect spot to lift your spirits or simply enjoy a lavish meal at one of the two restaurants on board. A stay on this train will set you back Rs 27,000 per night.
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