Royal Indian Train Rides
PALACE ON WHEELS
A traditional welcome with garlands and Vermillion awaits passengers who board the Palace on Wheels. This luxury train starts in Delhi and loops through many famous tourist attractions in Rajasthan, before returning to Delhi via Agra Its elegant saloons, restaurants serving Rajasthani and continental cuisine, and furniture with inlay work take passengers back to a time when maharajas ruled the land. Palace on Wheels showcases the best heritage and wildlife along India’s Golden Triangle, including the grandeur of Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort in Jaipur, the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park, the timeless sands of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, and Agra’s centrepiece the Taj Mahal.
Those looking to experience the best of central and northwestern India in the lap of luxury should board the opulent Maharajas’ Express. The train runs on five separate routes across the states of Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. Depending on the journey chosen, passengers may visit a dinosaur excavation site in Gujarat, feast on local delicacies, and explore the temples of Khajuraho. In addition they get to relax in luxurious suites with large windows and have their meals in elegant dining cars.
THE GOLDEN CHARIOT
Be it the erstwhile hunting grounds of Mysore’s maharajas in Kabini,Tipu Sultan’s Daria DaulatBagh palace in Srirangapatna, or the temples of Mamallapuram, The Golden Chariot flaunts the best of South India’s wonders. The train runs on two routes, both of which begin and end in Bengaluru. On board, guests live in cabins with modern decor tinged with traditional elements. The cuisine changes with the region the train is passing through, and local artists often perform in the train.
THE DECCAN ODYSSEY
Dubbed the ‘blue limousine,” the interiors of this train bring to mind the era of Deccan rulers, thanks to its jewel colours, extensive woodwork, and attendants dressed in traditional Maharashtrian attire. Its two restaurants, Peshwa I and Peshwa II serve Indian and continental cuisine. Rooms on the train have modern amenities and decor with a traditional touch. The Deccan Odyssey runs on six routes across the Deccan, and also covers Delhi, Mumbai, Aurangabad, and parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
- Lock an Chain: A sturdy lock and chain are as crucial to surviving a train ride as the food packed for the journey. Once aboard, the first thing every traveler does is ensure their luggage is securely fastened to the little bars beneath the seats. Nothing worse than waking up to find your bags gone.
- Worth Ever Penny: Railway travel insurance is cheaper than the one-rupee candy at the station and can be purchased along with the ticket. Insurance companies like ICICI Lombard, Shriram General Insurance, and Royal Sundaram General Insurance have tied up with the Indian Railways to provide insurance of up to 10 rupees lakhs for just 92 paise per person.
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