Remember the playful and melancholic scenes of three brothers aboard The Darjeeling Limited? Well, that certain train may not exist in real life, but you can still experience unique adventures in vintage-styled luxury trains in India.
It is difficult to think of luxury when someone mentions Indian trains, but these 8 luxury trains will amaze you with all the opulence they possess.
Managed by the Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation, aka IRCTC, in association with several state tourism departments, Indian luxury trains redefine happiness and offer you luxury on wheels at its best.
7 Luxury Trains In India
Here, we have talked about the luxury trains in India that are the pride of Indian railways. Have a read!
1. The Deccan Odyssey
It has 11 coaches, which include Presidential and Deluxe coaches, and has wi-fi.
Each coach of this train is designed in the style of the Deccan dynasty, such as Chalukya, Kadamba, Hoysala, etc., and is equipped with air conditioning, a personal attendant, and an attached bathroom. You get an opulent lounge, bar, dining halls, conference area, and spa services.
Charges - INR 5,12, 400 for Deluxe Cabin & INR 11,09,850 for Presidential Suite per journey.
2. Palace On Wheels
One of the most luxurious trains in India with a fantastic route to visit India’s most famous travel Destinations, the Palace on Wheels covers the best of Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, tiger reserves, heritage sites, spa destinations, and others.
These coaches were once the favorite mode of transportation of princes and royalty of Gujarat, Rajasthan, British echelons, and the Nizams. The train has an ayurvedic spa, a gym, and two resto-bars.
Charges - Deluxe suite - INR 64,600 per passenger/night.
Double - INR 48,620 per passenger/night.
Super Deluxe suite - INR 1,34,640 per suite/night.
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3. Royal Rajasthan On Wheels
Just like Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels covers the Rajasthan, including Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Temples of Khajuraho. Spacious and elegantly designed coaches in hues of ruby, pearl, and sapphire, super deluxe, and deluxe coaches with bars and dining halls with crystal decorations are the major highlights of the train. The wi-fi is also provided upon request.
Charges - Deluxe Cabin for single passenger– INR 3,63,300.
Deluxe Cabin for two passengers - INR 5,46,000.
Super Deluxe Cabin for single passenger – INR 7,56,000.
Super Deluxe Cabin for two passengers – INR 7,56,000
4. Maharaja’s Express
One of the world’s most luxurious trains in India and an award-winning train, the Maharaja’s Express offers 5 circuits, including North Indian cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Ranthambore and their heritage sites, as well as 2 circuits covering South Indian regions like Kerala, Hampi, Mahabalipuram, and their heritage sites.
It has an express, deluxe express, junior express, and presidential coaches; all fit for royalty. Plush cabins and beautifully decorated restaurants and lounge bars add an elegant charm to the journeys, which can be two to eight days long.
Charges - Deluxe Cabin – INR 4,51,540.
Junior Suite – INR 7,04,370.
Suite – INR 9,82,840.
Presidential Suite – 16,87,920.
5. The Royal Orient
Designed after the Palace on Wheels, The Royal Orient runs through the major travel destinations in Rajasthan and Gujarat including Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Palitana, Junagadh, and Ahmedabad. The itinerary includes the Royal Orient jungle shopping sprees, safaris in Gir, and heritage visits in Delhi, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
Coaches are named after the mighty kings of the Rajputana dynasty, rich and opulent with amenities like a bar, library, and multi-cuisine restaurants offering Rajasthani, Gujarati, and continental cuisines.
Charges - INR 9,000 to INR 24,000 per person/day
6. The Golden Chariot
With two curated itineraries that help you explore the best of South India, The Golden Chariot is an exquisitely designed and furnished train that covers tourist destinations like Badami Bangalore, Mysore, Bandipur, Hampi, some parts of Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. The name is derived from Hampi’s Golden Chariot, a destination included in the itinerary.
Coaches are designed like the living quarters of kings and royalty, while amenities include fully equipped cabins with writing desks, attached bathrooms, LCD TVs, wardrobes, a personal attendant, a multi-cuisine restaurant, and a bar that is styled keeping the Mysore Palace in mind. A spa and a gym are also available onboard.
Charges - INR 87247 per person/night on single occupancy
INR 49855 per person/night on double occupancy
7. Fairy Queen
One of the oldest functioning steam locomotives, Fairy Queen is a luxurious heritage train. The coaches are equipped with reclining chairs and can accommodate up to 50 people at once. The train offers a two-day trip from Delhi to Alwar, including Sariska Tiger Reserve. Passengers do not get a chance to spend a night on this train but are provided with private rooms in a hotel in Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.
Also, tea and all three meals are provided on board or at hotels. Riding the world’s oldest steam locomotive is a memorable and special experience.
Charges - INR 12375
Frequently Asked Questions
Q 1. Which is the costliest train in India?
A 1. Maharaja Express is the costliest train in India. It covers 12 destinations.
Q 2. Who owns Deccan Odyssey?
A 2. The Deccan Odyssey is owned by the Maharashtra Government, the Government of India, and the Ministry of Railways.
Q 3. Who owns Maharaja Express?
A 3. Railways and IRCTC are the owners of the Maharaja Express.
Q 4. Which are the most luxurious trains in India?
A 4. The most luxurious trains in India are-
The Deccan Odyssey
Palace on Wheels
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The Royal Orient
The Golden Chariot
The Fairy Queen
You may have traveled by bus, private cars, air, or by sea. We assure you that traveling by these luxury trains in India with perfectly curated itineraries and experiential activities will give you an incomparable and distinct travel experience.