Did you know that the best way to see the mystical locales of India is by train? Are you looking for a luxurious railway journey as you travel? Check out the best luxury train holidays in India.
A royal welcome
The Palace on Wheels, one of the top 10 luxury trains in the world, is undeniably the best way to explore the desert land of Rajasthan. Your journey on this mobile palace begins from Delhi and traverses a swiftly changing landscape dotted with forts, palaces, forests and sanctuaries. The train travels by night so you can explore Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore and Bharatpur by day.
Surrounded by all the trimmings of a palace in Rajasthan – complete with carpets, chandeliers and furniture – the exquisite interiors make you forget that you are on a train. Relax in air-conditioned comfort in luxurious bedrooms (they even have attached bathrooms), and partake of delectable meals served up from the pantry car and restaurant on board.
Luxury amidst the golden sands
The Heritage on Wheels is another train that’s dedicated to total comfort and luxury on your journey through the less-explored Bikaner and Shekhawati region. Unwind in air-conditioned carpeted coupes and plush salons, and enjoy Continental and Rajasthani cuisine after a day spent unraveling the myriad locales in the vicinity. Camel rides and sight seeing at Gajner, and guided city tours of Nawalgarh, Ramgarh and Mandawa give you fascinating glimpses of life in the desert.
Splendour on track
The Deccan Odyssey gives you a luxurious ride through the grandeur of Maharashtra rich with beaches, forts and palaces. The Taj Group of Hotels ensures that all the frills are at your beck and call on this train. Relax in the lounge, browse through the library, put your feet up at the Ayurvedic massage centre, get a snazzy hair do or pamper yourself with a facial on board.
The charges for these train holidays vary with the season so it’s advisable to check rates before booking. The best part is that the payment – which you can make in dollars – is all-inclusive and covers travel costs, sightseeing charges, food, entry fees for monuments as well as rides.
With everything taken care of all that you need to do is pack your bags. Have you been on a luxury train holiday in India? Share your experiences with us right here.