Royal rides

Explore the length and breadth of India from the comfort of a berth on these luxury trains

Is there anything better than enjoying red-carpet treatment as the picturesque countryside passes you by? For your next romantic vacation we suggest exploring the length and breadth of India from the comfort of a berth a luxury train. These royal rides come with every five-star comfort imaginable from valet service to some of the best food inspired by the regions you travel through.

THE MAHARAJA’S EXPRESS
The name says it all. Step onboard and experience a slice of royal Indian life from a bygone era. Eat, drink and live like a veritable maharaja as the train forges through some of India’s most exotic circuits.
Princely India
Route: Mumbai-Rajasthan-Delhi
Major Stops: Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Price: From Rs 2.26 lakh*

Royal India
Route:Delhi-Rajasthan-Mumbai
Major Stops: Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Vadodara Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
Price: From 1.98 lakh

Classical India
Route: Delhi-Varanasi-Delhi
Major Stops: Agra, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Varanasi, Lucknow
Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
Price: From Rs 1.98 lakh 
(www.rirtl.com)

THE PALACE ON WHEELS
Probably the best known luxury train in India, The Palace on Wheels lives up to its reputation. Prepare yourself for a week of pure indulgence as you cruise your way through the India’s famous Golden Triangle.
Route: Delhi-Rajasthan-Agra
Major Stops: Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, Bharatpur
Duration: 7 days, 8 nights
Price: From Rs 2.5 lakh
(www.palaceonwheels.net)

THE INDIAN MAHARAJA–DECCAN ODYSSEY
This journey takes you to from Mumbai to Delhi through the Deccan plateauin the lap of luxury.
Route: Mumbai to Delhi
Major Stops: Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Agra
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Price: From Rs 2.47 lakh
(www.theindianmaharaja.co.in)

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT
Passing through the Cradle of Stone Architecture as it’s known, the glorious countryside of South India amazes and enchants as the train winds its way past palaces, fortresses and stretches of golden beaches.
Route: Bangalore-Goa
Major Stops: Srirangapatnam, Mysore, Kabini, Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Price: From 1.19 lakh
(www.thegoldenchariot.co.in)

 

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