Palace on Wheels
"Re-live" the Royal Experience of the Maharajas of Rajasthan and if you are really looking for a holiday of a lifetime, the Palace On Wheels is for you. The passenger coaches were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These coaches were not being used by the Indian Railways after independence in normal passenger trains on account of very rich and traditional interiors. The name "Palace on Wheels" was derived from its royal back-ground of the coaches. A new meter gauge air conditioned Palace-on-Wheels was introduced in 1984 & had 13 Saloons, 2 Restaurant cum Kitchen car, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 Service Cars. In order to further increase the amenities on the train and due to over all gauge conversion in the state, a new broad gauge Palace-on-Wheels has been constructed & has been running since 1996. Its 14 Saloons are inter-connected, the interiors of the saloons reflect the aesthetics of the former Royal states of Rajasthan. The exquisite and exclusive Palace on Wheels has luxurious Cabins, wall to wall carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars (The Maharaja and Maharani) and a very personalized service... in fact, almost everything that could comprise of heaven on earth for seven days! In the past 30 years of operations, the Palace on Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten luxurious rail journeys in the world.
Itinerary: 7 Nights / 8 Days. Places Covered: New Delhi - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi
Season: September to April
Tariff: US$ 390 to US$ 770 per person per night depending on selection of occupancy and month of travel.
One of the costliest and most luxurious train journeys in the world. A train that never falls short of promising you a royal experience, the Maharajas' Express features five carriages for Deluxe Cabins, six for Junior Suites, two for Suites and one for grand Presidential Suite. Every cabin has large panoramic windows - a design marvel developed by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. Just so, that you can savour every bit of magnificent India. All passenger Cabins come with individual temperature controls, the first of its kind in India and have state-of-the-art facilities. LCD televisions, DVD players, direct dial telephone and internet, to name a few. In-house movies and live television also keep you entertained through the royal journey. A royal banquet for royal passengers, the Maharajas' Express has two fine dining restaurants that seat 42 persons at a time; and everyone on board dines together. One exotic Safari bar with the choicest collection of house brands of wines, beer and spirits with snacks come complimentary to every passenger. There's also a lounge cum bar Raja Club with comfortable club arm-chairs. And if these features don't make you feel pampered, the Maharajas' Express also houses a high-end boutique featuring exquisite and unique creations. From super deluxe coaches for Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite passengers, to cars for the Suite and Presidential Suite passengers each at every destination. All equipped with complimentary sightseeing kits like bottle coolers, pith hats and shoe uppers.
Itinerary: It has five journeys with 7 Nights / 8 Days journeys and two 3nights/4days journeys. Indian Splendour (7N/8D) covers Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Balasinor – Mumbai. Heritage of India (7N/8D) covers Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra – Delhi. Treasures of India (3N/4D) and Gems of India (3N/4D) cove Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur – Delhi. Indian Panorama (7N/8D) covers Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Lucknow – Delhi.
Season: October to April
Tariff: US$ 4510 to US$ 23700 per person for 8days/7nights journey and US$ 2910 to US$ 12900 for a 4days/3nights journey as per choice of cabin and suite.
Pride of The South: Fascinating journey through the many worlds of Karnataka. Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone Architecture. THE GOLDEN CHARIOT train named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India will travel through timeless Historical Heritage Sites, Resplendent Palaces, Wildlife and Golden Beaches. It’s 7 Nights / 8 Days colorful journey begins every Monday from Bangalore and traverses through Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace; the Nagarhole National Park (Kabini) and continuing to the historical sites of Shravanabelagola, Belur-the 11th century cradle of Hoysala architecture and a world heritage site, Halebidu, Hampi and thereafter entering into the triangular heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and finally the Golden Beaches of Goa before ending in Bangalore. Cabins of the trains are steeped in history. Chambers in which, you will retire under a sky of craftsmanship that narrate timeless tales. Sink into a bed of royalty, reminiscent of the Mysore Maharajas, admire the intricate carvings on the ceiling, the wall panels and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture. Each Coach of the “The Golden Chariot” has been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka - Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar.
Itinerary: 7 Nights / 8 Days. Places Covered: Bangalore - Kabini/Bandipur - Mysore - Hassan - Hospet - Badami - Goa - Bangalore
Season: October to March
Tariff: US$ 440 to US$ 754 per person per night for international travelers and Rs 13200 to Rs 22000 per person per night for Indian travelers.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The Royal Palace on Wheels is an upgraded version of world famous Palace on Wheels. After the grand success of Palace on Wheels that is operational from last 25 years, this new train was launched in January 2009. The train as compared to Palace on Wheels is much luxurious and the cabins are more spacious. Train is designed and embroidered in a contemporary royal style to experience the existing regal luxury, taste a slice of royalty and enjoy a royal feast onboard, where every moment is woven together into an everlasting and immemorial experience to be lived and cherished forever. The magic of the splendid journey to the land of kings, majestic forts, incredible palaces, temple towns, diverse cultures and varied landscapes starts from Delhi. Discover the adventurous escapades to the wilds of Ranthambore, visit to the magical destination of Udaipur, perceive the intriguing sagas of forts and palaces of Jaipur, glimpse the art and sculpture of the temple of Khajuraho, on to the spiritual experiences at Varanasi and see the wonder of the world at Agra.
The Train has 14 passenger coaches. The 13 coaches have three Deluxe Saloons on each coach and 14th coach has 2 Super Deluxe Saloons. Each deluxe saloon has different color theme of exquisite jewels like Ruby, Pearl and Sapphire. Super Deluxe Suites offers a spacious living with complete comfort of royal suites. The exquisite silk and velvet bedspreads and draperies take you to an era of royal living. The finely carved wooden furniture adds to your experience. These spacious suites are named after jewels “Emerald” and ‘Diamond’. These saloons offer luxuries with bedding, upholstery, study table and chair to make stay comfortable. Each coach is named after the famous places of Rajasthan namely Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Surya Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Jal Mahal Padmini Mahal, Kishori Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jogi Mahal, Kumbha Palace, Lalgarh Palace. The Super Deluxe Coach is called Taj Mahal. The train has two restaurants namely ‘Swaran Mahal’ amd ‘Sheesh Mahal’. These restaurants offer you mouth watering delicacies ranging from ethnic Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese Cuisines. The entire restaurant is made of wood and crystal.
Itinerary: 7 Nights/ 8 Days tour has a departure every Sunday. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels tour starts from Safdarjung Railway station Delhi. Trip starts and ends at Delhi covering in between Jodhpur - Udaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Khajuraho - Varanasi and Agra.
Season: October to March
Tariff: US$ 625 to US$ 1700 per person per night as per cabin choice.
As the wind whispers through the halo of legends crowning the land of the mighty Marathas, a lone majestic whistle blows its salutation of honour as it gracefully traverses this land of fantastic fantasy. Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra experience aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey. The weeklong Deccan Odyssey tour includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and a pinch of Goa - Mumbai, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora. Experience the finest and the best of train journeys of the world. The Deccan Odyssey is much more than a mere luxury train cruise. It's a 'classical odyssey' of time beyond the realms of the present. The Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coupes each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes each car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car.
Itinerary: 7 Nights / 8 Days. Places Covered: Mumbai - Sindhudurg Nagari - Goa - Kolhapur - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Nashik - Mumbai
Season: October to March
Tariff: US$ 500 to US$ 1100 per person per night as per different cabins
The Indian Maharaja
As the wind whispers through the halo of legends crowning the land of the mighty Marathas, a lone majestic whistle blows its salutation of honour as it gracefully traverses this land of fantastic fantasy. Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra experience aboard the luxurious The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey. The weeklong The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey tour includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and North India. Covering Mumbai, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Modhopur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train project is a joint venture of the Ministry of Railway, Government of India and MTDC (Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation). The Deccan Odyssey has been benchmarked against the best luxury trains in the world like the Blue Train of South Africa, The Orient Express of Europe and the Eastern and Oriental of South East Asia. The Deccan Odyssey's sheer luxury is a sight to behold. Everything in the train reflects the ways of Indian Royalty - "Maharaja". The plush interiors, an awesome cuisine and grate sites to see makes the journey memorable. The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coupes each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes per car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car.
Itinerary: 7 Nights / 8 Days, Tour 1: Mumbai - Ellora - Ajanta - Udaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Agra – Delhi. Tour 2: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Udaipur - Ellora - Ajanta - Mumbai
Season: September to March
Tariff: US$ 550 to US$ 1110 per night per person as per different cabins
Heritage on Wheels
One of the earlier of India’s luxury trains. Few also call it as offshoot of Palace on Wheels. When Palace on Wheels started, it was on meter gauge. When it was converted to broad gauge, and it got new coaches, then its meter gauge coaches were used in Heritage on Wheels. Thus it has no loss of sheen in its luxury. The itinerary of the Heritage on Wheels is so planned that tourists can have experience of Shekhawati Region in Rajasthan, i.e. Bikaner - Nawalgarh - Ramgarh (Mahansar) - Mandawa including Gajner and Tal Chhapar sanctuaries. No other region in India, or perhaps, even in the world, has such a large concentration of high quality frescoes as the region of Shekhawati. In the beginning, this semi-arid region had only its blank monochromatic palette to offer. No school of painting thrived till history and circumstances took up this colorless page and made it blossom with art for almost two centuries - from 1750 to 1930. Today, this region is commonly called this 'open-air art gallery of Rajasthan'. Pre and Post sightseeing tour of Jaipur is also offered by RTDC on nominal cost. The original tour is of 3 nights and 4 days. The train leaves twice a week from Jaipur on Tuesday and Friday and returns back to Jaipur on Friday/Monday morning respectively.
Itinerary: A 3Nights/4Days trip covers Jaipur - Bikaner - Haat - Gajner - Tal Chhapar - Ramgarh - Nawalgarh - Mandawa - Jaipur
Season: September to April
Tariff: US$ 150 to US$ 300 per person per night as per choice of occupancy.
Splendour of the South
The Golden Chariot which takes you from Karnataka to a memorable trip of Southern India which includes beaches, temple towns and much more. It starts at Bangalore and takes you to the historical Temple cities of Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur and Madurai. The beaches of Kovalam await you with their sandy shores. You will glide by boat trough the palm fringed and silent canals of the Backwaters to Kochi, the lively port city on the Arabian sea. You will experience history and finally reach back to its starting point at Bangalore. Cabins of the trains are steeped in history. Chambers in which, you will retire under a sky of craftsmanship that narrate timeless tales. Sink into a bed of royalty, reminiscent of the Mysore Maharajas, admire the intricate carvings on the ceiling, the wall panels and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture.
Itinerary: The 7 Nights / 8 Days journey covers Bangalore - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Thiruvananthapuram - Backwaters & Kochi / Allepey – Bangalore.
Season: October to March
Tariff: US$ 545 to US$ 831 per person per night for international travelers and Rs 16500 to Rs 26400 per person per night for Indian travelers depending upon choice of occupancy.
1855 was the year when the majestic Fairy Queen rolled out for the erstwhile East Indian Railway. For the first time after 1908, the Fairy Queen rolled again on Feb. 1st, 1997 from Delhi to Alwar. The steam engine is the oldest working engine in the world. Finding its pride of place in the Guinness Book of World Records and also capturing the National Tourism Award, this prestigious pristine beauty that graces the National Rail Museum, New Delhi, is steaming once again. The Queen, with the privileged ones aboard reaches the picturesque town of Alwar in Rajasthan the same day, from where the guests are taken to Sariska National Park. One also gets to enjoy dance and local music of Rajasthan during the second and last day of stay. The selected guests will certainly go back with fond memories of a once-in-a lifetime experience. The design of the train is such that the sixty passengers seating in the train can enjoy the frontal view through the large glass window. Adding to attraction is the pantry car that looks after the requirements of the passengers traveling in the train. Go ahead and book your journey back into time.
Itinerary: The Fairy Queen leaves Delhi Cantonment Railway station on every 2nd and 4th Saturday. Day 1, Saturday: Dep. Delhi Cantt- 0900 hrs., Arr. Alwar- 1500 hrs. Day 2, Sunday: Dep. Alwar- 1300 hrs., Arr. Delhi Cantt. 1845 hrs.
Season: October to March
Tariff: Full package costs Rs 10,200 including stay in Sariska and visit to Tiger reserve. You can opt for a one way journey between Delhi and Alwar including stay at Sariska or just for the train journey between Alwar and Delhi. Available for chartered trips as well. Foreign travelers can pay equivalent amount in US$.
Panj Takht Darshan
This is a tourist train especially dedicated to the Sikh community, as it takes travelers to prominent five Gurudwaras across the country. It has been planned as a detailed spiritual & cultural tour for the global Sikh community to make the experience of the Punjabi traveler a memorable one. Aim is to provide with a unique Punjabi Religious and Cultural Indian experience that exceeds your expectations! Not in the league of luxury trains but it is a sort of modified Rajdhani express train with AC 1st class and AC 2tier compartments with improved washrooms and facilities.
Itinerary: Six nights and seven day journey starts from Safdurjung railway station in Delhi and the train leg of the journey takes four days from Delhi to Amritsar, Sirhind, Bhatinda and then back to Delhi. Trip to Patna Sahib and Nanded Sahib are covered by chartered or domestic flights on day five and six. Seventh day trip takes you to Gurudwaras across Delhi.
Season: Special request
Tariff: US$ 1715 in AC 2 tier and US$ 1905 per person in AC 1st class for the round trip from Delhi to Delhi. One has the option to make the trip from Amritsar to Amritsar.