5 luxury trains in India that are worth your money
If you want to travel back in time and experience luxury like the kings, then try taking a ride in some royal trains across India, managed by the Indian Railways and the IRCTC. These elite luxury trains feature a royal ambiance with stunning interiors that will enable you to explore and witness India's rich cultural heritage. Start saving now to ride these luxury trains.
Palace on Wheels
The Palace on Wheels is the first luxury train in India which started operation on January 26, 1982. Earlier, the train was used for transportation by the Nizams of Hyderabad and the kings of Rajasthan, Gujarat, etc. It was refurbished in 2009 with luxurious cabins, artistic paintings and handicrafts, and exquisite wallpapers. It operates from September to April, allowing you to explore Rajasthan.
The Maharajas' Express is considered one of the most expensive trains in India. This royal train was voted the "World's Leading Luxury Train" in 2012, 2013, and 2014 consecutively. The train features lavish suites, full-stocked bars, and butler service. It runs on four different circuits, covering over twelve destinations across northwestern and central India, mainly centered around Rajasthan.
The Deccan Odyssey
This luxurious train is similar to a five-star hotel and is inspired by the traveling style of kings from the ancient eras. It was launched to boost tourism on the Maharashtra route of the Indian Railways. The train takes tourists on seven nights and eight days trips across six different routes in Maharashtra. It features palace-like interiors, lounges, and an onboard spa.
Launched in 2008, this royal and luxurious train gives you an opportunity to explore the popular tourist places in South India. In 2013, it was awarded "Asia's Leading Luxury Train." Featuring South Indian architecture, the train houses AC chambers with exquisite interiors, regal furnishings, multi-cuisine restaurants, and bars. Also featuring a mini gym and an Ayurvedic spa, it runs from October to March.
Fairy Queen Express
One of the oldest luxury trains in India, this royal train is powered by the oldest serving steam locomotive, built in 1855. This train has received the National Tourism Award and also holds a mention in the Guinness World Records. It usually runs between New Delhi and Alwar, on the second and fourth Saturdays from October to March.