MAHARAJA EXPRESSGet ready for an indelible luxury train travel experience of a lifetime in India.
Maharaja Express is a luxury tourist train which is owned by IRCTC. It is one of the most luxurious trains in the world. It shows the Royal Heritage of India. It has the world’s most luxurious amenities with a stunning interior. It was voted as the ‘ World’s Leading Luxury Train ‘ seven times in a row. It has amenities such as Wifi, vintage look, wall to wall carpet, bar, dining car, lounge, attached bathroom & a souvenir shop.It covers 4 Itineraries:-
1. Heritage of India
2. Treasures of India
3. Indian Panaroma
4. The Indian SplendourAnd more than 12 destinations across North-West & Central India mainly centered on Rajasthan. It has 4 Cabin:-
1. Junior Suite
3. Deluxe Cabin
4. Presidential SuiteIt has 14 guest carriage named after Indian Heritage Gemstone:-
1. Moti ( Pearl )
2. Manik ( Ruby )
3. Heera ( Diamond )
4. Panna ( Emerald )
5. Neelam ( Blue Sapphire )
And many more.It has Amenities like:-
Toiletries in Bathroom
Electronic safety deposit
And many more.Places it covers:-
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Gwalior, etc.
Price starts from US $6,760 – US $47,400
PALACE ON WHEELSPalace on wheels is a luxury train that takes you on a most unforgettable experience of a majestic land of dunes and heritage palaces. It is the four best luxurious trains in the world. The name palace on wheels was derived from the royal background. It carries with it an intrinsic ambiance that goes perfectly well with the majestic charm and beauty spread so lavishly across the Indian terrain.
After independence, coaches of the train are parked in Rajasthan in 1981-82 and Rajasthan tourism development corporation and Indian Railways launch special heritage tourist train for providing an unforgettable experience to the tourist visiting Rajasthan.
Previously in the late 1980s, the maharajas were replacing meter gauge to broad gauge train.
In 1996, a broad gauge version of the palace on wheels.
In Sept 2017, new carriage have been introduced for more spacious in size and much better options to book deluxe and super deluxe cabins.Places it cover :-07 night / 08 days – 3000kmsDelhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi.It has 2 Cabins:-1. Deluxe
2. Super DeluxeSpecial cabin:-
Hues of Ruby
Pearl.39 deluxe cabin
2 super deluxe cabinTotal 82 Passenger CapacityAmenities:-
Ayurvedic Spa facilitiesRestaurants
Dining car –
It serves freshly cooked International cuisines. Bar lounge
Personal Attendant – Khidmatgars
Price starts from US $6,055 – US $12,600
DECCAN ODYSSEYDeccan Odyssey is a luxury train that was first introduced in 2005 to promote tourist destinations in Maharashtra.
Deccan odyssey is owned and operated by the department of tourism and state government of Maharashtra ( MTDC ). And both onboard and offboard services have been managed by the world-famous Taj Group of Hotels. You will get spacious deluxe cabins with an attached bathroom, amenities that include a restaurant and lounge, etc.It covers 6 Itineraries:-
1. Maharashtra Splendour Jour
2. Hidden Treasures of Gujarat Journey
3. Indian Sojourn journey
4. Indian Odyssey Journey
5. Jewels of Deccan Journey
6. Maharashtra Wild Trail JourneyIt has 2 Cabins:-
1. Deluxe Cabin
2. Presidential SuiteAmenities:-
Dining car Saloon
Private Sleeping Chamber
Daily 3 meals ( Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Service of saloon attendant
Sightseeing tours in A/C bus with English speaking guide
US $6,734 – US $14,584
GOLDEN CHARIOT TRAIN
( Pride of South )
This is the south Indian version of the palace on wheels was launched in March 2008 and has been rated by the Vanity Fair UK amongst the top seven train journeys in the world.
Golden chariot journey will be an unforgettable experience to cherish for a lifetime.It covers two different types of circuits:-
1. South Circuit – Mysore, Hampi, and Goa
2. Splendour Circuit – Puducherry, Madurai and Kerala Backwaters.Amenities:-Private A/C well furnished deluxe sleeping chamber having LCD TV and bathroom.
Ayurvedic spa saloon
Bottled drinking water
Monuments entrance feesCabin:-
11 Luxurious A/C saloon
4 sleeping chamber
1 cabin Physically challenge
2 dining car with a kitchen
44 A/C cabin
26 twin bed cabin
17 double bed cabinCabin facilities:-
Electric socket – 220 AC for recharging batteries.
2 dining car – Nala and Ruchi
Interior – Hosalya Temple architecture.
US $6,135 – US $13,385
Venice-Simplon Orient Express
(VSOE)VSOE is a hidden Gem, Glittering and Timeless experience of luxury trains in the world.
VSOE is a private luxury train which is owned by Belmond Limited. It serves from London to Venice and other European cities.
In 1977 Belmond founder, James B Sherwood purchased 2 vintage train carriage at a Monte Carlo Auction.It covers different types of circuits:-
1. London – Venice ( The Gateway to the Orient )
2. Paris – Istanbul ( Edge of Europe )
3. Budapest and Bucharest ( Soulful Istanbul )
4. Paris – BerlinCabin
1. Single cabin
2. Twin cabin
3. Cabin Suites
4. Grand SuitesFacilities
Hot and cold water
Bathrobes and slippers
Single and double bedDining Champagne Bar
Bar CarRetro and Bar car
Cote D’ AZUR
Etoile Du Nord
£ 2,200 – £ 55,000
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, CANADARocky Mountaineer is a Canadian luxury rail tour company in western Canada that operates train in four rail routes – British Columbia, Alberta, US, Canada. It began as a once-weekly via Rail daytime service between Calgary, Jasper and Vancouver on 9 June 1988 called the Canadian Rockies by Daylight. It ran its first train on May 27, 1990. It is the busiest privately-owned passenger rail service.Itinerary
The first passenger to the west
Journey through the clouds
Rainforest to Gold RushTwo levels of world-class services1. Silver Leaf – US $1,247 – US $1,721
Single level glass-dome coach
Full glass-domed windows
Outdoor viewing area
Breakfast / Lunch2. Gold leaf – US $1,705 – US $2,337
Bi-level glass dome coach
Oversized glass dome windows
Gourmet meal – lower-level dining room
The large exclusive outdoor viewing platform.
US $1,899 – US $10,799
Rovos Rail, AfricaRovos Rail is a private rail company that is operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa.
It is started in 1989 by Rohan Vos and it is still owned by the family.
Rovos rail employs a staff of 210, from the on-board staff to those working to restore carriage in the company’s capital park depot.
Rovos rail runs its train-hotel to a regular schedule on various routes throughout South Africa, from SA to Namibia and Tanzania. The train consist of restored Rhodesia Railways ( NRZ ) coaches with 2 lounge, 2 restaurant cars and private sleeping compartments, each with private ensuite facilities.It covers 6 different routes
1. Pretoria to Cape Town
2. Pretoria to Durban
3. Pretoria to Victoria Falls
4. Pretoria to Swakopmund, Namibia
5. Dar es Salaam to Lobito
6. Cape Town to Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaFacilities
All cabin have ensuite shower
Sink and toilets
Victoria style Bathtubs
Non-smoking lounge car ( 26 guests)
Max – 72 guests carried
Kitchen car, guest sleeper, smoking club lounge and observation car ( 32 guests) at the tail.It has 3 types of Cabin
1. The smallest being ( A Pullman – 76 sq ft )
2. Largest ( The Royal Suite ), half a train car and 172 sq ft.
3. Deluxe Suite.Cuisine
Fine South African wines
Fresh local ingredients and
Traditional dishes of SA
R 24,250 – R 64,000
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