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Luxury trains In India

Travel across India on luxury trains, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the country. You can enjoy the view through the train windows, indulge in some of the best cuisine in the country and travel to your next destination in style.

But what are the luxury train options that you can benefit from in India? There are three luxury trains that you should know about. These include:

Maharaja Express

The World Travel Awards have named the Maharaja Express as the world’s leading luxury train for seven straight years. Between 2012 and 2018, it seemed like no other luxury train could compete with the Maharaja Express. The Maharaja Express allows guests to visit renowned destinations in the country. There are several trains that you can take as well, depending on where you want to go to.

‘The Indian Panorama’ takes you through Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Orchha and Khajuraho, and Varanasi. The trip lasts seven days and six nights. You can also choose to opt for ‘The Indian Splendor’. This takes you through Delhi and Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Mumbai. This trip also lasts seven days and six nights.

On the Maharaja Express, you’ll find restaurants as well as a lounge bar. You can choose to stay in a Deluxe Cabin or a Junior Suite.

Palace On Wheels

The Palace on Wheels takes you on an eight day journey across Rajasthan as well as Agra. Get pampered while indulging in the culture of these historical destinations. Guests can enjoy staying in deluxe cabins, which come with their own attached bathrooms.

Guests will also be provided with their personal butlers. Many of the amenities included with the Palace on Wheels include luxurious restaurants, a lounge bar, and even a spa. The Palace on Wheels provided 24×7 concierge service, and you’ll also get the opportunity to visit world heritage sites, such as the Taj Mahal. The various destinations that the Palace on Wheels can take you to include Agra, Bharatpur, Delhi, Chattisgarh, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Sawai Madhopur.

Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot takes you through Karnataka, allowing you to enjoy the best that the state has to offer. A journey that lasts six days and five nights, your luxury train ride will allow you to immerse yourself in the southern Indian culture of Karnataka. You can view not just modern and historical locations, but even pre-historic remnants of civilization as well.

There’s also a four days three nights train ride available as well. This luxury train takes you through locations like Bandipur National Park, Hampi, and even Mysore. The journey of the Golden Chariot is primarily based around South India. Visit Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, by boarding the Golden Chariot on one of its many journeys


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Note: All the above train journeys have set departure days and cannot be used for point to point transport. One needs to embark on whole journey.

Journey through India in style with the three luxury train options mentioned in this guide. Whether you want to travel through North or South India, there are luxury trains that will take you on a tour of the region. Learn what these luxury trains are as well as what they offer you through this guide.

Jay Kajaria is Founder of Bespoke India Holidays. Bespoke India Holidays is an award-winning company that specialises in creating luxury trips to India and the subcontinent.

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Jay Kajaria

Jay Kajaria is the Director of Erudite Travel Consultants LLP – the company that owns Bespoke India Holidays. The company specializes in offering high quality bespoke tours, offbeat experiences to guests traveling to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Dubai and Southeast Asia region. The company has received National Tourism Award and has been nominated as a leading Luxury tour operator in Asia by World Travel Awards for year 2020, 2021 and 2022. Erudite Travel Consultants LLP is a responsible travel company focusing on community tourism, animal friendly tours, reducing carbon footprint and engaging in CSR initiatives.

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  1. As we’ve done some of the great ocean and rivercruises of the world we’re beginning to think that it could be time for us to start exploring some of the world’s great railway journeys. Plenty of inspiration here for India.

  2. Many of us who live in the UK will be getting visions of Michael Portillo and his multi-coloured trousers wardrobe.

    He is British TV’s go to presenter of choice when it comes to great train rides of the world, especially anything to do with the legacy of the British Empire. To be honest though he’s probably done some of these rail journeys already as they are so iconic.

    1. Michael Portillo has been very successful at changing the British public’s opinion of rail travel with his Bradshaw books clasped in his hand.

      He looks to be enjoying his travel career far more than he ver enjoyed his days as a politician.

  3. The Maharajah Express must be the journey of a lifetime. Incredible to think that you have a choice of restaurants on a train.

  4. Saying that travel in India isn’t easy won’t be giving any secrets away. It can be hot, slow and frustrating. And I’m talking from some painful experiences.

    Having a luxury train delivering you to your destination is the way to go. Check in once and unpack once. It must be a dream.

  5. The Palace on Wheels is such a great name for a luxury train. In my mind Indian palaces are always so beautifully decorated and luxurious. That name is a great piece of marketing.

  6. Thank you for a very thought-provoking post. We’re hoping to visit India next year as we’ve never been before and plan to tick off a lot of major sights.

    I’d started doing some research on hotels and transport. Now that I’ve read this I’m going to start looking at trains as well. It could be both far more comfortable and memorable to use some luxury trains.

  7. Travel in India is often slow. These trains make a virtue of slow travel, giving passengers the chance to appreciate how the landscape slowly changes.

    In my humble opinion it’s a much better way to travel than flying in a metal tube from one city to the next.

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