India Palace Trains like Palace on Wheels in India
A list of all the special luxury tourist trains in India like the Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, etc. are given below. Please click on Indian luxury tourist train name in the list here to take you to a detailed description of that luxury tourist train tour in India:
Best Indian Tourist Trains
These are some of the most luxurious trains in India and are especially made for the tourists visiting India.
Maharaja Express Train ticket rate, route and booking
The best trains in India are the Royal Tourist Trains of India which are ultra luxurious like a Maharaja's Palace. These types of trains have fancy names like 'Mahraja Express', 'Palace on Wheels', etc. and on which you can take weeklong tours staying on board the train while travelling and seing the most exotic places in India.
The royal maharaja trains in India are the old railway coaches used by the Maharajas of India when they ruled parts of India and had private trains which were lavishly fitted. After independence of India these royal Maharajahs lost their powers and all these luxurious train coaches became the property of the Indian Government. They did not know what to do with these show pieces, until someone hit upon the bright idea of using them as luxury tourist trains. All the coaches were repaired and fitted out better than a five star hotel for the passengers to spend a week on board the train while it travels to the most popular tourist spots in India. Several India royal train tour packages are available on each of these royal trains as described below
The Indian Maharajas Express Train route include the most important tourist destinations in Delhi, Mumbai, Agra and Rajasthan. The Indian Maharajas Express Train is the winner for the last 2 years of the World Travel Award titled 'The World's Leading Luxury Train'. The Maharaja Express has the option of 2 types of tours, a short tour of 4 days and 3 nights and a longer tour of 8 days and 7 nights. The cost of a tour journey on the Maharaja Express will cost you about $ 500- per person per night which includes everything, stay on board the luxury coaches of the train, fantastic food and beverages, a personal servant while on board, etc. For More on India's Maharaja Express Royal luxury tourist train routes, etc. visit our dedicated page about the Maharaja Express Royal Train
The Indian Palace on Wheels Train tariff, route and how to book<
The Indian Palace on Wheels Train takes you on an 8 day and 7 nights tour of the most important sights in Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. The train's starting point is from New Delhi and visits Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh Fort, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bharatpur in Rajasthan; and Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and other monuments of Agra. The Palace on Wheels will drop you back at New Delhi on the 8th day after having spent a wonderful 7 nights on board the train being treated like a Maharaja with your on personal valet to take care of your every wish. More on the Palace on Wheels luxury tour from our dedicated page about The Palace on Wheels Royal luxury tourist train tours
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Tourist Train fares, route and reservation
The Indian Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Train is a luxury tourist train which has a 8 days and 7 nights tour visiting the most important tourist destinations of Delhi Agra and Rajasthan. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels departs from New Delhi Railway Station and during its eight day journey, travels around Rajasthan with stops in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, and Agra. Some of the tourist attractions covered are the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, the Ranthambhor National Park, Chittaurgarh Fort, Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Agra Fort and finally the Taj Mahal. a tour on the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels will cost approximately $400 per person per night. For More on Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Royal luxury tourist train visit our dedicated page about Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Royal Train
Royal Orient Train of India tariff, rout and reservation
Royal Orient Train is a luxury tourist train that tours the important tourist destinations between Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Royal Orient has the usual 8 days and 7 nights tours which starts from New Delhi and visits Chittorgarh, Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan; Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Junagarh, Veraval, Sasan gir, Ahmedpur, Mandvi, Palitana and Sarkhej in Gujrat. The main tourist destinations visited are Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat.
Indian Deccan Odyssey Train cost price, route and bookings
The Deccan Odyssey is a royal luxury tourist train having an 8 days and 7 nights tour visiting the most important tourist destinations on the Konkan route of the Indian Railways. The tour starts from Mumbai and visits Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Belgaum, Kolhapur, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Ellora and Ajanta Caves and back to Mumbai on the 8th day. The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Tourist Train fare cost price is about $350 per person per night . For More on Deccan Odyssey Royal Luxury Tourist Train visit our dedicated page about Deccan Odyssey Royal Luxury Tourist Train
Indian Luxury Tourist Train The Golden Chariot ticket cost, rout and bookings
The Indian Golden Chariot Luxury Tourist Train tour starts from Bangalore, Goa or Pondicherry and is a great way to see the important tourist spots of Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu or Pondicherry. The coaches of the train are coloured purple and gold, and have the logo of a mythological animal with the head of an elephant and the body of a lion. The Golden Chariot operates weekly. For More on The Golden Chariot Royal Luxury Tourist Train visit our dedicated page about The Golden Chariot Royal Luxury Tourist Train
Mahaparinirvan Express Buddhist Pilgrimage Train to Buddhist holy places in India
Mahaparinirvan Express Buddhist Special Train is a special tourist train for Buddhists who want to vist Buddhism's holiest places in India. The route of the Mahaparinirvan Buddhist Pilgrimage Train is as follows: Delhi - Gaya - Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Varanasi - Sarnath - Gorakhpur - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti - Delhi. The Schedule of the Mahaparinirvan Buddhist Train is as follows:
- Day 1 - Delhi
- Day 2 - Bodhgaya temples, Gaya
- Day 3 - Nalanda and Rajgir
- Day 4 - Sarnath, Varanasi to visit the tallest statue of Lord Buddha in India.
- Day 5 - Khusinagar, Gorakhpur
- Day 6 - Lumbini in Nepal
- Day 7 - Sravasti, Gonda
- Day 8 - Agra to tour Taj Mahal, Agra Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri etc.
- Day 8 - Back to Delhi on day eight late evening.
The route of the train almost follows Lord Buddha's journey to the most important Buddhist holy places in India and Nepal: Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha; Bodhgaya, the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightment; Saranath in Varanasi or Benares, the place where Lord Buddha first preached and Kusinagar where Lord Buddha died and attained nirvana. The Mahaparinirvan Express fare will be vary according to the class and approximately ranges from Rs.15,000 ($ 250) to Rs.60,000 ($1,000) for the full 8 day tour and Includes travel, food, sightseeing with a tour guide, entrance fees at the various places and accommodation in sharing bedrooms for 2 persons in each bedroom. More details about the Mahaparinirvan Buddhist Train on our dedicated page about Mahaparinirvan Buddhist Pilgrimage Train
Mountain Trains in India
The Mountain Railways of India were built while the British ruled India. Construction of the first Mountain Railway in India, The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (often referred to as the 'Toy Train' because it is a small train and goes uphill very slowly), was started in 1879 and completed in 1881. Now independent India has added few more of these mountain railway systems that go up into the cool summer resorts of North India. But the mountain railway built by the British to one of the loveliest of mountain resorts in South India, Munnar in Kerala, unfortunately has fallen apart and is not in use anymore due to the neglect of the Government of India and Indian Railways. The lists of the Mountain Railways in India are as follows:
|Name||Length km / miles||Altitude Meters / Feet|
|Darjeeling Himalayan Railway||88 km / 55 miles||2200m / 7220 ft|
|Nilgiri Mountain Railway||46 km / 29 miles||2,240m / 7350ft|
|Kalka–Shimla Railway||96 km / 60 miles||2397m / 7865 ft|
|Matheran Hill Railway||20 km / 12 miles||800m / 2625ft|
|Kangra Valley Railway||164 km / 102 miles||1,220m / 4002ft|
Three of the mountain railways of India, The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Kalka–Shimla Railway have been included in the list UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is how world Heritage sites citation reads on the UNESCO World Heritage website
"Mountain Railways of India
This site includes three railways. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, and is still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway. Opened in 1881, its design applies bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty. The construction of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a 46-km long metre-gauge single-track railway in Tamil Nadu State was first proposed in 1854, but due to the difficulty of the mountainous location the work only started in 1891 and was completed in 1908. This railway, scaling an elevation of 326 m to 2,203 m, represented the latest technology of the time. The Kalka Shimla Railway, a 96-km long, single track working rail link built in the mid-19th century to provide a service to the highland town of Shimla is emblematic of the technical and material efforts to disenslave mountain populations through the railway. All three railways are still fully operational."
The Fairy Queen is a coal-fired steam engined train taking tourists on a tour from Delhi to Alwar in Rajasthan. The Guinness Book of Records has certified that The Fairy queen Train in India is the world's oldest train in regular service as on date. The Fairy Queen was built in England in 1855 based on a Robert Stephenson and Company's design of 1833. The coal fired steam engine of the Fairy Queen develops 130 horse power and has a top speed of 40 kilometers per hour or 25 MPH.
The Fairy Queen Train makes a two day tour from Delhi to Alwar in Rajasthan, a distance of 143 kilometres or 89 miles. The passengers stay overnight at a hotel in the Sariska Tiger Reserve and return the next day to Delhi. The train has comfortable seating for 60 passengers and has a dining coach with a bar. The Fairy Queen Train is the recipient of the Indian National Tourism Award for the most innovative and unique tourism project.
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