Journey in special tourist trains in India is an absolute incredible experience that can only be felt. These trains offer to the tourists all the pleasures of a western five- star hotel in the very ethnic Indian setting. Their royal ambience, majestic d'ecor and sumptuous cuisine are out of this world!
Tour India's majesty by train
India's first commercial passenger train chugged out of Bombay's Bori Bunder station for Thane at 3:35pm on April 16th 1853, hailed with a 21gun salute and hauled by three locomotives - Sind, Sultan and Shabi.
The luxurious trains take you on a sojourn through Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa. The visitors are carried into a world of forts and palaces, historic monuments, and spectacular views. Learning the magic of India in the trains is an experience in itself.
Palace on Wheels - It is literally a Palace on Wheels, the luxury, the ambience; the cuisine is so majestic in nature that it can have no better name than this. Palace on Wheels is rated among the 10 best luxurious trains in the world. The train runs through the heart of Rajasthan, a northern state in India, famed for its forts, dessert fairs and the heroic Rajputs.
A series of restaurants, a library, a bar, lounges, individually designed saloons with en-suite bathrooms, personal attendants and a lot more. The d'ecor is all ethnic, you can get feel of the royalty of India, and even the attendants are dressed in royal attire, which makes the ambience all the more stately.
There are 14 coaches in the train and all are named after the 14 cities of Rajasthan. Get a taste of the regal lives of the Maharajahs in the Palace of Wheels. The destinations covered are Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranthambore - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra
Deccan Odssey - a luxury train which takes you on a sumptuous sojourn to the cities like Mumbai, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora. Deccan Odyssey offers 5 star facilities; it has saloons, restaurants, bars, conference room, health spa, staff accommodation and lots more.
Fairy Queen - has a proud place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest working steam locomotive in the world. Despite being one from the ancient times, Fairy Queen gives its passengers a taste of unparalleled luxury. The 5 star services offered in Fairy Queen makes the journey a part of cherished memories. The exclusively designed train takes its passengers to Sariska Tiger Reserve, where they stay overnight and enjoy the pleasures of seeing tigers so closely in the wild. Once aboard the passengers are treated like royalty, and can relax and enjoy both the opulence of this unique train and the wild life scenery of Sariska Tiger Reserve. Months of Operation (October to February) Tour Details : 1 Nights / 2 Days Places Covered : Delhi - Alwar - Sariska - Alwar - Delhi
Maharaja Express - Discover the bustling commercial city of Mumbai and the national Capital Delhi. Admire the beautiful cave paintings at Ajanta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the shimmering Lake City of Udaipur and the majestic fort at Jodhpur and enjoy sundowner on the sand dunes at Bikaner. Soak in the colorful Pink City of Jaipur. See from close quarters the legendry tigers at Ranthambore and one of the Seven Wonders of the World 'The Taj mahal' all this and more in utmost luxury. Route: Mumbai - Ajanta – Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Delhi
The Golden Chariot - South India's ﬁrst and only luxury tourist train. An exotic journey through South India’s cultural capitals awaits you. One that stretches across time. And culture, heritage, and beach destinations. Get ready to experience the wonders of the South in regal splendour. In the comfort of your very own kingdom,
Route 1: Bangalore Chennai Mamallapuram Puducherry Tanjavur Madurai Kanyakumari Thiruvananthapuram KovalamAlleppey Kochi
Route 2: Bangalore Kabini Mysore Shravanabelagola BelurHalebeedu Hampi Badami Pattadakal Goa
If you have some time to spare, take a slow toy train up to the hill resort of Shimla, Ooty (Udhagamandalam), Darjeeling or Matheran. There is nothing to match the experience of chugging up the hills, past little hamlets and terraced fields, making your way through tunnels and over breathtaking bridges. Its leisurely pace offers you a panoramic view of changing vistas. The invigorating air and the delights of scenic hill resort provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway starts from the town of Mettupalayam and thus begins a journey full of twists and turns as this narrow gauge train ascends 46 km, on its way to the hill resort at Ooty. At a maximum speed of 33 km per hour this 'toy train' treks across plains, plantations and forest clad hills. The 16 tunnels and tall bridges on the way along with the breathtaking view make this toy train journey to Ooty an extraordinary experience! Access to Ooty Ooty is connected by a narrow gauge line from Mettupalayam, which serves as the railhead for mainline trains.
Shimla The toy train journey from Kalka to Shimla is entertaining with 107 tunnels and lofty arched bridges. The dazzling view and the stops at the picturesque stations along the way Dharmpore, Taksal, Gamma and Solan all add up to an exhilarating experience. Access to Shimla A broad gauge line up to Kalka connects Shimla. 'The Toy Train' covers the distance of 96 km between the two stations within six hours.
The most famous of the little trains, is the one linking the town of New Jalpaiguri the plains to the lovely hill station of Darjeeling. With a 2 ft gauge, the Darjeeling Hill Railway is indeed a 'toy train' being the narrowest of the regular narrow gauges. The tiny centuryold engine is connoisseur's delight. The 86 km Darjeeling line has no tunnels, thus allowing the traveller an uninterrupted view of the breathtaking scenery of the Himalaya. The 7 1/2 hour ride is a journey especially for rail buffs. Access to Darjeeling New Jalpaiguri , the starting point of the hill train to Darjeeling, has direct connections to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati and other places in India. -