A palace on Wheels is a luxury train in India. It was launched as a joint association of Indian Railways and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to serve the motive of amplifying the tourism in Rajasthan. It ranks 4th in the list of top luxury trains in the world. It has 14 salons that are named after the provinces of Rajasthan, 2 restaurants; Maharaja and Maharani Restaurant. The train has total 14 coaches. Each coach is named as the former Rajput states and represent the aesthetics of the place; Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur. The train has many exotic facilities like, barm spa, live TV, Internet connectivity.
It covers Delhi-Jaipur- Udaipur- Swai Madhopur- Chittorgarh- Jaisalmer- Jodhpur- Bharatpur- Agra-Delhi routes which takes 8 Days to 13 Days and would bill you 50 Thousand to 5 lakh per person per Journey.
The most expensive Luxury train in the world, Maharajas Express is a great innovative of IRCTC. It covers more than 12 destinations across North-West and Central India and is mainly focused on the state of Rajasthan. It operates between the month of October and April. Large dining, bar, lounge, generator, LCD TVs, direct dial phone, the internet, individual temperature controls and in suite bathroom are some of the luxurious facilities this train has to offer. It covers Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi in 8 Days / 7 Nights and costs 2.75 to 10 lakh per person per Journey.
This luxury train has been started by KSTDC to promote tourism in Karnataka and Goa. It connects the hot popular spots of the two states. The train has 19 coaches painted all gold and purple and also has two restaurants, a lounge bar, conference room, and gym & spa facilities. It covers Bangalore – Mysore – Hampi – Belur – Kabini – Badami – Goa – Bangalore in 7 Nights / 8 Days in a bill of 25 to 50 Thousand per person per Journey.
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a great luxury train being run by RTDC. It possesses many luxuries such as super deluxe rooms, Restaurants, bar, board room, fitness center, spa, salons and enabled Wi-Fi. The destination this train covers are New Delhi- Jodhpur- Udaipur- Chittorgarh- Sawai Madhopur- Jaipur- Khajuraho- Varanasi- Agra- New Delhi in a time of 8 Days/ 7 Nights and under a budget of 50 to 80 Thousand per person per Journey.
A venture of the Maharashtra Government and Indian Railways, the Deccan Odyssey’s complete name is The Indian Maharaja; Deccan Odyssey. Apart from being a mode of travel for the tourists, it is a complete five-star hotel running on wheels. It has 10 fully air-conditioned salons, which have four twin bedded facility. The salons are equipped with channel music, intercom, player, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall-to-wall carpeting. The spots traveled by this train are Mumbai-Ajanta & Ellora Caves-Udaipur Lake City-Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve-Pink city of Jaipur – Taj Mahal at Agra –Delhi which can be roamed in 7 Nights/8 Days and in a bill of 3 to 8 lakh per person per Journey.
So these were some of the awesome and extra luxurious trains that are the proud possession of Indian Railways. Pack your bags and have a swift and comfortable journey in any one of them.