There are numerous ways to explore India, a country which is diverse in every aspect. Some people make their own plans and individually search for travelling options, itineraries, accommodation and sightseeing; which at times become quite a cumbersome task and mostly leave you perplexed. A better way to make the trip hassle free is to opt for tour packages. These packages are meticulously designed keeping in mind the varied needs of all sorts of travellers. Moreover, there are packages that allow travellers to visit some of the noted tourist destinations across the country in a kingly way. These are nothing, but luxury train tour packages.
Maharajas Express, Palace on Wheels, The Golden Chariot, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels and The Deccan Odyssey are the five luxury trains that are operated by Indian Railways, in association with several state governments. These trains are epitome of opulence and comfort, and are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. Luxury train journeys are one of a kind and cover some of the most-sought tourist destinations across India, depending upon the type of tour package selected.
While Maharajas Express covers Ajanta, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Delhi and Agra, Palace on Wheels travels through Delhi, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bharatpur and Agra. The above two trains along with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels mostly cover the north and northwestern parts of India.
For those, who want to explore the centre of the country or willing to go down south, The Golden Chariot and The Deccan Odyssey are the two luxurious options. Bangalore, Pondicherry, Chennai, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, Alleppey, Bangalore and Kochi are several destinations covered by the former; whereas the latter makes its way through Mumbai, Tadoba, Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves, Kolhapur Nashik and Goa.
These trains feature lavish cabins that are tastefully embellished and thoughtfully appointed to ensure a blissful journey. Offering a variety of cuisines and drinks, the on board restaurants and bars are apt settings to try local and international specialities. A few of them are available with gym facilities, indoor games, spa services and cosy lounge area. Amenities like air conditioning, telephone, television and music system are provided in ostentatious cabins.
A complete trip, aboard any of these trains, is of nearly 7 nights and 8 days, for which one has to spend a minimum of around 236000 INR. Although, luxury train tour packages are fairly expensive, the level of comfort and luxuries offered during the journey justifies its high-priced fair.