Delhi, India (PressExposure) October 24, 2009 -- Luxury trains are convenient, comfortable and hassle-free mode of journey especially in a country like India where one finds oneself often at a loss of choice owing to Indiaâs mind-boggling diversity. Besides, if you wish to feast on the beauty of the land and mix with peoples at close quarters nothing fits the bill better than luxury trains in India.
India offers a host of luxury trains from classic Fairy Queen and Heritage on Wheels to modern Palace on Wheels and Maharaja's Express. Some Indian luxury trains are popular merely because historical reasons while some are popular due to their exclusivity, comfort and opulent treatment they offer onboard.
The Palace on Wheels is one of the most popular luxury trains in India of all times. The train lives up to its name and offers a royal experience onboard with its state-of-the-art facilities and warm hospitality. The train starts its journey from national capital New Delhi and covers Jaipur - the pink city, Jaisalmer - the golden city, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra - the city of Taj.
The legendary Royal Rajasthan on Wheels has the same itinerary and route but, of course, a unique experience of its own. The RROW blends five-star luxury with the train travel and traverses through Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra.
The Deccan Odyssey is generally labeled as 'Palace on Wheels of Maharashtra' and one of the best luxury trains in the world. This royal journey does a loop from Mumbai and takes you to Sindhudurg, Goa, Kolhapur, Daulatabad, Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves, and Nashik.
The Golden Chariot travels across Karnataka and Goa. The journey begins from Bangalore and takes one to Mysore, Srirangapatna, Kabini, Hassan, Hospet, Badami and Goa.
One more upcoming train - the Maharaja's Express - is being added to the bandwagon of luxury trains travel that will offer pan-Indian experience. This is a joint venture of IRCTC and Cox & Kings India Ltd. The tours are categorized into Princely India, Royal India, Classical India and Celestial India. The Princely India tour begins from Mumbai and covers Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and Delhi. The Royal India is a reverse journey of the same route, i.e., beginning from Delhi and ending at Mumbai. The Classical India trip covers Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Varanasi, Gaya and Kolkata while Celestial India tour will cover the same destinations in reverse order. With the inclusion of best names in the hospitality industry, Maharaja Express promises to be the best luxury train in India and one of the best in the world.
Be it for history and heritage or adventure and leisure or to get the glimpse of amazing India at close quarters, or to simply enjoy the journey and a range of hospitality services, luxury trains in India offers much more than other modes of traveling.