What luxury train does is that it lets you leave behind the hassles of airplanes and car rentals and bumpy rides on your tour to India.
With the ability to experience luxurious accommodations, amazing culinary events, and breathtaking scenery, plus the chance to hop on and off at some of the India's most iconic destinations, luxury train travel can be immensely rewarding, romantic, and eye-opening. It not just transports you to places but even a different era - better than any other mode of transportation.
|Guests of Maharajas' Express arriving at Jaipur Railway Station|
As far as sightseeing in New Delhi is concern, none of the luxury train offers a day’s tour program in Delhi. You may better choose either Delhi metro for the local sightseeing of Delhi or go for the HOHO tourist bus service which takes you to over 19 tourist places in Delhi.
HOHO service is air conditioned and also provided on board guide.
Delhi Metro will also take you to prominent tourist destinations but you’ll have to research the stations where you need to get down and then at most of the tourist places, you’ll have to either walk some distance or need to hire tuk tuks or 3 wheel rickshaw to get to the monuments/attractions. Here's some more infornation on Delhi Metro Rail.
Now luxury train are a different breed altogether. They take you on 4 to 7 night’s journeys across some of the most prominent destinations in India cutting across the state boundaries. There are 5 luxury trains to be precise with a total of 11 journeys to choose from.
Palace on Wheels is the first ever to be introduced in India offering luxury train tour to Rajasthan along with a halt in Agra to visit Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The all inclusive seven night journey (http://bit.ly/1iS7q3K) starts from USD 2730 per person per journey. The guest accommodation is basic but reminiscent of a bygone era.
The most luxurious and the latest is Maharajas’ Express which has been voted World’s leading luxury train for 2nd consecutive time this year at World Travel Awards. Maharajas’ Express is like a moving 5 star hotel on wheels with facilities such as Wi-Fi internet, attached washroom with showers and even bathtubs in suite, live television, dining cars and lounge bars.
The journey on board Maharajas’ Express starts from USD 3840 per person per journey for 3 nights journeys (Treasures of India & Gems of India) in Deluxe Cabins whereas the same journey will cost you USD 12900 for the Presidential Suite accommodation. The 7 nights itinerary starts from $6840 per person for Deluxe Cabins which goes as high as $23,700 for Presidential Suite accommodation.
Then there are other luxury trains like The Golden Chariot which offer 2 journeys in South India whereas yet another train Deccan Odyssey offering 3 itineraries -1 covers Maharashtra along with Goa and 2 other starts from Mumbai and Delhi and covers destinations in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Agra.
Yet another luxury train Royal Rajasthan on Wheels offer 7 nights luxury train journey to destinations in Rajasthan along with halts in Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra.
Depending upon your budget and preference, you could select one of these luxury trains in India to have an exclusive holiday experience in India. Here’s the detail of all luxury train for your further research http://bit.ly/1iS7EHV.
Contributed by Nikhil Chandra