Spread over 65,000 km, Indian Railway is the 4th biggest railway network in the world. And, journey via luxurious trains in India is undoubtedly the most exciting experience to enjoy and explore famous destinations, towns, and culture. That’s why trains in India is the best way to travel. Apart from regular trains, India Railways also runs number of deluxe and luxurious trains which bring the world class facilities and the extraordinary royal lifestyle on the wheels.
So today I am listing top 10 most expensive trains in India that make heritage and historical tourism spectacular and unforgettable. Let’s check it out-
Best Luxury Trains in India
1. Palace On Wheels
Started on 26 Jan, 1982 – Palace on Wheels is one of the most luxurious trains in the world. The gorgeous train and its world class amenities make you feel the best of rajputana lifestyle and culture, which is inspired by the concept of heritage and historical cities of Rajasthan. The main idea behind starting of this royal train was to promote the historical tourism of Rajasthan. No travelers can take a historical ride by passing through the fantastic destinations like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Agra and more. For providing luxurious and super comfort experience to the travelers, Palace on Wheels is equipped with two lavish restaurants ‘The Maharani’ and ‘The Maharaja’. It serves delicious Indian & other continental food. This royal train journey also serves you the facility of stunning bar, saloon lounge, internet connectivity, and music & live TV for inside entertainment. For more information and booking train tour package, you can visit official website of Palace on Wheels.
2. The Maharajas Express
Fully owned and operated exclusively by IRCTC, the Maharajas Express is not only the super luxurious but the expensive train i India. Even, it is the most expensive luxury train in the world! The Maharajas Express is voted as the most expensive luxury train in Asia in three consecutive years (2012, 2013, & 2014) at The World Travel Awards. This luxuriously tells the entire story itself!
As it is the luxurious version of any other world class train, so you may assume what kind of services this journey brings you. Maharajas Express is fully outfitted with all modern amenities like dining car, bar, lounge, souvenir shop, internet (Wi-Fi), professional guides, and personal butler for serving to customers. I don’t think any other thing you may expect from a train tour.
This heritage journey covers the most famous historical places in India–
Maharashtra (Mumbai <-> Ajanta) <-> Rajasthan (Udaipur <-> Jodhpur <-> Bikaner <-> Jaipur <-> Ranthambore) <-> Agra (Uttar Pradesh) <-> Delhi (New Delhi)
But as I already said above it is the world’s costliest rail ride, so you may have to spend 2.6 Lakh to 10 Lakh per journey for per person.
3. The Golden Chariot
Golden Chariot Train is only luxurious train in South India that connects the most popular and highly enchanting tourist places in Goa; Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Colored with beautiful combination of purple and gold, the 19 coaches luxurious train offers the master accommodations that include restaurants, a lounge bar, gym, conference room, and Ayurvedic spa facilities. This heritage and historical rail journey includes visit to Hampi (The UNESCO World Heritage Site), Mysore Palace, Badami cave temples, Golden Beaches of Goa, and trip to Kabini Tiger Reserve for some wildlife experience.
If you’ve seen Palace on Wheels or Deccan Odyssey trains, you can easily recognize the luxuriously and accommodations of the Golden Chariot is very similar to both of those trains. This superior luxuriously rewarded the Golden Chariot as the ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Train‘ at World Travel Awards, 2013.
And the best thing it is also not as costly as Palace on Wheels and The Maharajas Express! It will only cost you 25 to 50 thousands approx for per person per journey. But it runs between October to March, so plan accordingly!
4. The Royal Rajasthan On Wheels
Along with other luxury train for traveling through cities of Rajasthan state, ‘The Royal Rajasthan On Wheels‘ is another luxurious train for the royal tour of Rajasthan India. Follows the similar routes as Palace on Wheels, this train was launched in Jan 2009 after the huge success of Palace on Wheels.
Equipped with all most desirable amenities, this luxurious train offers you super deluxe rooms, royal restaurants, traditional stylish bar, saloon, board room, fitness center & spa, and Wi-Fi facilities.
This tourist train covers the most popular tourist attractions in India like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Ranthambore National Park, Hawa Mahal, Chittorgarh Fort, and few mores…, by passing through the following destinations-
New Delhi <-> Rajasthan (Jodhpur <-> Udaipur <-> Chittorgarh <-> Sawai Madhopur <-> Jaipur) <-> Khajuraho <-> U.P. (Varanasi <-> Agra) <-> New Delhi
This one week rail journey will cost you around 50 to 80 thousand for single person, that can be avail from the official website.
5. The Deccan Odyssey
I am damn sure it is the most beautiful train in India till now. This train is fully owned & operated by Indian Railway and Maharashtra Government, which was stated to promote the historical tourism in Maharashtra by offering luxurious train journey. Along with Maharashtra, this train also covers some heritage sites of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Agra.
It’s gorgeous look and 5 star accommodations deliver the best of premium class services on the wheels. You will be welcomed with the finest customer services, exclusive deluxe suites, premium bar, multi-cuisine restaurants, and the health spa center for massage therapies. Everything is so exclusive and premium class. Therefore, budget is also premium to enjoy this journey.
Deccan Odyssey train booking ticket price is starting from rupees 3 Lakh onwards, which you can avail from its official website.
6. Royal Orient Train
This royal train connects two states of India, Rajasthan and Gujarat. It passes by all famous tourist destinations between these two states. The interior luxuriously and services are very equivalent as other luxurious trains of India. However, the foods and flavor they offer is absolutely excellent. The multi-cuisine restaurants offer the best of Gujrati and Rajasthani cuisines, and also serve wide variety of Indian, Chinese and other continental foods.
So if you wanna take a break and feel a special experience of visiting Chittorgarh Fort, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabarmati Ashram, Lake Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar etc; this 7 days splendid train journey is just for you!
7. Fairy Queen
This time you may be wrong if you’re expecting the same as the Palace on Wheels! Because it is different, it is a hidden gem!
Fairy Queen Train is equipped with the oldest locomotive engine in the world, which runs between Delhi and Alwar. This locomotive train may remind you to go back years in time once again. The 2 days train journey will get you an opportunity to explore and experience the India’s cultural programs & historical treat, and adventurous Jeep safari tour to Sariska National Park. It will only cost you just 12 to 13 thousands INR per person.
Don’t worry, they will also serve you breakfast, lunch, dinner, and overnight stay at Hotel in same cost.
8. The Toy Train
May be you didn’t aware with the all above trains before reading the post, but I bet you all know about this famous train – The Darjeeling Toy Train!
You cannot even count how much time you have seen this train in Bollywood movies and TV serials. This is the train which is loved by everyone – Children, older, foreigners, travelers, and honeymoon couples. Everyone! And no doubt it is the most popular and famous tourist attraction in the city of Darjeeling. In fact, it is one of the best train tours in India.
You may be surprised to know that it is only second railway in the world which is declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is really a big honor.
The steam engine pulls small coaches and passes through the breathtaking landscapes and almost impossible mountain curves. This relaxed and charming train journey brings you the best of peace and happiness by passing through the hills, and a unique ride experience with scenic mountain views.
The train journey is only of 2 hours, runs between Darjeeling to Ghum – but 4 times in a day! It will hardly cost you approx 600 to 1000 INR per round trip. So why you’re waiting for! Just go to Darjeeling and take a ride of the famous Indian rail journey.
9. Rajdhani Express
I don’t need to write down about the Rajdhani Express. We all have seen this train many times and most of you have already travelled in this train. But I can only say one thing in few words, it is the train which runs and connects the capital of Indian states. Rest, you all know about that. That’s why it is called Rajdhani (The States)!
10. Shatabdi Express
Again, I don’t need to tell you anything as we all know about this train. This is fastest train in India. It is a day train which returns to the origin station the same day.
So this is the best information which I could share with you related Indian luxury trains. If you like this post, please share it with your friends and family. And if wanna share any unique experience during your rail journey, you can all post your experience in below the comment box. I’ll be glad to hear you!