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Luxury Trains India
Should you desire to experience the Indian countryside at leisure and in style, we have the India Luxury Train packages for you, to add a royal flavour to your meandering. There are classic train journeys such as the Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, which both cover the desert, palaces, temples in marble, wondrous forts and ruins of Rajasthan. The Golden Chariot, another luxury train service with two itineraries, will take you through several cities and World Heritage Sites in the South, and the Mahaparinirvan Express that will lead you to various Buddhist abodes in the country. Each package is for 7-nights and 8-days.
The elegant and richly furnished coaches of the erstwhile rulers of Rajputana, Gujarat and Hyderabad as well as the British Viceroy in India, have been serving as luxury saloons, bars, lounge and dining cars in the Palace of Wheels since 1982. Great care has been taken to provide service fit for royalty with mini-pantries and attendants for each saloon, as you traverse through various cities in this Indian Luxury Train. Fine cuisine and the choicest of wines will delight the connoisseurs. The highlights include: Jaipur –visit the Amber Fort and take an elephant ride; Sawai Madhopur – the 1,000-years old Ranthambore Fort, its lakes and Tiger Sanctuary; Chittorgarh – magnificent fort dedicated to the beautiful and brave Rani Padmini, and the light and sound show; beautiful Udaipur – palace in the lake surrounded by mountains; the desert city of Jaisalmer – camel-ride in the Thar Desert, watch the magnificent sunset and, enjoy a camp-fire, dinner and cultural performance; Jodhpur – see its fort and one of the world’s best and largest palaces, Umaid Bhavan; and, finally Bharatpur – bird sanctuary, where birds migrate from far-off lands.
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels was introduced as the Palace on Wheels got an overwhelming response from travellers. Royal Rajasthan will take you through Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur in Rajasthan, then branch off to the World Heritage Site of captivating Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, and finally to Uttar Pradesh, taking you to the famed ancient centre of learning and land of the Ganges – Varanasi, and Agra to see the spectacular Taj Mahal. Besides a choice of mouth-watering cuisine and branded liquor, the Royal Rajasthan also has souvenirs as well as a luxurious spa service on board! These are India Luxury Trains at their best.
The Golden Chariot offers two itineraries with two Indian Luxury Trains. Pride of the South begins at Bangalore to take you through many splendid places in Karnataka before taking you to Goa; while Southern Splendour starts in Bangalore, meanders in and out of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, before taking you back to Bangalore. Both the trains have elegant deluxe cabins with attached bathrooms and fine dining cars serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with mineral water, tea and coffee.
The highlights of Pride of the South include: visiting the “garden city” and India’s IT hub at Bangalore; the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary; the game sanctuary of Bandipur; the majestic city of Mysore, renowned for its palaces, silk and sandalwood; the legendary Tipu Sultan’s fortress at Srirangapatnam; the fascinating ancient Hoysala Temple in Belur; the richly decorated Halebid Temple; Shravanabelagola, an important Jain pilgrim site; the World Heritage Centre of Hampi – with awe-inspiring magnificent ruins of palaces, temples, aquaducts, baths, pavilions and gateways of the great Vijayanagar Empire; view the sculptural delights of Badami, another World Heritage Site, with its ancient rock-cut caves from rust-red sandstone cliffs, and temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva – the 18-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance postures; and, finally, Goa with its beautiful churches, temples and beaches.
Splendour of the South begins at Bangalore, taking you to Mamallapuram – with its beautiful shore temple and “open-air museum” of magnificent rock sculptures; Chennai – to see the historic landmarks and temples of the capital of Tamil Nadu; quaint Pondicherry with its cobbled streets and seaside villas where the French influence is still evident; Trichy, situated along the banks of the river Kaveri with its temples; the temple-city of Tanjore – its Brihadeshwara temple is a World Heritage Site; Madurai – another ancient centre of learning and pilgrimage with fantastic temples; Kanyakumari, bound by the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean to its south and south-west – watch the breathtakingly mesmeric sunrise; Thiruvananthapuram – to see its palace and renowned Kovalam beach; travel to the charming backwater regions of Kerala – Alappuzha and Kumarakom; Kochi – with its famed palace, church, Jewish synagogue and fishing hamlets; and, return to Bangalore.
The Mahaparinirvan Express is an air-conditioned train with first class, two-tier and three-tier sleepers, with catering, providing basic amenities on board. It will take you from Delhi to several places connected to the Buddha – Gaya, where he attained Enlightenment; Rajgir; Nalanda – great ancient learning centre; Varanasi – the Sarnath temple where the Buddha delivered his first sermon, and attend the fascinating evening “arti” on the Ganges; Lumbini, where the Buddha was born; Kushinagar – where he attained Nirvana; Gonda – to visit the Saraswati river; and Agra – to see the wondrous Taj Mahal; before returning to Delhi.