India has always been an interesting tourist spots for people from all over the world. Every state in India has unique features and cultures which large number of tourists every year. An Indian railway has a play important role in promoting tourism in India because it is the main & cheapest mode of transport in India. India railway offer royal train journeys through the various parts of India. These royal coaches target the foreign tourists by providing them a lifestyle of regal times and an opportunity to relish the culture, architecture and tradition of India. The luxurious trains in India are The Palace on Wheels, The Maharajas’ Express, The Golden Chariot & Deccan Odyssey. These royal trains are highly expensive and they operate on fixed schedules.Palace on Wheels
The Palace on Wheels was ceremoniously flagged off on January 26, India’s Republic Day, in 1982 and this was the first luxury train launched in India. It was a grand success and following its success, other luxury tourist trains have been started on other routes by Indian railways. The majestic coaches of this train were designed drawing inspiration from the personal royal coaches of the Maharajas of Rajputana, Gujarat, Hyderabad Nizams and British rulers. 14 royal coaches, named after former Rajput states, include air-conditioned cabins with twin beds having facilities like DTH television, music, intercom, and attached toilets with running hot and cold water, bar with International choices, lounge with a library, TV and DVD player. It boasts of two royal restaurants, “The Maharaja” and “The Maharani”, designed with a Rajasthani ambience, serving Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisine. The eight day long Rajputana style journey starts from New Delhi and rails through the Rajput kingdom around Rajasthan with halts in Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and finally Agra, the land of an epic romance.Maharajas’ Express
Maharajas’ Express was awarded ‘Asia’s leading luxury train’ in World Travel awards recently. This train is the most luxurious, latest and the most expensive train in India giving the best hospitality as given to a Maharaja. The interiors have beautifully depicted the elegance and opulence of the palaces of Maharajas of the bygone era. Royal bedroom cabins are equipped with twin beds or a double bed in four options:5 deluxe cabins, 6 junior suites, 2 suites, and a majestic presidential suite. Twin dine restaurants, Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal are furnished gracefully. Safari Bar, Rajah Club and Treasure Chest are other coaches designed for travelers keeping in mind the need for relaxation, comfort and space. Amenities available on the train include LCD TVs, climate control, Internet, panoramic windows, en suite bathrooms etc. TheThe Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot- Pride of the South runs between Bangalore and Goa and connects the important tourist spots between them. This is another luxurious delight for the tourists and a chance to live in the rich interiors designed based on the royal architectural style of the dynasties of Karnataka. The coaches are colored purple and gold, and named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka. Apart from the cabins and two restaurants, Nala and Ruchi, this train has a conference coach and a gym coach where an Ayurvedic center, a spa and a gymnasium are set. Lounge bar is set up in another coach where one can relax and enjoy fine spirits and wines at the same time watch performances of local artisans. This lounge is modeled after the Mysore palace interiors and named as Madira. The Golden Chariot offers two types of packages. One is a 7 nights /8 days tour starting from Bangalore, then to Kabini, Bandipur, Mysore, Hassan, Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola, Hospet, Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal, Goa and back to Bangalore and the second route is the same as the first but the check out is done at Goa and it is a 6 nights / 7 days tour.Deccan Odyssey
Imagine an imperial style journey through the land of Marathas in a 5 star train and that is Deccan Odyssey. This was introduced to promote tourism in Konkan route. The luxurious blue train of India welcomes you to a world of royal sojourn. Aboard this luxury train, there are 11 passenger carriages, two presidential suite cars, a conference car, two restaurant cars, a spa car and a bar car, all regally decorated and designed. The two restaurants namely, Peshwa-1 and Peshwa-2 serve all culinary delights from across the world. Handpicked handicrafts and souvenirs can be shopped on board. The journey starts from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and travels to Sindhudurg Nagari, Goa, Kolhapur, Ellora caves, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Ajanta caves, Nashik, Ellora caves and back to Mumbai.