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Railway Budget: India's most stunning trains

Last updated on: March 19, 2012 11:18 IST

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India's luxury trains are among the world's best. They are truly 'palaces on wheels'. Take a look at India's most stunning trains....

The Palace on Wheels

The Palace on Wheels has been rated among the top ten luxury trains of the world. A majestic train, it has 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons, equipped with world class amenities.

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Each saloon has a mini pantry for refreshments and a place to relax.

The 4-twin bedded chambers have channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities.

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The furniture with its inlaid motifs has been specially created for the Palace on Wheels.

The train has two restaurants with a Rajasthani ambience serving Continental, Chinese, India and Rajasthani cuisines.

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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

This magnificent train offers a taste of royalty onboard. A trip through Varanasi and Khajuraho, Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra offers a glimpse of India's rich cultural heritage.

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There are 3 itineraries to choose from. The train has hi-tech facilities which includes Internet, Wi-Fi system exclusive restro lounges, provision to regulate air conditioning in the super deluxe room, and pantry in each sleeper car.

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This train is newly built and designed in a contemporary royal style with magnificent interiors, sumptuous meals, expensive wines, and personalised service.

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Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot is named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India.
The trip takes you through historical heritage sites, palaces, wildlife and beaches.

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The train has fully air-conditioned cabins, 26 twin beds, 17 double bed cabins and 1 cabin for the physically challenged.

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Every cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD television, DVD with 6 satellite channels, wardrobe and bathrooms with luxurious amenities and accessories.

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Deccan Odyssey

The Deccan Odyssey travels across the heart of India. You can see some of India's best beaches in Goa and Maharashtra, the grand forts and palaces of the Marathas and the Osho Ashram in Pune.

The week-long trip also takes you to the historic sites of Ajanta, Ellora and Aurangabad. The journey culminates at India's financial capital, Mumbai.

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The train has 13 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, CD/MP3 player, attached toilets, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities.

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Special assistance is available in the form of wheel chairs, creches and a special attendant for assistance. An attendant is always available at your service. You can also choose various cuisines on the Deccan Odyssey.

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The Maharajas Express

The Maharajas Express is a super luxury train. It promises a royal experience, with five carriages for deluxe cabins, six for junior suites, two for suites and one for the grand presidential suite.

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Designed by the Integral Coach Factory, the train has cabins with individual temperature controls and LCD televisions, DVD players, direct dial telephone and high-speed Internet facilties.

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The train also has two fine dining restaurants, one bar, an observation lounge with its own bar, game tables and a comfortable club.

This train is run by a joint venture between Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Cox and Kings India called Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd.



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The Fairy Queen

The historic Fairy Queen has the oldest working steam locomotive in the world. It started its maiden journey in 1855 for the erstwhile East Indian Railway.

The Fairy Queen holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest locomotive in operation.

The train has one 50-seater AC passenger coach and a pantry coach, which serves Rajasthani cuisine.



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