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Last updated on: February 26, 2013 07:42 IST

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India's luxury trains take tourists on an unforgettable journey across the most scenic locales.

These 'Palaces on wheels' offer glimpses of India's rich cultural heritage and take you closer to historic places.

Check out these wonders that attract tourists from across the world...

Palace on Wheels

The Palace on Wheels has been ranked among the top ten luxury trains of the world.

The royal train has 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons, equipped with world class amenities. Each saloon has a mini pantry for refreshments and a place to relax.

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

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.

Tariff:

7 Nights Palace on Wheels Train Tour Cost (Valid till March 2014)
Cost Per Cabin

On Triple sharing --$10,920 for 3
On Twin Sharing --$8,050 for 2
On Single Occupancy--$5,390 for 1
(Taxes Extra)

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Rajasthan Royal on Wheels

The luxurious Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes you through a seven day exploration of Rajasthan.

The beautiful journey begins at New Delhi and takes you through various erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan like Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittor, Swai-madhopur, and Jaipur.

After Rajasthan, the journey takes you to Khajuraho temples and then the holy city of Varanasi, culminating at The Taj Mahal at Agra. 

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Rajasthan Royal on Wheels

The 14 luxury cabins housed within the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels have been named after erstwhile royal palaces of Rajasthan.

Categorized into Deluxe and Super Deluxe saloons, these cabins come equipped with amenities such as Wi-Fi internet, Satellite TV, channel music system. There are 2 dining cars in Royal Rajasthan on Wheels which are named Swarn Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.

Tariff
Deluxe Cabin per person per night (Twin Sharing) -$590
Deluxe Cabin Single per night - $825
Super Deluxe Suite per cabin per night - $1600

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Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot, a luxury train with the finest facilities takes you on a truly memorable journey.

Run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, the train links some of South India's greatest destinations travelling through spectacular locales.

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Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot takes guest closer to mythology, heritage, worship, natural wonders, wildlife, adventure, beaches and more.

Spanning 7 nights and 8 days, the 'Pride of the South' itinerary begins with Bangalore and passing through tiger-stalked Kabini, Srirangapatna, majestic Mysore, Shravanabelagola, architectural marvels Belur and Halebid, imperial Hampi, sublime Badami and Pattadakal, and finally, the beaches of Goa.

Tour period: October 2012 - March 2013 (For Indian nationals only)

Pride of South Tour
Occupancy Type (Per person/night)
Single- Rs 22,000
Double- Rs 16,500
Triple – Rs 13,200

Southern Splendour Tour
Occupancy Type (Per person/night)
Single – Rs 26,400
Double – Rs 19,800
Triple – Rs 16,500

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Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey takes its guests into a journey to the royal days of the yore.

Traversing through the hills, plains and beaches, Deccan Odyssey takes the travellers into a whirlwind tour to Maharashtra.

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Deccan Odyssey

The journey spanning over 168 hours aboard Deccan Odyssey is as opulent as it gets with modern in-suite amenities.

January & March 2013 Departures

Occupancy Type          Deluxe Cabin    Presidential Suite
Single occupancy          $3500              $5250    
Double occupancy        $2730            $4550
Triple occupancy          $2205            $2100 for extra occupancy

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Maharaja Express

Dubbed as India's 'Orient Express', the Maharaja Express is owned by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation.

It has luxurious amenities, Wi-Fi internet, Plasma TVs, DVD players, the train also houses 2 restaurants and a bar along with a high-end boutique. Maharajas Express train can accommodate up to 88 passengers.

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Maharaja Express

Maharaja Express offers tours to an array of Unesco World Heritage Sites like the Taj Mahal in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur and Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh.

Also included is a wildlife tiger safari in Ranthambore. Other prominent destinations include Udaipur, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Varanasi and Bikaner.

Valid from October 2012 till April 2013
The Indian Splendour (8 Days/ 7 Nights)

Deluxe Cabin -- $5,560
Twin/Double Junior Suite -- $8,800
Twin/Double Suite Double -- $12,800
Presidential Suite -- $22,000

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Fairy Queen

One of world's oldest locomotives, Fairy Queen started its first journey in 1855. It stopped services in 1908.

In 1997 it restarted its journey as a heritage train, taking passengers from Delhi station to Alwar.

A bus is hired from Alwar for sightseeing various forts, lakes and the Sariska Wildlife Sacntuary.

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It has an air conditioned chair car carriage with a seating capacity of 50.

There is also a lounge in the front of the coach to enjoy scenic views.  The passengers get the privilege of jeep safari at Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.


 


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