A journey of a train has come a long way in the times when we carried our own boriya-bistar, heard the usual “chai garam, garam chai” sounds of the tea vendor, and drank water from a surahi. The craziness of traveling back in time and experiencing the grand royalty interests and intrigues you, then luxury train in India might well exceed your expectations.

Nowadays, the time is of super-fast express trains, let’s explore the most luxury train in India that let you travel like royalty. The luxury train is not just a means of transport, but journeys where you’re in no hurry to reach the destination. Managed by Indian Railways and the IRCTC,

You may step onboard the Luxury Train in India, and you go to a world overflowing in opulence while exuding an aura which transports you back to the days of Maharajas. The elite luxury train of India cater to tourists are wish to explore the rich cultural heritage of India in the lap of luxury. Their grandeur is evident from mind-boggling interiors, majestic ambiance, lavish gastronomical fare, stringent security arrangements and almost everything you can imagine.

Traveling in these trains may give you matchless comfort onboard and allow travelers to explore some of the most popular tourist destinations of India. Take these luxury train tours in India to explore India in ways, not possible otherwise.

In India, there are a total of 6 luxury train those names are-

Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels

Best among all Indian luxury train, Maharajas’ Express is also one of the most luxurious trains in the world.  This train is voted as the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, consecutively. The Maharajas’ Express is luxury beyond imagination. You may choose the golden tours of India, witnessing palaces, forts and heritage properties.

Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels

Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels

This luxury train is made by the idea of exploring India’s heritage while on board a palace. In this train, there is a presidential suite that would you give any premium five-star hotel a run for its money, with private lounges, bedrooms, lavish washrooms, and a plush dining area. This train is half-a-mile long train boasts of professionals prepared and meet all the highest quality of hospitality, fully stocked bars, lavish suites, butler services and what not!

Travelers and visitors on board get the best experience and the richness of the country in the most distinguished way possible.

Train Routes

1. Indian Heritage (Mumbai-Ajanta–Udaipur–Jodhpur–Bikaner–Jaipur–Ranthambore–Agra–Delhi)

2. Indian Gems (Delhi–Agra-Ranthambore–Jaipur–Delhi)

3. Indian Panorama (Delhi–Jaipur–Ranthambore–Fatehpur–Sikri–Agra–Gwalior–Orchha–Khajuraho–Varanasi–Lucknow-Delhi)

4. Indian Splendour (Delhi–Agra–Ranthambore–Jaipur–Bikaner–Jodhpur–Udaipur–Balasinor–Mumbai)

5. Indian Treasures (Delhi–Agra–Ranthambore–Jaipur–Delhi)

This Train is operational from the month of October to April and plies on 5 different routes as mentioned above. The overall duration and cost of the ticket for these routes are as follows:

1. Indian Gems & Indian Treasure – 4-day journeys for INR 2,57,950 (approx) each

2. The Indian Panorama &Indian Splendour – 8 days journey for INR 4,00,660 (approx) each

3. Time has taken of Heritage of India – 8 days journey for INR 4,58,280 approx

The Deccan Odyssey

This luxury train is the very site of the royal blue train makes you feel like you are climbing aboard a noble chariot, going out for an inspection of the conquered lands. This 5-star train indulgence on wheels boasts of opulently designed cabins that will leave you awestruck with their grandeur.

The Deccan Odyssey

The Deccan Odyssey

The train is riding through the majestic Western Ghats, the train covers parts of Maharashtra and other Konkan regions, giving travelers a glimpse of the Deccan Plateau, too. It has

1. 2 restaurants

2. 1 Bar

3. 1 sauna

4. 1 business center and other such amenities on board

5. It also has a library, mini gym, and a parlor

This train is Managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, this train is designed to reflect the lives of Maharajas in the 16th century. This is an initiative of Maharashtra Tourism, the Deccan Odyssey is the perfect amalgamation of transport and luxury. The train has plenty to do aboard, from multi-cuisine restaurants serving food presented by expert chefs, to a spa for relaxing massages, along with many other state-of-the-art facilities.

Route of The Deccan Odyssey

Route of The Deccan Odyssey

Train Routes

1. The splendor of Maharashtra Route- (Mumbai–Nasik–Ellora Cave–Ajanta Caves–Kolhapur–Goa–Ratnagiri–Mumbai)

2. Indian Odyssey Route- (Delhi–Sawai Madhopur–Agra–Jaipur–Udaipur–Vadodara–Ellora Caves–Mumbai)

3. Gujrat Hidden Treasures Route- (Mumbai–Vadodara–Palitana–Sasan Gir–Somnath–Little Rann of Kutch–Modhera–Patan –Nashik–Mumbai)

4. Indian Sojourn Route-(Mumbai–Vadodara–Udaipur–Jodhpur–Agra–Sawai Madhopur–Jaipur-Delhi)

5. Jewels of Deccan Route- (Mumbai–Bijapur–Aihole–Pattadakal–Hampi–Hyderabad–Ellora Caves–Ajanta Caves-Mumbai)

6. Wild Trail of Maharashtra Route- (Mumbai–Aurangabad–Ramtek–Tadoba–Ajanta–Nashik–Mumbai)

The Journey of this train, Deccan Odyssey operates starts from the month of October to April and the duration for all 6 routes is 7 nights, 8 days.

Fares are basically in two categories:

1. International travelers Fare: US$5,810 + 4.5% Service tax

2. Indian travelers Fare: INR 3,71,900 + 4.5% Service tax

Golden Chariot

This train is an initiative by the Karnataka State Tourism Board, The Golden Chariot travels to a number of World Heritage Sites, making its way through the most beautiful natural wonders the country has to offer.

Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot

The compartment of this train is with purple and golden that connects important tourist spots in the states of Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry. These elegantly designed trains are equipped with facilities fit for kings, offer breakfast in bed and mesmerize you with the scenic routes. The ancient interiors complement the picturesque terrains through which the train travels.

1. The train has 11 guest cabins, named after ruling dynasties, are intricately designed with elegant Mysore style furniture.

2. There is an  Ayurveda spa center,

3. 2 fine-dining restaurants

4. Gym

5. The tastefully maintained ambiance of the lounges is just sweet cherries on top of this very delicious cake.

6. This award-winning train has also the internet connectivity and satellite antennae that provides live television service.

Cabins in Golden Chariot

Cabins in Golden Chariot

Train Routes:

1. Pride of the South (Bangalore–Kabini–Mysore–Hassan–Hampi–Badami–Goa–Bangalore)

2.SouthernSplendour(Bangalore–Chennai–Mahabalipuram–Pondicherry–Thanjavur–Madurai–Thiruvananthapuram– Alleppey–Kochi–Bangalore)

The train is running in the month of October to March, and duration for both the routes is 7 nights, 8 days.

In this train, there are also two categories that start fares per cabin on twin sharing basis for

Pride of the South:

1. International travelers Fare- US$8,260 + 4.5% Service tax

2. Indian travelers Fare- INR 3,08,000 + 4.5% Service tax

Southern Splendour:

1. International travelers Fare- US$9,130 + 4.5% Service tax

2. Indian travelers Fare- INR 3,50,000 + 4.5% Service tax

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

As the name rightly suggests, this luxury train is as royal as it gets. This train, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes you through the rich heritage of Rajasthan. Experience the Rajput culture of valor and hospitality, and travel through many stunning palaces and fortresses built in the Rajputana region.

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

In the time of boarding the train, you are greeted with a grand musical red-carpet welcome and the warmth of hospitality that one expects from Rajasthani culture. From the Luxurious cabins are no less than princely abodes, with tastefully decorated interiors, imagery from Rajputana history, all the modern facilities of a luxury hotel, like

1. fine dining

2. Spa

3. A souvenir coach which offers things like a beer mug, embossed leather jewelry product, cruet set, leather photo frame, and various other accessories.

Routes of this train are-

From- Starting to Delhi – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Agra – and ends Delhi.

The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels train is operational in the month of October to march.

The total time of the journey is 7 nights, 8 days. In each city that it stops, tours to city attractions and famous historical places in India are included.

There are some top tourist attractions are cover on your journey in Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

1. Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada

2. Udaipur – Forts, palaces, and hotels of Udaipur

3. Chittorgarh – Vijay Stambha, Gaumukh Reservoir, Rana Kumbha Palace

4. Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambhore Palace and Ranthambore National Park, Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple

5. Jaipur – City Palace, Hawa Mahal

6. Khajuraho – Khajuraho Temples and

7. Varanasi – Ganga Ghats, Sarnath

8. Agra – Taj Mahal

Cabins of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Cabins of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

In this train there are also two fare prices that are per cabin on twin sharing basis:

1. International travelers Price: US$9,450 + 4.5% Service tax

2. Indian travelers Price: INR 5,67,000 + 4.5% Service tax

Royal Orient Train

Aimed at this luxury train is at taking out the passengers back to the age of kings, the train takes you through the two of the most vibrant states of India, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. The journey by the Royal Orient Train gives you delightful experience of traveling to famous tourist destinations onboard one of the best luxury train in India. Apart from being highly luxurious, the train offers

1. The palatial-style comfortable cabins

2. Well-trained hospitality professionals,

3. Multi cuisine restaurant with the “Watering Hole” Bar,

4. Spacious baths

5. A library

This Luxury Train will give you almost all the facilities that come to your mind while imagining yourself in a 5-star hotel – Royal Orient Train has them.

Royal Orient Train

Royal Orient Train

Train Route 

Starting from Delhi–Chittorgarh/Udaipur-Junagarh/Veraval- Sasan Gir/Dilwara–Palitana-Sarkhej-Ahmedabad-Jaipur-Delhi

This train is running all year round, and the total duration is 7 nights, 8 days.

The Major City of attractions on this route are:

1. Delhi – Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate

2. Chittorgarh/Udaipur – Chittorgarh Fort, City Palace, boating in Lake Pichhola, Shilpgram and Royal Gardens

3. Junagarh/Veraval – Ashokan Rock EDICT of 3rd Century BC, Darbar Hall Museum, Mausoleum of Nawab

4. Mahabat Khanji, Somnath Temple on the shore of the Arabian Sea

5. Sasan Gir National Park – Lion Sanctuary

6. Dilwara – St. Paul’s church and Mandir Beach

7. Palitana – Jain Temple atop Shatrunjaya Hills

8. Ahmedabad – Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles, Sidi Sayyad’s Mosque

9. Jaipur – Amar Fort and elephant ride, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (observatory)

Lounge Royal Orient Train

Lounge Royal Orient Train

There are basically two fares are charged that is-

1. October to March

2. April to September

October to March-One cabin is allowed for per person for one night on twin sharing basis

1. International travelers Price: US$200 + 4.5% Service tax

2. Indian travelers Price: INR 7,480 + 4.5% Service tax


1. International travelers Price: US$150 + 4.5% Service tax

2. Indian travelers Price: Not Applicable

Fairy Queen Express

This is Last but not the least, the Fairy Queen Express is one of the oldest trains providing the luxury train journeys in India. This luxury train is Powered by the oldest serving steam locomotive built in around 1855, Fairy Queen has its own charm as it rambles through to Alwar in Rajasthan.

Fairy Queen Express

Fairy Queen Express

The Train is mention in the “Guinness Book of World Records” and a “recipient of National Tourism Award”, Fairy Queen easily makes it to the list of the most luxury train in India.

Train Route is: 

Starting from- Delhi – Alwar – Sariska- Alwar – Delhi

This train is Runs from the month of October to March on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Train Route of Fairy Queen

Train Route of Fairy Queen

The Total Duration of this journey is 1 night, 2 days. The basic attractions at its two stoppages are  – Sariska and Alwar – are:

1. Sariska– Lake Palace, Sariska National Park

2. Alwar– Alwar Museum

Total Price for the full package is-

INR 8,600 + Government taxes/Service taxes, That includes the two-way train journey + sightseeing/stay at Sariska for an adult.


So now the time is to book yourself an exclusive train experience at any of these luxury train, and travel through India like royalty! Make sure you take a journey on these luxury trains of India to know what’s so surreal about it. After all, experiences have the best answers. Fare in these trains, traveling would be really difficult for most of us but the experience, it looks like, will definitely be worth i