The Journey and The Destination
So, someone had the wicked-good idea of converting the journey, and not just the destination, into a special holiday. And thus luxury trains were born. And if any place can fully capture that awesomeness of a train journey, it has to be India, with its forests, palaces, temples, people and legends.
But not all trains are equal, so we’d like to show the green signal to the outstanding ones below. And while the carriages are distinctly designed in old-fashioned opulence, including personal butlers, they are also fitted with all the modern necessities—wifi, spa, gym etc.
1. Palace on Wheels:
The coaches are fitted like a Maharajah’s saloon and tellingly named after provinces in Rajasthan. Decorated with miniatures from different traditional Rajasthani schools, royal emblems and crests, inlay work depicting hunting scenes, oil paintings and Mughal-inspired artwork, intricate carvings, zardosi, and metal and foil work; the train boasts an astounding range of styles from this region and is a truly royal way to travel.
Places to see:
The one to two week itinerary of the Palace on Wheels is designed around the Rajasthani royal circuit—Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, battle-hardy Chittorgarh, Jaisalmer, Bharatpur Sawai Madhopur and the Ranthambhor National Park—and culminates in the poignantly beautiful sights of Agra.
2. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels:
An upgrade on the Palace on Wheels, this version steps up the luxury with coaches aptly names after the palaces of this princely state. Continue reading “Luxury Trains in India”