Train journeys are a quintessential Indian experience, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of India’s many different facets while ensconced in lavish comfort. Many of India’s luxury trains were once slated to be the personal railway coaches for local rulers or high-ranking officers of the British Raj. Some of these have been converted into opulent tourist trains, whilst other locomotives are modelled on these travelling palaces.
The very popular and highly awarded Palace on Wheels features 14 extravagant coaches named after former Rajput states – many whose most famous sites are covered on various itineraries. Many of its tours also take in the resplendent Taj Mahal, and opportunities to see royal Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park.
The Maharajas’ Express is one of the most exclusive trains on Earth, offering five fascinating journeys taking in India’s most breathtaking landscapes. On board, you can expect cabins fit for royalty, dedicated butler service and gourmet meals served on Limoges plates edged with gold.
Off-train excursions are available on all journeys, accompanied by English speaking guides, designed to immerse you in India’s kaleidoscopic cultures and centuries of history.