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Traveling India by Train

May. 9th, 2011 | Comments 6 | Make a Comment   
India is a cultural mesh — an attack to the senses. The variant people and landscape of this exciting country create extremes that are commonly seen right next to each other.

There are two types of trains in India offering two very different experiences. Ordinary commuter trains are popular with locals and tourists alike, offering affordable fares and an authentic experience, respectively. Often running hours behind schedule, packed with people, and without bathrooms, you will be fighting for air to breathe...or perhaps even riding on the roof. Keep your eyes on your bags or travel without them – thievery is common (and easy) on these over-crowded conditions.

Luxury Trains. No sooner than the train engine roars, you are given a chilled bottle of water and variety of Indian sweets. Outfitted with large comfortable seats, an abundance of food, never ending tea and beverage service and overwhelmingly attuned hospitality, you will feel like you stepped into a WWII era romance film. You know - how air travel used to be.

Luxury trains are a good value for the money, commuter trains are a lesson in life in an over-populated, third world country. Whichever path suits your desire for adventure and discovery abroad, it will be met on the Indian railways.

If the Darjeeling Limited has inspired you to hop on one of these high-end home-away-from-home on wheels, we have some India luxury train suggestions for your next Asian excursion.

Palace on Wheels is rated one of the most luxurious and prestigious trains in the world. Itineraries on Palace on Wheels ensure that you travel by night and get to see palaces, forts, havelis, sand dunes, wildlife sanctuaries and more during the daytime hours. It stops at some of the best travel destinations including Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Agra.

Deccan Odyssey would be another great choice for journeying through this country. As the newest luxury train of India, it is known as the Palace On Wheels of Maharashtra. Deccan Odyssey will take its guests to exotic locations in Western India such as Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Jaigadh, Ganapatipule, Bhatye Beach, Goa, Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Sawantwadi, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Nasik while providing all the modern luxuries they could need during their stay.

From the newest to the oldest, the Fairy Queen has been running since 1855 and holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest locomotive in regular operation. The Fairy Queen takes its guests to the world famous Sariksa Wildlife Sanctuary, operating on only the second and the fourth Saturday of the months of October to March. It delivers once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the tiger sanctuary, Delhi and Alwar on its two-day, one-night packages.
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6 Comments on this Article

gurpreet commented on September 29, 2011

 i rather go by train rather in hot weather least lil more space to breathe

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Chandra81 commented on September 28, 2011

 Thanks! Your words are encouraging :-)

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Stefanie Payne commented on September 28, 2011

 Fingers crossed! Can't wait to read it. :)

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Stefanie Payne commented on September 28, 2011

Believe me, LLT India, I can not WAIT to go back and update my experience! It was awhile ago... and so is life, I just got around to publishing an article about it this year! :)

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Chandra81 commented on September 28, 2011

 Its alright Stefanie :-) It happens sometimes. I myself am trying to contribute something on Indian Luxury Trains and have my fingers crossed. Let's see if your editorial team judges it worthy of being published or not. I will submit the article hopefully in an hour or two and then will wait. :-)

Chandra81 commented on September 28, 2011

 Even though the article is published in May 2011, the information seems quite outdated. The latest luxury train in India happens to be the Maharajas Express. There are other luxury trains too offering various journeys which include Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, the Indian Maharaja and the Golden Chariot. Whereas the Golden Chariot offers journey in destinations of South India which includes an array of world heritage sites and Kerala backwaters, the Indian Maharaja operates from Mumbai to Delhi and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels operates from Delhi to Agra and covering Jaipur, Bharatpur, Udaipur, Varanasi and Khajuraho enroute.

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