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Heritage Trains Tour
•  Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
•  Palace on Wheels
•  Deccan Odyssey
•  Golden Chariot
•  Mahaparinirvan Express

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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels (Rajasthan)

Rajasthan is the magnificent land of numerous kingdoms, majestic forts and palaces, diverse cultures, varied landscapes and vibrant colours. Experience the land of regal splendour with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, the contemporary royal living. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is the regal delight where every moment is woven together into an everlasting and immemorial experience to be lived and cherished forever. The makers of the Palace on Wheels have rekindled the charm of luxury with utmost consideration of your comfort and modern amenities at the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. This tour is extensively planned to take you through the whispering sands of desert, the intriguing sagas of forts and palaces, and the adventurous escapades to the wilds; while you witness the luxuries on the train in a truly royal fashion. This train is newly built and designed in a contemporary royal style. You will be delighted with the magnificent interiors, sumptuous meals, expensive wines, and personalised service by the Khidmatgars, the likes of which you would rarely experience.   more...

 
Palace on Wheels (Rajasthan)
Palace on Wheels, the royal carriage of Rajasthan has been fascinating its travellers with a regal charm for over two decades now. The mesmerising charm of Rajasthan has been attracting revellers to explore this majestic land in a truly unique manner.

Rajasthan, earlier the abode of numerous kingdoms, is even today replete with those stories of valour, tales of love and an impressive history. The makers of this impressive legacy have charmed the ages with their style and lavishness and have embellished the history of Rajasthan. With their flamboyant style, the Rulers of princely states of erstwhile Rajputana, created their own luxurious coaches with tasteful and magnificent interiors. The royal families employed the loyal Khidmatgars (attendants) to serve them. With these coaches began a new era of extravagant hospitality. These coaches were the “palaces on wheels” of the royals and were adorned with sparkling chandeliers, Persian carpets and intricately carved silverware. Here, was laid the foundation of The Palace of Wheels.   more...

 
Deccan Odyssey (Maharashtra)
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Ltd in association with Indian Railways - Ministry of Tourism has launched a Super Deluxe luxury train "The Deccan Odyssey". The train has been benchmarked against the best luxury trains in the world like the Blue Train of South Africa, The Orient Express of Europe and the Eastern and Oriental of South East Asia.
The Deccan Odyssey's sheer luxury is a sight to behold. Everything in the train reflects the ways of Indian Royalty. The plush interiors, an awesome cuisine and grate sites to see makes the journey memorable. This luxurious train transports its guests on a remarkable sojourn of a land shining in legions grandeur - serene beaches, magnificent forts - palaces and experiencing divine tales etched in colossal rocks. A weeklong royal journey is through some of the best places in Maharashtra namely Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Goa, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ellora, Chandrapur (Tadoba Wildlife), Wardha (Sevagram), Ajanta and Nasik. The objective of running "The Deccan Odyssey" train is primarily to showcase the best of tourism assets of Maharashtra like pristine beauty of Konkan coast, the art, the culture, the wildlife, the heritage (including world heritage sites of Ajanta - Ellora) of Maharashtra as well as Maharashtra's local arts, crafts and cuisine.
 
The train has 21 coaches, out of which 12 are passenger cars accommodating 8 people per coach (10 passenger Cars, 4 coupes per coach - 2 Presidential Suite Cars, 2 coupes per coach), 1 Conference Car, 2 Dinning Cars, 2 Generator Cars with Luggage Store, 1 Staff, spare Car, 1 Spa Car, 1 Bar Car. The train has on-board facilities like T.V., Cable connection with central audio disc player, cell phones, Channel Music, Foreign exchange facilities, etc. The present capacity of the train is 80 pax.   more...
 
The Golden Chariot (Karnataka)
Welcome aboard The Golden Chariot, a luxury train appointed with the finest facilities that takes you on a journey truly unique and memorable. On its voyage, The Golden Chariot links some of South India’s greatest destinations trundling through spectacular locales, recapturing the romance of a by-gone era making your sojourn an unforgettable one. The Golden Chariot is run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, a Government of Karnataka undertaking.
Named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a World Heritage Site in South India, The Golden Chariot conveys you in luxurious comfort on voyages through time and exotic South Indian locales. On these journeys, it unravels for you both eras hidden behind time’s veil, and the splendours of the present day. Come aboard, on a journey filled with moments worth cherishing for a lifetime. The Golden Chariot offers you two memorable itineraries: Pride of the South and Southern Splendour.   more...
 
Mahaparinirvan Express (Bihar)

In the Mahaparinirvana sutra, the Buddha tells his followers that they can attain merit and a noble rebirth by going on pilgrimage to the places where he was born (Lumbini), gained enlightenment (Bodhgaya), first taught (Sarnath), and attained Nirvana (Kushinagar).
India, the country where Buddhisim originated, still has rich reminiscence of the Buddhist legacy. As part of its drive towards austerity, the only kind of art and architecture that it supported were Stupas (stone cased moulds that commemorated relics of Budha), Chaityas (prayer halls) and Viharas (cells for the monks).

Come, discover the path to enlightenment with the Buddhist Circuit Special Train.   more...
 

  Hill Trains:

 
 » Shivalik Palace -  (Kalka - Shimla) [Tourist Coach]

For an exciting and charming journey for the elite class tourist between Kalka and Shimla, the Shivalik Palace (Tourist coach) has free on board catering with an exclusive range of kitchen ware. Special features include - decorative lights, musical cordless bell, music system, variety of indoor games, magazines and books, most ultra modern amenity fittings in bathroom, artificial decorative plant, dining table with beautiful cushioned chair, folding beds etc. Shivalik Palace is meant normally for a party of 6 persons. 
The fare is Rs. 8,225 (both ways). Rs. 4,790 for UP direction Rs. 3,495 for DN direction. 

Two complimentary retiring rooms at Shimla for one day. 

 » Shivalik Queen Express

Especially meant for the honeymooners, the Shivalik Queen Express promises a beautiful journey between Kalka and Shimla. Big windows in the train provide charming views enroute.
Shivalik Queen is NOT a train but a coach attached to the Shivalik Express (Train no. 241) from Kalka.

This is an individual coach which can be hired for the entire journey. This is not available online and has to be booked through the office of DRM Ambala or station master Kalka. Speak to station master at Shimla, mobile number 09805039931 and you will have to submit a letter requesting for booking of saloon. It is not named Shivalik Queen now but is the same. The fare from Kalka to Shimla is Rs. 4970 and from Shimla to Kalka is Rs. 3495.
You will have to get the money deposited and the station master Shimla can get the saloon reserved for you.
 
» Matheran Hill Railway - Matheran Railway links Neral, which lies on the Mumbai- Pune route, to the beautiful hill station of Matheran. The route, which is covered in a time period of one and half hours, is full of panoramic views of the region. The tranquility experienced is worth enjoying.

» Darjeeling Hill Railway - Operating between New Jalpiaguri and Darjeeling, the Darjeeling Railway is pulled by 100 year old engine. Tourists have an opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking view of the great Himalayas for full seven and half hours.

» Niligiri Mountain Rail - This train runs between Mettupalayam and Ooty in the southern part of the country. Tourists are treated to splendid views of tunnels, bridges.
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