India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions and the Indian Railways play an important role in binding the people together. With more than 60,000 km of rail track, around 7,000 stations and more than 11,000 locomotives, the Indian Railways serve not only the people of the land but also the visitors from abroad. The Indian Railways run across the length and breadth of India, from Jammu to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Assam. So to imply that the cultural heritage of India is reflected not only in the forts, palaces, havelis and temples but also in the luxury trains wouldn’t be wrong.
It is a well-known fact that the erstwhile Indian rulers, especially the Rajputs, led a grand and majestic lifestyle and their fancy with luxury involved even the trains. The royal lifestyle was very much reflected in saloons of the royal families. With the end of the princely rule in India, these saloons were to be anyone's personal belonging. Thus, the royal lifestyle of the former rulers provided the backdrop to the idea of luxury trains in India and luxury trains like the Palace on Wheels, the Deccan Odyssey, the Heritage on Wheels and the Royal orient were born.
These luxury train tours provide guests a life time experience, exploring palaces, forts and museums
, temples and hills, mixing with the people of the land during the day and resting in 'Royal Saloons" of the trains at night. Touring India on these luxury trains is like revisiting history and culture of India. A week or even four days on the luxury trains gives an idea of the varying topography and culture of the land. The Palace on Wheels, the Royal Orient, the Deccan Odyssey and the Fairy Queen cover many interesting historical cities and quaint towns of India.
Not to mention that when exploring India in the lap of luxury offered by these trains, every bit of what you can imagine-restaurants, bars, lounges, libraries, saloons, and what not-comfort will remain the métier. And with customized packages to suit your convenience, whether a full blown package with all meals, tours, entrance fees to monuments included or a lesser one, your journey in India will no doubt will etch itself deep in the memory. Royalty, once you step on and experience the ride, you’ll know, is not just for the royal anymore. It now reaches out and calls you to bond!