Luxury trains of INDIA

1 – Maharaja  Express

The Maharaja Express is known for providing world-class hospitality and maximum convenience for experiencing multiple destinations in a short span of time. Owing to the top-notch facilities and comfort that it offers travellers, it has been awarded the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ title at the World Travel Awards five times in a row, from 2012 to 2016.
There are a total of 5 unique itineraries that the Maharajas Express has to offer which covers:-

  • Heritage of India: Nights/8 Days 

    Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Agra – Delhi

  • Indian Splendour: 7 Nights/8 Days
    Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur –  Balsinor – Mumbai
  • Indian Panorama: 7 Nights/8 Days
    Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi
  • Treasures of India: 3 Nights/4 Days 
    Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Gems of India: 3 Nights/4 Days 
    Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Delhi

2- Palace On Wheels

The Palace on wheels is rated as one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world. It offers you a heart-rending trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just seven days. On rolling back wheels of time, we find the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India travelled by these luxurious coaches. After independence, these coaches were parked and remained in this state for a quarter of a century until in 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage tourist train for providing a uniquely memorable experience to the tourists visiting Rajasthan. There are 39 Deluxe Cabins &b 2 Super Deluxe Cabins (total passenger capacity is of 82 passengers). The basic concept of the train tour is that overnight you travel in comforts of AC sleeping Chamber daytime enjoy-pre arranged group sightseeing tours in AC buses.

Tour (7 Nights/8 Days): Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – New Delhi

 

3- Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey Train has been thrice voted as the best luxury train in Asia. The train operates on six different journeys of 7 Nights duration across India- covering Forts & Palaces Of India, Taj Mahal, Tiger & Lion forest reserves and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta Ellora Caves & Hampi etc. Deccan Odyssey Train owned & operated by State Govt Of Maharashtra & both off board/on board services are Outsourced to a private travel company. 7 Nights Journies :

  • Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Mumbai – Nashik – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Ratnagiri – Mumbai
  • Mumbai – Bijapur – Aihole & Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai
  • Mumbai – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir & Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera & Patan – Nashik – Mumbai
  • Mumbai – Aurangabad – Pench (Ramtek) – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai

4- Golden Chariot

This South India Version of Palace On Wheels was launched in March 2008 & has been rated by The Vanity Fair, U.K. amongst the top seven train journeys in the world. Built & operated on the same concept as it’s more famous North India counterpart, The Golden Chariot Train is a joint collaboration between Indian Railways & State Govt. Of Karnataka; & the onboard hospitality is managed by Maple Group of Hotels.

Tours:

  • Special Royal Mysore Dasara Tour
  • Golden Chariot Train Pride Of South circuit

 

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‘Tejas Express’ Flagged Off Today: all you need to know

When: 22 May, 2017
Where: Mumbai, India
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Tejas Express

The ‘Tejas Express’, India’s newest train, will make its first trip today i.e 22 May, 2017 from Mumbai to Goa. The luxury train is expected to complete the journey in less than nine hours, which makes it faster than the Janshatabdi. The train was revealed to the public in Mumbai on Sunday. The bright yellow superfast train promises a flight-like experience on the track at less than Rs 1,500 a ride. Its first commercial journey was flagged off by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu this afternoon. The much-awaited Tejas Express, boasts several modern facilities on-board like LED TV and tea, coffee vending machine, has been flagged off from Mumbai to Goa today.

The Tejas Express has German coaches fitted with LED screens, coffee vending machines and Wifi connectivity. The train will have thirteen coaches including one executive coach with a capacity of 56. All doors are centrally controlled. The train also has CCTV cameras, besides fire and smoke detection facilities. Its body is “graffiti proof”. The ticket fares will be cheaper than flights but 20 per cent higher than that of the Shatabdi Express.

The Tejas will take rail travel to a different level altogether. First of its kind, it will be a game changer. Each coach has cost Rs 3.25 crore, which have leather seats, LCD screens and a call button to summon attendants.  The train will run between Mumbai and Goa five days a week. During monsoon, it will run for three days. Tejas Express trains will also be launched between Delhi and Chandigarh and between Surat and Mumbai.

Here’s all you need to know about the luxurious train:

  1. Fully-loaded

The train has got all the ultra-modern amenities like on-board infotainment, wi-fi, CCTV, fire and smoke detection facilities, tea and coffee vending machine etc. General manager of central railway, who inspected the train at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (CSTM), on Sunday, likened Tejas Express with an “aeroplane moving on the ground”.

  1. Speed

India’s first premium train will run at an average speed of 130kmph.

  1. Design

The train, manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, will have automatic entrance door, a first in non-suburban train in Indian railways. The graffiti proof, vinyl-wrapped specially designed exterior has a bright colour theme of orange and yellow. Tejas Express has a dust-proof/sealed inter car gangway. The express will also be pressed into service in Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Lucknow sectors, according to the railways.

  1. Route and Schedule

The Tejas Express would operate between Mumbai and Karmali (Goa) five days a week during non-monsoon period and three days a week during monsoon by halting at Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Ratnagiri and Kudal stations.

  1. Capacity

The 20 coach train will have one executive AC chair car with 56 seating capacity and 12 AC chair cars with 78 seat capacity of each coach.

  1. Fare

Tejas Express’s executive class fare+ is Rs 2,940 (with food) and Rs 2,540 (without food), and for AC chair car the fare has been fixed at Rs 1,850 (with food) and Rs 1,220 (without food). Besides the railways has also planned optional on-board catering services.

  1. Safety

The high-speed train has all the safety measures like suppression system, fire suppression system, smoke detection and fire detection. A GPS-based passenger information display system and a digital destination board has also been installed for the convenience of the passengers.

  1. Braille assistance

Tejas Express has also got Braille assistance installed for visually challenged passengers.

  1. Cleanliness

The train has bio-vacuum toilets facility in all the coaches. It will also have other features like hand dryers, water level indicators and touch-less water taps.

  1. Response from public

According to central railway, passengers have shown positive response in booking advance trains for the train. The ticket booking started within minutes of its opening this morning and in the first four hours, 207 passengers booked tickets for the AC chair car and 10 for executive AC chair car.

 

No Service Charge On Train Tickets Booked Through IRCTC Website

When: 01 February, 2017.
Where: New Delhi, India
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No service charge to be levied on train tickets booked via IRCTC website.

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The booking of railway tickets online through the IRCTC website has just become cheaper. In the Union Budget 2017 presented yesterday, finance minister Arun Jaitley said that railways will no longer levy service charge on train tickets booked online through the IRCTC website. Earlier, a service tax of Rs. 20 had to paid while booking Sleeper Class tickets and Rs. 40 for AC class tickets. But now the service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.

Gear Up For Christmas And New Year With Maharajas’ Express Delightful Surprises

When: 17-31 December, 2016.
Where: India
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Maharajas’ Express Christmas and New Year’s Special!

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One of the most popular luxury trains in India, Maharajas’ Express has lined-up four special departures during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Get all geared up to make your celebrations even better and lavish on-board this ‘luxury on wheels’.  Following are the departures:

  • The Heritage of India (17 Dec, 2016) – This 7 night / 8 day journey covers Mumbai, Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, and Delhi.
  • Treasures of India (25 Dec, 2016) – This 3 night / 4 day journey covers Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur.
  • Gems of India (28 Dec, 2016) – This 3 night / 4 day journey offers a visit to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur.
  • The Indian Panorama (31 Dec, 2016)– This 7 night / 8 day journey offers visit to Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Lucknow.

Another highlight of Maharajas’ Express Christmas and New Year’s Departure is two amazing offers on these journeys. The offers are valid till the date of departure of the journeys and is subject to availability of cabins.

OFFER 1- 50 percent discount

The first offer on the above departures states that on booking a cabin on twin sharing basis the first adult pays the full cost but the second sharing the cabin will avail 50% discount on the adult cost. This offer is applicable for all nationalities. In clear terms, if you and your partner are going, you pay for one and your companion pays 50 percent only

OFFER 2- Early bird offer

The second offers states that on booking a Deluxe Room, the guest gets a chance to upgrade his room from Deluxe Cabin to Junior Suite, by just paying only 50% of the difference in Tariff between these two. This offer is valid till 30th November 2016. This offer too is applicable for all nationalities.

Owned and managed by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Maharaja’s Express is an awarded and much-loved Indian luxury train. The list of awards of Maharajas’ Express include award in the category of World’s Leading Luxury Train for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 consecutively. The other accolades include the Seven Stars 2015 and 2016 in the category “Luxury Hospitality and Life style Awards”; the ‘Best Luxury Train’ at CNBC Awaaz Travel Award 2010, and 1st runner up prize in the Specialist Train Operators Category awarded at Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Travel Award 2011.

All its journeys are very meticulously-planned and offer a visit to some of India’s best destinations. The itineraries include sightseeing, special meals, shopping and other memorable experiences. The décor of the train is gorgeous and the hospitality is impeccable. The luxury train has 43 guest cabins along with two multi-cuisine restaurants – Rang Mahal and Mayur Mahal. The train also features a souvenir coach and a lounge. Have a memorable journey, amid modern world-class comforts.

Tiger Express Ready for Rajasthan Jaunt

When: 19 November, 2016.
Where: New Delhi-Udaipur-Chittorgarh-Ranthambore
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Indian Railways in collaboration with IRCTC launches Tiger Express with City of Lakes Udaipur. IRCTC has announce the departures of the new itinerary by a semi luxury train with dining car facility and AC road transportation. The Tiger Express, which was launched specifically for safaris in Madhya Pradesh (MP) in June 2016, is all set make Rajasthan its new home. Giving Bandhavgadh, Kanha tiger reserves in MP the slip, the train will begin its revised journey in the state of Rajasthan on November 19 by taking tourists to Ranthambhore for the tiger safari.

The Tiger Express is one of the most innovative tourism products launched by the Indian Railways and IRCTC. The train was launched on the World Environment Day earlier in June this year with the objective of spreading awareness about wildlife in general and the tiger in particular. The Railway minister had taken personal interest in conceptualizing this train with tiger motifs. The semi-luxury train has been revised to cover Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Ranthambore for a 4 night – 5 day odyssey starting from New Delhi.
The Indian Railways is foraying into wildlife tourism for the first time in the state, focusing on both budget and domestic tourists.

Package Details
Package Name – Tiger Express with City of Lakes Udaipur
Destination Covered – Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ranthambore
Traveling Mode – Semi Luxury Tourist Train & A/c Transportation.
Class – 1AC, 2AC
Departure Dates – 19 Nov’16, 17 Dec’16, 21 Jan’17, 11 Feb’ 17 & 11 Mar’17

Premium railway fares hiked up to 50 per cent

When: 09 September

Where: Indian Railways, India

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Get ready to pay more for Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duronto train tickets from Sep 09.

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The Railways have decided to introduce a flexi-fare system for premier trains – Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi from September 09, which means that passengers who book tickets when the train is full will have to pay more. The base fare for the high-speed and in-demand Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains will be on flexi-fare or surge pricing system. There are total 42 Rajdhani trains, 46 Shatabdi and 54 Duronto trains currently in service. However, there will be no change in the existing fare for 1AC and Executive Class of travel in premier trains. While 10 per cent of the seats will be sold in the normal fare in the beginning, it will go on increasing by 10 percent (1.1x) with every 10 per cent of berths sold with the ceiling limit at maximum 50 percent (1.5x) depending upon the demand. For 2AC and Chair Car, the maximum hike is 50 percent while for 3AC, it is 40 percent (1.4x).

In addition, vacant berths left at the time of charting would be offered for current booking. If a lower class seat costs more than a better coach under the flexi-fare system, passengers will be informed and allowed to upgrade. The maximum price for each ticket of a particular train will also be printed in the reservation chart to make it easier for people to upgrade by pay the difference amount. Other supplementary charges like reservation charges, super-fast charge, catering charges, service tax as applicable shall remain unchanged. The refund rules also remained unchanged. The ministry also confirmed that passengers who have already booked tickets at pre-revision rates will not have to pay more.

The new pricing policy will be implemented from 09 September, 2016.

 

 

Indian Railway offers semi-luxury train tour of Rajasthan

When: 12 – 16 August, 2016

Where: New Delhi – Udaipur

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IRCTC to operate a special semi-luxury train to Rajasthan during the Independence Day long weekend.

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Rajasthan is a great place to be during the monsoons, and keeping the long weekend in mind, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has announced a special semi-luxury train tour that would take travelers from Delhi to the famous historical and religious places of Rajasthan, including Udaipur, Ajmer and Pushkar. Slated to operate from August 12 to August 16, the 4 night/5 day train journey will start from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station and will cover interesting destinations like Mt Abu and Chittorgarh as well.

The all-inclusive package includes quality food, travel outside railway by air-conditioned vehicles, housekeeping and security arrangements. In addition, IRCTC will provide services of tour escorts throughout the trip. A special feature of the itinerary is that it is the only tourist train in mid-segment with an air conditioned dining car. The package will be available in two categories (I AC and II AC).

Please note, this semi luxury train tour is only for the Independence Day long weekend i.e 12 – 16 August, 2016.

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