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Rail travel in India

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Tourist Trains: Updated information and journeys for luxury tourist trains in India
* '''Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR)''' [] —The steepest mountain railway in India, the NMR climbs the 6159 feet from Mettupalayam to [[Ooty|Udhagmandalam]] over a distance of 46km, with gradients of 1:12 in some stretches. Completed in 1899, it is the only railway in India to use a rack and pinion system to climb the steep gradient. The train passes through 16 tunnels, over 250 bridges and around 205 sharp curves, with the breathtaking scenery of the Nilgiri Hills visible all along the way.
===Tourist Luxury Trains===
These are akin One of the luxurious ways to explore the most prominent tourist destinations and attractions in India is to five-star hotels on wheelsopt for luxury train travel. Operated jointly by IR The history of luxury train traveling in India dates back to the days of erstwhile maharajas who used to travel in opulent personal carriages for purpose of state visits, hunting and state tourism departmentspersonal occasions. In the year 1982, they are a wonderful way Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation launched Palace on Wheels in collaboration with Indian Railways to experience revive the sights art of elegant traveling in India without having . Palace on Wheels was launched to promote tourism in Rajasthan and cater exclusively to worry about the hassles overseas traveler and offer them a hassle free, all-inclusive and opulent option of travel traveling to the royal destinations in Rajasthan. Palace on Wheels is still the most revered luxury train in India. Nowadays there are a total of 6 luxury train plying different routes and accommodationoffering a total of 11 pre-packaged itineraries.*'''The Palace on Wheels''' []— This India’s most authentic luxury train , the Palace on Wheels does an eight-day loop from [[New Delhi]] with stops and sightseeing tours in [[Jaipur]], Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, [[JaisalmerUdaipur]], [[JodhpurJaisalmer]], Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, [[UdaipurJodhpur]], [[Bharatpur]], and [[Agra]]. Prices range The train is equipped with modern amenities such as internet connection, live television, dining cars, bar & sitting lounge, guest cabins with attached bathroom and even a spa. The all inclusive prices of the Palace on Wheels start from US$320/340 per person/per night (twin sharing) on triple occupancy basis in ''low the lean season'' to and US$420/person/night (twin sharing) 450 for the same in ''peak season''(October-March). It is advisable to make bookings on this train well in advance as the train is sometimes booked out months ahead.*'''The Deccan Odyssey''' []— This luxurious Second luxury train transports its guests introduced in India after the huge success of Palace on Wheels in Rajasthan, the Deccan Odyssey was a weeklong journey through some joint initiative of the best places Maharashtra State Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways to promote tourism in [[Maharashtra]] . The itinerary of this luxury rail tour was designed to offer the cultural and [[Goa]]historical insights to the guest at some of the most significant destinations in Maharashtra. It does an eight-day loop The 7 nights/8 days itinerary beginning from [[Mumbai]] crisscrosses some of the most mesmerizing landscape along the verdant Western Ghats and has been ranked among the best Konkan Coast. This luxury trains train tour package also includes 2 days halt in the worldtiny emerald of [[Goa]], which is a very popular global beach destination. Prices range The Deccan Odyssey fare starts from US$320/315 per person/per night on triple occupancy basis in the lean season (twin sharingApril & September) in ''low season'' to and US$390/person/night (twin sharing) 425 for the same in ''the peak season''(October-March).*'''The Golden Chariot'''[]— This train named Named after the famous Stone Chariot in [[Hampi]], a world heritage siteWorld Heritage Site, takes travellers on a the Golden Chariot offers two weeklong journey through Karnataka and Goaitineraries across destinations in South India. Golden Chariot is the only luxury train in India offering luxury tours in South India. It This Indian luxury train does an two eight-day loop from [[Bangalore]] . There are two journeys offered by the train named Splendor of the South and Pride of the South. Whereas the Pride of the South covers destionations in the Southern State of Karnataka, the Splendor of the South cuts across the state borders and covers prominent destinations in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karnataka. traverses through Some of the facilities offered in the train include restaurants, bar, lounges, gym, business center, spa, Wi-Fi internet, cabins with attached bathroom and disable friendly coaches.The Golden Chariot Pride of the South itinerary begins from Yeshwantpur Station in Bangalore and covers [[Mysore]], [[Srirangapatna]], Kabini, the historical sites of [[Shravanabelagola]], [[Belur]], Halebidu, [[Hampi]], Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole and finally the beaches of [[Goa]]during its 8 days loop. Prices range of Golden Chariot Pride of the South starts from US$250/440 per person/per night (twin on triple sharing) in ''low season'' to basis and reaches as high as US $754 for the same on single occupancy basis.The Golden Chariot Splendor of the South itinerary take the guests on voyage across Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Poovar, Thiruvanathapuram and Kochi. The attractions of this luxury train tour include Auroville, Vidhan Soudha, Rock Fort Temple, Kumarakom backwaters, Meenakshi Temple, Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Synagogue and UNESCO World Heritage sites Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram and Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur. This prices for Golden Chariot Splendor of the South starts from US$350/545 per person/per night (twin on triple sharing) in ''peak season''basis and reaches as high as US $831 on sigle occupancy basis.
*'''The Indian Maharaja'''[]— India’s first privately run luxury trainand winner of World Travel Award in the category of Asia’s Leading Luxury Train; the Indian Maharaja connects [[Mumbai]] to [[Delhi]] and covers attractions which include some of the most royal and culturally significant destinations in India. This luxury train trip includes tours to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ajanta and Ellora, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri along with [[Udaipur]], [[Jaipur]] and Ranthambore National Park in [[Rajasthan]]. The Indian Maharaja itinerary of the tour lasts asts for 8 days and 7 nights and cost around the train tariff starts at US $ 585 595 per person per night for Silver Class twin occupancy and $ 747 for the most exclusive gold class single occupancycould cost as high as US $ 1590 per night. Presidential suites options is also available on this train.*'''Splendor of the South'''[]— Splendor of the South offers an elegant way of traveling in the lap of luxury and covers destinations across South India. During its 7nights/8days journey the train will take you on an unforgettable voyage across Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Poovar, Thiruvanathapuram and Kochi. The attractions include Auroville, Vidhan Soudha, Rock Fort Temple, Kumarakom backwaters, Meenakshi Temple, Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Synagogue and UNESCO World Heritage sites Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram and Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur.
*'''Royal Rajasthan on Wheels'''[]— Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes you on a whirlwind tour across princely land of Rajasthan. Spectacular fortresses, resplendent palaces and diverse culture await the travelers in Rajasthan which used to be the land of Rajput maharajas in the days of yore. The itinerary of the train include tours to [[Jaipur]], [[Jodhpur]], [[Udaipur]], [[Chittorgarh]], [[Khajuraho]], [[Varanasi]], [[Agra]] and [[Delhi]] and span across 7 nights and 8 days. Attractions include the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Mehrangarh Fort, Ranthambore National Park and Eastern and Western Group of Temples at Khajuraho.
*'''Maharajas' Express'''[]— Latest luxury train in India, Maharajas Express is touted as the India’s answer to the Orient Express. This luxury tourist train offers 4 5 itineraries 3 of which are pan-Indian tours and 2 are golden triangle tours. The Maharajas’ Express journeys are named Classical the Heritage of India, Royal Indiathe Indian Splendor, the Indian Panorama, Princely Gems of India and Celestial [[Treasures of India]]. The trains cover major attractions across various Indian states which include [[Rajasthan]], [[Gujarat]], [[Maharashtra]], [[Madhya_Pradesh|Madhya Pradesh]] and [[Uttar_Pradesh|Uttar Pradesh]]. Maharajas Express also happens to be one of the costliest luxury tourist train rides in the world with fare starting from US $7000 3580 per person per journey for Deluxe Twin Cabin and achieving crescendo at reaching as high as US $20000 22000 per person per journey for Presidential Suite for the itinerary of 8 days and 7 nights.

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