Semi-Luxury Trains in India: What You Need to Know

It’s very common we heard a lot about Indian luxury trains, but very few only know about semi-luxury trains. From past 3 to 4 years, Indian Railways introduced some semi-luxury trains in particular regions to promote tourism. Mainly, the main motive of this type of trains is to make travelers happy to enjoy the luxurious journey in a fewer cost compares to luxury trains. Simply, semi-luxury trains can easily affordable by more number of people than luxury trains.

What’s the specialty of Semi-Luxury Trains?

Specialties of the train are not more than luxury trains but they satisfy the travelers basic luxury needs and requirements. That’s why every semi-luxury train in India was equipped with primary luxury elements and facilities. But one thing special about this type of trains is its itinerary packages, why because the itinerary of these trains will be surely concentrated on one tourism aspect.

For example, Tiger Express for wildlife, Desert Circuit train for deserts, Buddhist circuit train for Buddhist tourist places, like this train itinerary will be followed on particular tourist attraction

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Now it’s time to know about India’s top-rated semi-luxury trains. So, here you can have a glimpse of them.

1. Tiger Express:

For wildlife enthusiasts, Tiger Express is a perfect choice to experience Indian wildlife. This semi-luxury train was specially meant for wildlife tourism in India. The main idea of the train is to get in close touch with tigers that’s why the train was named as Tiger Express. For the close calls with tigers, this train circuits in Madhya Pradesh two
famous national parks Bandhavgarh and Kanha.

Tiger Express

Facilities

The train is fully air-conditioned and there will be an availability of AC First class and AC Two tier classes. AC First class is the best option to choose in the train because it equips locked sliding doors, so it creates personal space for travelers but AC Two tier is an open compartment type, that maybe not so comfortable.

Coming to the major facilities of the train are its dining restaurant and hotel facilities during off train trips. The dining restaurant is the best facility on the board of train to taste some delicious cuisines of India.

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Package Details

The whole package of the train is 5 nights and 6 days trip by covering four tourist destinations. And here are the complete package details of the train according to the selection of occupancy.

To book this train you have to visit IRCTC official website for fast and reliable booking.

AC First Class

Occupancy Type Price Per Person
Single Occupancy 37,500 INR
Double Occupancy 36,500 INR
Triple Occupancy 35,500 INR

AC Two Tier Class

Occupancy Type Price Per Person
Single Occupancy 31,500 INR
Double Occupancy 30,000 INR
Triple Occupancy 29,000 INR

Itinerary of the train:

Delhi Safdarjung – Katni – Bandhavgarh – Kanha -Jabalpur – Delhi Safdarjung. In this trip, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, and Dhuadhar waterfall in Jabalpur are the major tourist attractions to enjoy.

Note: At present this train service not available.

2.  Desert Circuit Tourist Train

Desert Circuit Tourist Train was implemented to cover the desert attractions of India. This train was introduced to cover the cities of India which were close to the desert. The main motive of this train is to witness the desert environment and its attractions. To round up the desert destinations this semi-luxury train circuits in Rajasthan. The one who wants to explore the Indian deserts Desert Circuit Tourist Train is the best option to choose.

Facilities

As like as Tiger Express, the train also equips AC First Class and AC Two tier classes. The AC first class equips two or four beds with sliding doors and AC Two tier will comprise four beds with open compartment type. A dining restaurant will available in the train to have delicious cuisines and also 3-star hotels will be arranged during off-train excursions.

Package Details

The train offers 5 days and 4 nights trip by covering three destinations. The package details of the train according to occupancy selection.

AC First Class

Occupancy Type Price Per Person
Single Occupancy 43,900 INR
Double Occupancy 40,500 INR
Triple Occupancy 40,150 INR

AC Two Tier Class

Occupancy Type Price Per Person
Single Occupancy 36,600 INR
Double Occupancy 33,500 INR
Triple Occupancy 33,000 INR

For reservation of Desert Circuit Tourist train, you have to visit IRCTC official website.

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Itinerary of the train:

Delhi Safdarjung – JaisalmerJodhpurJaipur -Delhi Safdarjung. Through this trip, you can explore the Sam Dunes and sightseeing tours in Jaisalmer and Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and finally, in Jaipur, you can enjoy sightseeing of many tourist attractions such as Amber Fort, Chokhi Dhani village, City Palace etc.

Note: At present this train service not available.

3. Heritage Circuit Tourist Train

To promote Indian heritage and culture, Heritage Circuit train was introduced. This semi-luxury train will cover the three major places in India which were known for rich heritage and culture. Through this train UNESCO heritage sites Khajuraho temples and Taj Mahal can be explored and also you can experience Varanasi’s spiritual side. To get aware of India’s heritage and culture in a glance Heritage Circuit is a worth train to embark.

Facilities

Almost the facilities of the train was similar to both semi-luxury trains Tiger Express and Desert Circuit trains with AC First Class and AC Two tier. But this train equips AC 3 Tier also. And 3-Star rated hotels and AC bus will be arranged during off-train excursions.

Package Details

The package comprises 5 days and 4 nights trip through three places and remaining all ticket fares for occupancy were disclosed here.

AC First Class

Occupancy Type Price Per Person
Single Occupancy 35,900 INR
Double Occupancy 32,900 INR
Triple Occupancy 31,900 INR

AC Two Tier Class

Occupancy Type Price Per Person
Single Occupancy 26,200 INR
Double Occupancy 23,200 INR
Triple Occupancy 22,700 INR

AC Three Tier Class

Occupancy Type Price Per Person
Single Occupancy 21,790 INR
Double Occupancy 18,790 INR
Triple Occupancy 18,290 INR

For the reservation process, you have to visit IRCTC official website to book on this train.

Itinerary of the train

Delhi Safdarjung – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Agra – Delhi Safdarjung. With this train, you can experience the spirituality at Varanasi by visiting Saranath and Ganges river. After this, you can witness the marvelous architectural styles and heritage of Khajuraho temples, Taj Mahal, and Agra Fort.

Note: At present this train service not available.

4.   Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train

Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train is the present running semi-luxury train in India. This train was initiated to cover the all Buddhist tourist destinations in India.When compared to all semi-luxury trains in India Buddhist Circuit train is the most advanced and luxurious train with many best-class facilities. For Buddhist followers, Buddhist Circuit train is the best one to cover all place simply in a week.

Facilities

The train accommodates fully air-conditioned AC-First class, AC-2 tier class, and AC-First Coupe classes. Every class will be available with sliding doors and all basic amenities will be arranged also. In the train, a dining car will also available so you can happily enjoy food on the train with your family or friends.

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Package Details

The train offers 8 days / 7 nights trip throughout seven Buddhist destinations. An interesting thing is we can opt any one of the destinations in the itinerary or you can travel throughout the trip.That’s why during booking there will be two options as cost per night and cost per trip.

Class Type Cost per Night Cost per trip
AC First Class $165 and 11,760 INR $1155 and 82,311 INR
AC 2 Tier $135 and 9,620 INR $945 and 67,345 INR
AC First Coupe $165 and 11,760 INR $1305 and 93,000 INR

To choose this train, you have to visit IRCTC official website for booking procedure.

Itinerary of the train

Delhi – Bodhgaya – Nalanda / Rajgir – Varanasi / Sarnath -Lumbini – Kushinagar – Sravasti – Agra. Through this trip, you can completely study the life of Lord Buddha from birth to death. Because every place in the itinerary was witnesses of Lord Buddha’s life instances.

Departure Dates

The recent upcoming departure dates of the train in the years 2019-20.

  • In the year 2019, dates are September 21, October 5 and 19, November 2, 16, and 30,December 14 and 28, January 5 and 19, February 2 and 16, and March 2 and 23.
  • In the year 2020, dates are January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, and March 14 and 28.

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