Indian Railways System is a vast network of railways that goes beyond our information. It’s the fourth largest railway network in the world and it maintains its position by providing us a wide network of trains that travels to places we cannot reach by road.
Let’s take beautiful desert cities for an example. India has such beautiful deserts to visit that you must add to your bucket list. There are several beautiful deserts in India and a number of trains that reach these destinations. However, we are mentioning only the luxurious trains that visit the desert cities in India.
Let’s take a look at special tourist trains that visits India’s desert cities :
1. Deccan Odyssey Train
Deccan Odyssey Train is a super luxury train that runs in Maharashtra. It’s the same as the Palace on Wheels that runs in Rajasthan. Deccan Odyssey basically promotes tourism in Maharashtra as it covers the basic tourist sports and culture of the state.
Needless to say, it’s a super deluxe royal ride with all the comforts available for the passengers. The Deccan Odyssey train consists of 21 coaches in which 12 coaches are of passenger cars, one conference car, two dining cars, two luggage, and generator cars, two staff cars, one spa car, and one bar. About 90 passengers can enjoy their time in this royalty.
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The train travels through Ratnagiri, Sindudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, and Nasik. It takes a week for the train to complete its journey. It also covers other states such as New Delhi, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. Deccan Odyssey travels to the desert in Kutch, Gujarat, also known as the White Desert of India. Also, it visits the deserts in Rajasthan as well. It’s is not active at present.
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2. Desert Circuit Tourist Train
The Desert Circuit Tourist Train is a joint association of Indian Railways and the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The sole aim of this train is to enhance the heritage tourism in the country by visiting desert cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India.
It’s a semi-luxury tourist train that consists of two classes of travel fully air-conditioned first class and air-conditioned two-tier sleeper class. The train also has a special luxurious dining car for passengers. The train stays active from October to March every year and the journey takes place for four nights and five days.
The ticket price for AC First Class is 43,000 rupees per person for single occupancy, 40,500 rupees per person for double occupancy, and 40,150 rupees per person for triple occupancy. The ticket price for a child between the age of 5 to 11 years is 28,000 rupees with bed and without a bed, it’s 23,500 rupees. For AC Two tier sleeper class, the ticket fare is slightly different than the above. It is 36,600 rupees per person for single occupancy, 33,500 rupees per person for double occupancy, and 33,000 rupees per person for triple occupancy. The ticket price for a child between the age of 5-11 is 23,500 rupees with a bed, and 19,000 rupees without a bed.
Note: This Train is Currently Not Operating
3. Maharajas' Express
The Maharajas Express is India’s answer to the Orient Express of the West. It’s a super luxurious train that travels across the desert cities in India. The train started its journey in 2010 and it hasn’t stopped since then.
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It travels through 12 exotic destinations in India: Mumbai - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Varanasi - Delhi.
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The train carries a total of 84 passengers and provides them a lavish treatment in the luxurious cabins of Maharajas' Express that include presidential suites, Suite Cabins, Junior Suite Cabins and Deluxe Cabins. There is a lounge bar, two restaurants - Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal, luxurious coaches, etc. The Maharajas Express along with several other heritages takes their passengers through Rajasthan to visit some exotic desert destinations as well.
The express was voted to be the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” for the six consecutive time in 2017. It has been winning Awards since 2012.
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4. Palace on Wheels
The Palace on Wheels is a luxury train in India that takes pride in promoting lavish tourism in India. It was launched in the year 2009. The train is a luxurious epitome of lavishness and royalty of the bygone era.
There are lavish cabins, delicate wallpapers, exotic dining & bars, and cordial hospitality in the Palace on Wheels. It’s voted as the 4th best luxurious train in the whole world. The journey comprises of a few desert cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh, etc. The train originates from New Delhi and travels through Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra, and then back to New Delhi.
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The passengers stay for 7 nights and 8 days on the train. Ticket price for international travelers is USD 500 (Per Person Per Night Cost) and the ticket price for Indian travelers is Rs 30,000 (Per Person Per Night Cost). If you want to know Palace on Wheels Price in full detail, click link.
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5. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is another luxurious train in Rajasthan that provides an ultimate luxury travel experience. There are 14 lavish cabins inside the train, fully equipped with various luxurious facilities like royal dining car with multi-cuisine restaurants, exotic spa, and bars, library, lounge, etc.
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The train actually gives a fine tour of royalty in Rajasthan. The train originates from New Delhi and travels through Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Agra, and then back to Delhi. The train gives a perfect glimpse of desert cities in India. They provide such exotic meals from delicious Rajasthani cuisine and many others. The cabins are fully air-conditioned with luggage facilities.
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Note: This Train is Currently not Operating
Suggestion : If you are an international traveler, you must possess your identification documents along with a valid and authorized visa while purchasing tickets. You must buy your tickets at least 50-60 days prior to the departure of the trains. These trains do not make a special visit to the deserts, but they do visit the desert cities in India.
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