They say that travel is more about the journey than the destination. If that’s the case, then train rides are surely worth the trip. What’s not to love? Losing track of time while gazing at the changing landscapes, the hustle bustle of train stations, the excitement of reaching your destination…
A train journey is charming indeed. But no trip is ever complete without food. And we’ve got you the best the country has to offer. These trains re-define luxury, opulence and hospitality and have got us day-dreaming.
The Maharaja Express
Known as the most luxurious train in Asia, the Maharaja Express covers destinations like Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Gwalior and a dozen other cities. The restaurants on board – Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal leave guests spellbound with the most lavish spreads served in quaintly decorated cabins with hand-painted murals and ornate decor. On the menu are tantalizing delicacies to suit the Indian and International palate that reflect the cultural diversity of the country. You can also customise your plate according to your preferences (options of lactose-free, vegan, Kosher and gluten-free are available). That’s not all, the train also houses two thematic bars called the Rajah Club and Safari Bar.
The Golden Chariot
This purple and gold beauty takes passengers on a grand tour of South India. Named after the stone chariot in Hampi, its half-elephant-half-lion logo has become synonymous with opulence.
Restaurants on board – Nala and Ruchi serve an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, unique to each destination that the Golden Chariot covers. Along with being available to enjoy – a variety of rice, chutneys, and curries such as Kundapur Koli Saaru and Goan Fish Curry are also taught via exclusive master classes with the chef. If Indian delights are not your thing, the extensive continental spread on board (including mouth-watering club sandwiches, pasta and some really good fish and chips) is sure to make for a memorable meal. The well-stocked bar with a laid back ambience also makes for the perfect place to unwind after an exhaustive day of sightseeing.
A conference room that transforms into a dance floor, a spa, a library and an ayurvedic massage centre are just a few of the things that make Deccan Odyssey a palace on wheels. The two restaurants Peshwa I and Peshwa II serve an array of Indian, continental and oriental meals while Mumbai Hi, the bar stocks the best variety of wines and spirits from around the world.
PS: Every passenger on the Deccan Odyssey is also gifted a complimentary bottle of wine!
Palace on Wheels
The exquisite Palace On Wheels promises a luxurious, personalised experience onboard. The “Maharaja” and “The Maharani” are two restaurants that have been tastefully decorated to replicate the heritage of Rajasthan. Expect drool-inducing spreads (the cream of almond soup is a must try this) and delectable desserts.
Wondering what it would be like, to soak in this level of luxury for days together? Yes, us too. Maybe it’s time to start saving up.