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Old October 24th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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INDIA | Luxury Train Services

Well basically Indian railways along with different tourism boards of different Indian states operates luxury trains which cover important tourist destinations in those states. Currently there are around 7 of such luxury trains criss crossing major tourist tracks.

Basically pre independence the different maharajas use to have their own trains fitted with all types of luxury they could buy with their tonne loads of money. After independence these trains fell into dis-repair then in 1982 the Rajasthan tourism board along with indian railways launched the "Palace on Wheels" ; India's first luxury train inspired from the trains of the maharajas. These trains ferried tourists across the desert state of Rajasthan with it's forts and palaces and then went to the Taj Mahal and ended the trip in Delhi.

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Old October 24th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #2
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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels!

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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:10 PM   #3
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The Golden Chariot

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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:35 PM   #4
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Maharaja's Express

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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:50 PM   #5
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The Palace on wheels- India's first luxury train started in 1982

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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #6
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Funny, the rolling stock ain't striking me as all that luxurious looking at the squishy corridor above for a place heftily into broad-gauge
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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #7
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The Deccan Odyssey

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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:11 PM   #8
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Funny, the rolling stock ain't striking me as all that luxurious looking at the squishy corridor above for a place heftily into broad-gauge
Well this part is where the cabins or the rooms are situated so naturally the corridor is not going to be big. It is after all a train.
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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:19 PM   #9
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Getting to look at a single-decked, overly-broad train at double-decker height: that's what'd be smashing!


Don't mind me...me just be daydreaming...

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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #10
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he he he you a rather imaginary train lover!
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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:32 PM   #11
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Stunning photos Yagya. Thanks for sharing.

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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:40 PM   #12
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Thanks for pictures!! Almost like a Bollywood movie set! simply stunning!
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You're welcome (not photos!). The loco strikes me more South-asian-looking than polar-.....I reckon Indians tart things up the best, I do (I ain't trying to be rude, just silly; the term "luxury" is purely subjective for me, that's all).

I was trying to extract an image from the sci-fi, French-language La Compagnie des glaces comic series in my websearch, but instead found on Page 20 the one above to be the one worthwhile enough here (La Compagnie des glaces revolves around human beings and new human lifeforms living on quite-almighty rails in an endless, human-induced ice age)

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Stunning photos Yagya. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for pictures!! Almost like a Bollywood movie set! simply stunning!
Yes. Some of it really doesn't suit my taste but oh well. I like the maharaja express the most followed by Royal Rajasthan on wheels. Others needed to be less kitschy in my opinion ofcourse.
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Old October 25th, 2010, 02:56 AM   #15
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Stunning. Top marks must go to the Craftsmen and Tradesmen that built these Beautifull Coaches.
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Just on word : WONDERFUL !

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How long is this trip ?

Others are 7/8 days :

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Old October 25th, 2010, 01:29 PM   #18
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Does anyone know how much a journey would costs? Any price lists?
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Stunning. Top marks must go to the Craftsmen and Tradesmen that built these Beautifull Coaches.
Yes pretty amazing for a train.

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How long is this trip ?

Others are 7/8 days :
Yes most of the trips take around a week. The train acts as a transport as well as a hotel. So it would take you to the destination, then you will step out and see the city + locations for the day. Then come back and stay in the train. The train then will go to the next station.

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Does anyone know how much a journey would costs? Any price lists?
You can plan you trip through their official websites if you search the name on google. They only run in a set period or season and get booked really quickly especially the palace on wheels and they are expensive.
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Old October 25th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #20
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Well this part is where the cabins or the rooms are situated so naturally the corridor is not going to be big. It is after all a train.
What is the width of the cabins?
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