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Top 7 Luxury Trains In India That Are Worth Witnessing

Luxury, Trains, Travel - Shubham Varshney - January 17, 2019

Luxury Trains In India

Literally, Indian Government and IRCTC pleased me a lot. And I am very sure that this very post can make you feel proud on Indian Government and IRCTC. A joint venture of these both started some special trains for the comfort of tourists.

As India is the country which is rich in acoustic monuments, eye-soothing scenic beauty, flora and Fauna. So, to provide a complete sense of travelling and tourism there are 7 Luxury Trains in India.

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In today’s world where people have a fantasy of traveling back in time, grandeur and royalty of these super luxury trains are sure to excite you. There are a total of 7 luxury trains in India which are managed by the government and Indian Railway Catering and Tourist Corporation shortly termed as IRCTC.

Top 7 Luxury Trains in India

These trains are namely Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, The Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Royal Orient Train, and Fairy Queen Express.

All these trains are a must visit for the tourists who desire to explore the cultural heritage of Ancient India living in the lap of nature.

These trains can fulfil even the slightest of your wants you could possibly think of, be it the interior, food, staff or security.

A journey from these trains through the most popular tourist destinations of India is what you can find in every tourist’s bucket list. Let’s get started to know more about them.

Maharajas’ Express

Maharajas' Express
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Apart from being the best Luxury train in India, the Maharajas’ Express is also one of the top 5 Super luxury trains in the whole world. The train is approximately half a mile in length. In all certainty it claims to have the highest quality of hospitality, lavish suites, easing services and much more.

If one wants to take a royal journey to India’s top tourist destinations and explore the richness of the country in the most distinguished manner, the Maharajas’ Express is surely the right choice. The train was voted ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ for the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014, consecutively.

It comprises 23 carriages which include accommodation, dining, bar, lounge, generator and store cars. Its services was started in March 2010.

Maharajas’ Express Fare

Royal Rajasthan On Wheels

The Royal Rajasthan is one of the most luxurious trains in India. Primarily known for offering supreme quality of comfort and traveling experience, it has 14 cabins, multiple restaurants, bars, and spa services. This train lives up to its expectations and has great demand for Luxury train Journeys by the tourists.

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
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The Royal Rajasthan on wheels is structured on the Palace of Wheels and follow the similar route through the state of Rajasthan. It was launched in January 2009.

Palace On Wheels

The Palace on Wheels is one of the of the elite trains in India. It was refurbished and launched again in 2009 to promote and enhance the tourism sector. The train provides the guests with luxurious hospitality, wallpapers, well-stocked bars and experience of the rich cultural heritage of the country.

Palace On Wheels
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It is no less than a Royal Palace running on Wheels. This train was also awarded 4th most luxurious train in the whole world. It is surely the best choice if one is planning a luxurious trip to Rajasthan.

The Deccan Odyssey

The Deccan Odyssey is no less than a 5-star hotel on wheels which travels across some of the fascinating parts of the country. It is well known for its Royal treatment to its passengers, luxurious restaurants and bars, conference cars, spa services and much more.

Deccan Odyssey
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The idea of such a train was inspired by the traveling style of the kings and rulers of Ancient India.

It is also one of the most super luxury trains in the world.

Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot is one of the super luxury trains in India which travels across various parts of Southern India. It was launched in 2008 and is remarkably known for its hospitality.

Luxury Trains in India
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The train has air-conditioned chambers with royal interiors, bars, restaurants serving various cuisines, mini gym, spa, and other 5-star facilities. It was awarded as ‘Asia’s leading Luxury train’ in the year 2013.

Golden Chariot
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It provides accommodations in 44 cabins which are in 11 coaches named after the dynasties that ruled the region: Kadamba, Hoysala, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bahamani, Adil Shahi, Sangama, Satavahana, Yadukula, and Vijayanagar.

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and the Maple group manages the train.

It runs between the months of October to March.

Royal Orient Train

The Royal Orient which is one of the leading luxury trains in India is surely the right choice for someone who wants to have a delightful traveling experience to the most famous tourist destinations in the country.

Royal Orient
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It offers comfortable cabins, hospitable attendants, luxurious restaurants and bars, relaxing bath and a library. It runs all year round and one must experience its royal journey.

Royal Orient train runs between Gujarat and Rajasthan covering all the important tourist destinations that lie between these two states. There are a total of 13 coaches in the train named after the kings. It started in the year 1994.

Fairy Queen Express

The Fairy Queen Express is one of the oldest luxury trains providing services in India.

Fairy Queen Express
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The train has been mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records and has received National tourism award. It is also known as the East India Railway Nr. 22 and occasionally runs between New Delhi and Alwar. It was Iaunched in the year 1982. It is surely the pride of India.

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My Bucket List: Top 10 Places to Visit

Travel - Shubham Varshney - October 17, 2018

top 10 places to visit

Just after stroked by the fellow travelers to escape out from my den and get into the sight of this World, I decided to write down my dream places or I would like to call it my travel bucket list (top 10 places to visit). Below are the ten places where I would love to meander and I could give my all worldly possessions, just to chase down them.

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Amarnath Yatra

From the spectacular lavender meadows of France to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, India, this whole world is full of places which are so beautiful that they could even beat, Heaven. After tracing down the top best treks in India and having experience of Amarnath Yatra, I felt that being connected to this mother earth (without judging the locality by area) is the all that we need somewhere.

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On my Pinterest account, I found a pin quoting “if you don’t build your own dream, someone will hire you to build theirs”. This line made me curious to make some more dreams and try every possible way to follow them. Like writing them somewhere (like this post), keep murmuring them to others so that they could push me or pop me towards those dreams.

Mystery

After a great brainstorming, I came to this point in which I have the world’s most beautiful top 10 places to visit in the following upcoming life. Believe me, these are the places where I can live at any cost. I will not think twice to become a Vampire’s assistance, in return of tickets to these places.

NOTE: All these places are not newly added to my bucket list, they all have a connection with me, from the aged back.

Top 10 Places to Visit in the World – My Bucket List

The Great Wall of China

The Wall

Though this wonder of the World does not need any description. I would like to give you a story that, why it felt at number one in my top 10 places to visit. I have a clear memory that, when I was in 7th standard, there was an inter-house display competition and the topic was Seven Wonders of the World.

Wonder of the World

It may sound stupidly, but in reality, that was the first time when I came to know about this particular wonder. And from that every moment it glued in my mind. This miraculously 21196-kilometer long tarmac is the focus point of the travelers. It is just way beyond beautiful.

Trolltunga cliff (Norway)

Dream

It is a cliff in Norway Fjords, somewhat 1100 meters high from the sea level and hovering 700 meters up from a lake called Ringedalsvatnet. It became my favorite place when I first saw a picture of a guy sitting at the edge of the cliff by putting legs down towards the lake.

The Cliff

Basically, it is a hike of 12 to 14 hours from Skjeggedal (a village in Norway). And it is my dream that there should be an image in which I will be jumping for a pendant pose.

Mani Mahesh (India)

Mani Mahesh Lake

It is a high altitude lake in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, situated 13,390 feet high from the sea level. Like the legend of Amarnath Temple, this lake also has a legend related to that power, Lord Shiva.

It is said that a mani (diamond), showed-up high at the Mani Mahesh mountain peak and that is for thousands of pilgrims take part in this annual (August to September) pilgrimage.

Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Festival

You might be thinking that this is a place or what. Let me tell you, Tomorrowland is a world’s largest music festival, first held in Boom, Belgium (2005). Most prominently, it held in final weekends of July (tentative), now the organizing committee of this festival is planning to cover the whole world and luckily they are spreading their legs in India also.

The World

Famous Disc Jockey (DJ)s from all around the world tasked to perform their best in front of the crowd gathered from all around the World, for three days. I can only imagine (now only) that how amazing those three days could be in any one’s life or for a music lover like me. I will definitely make it to this heaven one day.

Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Canal View

Though this place doesn’t need much description I would like to tell you that why this capital city of The Netherlands falls into my top 10 places to visit list. In this city, there is no single thing which categorized as illegal, in this city everything is legal, except the social violation of rules. There are several canals, bars, and awesome places to hang out.

I Amsterdam

Mostly, people in this city ride a bicycle only, that’s the thing which attracted me more. Imagine that a city in which no blooming sound of horns, no traffic jams, and no worries of petrol price hike. Life is all sorted there. Basically, this city is kind-of-type-me (I AM-Sterdam).

Northern Lights in Canada

The Aurora

Just like most of the travelers, I also wanted to see the magical show happens in between the sky in Canada. It can also be experienced in some parts of Alaska, Finland, and Iceland. I have read that one who cast a glance at the lightning show will become the most happiest person because it is the phenomenon which tells us about the mystical fable about this World.

Beauty

One who experiences it will eventually succeed in life and will get deep knowledge of 7 virtues of life. There is a famous author Robin Sharma, he said that “life without dreams in life, earth without water”, so I set my sail in that direction which is the necessity of life.

Corsica (Island in Mediterranean Sea in French Region)

Corsica

I don’t know about the other, but there is a Bollywood movie named Tamashaa of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. When I first watch this movie, it became my best ever movie and the shooting of this movie held at this Island.

To DO

I have only seen this place in the movie and it left its long-lasting impression in my heart. That’s why it is on my bucket list of the top 10 places to visit.

Stay in an Igloo

Igloo

It may sound crazy but believe me staying in an Igloo is the best part of doing things in life (heard). Let me tell you, Igloo is a snow house or snow hut, made up of snow which can easily be compacted.

Stay in Igloo

It can be experienced in the Arctic region of Earth, which means in parts of Finland, Iceland, and Alaska. And before getting the mix in the soil of this earth, I have to make it through.

Queenstown (New Zealand)

The Town

I have read about this city in many blog post, they all ended up by listing its endless beautiful shores. This place is best suits for the person who loves adventurous activities (like skiing, bungee jumping, and many more).

Bunjee Jumping in Queenstown

Perhaps, this city is known for its best connection with Lake Wanaka, a lake at 300-meter altitude. This part of New Zealand helped New Zealand in gaining the title of second heaven in this universe. So it is a way of paying homage to this city by adding it into my list of top 10 places to visit.

Eiffel Tower’s Illuminations (Paris, France)

Eiffel Tower

Last but not the least, hope you all must be aware of that Paris is known as the city of Love and Romance. It is said that the air of this city has some kind of love in it. It became quadruple when that 5-minutes illuminations at Eiffel Tower on every hour on the hour happens.

Illuminations

Every evening, Eiffel Tower adorned with its golden covering and sparkles for 5-minutes. It is the dream of every couple that, once for all, they both enjoy those 5-minutes. As this city is known for love and romance, so I would like to explore this city with my better half.

top 10 places to visit

If all goes with the will of almighty, I will take my last better only if I conquered them all. So, they are my top 10 places to visit in this whole world. Have you made your bucket list or the things you want to do in life? If not, then you have time now, there is no shortage of time if you task yourself to do something. Something which makes you feel better, joyous, and most enlightened.

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Places to visit in Rishikesh when you have a day only

India, My Trip, Travel - Shubham Varshney - April 14, 2018

A rope was tightened to my ankles and I felt a push from behind and found myself falling towards the ground from 1300 ft and next to that moment in an awe I found myself at the seat of government transport bus. I was dreaming of bungee jumping and I scattered when my bus stops at its spot in Rishikesh.

At first I felt really very sad because I never experienced that great adventure but on the other hand, I found myself in the middle of humongous mountains. I was on a day trip to Rishikesh from Agra. And now I am having some amazing and off-the-track places to visit in Rishikesh.
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