Take a journey on the trains of India that transport you through the wondrous world that is India - a land that showcases a blend of the past and the present as no other land has. Train travel in India is indeed one of the most enchanting ways to explore this magical land. India’s extensive rail network connects every part of the country and offers wonderful travel experiences. Listen to the musical sound of rails on wheels while traveling on trains of India, whereby each day of the journey unfolds experiences beyond your wildest expectations.
The wonder trains of India are numerous, ranging from luxurious heritage trains like the ‘Palace on Wheels’, ‘Deccan Odyssey’ and ‘Heritage on Wheels’ to the Darjeeling Toy Train and express trains like the Rajdhani Express. The luxury trains in India recreate the regal luxury and splendor of the kings and princes of the days of yore and transport passengers back in time to the glorious days. Feel swept off your feet and live life like a maharaja, at least for a short time aboard the luxury trains of India.
True to its promise of offering ‘A Week in Wonderland’, the Palace on Wheels offers a royal experience onboard, running through the fabulous destinations of the desert state Rajasthan and Delhi like – Jaipur- the pink city; Jaisalmer- the desert city; Jodhpur- the city of forts and palaces; Sawai Madhopur- the gateway to Ranthambore; Chittaurgarh, the city echoing tales of romance and valor; Udaipur, the Lake city; Bharatpur, the avian paradise; the historical Fatehpur Sikri; and Agra, the wondrous city of the Taj Mahal.
Also renowned among the trains of India is the ‘Heritage on Wheels’ - a luxury tourist train designed on the lines of the Palace on Wheels. Running on meter gauge through the vast and unexplored stretches of Bikaner and Shekhawati, Heritage on Wheels makes you explore the rugged beauty and rich heritage of Rajasthan amid sheer luxury and opulence. The journey commences from Jaipur station every Tuesday and Friday, and ends at the same station on Friday/Monday respectively.
Trains of India also include hill trains like the Darjeeling toy train, a beautiful toy train that is more than 100 years old. Certified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the route track of the Darjeeling toy train runs from a mere elevation of 100 meters in Siliguri to an altitude of 2,200 meters in Darjeeling in the north eastern Himalayas. The train covers a distance of about 83 kilometers in almost eight hours. It meanders its way through lush green forests, offering splendid glimpses of the tea gardens and mountains. A remarkable piece of Indian heritage, this train passes through the regions of New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Town, Siliguri Junction, Sukna, Rangtong, Tindharia, Gayabari, Mahanadi, Kurseong, Tung, Dilaram, Sonada, Rangbul, Jor Bungalow, Ghum, Batasia Loop and Darjeeling. The train takes the famous double loop on reaching Batasia and offers a breathtaking view of Darjeeling with Mt. Kanchenjunga forming an enchanting backdrop.
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