Luxury Trains Travel | Indian Luxury Trains
Luxury train travel in India has come a long way since the introduction of the Palace on Wheels in 1982. With Deccan Odyssey voted the Asia’s Best Luxury Train and Maharajas’ Express now voted World’s Leading Luxury Train for three consecutive years, luxury train travel is growing rapidly with clientele from across the world. Whereas Western Europe and USA contribute more than 70% of the clientele, the Gulf countries and CIS is catching up really fast.
The itineraries offered by these trains last for seven days, but looking into these requests, the train operators have indeed come up with shorter journeys. These short journeys normally include the golden triangle comprising of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra with addition – in some cases – of a national park like Ranthambore and Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the last few years, luxury in India has been growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 25%. The luxury market in India with a CAGR of 12.8% is growing faster and higher than the other BRIC nations, and which is also the highest of the 25 countries explored said a report by Amadeus.
As per a recent study by Lonely Planet, luxury travelers are now looking for ‘Curated Experiences’ and ‘Experiential Encounters.’ This is where luxury trains in India come in with their tastefully crafted itinerary which not only includes visit to some of the most prominent tourist destinations in India but also an array of local and offbeat experiences. These experiences may include dining in a palace with family of maharajas recounting their days of yore to visit to villages where tribes have turned environmentalists 100s of years ago.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
While Maharajas’ Express and Deccan Odyssey offer 5 and 6 itineraries across India, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels offer tour across destinations in Rajasthan along with Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi, three of the major extensions to the popular golden triangle tour of India.