8 extraordinary train journeys you must experience with the Indian Railways

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If you thought train journeys in India are all about adjusting your luggage below the lower berth and exchanging the upper berth on request, you need to travel by these Indian trains soon.

How about spending a week exploring palaces, forts, cave paintings, while you’re treated like royalty on a train? Yes, you heard that right. Luxury trains in India offer you all that and more.

The Palace on Wheels was the first luxury train to be launched in India in 1982 to promote tourism in Rajasthan. The concept of this train was derived from coaches that were meant to be personal railway coaches for the erstwhile rulers of the princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India.

Following the success of this lavish train, other trains like the Maharajas’ Express and Deccan Odyssey were launched later. The Maharajas’ Express even offers five itineraries and has been listed in the world’s top 25 trains! Apart from these, there are other special trains the Indian Railway has launched to boost tourism. The Mahaparinirvan Express is a tourist train that takes you around Buddhist sites in India while the Steam Express is the world’s oldest running steam engine. If you are fond of train journeys, here are a few tours you should definitely pack your bags for. More info and photos

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