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Last updated: 21 March, 2024
Expert travel writer: Anthony Lambert

Evoking the era of the British Raj, this ‘hotel’ train is a fabulously luxurious way to discover some of the highlights of Rajasthan. There are currently four different itineraries namely ‘Heritage of India’, ‘Treasures of India’, ‘The Indian Panorama’ and ‘The Indian Splendour’.

Among the places visited for excursions are the palace cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Gwalior and Jaipur, Agra for the Taj Mahal, and the reserve at Ranthambore for tiger safaris. One tour strays into Uttar Pradesh for Varanasi and Lucknow. Musicians and dancers are often laid on at stops.

It’s a journey for those who want to see the best of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ in cocooned comfort, and to experience it in true British Raj style.


Price from: £3000
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 4+ days

Getting there & doing it

Some itineraries begin and end in Delhi; others start in Delhi and finish in Mumbai (or vice versa).

There are four different kinds of accommodation: deluxe cabin, suite, junior suite and presidential suite. All meals are provided in the two dining cars with a choice of traditional Indian, Chinese and international cuisines. Two lounge cars include plenty of diversions, though most people use them for convivial conversation.

Everything is included except alcoholic drinks not on the ‘house’ list, telephone charges and gratuities (the recommended amount per guest is high by Indian standards).

When to do it

Trains run from October to April, usually with one journey per month for each of the four different itineraries.

October to March sees clear skies with warm to hot days. May and June bring extreme heat and are worth avoiding while the July and August monsoon cools things slightly but brings more humidity. Mid-December to early February can deliver surprisingly cool nights and a period when Delhi is prone to fog.

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