How about a bit of imagination trivia today? What is your idea about the greatest rail journey in the world? Have you heard the term luxury train traveling? Do not be offended. I am asking this because not many are well acquainted with the concept of luxury train traveling. First of all, what is the term ‘luxury’ associated to? It is related t people who enjoys the perks of having born into a wealthy family or have achieved a high stature in the society. Luxury train travel is all about the personality of such people if they have a penchant for train traveling. There are many luxury trains running in different parts of the world. They are widely loved by the elite. They are famous for an exciting mix of elegance of a bygone era of train traveling and modern refinement.
We have come up with the list of the top 10 best luxury trains in the world on the basis of its popularity. Read along!
Venice-Simplon Orient Express, Europe
Venice-Simplon Orient Express has been able to set benchmarks for several other such luxury trains. It has been an all time favorite of the connoisseurs of luxury train traveling around the world. The train includes the perfect art of Art-Deco style and takes the passengers on an exciting journey across various European cities like Venice, Rome, Istanbul, Bucharest, Prague, Budapest, Paris and London.
Maharajas’ Express, India
Maharajas’ Express was the world’s leading luxury train according to World Travel Awards 2012. It is one of the most perked trains in the world in terms of service and packages offered. Maharajas’ Express, owned by and managed by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) was launched in 2010 as an answer to Venice Simplon Orient Express. The train offers five journeys which include 3 pan-India journeys and 2 golden triangle tours. The train is all about the rich culture and heritage of India. The train is all about its amenities, plush interiors and exclusive insider experiences.
Eastern and Oriental Express, South East Asia
Eastern and Oriental Express will take you on a dream sequence through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The rail travels all the way through the undulating mountains, lush gardens, vegetated forests and historic landmarks in South Asia. The awesome trip begins from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore and you will be taken on a 2nights and 3 days journey with gourmet dining, cocktails in the open-air lounge and impeccable hospitality.
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
Rocky Mountaineer will take you on a mesmerizing trip through the most rugged terrains in North America. The journey offers 4 rail routes between British Columbia and Alberta. The train offers with 45 exotic rail tour packages ranging between 25 minutes to 2 days journey for its guests.
Palace on Wheels, Rajasthan
Palace on Wheels, owned by Rajasthan Tourism and Development Corporation (RTDC), India is one of the most famous luxurious trains of the world. It was launched on 26th January, 1982 who took a pioneering step in the luxury train world in India. The train offer journey to erstwhile princely state of Rajasthan including Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra.
Royal Scotsman, Scotland
Royal Scotsman takes you through the mesmerizing countryside views and let you gorge upon the lip-smacking cuisines and feel the comforts of the state of the art amenities while in the train. The luxury train has a capacity to accommodate 36 passengers in one go.
Rovos Rail, Africa
Rovos Rail offers a spectacular journey across some of the best destinations in Africa. The train is rich in décor and furnishings dating back to the Edwardian era. It is a modern comfort that money can actually buy with the awesome and scintillating technology to make your journey mesmerizing to the hilt. You may opt for a journey for 24 hours or 2 whole weeks. It takes you on a whirlwind tour from Cape Town to Victoria Fall.
The Blue Train, South Africa
The Blue Train has won the ‘Africa’s leading luxury train’ award. It truly deserves it because of modern facilities such as restaurant, lounge bar and plush sleeping cabins on the interior. It offers a majestic ride to the varied landscapes of South Africa in an ambience complemented by five star luxuries.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a flagship of the Palace on Wheels train. It takes its guests on a roller coaster ride across erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan, the halts being Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra. The train will make you familiar with the three important aspects of the Indian history viz. Rajputana splendor, spiritual enlightenment and Mughal heritage. It has been an all time favorite owing to the modern comforts and impeccable hospitality.
Hiram Bingham, Peru
Hiram Bingham in Peru is one of the shortest luxury trains in the world. It has been offering enchanting journeys from Cuzco to the legendary to the World Heritage Site of Machu Pichu. The rail journeys through verdant mountains, densely vegetated forests and the valleys. It has two restaurants, a pantry car and an observation car within. It has a capacity of 84 passengers. To sum up, Hiram Bingham is a five star hotel on wheels.
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