Luxury Trains – Deccan Odyssey

The luxury train Deccan Odyssey offers 10 itineraries covering Mumbai, Aurangabad, Tadoba, Ajanta, Nashik, Kolhapur,Goa,New Delhi, Sawai Madhopur(Ranthambore), Agra, Vadodara, Shirdi, Badami, Aihole,Pattadakal, Bijapur,Hyderabad,Nagzira, Bhavnagar,Sasan Gir, Little Rann of Kutch, Modhera, Ahmedabad and Sanchi.Deccan Odyssey comprises of 21 luxuriously appointed coaches. Out of these 21 coaches, 11 are to accommodate guests and the rest are used for different purposes such as dining, lounge, conference car and health spa.

  1. Maharashtra Splendor is a week long tour covering Mumbai, Ellora caves and Bibi ka Maqbara in Aurangabad, Tadoba Tiger Reserve,Ajanta caves, a champagne tour in Nashik, the cultural and architectural marvels of Kolhapur and culminating in a leisurely day at the beaches of Goa before yoru journey back to Mumbai.
  2. Indian Odyssey is a tour of 8 days and 7 nights from delhi to Mumbai,covering Ranthambore national park, the famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, the majestic palaces of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur, the palaces and Lake Pichola in Vadodara.
  3. Golden Treasure Starting from Delhi , this trip of 4 days takes you to the Taj Mahal and other architectural wonders in Agra, Ranthamore national park and to the pink city- Jaipur. The journey ends in Delhi.
  4. Soul Quest is a short tour of 3 days from Mumbai to Shirdi, the abode of Sai Baba, one of India’s most revered saints.
  5. Spiritual Sahyadri is a tour of 5 days covering Mumbai-Nashik-Shirdi-Mumbai traversing Sahyadri Mountains.In Nashik, you can visit Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  6. Jewels of the Deccan covers Mumbai-Badami-Hospet-Bijapur-Hyderabad-Mumbai in 8 days. You will see the rock-cut caves of Badami, the ruins of erstwhile Vijayanagara empire and Deccan sultanate in Hospet and Bijapur and the GOlconda fort in Hyderabad among others.
  7. Maharashtra Wild Trail You get a sight of the spectacular wilderness of Maharashtra in Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Tadoba Tiger Reserve. The UNESCO world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora are also incluyded in this 8 day trip.
  8. Hidden Treasures of Gujarat – This is a weeklong tour to vibrant Gujarat and will cover the famous destinations of Vadodara, Rann of Kutch, Ahmedabad,the World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh, historic monuments at Palitana and Modhera and see the only surviving wild population of Asiatic Lions at Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
  9. Indian Soiree – The 8 days and 7 nights ‘Indian Soiree’ itinerary from Mumbai to Delhi will take you across some of the best destinations in North, West and Central India. You will sightsee the Ajanta caves, the Buddhist city of Sanchi, meet the tigers in Ranthamore national park,the palaces of Jaipur and Fatehpur Sikri and the marvels of Agra.<.li>
  10. Indian Sojourn In 8 days from Delhi to Mumbai, you will cover Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Jaipur, Agra, Sanchi and the caves of Ajanta and Ellora.

Luxury Trains – Maharaja’s Express

Indian Railways also has few luxury trains catering to the leisure tourists. Maharaja’s express is foremost of these uber-luxury train services. Apparently the most expensive luxury train in the world, offers five aptly itineraries between the months of October to April.

  1. Gems of India – This is a a 4 day itinerary covering Delhi, Agra , Ranthambore and Jaipur and back to Delhi. The highlights include a visit to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Ranthambore national park. The tourists also have many optional activities to chose from.
  2. Treasures of India – This is a a 4 day itinerary covering Delhi, Agra , Ranthambore and Jaipur and back to Delhi.
  3. Indian Panorama Journey covers 2307 Kms in 8 days for through Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi. You will visit the palaces of Jaipur, Ranthambore national park, the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Also included in the trip are the Khajuraho temple, the holy city of Varanasi, the Saranath ruins and the city of Lucknow.
  4. Indian Splendour is an 8 day journey covering Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Balasinor – Mumbai -(Covering 2767 Kms). You will be seeing the Taj Mahal and the forts of Rajasthan to end your journey in the financial capital of India.
  5. Heritage of India is an 8 day itinerary covering Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi. Ajanta caves, an UNESCO World heritage site, has monuments dating from 2nd century BC.

The itineraries apart, the trains has two dining cars designed for full five dining service. A dedicated bar carriage, the Safari Bar, offers wines, liqueurs, spirits and beers along with snacks and starters and a lounge cum bar called the Rajah club equipped with a multilingual library and board games offers a casual lounge experience.LCD televisions, eco-friendly toilets, direct dial phones, DVD player, internet, individual climate control and electronic safes are available in each guest cabin.

Fare Hike: Partial Rollback

Railways announced a partial rollback on the fare hikes on 24 June. In a press release on Tuesday, the Railways said there shall be no increase in second class suburban ordinary fare for a distance upto 80km. The Railways also gave some relief to season ticket holders by reverting to 15 the number of trips for which they will have to pay for travelling unlimited times in a month.Under the revised order today, the increase in the fares of monthly season tickets for upto 5 km will come down by Rs 50 from Rs 150 to Rs 100 as compared to the June 20 revision. For a distance upto 150 km, the benefit will be Rs 520 as compared to the proposed hike announced on June 20. –

Luggage Allowed with Traveller

Each passenger is allowed a free allowance up to which he/she can carry luggage with him/her in the compartment, free of cost. The free allowance varies for different classes of travel. Children aged 5 and below 12 years are allowed half of the free allowance subject to the maximum of 50 Kgs. You are also permitted a marginal allowance. Passengers are allowed to book and carry excess luggage beyond the free allowance with them in the compartment up to the maximum limit as per class mentioned below on payment of charge at 1.5 times of luggage rate.(Luggage rate table for distance/weight is available from Indian Railways.)

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June 2014 Fare Hikes

Railway minister Sadananda Gowda announced increasing passenger fares 14.62 per cent and freight rates 6.47 per cent effective from 25th June. Season tickets charges will double as well under the new rules. The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 25.06.2014.In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference in fares and other charges on or after 25.06.2014 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers.

In nutshell, following are the changes to be effective from 25th June 2014.

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Ticket Refund Rules

You are advised to cancel your reserved tickets 48 hours before the departure of the train, for minimum loss. Refunds are explained below.

Unreserved tickets

Refund of fare shall be made on every such ticket after deducting the clerkage.

  1. The ticket shall be presented for cancellation within three hours of issue of ticket.
  2. In case of tickets issued in advance the ticket is presented upto 2400 (12 midnight) hours of the day preceding the day of journey

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Concessions in Indian Railways

Indian Railways offers various concession schemes to eligible travelers. Students on study tours, patients suffering from various ailments like cancer, heart ailments and AIDS, war widows and so on are eligible for concession along with school and college going students for their daily travels. A form needs to be filled with relevant signature and seal from medical professional etc for availing the concession.The corresponding forms can be downloaded from the Indian Railways website.
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