India offers an enticing choice of luxurious train journeys for tourists. Fares usually include accommodation on board, tours, admission fees and all or most meals, and there are normally child concessions – enquire when booking.
Departing from New Delhi, this train operates week-long tours of Rajasthan. Running from August to April, the total fare per person is US$4830/3610/3250 for single/double/triple cabins, except for August when it’s US$3605/2708/2456. Make sure to book ahead as tickets can sell out 10 months in advance for peak periods.
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Covers all the main tourist spots of western states of Maharashtra and Goa for seven nights. From October to March, fares per person per night start at US$650/500/425 for single/double/triple occupancy (US$500/390/315 in September and April).
Runs one-week trips from September to April starting and finishing in Delhi. The total fare per person is US$11,200 for a super deluxe suite and US$6370/9100 for single/twin occupancy of deluxe suites.
Known as: Buddhist Circuit Special
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Running October to March, tours Buddhist sites over eight days, starting in Delhi. It costs US$150/125/105 in 1st/2nd/3rd class per person per night on a twin-share basis (single-occupancy hotel rooms can be arranged at an extra charge). For a private twin cabin, the First AC Coupe costs US$168 per person per night.
Takes visitors through Karnataka in style. Two tour packages are available: Bengaluru (Bangalore)–Bengaluru (Monday to Monday) and Bengaluru–Goa (Monday to Sunday). Rates per person for the seven-night tour are US$4795/3465/2800 for single/double/triple occupancy.