Top 10 Great Rail Journeys in the World
Infact so much so that Agatha Chrsitie said “Trains are wonderful… to travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns… and rivers, in fact, to see life“
It won’t be wrong to give credit to Chrstie who wrote Murder on the Orient Express to romantisize luxury train traveling in popular imagination.
Traveling is something we all love. In life there are places to visit and sights to see. There are millions of way in which one could travel and one of them is the great scenic luxury trains which transports you into a different time and era.
Equipped with state of the art amenities and characterized by their aesthetically designed interiors, these great trains offer once in a lifetime ride chugging through mesmerizing landscape and offering magnificent views of the some of the most naturally endowed places in the world.
Venice Simplon Orient Express, Europe
|Venice-Simplon Orient Express|
Signature journeys across Europe cover Venice, Paris, Istanbul, Bucharest, Prague and London. Rolling through the scenic landscapes across Europe, guests get to feast on gourmet cuisine and wonderful sight throughout this great rail journey.
Royal Scotsman, Scotland
|Royal Scotsman through Scottish Highlands|
Spectacular views of the Scottish highlands, lochs and picturesque views along with five star luxury of train interior makes this one of the greatest rail journeys in the world.
Observation cars with comfortable arm chairs and dining cars with air of gentleman’s club indicate the sophistication and ambience which is maintained throughout the journey.
Blue Train, South Africa
|Blue Train of Africa with Table Mountain in the backdrop|
2 day journey from Pretoria to Cape Town reaches its crescendo as you watch the moon rise over the Karoo. And even as you wake up to breathtaking vista in the winelands the dream journey draws to an end in Cape Town beneath the drama of Table Mountain.
Palace on Wheels, India
|Palace on Wheels, India|
The tour spanning over 168 hours from Delhi to Agra let you discover and explore the myriad colors of Rajasthan even as you are accorded royal treatment and traditional Indian hospitality in the interiors suffused with nostalgia.
Eastern and Oriental Express, Asia
|Suites of the Eastern and Oriental Express|
Palette of soft hues, muted lightings, modern amenities and gracious hospitality blend seamlessly with the naturally endowed landscape through which this luxury train crisscrosses.
Spanning over 3 days, this great rail journey is one of the best way to explore the varied topography of East Asia.
Maharajas Express, India
|Guests enjoying leisurely evening in Rajah Club of Maharajas Express|
Maharajas’ Express offers 3 pan-India journeys and 2 short golden triangle tour circuit. On each run it could accommodate 88 guests. Dining on board is offered in 2 elegant cars and bar, lounge and souvenir shop is also available. Its plates are fine Limoges and crystal glasses monogrammed with gold M.
Maharajas’ Express is also equipped with a lavish Presidential Suite spanning over entire carriage. One of its bathrooms is even fitted with bathtub.
Pneumatic engine for smoother ride and sleep, dining with maharajas of India in their palaces , red carpet welcome and traditional Indian hospitality sure makes you feel like a Maharaja yourself.
Rovos Rail, Africa
|Guest boarding Rovos Rail|
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
|Rocky Mountaineer chugging along Canadian Rockies|
Glacier Express, Switzerland
|Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps|
Trans Siberian Express, Russia
|Trans Siberian Express passing through Lake Baikal|