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Palace on Wheels:
This air-condition train takes you on a week long journey through Rajasthan in eight days (Delhi to Delhi) covering the historic cities of Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and Agra. The furniture has been specially created for the Palace on Wheels. The train leaves every Wednesday from Delhi Cantonment Railway Station. Tariff per person per night: single occupancy US$ 460, Double $325, triple $260 (October-March) and $370/270/215 respectively (September and April).

Royal Orient Express: The Royal Orient takes you on a journey through two of India's most culturally fascinating states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Operational between September to April, the train leaves from Delhi Cantonment, halting at some of the royal cities including Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Palitana, Veraval, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. Tariff is US$ 350 per person per night on single occupancy, $ 200 per person per night on twin sharing basis, and $175 per person per night on triple sharing. April and September tariffs are $263, $150 and $132 per night respectively.

Rajdhani Express: These superfast, air-conditioned, deluxe trains are some of India's best in terms of efficiency and service quality. The Rajdhani trains connect Delhi to Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhubhaneswar, Guwahati, Jammu Tawi, Seunderabad, Thriuvananthapuram, Ahmedabad, Abu Road, and Ajmer amongst others and also operate several other city pairs.

Shatabdi Express: These are superfast intercity trains, which have established a reputation in service and punctuality over the past few years. A Shatabdi route connects a metro city with other major and secondary centers.

Konkan Railway: The Konkan Railway connects the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and Kerala along the beautiful Arabian Sea coastline of western India. The track spans a total of 43 km of bridges laid over 146 minor and major rivers and pierces 72 tunnels amongst which is India's longest tunnel measuring 6.5 km.

Toy trains

These trains, operating on narrow gauge tracks - hence the name toy trains - laid during the British Days, link stations in the plains to hill station and offer a laid back experience.

Some of the routes are:

Kalka Shimla:
107 tunnels, arched bridges and picturesque station enroute are the features of the 96 km journey.

The Shivalik Deluxe Express:
Runs twice every day. As a part of the package is offered a complement of two luxurious retiring rooms with geyser TV and Telephone at shimla.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway
traverses 46 km of twist and turns from Mettupalayam to the hill resort of Ootacamund at a speed of 33 km an hour. Snaking through 16 tunnels and tall girder bridges, the climb offers breathtaking vistas of plantation and fir-clad hills.

Darjeeling Hill
Railway with a 2-foot gauge. Linking the town Jalpaiguri with the eastern Indian hill station of Darjeeling, with no tunnel on the route, passengers get an uninterrupted view of Himalayas.

Matheran Railway
the panorama of hills and plains unfolds as the sturdy little train chugs up to the peaceful retreat. The treat runs between sunrise to sunset, covering the distance in 1.5 hours.

Fairy Queen:
This is the oldest running locomotive in the world holding a Guiness Book of Records. With a sitting capacity of 50, the train does weekend trips from Delhi to Alwar allowing the tourists to experience the heritage hotel and tiger sanctuary at sariska. The train does limited runs from October-February.

Bauddha Parikrama:
This train was introduced during the Buddha Mahotsav festival celebrated in Nov-1998, it covers Kushinagar, Varanasi, Rajgir, Nalanda and Gaya. The trains at present available for charter bookings. Regular runs may follow.

The TAJ Express
provides a fast link to Agra, and the Pink City Express to Jaipur.

Indrail Pass

Indian Railways have this value for money facility which enables foreign budget visitors to travels as they like over the entire Indian railway without any route restriction within the period of validity of the ticket. Indrail pass is sold only to foreign nationals and NRI. They must hold valid passports. Payment is accepted only in US dollars, Pound sterling and other convertible foreign currencies. Indrail pass on half day, two-day and four day basis are also available and are economical for tourists intending to visit places, the journey times of which fits in these durations and are sold by GSAs abroad.

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