India is a land of diversity, boasting of rich history, culture, art and architecture. There are hundreds of forts, palaces, old cities and natural places that are of great interest to the tourists. As a matter of fact, from time immemorial, this country has been attracting foreigners for its natural beauty, resource and heritage. After Independence and in recent years, the central and the respective state governments has realized the potentiality of tourism and its positive impact on the overall Indian economy. Besides this, the Indian Railways has been doing its bit to promote tourist across the lengths and breadths of the country. It has been introducing new trains and new routes thus making reaching to important tourist sites and places easily and effortlessly accessible.
Significance of Indian Railways
This railway company is owned and established by the Indian government. It was on 16th April, 1853 that it was first established. Since then, Indian Railways is said to have become among the world’s busiest and largest networks. It runs across one union territory and 28 cities, thereby covering about 6909 stations in the country. It operates more than 9,000 trains and transports over 18 million passengers on a regular basis, the numbers of which is only increasing with time.
It was in 1832 that a railway system plan had been introduced by the erstwhile British Raj and put into action in 1844. It was from Bori Bander, Bombay to Thane that the first passenger-train on 16th April, 1853. Since then, different types of trains are run throughout the country, carrying passengers and goods. For administrative purposes, Indian Railways is divided into seven zones.
Luxury Heritage Trains
The fact is trains are excellent modes of travel for tourists, especially those who are eager to get to see the important tourist places properly. There have been introduced luxury heritage trains that are considered to be special trains launched exclusively for those tourists who are interested to be treated like royals. These specialized luxury trains are known to take its passengers to select destinations located in different in the country. On route, the trains also provide the passengers with cuisines, facilities and amenities that were generally enjoyed by the Rajas and Maharajas of yesteryears. The tourists are sure to enjoy the royal treat.
Luxury train list includes the following:
- Palace of Wheels:This luxury train takes the passengers person through enchanting royal journey across beautiful places of Rajasthan and Agra.
- Deccan Odyssey:Passengers are taken through Goa, Mumbai and the Ajanta Caves on this tour.
- Royal Rajasthan on Wheels:It takes the tourists to a royal journey across the Rajput State of Rajasthan.
- Fairy Queen: This luxury tour covers the Tiger Reserve, Alwar and Delhi.
- Royal Orient: It offers the tourist with a lavish tour of the beautiful states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
- Shekhavati: This tour takes the tourists to an enchanting and mesmerizing trip to Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaipur.
Those booking for a heritage or normal trip can check out train running status from some of the leading online portals that offer accurate real time status of the trains plying throughout the country.