The Golden Chariot, one of leading luxury trains in India, is offering special package for Dasara at 30,000 INR per person. This Dasara, avail the golden chance to travel on Karnataka’s Golden Chariot, south India’s only luxury train.

The Golden Chariot Train

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), which operates the train in alliance with Indian Railways, has announced a Dasara special tour package. The option is valid from October 1 to 10. At the price of 30,000 INR per person enjoy a luxury train ride for two nights and one day. Participate in the festive celebrations of Dasara in Mysore.

The Golden Chariot is a luxury tourist train that travels through the important tourist spots in the Indian states of Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as Pondicherry, depending on the selected itinerary. The 19 coaches, has 44 luxury cabins, which can accommodate 88 travelers. The train has coaches dedicated as restaurant, a lounge bar, a gymnasium and a spa.

KSTDC Managing Director Kumar Pushkar stated, “We are running the Golden Chariot tours exclusively for Dasara at a special price so that tourists experience the train and its luxury. Also for the first time, the bookings are available online and we are already getting enquiries,”

The Dasara tour will start on October 1 from Yeshwantpur Railway Station, Bengaluru, and will run every alternate day from Bengaluru. The journeys are available on October 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

Special Itinerary

The Golden Chariot tour starts with you arrival at Hotel Taj West End, Bengaluru. After high tea, the guests will be taken to the Golden Chariot in Yeshwantpur. After a traditional welcome, enjoy the comfort of the luxury train as the train moves towards Mysuru

On arrival next morning, guests will be taken to Srirangapatna, where they will go on a heritage tour. The day outing include a visit to Dariya Daulat, Tipu’s Mausoleum and drive through the fort.

Later, in Mysuru, guests will visit Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery and Lalith Mahal Palace, where they will have lunch, followed by a visit to Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion (Folklore Museum) and Mysore University Centenary Clock Tower. The KSTDC has tied-up with Mysore Royal Walks so that guests explore the heritage city by walk.

Witness and participated in the Dasara cultural programmers in front of the lightened Mysuru palace, where they will be eligible to the gold pass privilege. After this programme, they will be taken back to the Golden Chariot for a dinner onboard and travel back to Bengaluru. Visit our website and drop a query for for information.
Enhancing the glory of our brilliant athletes, Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu, who brought laurels to the country in the form of medals at the Rio Olympics, IRCTC has extended an offer to them for a complimentary ride in India’s premiere luxury train, Maharajas’ Express. 
IRCTC Glorifies Rio Winners by offering a free ride in Maharajas’ Express
The same offer was also forward to Tripura’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who, after putting up a brilliant show, missed the medal only by a little margin.

This amazing proposal was put forward by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in the form of Tweets.

Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 @DipaKarmakar for superb performances. #IRCTC extends a trip in famed Maharajas' Exp (sic)," IRCTC said in a Tweet.

Congratulations to @SakshiMalik for making India proud. @IRCTC_Ltd extends a trip in the famed Maharajas' Express (sic)," added another tweet from IRCTC.

Commenting upon the offer, IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director AK Manocha said, “We feel proud to honor wrestler Sakshi Malik and ace shuttler P V Sindhu who have brought glory to the country through their medal-winning performances at the Rio Olympics”

Adding further, he said, “We feel equally honored to felicitate Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian to reach the finals of an Olympics gymnastics event”.

The Railways had earlier announced a reward of Rs. 60 lacs for Sakshi Malik, who is working as a senior clerk with Northern Railways. On the other hand, PV Sindhu too, has a connection with Railways as her father works with the sector and her mother is a former employee with the Railways.

The Maharaja’s Express is one of most luxurious trains of the world, offering the scope of a royal and extravagant ride through India’s top historical and cultural tourist destinations. Presenting the very depths of the soul of India, the Maharajas’ Express extends 5 fascinating journeys crisscrossing the most spectacular locations of the country with packages starting as low as USD 2,910 per person. 

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The ‘Best of the Best’ Luxury Travel Awards marked the 28th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week Conference. Forbes’ International luxury travel network Virtuoso announced the winners. The winners have been decided after a survey of 390-plus travel agencies and more than 11,400 elite travel advisors. The winners in categories, range from best achievement in design to the best family experience. The nominees are among the world’s finest and the winner tops the list.

World's Top Luxury Travel Experts Select the Best Hotels for 2016


The Award Nominees for BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DESIGN were:
  • The Langham, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The Temple House, Chengdu, China
  • Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
The Winner:
Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
The deserving winner, Feana Hotel Miami Beach is a vision. The iconic hotel, is known for its stunning Art Deco appeal and old-world grandeur. The oceanfront hotel features designs that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Enter into a world where the design speaks of the finest of luxuries.


The Award Nominees for BEST CULINARY EXPERIENCE were:
  • Michel Guérard – Les Prés d’Eugénie-Michel Guérard, Eugénie-les-Bains, France
  • The Colony Grill Room – The Beaumont, London, UK
  • IGNIV – Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
  • Shang Place – Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
The Winner: 
The Farmhouse Restaurant – Farmhouse Inn, California, U.S.
Boasting of the Michelin starred restaurant, Farmhouse Inn, California is the awarded for its culinary experience. The spectacular menu filled with organic, farm-to-table country cuisine paired with an extensive wine program tantalizes you taste buds. Try the crafty cocktails, a specialty here.


The Award Nominees for BEST FAMILY PROGRAM were:
  • Hotel Le K2, Courchevel, France
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji, Savusavu, Fiji
  • St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • The Peninsula Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mex
Set at blessed environs, the hotel offers the best experiences for a family holiday. The hotel meets the diverse needs of a family. The lady of the house can enjoy shopping, the man- a game of golf and the children- art and the elders - theater or art. The city tour entertains all, as the pleasures are not limited for any age.


The Award Nominees for BEST SPA were:
  • Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, Indonesia
  • Six Senses Laamu Hotel, Laamu Atoll, Maldives
  • The Mayflower Grace, Connecticut, U.S.
  • La Réserve Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
The Winner:

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
The spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, T Spa is a wonderful combination of harmony, care and impeccable services. The spa offers stunning views of Lake Como and has pleasing treatment that use herbs. With more than 100 years of history, this hotel offers unparalleled hospitality through its well-appointed rooms and innumerable gastronomical delights.


  • Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Australia
  • Carmel Valley Ranch, California, U.S.
  • Schloss Elmau, Elmau, Germany
  • Estancia La Bamba de Areco, San Antonio De Areco, Argentina

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Waking up to the sound of a gushing Iguassu fall, one of the best experiences this hotel has to offer to its guests. The property lies just adjacent to the waterfalls and offer a breathtaking view. The hotel has all the all the world-class comforts such as indoor and outdoor activities, fine-dining venues and luxurious rooms.


  • Cavallo Point – The Lodge at Golden Gate, California, U.S.
  • Blancaneaux Lodge, Central Farm, Belize
  • UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Brazil
  • Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
The Winner:

andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
andbeyond is a unique travel enterprise executing personalized luxury safaris in 15 African countries as well as organizing bespoke tours in Bhutan, Nepal, India, Chile and Argentina. Established in 1991, the company also operates 35 fantastic lodges and camps in Africa and India and is aimed at providing exceptional luxury along with responsible and sustainable travel experience to guests.


The Award Nominees for BEST ONE TO WATCH were
  • Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotà, Bogotà, Colombia
  • D Hotel Maris, Marmaris, Turkey
  • Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
The Winner: 
Hotel Eden Rome, Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy
Hotel Eden in Rome is a part of the Dorchester Collection which are one of the world’s leading luxury hotels in Europe and USA. The hotel is bedecked with excellent amenities and the services are top of the line in the category for a unique residence and luxury experience for the guests in the fabulous city of Rome.


The Award Nominees for BEST HOTELIER were
  • Nikheel Advani – Grace Bay Club, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
  • Deborah Yager Fleming – Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Florida, U.S.
  • Roberto Payer – Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Philip Barnes – Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada
The Winner: 
José Silva – Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, Paris, France

Jose Silva is the Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel George V. Born in Azores in Portugal, Silva acquired his education in Canada. Thereafter he entered the service industry with his forays with different hotels. This award recognizes Silva’s undying passion for designing the future of hotel as well as looking for innovative experiences for the guests of Four Seasons.


The Award Nominees for HOTEL OF THE YEAR were:
  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines
  • Mandarin Oriental, Milan, Milan, Italy
  • Ritz Paris, Paris, France
Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri Di Fasano, Italy

Worthy of the title, Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri Di Fasano, Italy has several allures such as remarkable ambiance, orgasmic food, finest of alcohol, warm and trained people, and a divine spa. Panoramic setting, luxurious and spacious accommodations and world-class service offers unforgettable experiences. During your next visit to Italy, do not fail to make a booking here.
What comes into your mind when you hear words like clear blue sky, azure verdant sea waters, serene ambiance and coconut palms swirling in the cool breeze? Visualize yourself as soaking-in the sun, digging your feet in the sand and drinking your favorite spirit or exploring the colorful underwater world. You can do this and much more by visiting some of the most beautiful islands in India. These islands never fail to impress their visitors, while offering a rejuvenating vacation.

Visit to an island means different things to different people. While for some, it is just lazing around reading an interesting book, but others it can be beach parties and water adventures. For even other people, an island visit would mean just admiring the tranquility and the stunning scenery. Here are some of the most beautiful islands in India that are a must-visit:

Island of Divar — Close to the Goan Coast

Island of Divar — Close to the Goan Coast

Enclosed by marshy waters, located onto a beautiful little riverine settlement, Divar Island lies just across the Mandovi River near Panjim. Boasting of rustic countryside feel, the island has a lively culture just like the other parts of Goa. A number of scenes of Bollywood blockbuster ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ were shot here. This seaside destination is a refreshing break.

Attractions: Portuguese structures, the Church of Our Lady of Compassion, European Houses, Piedade village, and Shree Ganesh Sateri Temple.

Activities: Leisure activities, Sightseeing

Accessibility: 10 -min ferry ride in Old Goa from Viceroy’s Arch (between 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM), and a ferry Naroa village in the Bicholim subdivision, connecting to the northern side of the island.

Best time to visit: November – February

Diu Island — Amalgam of Gujarati and Portuguese Culture

Diu Island — Amalgam of Gujarati and Portuguese Culture

Still clinging to its Portuguese charm, Diu Island boasts of heavenly beauty that charms travelers from all across the globe. Chakratirth Beach, Jallandhar Beach, Nagoa Beach and Ghogla beach are some of the superb island of this exotic island. Nowhere else will you get a chance to savor sumptuous tropical seafood delicacies with a hint of Gujarati flavors. And yes, you can enjoy a glass of your favorite spirit as alcohol is legal here.

Attractions: St Paul’s Church, Diu Fort, Naida caves, Shell Museum, Fortim-do-Mar and Gangeshwar Temple

Activities: Beach visit, Sunset viewing, and sightseeing by renting a bike or scooter

Accessibility: Accessible by air (airport) and road

Majuli Island - Largest freshwater Island in the World

Majuli Island - Largest freshwater Island in the World

Arguably the largest freshwater island in the world, Majoli or Majuli Island lies in Brahmaputra River. It is also known as the cultural capital of the Assamese civilization from the 16th century. Unlike other islands of India, visitors find ochre and moss on its coast instead of sand. Relishing northeastern delicacies is a must. Rent a bike/cycle to explore this island, which is home to colorful birds.

Attractions: Mishing, Kamalabari and Garamur Village, and 22 Satras

Activities: Viewing Sunset and Sunrise. Enjoy mask making and meshing. Birdwatching.

Accessibility: Ferry ride from Jorhat, which is connected to the Guwahati airport. There are two boats- 10:00 AM and 03:00 PM

Best time to visit: October – December

St Mary’s Islands — The Basalt Marvel

St Mary’s Islands — The Basalt Marvel

Also known as Thonsepar and Coconut Island, St Mary’s island is a collection of 4 tiny islands off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka. One of the distinct features of these islands is the basaltic rock formations that are in hexagon shape and look quite unique. The clean blue waters at the beach are going to charm you. It is believed that Vasco da Gama landed on these islands during his expedition to Calicut.

Attractions: Basaltic rock formations at the beach and the Coconut gardens (Carry packed food during your visit to this island)

Activities: Beach visit, Sightseeing, Shell Collection and Bird Watching

Accessibility: A 20-min boat ride from Malpe

Best time to visit: December – January

Lakshadweep Islands — Honeymooners Paradise

Lakshadweep Islands — Honeymooners Paradise
A collection of 36 coral islands with white sand and palm trees, Lakshadweep is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations of Indian, which is 300 km off the coast of Kerala. Boasting of unmatched natural beauty, these smallest islands in India, have unspoilt beaches and blue waters.

Attractions: Agatti Island, Minicoy Island, Bangaram Island and Kavaratti Island Marine Aquarium.

Activities: Scuba Diving in Kalpeni Island, Canoeing at Minicoy Island and snorkeling at Kavaratti, Kite surfing at Kadmat.

Accessibility: Connected to India through sea and air (Agatti Island Airport)

Best time to visit: October – May

Little Andaman Island — Home of rare marine turtles

Little Andaman Island — Home of rare marine turtles

An offbeat destination in Andaman Island, Little Andaman Island is an ideal place for you if you do not like being in a crowd. One of the most beautiful islands in India, it has mesmerizing beaches with clean sands and turquoise waters. One can also spot the rare marine turtles. The island lies 120 km southwards of Port Blair. Enjoy tranquil beaches, sumptuous food and drinks, and accommodation at pocket-friendly rates. This island has evergreen rainforest and has a rich biodiversity.

Attractions: Hut bay, Waterfall, Butler Bay beach and colorful Coral reefs.

Activities: Elephant calves training, Elephant Safari, Boating through the creeks and Surfing.

Accessibility: Go on-board a ship from Port Blair, which will take you to this place in a day’s time.

Barren Island — A secluded paradise in the Andaman Islands

Barren Island — A secluded paradise in the Andaman Islands

Owning the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia, Barren Island is the most easterly island in the Andaman chain. As there are no accommodation options here, you can book an accommodation in Port Blair. Landing on the shores is prohibited so you can travel around the island in a vessel and indulge in sightseeing as well as water sports. It truly is one of the most mesmerizing islands.

Attractions: Barren Island Volcano, and Colorful Marine Life.

Activities: Scuba diving and Boat Tour.

Accessibility: You can go on-board ships that cruise from Port Blair on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The other option is to take a seaplane from Port Blair but at least 7 passengers are required for it.

Best time to visit: February – May

Great Nicobar Island — the largest island of the Nicobar Islands

Great Nicobar Island — the largest island of the Nicobar Islands
The largest island in India, Great Nicobar Island has crystal clear sea waters so that you can enjoy a dip here. The exotic flora and fauna is a treat for the eyes of the on-looker. This place is perfect for both, honeymooning as well as a family vacation. This island is home to Shompen tribe, which is one of the oldest tribes of the world.

Attractions: Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve, Campbell Bay for wildlife photography, and Indira Point.

Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Sightseeing, and Water Sports.

Accessibility: Helicopters and boats are available from Port Blair.

Best time to visit: February – June

Grand Island — Go snorkeling and diving

Grand Island — Go snorkeling and diving

One of the places for snorkeling and diving near Goa, Grand Island is an amazing place with super clean pristine beaches and heavenly natural beauty. The beaches are clean and have clean waters. Please take note that the Indian Navy uses this island as their base for training exercises. You must check about the same before planning a visit. Savor special barbecue lunch and unlimited drinks.

Attractions: Shelter Cove dive, Dolphin points, Uma Guma Reef, Suzy’s Wreck dive, Bounty Bay Dive, and Spice plantation.

Activities: Bait fishing, snorkeling, dolphin-viewing, plantation visit and scuba diving.

Accessibility: Hop into a ferry from Goa to arrive at the island. The time taken is 20-40 minutes, as per the point of departure of the ferry.

Netrani Island - A beautiful coral island

Netrani Island - A beautiful coral island
Also known as Pigeon Island, Netrani is a beautiful coral island that is placed off the coast of Karnataka. This beautiful coral island is quite popular amid professional scuba divers. Though the island is not populated but it is called home by a decent number of wild goats and pigeons. This island is easily accessible from Karnataka, Mumbai, and Goa.

Attractions: Exotic species of wild goat and pigeons, water sports; Varieties of fishes, shrimps, eels and coral; and Murudeshwar temple.

Activities: Diving, Snorkeling, and Wildlife viewing.

Accessibility:  An hour’s boat ride from Murudeshwara Beach at around 08.30 AM

Sawai Madhopur Railway Station in Rajasthan has bagged the National Tourism Award for the "Best Tourism Friendly Station" for 2014-15. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan presented the award to WCR General Manager Ramesh Chandra and Divisional Railway Manager Kota Division Seema Kumar at the ceremony held in Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi. 

The recently renovated Sawai Madhopur is a true replication of Ranthambore’s diverse wildlife. Murals on the walls and ceilings have given life to the former station. Over 5,000 feet of the station's walls are painted with the flora and fauna that the reserve hosts. Witness the images of tigers to darters, tree-pies, hyenas, bears, leopards and the Banyan tree. The living art museum of wildlife has created a vibrant junglescape. The artwork was one of the masterpieces by the Ranthambore School of Art led by two master painters, Gajanand Singh and Narayan Singh. The railway station has previously won the award as ‘First Heritage Railway Station’.

Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is one of the stops for luxury trains such as Palace on Wheels, Maharajas' Express and Royal Rajasthan onWheels. The station has itself become a marvel for the travelers. The graphic paintings are definitely attention grabbing. Proceeding form the station one of the most memorable wildlife adventures await. The Ranthambore national park was the erstwhile hunting lodge of the Maharajas of Rajasthan. The Ranthambore Fort stands as testimony to the era. Sawai Madhopur retains the charm of the bygone era till date.

The Sawai Madhopur Railway Station of Kota division has also initiated special efforts to enhance passenger amenities within the station and its circulating area. Passenger facilities developed at Sawai Madhopur Station includes tourist information centre, ATVM, retiring room, refreshment room, computerized announcement and special monitoring for cleanliness.
Now there's three more reasons to choose luxury trains in India when you plan to travel India next. Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. is offering attractive discount to luxury travelers in India. Now guests could save up to 50% on your companion's ticket if you choose one of these three luxury trains: Maharajas' Express, Deccan Odyssey and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

Whereas Maharajas Express with flat 50%, leads the pack, he Deccan Odyssey and the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels follow closely with 25% and 15% respectively on select departure dates.

Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. Offers Luxury Train Travel throughout India
Luxury train travel in India has come a long way since the introduction of the Palace on Wheels in 1982. With Deccan Odyssey voted the Asia's Best Luxury Train and Maharajas' Express now voted World's Leading Luxury Train for three consecutive years, luxury train travel is growing rapidly with clientele from across the world. Whereas Western Europe and USA contribute more than 70% of the clientele, the Gulf countries and CIS is catching up really fast.

"Luxury trains in India are registering higher occupancy rate each year. But there are many guests who are very much interested in luxury trains but are unable to do so due to high tariff," said Mr. Rahul Sharma, Managing Director, Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd.

"Quite interestingly, we also receive quite a few client request asking whether they could take one of these train journeys for a shorter duration." He added. The itineraries offered by these trains last for seven days, but looking into these requests, the train operators have indeed come up with shorter journeys. These short journeys normally include the golden triangle comprising of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra with addition – in some cases – of a national park like Ranthambore and Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the last few years, luxury in India has been growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 25%. The luxury market in India with a CAGR of 12.8% is growing faster and higher than the other BRIC nations, and which is also the highest of the 25 countries explored said a report by Amadeus.

As per a recent study by Lonely Planet, luxury travelers are now looking for 'Curated Experiences' and 'Experiential Encounters.' This is where luxury trains in India come in with their tastefully crafted itinerary which not only includes visit to some of the most prominent tourist destinations in India but also an array of local and offbeat experiences. These experiences may include dining in a palace with family of maharajas recounting their days of yore to visit to villages where tribes have turned environmentalists 100s of years ago.

While Maharajas' Express and Deccan Odyssey offer 5 and 6 itineraries across India, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels offer tour across destinations in Rajasthan along with Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi, three of the major extensions to the popular golden triangle tour of India. Details of this exclusive offer by IHPL is available on their exclusive train travel portal

Putting forward a wonderful opportunity for travel buffs to enjoy the magic and allure of the dining and living it out in the vintage settings, the heritage wing of the railways has proposed an amazing scheme. According to the proposal, exquisite vintage hotels cum restaurants would be built in the coaches of the train which would be set amidst the ambience of old station. According the officials at the heritage wing, this will not only serve the aim of preserving the transporter’s heritage but also will harness its potential to earn revenue. 

The suggestion seems to bring a great news for the luxury lovers and history buffs who always look forward to get a slice of Indian royal heritage while on their expedition to the country. The proposal has a broad scope. According to a senior Railway Ministry Official, “We have sent the vintage hotel proposal to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for consideration. Each vintage hotel will have two to three coaches and would cost an estimated Rs. 16 crore”. There is little doubt that guests will have a great opportunity to fully relax and enjoy the delicious meals in the inspiring classical settings.

It is being recommended that the seven of the nine coaches, which are currently housed in the National Museum can be refurbished and transformed into these envisaged hotel-cum-restaurants and then they can be placed at suitable locations which can be any prominent tourist destination or a place which is easily accessible by road from a prominent destination.

One of the planned destinations to build such hotels is near the Rewari Steam Center which draw steam locomotives and is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Places like Jaipur, which itself is a great cultural and vibrant city, can be a good place to build such hotels.

The Palace of Wheels is one of the most exotic and fascinating luxury trains of India. There are 14 saloons (compartments) in all- named after different Rajasthani cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Bharatpur etc. Each compartment comes equipped with a TV, WIFI as well as two dedicated hosts, dressed in traditional attires. Furnishing a wonderful taste of history, the train takes you through some of the most incredible destinations of India as well stunning countryside, reminiscent of some Bollywood movie setting.

This amazing proposal is sure to bring a lot of appreciation and business for the Indian Railways as well as bring back the lofty memories of the opulent and luxurious ways in which Maharajas of the yore used to live. Wishing all the success to the Palace on Wheels.
India is known to be an involving leader in the field of Asia Pacific travel market, and it is now all set to enter the budding industry of luxury travel. It is being estimated that the luxury market of India is going to experience quick growth with a CAGR of around 12.8 percent in the coming ten years.
The trendsetters in the market of luxury, such as prominent film productions houses like Yash Raj Films and Fox Star Studios, and leading destination wedding planning firms such as Beautiful Wedding Management, Wedniksha, Percept Weddings, and Fab Events, feel that as far as the industry of luxury travel is concerned India is growing at a rapid rate.

Shedding light on what was the prime cause of growth in the outbound luxury travel from India, Founder & CMD at Platinum World Group, Sushil Shamlal Wadhwa said, “As people earn more wealth and get exposed to unique experiences and new destinations, luxury travel has become the new status symbol and the 'in thing' to do. The awareness that experiences and not things can give more happiness is also contributing to the growing popularity of luxury travel”.   

After realizing the importance of Indian visitors, global venues and international destinations have now started to show interest and thus are putting-in all their resources in order to target quality travelers from India. Nevertheless, each wants to have their unique manner for doing so. Adding, Wadhwa said “A popular destination will have to reinvent itself and offer newer experiences to attract the luxury traveler. It's relatively easier for unexplored destinations to attract the luxury traveler just because it's not explored by many people yet. Being a part of good movies, editorials in leading travel publications and good visibility on Social media could certainly help a lot to target premium Indian travelers”.

In order to highlight the amazing potential in the bustling luxury market, the MILT Congress is again all set to host the top luxury travel agencies, leading destination wedding planners and prime film production houses, and bring them together with the topmost corporates so that they can meet the international suppliers who are meeting the requirement of this niche industry from all across the globe. The aim is to form beneficial partnerships at competitive rates. For the same, the 4th Annual MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress will be organized at The St. Regis Mumbai, India on 28th and 29th July.

Parthip Thyagarajan, Co-founder & Director at WeddingSutra informs that the market of destinations wedding in India is on a high as there now a huge number of Indian who want to celebrate their D-day at a special destination abroad. Thyagarajan quipped, “Every year over 280 to 300 Indian weddings take place at international destinations - Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Mauritius, Macau, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Dubai, and a few in Europe. In the last two years the Middle East has become the hottest destination for wealthy Indians, and hence properties in Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are getting a steady flow of enquiries from families and wedding planners”.

Percept Wedding is one of the leading destination wedding organizers who have organized weddings at several destinations such as Monte Carlo, Budapest, Madrid, Cannes, Mykonos, Florence, Mauritius, Dubai and Salzburg. Vice President Business Development, Percept Weddings, Khushi Singh talks about the developments that are going to heighten the number of destinations keeping their target of Indian high net worth individuals. “A current trend is finding the most unconventional venues, and subtly integrating the destination within the overall wedding experience,” said Singh. She further added that there is a great potential in the concept of destination wedding and it can be taken to a new level by organizing a destination wedding on a cruise, at 2-3 destinations and holding functions where the cruise liner docks on a daily basis.

The Tourism boards of destinations around the world are promoting their destinations and attractions in a comprehensive manner by offering customized tour packages to couples so that they plan their wedding in their countries. As a result, the local culture of that is also promoted, brining business for the local vendors. Saurabh Walwani, Managing Director, Fab Events India Pvt. Ltd points out towards the contrast and says that planning a wedding at an international destination is not that beneficial for that destination. He pointed out, “The destination’s hotels and local vendors get business and an exposure to Indian weddings. From the wedding planner’s point of view, it just doesn't gives us an experience, but also builds up our portfolio much stronger and gives us confidence to explore more of the destination for weddings in the rest of the world.”

Adding, Bhavnesh Sawhney, Director, Wedniksha said that if there is an Indian wedding in any country, it is largely beneficial for that destination as an Indian wedding means a huge group of people is going to be there, resulting in an increase in the tourism revenue and creating wonderful business for the local vendors such as logistics or decoration people. The local culture of that country also gets promoted by all this.

It is not only the destination wedding organizers who have a huge contribution in this market. The prosperous film industry of India or Bollywood has also experienced an extraordinary growth in the past years. This has allured several foreign tourism boards to make such efforts that their destinations gets featured into Indian movies so that Indian tourists are attracted to them. Aashish Singh, – Vice President Production at Yash Raj Films remarked, “Films usually depict the beautiful side of the locations, if the audience sees their favorite stars in those locations then it becomes even more aspirational for the tourists to travel to those locations. There have been many case studies both in Hollywood and Bollywood to prove how there is a direct impact on tourism after a film is shot on a location.”

Parth Arora, Head of Production at Fox Star Studios, shares similar views and said, “Indian films have always played a great role in defining the travel markets for Indian audiences. The way Bollywood films and their stars are revered in this country, any place that films are shot at become aspirational for the Indian audiences. We have often seen a huge surge in tourism in countries where Indian films have shot in the past”.

Director at Qn A International, the organizers of the event (MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress) stated, “Luxury is now the fastest growing segment of the travel industry. Indians are now craving for a new and evolved kind of luxury, offering these premium buyers an exclusive and personalized experience is now more crucial than ever to retain existing clients and gain new ones. At the MILT Congress, we bring together partners who provide customized packages that meet the wants of this niche market in India.”
International travel from India is a wish of almost every traveler. Many a times you would have avoided the idea for a simple reason being too many documentations and formalities to fulfil. Forget the old days, now there are at least 30 countries that offer visa on arrival for the Indian citizens. This means that you can simply decide to travel to your desired international locale. Book your air tickets and bon voyage. The access of over 30 countries offering Indian Citizens the Visa-on-arrival facility places the Indian passport at number 76th in the world among the list of countries with highest number of visa on arrival destinations.

Here are the top 30 destinations offering Visa on Arrival for Indians:

1. Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan offers Visa on arrival for Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldives nationals to enjoy the picturesque mountain scenery. Visitors can obtain a 14 days tourist visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity.

2. Hong Kong

Explore Hong Kong, the merge of heights of modern achievements and ancient traditions. Indian nationals can enter Hong Kong, with a valid passport, for a period up to 14 days without a visa.

3. Macau

Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia is a fun destination with interesting Chinese heritage and modern pleasures. Indian nationals can avail 30 days visa on arrival to enter this country.

4. Nepal

India’s neighbor, Nepal offers breathtaking views of mountains and adventure leading to Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world. Indian citizens may live and work freely in Nepal under the terms of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

5. Seychelles

The archipelago in Indian Ocean known for golden beaches, coral reefs, thrilling diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises, has gained the status of an adored destination. Indians can avail Visa on arrival for one month at the entry port.

6. South Korea (only Jeju Island)

Jeju Island in South Korea is known for its volcanic landscape full of craters and cave like lava tubes. Now you can explore the beautiful island as it provides visa on arrival for 30 days to Indian citizens.

7. Maldives

The breathtaking water beauty and things to do in Maldives is now easily accessible to you. With visa on arrival facility, Indian National are issued a free Maldives Tourist Visa which is valid for approximately ninety days on arriving at the airport.

8. Haiti

Haiti is a Caribbean country sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The cerulean waters and the incredible heritage is worth a visit. Indians are allowed a visit for 30 days with visa on arrival facility.

9. Jamaica

Legendary for its beaches and luxurious resorts, Jamaica has been alluring Indian visitors since a long time. Indian nationals are allowed entry in the country for 30 days with visa on arrival facility.

10.  Dominica

The pristine beauty of Dominica calls for visitors. Make travel plans now as visa on arrival is valid for 6 months for Indians.

11. Fiji

Fiji is made of beach fantasies. Being an Indian national, you can enter its boundaries with visa on arrival valid for 6 months.

12. Thailand

The Land of Smiles, Thailand is the favored destination for honeymoon couples and backpackers. One can reach Thailand from India via road. Visa on Arrival has to be obtained at First point of Entry/Landing and not the Final Destination. This country charges Visa fee of 1000 Thai Baht.

13. Mauritius

The pristine beaches of Mauritius is the dream locales for couples in love. The Visa on arrival facility is valid for 14 days for Indian nationals. Use the days to enjoy the spectacular pleasures of the island country.

14. Indonesia

The archipelago of Indonesia houses several natural wonders. The delights of tea islands have allured visitors in huge numbers and mostly the honeymoon couples.  Indian Nationals can avail the visa on arrival valid for 30 days.

15. Micronesia

The beautiful nation of islands, Micronesia lies spread over Pacific Ocean embellished with a numerous pleasures for visitors. Indian Nationals visa on arrival facility valid for 30 days.

16. Cape Verde

The heavenly beauty of the arrow shaped archipelago, Cape Verde is waiting to be explored.  Indian Nationals can avail the facility of visa on arrival valid for 30 days.

17. Ecuador

Ecuador encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galpagos Islands. The enchanting country is now open for your travel plans as Ecuador offers visa on arrival facility for Indian passport holders valid for 14 days.

18. Guyana

Pure Caribbean adventure defines the dense forests of Guyana. Indian Nationals can make their plans for exciting adventurous holidays with visa on arrival facility valid for 30 days.

19. Jordan

Get captivated by multitude of pleasures of Jordan. Century old monuments, the desert, Dead Sea and other incredible experiences lure you to Jordan. Avail the visa on arrival facility for Indians valid for 2 weeks for your trip.

20. Laos

The land of millennia old history, mountain, mists and untamed natural beauty tempts visitors with its blessing of unrivalled peace. Get a state of tranquility with visa on arrival for Indians, valid for 30 days.

21. Saint Lucia

The island nation of Saint Lucia is blessed with mountains, beaches, diving sites, and rainforests with waterfalls such as at Toraille. The paradisiacal beauty can be now explored with visa on arrival from India valid for 6 weeks.

22. Senegal

Senegal is a peaceful introduction to delights of the African continent. Thriving with energy be a part of the experience with visa on arrival facility from India valid for 30 days.

23. Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago have always welcomed Indians. It goes back to days of the British Raj. Visit this twin island country now with Visa on arrival valid for 90 days.

24. Tuvalu

The Polynesian island of Tuvalu is home to a gorgeous underwater world. Avail the visa on arrival for Indians valid for 14 days and explore the majestic beauty.

25. Saint Kitts and Nevis

This two-island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea combines beaches with beauteous mountains.  Enter this West Indian country with visa on arrival facility.

26. Palau

Palau is scenically magical. The archipelago of about 200 largely unspoiled limestone and volcanic islands, carpeted in emerald forest, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon is straight from fantasies of holidays. India Nationals can visit easily with visa on arrival facility valid for a maximum stay of 30 days.

27. El Salvador

Beaches, surfing, mountainous landscape and much more, El Salvador is a country awaiting to be explored. Dramatic scenery, thrilling adventures, vibrant nightlife and mazing experiences makes it a destination worth your time. Visa on arrival facility is available for a visit of 30 days for Indians.

28. Nauru

The tiny island country of Nauru is blessed. Coral reefs, golden sandy beaches, limestone caves, thrilling adventures create a thrilling holiday. Visitors from India can avail visa on arrival facility valid for 30 days stay.

29. Djibouti

Home to incredible volcanic formations and Red Sea beaches, Djibouti is spectacular. Indian visitors can plan their travel with Visa on arrival valid for 30 days.

30. Guinea- Bissau

Guinea Bissau is a West African country blessed with beautiful tropical ambiance and is known for national parks and wildlife. For the Indian visitors, Visa on arrival is valid for 90 days.

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Travelling with The Indian Railways is now going to be a wonderful and comfortable experience. Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has come-up with some interesting changes for the passengers to make their journey hassle-free.

New Rules - Better Indian Railways

Here is a list of new set of rules in the Railways for making your train journey, a world class experience:

Airport-like executive lounges at the railway stations:

Indian Railways have introduced its very first executive lounge recently at the New Delhi Railway Station to give an ‘airport-like’ experience. The passengers will have to shell an amount of Rs.100 to enjoy this elegantly made –lounge that has modern comforts like Wi-Fi, TV, and air-conditioner. Similar lounges are coming soon in Agra and Jaipur.

Now get a Refund on the cancellation of Tatkal tickets:

Earlier no refund was offered by the Indian Railways on the cancellation of Tatkal tickets but from 1st June, passengers will be getting 50 percent refund if the Tatkal tickets get cancelled. Changes have also been made in the timings of booking Tatkal tickets. The Tatkal window now is going to open from 10 AM to 11 AM. For sleeper class coach, the timings to book the ticket are between 11 AM and 12 noon.

Fly with Air India, if Rajdhani ticket doesn’t gets confirmed

If you were not the waiting list for Rajdhani ticket and your ticket did not get confirmed, you now have the exciting option of travelling to your destination in a flight of Air India. The passengers who had the ticket of First Class AC, will not have to pay extra for the flight, but the passengers with tickets of second class AC and third class AC will be required to pay an additional sum of around Rs.1500 for the flight tickets. IRCTC has collaborated with Air India for the same.

More coaches for Rajdhani and Shatabdi, two of India’s fastest train:

Two of the fastest trains of India, offering a comfortable train journey Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express are going to have more number of coaches so that more number of passengers can now travel in them. Also, a soft copy of your ticket in your mobile phone is going to valid for journey on-board these trains.

Tickets now available in regional languages:

From now, you can also book train tickets online for all in a number of regional languages.

No additional charge on using credit or debit cards for ticket booking:

From 1st June, the Indian Railways is not going to charge an extra cost of Rs.30 on transactions using credit and debit cards for buying train tickets at the reservation counters.

Wake Up call for the Passenger:

One of the biggest fears of missing the rail station of your destination due to oversleeping will no longer be there. The facility of wake-up calls has been launched on a number of trains.

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Indian Railways, from time to time, come out with interesting plans to offer memorable vacations to its guests. Now after letting its travelers enjoy desert, heritage and pilgrimage package tours, the Railways is now all set to explore the tiger circuit.
Tiger Express - The semi  luxury tourist train journey

‘Tiger Express’, a semi-luxury train will be rolling its wheels from the 5th of June this year, which is also the World Environment Day, from Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi. The people of Delhi will get a chance to explore the wildlife circuit by visiting the popular tiger reserves in the Madhya Pradesh state. Tiger Express is a joint endeavor of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and The Indian Railways.

This train service is the first chance that the Indian Railways has planned a wildlife circuit tour package. Along with operating luxury trains such as the Maharajas’ Express, the IRCTC also manages tours on the Buddhist circuit, Desert circuit, Bharat Darshan and so on.

Tiger Express has an itinerary of 5 nights and 6 days, covering Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh state, along with Dhuadhar Falls in Bhedaghat, Jabalpur.

Wildlife Safari by Train

This semi-luxury train is going to have only first and second AC accommodations, with tariff starting from INR 38,500, including train ticket, accommodation, food and local AC transport.

Sandip Dutta, The spokesperson of IRCTC informed, “The tour will include two tiger safaris at Kanha national park and one at Bandhavgarh, apart from accommodation at three-star hotels. Our prices are affordable keeping in mind the services provided and there are no hidden charges.”

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IRCTC website has started with the service of booking train tickets in India by using international debit and credit cards. Now, Foreigners and NRIs would be able to book tickets with the bank cards online through IRCTC website.

Earlier, the IRCTC ticket booking portal only accepted American Express International Credit Cards. International travelers only had the option of American Express (AMEX) Payment Gateway as other international cards were not accepted. IRCTC will now permit other international credit and debit cards issued outside the country for booking of e-tickets through its ticketing website. The necessary changes in the system have been made to enable global transactions.

Now Foreigners Can Book Train Tickets Through IRCTC Using International Debit And Credit Cards

IRCTC CMD AK Manocha said, “IRCTC ticket bookings has gone global. Any international debit and credit card can be used to make payment for booking train tickets”. He further said that the acceptance of all global cards will fulfill the long-lasting demand of foreign tourists. As they will be able to book e-tickets directly and will no longer depend on other agencies for the purpose.

The popular trains with foreigners are the Buddhist circuit trains, luxury trains like 'Palace on Wheels', 'Maharajas’ Express’ and other tourist specials. Usually these tickets were booked through tour operators, but now they can be also be booked online with international bank cards.

Once the required system gets operational on the IRCTC ticketing site, global transactions for ticket bookings will increase on the website. At present, the IRCTC ticketing website is currently equipped to take the capacity of 15,000 tickets in a minute, which means 250 tickets in a second. At present, about 58% of total train tickets in India sold are booked online.

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The officials of Indian Railway offering details about the railway coaches on the section, informed that there are 4 special coaches, Shivalik place, Jharokha, rail motor car and twin vestibule coach.

Northern Railways finalise fares for luxury coaches on Kalka-Shimla Train

The fare structure of luxury coach Jharokha has been finalized by the Northern Railway. The officials informed that this coach has been specially designed for the tourists on the Kalka-Shimla railway line. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this railway section was inspected by AK Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railways and the decision was made final. A railway official said, “The charges of CT-14 Jharokha has been fixed at INR 29,000 (round trip). The capacity of the coach is eight passengers.”

Dedicated web pages on the Kalka-Shimla railway line in the official website of the Northern Railways were also launched by Puthia. He informed that this inspection was a part of fortnight heritage activities that are done by the Northern Railway. It is endeavor by the railways so that awareness can be created about the website.

Puthia further said that the heritage section cannot be altered by the railways as it is not just any section that can be looked around ‘profit making’. He added, “We are trying to improve the facilities at railway stations on the track.”

On the occasion, a presentation on the heritage track was also given by the senior officials. An appeal was also made by the railways to the locals as well as the tourists that trash should not be thrown on at the railway station. Along with this, entering into tunnel towards the face of the train should also be avoided.

The railways further added that the World Heritage Fortnight is a celebration of the World Heritage Day. The Shimla station has also been well-lit with blue colored lights. Exclusive plantation and cleanliness drives on important stations have also been launched. There are regular train services as well as additional services during the peak season.
With the growth of tourism in the country, River Cruises are increasingly gaining prominence and popularity with the travelers. These cruises are not only a welcome alternative from the usual hubs of entertainment, but with the services and facilities offered on board and wonderful views that surrounds such a trip, it becomes a definitely memorable expedition. 

From the backwaters of Kerala to incredibly scenic archipelagos of Andaman, these cruise ships have come up in most of the important tourist destinations located near the waters. In this blog, we have listed Top 12 River Cruises in India for your next vacation to let to enjoy their fascinating ride when you visit these corresponding destinations. With the amazing experience they offer and memorable ride they furnish, they are definitely a hard to miss adventure, take a look:

1. Kerala Backwater Cruise

Kerala is one of the most amazing places in India, blessed with verdant bounties of Nature and views like a leaf plucked out of fantasy. With a climate that is salubrious, sights of the countryside as incredible as it could be, it’s a great way to explore and understand Kerala on a boat Cruise.

One of the many fabulous attractions in the state, the boat cruises are elegant vessels of comfort and luxury. Sailing around the channels of backwaters, the cruises takes the visitors on an ethereal joyride, bringing them in close proximity to raw, lush landscapes, fantastical rural life of the areas and to the quiet and cool ambience, away from the chaotic life of the cities. 

The cruises are so designed that they provide a wonderful individualized space for the visitors. They are most popular with families and honeymoon couples. Luxury cruises have all latest and state of art amenities for their esteemed guests. These include, air-conditioned bedrooms, exquisite bathtubs, and standing showers. The guests are treated with lip-smacking Kerala Cuisines and served with best of services for a comprehensive relaxation and enjoyment.

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 2. Sunderbans River Cruise

The Suburbans, one of the world’s largest reservoir of mangrove forests is also one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Cruise boat through this amazing and picturesque passage is one of the most cherishing experiences of a lifetime. The Suburbans Cruise, a prototype of amazing luxury and comfort is a wonderful excursion, full of most fascinating and elegant amenities.

The cruise takes you through the course of the Malta River into the largest Mangrove forests in the world, passing by narrow creeks and Sundarbans Tiger Reserve.

Through the journey guests come across heavenly sights. Diverse species of birds like the herons, kingfishers, salik bird, white-necked kites, bee-eaters as well as animals such as sweet water crocodiles, snakes, deer, monkeys, wild hogs and otters etc. can be easily seen. Starting from Godkhali, the cruise is famous for excellent on-board hospitality which include facilities like Gym, Ayurveda treatment and massage parlor. In addition to this guests have a library, a bar, a conference room with internet and fax facilities while there are air condition, attached bathrooms, a telephone, a tea and coffee maker and sufficient reading stuff in every room. The cruise is one of the many highlights of the region and is a popular way to explore and relish the amazing views and wonderful climate of Sundarbans.  

3. Chilika Lake Cruise

Chilika Lake Cruise is an incredible ride, not only as a cool and picturesque trip, but a wonderful opportunity to spot a huge variety of migratory birds like resident waterfowls to many species of cranes, during the course. Moreover tourists can also view dolphins if they make a stopover at Rajahamsa Beach. The cruise starts at Mangalajodi. The price of the tickets is not fixed and can be negotiated.

The boats of the cruise can easily accommodate a family and are fixed with motor. The journey takes you through the scenic Marshlands and through the beautiful village islands which facilitates cultural interactions with the locals. The amazing Nalabana Bird Sanctuary also lies within the lake and can be accessed while taking the cruise.

The cruise can doubtlessly be called as golden opportunity for bird and photography enthusiasts to indulge in their passions. The best time to enjoy the cruise is from October to February because the lake dries up at other times, i.e. during the summer. A great way to relish the beauty of nature, a ride by this cruise through the wonderful Chilika Lake is a must.

4. Andaman Islands River Cruise

One of the most natural and pristine regions of India, the views of the Andaman Island are unique and most attractive. The Andaman Islands cruise takes you through these picturesque sights to give you one of the most exciting and wonderful journeys of your lifetime. On-board, visitors will have a great memorable experience where they avail, amazing, international level services along with matching world-class amenities to enjoy.

Incredible view of azure waters of the sea surrounding the cruise ship offers a great magical experience. An amazing voyage, around the stunning tropical islands, the guests get to savor warm sun rays on the elegant deck while enjoying the breathtaking sights. In addition to relishing the lip-smacking cuisines prepared by expert chefs, visitors also enjoy exciting on-board distractions that keep them entertained.

It’s little doubt that Andaman Islands radically enhance your experience of the trip to Andaman and is definitely an adventure that must be undertaken. 

5. Dibru – Saikhowa River Cruise

The region of Dibru Saikhowa is a picturesque area of grasslands and swamp waters, located in between the famous Brahmaputra and Dibru rivers towards the east of Assam. A scenic and vibrant patch of Earth, the place is famous for Gangetic River Dolphins, numerous migratory birds, a wide range of orchids and feral horses etc.

The river cruise takes you through these amazing views, affording elegant comfort and enjoyable entertainment on board. The journey makes a cool and serene joyride, offering plenty of time to revel in the ambience and atmosphere. It’s an awesome getaway, especially for couples and families.

The food served is delicious and adds to the experience of the journey. Famous for the very important Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, the region is a popular destination for travel and wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Vising the place and taking the ride on Dibru-Saikhowa River Cruise is a recommendation that cannot be emphasized more.

6. Mandovi River Cruise

Organized under the auspices of Goa Tourism, The Mandovi River Cruise is wonderful, couple of hour long sea drive along the Mandovi River, aboard Shantadurga or Santa Monica, which are the names of the cruises. With the background of Goa folk songs and dances, the amazing journey lets the passengers enjoy cool atmosphere and picturesque settings on the deck of the cruise.

Lip-smacking fares, from an array of recipes, keep the visitors entertained while the return journey through Chorao and Divar Islands is equally mesmerizing.

All cruises begin their journey from the Santa Monica Jetty which is located next to the Mandovi Bridge from where the tourists can buy tickets. The experience is simply incredible and along with other passengers on board to enjoy and converse with, the expedition becomes a wonderful adventure. Mandovi River Cruise is ideal for family, couple and even friends to a pleasant getaway from the usual itinerary of any trip to Goa.

7. Ganges Heritage River Cruise

With the sight of majestic Ganges all over and taking you through the incredible trail, the Ganges Heritage cruise is the epitome of luxury, comfort and style. Featuring 32 expansive and luxurious rooms, furnishing a state of the art facilities for the ultimate experience, the heritage cruise is perfect place to relax and unwind.

While the guests revel in amazing ambience of the surroundings, on-board services and hospitality take care of all their immediate and luxurious needs. For instance facilities like a massage parlor, a modern library, a gym etc. are available on the ship. On the other hand, chefs prepare wonderful dishes for the culinary delights of the guest to give them the ultimate experience on board. 

Sailing with facilities of international standards on India’s most sacred river is a lasting memory and one of the best experiences of a lifetime. Each of the room on the cruise come fixed with a telephone connection, reading material, tea and coffee maker along with other luxurious services for a wonderful journey throughout. The Ganga Heritage tour is doubtlessly a great place to relax and unwind and enjoy a perfect vacation.

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8. Brahmaputra River Cruise

The mighty Brahmaputra River is the lifeline of the people of the North Eastern India. It is not only enormous, but the course through which it runs is one of the most picturesque and scenic regions of the country. With such a stunning picturesque trail, the Brahmaputra River Cruise leads the passengers on an exotic trip, taking them deep into the exquisite flora and fauna of the Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, which is one of the largest deltaic regions.

The Brahmputra River Cruise conduct the guests from Guwahati to Jorhat, leading through Silghat, Sibsagar and Majuli, which are the locations that are rich in history and charm.

Nevertheless, the cruise can be called a great opportunity to explore the raw and scenic Assam. Revel in the wonderful warm rays of the rising and setting Sun of the East while sipping the delicious and hot Assam brew on board, this amazing journey that will be cherished by you for long. 

9. Mangalore River Cruise 

Rapidly emerging as an important tourist destination in the country, Mangalore has also acquired considerable popularity as a place to enjoy cruise ride. It has almost been dream come true for the local residents as famous weekend escape on the serene waters of Phalguni River.

The cruise begins from New Mangalore Port and gives tourist a memorable experience. The cruise is laden with luxury and lots of facilities and opportunities for enjoyment. The upper deck serves as a recreation spot as well as restaurant while in the lower deck, one can dance to their favorite Bollywood numbers while relishing small nibbles of meals.

The food served on-board is one the special highlights of the cruise. Prepared by expert chefs, the fares are mesmerizingly delicious sea food delights. There are plenty of space on the ship where one can mix with the people, take in the fresh sea air or simply chill out in the ambience. Overall, a fine, relaxing experience when visiting Mangalore.  

10. Goa River Cruise

When it comes to cruises, what better place can one think of than Goa. The exotic beach destination has some of the most remarkable and wonderful cruises which promises full entertainment, fun and adventure for the tourists. The incredible trail along the sea is a great experience. Tapping to famous Bollywood numbers, guests enjoy a pleasant atmosphere along with savoring delectable cuisine and refreshing drinks.

In addition to the star cruises, which are an epitome of supreme luxury and comfort and offer packages of several days, other small but nevertheless outstanding cruise ships too, provide for significant pleasure and entertainment of the guests.

In any case, with such an incredible experience furnished to the guests, any expedition to Goa is incomplete without taking a ride into these amazing cruise boats. These are also a perfect entertainment alternative from the usual course, no matter whether you are with family, friends or your loved one.

11. Yanam River Cruise

An important tributary of the Godavari River, the Yanam River passes through beautiful scenic locations and sailing on this is the Yanam River cruise, making you enjoy and relish the incredible surroundings. Essentially a day trip, visitors witness stunning fishermen’s villages on both the banks with the line of the beautiful coconut trees and verdant greenery of backwaters.

After lunch, the cruise moves through the confluence of the river with the Bay of Bengal, offering a breathtaking view of blending of grey and turquoise waters. Here the visitors can also move around the beach in the sand with red crabs trying to get hold of your feet.

With lip smacking South Indian course available on board to revel the taste buds of the guests, this journey is truly a heavenly sojourn to be remembered for long.

12. Lakshadweep River Cruise

One of the most exquisitely picturesque destinations in India, Lakshadweep is home to astonishing natural bounties and pristine landscapes with amazingly beautiful azure waters and expansive white sandy beaches.

Furnishing an exotic excursion through these picturesque sights is M.V Karvati, the excellent cruise ship, with a total capacity of 700 passengers and 200 tons of cargo. The magnificent ship has over 100 berths and 70 first-class berths and also include a spacious dining hall, a gymnasium, a 152-seater cafeteria and a large airspace for a remarkable tourist experience.

Built with an estimated cost of Rs. 173 crore, the ship is doubtlessly an architectural wonder. Besides, on-board restaurant serves delectable dishes to the delight of the visitors. A product of Hindustan Shipyard, Visakhapatnam, the cruise ship features independent galleys, a helipad and a swimming pool as well.

Endeavoring to impart a distinct experience, the visitors are treated to services of international standards. Facilities such as on-call entertainment, on-call doctor and upper deck promenade are also available which enhance the sojourn. Have a great holiday experience by boarding this amazing ship. 

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