Hailed by "Conde Nast Traveler" as the fourth-most luxurious train in the world, and the most luxurious in Asia, the Palace on Wheels promises luxury train travel with a distinct nod to old-school Indian royalty.
Each of the 14 coaches, which are named after royal Rajput states of yesteryear, come with matching Rajasthani interiors andkhidmatgars (butlers). Additionally, two restaurants serve a full spread of Indian, Chinese, Continental and, of course, Rajasthani cuisine.
Tours one can take on the Palace on Wheels include trips to Jaipur, a tiger reserve in Ranthambore and the Taj Mahal, among others. The key attraction on board is the Sheesh Mahal Bar, which is modeled after the Sheesh Mahal, or Glass Palace, itself a stop on the tour.
While the original Sheesh Mahal is encrusted floor to ceiling with tiny mirrors to mimic stars in the night sky with the lighting of a single candle, this one is bright, blue and silver. Not to worry though: enough signature cocktails and you won't notice any difference between the two.