Palace on Wheels – The Initiator Of Luxury Travel In India

The perfect mix of royalty, luxury, adventure and beauty is an ideal introduction to the Palace on Wheels. After refurbishment and relaunch in August 2009, Palace on Wheels won the PATA Gold Award and along with it, the train was voted as the World’s 4th Best Luxury Train. This luxury train is famous amidst travelers from all across the globe as the guests are provided with comfort and royalty throughout their journey onboard. Through this luxury train, the guests travel to all major destinations of Rajasthan in a royal way. The train is praised for its majestically decorated interiors that reflect the glorious era of Maharajas of Rajasthan.

  • Destinations: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi.
  • Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights (from Delhi to Delhi in 168 Hours).

The Palace on Wheels Train is equipped with all modern facilities and services that make the guests enjoy the element of royalty and being treated like kings and queens.

History

On 26th January 1982, the Palace On Wheels India chugged its maiden journey. This train is a successful initiative of IRTCT (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) to promote Rajasthan Tourism. The concept of designing the cabins of the train was to gather the royal element, thus, each cabin is designed to provide the glimpse of princely states of Rajasthan.

Schedule

The Palace on Wheels luxury train travel is scheduled between September to April. On every Wednesday, the train starts its journey from the Safdarjung Railway Station (Delhi). After covering the major destinations in Rajasthan, the train returns to Delhi after royal journey of 7 nights and 8 days.

Facilities & Service Onboard

All the 14 fully AC deluxe salons are majestically decorated and equipped with modern facilities and services. Each salon has 4 cabins with facilities like shower & bath, wall to wall carpeting, channel music, satellite phones, intercom, etc. All modern amenities are to ensure high comfort to the guests onboard. Moreover, a personal attendant ‘Khidmatgar’ in each cabin is also available to meet the requirements of the guests and ensure a comfortable travel.

Restaurants

There are two restaurants to serve sumptuous food to the guests onboard.  The restaurants are named as ‘The Maharaja’ and ‘The Maharani’ specialized in serving Rajasthani, Indian, Chinese, and Continental Cuisines. Apart from this, for guests, who want to relish their evenings with a glass of fine wine or other liquors, there is a bar onboard. The bar is stocked with the finest collection of wines, liquors, spirits, etc., meeting the tastes and preferences of both national and international guests.

Lounge

Palace on Wheel also features Lounge onboard. This is the area, where the guests could sit and spend quality time with other passengers. Apart from this, they may also watch TV or read newspapers and magazines.

Shopping

The guests could also buy souvenirs onboard from the shopping arcade. The items available in the shopping arcade are unique and reflect royal charm.

Recreation

Palace on Wheels luxury train in India is also praised amidst travelers for providing various recreational facilities. Therefore, for the entertainment of the guests, there are cultural programs such as puppet shows, dance and music performances by folks, etc., are organized onboard. Special assistance for disabled people is also provided onboard.

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3 Responses

  1. An excellent write up with all the details of Palace on Wheels, the first luxury train to be introduced in India. Did you know that Palace on Wheels was originally composed of the original personal saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas, Nizams and Viceroys of India.
    These original cars were later replaced with the replica carriage to incorporate the technological advances and the train run shifted to broad gauge rail lines from the narrow gauge.

  2. Sandeep Manral says:

    One of the best luxury trains in India.

  3. I every time spent my half an hour to read this blog’s posts every day
    along with a mug of coffee.

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