About Palace On Wheels


The most famous heritage train of India, the Palace On wheels is rated amongst the ten most luxurious and prestigious trains in the world. Modeled on the lines of the magnificent palaces of the erstwhile Maharajas and nawabs of India, the Palace On Wheels promises to offer her passengers ultimate in comforts and luxuries. In fact, very few trains in the world can match the royal luxury and grandeur of the Palace on Wheels train.

It's difficult to express the beauty and charm about the Palace On Wheels in words and one needs to enjoy a weeklong trip on the train to experience it fully. Enjoy a Palace on Wheels Tour on India Tour and feel like a king or queen onboard the train. India Travel Portal offers tour reservation facilities for the Palace on India luxury train. Just inform us about your India tour plan, and we will be glad to arrange for all your tour and travel requirements for Palace on Wheels tour.

 

The history of the Palace On Wheels train is as legendry and vivid as the train itself. Its well-furnished and elegant carriages were once used by the erstwhile rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. After the India's independence in 1947, the Indian Railways discontinued the use of these magnificent coaches, as they had elegantly decorated traditional interiors with gorgeous furnishings and it was not viable to include them in the normal passenger trains. In 1981-82, the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and the Indian Railways decided to launch a special heritage train for tourists, primarily covering Rajasthan- the most vibrant and colorful state of India. Powered by a steam engine, the Palace On Wheels made its maiden journey on 26th January 1982. Gradually, to enhance the luxury and comforts, RTDC and the Indian Railways made many infrastructure changes in the Palace On Wheels coaches while maintaining the same aesthetics of the interiors alive. As a result in 1991, a new air-conditioned meter gauge Palace On Wheels on the lines of the old heritage train was launched, which has 14 saloons, 2 restaurants cum kitchen cars, one bar cum lounge and 4 service cars.

The Palace On Wheels is truly a self-sufficient train in many respects. The luxury train boasts a total of 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons. All 14 coaches of the Palace On Wheels are named after the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan: Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur, highlighting the cultural ethos of each state, represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, painting and furnishings. Each saloon has 4 twin-bedded chambers and is equipped with world-class amenities to enhance the pleasure of your journey. All tastefully decorated coaches are furnished with wall-to-wall carpeting and are provided with all the modern amenities like air-conditioning, channel music, intercom, modern toilets, and shower with hot and cold running water. It's said about the onboard facilities and services on Palace On Wheels that they are even better than some of the best 5-star hotels in India. The luxury train also has an elegantly decorated lounge car with a well-stocked bar and a souvenirs shop 'The Bazaar' where you can buy souvenirs and gift items. Its two dining cars, the Maharaja and the Maharani enjoy a traditional Rajasthani ambience and serve delectable Indian, Continental and traditional Rajasthani cuisines. What's more, each saloon has personal attendants or Khidmatgars who are always at your service. The other onboard facilities on Palace on Wheels include a well-maintained library, satellite phone, laundry services, barbershop, beauty parlor and doctor on call at each station. Many modern facilities like Internet, ATM and e-commerce are also being planned for the Palace On Wheels.

The Palace On Wheels train tour takes you on a 7 Nights / 8 Days of a royal journey in the colorful and fascinating land of Rajasthan. The luxury Palace On Wheels train offers you an opportunity to peep into the cultural, architectural, natural and traditional richness of India, especially Rajasthan- the most colorful and culturally rich state of India. The destinations covered by the train include the most popular tourist destinations of India including Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park), Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Agra- the city of the Taj Mahal. Visit and discover the various colors of these fascinating cities of India in their beautiful historic monuments, colorful culture and festivals, exquisite handicrafts and mouthwatering cuisines and more. See the magnificent forts, enchanting palaces, beautiful havelis, exotic sand dunes and amazing wildlife sanctuaries of Rajasthan and discover the architectural beauty of the Taj Mahal at Agra- regarded as the most beautiful historical monument in the world. Guests are accorded warm reception at every station on the way and enjoy colorful cultural programs of folk dance and music on the lounge car of the train and various destinations and hotels during their stay. Exploring the city of the Taj and fascinating Rajasthan- the land of valiant Rajputs- through the Palace On Wheels would surely be a unique and rewarding experience for you.

The Palace On Wheels train operates between the months of September and April every year and starts its fabulous journey on every Wednesday from the Delhi Cantonment Railway Station. Due to excessively hot weather in Rajasthan and the time required for its renovation and maintenance, the Palace On Wheels doesn't run during May-August.


 

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