Fairy Queen is the world’s oldest vintage steam locomotive in the world and holds the Guinness World Record for the same. It has also been the proud recipient of the National Tourism Award.
Fairy Queen- History
The Fairy Queen first started functioning for the East Indian Railway in the year 1855. After a decade of operation, the train stopped from running in 1908, and it rolled again in February 1997, after a gap of 142 years. During this period, it was kept in the National Rail Museum. It was built by the British firm Kinston, Thompson & Hewitson for the British firm East India Railways.
Royal Services on Board
The Fairy Queen has only 2 coaches attached to it; one a specially designed which can accommodate a maximum of 50 tourists. There is also an attached pantry car to provide on board catering services to its privileged passengers. As an added attraction, the coach has a beautiful lounge in the front, which provides a scenic sight of the countryside. For your enjoyment numerous cultural programs are organized.
It covers the wonderful destinations of Delhi, Alwar and the famous Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. First stop is the picturesque town of Alwar in Rajasthan. After departing from Alwar, the guests are taken to the Sariska Tiger Reserve for an overnight stay. Accommodation provisions are done at the Heritage hotel Sariska Palace and for entertainment there are traditional cultural programmes and last but not the least Jeep Safari in the Tiger Sanctuary. It operates between October and March.
Cultural Activities on Board
Here, the passengers enjoy the traditional Rajasthani folk dances like snake dance, dance of the thirteen cymbals. Other interesting cultural performances include puppetry and folk dramas narrating the mythology of the region. At Sariska passengers get a warm welcome in traditional Rajasthani style with flower garlands and tikas. At hotel Sariska Palace a cultural evening is organized enjoyment; a vibrant performance of the colorful folk dances of Rajasthan.