Indulge in a splendid and enchanting royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas. The Palace on Wheels of India is an awe striking wonder that enfolds within itself so much of style, aura and royalty. Rated number 4 amongst the 10 luxury trains in the world, it has been felicitated with the PATA Gold Award in 1987. In a zigzag move to the sand dunes, historical places, lakes, mountains and forest lands this heritage on wheels covers diverse destinations of Rajasthan on a weeklong tour. The grandiose journey starts every Wednesday evening from Delhi and ends on the following Wednesday early morning. It is a seasonal affair intentionally planned during the fall winters when the climate is moderate best from September till April.
Palace on Wheels India- History
Rolling back in the wheels of time, the train has been serving absolute luxury since 1982. The concept was derived from the royal backgrounds of the coaches which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the rulers of the princely states. In 1981-82 due to the efforts of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the Indian Railways decided to launch a special heritage train for tourists and so Palace on Wheels became a reality.
Royal Services on Board
The warmth of hospitality and ambient decor of the place makes you feel no less than a Maharaja. Apart from 14 saloons which are named after the princely state of Rajasthan each having 4 cabins attached with bath and shower, Palace on Wheels has 2 restaurants cum kitchen cars offering traditional Indian, continental and Chinese cuisine. It’s well stocked bar serves Indian liquor and variety of scotch, wine and cocktails. The spa saloon offers Ayurvedic massage to refresh you for the tour. Other services include laundry and doctor on request.
The Lavish Interiors
Sitting in the beautiful carriages, you come across each saloon that highlights the cultural ethos of the state represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, paintings and furnishings. Each of them bears the coat of arms logo of the princely states. Each saloon has a captain valet and one attendant to look after the personal needs of the tourists.
The palace on wheels destinations are precisely chosen ones from the diverse landscapes of India so that travelers can savor the best of their tour of India. The train starts its journey from New Delhi and halts first at Jaipur, then chugging along Jaisalmer, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra and ends back to New Delhi.
Cultural Attractions on Board
The Palace on Wheels offers you a variety of cultural programs on board and on arriving at each destination. At every halt you get an opportunity to see the regional dances of the states and performances like Nritya and puppet shows by talented artists that leaves you mesmerized.