PALACE ON WHEELS

Palace on Wheels

Palace on Wheels, being the pioneer of luxury train travel in India, has a style of its own; unwavering and flawless and a harmonious blend of earthy Rajasthan royalty and traditional luxury.

Travel with all the elegance of a bygone era as once did the Maharajas of India; in sheer opulence and comfort in luxuriously decorated cabins with your own butlers, dine on a sumptuous spread in exquisite Chinaware or get high on spirits as you savour the scenery outside.

Yet unlike the days of yore, the elegance and style of yesteryears comes fused with state of the art amenities to ensure premium luxury that even the maharajas would have envied.

 

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There was a time when the Maharajas and Viceroys of British India travelled only in their custom designed coaches. Once India attained independence these coaches were relegated to the railway sidings. It was not until 1981-82 that the Indian Railways and RTDC decided to revive these vintage coaches and their themes to introduce a heritage train; they called it Palace on Wheels. The purpose of this train was to provide the discerning traveller, a cultural insight into India through a classic rail travel experience, as it used to be in the past. What better than a journey through Rajasthan - one of the erstwhile states of India, popularly known as the land of numerous kingdoms, majestic forts, beautiful palaces and diverse cultures. On 26 January, 1983, the train commenced its first ever journey - an endeavour to provide a truly heritage experience. In 1990 the promoters introduced a new meter gauge; an air conditioned train with thirteen saloons, two restaurant and kitchen cars, four service cars and one bar cum lounge car. In 1995 the train underwent yet another change and switched to broad gauge. It also gained an additional saloon car and all saloons had interconnecting vestibules. It was completely refurbished in August 2009 with a new décor. A fresh itinerary and cuisine and upgraded services enabled an even more comfortable and pleasurable journey along with the luxury of international standards. The train chugs out of Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi, on a week long run through Rajasthan, covering Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and also Agra. The train moves by night and arrives each morning at a new destination where a new experience awaits its esteemed passengers. This seven day heritage experience finally concludes on the eighth day at New Delhi.

The train has fourteen coaches, each named after a princely state of Rajasthan; they being - Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur with interiors styled to match that particular region. Each coach, or saloon as it is called, has four cabins with an inbuilt pantry and lounge, personal attendants and air conditioning. While the exterior of the saloons is of a uniform cream yellow color, the distinguishing factor is the coat of arms of the former princely states on each. Each cabin or chamber is fully carpeted and comes with an attached bath; the furniture, furnishings and fittings being ultra luxurious and designed for comfort - there are comfortable sofas to sink into, well appointed twin beds, strategically placed lights to read under and inbuilt wardrobes for storage of clothes and bags, not to mention thoughtfully provided sockets. Each attached bath has a shower, running hot and cold water and toiletries of international standards. To top it all, there are large, plain glass windows through which one can watch the countryside roll past. Just outside the cabins is a seating lounge where the guests can relax and spend time together.

Passengers aboard the Palace on Wheels have the option of dining in two restaurants - The Maharaja and The Maharani, serving the most sumptuous, royal repasts; the rich furnishings and exemplary table settings being a feast for the eyes. These two dining cars are interconnected by a kitchen car from where the accompanying chefs serve up a mouth-watering array of delectable cuisines namely, Indian including Rajasthani cuisine, Continental and even Chinese. Attached to these restaurants is the classic bar cum lounge which offers premium quality wines, spirits and alcohol and the option of watching satellite television or relaxing with the finest periodicals and books. The seating lounge in each coach is a common space where the guests can enjoy indoor games, watch television, write a mail to their near and dear ones or just sit back and watch the cities glide by over a cup of tea and refreshments, serviced from the adjoining pantry by the efficient khidmatgars. The well equipped spa offers various massages, therapies and revitalising solutions amidst a regal ambience, thereby providing a thoroughly rejuvenating experience. Attendants called ‘khidmatgars’ take charge the moment one arrives at the platform, assigning the coaches and cabins, depositing the luggage and detailing facilities available on board. Anything additional can be asked for and special food requests made; the khidmatgars will promptly oblige with a smile. The silent air conditioning and the soothing piped music both create a space where time stands still with the excitement of the history of the Rajput kingdoms permeating through.

  • Welcome drink
  • Arrival kit comprising stationery items, brochures, cards, etc.
  • Wheel-chairs, creches and a special attendant for disabled persons
  • Essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, etc.
  • On board first aid; doctor on call for one hour free consultancy at every destination
  • Mineral water
  • On board mail box
  • Wi-fi internet for laptops
  • Voltage 110 volts
  • Twenty four hours security
  • Souvenirs available on board
  • Large air conditioned coaches for sightseeing
  • The Palace on Wheels is a no smoking train. However, if one wishes to smoke, the Captain can be contacted for guidance.

Ranked the fourth best Luxury Train in the World by Conde Nast Traveller, it was awarded the Readers Travel Award. The guests are all praise for the quality of interiors, quality of service and the exceptional heritage experience.

Click here and explore the Journey with Palace On Wheels through India

Month

Departure Dates

Apr'17

5, 12, 19, 26

Sept'17

9, 13, 20, 27

Oct'17

4, 11, 18, 25

Nov'17

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Dec'17

20, 27

Jan'18

3, 10, 17, 42, 31

Feb'18

7, 14, 21, 28

Mar'18

7, 14, 21, 28

Apr'18

4, 11, 18, 25

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