Palace on Wheels: One of the Best Luxury Trains in the World
Palace on wheels was the first luxury train operated by Indian railways. It was started as a venture to uplift the tourism scenario in Rajasthan and started plying on tracks since 26th January 1982, India’s 33rd Republic day. The concept of Palace on wheels derives from the lavish lifestyles of the Indian rulers especially the Rajputs and the Nizams. Earlier, this train used to cater only foreign tourists and visitors and Indians were not allowed to board it. However, this restriction was uplifted in due course of time.
The reverential luxury train has a total of 52 rooms which have been divided into single, double and triple occupancies. The maximum capacity of this train is 104 passengers.The palace on wheels is an enigma in itself, is has 14 coaches named after the glorious past of the Rajputana family and in sync with the ancient Rajput states like Bikaner, Bharatpur and Alwar.
Each coach has been decorated in the lights of the traditions and aesthetics of that specific state. All the saloons have lounges and small pantries to serve beverages and refreshments. Modern amenities like attached toilets, intercoms, hot and cold water shower, Channel Music, DTH television etc. are also available to the passengers. Satellite phones are available in each room along with newspapers, magazines and mineral water. The palace on wheels is totally carpeted and air conditioned. The coaches have four twin bedded compartments and personal attendants who cater to the needs of the passengers.
The palace on wheels has been re-fabricated and launched in the year 2009. Many new amenities were introduced and the toilets were modernized. The decoration of walls, bars etc. was changed and the security aspect was improved. Special security arrangements for the safety of luggage were made by the Indian Railways. The meal menu was also improved by adding many new dishes.
The palace on wheel takes a passenger on a seven day journey that promises to give you an experience of a lifetime. The train starts its journey from New Delhi and stops at stations like Jodhpur, Udaipur, Swami Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Japipur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer and Agra. Several holiday packages are available for boarding the palace on wheels. The packages are compiled in a way to attract the foreign tourists.
The lounge has a nice collection of books along with television set and DVD player which will help the Passengers to relax and pass their time while on-board. The assets and furniture reflect ancient Indian paintings and designing style and are custom made entities specifically for this train. The palace on wheels has two big restaurants named “The Maharaja” and “The Maharani” within the train itself. These restaurant offer multi-cuisine dishes, with a penchant to Indian and Rajasthani food along with options for Chinese and Continental dishes. The bar of this train offers different kinds of drinks from reputed brands, both indigenous and international.
The palace on wheels has been very popular since its launch and has resulted in the commencement of other trains on similar lines. The palace on wheels has been listed as one of the best luxury trains in the world and offers a peek into the Indian culture.
The tag line of Palace on Wheels “a week in wonderland” does full justice to the rich experience any passenger is exposed to. However, the stay on the train does not come cheap. You can take a look at further details over the official website www.palaceonwheels.net
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