Traveling in style

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Luxury train Palace on Wheels will take you through the heart of colourful Rajasthan. credit - Indianluxurytrains via flickr

Welcome to Palace on Wheels, a high-end luxury train which carries with it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an enjoyable fairy tale journey which travels through the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day.

Palace on Wheels aims to evoke the past with modern-day amenities and creates a journey which aims to deliver a royal experience to individuals around the world. It is India’s only routinely operating Luxury Train, comprising 14 appointed inter-connected passenger coaches, which were brought together and reconditioned from various princely states like Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer. Within each carriage are showers, built-in wardrobes with full-length mirrors, overhead and night-lights, piped music, service bells and a public address system. The rooms and corridors are carpeted, the furniture inlaid and upholstered. Blinds drape large windows, which frame views across the desert and the passing arid landscape, with a lounge at the end of each coach.

It was in the eighties when Indian Railway and Rajasthan Tourism agreed to work collectively on a project to revive some of these historic symbols of its heritage, and started the Palace on Wheels as a unique and exceptional holiday train hauled by a steam engine. Though times have changed, the Palace on Wheels cruises along in its distinctive style, the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryear might have preserved and savored.

Travelling through the landscape of Rajasthan, absorbing the sight of forts and palaces coupled with the royal ambience and assistance offered on board. Palace on Wheels aims to offer a lifetime experience travelling through through Rajasthan – Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Agra.

Cherishing the sight and sound of royal India, the journey aims to offer one to indulge in the taste of celebrated Indian food, and enjoy the vistas of charming Indian cities.

Following the success of Palace on Wheels, the Railways launched the second version of the train on the Rajasthan circuit in light of the popular demand from India and abroad and named it Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. A joint venture between the Rajasthan Tourist Development Corp (RTDC) and Indian Railways, it runs on the same route as the existing one, covering Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Agra, in a week long tour starting and ending in the capital of India, New Delhi.

Royal Rajasthan offers a spa car, a massage centre and conference halls, along with special suites, foreign exchange counters, exclusive kitchens, mini bars, a gym, channel music and steam bath as well as Internet Wi-Fi system.

Traveling in style. Credit@Indianluxurytrainsviaflickr.com

Traveling in style. Credit@Indianluxurytrainsviaflickr.com

Heritage on Wheels, a grandiose tourist train on meter gauge. Laden with the royalty of the Rajputana era, Heritage on Wheels may be a regal treat for all those who may be keen to relive the bygone time. Designed on the line of Palace on Wheels, the Heritage on Wheels has 14 coaches. However, unlike the Palace on Wheels, this train takes travels through small cities of Rajasthan. Some small cities of on tour to visit and sight see are the likeness of Bikaner, Nawalgarh, Ramgarh and Mandawa, including Gajner and Tal Chhapar animal sanctuaries.

 The Fairy Queen is the most historical steam locomotive in the world. Built in the year 1855, it was declared as the world’s most historical broad gauge working engine by the Guinness Book of World Records. Paused for some time, it later resumed its once a week run from New Delhi Cantonment Station to Alwar. However, the ride is undertaken during winters only (Jan–April and then Oct-Dec). In the summer season, the Rajasthan Fairy Queen is kept in the National Rail Museum in Delhi.

Halting at every major destination, a two day trip on the Fairy Queen may be a unique way to discover Rajasthan’s heritage. Starting from Delhi, the Queen reaches the picturesque town of Alwar in Rajasthan the same day, from where the guests are taken to Sariska Tiger Reserve for an overnight stay.

Offering two days’ all-inclusive package by blending thrill, romance, wildlife and steam heritage on the Fairy Queen, one may undoubtedly go back with fond recollections of a once-in-a lifetime experience.

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