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Palace on Wheels
पैलेस ऑन व्हील्स
Palace on Wheels logo.gif
Logo of the Palace on Wheels
Entered service 26 January 1982; 36 years ago (1982-01-26)
Operator(s) Indian Railways
Line(s) served New Delhi - Jaipur - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra - New Delhi
Palace on Wheels at Jaipur railway station.

The Palace on Wheels is a luxury tourist train. It was launched by the Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to promote tourism in Rajasthan.[1]

The train service was refurbished and relaunched in August 2009 with a new decor, itinerary and cuisine.[2] It was voted the 4th luxurious train in the world in 2010.[3]


The Palace on Wheels started on 26 January 1982.[4]

The concept of the Palace on Wheels was derived from the royal background of the coaches, which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of the princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India.[5][6][7]


Each saloon highlights the cultural ethos of the state, represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, painting and furnishings. Delhi-based interior designer Monica Khanna did the interiors of the train.[8]


There are 23 coaches in the train. 104 tourists can travel in train. Each coach is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past: Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur.[9] Each coach has four cabins (named chambers or saloons by the company) with luxury amenities and Wi-Fi internet.[10][11] The train has two restaurants, The Mahārāja and The Mahārāni, with a Rajasthani ambience serving continental, Chinese cuisine, one bar cum lounge, 14 saloons and a spa.[11]

The Palace on Wheels at a halt in Agra


The train has a 7 nights & 8 days itinerary departs from New Delhi (Day 1), and covers Jaipur (Day 2), Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh (Day 3), Udaipur (Day 4), Jaisalmer (Day 5), Jodhpur (Day 6), Bharatpur and Agra (Day 7), return to New Delhi (Day 9).[12]

Awards and recognition

  • Train got PATA Gold Award in 1987 within few years of its inception. The award is given by Pacific Asia Travel Association(PATA).[6][13]
  • Various TV channels like BBC, MTV, ZEE TV, National Geographic and Discovery channel have covered this train in their various shows.[13]
  • In a survey done by global travel magazine Conde Nast, Palace on Wheels was voted as 4th best luxurious train in the world and best in Asia.[3]

See also


External links

  • Website of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (RTDC), a Government Of Rajasthan Undertaking