Palace on Wheels
|Palace on Wheels|
Logo of the Palace on Wheels
|Entered service||26 January 1982|
|Line(s) served||New Delhi - Jaipur - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra - New Delhi|
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.
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.
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. Each coach has four cabins (named chambers or saloons by the company) with luxury amenities and Wi-Fi internet. The train has two restaurants, The Mahārāja and The Mahārāni, with a Rajasthani ambiance serving continental, Chinese cuisine, one bar cum lounge, 14 saloons and a spa.
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 8).
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).
- Various TV channels like BBC, MTV, ZEE TV, National Geographic and Discovery channel have covered this train in their various shows.
- 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.
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- Train Route
- Website of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (RTDC), a Government Of Rajasthan Undertaking