Palace on Wheels luxury train of India was the first launch by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation along with Indian Railway with a motive to drive tourism in the royal state of Rajasthan. The train landed on the tracks and has been journeying around the princely state since, 26th January 1982. The train is rightfully named as the Palace on Wheels due to its décor and amenities that equip the 14 luxury coaches of the train. The decorative style of the train has been inspired from the regal personal carriages used for hunting travels by the Maharajas of the era.
While sporting an old-school royal appearance, the train still has all the technological advancements and necessary facilities at their finest installed in for the convenience of the passengers. Over the years, the train has undergone refurbishing many times. The itinerary keeps changing to always offer something new and exciting to the passengers along with off the train guided excursions and sightseeing tours.
Palace on Wheels train is the first ever luxury train to even run on the Indian railway tracks; it is the est. journey to experience quintessential Indian hospitality and warmth coupled with royal decadence. The train is ranked as one of the five greatest luxury trains in the world and has been pioneering a tradition of luxury for four decades. The journey is a one in a lifetime experience for its guests that never fails to cast its spell on them and make for a memorable experience. It is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity.
Experience #1: Be a part of history
The royal carriages are a part of history themselves. After the Indian independence in 1947, all the royal carriages used by kings and princes were deemed useless. It was no longer feasible for the royal carriages to be run on the tracks. The coaches were packed with valuable furnishings and would charge high upkeep costs. However, the government along with the Rajasthan tourism department did not want to lose the rich royal heritage of these carriages. To promote tourism and offer a glimpse of the bygone princely lifestyle to the common people, the Palace on Wheels train was launched in 1982 that preserved the private carriages of the erstwhile Maharajas, Nizams, and Viceroys of our colonial past.
Experience #2: Experience of multiple cultures
Every coach aboard the Palace on Wheels is inspired by design and décor from the former princely states of Rajputana. The 14 coaches meet the aesthetic interiors of their namesake princedom, such as the Alwar coach, the Bharatpur Coach, the Bikaner carriage, the Bundi coach, the Dholpur carriage, the Jaisalmer Salon, Jaipur coach, Dungargarh car, Jhalawar Salon, Jodhpur Car, Udaipur coach, Kishangarh, Kota, and Sirohi coaches.
Each such coach has a unique color scheme, palatial design, ethnic furnishings and mood lighting and linen all exhibiting sheer royal indulgence.
Experience #3: Mouth-watering delights
The Palace on Wheels offers the best dining and bar experience onboard with two five-star restaurants on the train. The aptly named luxury diners called the Maharaja and Maharani are attached to the two ends of the train and serve hearty, sumptuous royal cuisine to its passengers. Apart from sampling the best of Marwari and Rajasthani delights, guests can also enjoy the ambiance of the royally designed eateries complete with delicate glass carvings, imported crockery, striking chandeliers, mahogany paneling, and colorful lamps.
Experience #4: the Best collection of choice liquors
Guests can sit and have hearty conversations over a glass of wine with their fellow passengers at the well-stocked luxurious bar onboard the train. It houses a variety of the best national and international blends. It is the best spot to relax and unwind after a busy sightseeing trip.
Experience #5: Unwind with a spa treatment
This is the latest addition to the train and is also one of the most popular ones. The spa offers a host of Ayurvedic massages, treatments, and therapies. The spa houses specially appointed skilled therapists and are equipped with a relaxing décor perfect to rejuvenate your tired traveling senses.
Book the Palace on Wheels and such experiences make the journey of a lifetime.
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