Palace on Wheels has graced
the Rajasthan tourism and Indian railways since 26th January,
1982 when it made its inaugural operations from October
1982. It initially comprised of saloons that were used
by the royalties of India.
Palace on Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten
luxurious rail journeys in the world.
It offers you a heart-rending trip to the splendid forts
and palaces of Rajasthan in just seven days. Also discover
the royal history of Taj Mahal in Agra. The journey to
the hinterland of the desert starts every Wednesday evening
at 1800 hrs from Delhi and ends on the following Wednesday
early in the morning at 0730 hrs.
About The Train
It stands on its tracks; a
gleaming sealed carriage, every bit as royal as the original,
and perhaps more. The air-conditioning works silently,
creating a space where only the excitement of the history
of the Rajput kingdoms permeates through, clearly captured
in a contemporary mode. In all, there are fourteen saloons,
each equipped with two twin-bedded and two double-bedded
chambers, with attached baths that have running hot and
cold water and showers. The modern conveniences have been
thoughtfully provided, sofas to sink into, strategically
placed lights to read by, wonderfully appointed beds with
comfortable furnishings, inbuilt wardrobes for the storage
of one’s clothes and bags, and huge plate glass
windows to watch the countryside roll past.
Outside the bedrooms, each coach also has a seating lounge
where passengers can get together, just sit watch the
cities as they glide past outside the windows, or enjoy
a quiet cup of tea. An attached pantry with each saloon
helps provide beverages and refreshments to the accompaniment
of soothing piped music.
The Saloons & The
The names of the saloons given
are based on the princely states of Rajasthan- Jaipur,
Jodhpur, Alwar, Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Dholpur,
Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kishangarh.
You will find that each saloon highlights the cultural
ethos of the state, represented through the use of furniture,
handicrafts, painting and furnishings. The ceiling in
the lounge is of particular interest. Each saloon is different
but the overall ambience of the décor of the saloons
has been taken care of to provide continuity and harmony.
Facilities On Board
Apart from 14 saloons, each
having 4 cabins attached with bath and shower, the Palace
on Wheels has two restaurants cum kitchen cars offering
traditional Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine with
the Chef's special variety of the day. Its well stocked
bar serves Indian liquor and variety of scotch, wine and
cocktails. It has piped music in every saloon, and interesting
games for children.
Apart from this, the other services on request include
laundry services, and Doctor on call at each station,
barber shop & beauty parlour. The lounge also has
a souvenirs shop 'The Bazaar' where souvenirs and gift
items are sold bearing the insignia of the POW.