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Palace on Wheels History

The Palace On Wheels has redefined Rajasthan Tourism and the Indian Railways since January 1982. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the Indian Railways, the Tourism Department of Rajasthan and the Government of India launched Palace On Wheels as a special heritage tourist train for providing a unique and memorable experience to the tourists especially the foreigners visiting Rajasthan.

The concept of the Palace On Wheels originated from the royal background of the coaches, which 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. The luxury tour in the Palace on Wheels gives you an experience for a lifetime with some deeply studded memorable moments.

The Legend
These coaches were out of use after independence as the Indian Railways was not able to use them in normal passenger trains on account of their rich and traditional interiors. The Palace On Wheels started as a unique holiday luxury train hauled by a steam engine with its inaugural trip on 26th January 1982. It started its operations regularly from October 1982.

The Legend on Track
In 1991, a new air-conditioned meter gauge Palace On Wheels was launched with 13 salons, 2 restaurants, kitchen car, Bar cum lounge and 4 service cars on the lines of the old heritage train. 'Khidmatgars' or personal attendants, in each cabin, cater to all your needs.

The Legend and the Modern
The Palace On Wheels has gained remarkable success and attained worldwide acclaim and popularity including the PATA gold award in 1987. The Palace On Wheels was rated as one of the ten best luxurious rail journeys in the world. The media has enhanced the popularity of the train. Famous TV Teams such as BBC, MTV, Zee TV, National Geographic, MDR of Germany and many others have covered the train and showed it on their network. It has carried 36096 tourists in 578 trios up to April 2002.
The eight days and seven nights journey in royal splendour takes you to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur; Jaisalmer 'the jewel of the desert'; the majestic stronghold of Jodhpur; Sawai Madhopur for the Ranthambhor National Park; the city of Chittaurgarh with its countless tales of Rajput chivalry; Udaipur with its lakes and Lake Palaces; Bharatpur - with its remarkable Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary; the red sand stone city of Fatehpur Sikri; and of course, the Taj Mahal in Agra - the eighth wonder of the world.

The Royal Palace on Wheels Accommodation
The Palace On Wheels comprises of 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe salons, equipped with international level world-class amenities to enhance the comfort of your travel. The coaches are made up of 104 passenger berths in double bedded cabins, each with channel music, intercom, attached toilet, running hot and cold water and a shower.
The coaches are named after former Rajput states matching the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. Each salon has a mini pantry and a lounge making available the hot and cold beverages, refreshments and a place to relax and a cool get together.

The train has two lavish restaurants "The Maharaja" and "The Maharani" with a typical Rajasthani ambience serving mouthwatering Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines. The train also boasts of a well stocked bar with the choicest of the Indian and international brands of liquors. Each coach also offers a good collection of books for the bibliophiles.

The Palace On Wheels is regularly renovated to a great extent. The décor in the salons and bar lounge keeps changing, keeping in mind, the traditionally aesthetic yet modern, Palace On Wheels. Toilets have been redone and maintained sparkling clean. Each salon lounge has been equipped with a colour television and a CD player. A satellite phone is on the way to enable you communicate anywhere in the world from the train.

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