The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation along with Indian Railway launched the first Indian luxury train Palace on Wheels on 26th January’ 1982. The train is now renamed as ‘Heritage Palace on Wheels’. That heritage train tour comprising of personal coaches of the former rulers of the princely states of Gujarat, Rajputana, Viceroy of British India and the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Inspired by the personal carriages used by the former Maharajas, Nizams and Viceroys, the Palace on Wheels journey is one of the most ideal way to explore and rediscover royal Rajasthan for the descerning traveler. Over the years, the train has been refurbished many times to accommodate technological advancements so that a better tour experience can be ensured to the guests.
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Palace of Wheels Information
The train with its unbeatable décor, state of the art amenities and a seamless blend of the traditional Rajputana and contemporary panache brings to you a journey unlike any before. Travel Rajasthan by Palace on Wheels and witness the history unfolding itself gracefully at Rajasthan.
Mentioned below is some essential information about Palace on Wheels journey in brief.
The Cabins of this luxury train are the most Lavish among all the International Luxury Tourist Trains. The original Palace on Wheels consisted of the personal carriages of the erstwhile rulers of India, but the refurbished cabins of the train include the replicas of the original carriages that are technologically advanced. Each cabin is equipped with live television, air conditioning, internet connectivity, channel music, safe and attached bathrooms.
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dining restaurants (Maharaja and Maharani) and everyone on board dines together. The restaurants have a seating arrangement in groups of twos and fours. Special emphasis is given on the cuisine of Rajasthan, keeping in mind the essence of the journey. You can also have other popular world cuisine (such as Continental and European). These restaurants also have in- house bars, serving a variety of both, alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages of both Indian and International brands.
Bar & Lounge
The bar has ample space and choice of soft and alcoholic beverages on offer to keep guests entertained throughout the journey. There is no shortage of good variety of house brands of wines, spirits and beer. Snacks are offered complimentary for every passenger.
A pampering spa saloon is the recent addition in this luxury train with a variety of therapeutic massages on offer to relax and rejuvenate the guest. After a tiring day of sightseeing, you can relax your mind, body and soul. The Palace on Wheels is undoubtedly one of the best luxury trains in the country that make you feel like a king or queen.
The sitting Lounge will keep you away from all the worries. Following a tiring day of sightseeing, you can engage in a hearty conversation with your friends and loved ones. Just sit back, relax and admire the comfortable ambiance.
As there is a limited storage space inside the cabins, it is recommend that each guest travel with luggage as per international airline – rules. You can carry soft-topped luggage as it is easier to store. Luggage storage is provided under the bed and in the luggage hold.
Other Major Palace on Wheels Facilities
- A well trained, English speaking guide accompanies the guests during their off-train excursion tours.
- Comfortable and fully air-conditioned coach transfers are available for passengers during their off-train excursion tours.
- Indoor Games like Chess, Playing Cards, Chinese Checkers, Carrom Board and Crossword Puzzles are available on POW.
- Medical Aid available on Board the train and First Aid is available on the train whereas a doctor can be arranged just a call away.
- Wheel chairs, crèches, and special attendants for disabled.
- Voltage available on the train is 110 volts. International adaptors are also available on board.
- Free Wi-Fi Internet
- News Paper/Magazine
Places to See
Palace on Wheels begins its journey from the capital city of Delhi and goes through a number of destinations during its seven day journey into the historically and culturally significant regions of North India. The train has stopovers at Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur (for Ranthambore National Park), Chittorgarh fort, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra.
Sightseeing places such as Hawa Mahal, the Hill Fort Palace in Amber, the Pink City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and the beautiful Taj Mahal, guests will see before the train returns to New Delhi.
Note: If you’re traveling in the winter months, be sure to bring warm clothing to wear on safari at the national parks.
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