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Comfort redefined: Inside view of India’s best luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’

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  • Oct 29, 2013, 21:00 PM IST
Comfort redefined: Inside view of India’s best luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’
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Jaipur: The ‘Palace on Wheels’ launched by the Indian Railways & Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to promote tourism in the state of Rajasthan is a luxury tourist train.

 

The concept of the ‘Palace on Wheels’ was originally designed to give a feel of its national and international guests of the royal lifestyle of the erstwhile rulers of the princely states of the state.

 

Voted as the most luxurious train in Northern India, this train was voted the fourth luxurious train in the world in 2010.

 

A journey in this train is no less than staying in five star hotels due to the amenities it provides.

 

Daily Bhaskar brings forth an insider’s view of the ‘Palace on Wheels’, one of the six luxury trains in India.

 

To know more about the luxury train, click on the next slide…

Find out more by clicking on the following slides

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    To attract tourists world-wide and to lend them a feel of the royal lifestyle of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India.

     

    With amenities as spa, parlour, and facilities like gym available, no doubt it has found its place among the luxury trains around the world. 

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    The luxury train with its stately décor and state of the art amenities to bring the past and the present on a single dais was rolled out on January 26, 1982. 

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    Consisting of 14 coaches, each coach is named after former Rajput states and matches the set of principles underlying the work and artistic movement in those times.

     

    The coaches have been named as Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur.

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    Each coach has four cabins (named chambers or saloons) with luxury amenities.

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    The train has two restaurants, The Maharaja and The Maharani, with the character and aura of Rajasthan. 

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    The train has a seven nights & days planned route and departs from New Delhi and during its eight day journey, travels around Rajasthan with stops in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, and Agra.

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    The train boasts of facilities like spa, parlour, and gym among many other modern facilities.

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    Though the restaurants serve European, Chinese, and Continental cuisines along with Indian cuisines, the most favorites are the Rajasthani cuisines. 

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    In the initial days, tickets for the ‘Palace on Wheels’ was available in dollars only, but now the tickets can be bought in Indian currency.

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    It has been adjudged among the most luxurious train among other luxury trains as Oriental Express, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Maharaja Express, and others. 

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    Voted as the fourth most luxurious train by the travel magazine, the train ‘Palace on Wheels’ has been voted as one of the famous luxury trains in the world after a survey among the visitors and tourists.

     

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    Each coach with its four cabins remind the tourists of the royal lifestyle of the princes of various states and its state-of-the-art facilities as provision of warm and cold water surprise people with the kind of luxury the train provides.

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    A beautiful lounge is also made with all the facilities for the tourists to sit back and relax. 

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    The train has everything from double beds to attached toilets. 

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    Special furniture embedded with beautiful pearls has been made exclusively for ‘Palace on Wheels.’

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    Various international brands of drinks and wine are available in the luxury train, which make it so special among the international tourists.

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    The train also has a library with many readable books in it.

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    Every coach has its own colour television and a DVD player. Also telephone connections are available which enable people to connect with the outside world.

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    Other facilities as stationery items, brochure, and cards are also available in each coach. An attendant is provided with each coach to tend to the needs of the tourists.

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    Provision of mail box to enable sending letters to far off places is also provided in the train. Along with it, first aid and a doctor on call at the next station is also available within the train.

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    A small market is stalled in the train whereby the tourists can buy handicraft items and other artefacts characteristic of Rajasthan culture. 

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    Newspaper along with tea is provided to all the tourists so that they feel relaxed and fresh after a long peaceful sleep at night. Magazines are also provided for recreational purposes.

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    Games as chess, card, Chinese checkers, caram board and puzzles are also provided for game lovers.

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    The interiors of the train have been designed by Delhi-based interior designer, Monica Khanna.

     

    The fare per night in this train is 590$ for a single person whereas it is 1180$ for two persons.

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