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