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Embark on a Journey With Rajasthan’s Heritage Train – Palace on Wheels

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Embark on a Journey With Rajasthan’s Heritage Train – Palace on Wheels

When you come to the royal state of Rajasthan, you know how royal things can come in your way. When you come to the city of royals, there has to be something unique to let you experience the luxuries of the bygone era of the Maharajas. One such royalty that a tourist cannot afford to miss is the heritage train – The Palace on Wheels. The train is well known nationally as well as internationally and has won many laurels to the country.

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The tagline of this luxurious train is self-explanatory – A Week in Wonderland.  From the royal Rajput forts to the bustling streets, everything has something unique and royal touch to itself. Similarly, how about a journey boarding a train can get – it beholds its own beauty.

And we got lucky enough to capture a glimpse of this luxurious train during the Great Indian Travel Bazaar.

The Royal Rooms

The rooms are crafted after a great thought. There are 14 coaches and each coach has its own speciality. Right from the artworks, paintings, bed linen, and even the wall art is based on the theme of the city on which the name of the coach is based.

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Unwind and relax after a full day of sightseeing with your fellow friends at the luxurious bar. Choose from a large array of choices available and de-stress your day’s worries.

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Dining And Cuisines

Two restaurants are on board with you, when you travel on the Palace on Wheels. Maharaja Restaurant and Maharani Restaurant offers you an exclusive affair on wheels like never before. Soups, salad, continental, Indian and desserts, have whatever you want and make this culinary affair an amazing one.

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Royal Spa

We told you it has everything. To rejuvenate and reinvigorate your soul on the wheels, Palace on Wheels brings to you a royal treatment where you can get a therapeutic treatment far from the hubbub of the city in a relaxing environment and the only noise you hear is of the track wheels. It will be one of a kind leisure trip for you.

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We hope you enjoyed your journey onboard with us in the Palace on Wheels. You can book your room in this train for a solo journey ahead. Happy Journey!

 

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Special Summer Trains For Hassle Free Holidays In Rajasthan

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With the summer vacations approaching everyone wants to go home, go out for vacations to spend some time in the hilly mountains with their near and dear ones. Seeing this the North Western Railway (NWR) has made elaborate arrangements to overcome the summer rush.

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Approximately 23 special trains have been started, which will be in operation till June 30. Though the trains are running fully booked, there has been an addition of extra coaches to accommodate the rush.

So if you want to head homewards or to the hills to beat the heat, book your tickets well in advance so that you can enjoy your vacations hassle free.

IRCTC introduces ‘Book Now Pay Later’ facility in Tatkal Ticket Booking Service

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IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) has introduced and new feature for booking tickets called “Buy Now Pay Later”. You can now buy your railway tickets via IRCTC website and pay later, which could reduce the hassle of going through the payment process at the time of booking.

In accord to this new facility to book tickets under Tatkal quota through official site of IRCTC, passengers can now pay later for the tickets that are booked under the Tatkal scheme. For passengers travelling under Tatkal quota, earlier they need to pay first using standard online payment gateways and then portal confirms the ticket. To get tickets under this quota, IRCTC users are able to pay using debit card, credit card or cash and get delivery of their tickets at their doorstep. As per the information, IRCTC processes about 130,000 tatkal transactions on daily basis and most of the tickets get booked within few minutes of the quota and as soon as the counter opens.

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This new feature annuls the transaction failures as well as in many cases, money gets debited and ticket is also not get issued due to many reasons behind and the refund cycle is also in between 7 to 15 days of time. In accord to the experts, pay on delivery feature prevents the use of a payment gateway and assist users to do the bookings in a few seconds of time and raises the chances of getting confirmed tickets under tatkal quota. The step by step methodology to avail IRCTC services and avail this scheme are been mentioned in below.

  • To make use of this service, customers need to visit the IRCTC website and register at irctc.payondelivery.co.in.
  • Customers can also access the same on mobile and needs to download ‘Book My Train on Mobile’ for iOS and Google platforms.
  • Once the website gets opened, select Pay-on-delivery payment option.
  • Choose the delivery address.
  • As soon as the ticket gets booked, digital delivery will happen instantly through SMS or e-mail.

Now the travelers can buy railway tickets through IRCTC platform and pay later that will lower down the hassle of going all through the payment process at the booking time. It is going to render simplest checkout experience to people and using the same, you can pay the amount within just a single click. So, avail the facility, make sure to enjoy the checkout experience that this feature is been providing and no longer you have to struggle about the delivery of your ticket as the payment is not been done. The 14 day period is totally interest free so make sure to do the payment on time and travel safely.

For tatkal tickets, IRCTC users will be able to pay via cash, debit card or credit card by opting to have tickets delivered at their doorstep. IRCTC processes 130,000 Tatkal transactions daily. A majority of these tickets are booked within minutes of the quota opening.
The new feature eliminates the transaction failures as often the money gets debited and the ticket is not issued due to multiple reasons. The refund cycle is about seven to 15 days.
The pay on delivery feature completely circumvents the use of a payment gateway and will help users make the bookings in just a few seconds greatly increasing their chance of booking a confirmed ticket under the tatkal quota, experts says.
Steps to avail the IRCTC service
  • To avail the service customers need to visit the website and register at http://irctc.payondelivery.co.in
  • Customers can download ‘BookMyTrain on Mobile’ available for Google, ios platforms
  • On the website, choose Pay-on-Delivery payment option
  • Following this, select Delivery Address
  • The digital delivery happens instantly via SMS /email

Enjoy booking Tatkal Tickets hassle free 🙂

Special Summer Train between Hyderabad and Jaipur to begin from March 10

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The summers in India means holiday time! To ease the pressure of travelling every year IRCTC introduces special train during summer season. To begin the season’s special trains, the South Central Railways (SCR) has announced a weekly Summer Special Train from Hyderabad to Jaipur from March 10.

As per the released schedule, the summer special train will make 34 trips till July. The train number (02731/02732) will originate from Hyderabad and halt at Nanded among few other Marathwada cities.

The special train will leave from Hyderabad every Friday at 4.25 pm and reach Nanded at 12.05 am before reaching Jaipur at around 6.25am on Sunday. In its return journey, the train will leave from Jaipur every Sunday at 03.00 pm and will reach Hyderabad via Akola and Nanded on Tuesday at 02.00 am.

The 18 coaches train will cover the following stations- .Nizamabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Basmat, Washim, Akola, Khandwa, Bhopal, Ujjain, Ratlam, Ajmer and Mandar Junction.

No Service Charge On Online Train Tickets Booked through IRCTC for one month

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The online railway ticket booking through the IRCTC website has just become cheaper! Thanks to  the Union Budget 2017!

Earlier, a service tax of Rs. 20 had to be paid while booking Sleeper Class tickets and Rs. 40 for AC class tickets.  This Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.

The online booking of railway tickets has witnessed a sharp spurt after the government banned the  500 and 1000 notes on November 8 and the cash crunch that followed. But as people switched to cashless transactions, there was a growing demand that the service charge be waived.

Hence, in a move to make people turn more towards online payments and go cashless, the government has withdrawn taxes from tickets booked through IRCTC’s website.
Now the Online Payment has its own perks. Happy Traveling 🙂

IRCTC Launches its Mobile App on Google App

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IRCTC released its new ‘IRCTC Rail Connect’ Mobile App on Google play-store. IRCTC Rail Connect is one of the most awaited app as it contains following new features:

 

  • New Users, register and activate from App directly.
  • Advanced security features to use self-assigned PIN to login without entering username and password on each login. One step login to existing users.
  • Ladies & Premium Tatkal quota booking support added.
  • Current reservation facility.
  • Integrated with IRCTC e-wallet for faster and hassle free transactions.
  • Boarding point change functionality.
  • IRCTC website’s tickets are now synchronized with app. Now users can view, cancel or file TDR of e-tickets booked through official website (www.irctc.co.in) and vice-versa.
  • Users can view the status of e-tickets booked through our authorized Online Travel Agents (OTA).
  • Users can view and cancel old mobile app tickets also.

You can download the “IRCTC Rail Connect App” Android mobile app from http://bit.do/IRCTC-Rail-Connect

 

MAHARAJAS’ EXPRESS to come with amazing surprises this Christmas and New Year

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Maharaja’s Express is an awarded and much-loved Indian luxury train which who wouldn’t love to board at least once in life! So if you too are fancying a royal sojourn on this luxury train but concerned about the tariff and out of budget journey packages then here’s a good news for you! Maharajas’ Express Christmas and New Year’s Departure brings to you two amazing offers on these journeys ! 

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One of the most popular luxury trains in India, Maharajas’ Express has lined-up four special departures during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Get all geared up to make your celebrations even better and lavish on-board this ‘luxury on wheels’.  Following are the departures:

  • The Heritage of India (17th Dec 2016) – This 7 night / 8 day journey covers Mumbai, Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, and Delhi.
  • Treasures of India (25th Dec 2016) – This 3 night / 4 day journey covers Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur.
  • Gems of India (28th Dec 2016) – This 3 night / 4 day journey offers a visit to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur.
  • The Indian Panorama (31st Dec 2016)- This 7 night / 8 day journey offers visit to Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Lucknow.

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Another highlight of Maharajas’ Express Christmas and New Year’s Departure is two amazing offers on these journeys. The offers are valid till the date of departure of the journeys and is subject to availability of cabins.

  • OFFER 1- 50 percent discount

The first offer on the above departures states that on booking a cabin on twin sharing basis the first adult pays the full cost but the second sharing the cabin will avail 50% discount on the adult cost. This offer is applicable for all nationalities. In clear terms, if you and your partner are going, you pay for one and your companion pays 50 percent only

  • OFFER 2- Early bird offer

The second offers states that on booking a Deluxe Room, the guest gets a chance to upgrade his room from Deluxe Cabin to Junior Suite, by just paying only 50% of the difference in Tariff between these two. This offer is valid till 30thNovember 2016. This offer too is applicable for all nationalities.

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All the journeys of Maharaja Express are very meticulously-planned and offer a visit to some of India’s best destinations. The itineraries include sightseeing, special meals, shopping and other memorable experiences. The décor of the train is gorgeous and the hospitality is impeccable. The luxury train has 43 guest cabins along with two multi-cuisine restaurants – Rang Mahal and Mayur Mahal. The train also features a souvenir coach and a lounge. Have a memorable journey, amid modern world-class comforts.

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For more information, you may visit http://www.maharajas-express-india.com