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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Like too much of studies or being into the books may lead to stress, similarly too much of play might also lead to stress. So our very own Rajasthan Royals team took off for a trip into the wild.
The Rajasthan Royals team boarded for Ranthambore in the luxury train – heritage Palace on Wheels. Some of the players which captured our attention were Rajasthan Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham. Ranthambore known to be home a large number of tigers in Rajasthan, it seemed that the tigers were too excited to watch the players. The team visited the Ranthambore National Park for safari in gypsies to catch hold of a sight of tigers.
Rajasthan – a state where if you visit once, you cannot take your eyes off. The state of Rajasthan has always something new to offer every time you visit. The different places of tourist interests along with its picturesque beauty have made Rajasthan an important international tourist destination.
With the enormous increase in the inflow of tourists during the last one year, the tourism industry in India has seen a drastic change. Here is another chapter of Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2018 taking place in the fabled Pink City from April 22 to April 24. The event is being organized by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan; Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It is supported by leading national and regional associations like Hotels & Restaurant Association of Rajasthan (HRAR), Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) and Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO).
Apart from the host state – Rajasthan, Tourism departments of 9 other states – Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Punjab and Tamil Nadu are also participating. The main focus during the 3-day travel bazaar will be on inbound tourism. Inbound tourism generally refers to, when a person travels from his/her home to another country for not less than 24 hours and not more than a few months for leisure. The 10th edition will host B2B meetings with over 280 tour operators from around 55 countries.
During the exhibition, do not miss the special showcase of the luxurious train ‘Palace on Wheels’ by the Rajasthan Tourism Department on 23 April at Durgapura Station, Jaipur.
Inaugural Session:22 April’18 at The Lalit, Jaipur
Exhibition: 23-24 April’18 at JECC Jaipur, Jaipur
Palace on Wheels, the popular luxury train of Rajasthan has brought another glory for the nation. The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) has awarded the POW for the PATWA International Award under the category of ‘Tourist Train of the Year’.
The results were announced during ITB Berlin Travel event happening in Berlin, Germany from 9th March to 11th March, 2018.
One of the most prestigious luxury trains of India, Palace on Wheels began its maiden run on January 26, 1982. Since then, it is treating its passengers with a royal sojourn through various hues of the vibrant state of Rajasthan. Palace on Wheels Luxury Train boasts of the royal coaches of the erstwhile rulers which allow visitors to traverse the Golden Triangle Circuit, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Sawai Madhopur.
With the unparalleled hospitality, the train has gained worldwide reputation for providing the sojourn of a lifetime to the passengers. In the past too, palace on Wheels has won PATA Gold Award for the year 1987. In 2010 it was voted as the 4th most luxurious train in the world.
We are also rejoiced to share that travelling in Palace on Wheel- the luxury train has become more accessible as its fares are reduced to 50% by railways.
Plan a royal journey to princely state of Rajasthan in Palace on Wheels 🙂
The comfort and more than that joy of travelling royal class in Indian Railways is soon to go several notches up. The Railway’s committee board recently discussed and finalized a proposal that talks of newer, faster connectivity, luxury travel at cheaper rates.
The committee chaired by Sudip Bandyopadhyay, mooted on a 50% waiver in exotic and luxury travelling on the Indian Railways.
The board majorly discussed:
- An estimated of Rs 10 lakh crore may be announced to develop connectivity supporting speeds of upto 200 km/h.
- Discounts in the range of 50% on travelling in trains such as the Palace on wheels, Golden Chariot, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey and Royal Orient.
- Common Citizens to benefit.
- Can book bedroom carriage complete with a lounge, kitchen, and toilet setup aboard a train.
High-speed Travelling: According to officials of the board, the Railways may announce a proposal to build high-speed rail corridors that could connect major cities of India. Discounts on Luxury Travelling: The board found that even though Luxury travelling was a unique concept, it did not translate into revenues. For instance, revenues of the Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan were down by 24% and 63% respectively in one year.
Twin bed cabin in Palace on Wheels
Apart from promoting tourism, the coaches on the luxury trains are replete with state of the art facilities. The Palace on Wheels is a marvelous epitome of royal lifestyle that promotes Rajasthan Tourism. The refurbished coaches in the luxury trains used to be the personal railway coaches of erstwhile royal family of Rajputana, Gujarat and the Nizam of Hyderabad. These coaches in various luxury trains have been decked up with a new style and cuisine. The trains boast four cabins, restaurants, bar and saloons. Each cabin has twin beds, wall-to-wall carpeting, air-conditioning, DTH satellite television, channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, and personal attendants.
The railway tourism is also planning to reduce the fares of luxury train by 50%. An official announcement from their side is expected to come on April, 02, 2018.
Source: Sify Finance
The very first tour of Jaipur’s Palace on Wheels, which was to start from December 22, Friday, has been postponed. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), which runs the train, has now decided to run the train from December 29.
The announcement of the new train was made by state tourism minister (independent charge) Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa) and ACS (tourism) NC Goel during the press conference to list the government’s achievements in the last 4 years. They had declared that this new train will start from December 22. But the officials from the tourism department had been claiming that they have got 15-20 bookings for the tour on December 22, however, they are now claiming that the bookings were meant for December 29 tour of the train.
Any which way, for those who are willing to travel to Rajasthan through luxurious train journey, this is your another chance to book the “Palace on Wheels” and enjoy an unimagined palace experience on wheels.
You may visit: https://www.palacesonwheels.com/tariff.html for more details.
Image courtesy: Palace on Wheels official
With the increasing number of tourists visiting the colorful state of Rajasthan, the IRCTC has introduced a royal train to the state, specially designed to cater to the middle class.
Image via Goggle
The Desert Circuit is a semi – luxurious train which offers a package of 4 nights and 5 days. The train departs s from New Delhi on a five day odyssey with an array of deluxe facilities. The ‘Desert Circuit covers Rajasthan’s famed cities of sprawling deserts Jaisalmer and the eclectic heritage of the Pink City – Jaipur.
This special train which runs on the lines of the royal Palace on Wheels has its first halt at Jaisalmer for 2 days where tourists can enjoy the camel safari, sunset and visit the Sonar Haveli, Patwa Ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake and many others. The next halt is in the Pink City, where the tourists get to visit the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and other tourist spots.