Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Palace On Wheels - Super Luxury Train in India

Palace on Wheels has is a superior luxurious train to travel splendor Rajasthan and to visit wonder of the world Taj Mahal. This train has been rated amongst the top tem luxury trains of the world. Palace on Wheels is one of the finest ways to explore exciting, incomparable, incredible, impressive, inimitable, inspirational land of India and feel the royal touch with unforgettable experience.  Incontrovertibly it is an amazing and unparalleled experience to travel the carbon copy carriages refurbished to look like the original saloons of Maharajas. The Palace on Wheels run on route which covers pink city Jaipur, Jaisalmer, blue city Jodhpur, Ramthambhor National Park, city of lakes Udaipur, Bharatpur bird sanctuary, Chittaurgarh and Agra before it returned to the Indian capital Delhi.

Train coaches for passengers were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the former rulers of generous states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. Because of the very affluent and traditional interiors of coaches Indian Government were not been using this coaches for normal passenger trains after the independence. 

Name of the train was derived from its imperial background of the coaches and introduced in 1982 for the first time and later in new meter gauge air-conditioned Palace on Wheels was introduce in 1990 which has about 13 saloons, 1 Bar cum Lounge, 2 Restaurant with kitchen car and also 4 service cars. It was further improved in 1995 with broad gauge and interior was refreshed to give royal touch and name given to each saloon attached with showers. I also added facility of library, bar, dining cars, etc. Saloons has been named based on the Rajasthan significance such as Bharatpur, Bundi, Dungarpur, Kishangarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jhalawar, Alwar, Bikaner, Dholpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Kota, Sirohi, etc. The interior decoration of each of the saloon has decorated in a way that it expresses the culture of Rajasthan with use of paintings, handicrafts and furniture. Ceiling in every lounge has particular interest of showing something but it has been designed very carefully that ceiling of the all cars provides continuity in display. Each saloon has four sleeping rooms and having attached toilet. One captain and one attendant is present in each car to take care of personal need of the passengers. There is a small pantry in each card fully prepared to offer coffee, tea and some lighter snacks. With capacity of 82 passengers at a time and can accommodate about 120 dinners to the passengers with help of 2 restaurants present on the train. It also provide some other facilities such as Hot and Cold water supply, Internet Wi-Fi Network, Music Channel.

Palace on Wheel trip is about 7 Nights/ 8 Days long and train departure every Wednesday from Delhi. Tariff of the train is vary depends on time of the year and occupancy level. It cost as low as US$340 per person per night in triple occupancy in off season and US$450 in peak season and as high as US$500 per person per night in single occupancy in off season and US$670 in peak season. Tariff includes cost of travel, accommodation, catering, sightseeing of places, cultural programs and entrée fees at various memorials during the trip but it does not include charges related to laundry, liquor and camera and other personal stuff.

Palace on Wheels is a must visit train in a lifetime if you can afford the tariff cost to feel the experience of royal Rajasthan and life of Maharaja.

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