Palace on Wheels
Travel In Royal Splendour The Palace
On Wheels Rajasthan - the ultimate tourists destination.
A novel and exciting way to discover this State
of erstwhile maharajas and nobility is to go by the Palace on Wheels.
Assembled with vintage saloons bearing the coats of arms of the erstwhile royal
families, it is one of the ten most luxurious trains in the world. It takes you
on a magical journey from Delhi to Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Sawai
Madhopur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra and leaves you back in
It is seven nights and eight days of pure enchantment as smartly liveried 'Khidmatgars' (personal attendants), who seem
to have stepped out of history books, minister to your needs - and help you to
experience what it would be like to be a maharaja.
air-conditioned Palace moves at night and stops throughout the day when you can
see the cities and savour the traditional Rajput hospitality at leisure. There
are fourteen deluxe saloons each with a combination of four twin-bedded
chambers and the journey is smooth and pleasant.
amenities enhance the pleasure of travelling in this fascinating train. Each
chamber has attached toilets, hot and cold water facilities, channel music and
the furnishings are modern but in traditional designs. Continental, Indian and
Rajasthani cuisine is available in the two dining cars. Added attractions are
the excellent bar and a small, but well stocked, library.
It is only the
gentle, rhythmic movement of the train and the vendors that come selling their
attractive wares at the stations, that give away that you are on a train and
not in a palace. This wonderful experience does not come to an end when you are
back in Delhi - for it lingers in your memory long, long after your holiday is
The Palace on Wheels, which leaves
Delhi every Wednesday during September 1999 to April 2000, is brought to you
jointly by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and the
Indian Railways. RTDC also runs a huge network of 34 hotels and 12
motels all across the State. Camping arrangements by the RTDC at the sites of
the renowned Jaisalmer Desert Festival and the Pushkar and Nagaur Fairs
include a range of accommodation such as Swiss tents, Huts, Cottages,
RTDC-arranged Package Tours around the fabled State cover various
circuits such as the Golden Triangle (3 days), Desert Circuit (7
days) and Rajasthan Package (15 days). Information regarding the State,
and the large number of Heritage Hotels that are dotted around it, can
also be obtained from the offices of the Corporation.