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 Delhi.
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.
The centrally 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.
State-of-the-art 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 over.
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, etc.
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.