¤ The Royal Train
The Palace on Wheels is a luxury train, run by Government of India.
The train covers the state of Rajasthan, alongwith Agra. The luxury
train is completely self dependent and has all the facilities of a
five star hotel. Palace on Wheels carries with it an intrinsic
ambience that goes perfectly well with the majestic charm and beauty
spread so lavishly in Rajasthan. The ambience and the aura make the
astute feel to be living in the regal era.
It is an unparalleled experience to ride the replica carriages
refurbished to look like the original saloons of the Maharajas, the
erstwhile rulers of India. The train that is so true to its name is
bound to enchant you. The train trip is among the top ten luxury train
tours in the world.
¤ A Brief History
The coaches were made for the former Indian rulers, comprising of
personal coaches of the rulers of the princely states of Gujarat and
Rajputana, the Viceroy of British India and the Nizam of Hyderabad.
They used these coaches to move from one state to other. After India
got independence and the princely states merged with the Government,
the coaches and the train became a part of the museums. In 1980, the
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, together with the Indian
Railways decided to relaunch the train, and offer it to people. Today,
the Palace on Wheels is the most promoted product by the Ministry of
Tourism, Government of India.
¤ The Fascinating Journey
The train journey starts every Wednesday at 1630 hrs and ends one
week later, on Wednesday at 0800 hrs. In between the train covers
Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Ranthambhore,
Udaipur, Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra. The train gives an
oppurtunity to its travelers to get familiar with the culture of
Rajasthan. The major tourist spots, forts, monuments, wildlife parks,
cultural centres are covered.
¤ The Interiors of Palace on Wheel
Amusingly, the nomenclature of saloons in Palace on wheels in quite
different then usual. The names of the saloons given are based on the
princely states of Rajasthan- Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar, Bundi, Kota,
Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Dholpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Bikaner,
Udaipur and Kishangarh. Interestingly, you will find that each saloon
highlights the cultural ethos of the state. The ethnic heritage of
each cities is represented by the extensive usuage of furniture,
handicrafts, painting and furnishings. The ceiling in the lounge is of
particular interest. Each saloon is different but the overall ambience
of the décor of the saloons has been taken care of to provide
continuity and harmony. Each saloon has cream yellow colour on its
exterior walls and bears the Coat of Arms (logo) of the erstwhile
¤ The Onboard Facilities
There are about 14 saloons, each having 4 cabins attached with bath
and shower. The luxury train also boast two restaurants cum kitchen
cars offering traditional Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine with
the Chef's special variety of the day. Its well stocked bar serves
Indian liquor and variety of scotch, wine and cocktails. It has piped
music in every saloon, and interesting games for children. Apart from
this, the other services on request include laundry services, and
Doctor on call at each station, barber shop & beauty parlour. The
lounge also has a souvenirs shop 'The Bazaar' where souvenirs and gift
items are sold bearing the insignia of the Palace on Wheel.
¤ The Comfort
The comfort offered are close to the extravagances enjoyed by the
erstwhile Maharajas. The Palace on Wheels maintains an imperial style
and decor. The train facilities are synonymous with the epitome of
luxury. Especially facilitated with all modern amenities of everyday
life, one can find the royal past haunting in the historical coaches.
The two dining cars are decked up in true Rajasthani style and each
saloon has personal attendants, khidmatgars, for your service.
The train is on the journey every week and advanced booking for the
journey shall be made. The fare covers travel, stay on Maharaja train
with daily 3 fixed meals, conducted sightseeing tours, entrance fees
to monuments, joy rides on Elephant & Camel, boat ride, cycle
rikshaw ride and transport within the city.
¤ The Cultural Programmes on the train
The dance and music of Rajasthan is one of the fascinating aspect of
the luxury train Journey. The train is a wonderful medium for a
tourist to know about the culture and heritage. The various dance
performances held on the train are - Ghoomar Dance, Chari Dance,
Kachhi Godhi , Fire dance, Terah talli, Kalbelia Dance.
¤ Booking :
(i) 25% of ticket value at the time of booking
(ii) 75% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure
¤ Cancellation :
(i) 15% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure
(ii) 30% of ticket value 30-59 days prior to departure
(iii) 60% of ticket value 15-29 days prior to departure
(iv) 100% of ticket value 14 days prior to departure
¤ Check in:
Reporting time is 4 pm at Delhi Cantt Railway Station
The two restaurant cars, the Maharaja and the Maharani, serve a range
of Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. Menus are
¤ Exclusive Charters:
Companies can organise a "Business-cum-Pleasure" trip by
chartering the truly luxurious Palace-On-Wheels for their conferences.
The Palace on Wheels tours make you experience all the luxuries worthy
of the affluent Indian maharajas of yore. Exuberance and extravagance
are some of the feeling that you might go through while on your
voyage. This royal journey by palace on wheels is a first-hand
experience of the lavish lifestyles of the Indian kings. The décor,
food and hospitality speak of sheer luxury and opulence.
Major Tour Packages To Rajasthan