About Palace on
Welcome aboard The Palace On Wheels on its splendid and enchanting royal journey
through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas. Though times have changed and
the winds have shifted, the Palace On Wheels cruises along in royal style, the
kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed. The
exquisite and exclusive Palace On Wheels has luxurious cabins, wall to wall
carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars and a very personalized
service... in fact, almost everything that could compromise of heaven on earth
for seven days!
The Royal Background of the Palace on Wheels
On rolling back wheels of time, we find the rulers of princely states of
Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India
travelled by these luxurious coaches. After independence, these coaches were
parked and remained in this state for a quarter of a century until in 1981-82,
when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched
a special heritage tourist train for providing a unique memorable experience to
the tourists visiting Rajasthan. The name Palace on Wheels was derived from its
royal background of the coaches. The train was replaced by the air-conditioned
broad gauges new train, which has 14 saloons, 2 restaurants cum kitchen cars, a bar lounge and 4 service cars. The cabins of each saloon are attached with
bath and shower. The train has also a well-appointed library.
Luxury and Comfort
An Indian - That's true! On the Palace on Wheels your journey is full of
exuberance and luxurious feeling. A perfect chance to relive the era when kings
and queens ruled, when royalty spelt magic. When charm and mysticism was in air.
The train is completely self-sufficient and is facilitated for you with all modern
amenities of everyday life, you would find the royal past haunting you in the
historical coaches. The two dining cars are decked up in true Rajasthani style
and each saloon has personal attendants or khidmatgars for your service. Step
aboard for a journey into the past on a luxury train.
Royal Services on Board
restaurants cum kitchen cars on Palace on Wheels, offers traditional
Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine with the Chef's special variety of the
day. It's 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. The lounge also has a souvenirs shop 'The Bazaar' where souvenirs and
gift items are sold bearing the insignia of the Palace of Wheels. The names of the saloons
given are based on the erstwhile princely Rajputana States - Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar,
Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Dholpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Sirohi,
Bikaner, Udaipur and Kishangarh.
The Lavish Interiors
Sit in these beautiful carriages and look around. You will find
that each saloon highlights the cultural ethos of the State, represented through
the use 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 decor 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 princely States.
Please join us on a luxurious journey aboard one of the 10 best rated trains in the world.