Great Railway Journeys: Luxury Trains in India.
Listed below is an article on the Palace on Wheels, the Ist luxury train to traverse the rugged landscape in Rajasthan.
CANADIAN JOURNAL: THE INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAVELLER (JULY1991 EDITION on PALACE ON WHEELS RAIL TRAVEL): "If I could invent an ideal train, it would be exotic, adventurous, comfortable and stylish. My dream train would traverse a landscape that was more rugged than pretty. It would call at cities where one could be amazed rather than amused... India's Palace-on-Wheels met all of these expectations... The Palace-on-Wheels presents a much richer - and to my taste a more satisfying - interpretation of luxury by being an authentic part of its fascinating surroundings...Each day aboard the Palace-on-Wheels brough its own delights. We usually arrived in a new city just after breakfast and set out for a day of exploration with local guides. We generally took a tour bus, with elephants, camels, and motorboats varying the travel mix. Lunch would be often awaiting us in a Maharajah's stationary palace - Dr S Dandapani, the dean of Indian rail tourism can mail Palace-on-Wheels tickets along with Indrail passes, worldwide"
During the early stages of operation, The Palace on Wheels (run by Rajsthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and Indian Railways) was a metre gauge train with individual cabins and shared shower/toilet facilities. After this the Indian Railways brought in broad gauge to tracks of Rajasthan. Now each one of the cabins in the carriage have en-suite shower/toilet facilities in a new broad gauge train whilst trying to maintain the charm of the old Maharjah's carriage reflected in some of the furnishings of the train. Ever since then, several new luxury trains have been introduced in India with increasing levels of comfort such as the Golden Chariot covering the state of Karnataka (run by Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation) and then the Indian Maharajah starting in Mumbai and concluding in Delhi and vice-versa (covering Maharashtra & Rajsthan and run by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways) and then Royal Rajasthan on Wheels (run by RTDC and Indian Railways covering Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh) and now the new luxurious Maharajah's Express (run by Indian Railways marketing wing covering Rajasthan , Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh).
Details of the journeys along with the respective itineraries are given as below. Just click on the links to get details of the programmes and costings and special offers as applicable.
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