A train ticket in India that costs Rs. 3 lakh ( $ 4000)

(Delhi – Agra- Jaipur) USD 3150 – USD 5600 per passenger.

Time was when the maharajas and Viceroy of British India traveled only in their custom designed coaches. India attained independence and these coaches remained in the railway sidings. It was not until 1981-82 that RTDC and Indian Railways decided to make use of these coaches and their themes to introduce a heritage train to give each passenger the most royal experience. Thus was born the Palace on Wheels.

In 1990 the promoters introduced a new meter gauge air conditioned train with 13 saloons, 2 restaurant and kitchen cars, 4 service cars and one bar cum lounge car.

In 1995, the train underwent another change and switched to broad gauge. It also gained an additional saloon car and all saloons had interconnecting vestibules.

It underwent a total makeover in 2009. The train starts at New Delhi and covers Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra before returning to Delhi.

Coaches and Cabins

The Palace on Wheels has 14 coaches, each one named after a princely Rajasthani kingdom with interiors styled to match that region. Each coach or saloon as it is called has an inbuilt pantry and lounge, personal attendants and air conditioning along with color television, hot and cold water, shower, toilets and music.

Each saloon has 4 cabins with twin beds. Furniture, furnishings and fittings are ultra luxurious and styled thematically to reflect the design ideology of the princely state after which the coach is named.

The saloons carry the names of the erstwhile princely states Bharatpur, Alwar, Bikaner, Dholpur, Jaipur, Dungarpur, Bundi, Jodhpur Jhalawar, Kota, Sirohi, Udaipur and Kishangarh. While the saloons have a uniform cream yellow color, the distinguishing factor is the coat of arms of the former princely states on each.

Facilities

Passengers aboard the Palace on Wheels have the option of dining in two restaurants, The Maharaja and the Maharani, serving the most sumptuous, royal repasts. They can enjoy the best beverages in the classic bar and relax with the finest periodicals and books in the lounge.

Guests can enjoy indoor games such as cards, Chinese Checkers, carom, crossword and Chess. The train offers medical aid with a doctor in attendance. Guests can write mail to their dear ones and put it in the onboard mail box.

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