When Was Palace on Wheels Started?

Seldom would you find a Palace on Wheels to take you to places! But this was the main idea that marked the beginning of the first luxury train of India – the Palace on Wheels.

It embarked on its first journey ever on 26th January, 1982. The train was born due to the joint efforts of the Indian Railways and the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. It is one of the best modes of travel to explore and rediscover the royal land of Rajasthan.

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A Brief History of the Train

Its name is based on the royal background of the train’s carriages which were inspired from the actual royal coaches of the Maharajas, Nizams and Viceroys of the bygone days. After India’s struggle to get independence from the British, on 1947, the country became a democracy.

The reign of the Maharajas ended and so did their extravagant lifestyles. Soon their hunting carriages that were decked out to be as grand as palaces ceased to exist. They couldn’t be opened for public as they were heritage structures and had expensive furnishings which would charge a hefty cost for their upkeep and maintenance.
So, the Rajasthan Tourism Department along with the Indian Railways in order to promote tourism launched the Palace on Wheels to provide travelers a royal experience.

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A Complete Luxury Vehicle

Soon enough after its launch, the train caught global attention and acclaimed the prestigious PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Gold Award in 1987. Presently, 14 adorned guest carriages offer a majestic journey experience to its discerning guests.

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The Palace on Wheels train is a complete 5 Star hotel on Wheels with all the state-of-the-art amenities. The train has a multi-cuisine restaurant, two lounge bars and a fully facilitated spa.

Palace on Wheels Restaurant

Palace on Wheels Restaurant

Over the years, the train has been refurbished many times, so that it can keep up with technological advancements. The Palace on Wheels train offers high speed wireless internet to its guests with other business class features for conferences and corporate affairs. It covers all the major destinations in Rajasthan including Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri along with Agra and Delhi – the capital city.

View the route map of Palace on Wheels train

The romanticism of a royal train tour aboard, the Palace on Wheels is an unmatchable experience. It is a tribute to the royal heritage of the majestic land of Rajasthan and the best possible way to experience the desert state known for its regal roots.

The train also serves the best fare of authentic traditional Indian cuisine along the journey and houses some of the best liquor collections in the world.

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Get a taste of the royal heritage while journeying the most popular tourist destinations in India aboard the Palace on Wheels train today!

Book your tickets directly at the GSA approved website ThePalaceonWheels.org to make your seat reserve in advance.

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