Approved by Ministery of Tourism, Government Of India

Palace on Wheels History  

Exploring India’s best adorable and historical destinations with the unique and royal Palace on Wheels is like a great combination of acquitting history through a historical voyage. The elegance and royalty of the royal train tour remind the affluence of Indian Maharajas. As like as the royal tour, the history of the Palace on Wheels is so much exciting and gripping. Seeking the historical and admiring wonders of Rajasthan through the train makes a clear view of the history of Rajasthan with spotting forts, palaces, lakes, sand dunes, and greenery.

Palace on Wheels era was started on 26th January 1982 under Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and Indian Railways. The name Palace on Wheels is got derived due to the royal heritage cabins which were once the personal carriages of Indian Maharajas and Viceroys of British India. The historical and royal background of the Palace on Wheels created a historical ripple in the history of luxury trains in the world.

The royal heritage cabins of the train were the main reason for the commencement of the Palace on Wheels. After India got Independence, all the royal carriages were ceased not to use. But equipping the royal carriages for normal passengers trains it’s too costly to maintain. So, to preserve the erstwhile royal heritage properties and to promote tourism of Rajasthan, Palace on Wheels emerged as a luxury train. And the idea was a huge success in promoting tourism with royal experience for world travelers to cover India’s best tourist attractions in a few days.

The coaches of the Palace on Wheels train was named after the princely states of Rajputana to honor the erstwhile rule of Rajputs in Rajasthan. Every coach was designed as per the historical and touristic attractions of the place that assigned to the coach. Architecturally designed coach interiors of the train resemble the royalty of Indian Maharajas. Thus the architect interiors of the train expose the bygone era of Rajasthan.

With huge success and popularity, in just five years span of service, Palace on Wheels bagged PATA Gold Award in 1987 and in 2009 it was recognized as the “Best Train in Asia”. At last, the Palace on Wheels was ranked as the 4th best luxury train in the world through the survey of Conde Nast magazine. Recently in 2018, Palace on Wheels was awarded PATWA award under “Tourist Train” category.

Finally, Embarking the Palace on Wheels means you are getting into the world of royalty and sumptuousness. From the multi-cuisine restaurants to the royal cabins, spa & bar, everything on the train will be equipped with all world-class amenities and facilities. No doubt, you feel like you are resting in a Palace, but it was not on land it was on wheels. That’s why it is named as the “Palace on Wheels”.

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