‘Palace on Wheels’ luxury train begins commercial operations after two years

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Rajasthan’s luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’ began commercial operations from Wednesday after a two-year hiatus induced by the Covid pandemic.

The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) Chairman Dharmendra Rathore on Wednesday left the train for its business operation from Safdardjung Railway Station in the nation’s capital.

Rathore said the Palace on Wheels had been running continuously since 1982, but due to the 2020 pandemic, its operation was stopped and the biggest challenge was to get it running again.

He said there are 10 such luxury trains all over the world, the remaining 9 trains are still not in operation.

“It is a matter of pride for us to bring Palace on Wheels back to life,” he added.

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“The journey of the royal train, gives a glimpse of the glorious history of Rajasthan, which delights both domestic and foreign tourists. The tourist finds himself in a majestic atmosphere. Tourists are delighted to see the hospitality, the delicious cuisine and the spirit of service and the hospitality of the officers and employees of the Tourism Corporation,” Rathore said.

“Apart from Delhi and Agra, the royal train’s seven-day journey to cities in Rajasthan, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Jaisalmer and Bharatpur attracts domestic and foreign tourists,” he said.

The RTDC also plans to make train fares more affordable to attract domestic tourists.

“Right now Palace on Wheels tour is for seven consecutive days, it is not possible for an Indian tourist to take seven days. Tourists from Europe and America plan their schedule accordingly, but this is not possible for Indian tourists – we are planning to bring a small package of two to four days which will not only reduce the fare but attract Indian tourists,” he said.

There are two resto-bar lounges in the train and the spa.

Free Wi-Fi services are also available.

The two dining cars are called Maharaja and Maharani, and the adjoining kitchen lounge serves freshly prepared cuisine.


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