The Palace on Wheels is the oldest and best known of all the luxury trains in India. It was started on Indian Independence day in 1982. The Palace on Wheels is made up of the authentic train carriages once used by the Maharajas of Rajputana and Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. The Palace on Wheels was completely refurbished in 2009, with an enhanced décor, itinerary and cuisine. Over the years the Palace on Wheels has won many awards. Most recently, the Palace on Wheels was rated the number four luxury train in the world. On the Palace on Wheels, you never have to worry, as there is always an attendant, or khidmatgar, to assist you. The service of this five star hotel begins the moment you board the Palace on Wheels as your baggage is ported to your cabin for you. In your cabin you will discover a welcome packet complete with brochures and cards, which you may mail directly from the Palace on Wheels.
The Palace On Wheels explores the state of Rajasthan, famous for its luxury palaces and impressive forts. You will pass through the deserts and valleys and even see a jungle filled with wildlife at Ranthambore National Park. You will begin this eight day journey in Delhi and stop in cities whose history spans centuries. The loop through the royal interior of Rajasthan stops in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaugarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Agra before returning to Delhi. You not only get to experience the most culturally and historically relevant cities in India (commonly referred to as the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) but many more off the beaten path cities. You will witness the most amazing feats of architectural achievements, such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, a monument to love and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace on Wheels takes you on excursions to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and luxury palaces where you will view inspiring museums and galleries. There are also plenty of opportunities to shop for handicrafts and taste local cuisines.
The Palace on Wheels consists of 14 lavishly appointed coaches, each named after a former Rajput state. There are four cabins per coach, and you may select from a cabin with two twin beds or one with a double bed. Each cabin features wall to wall carpeting, air-condition, a television with satellite channels, channeled music capabilities, and an intercom. Adjoining each cabin is a bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a shower. Each coach has a mini pantry and lounge, with comfortable couches to sink into. This is the perfect place to visit with other travelers and enjoy hot or cold beverages and refreshments. Every morning, you may choose from an array of major daily newspapers. You never have to give up modern conveniences while you are traveling on the Palace on Wheels, as there is a conference car that houses a business center. Other amenities on the Palace on Wheels include a gym and a spa that offers massages and beauty treatments.
Relax in the Palace on Wheels’ very own bar, where you are kept in high spirits through an assortment of Indian and International brands of beverages. Rest in the lounge car, adjacent to the two restaurants. There you will enjoy a large selection of books to peruse, a good area for watching the passing scenery fly by, or a restful place to mingle with other travelers or watch a DVD. The Palace on Wheels also offers a wide array of magazines and games such as chess, Chinese checkers, carom board and crossword puzzles for your entertainment.
The Palace on Wheels contains two royal restaurants. The Maharaja and the Maharani. Each serve freshly prepared offerings ranging from Continental to Indian to Chinese. The chefs place a special emphasis on Rajasthani cuisine.