Palace on Wheels History"A stroll to the lane of History.."
The Palace on Wheels, one of India's most famous railway experiences, started on January 26 in 1982, and has been voted as the fourth luxurious train in the world. The train runs through Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Ranthambore, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra. The train, a mobile hotel, is fitted to look like a traditional maharaja's state carriage. The concept of the train was derived from the royal background of the coaches, which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of the princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizams of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India.
Originally the train used carriages that once belonged to various maharajas, but these became so ancient that new carriages were refurbished to look like the originals. They were also fitted with air-conditioning. This way the Palace on Wheels pioneered the tradition of luxury train journey in India and made its maiden voyage as a luxury steam engine train. This luxury Indian train started operating on a regular basis from October 1982.
In the year 1991, Palace on Wheels was refurbished again and this time it appeared as a meter gauge train having 13 salons, a kitchen car, 2 luxuriously appointed restaurants, a bar with a lounge and 4 service cars. To make the journey all the more magical, the train introduced the concept of personal 'Khidmatgars' or attendants who are made available to the service of the guests round the clock.
The pleasurable journey aboard Palace on Wheels earned PATA Gold Award in the year 1987 and also caught the attention of the world media including BBC, MTV, MDR of Germany, National Geographic and several others. Over the years this Indian luxury train has went through several renovations to deliver the best travelling experiences to the guests.