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Trains are an integral part of the Indian transport system not to mention, the tourism industry in the country. In fact, the Indian Railways is one of the largest railway networks in the entire globe and also one of the largest organizations, having a mammoth employee count. The state of Rajasthan, which is a major international and domestic crowd puller, also has a good railway network that connects to major cities like Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and more. However, the best of Rajasthan Train Tour can be experienced on board the Palace on Wheels- one of the premium luxury trains in India.

The inception of the Palace on Wheels has been an important step in the promotion of Indian tourism industry. Directed mostly at international tourists, the Palace on Wheels offers a manifold package to the tourists. In fact, a Rajasthan Train Tour translates to a Palace on Wheels journey for most tourists. While on board the train, you get to experience much of what India stands for at one go. From the delicious North Indian and Rajasthani cuisine served at the two restaurants on the train- Maharaja and Maharani; the opulent décor complete with velvet curtains and drapes, curved teak wood furniture after the Rajput royalty; and the destinations the train covers on its trail. All this and more give a wide enough glance into the Indian royal panorama. To strengthen the Rajput feel, the fourteen coaches on the train have been named after fourteen Rajput provinces.

Rajasthan tours attract good many foreign tourists whose main point of interest lies in the forts and palaces of the state and the historical legends the long reign of the Rajput Kings command. The Palace on Wheels starts from Delhi and visits Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, Agra before returning to Delhi. Palace on Wheels is thus by far one of the best cost effective means of traveling Rajasthan. You get to have a feel of the heritage hotels and also of the Indian Trains all at one go.

Easily the most recognized name among luxury trains in India, The Palace on Wheels is truly in no way less than a luxury heritage hotel. The orderlies in uniform are there to look after every need of yours whatsoever and the every service available on board is at par with the five star hotels in the country. The Palace on Wheels is thus another very important aspect of luxury Rajasthan tourism and has their customer base mainly in the foreign tourists and the leisure tourists. In fact, travel in Rajasthan these days carries tremendous scope for luxury tourism. Thanks to the large number of palace turned hotels and the traditions of luxury prevalent due to the existence of the royalty, Rajasthan is now a haven of pleasure tourism and the Palace on Wheels is just another feather in the cap of Rajasthan Tourism.

If you are planning a Rajasthan Train Tour aboard the Palace on Wheels, you need to book well in advance (at least 8 to 10 months) since there is continual rush for various packages available on the train. The Palace on Wheels presents the evolving face of Indian tourism; the Palace on Wheels is in a nutshell- the face of traditional Indian luxury.

Rajasthan Train Tour: The Palace on Wheels Experience
by Rohan Arora published April 21, 2008 in the American Chronicle.


The Coaches ::
The 14 coaches are named after former Rajput states matching the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. Each saloon has a mini pantry and a lounge to ensure availability of hot and cold beverage, and refreshments and a place to relax and get together.
Rooms ::
14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities. The furniture with its inlaid motifs has been specially created for the Palace on Wheels.
Restaurants ::
The train has two lavish restaurants "The Maharaja" and "The Maharani" with a Rajasthani ambience serving palate tickling Continental, Chinese, India and Rajasthani cuisines.
Bar ::
The train also boasts of a well stocked bar offering the choicest of sprits of Indian and international brands. Each coach also offers a good collection of books to choose from.
Facilities ::
The Palace on Wheels is regularly refurbished to a great extent. The decor in the saloons, bar lounge has been changed, keeping in mind the traditionally aesthetic yet modern, Palace on Wheels. Toilets have been redone and are maintained sparkling clean. Each saloon lounge has been equipped with color television and a CD player. A satellite phone is on the way to make you communicate anywhere in the world from the train.