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The history of India’s original luxury train.
At the time of the British Raj, when trains were revered as the most convenient form of transportation (many still swear by it in today’s date.); Maharajas and British royalty of course, had to travel in style. Thus, the concept and initiation of the Indian Luxury Train was brought about. Considered, a 5 star hotel on railway tracks, The Palace on Wheels was specifically designed for the purpose of transporting royalty from one destination the the next.
Rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India travelled by these luxurious coaches. After independence, these coaches were parked and remained in this state for a quarter of a century until in 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage tourist train for providing a unique memorable experience to the tourists visiting Rajasthan.
The name Palace on Wheels was derived from it’s royal background of the coaches. Gradually State govt. and railway department brought many infrastructural changes in the coaches while keeping the same aesthetics of the interiors alive, matching the interiors of the royal state. The train was replaced by the air-conditioned broad gauges new train, which had 14 saloons, 2 restaurant cum kitchen cars, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 service Cars. The cabins of each saloon are attached with bath and shower. The train also has a well-appointed lounge, library and bar.
Maharashtra’s luxury train.
Listen in the top 10 luxury trains in the world.
It covers some unique off beat destinations along with more than 1500 years old Ajanta & Ellora Caves.
Catering is done by renowned Taj group of Hotels.
The passenger coaches which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These coaches were not being used by the Indian Railways after independence in normal passenger trains on account of very rich and traditional interiors.
The name “Palace-on-Wheels” (POW) was derived from its royal back-ground of the coaches & first introduced in 1982. A new meter gauge air conditioned Palace-on-Wheels was introduced in 1990 & had 13 Saloons, 2 Restaurant cum Kitchen car, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 Service Cars. In order to further increase the amenities on the train and due to over all gauge conversion in the state, a new broad gauge Palace-on-Wheels has been constructed. & has been running since 1995. It’s 14 Saloons are inter-connected, the interior matching the aesthetics of the royal states. The cabins of each saloon name attached with showers.The train also has a well appointed lounge, library, bar & dining cars.
In the past 20 years of operations, the Palace-on-Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten luxurious rail journeys in the world.
India’s first PAN South Indian luxury train.
Places Covered: Bangalore – Chennai – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Thiruvananthapuram – Backwaters & Kochi / Allepey – Bangalore
The Presidential Suite: One of the world’s most expensive luxury train cabin, starting at USD 3000 per day.
Cabin Area: 448 Sq. feet
Two bedrooms, two attached bathrooms (one with bath tub),
a living cum dining room.
Capacity: 4 people
The Palace on Wheels of South India- Golden Chariot Train tour has been rated by Vanity Fair, U.K. amongst the top seven train journeys in the world. It is a luxury train appointed with the finest facilities that takes you on a journey truly unique and memorable.
A 7N/8D itinerary includes
Day 01 : MON : Bangalore Depart
Day 02 : TUE : Drive From Mysore / Kabini – Overnight Stay
Day 03 : WED Morning : Mysore Palace & Srirangapatna Fort
Day 03 : WED Afternoon : Mysore
Day 04 : THURS Morning : Gomateswara Hill Monolith
Day 04 : THURS Afternoon : Belur & Halebid
Day 05 : FRI : HAMPI – UNESCO World Heritage Site Day 06 : SAT : UNESCO World Heritage Site of Badami and Pattadakal
Day 7 : Sun : GOA Churches & Golden Beaches
Day 8 : Mon : BANGALORE Return