Now, a new luxury train will give tourists a glimpse of the rich heritage and culture of Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) is all set to introduce Heritage Palace on Wheels that will bring alive the architectural beauty of Rajasthan. Informs Pradeep Bohra, consultant general manager, Heritage Palace on Wheels, "We have launched this new train with new unique features. Palace on Wheels, which had been running since 1982, has been re-christened as Heritage Palace on Wheels, which will be operational from December 1."
The regal journey will be starting from Delhi's Safadarjung Railway Station every Saturday. Trip to Jaipur's majestic forts and palaces, an early morning jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park, trip to Agra's Taj Mahal are some of the highlights of the three-day tour covering the Golden Triangle, which will begin in December. The second phase, that will kick-start in January, will see the train following the Shekhawati route, covering Delhi-Churu-Bikaner-Jaipur-Agra-Dholpur route.
The coaches are named after 14 former Rajput states, including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Bundi, Kishangarh. The interiors of the train will match the state's royal culture and heritage.
Pradeep Kumar Borad, director of RTDC, says, "All the 14 saloons are inspired by the centuries-old gun saluting states of old Rajputana, which is today's Rajasthan. For instance, the Jaipur saloon will highlight the architectural style of the Pink City; the Jaisalmer saloon will have work that draws inspiration from carved jalis and jharokhas, seen in Jaisalmer monuments; the Kishangarh saloon is completely decked up with Bani-Thani paintings of the Marwar school of Kishangarh. The decor of Bharatpur saloon is inspired by the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary."
The entrance of every saloon will bear the names of the princely state written, with a painting of its founder and royal insignia. There will be a mini pantry that will refreshments in each saloon; also, there will be two restaurants, Maharaja and Maharani, with a bar and a royal spa. While the emphasis will be on Rajasthani cuisine, continental, Chinese and Indian cuisine will also be available in the train.