A luxury train from the stable of the Indian Railways, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels seeks to emulate the success of Palace on Wheels. Travelling by this luxury train allows an individual to visit several places of tourism, wildlife and historical importance.
This luxury train began offering its service in January 2009, to tap the huge untapped demand for luxury tourism in the country.
- The train has 14 luxury cabins named after royal palaces of the state. The cabins are further classified into deluxe and super deluxe suites and are laced with WIFI internet connectivity, Satellite TV, music systems and temperature control systems. Some of the cabins have the names Hawa Mahal, Padmini Mahal, Kishori Mahal, Phool Mahal and a super deluxe coach has been named Taj Mahal.
- Two dining cars on the luxury train are named Swarn Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. Swarn Mahal sticks to the gold and brass plot, but the Sheesh Mahal is adorned with bright floor lamps and crystal pelmets.
- The souvenir coach is where the passengers can select from a range of handicraft products and apparels to take back with them as souvenirs.
- A spa and recreation zone is the latest development on this luxury train.
The Journey –
The train takes passengers on a 7 nights 8 day tour of tourist destinations in Rajasthan. It chugs off from Safdarjung station in Delhi on the first day and stops at Jodhpur on the second. Udaipur and Chittorgarh are covered on the third day; Ranthambhore National Park and Jaipur are for the fourth day; Khajuraho on day five; Varanasi and Sarnath on day six; Agra on the seventh day and return to Delhi on the eighth day.
The famous sites this train reaches are Hawa Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Ranthambhore National Park, Chittorgarh Fort, Jag Niwas, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Agra Fort, and lastly, the Taj Mahal.
Description of Famous Tourist Sites –
Hawa Mahal –
Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna and is called so because it was a screen for women in the royal family to witness street festivities remaining unseen to the outside world.
Ranthambhore National Park –
Located in the Sawai Madhopur district, Ranthambhore National Park is a tiger reserve spread over 392 sq kms. The best months for tiger spotting in the Reserve are November and May. Other animals in the wild, that one can expect to see, are leopards, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyenas, sloth bear and chital.
Chittorgarh Fort –
The fort is a World Heritage Site and is spread over 280 ha on top of a hill. It is the largest fort in India and by far the grandest too. The fort used to be the capital of Mewar, and today is located within Chittor city. Chittorgarh Fort is a majestic complex because of its historical palaces, gates, temples and two famous commemoration towers.
Taj Mahal –
The Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, is arguably India’s most famous tourist destination. It is a mausoleum of white marble built by the great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the loving memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is regarded as the finest examples of Mughal architecture and has become renowned across the world for its remarkable elegance. Work on the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and was completed in 1653, with the services of thousands of artisans and craftsmen.
|Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Route, Schedule & Time Table –
For more details please visit – http://rtdc.rajasthan.gov.in/rrow.aspx