Palace on Wheels, the most revered luxury train in India, embarked on its maiden voyage on 26th of January, 1982. At the time of its introduction as tourist train offering tours in Rajasthan, Palace on Wheels was composed of the refurbished personal carriages of erstwhile maharajas of Rajasthan.
Since its inception, the facilities on board the Palace on Wheels have enabled the guest to travel in utmost comfort and pampering. Later, in mid nineties, the Palace on Wheels carriages were replaced with modern replicas of the original carriages which were equipped with state of the art amenities. These upgraded amenities on board the train have been detrimental in adding to the comfort and world class experience on board the Palace on Wheels train. The details of the facilities on board the Palace on Wheels are mentioned below for your kind perusal.
Palace on Wheels has 14 cabins resounding with the rich heritage and royal opulence of the erstwhile princes of a bygone era. Each coach is designed with a distinct motif and named accordingly. Each cabin named after former princely states of Rajputana reverberate with the aesthetics of yore offering a vista to the royal past and the splendor regal living. Traditional décor fuses seamlessly with the contemporary élan of the avant-garde amenities and comfort. Each cabin comes equipped with television with live channels, attached bathrooms with running hot/cold water, intercom and channel music. Each cabin is personally attended to by a Khidmatgar (personal attendants) to take care of any need or request of the guests.
The Palace on Wheels has two elegantly appointed restaurants with ethnic décor, which serves an array of succulent cuisines to the guests in their welcoming interiors. Maharaja and Maharani are the two eateries that are housed here that feature an eclectic selection of authentic Chinese, Continental, Thai and pan Indian fares along with savory seafood and Mexican delicacies. Guests looking for authentic tastes of Rajasthani recipes can relish from an assortment of authentic Rajasthani cuisines served in the restaurants of the train.
Palace on Wheels facilities also include the well stocked bar that serves fine wines, liquors and liqueurs to the guests in its inviting ambience. This relaxing bar has an impressive collection of domestic as well as international blends and malts. With an impressive collection of books in its library, this bar is an ideal place to unwind and relax.
The lounge is one of the star facilities aboard the Palace on Wheels. It offers a serene and relaxing venue to the guests with its cozy interiors. Equipped with plush seating, a well stocked library and game tables; the lounge is a perfect place to spend time with friends and acquaintances. Panoramic windows of the lounge offer breathtaking views of the landscape spooling by.
A pampering spa saloon is the recent addition in the train with a variety of therapeutic massages on offer to relax and rejuvenate the guests. Expert therapists offer specialized services to the guests; both therapeutic and beauty treatments.