Luxury travel enthusiasts in India can rejoice as a plethora of options have just opened up for them. Rajasthan’s famous luxury train, Palace on Wheels, has resumed its services after almost two years when the company had to be shut down due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot got off the train at Gandhinagar railway station on Saturday, October 8. The news was shared by Rajasthan Tourism’s official Twitter account. Take a look at the post here.
HCM Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot flags off ‘Palace on Wheels’ family tour along with Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh, State Tourism Minister Murari Lal Meena, Industries Minister Shakuntala Rawat, RTDC Chairman Dharmendra Rathore and PST Gayatri Rathore among others .
— Rajasthan Tourism (@my_rajasthan) October 8, 2022
Other dignitaries present along with the CM were Rajasthan Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh, State Tourism Minister Murari Lal Meena, Industries Minister Shakuntala Rawat, RTDC Chairman Dharmendra Rathore and PST Gayatri Rathore among others.
According to national news, the Rajasthan CM mentioned that the luxury train service has been “captivating tourists for 40 years”. Reports mention that he checked the train facilities himself and wished the passengers of the royal train a happy and safe journey. The CM said it was “a matter of pride for the government to operationalize the service again”.
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For the uninitiated, the Palace On Wheels was voted the fourth best luxury train in the world. It has 39 luxury and 2 super luxury cabins inside the train, with a total capacity of 82 passengers, according to the train’s official website. The luxury car takes a journey to the pristine beauty of Rajasthan every Wednesday evening from New Delhi. It ends the following Wednesday early in the morning at the same station and covers more than 3,000 km in seven nights and eight days respectively.
There are several luxury amenities that passengers can enjoy if they choose to travel on the Palace On Wheels. The entire train is air-conditioned and each cabin has attached toilets for optimum privacy. Amenities such as high-speed Wi-Fi, a fully stocked pantry, access to music channels, a safe to protect your belongings, carpeted walls and more are available to everyone traveling on the train.
In an extra touch of refinement, each cabin also has a ‘khidmatgar’ or personal attendant and the carriages are named after famous palaces and forts in the desert state.
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