Royal Palace on Wheels: The Train
Palace on Wheels

Euclid mentioned to King Ptolemy I.

"that there was no royal road to geometry", but what palace on wheels 
has in store for you is a royal track to happiness. Come aboard for the 
Royal Retreat, the pride of India, the wonderful, unparallel, unique and
unforgettable Palace on Wheels. Palace on Wheels has been rated 
amongst the top ten luxury trains of the world. Palace on Wheels 
happens to be one of the finest ways to travel through the intoxicating, 
incomparable, incredible, impressive, inimitable, inspirational land of India. 
Explore India aboard Palace on Wheels and feel the difference.

Exceptional Charm:
The astonishing train is for sure exceptional and so are the people who 
experience, the pulsating Palace-on-Wheels. Take the royal odyssey 
that chugs from the dashing Delhi to amazing Agra, through the rustic Rajasthan. 
The Palace-on-Wheels chugs every Wednesday night from the Delhi 
Cantt for a royal retreat and returns early morning for next Wednesday. 
This journey can be enjoyed only during the months of September to April. 
From May to August every year, no services are provided on the 
Palace-on-Wheels, as its Annual maintenance is taken care of. 
The beauty of the, travel experience, on Palace-on-Wheels lies in the fact that it
has been planned to be moving during the nights and be 
at the holiday destinations during the daytime. 

About the journey:
The journey though starts and ends at the capital city of Delhi moves through the 
Royal Rajasthan and the unique Uttar Pradesh. During week long fairy 
tale trip each halt will open up a treasure chest and enwrap you in its magic. 
The mystical charm of the magnificent cities en-route will not fail to capture you. 
The palaces, forts, havelis, sand dunes, the camel will pass by you. 
Each one of the magnificent and opulent evidence of the heritage 
of the past is brimming with legends of romance and chivalry. 
The tale of the glorious past will be silently conveyed to you. 

Comfort in the Palace on Wheels 
» every saloon coach is equipped with a saloon, mini-bar and kitchenette. 
» each cabin has its own toilet with shower and hot and cold running water. 
» Indian or European food is served in separate dining cars. 
» a panorama saloon coach with bar is waiting to be visited. 
» in each saloon coach a chief steward and his assistant look after your needs. 
» a public address system provides background music and is used for important announcements. 

a library is available. 
there is a first-aid room on the train; medical assistance is available at every stopping place. 
a bureau de change which also accepts travelers cheques is also on board the train. 

Schedule of departure:
Palace on Wheels is a weekly departure from September 
through April each year. It departs from Delhi on every Wednesday.

Royal Palace on Wheels: The Train

Occupancy Type
  October 2004 
to March 2005
(per person)
 Total for 7 nights
(per person)

Single occupancy US $ 485.00
Double occupancy US $ 350.00 2450.00 
Triple occupancy US $ 285.00 1995.00 

Occupancy Type
  September 2004 and April 2005
(per person)
 Total for 7 nights
(per person)

Single occupancy US $ 395.00
Double occupancy US $ 295.00 2065.00 
Triple occupancy US $ 240.00 1680.00 
Occupancy Type
  October 2005 
to March 2006
(per person)
 Total for 7 nights
(per person)

Single occupancy US $ 533.50
Double occupancy US $ 385.00 2695.00 
Triple occupancy US $ 313.5 2194.5 

Occupancy Type
  September 2005 and April 2006
(per person)
 Total for 7 nights
(per person)

Single occupancy US $ 395.00
Double occupancy US $ 295.00 2065.00 
Triple occupancy US $ 240.00 1680.00 

Tariff is inclusive of cost of travel, full catering (morning tea, breakfast, 
lunch, evening tea, and dinner), conducted sightseeing tours in deluxe 
coaches, entrance fee for monuments, palaces cultural entertainment at 
Jaipur and Jaisalmer and boat ride to and fro Lake Palace Hotel at Udaipur, 
Elephant ride at Jaipur, Camel ride at Jaisalmer and Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur. 

Note: Tariff does not include liquor, laundry and other items of personal 
nature and video camera charges for entry into Parks and monuments.

Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years

Itinerary and terms are subject to change without notice

 » Child below 5 years of age free of charge (without additional bed).
» Half price for child between 5 and 12 years old. 
» Kindly fill up the Reservation Form so as we can cater your specific requirement.
» Palace on wheel tour can be taken in part also for a minimum of four days.
» The itinerary is subject to change without any notice.
» Special Rates for September 2004 & April 2005.

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8 Dec 2008,
JAIPUR: At a time when a pall of gloom prevails in the tourism sector in the state due to large scale cancellations in all the hotels, the 
Palace-on-Wheels has reported none so far. However, security has been stepped up on the super luxury train in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks. 

"We are receiving queries from guests booked with us. But there has been no cancellation so far," confirmed an official. While the train always had armed guards onboard, now additional manual metal detectors, CCTVs and manual frisking of luggage are a part of the security drill. 

Then, the countdown for the "better than the best" train has begun albeit among too many apprehensions among the leisure traveller segment. The all new Royal Rajasthan-on-Wheels (RROW), which commences its first journey on January 11, 2009, has already got 20 bookings out of the full capacity of 82 passengers per trip. 

The eight-day itinerary is all planned that would take the train from New Delhi-Jaipur-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur & Chittorgarh-Bharatpur & Agra-New Delhi. While the breakfast will be onboard, lunches are planned at some of the best hotels. 

"When we launched the Palace-on-Wheels, for two to three years we took the tour only with 5-8 people even while our break-up was 33%. But the train had to run," said a source. Today, the train is absolutely booked till 2010 with over 76% bookings confirmed till 2012. 

However, considering the prevailing situation, added incentives have been offered on the train that were not there earlier. Also, a 10% additional incentive is being offered to travel agents and tour operators in addition to commission admissible for RROW bookings made before December 31. 

"However, this additional incentive will be given only for tours conducted upto April 2009," said Mira Mehrishi, principal secretary (tourism) and chairman of RTDC. So if the Palace-on-Wheels gave the tour operators 17% commission, the RROW bookings will get them a clean 27%.

For the travellers too, the fresh incentives will be easy on the pocket. "Now tourists aboard RROW have the option of paying up the entire booking amount just 15 days before the journey instead of 60 days as in the case of Palace-on-Wheels," said Mehrishi. 

The RROW, fabricated at an approximate cost of Rs 40 crore, is a fully air-conditioned train with a super deluxe saloon, 13 deluxe saloons, two restro-lounges, one SPA car, one kitchen car, two staff cars and two power cars. 

This would be the third luxury train in Rajasthan doing the circuit after immense response received by the first heritage train, the Palace-on-Wheels.

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