The Palace on Wheels is one of the most luxurious and prestigious trains of the world. The comforts and facilities offered onboard the Palace on Wheels are unparallel and difficult to be found on any other trains in the world.
The history of the Palace on Wheels is as legendry and vivid as the train itself. The carriages of this wonderful luxury train of India have a history of their own. Originally used as a favorite medium of transport by the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India, the magnificent coaches of the Palace on Wheels take you to the dream world of erstwhile Maharaja and Nawabs of India.
After the independence of India in 1947, Indian Railways decided to discontinue the use of these magnificent coaches. As the coaches had well decorated traditional interiors with gorgeous furnishings, it was not viable to include them in the normal passenger trains. In 1981-82, due to efforts of the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the Indian Railways decided to launch a special heritage train for tourists, visiting Rajasthan. It was aimed at providing an unforgettable and momentous travel and tour experience to the tourists. And so was the Palace on Wheels became a reality. Powered by a steam engine, the Palace on Wheels made its maidan journey on 26th January 1982. Gradually the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways departments made many infrastructure changes in the coaches of the Palace on Wheels while maintaining the same aesthetics of the interiors alive. In 1991, a new air-conditioned meter gauge Palace on Wheels on the lines of the old heritage train was launched, which has 14 saloons, 2 restaurants cum kitchen cars, one bar cum lounge and 4 service cars. Each saloon boasts 4 cabins, equipped with bath and shower facilities. The Palace on Wheels also has a well-maintained library.
Since its launch in 1982, the Palace on Wheels has been enjoying very wide media coverage, contributing to its popularity all around the world.
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