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Inside the Palace on Wheels: a Layman’s Report on the Jaipur Tour

By Alisa Ray Subscribe to RSS | July 18th 2012 | Views:

The Palace of Wheels, an initiative of the IRCTC and Rajasthan Tourism, was incepted in 1982 and was the first luxury train from the stables of the Indian Railways. The train proved to be an instant success story, thanks in no small parts to the luxury it could afford to its patrons. Travel critics have often analyzed the various factors that make the Palace on Wheels the 4th best luxury train in the world. It is said that all is needed is a week spent on the Palace on Wheels Jaipur Tour and all speculations are laid to rest thereafter. Given below are a few factors that have led to the meteoric rise in its popularity among international and local tourists alike.

14 insanely beautiful cabins, each reeking of class, set this train apart from other luxury trains of the world. Used for Palace on Wheels Jaipur Tour, each coach is a statement of royalty with paintings, mirror works, plush upholstery and other furnishings done in excellent taste. Each cabin is named after a former Rajput kingdom such as Bharatpur, Alwar, Jaiselmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur etc. All cabins bear influences from the Maharaja era and resemble their personal carriages.

The staff is the most vital cog in the wheel of the hospitality industry. And Palace of Wheels wins a lot of accolades for the courteous and dedicated staff it has in its ranks. Each cabin is provided with a personal attendant who looks after every possible whim of his guests.

The chef makes personal visits to each cabin, taking notes about the quality of food served. All guests aboard this train are spoilt for choice.

A channel music system, mini pantry, attached bathrooms, wall to wall carpeting, a lounge area with an assortment of books to read, multi cuisine dining are- this is not a 5 star hotel being referred to. The Palace on Wheels is a full fledged luxury hotel with wheels under it. Some guests have even likened it to the luxury hotels in Dubai. There are 2 restaurants which dish out Chinese, Indian, Continental and Rajasthani cuisines. This again is an evidence of the elegance that is rightly associated with this train.

The itinerary that is included in Palace on Wheels Jaipur Tour is all encompassing and covers almost all kingdom cities such as Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaiselmer, Bikaner, Chittorgarh and others. Guests are exposed to the local flavor by having them interact with the locals and explaining the nuances of individual cultures of each city. Special light and sound programs are also organized for the entertainment of the guests. Local tour guides, well versed with English, are appointed for small groups who show them around citing interesting trivia and anecdotes associated with each local attraction.

Surely, there are several other aspects not listed above that make the entire experience of a Palace on Wheels Jaipur Tour truly unforgettable. If you have enough bucks to cough, book one for yourself today.

Alisa Ray - About Author:
When it comes to luxury travel, India is a destination with immense possibilities. Having traveled across the length and breadth of this country, Alisa Ray offers expert advice and travel tips for luxury travel and unique experiences in India to the connoisseurs of luxury traveling around the world. With years of experience behind her back, her tips on luxury train traveling comes handy to those planning to undertake luxury rail tours in India.

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