Thursday, September 20, 2012

Palace on wheels

Leave the worries of the world behind and step aboard Palace on Wheels to spend an entire week in the fantasy world of your imagination where every single aspect is made to pamper you and to offer you a never before experience of traversing. A sophisticated yet relaxing way to explore the charismatic landscape of India along with its colourful culture, tradition and heritage, Palace on Wheels journey makes the guests live a royal life in the maharaja style.

Palace on Wheels
 This merriment journey to the royal kingdom of Rajasthan becomes all the more hypnotic with experience, style and hospitality that travelers get onboard. All the Palace on Wheels carriages mirror the grandeur of lifestyle that erstwhile rulers of India used to bask. The silk curtains, intricate wood carvings, reposeful furniture and furnishings adorn the guest carriages which come with modern attached bathrooms.

Palace on Wheels Facilities

"On the wheels of luxury, to the world of fantasy." 
Palace on Wheels isn't just the name of a luxury train in India, but it's the pride of Indian travel industry that makes its guests live, experience and share the elegance, sophistication and extravaganza of the bygone era. The Palace on Wheels facilities has taken the concept of luxury into a new dimension where every single aspect is precisely chosen to pamper the guests and to usher them with unparallel generosity. An ultimate paradigm of opulence in motion, the train offers the classy and chic facilities with an addition of a personal attendant who turn every wish of the guests into a reality even before they utter about the same. The following is a glimpse of the Palace on Wheels facilities that contribute towards making the journey all the more magical- After India got independence in 1947, all the royal rail carriages were ceased to be used. Because of their rich artistry on the inner walls, it was not possible to include these in the fleet regular passenger trains. It was only on 26th January 1982, that Palace on Wheels pioneered the tradition of luxury train journey in India and made its maiden voyage as a luxury steam engine train. This luxury Indian train started operating in a regular basis from October 1982.

Accommodation- When luxury marries elegance and gracefulness, Palace on Wheels accommodation takes its shape. The 14 fully air-conditioned sedans are decorated in a way that offer solace to your visual senses and at the same time pampers your body and soul. Wall to wall carpeting, use of rich fabric, availability of avant-garde facilities, royal furnishing, comfortable padded beds and chic en-suite bathroom are just few of the details that make each Palace on Wheels cabin a deluxe abode onboard.

Dining Car- Palace on Wheels DiningThe Palace on Wheels dining experience is as extravagant as the train itself. Maharaja and Maharani, the two regal class restaurants onboard serve cuisines from around the world along with offering some signature dishes from the Rajasthani culinary tradition. The welcoming ambience accompany well with every particular dish that the restaurant stewards serves on your platters. The master chefs of the restaurants use fresh seasonal ingredients to prepare tantalizing dishes which are rich both in taste and aroma.

Dining Car
 Bar- Palace on Wheels BarTake delight of the ever changing panorama of Rajasthan or just get engaged in a friendly talk with fellow passengers over a glass of wine in the lavishly appointed bar onboard Palace on Wheels. The freshly prepared snacks are also there to accompany each glass of your wine or spirit. This onboard deluxe bar serves variety of beverages both from the Indian and international brands.

 Rejuvenation Car (Spa)- Palace on Wheels BarLuxury means totality of comfort and lavishness; thus to offer the guests a complete royal experience, the Palace on Wheels houses a rejuvenation car also. Take delight of a rejuvenating spa session after a daylong excursion; make your body and senses feel the blissful treatments that the expert spa therapists offer onboard. To enjoy a revitalizing treatment onboard amid royal ambience certainly elevates the charm of your journey to its apex. 

Rejuvenation Car (Spa)
 Lounge- Palace on Wheels BarWhile traversing through the plains and hills, you can spend some utterly relaxing moments in the lounge car of Palace on Wheels. Designed to offer the best of relaxing ambience, this sitting lounge is a great place to socialize with other fellow passengers or to plunge into some rich literary works. You can also take part in a host of exciting onboard recreational activities in this lounge car only.

Khidmatgar (Personal Attendant)- To make your journey experience all the more extravagant, the Palace on Wheels has introduced the concept of Khidmatgar or personal attendant. All the personal attendants are specially trained to offer you the best of hospitality services and to make your every wish come true.

Arrival Kit- As it is said earlier that every aspect of Palace on Wheels facilities will make you surprised, so the beginning of the journey also is no less than a beautiful astonishment. Every passenger is offered an arrival kit as they check in to the train. The kit consists of stationary items, broachers and cards etc. If you want anything additional, you can ask that from the personal attendant who will be at your service round the clock.

Indoor Games- Understanding each need of the guests, the facilities are molded on this regal class train. An array of indoor games such as chess, Chinese checker, cards, carom board and crossword puzzle are available onboard. Moreover, if you wish to get engaged in a debate, you can also do that in the sitting lounge of the luxury Indian train.

Newspaper/Magazine- To make you stay connected with the world, the train offers you daily newspapers and magazines. The leading newspapers will greet you every morning accompanied by a cup of hot tea.

Off-train Cultural Events- A journey to the heartland of India is probably incomplete without having a glimpse of its cultural extravaganza. Thus the off-train excursion is also studded with dazzling cultural evening at Jaisalmer and light & sound program at Chittorgarh.

Onboard Events- If you wish to celebrate your special moments such as anniversary, wedding or business events onboard, you can do so with prior information. The event management team of the train will provide you all kinds of assistance to make your special moment all the more extraordinary.

Palace on Wheels Tariff

A detailed insight of the Palace on Wheels price has been offered below for the kind perusal of all the guests. The luxury Indian train Palace on Wheels offers three kinds of possessions- Single, Double and Triple occupancy. The following tariff plan is based on per person per night basis. The prices may include additional charges during special festive season departures. Along with the Palace on Wheels tariff, the terms & conditions, booking policy, cancellation policy and inclusions & exclusions are also being discussed. The below mentioned price would be valid till April 2013.

Palace on Wheels Prices for this lean season (Sept 2012 & April 2013)
Occupancy Type Ticket Price
(Per person per night)
Single occupancyUSD 575
Twin sharingUSD 430
Triple sharingUSD 390
Palace on Wheels Prices for peak season (Oct 2012 to March 2013 )
Occupancy Type Ticket Price
(Per person per night)
Single occupancyUSD 770
Twin sharingUSD 575
Triple sharingUSD 520
Terms & Conditions The fare of Palace on Wheels covers the following - The charges for travel, catering, sightseeing, entrance fee at monuments/palaces/other places of interest, cultural performances, camel ride at Sam Sand Dunes (Jaisalmer), boat ride at Lake Pichola (Udaipur) and rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.
The fare of Palace on Wheels doesn't cover the following - The charges for drinks, outgoing calls, tips, laundry, facility of the business car, beverages and other items of personal nature, video camera fees etc.
Booking Policy For the fully independent travelers (FITs)
  • » 50% of the tariff at the time of the confirmation of the booking.
  • » Remaining 50% of the tariff needs to be paid 60 days prior to departure.
For the fully independent travelers (FITs)
  • » 50% of the tariff while confirming the booking.
  • » Remaining 50% of the tariff 75 days prior to the journey.
Cancellation Policy If the guests want to cancel their tour, they need to inform about the same through e-mail or fax. The amount of the refunded money completely depends upon the number of days left for the scheduled departure.
In Case of FITs (Fully Independent Travelers)-
  • » 95% of the ticket value would be refunded in case the cancellation is made 60 days prior to the scheduled departure date
  • » 80% of the ticket value would be refunded if the cancellation is made 30-59 days prior to the scheduled departure date
  • » No refund would be given if the cancellation is made 0-29 days prior to the scheduled departure date.
In Case of Group Bookings-
  • » If the guests made their cancellation 60 days prior to the departure date, 90% of the total journey price would be refunded
  • » If the guests made the cancellation 0-59 days prior to departure date, no refund would be offered.

Palace on Wheels Schedule

The exclusive luxury Indian train Palace on Wheels takes the travelers to the princely state of Rajasthan during its seasonal run. The tour package for this majestic journey can be booked well in advance as per the scheduled departure date. The guests can take delight of a royal journey on this moving palace on wheels with just USD 390 per night. The following we have presented a detailed view of the Palace on Wheels departure schedule with year and date so that guests can select their journey according to their preference. 

The detailed Palace on Wheels schedule for the season September 2012 to December 2013 are given in particular as follows -
Departure Dates for the season September 2012 to April 2013
September 20125, 12, 19, 26
October 20123, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 20127, 14, 21, 28
December 20125, 12, 19, 26
January 20132, 9, 16, 23, 30
February 20136, 13, 20, 27
March 20136, 13, 20, 27
April 20133, 10, 17, 24
Departure Dates for the season September 2013 to April 2014
September 20134, 11, 18, 25
October 20132, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 20136, 13, 20, 27
December 20134, 11, 18, 25
January 20141, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 20145, 12, 19, 26
March 20145, 12, 19, 26
April 20142, 9, 16, 23,30

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1 comment:

  1. Travel to Palace on Wheels India to relish the comfort of a palace. It has marvelous interiors, luxurious lights and turbaned staff in red overcoats takes care of everything. Live like a king and take pleasure in every moment you spend in a grand maharaja style during the Place on Wheels tour.