India’s premier tourist luxury train, ‘Palace on Wheels‘ steamed out of New Delhi on Wednesday, 4 Aug. Forty-one passengers, including foreigners, boarded the train.

The anticipated New Look and facilities of this avant-garde train includes a spa wagon and extended menu of succulent cuisine to entice and stimulate the taste buds of the guests. According to Mr. Pramod Sharma, GM, RTDC, all coaches have been revamped with more cushy and graceful fabrics and carpets. Besides, the menu now includes an eclectic selection of Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and Continental cuisines along with savory sea food varieties.

Palace on Wheels offers a spectacular itinerary to the guests spanning over 8 days. Some of the most popular and majestic tourist destinations are covered over the period of 7days and 6 nights. The destination list includes ‘the Pink City’ Jaipur, monumental city of love Agra, undulating sand dunes of Jaisalmer and wildlife retreat of Ranthambore, among others.

“We had actually heard about this train long back and we planned with our European friends to come here but unfortunately we could not manage but this time we decided to go on this train with our whole family,” Murli Adnani, a passenger.

The joint operators of this exclusive train-Indian Railways and the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) expressed hope that the added facilities would attract even more tourists.

“Now this time after two to three years, refurbishing has been done. All the saloons, cabins and lounge cars have new curtains, new tapestry, new carpets; all have been changed said Pramod Sharma, GM, RTDC

The journey by the Palace on Wheels covers all the famous royal palaces, museums, sanctuaries and the Thar Desert in Rajasthan over a period of seven days.

Inaugurated in 1982, the ‘Palace on Wheels’ has been a hit with tourists. The fully air-conditioned train has 14 deluxe saloons in which the Maharajas of yore traveled.

In tune with modern trends, all saloons are equipped with five star amenities like channel music, intercom, running hot water, double beds and wall-to-wall carpeting.

The interiors of most coaches reflect the glory and elegance of various dynasties of Indian history.

News Source: Sify News, I-newswire

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