The luxury train, operated by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), lets you discover the hidden facts and the enchanting beauty of the desert state of Rajasthan during its week long voyage amidst sheer luxury and opulence.
Powered by a steam engine, the Palace on Wheels made its maiden journey on 26th January (India’s Republic Day) 1982. Ever since then, this Indian luxury train has gained remarkable success and attained worldwide acclaim and popularity including the PATA gold award in 1987. 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. It now boasts of a Spa, Wi-fi and Digital television facilities as well. All thanks to these world class facilities, the train has been rated as one of the ten best luxurious rail journeys in the world. Recently, it bagged the "Readers Travel Award" by a popular American travel magazine - Conde Nast Traveller.