Palace On Wheels – The Orient Express


One of India’s best-loved luxury trains, the Palace on Wheels is as famous as ever was. India’s pride, Palace on Wheels has been rated amongst the top ten luxury trains of the world. Taking you on an unforgettable journey through the land of romance and chivalry, it is wonderfully unique and undoubtedly without a parallel in the world.

An epitome of royal luxury, the Palace on Wheels transports one to another era, the regal yesteryears when Maharajas and Maharanis reigned supreme is recreated, and as the train chugs along, you could be living in a royal palace as far as you can tell. True to its name, the ambience is royal, the comfort, convenience and charm of the Palace on Wheels unmatched by any other train.

Departing every Wednesday from New Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station on an eight day trip, the inimitable Palace on Wheels, India’s No. 1 luxury train makes stops at Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, and Agra. Which means you get the opportunity to experience the mystical charm of Rajasthan, be enthralled by its magnificent palaces, forts and havelis. A camel ride through its sand dunes, the desert by moonlight and you will know why Rajasthan captures the heart of all who visit it.

Step back into time and enjoy the splendour of the past, a bygone era of princes, palaces and medieval fortresses as you chug along through the heart of colourful Rajasthan. Fully air conditioned, the Palace on Wheels train is a legend on its own, all gleaming brass, ceilings of painted silk, walls aglow with the warm jewel tones of ancient paintings. Truly exclusive, the Palace on Wheels offers luxurious cabins, wall-to-wall carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars, and personalised service. Indeed, it is a Royal journey into the past, when the Maharaja and Maharanis of India were known and envied the world over for their inexhaustible wealth and the amazing lifestyle they led.

And nowhere is the opulence of a bygone era, a past reminiscent of legends of romance and chivalry more evident than on the Palace on Wheels. You board the train to a traditional warm welcome, get seduced by the luxurious comfort of the train and sample a variety of cuisines offered by the royal kitchens. A well-stocked bar together with your own personal attendant, the Palace On Wheels is a home away from home.

Experience a royal treatment truly befitting a yesteryear Maharaja or Maharani for one full week, savour the sights and sounds of Rajasthan, replete with colourful turbans, swirling long skirts, jewels and jewelry and exotic folklore. When the journey’s over, you will wish to start all over again on the Palace on Wheels!

Sahil Mehta