comprises 14 fully
air-conditioned deluxe saloons, equipped with world-class amenities to
enhance the pleasure of travelling.
The 14 coaches are made up of 104 passenger berths in double-bedded cabins,
each with channel music intercom, attached toilet, running hot and cold
water and a shower.
The coaches are named after former Rajput states matching the aesthetics
and interiors of the royal past. Each saloon has a mini pantry and a lounge
to ensure availability of hot and cold beverages, and refreshment and a
place to relax and get together.
The train has two lavish restaurants "The Maharaja" and "the
Maharani" with a Rajasthani ambience serving palate tickling
continental, Indian and Rajasthani cuisine. The train also boasts of a well
stocked bar offering the choicest of spirits of Indian and international
brands. Each coach also offers a good collection of books to choose from.
A Renovated Look
In 1999, the palace-on-wheels has been refurbished to a great extent. The décor
in the saloons, bar lounge has been changed, keeping in mind the
traditionally aesthetic yet modern, Palace On Wheels
. Toilets have been
redone and are maintained sparkling clean. Each saloon lounge has been
equipped with a colour television and a CD player.
A satellite phone is on the way to make passengers communicate anywhere in
the world from the train.
Tourists will be delighted that they among those chosen ones to see
Rajasthan by the Palace-On-Wheels. On board, a passenger will feel like an
erstwhile monarch, travelling in regal splendour. Each coach named after the
erstwhile princely state has 4 twin bedded chambers, thoughtfully decorated
in ethnic Rajasthani décor. Channel music, intercom, attached
toilets, running hot & cold water shower and wall to wall carpeting are
some of the facilities to make you feel at home. Each saloon has personal
attendants or "Khidmatgars", who are at your beck and call to
extend a courteous helping hand, should you need anything.
The 14 Coaches are: -
Located strategically, Alwar is the gateway to Rajasthan from Delhi. With a
turbulent history spanning back to the medieval era, Alwar has been an
important place of trade and commerce. Bestowed by nature with a unique
habitat comprising forests and deep valleys, Alwar is home to several
species of flora and fauna. The ceiling of the Alwar coach lounge has been
done aesthetically in a delightful mix of cone work and oils in relief,
depicting a hunting scene. The royal emblem and a miniature painting adorn
the lounge subtle tones of pink enhance the romantic ambience of the lounge.
Maharaja Suraj Mal, the valiant Jat king who was admired for his chivalry
and courage, had his abode here. Once a fortified township, Bharatpur is now
an ornithologist's paradise and well known for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird
Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to over 376 avian species. Echoing the
vividity of nature's gift to Bharatpur the relief work on this coach
depicts various species of birds on the tree of life. A replica of the royal
crest of Bharatpur adorns the valance of the blinds. The 'nature'
theme is further endorsed by the white cedar inlay work depicting birds and
painted peacocks, sitting on a Haveli worked on a mirror. The colour scheme,
with its profusion of beige and aqua green, is a vivid reminder of lush
green forests of Bharatpur and Ghana.
Bikaner came into being in 1486 AD when Rao Bika set out to carve a
separate kingdom for himself. The colour scheme of the lounge has been
motivated by the opulent coronation rooms in burning red and gold of the
Anup Mahal and Padam Mahal of the Junagarh Fort. The royal state crest is
placed on the valance along with some handicrafts of Rajasthan. The ceiling
is done up in relief work and an oil painting on canvas, depicting the
legendary lovers Dhola & Maru on camel back. The artwork in the lounge
is in the Mughal influenced style of the Bikaner School of Art.
The quaint little state of Bundi lies cradled in the hills, east of Mewar.
The palace complex of Bundi towers above the township. An imposing
structure, it is approached by a long paved ramp that ascends to the Hathi
Pol, and is depicted in watercolour work in one of the bedrooms. The famous
Ragmala also called "Rag Ragini", paintings of Bundi have been
highlighted through oil paintings on canvas and are placed on the ceilings.
The royal crest is highlighted on the valance. The famous Bundi School of
Painting is depicted in the framed and mounted art pieces and also serves as
the bases for the colour scheme and overall décor, including a
delightfully frescoed ceiling.
Dholpur is known for its locally quarried sandstone used for building
palaces and for lattice-work extensively used for balcony railings. The
rails in the coach are made of Teak ply and depict the fine craftsmanship
originally done in stone. The Dholpur crest decorates the valance in Zardozi
Dungarpur meaning 'Hill Town' is wild and rugged and known for
its architecture and the Bhil tribals. The ceiling is done up in a mixture
of relief and mirror work in line with the 'Lep' work done by the
tribals on the walls of their houses. The royal state crest, in intricate
Zardozi work, appears on the valance of the blinds.
Founded by Rao Jaisal in 1156 AD, this remote desert city is famous for the
Jaisalmer fort, epitomised by Satyajit Ray in the 'Shonar Kella'
(The golden fortress), an epic celluloid saga. The city is also famous for
its Havelies, cobbled streets, ancient Jain temples and a festive gaiety
that reverberates across the shimmering sands of the Thar Desert. The
intricately latticed havelies with conspicuous facades served as the
inspiration for the intricately carved Jharokhas on the lounge ceiling. It
is done on teak wood with a mirror backing. The famous Jawahar Niwas façade
has been depicted in the state lounge using cone, metal, copper and silver
medium. The royal insignia adorns the valance of the blinds. The colour
scheme reflects the beige of the desert sands.
Known the world over as the pink city, Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Sawai
Jai Singh in 1727 A.D. the city was planned by the architect Vidhyadhar,
under the instructions of the maharaja. The king was an astronomer and a
connoisseur of arts. And his taste is conspicuous in the beautiful city
constructed by him. A fascinating land, Jaipur has innumerable palaces,
monuments & gardens that attract hoards of visitors every year. Fairs
and festivals reflect the exuberant charm of the people here. The cheerful
nature of the local inhabitants is reflected in the vibrant colours &
captivating music that enliven their spirits, even in this arid desert land.
The ceiling of the state lounge has been created using the famed 'Phad'
or foil work, depicting festivals like Teej, Gangaur, Holi, Diwali etc. The
royal emblem of the state, in Zardozi work, graces the valance. The walls
have been decorated with miniature paintings of the famous Jaipur style of
painting. The ceilings have painted frescoes, done in complementary colours,
reflecting the state's colour scheme of Blue & Gold.
This powerful kingdom of the Jhalas, a clab of valiant Rajputs, was created
in the year 1838 A.D. it is a charming land with immense natural beauty.
Tales of valour and chivalry and numerous folklore abound in this region.
Jhalawar also has some beautiful temples and ancient Buddhist caves. The
ceiling has been worked out in a medium used by the local inhabitants of
Jhalawar to decorate their home. A play of colours and mirror work has been
used in the medium of plaster of paris to create a unique ambience. The
royal emblem of the erstwhile state in Zardozi work is seen on the valance
along with handicrafts supporting the tabletops of the state lounge.
This capital of the Marwar kingdom lies on the tip of the Thar Desert and
was the seat of a formidable dynasty of rulers from the 15th century
onwards. The Mehrangarh Fort, which dominates the city of Jodhpur is
fascinating with its cusped arcades and the Mughal influenced designs of the
Moti Mahal recreated in mother of pearl work on the ceiling. The royal crest
is highlighted on the valance along with the miniature paintings in the
lounge, which is typical of the Jodhpur school of art.
The Bani Thani paintings of the state with their exaggerated features like
eyes and long fingers, are well known. One of these famous paintings is
recreated on the ceiling in acrylic, painted with enamel and foil. The crest
appears in Zardozi work on the blinds of the windows with an artwork of the
Kishangarh School of Art highlighted on the wall of the state lounge.
Once a prosperous Rajput state, Kota is picturesquely located beside the
Chambal River, surrounded by verdant forests and picnic gardens. The city
palace is a grand structure. The entry to the palace is through the Hathi
Pol, which is brightly painted with figures of elephants. Kota is well known
for the Kota school of design. These elements have served as the basis for
designing the décor of this coach. The distinctive features of the
Kota School of Art can be seen in the oil paintings titled "Raja Aur
Praja" (The Monarch and his subjects) on the ceiling. It depicts Raja
Ram Singh (1826-66) of Kota amidst a royal procession.
This erstwhile state has earned an enviable reputation the world over for
its gold fort near Pratapgarh. Especially the coloured glasswork within it
is remarkable. The style of work has a typically Indo-European flavour as
European influence is quite conspicuous. The rooms highlight this style
through the framed works of art done in the same style. The ambience and
colour scheme has also been designed in keeping with this school of art. The
gold foil and glasswork also has semi-precious stones embedded in it, and
has been done in a mix media created from cone and paint embossed particle
boards. The royal insignia has been placed prominently. Mounted miniatures
done in the Sirohi School Style lend a unique character to the décor.
Lazing on the edge of the lake Pichola, Udaipur was the capital of the
Sisodia Rajputs after they moved from Chittaur. The city palace in Udaipur
is a complex of reception halls, residential suites and internal courts from
which the state lounge and bedroom take their colour schemes- dominant blue
and white. The most fascinating of the inner courts is the peacock court.
The medium used is a combination of relief work and 'Patra' or
oxidized white metal work. The royal crest of the state, in alluring Zardozi
work, is set on the valance of the blinds.