Palace on Wheels:
Palace on Wheels was already famous before Independence. Before 1947 India was divided into so many princely states, among them Rajputana, Gujarat, The Nizam of Hyderabad are few. The princes of these states and Viceroy of British travelled through these luxurious coaches. After India got Independence there were so many political situations occurred among these princely states and these coaches were kept in shadow. In 1981-82 the Rajasthan government planned to bring back these luxurious coaches into existence under the Tourism Development Corporation with the support of Indian Railways. This plan was succeeded and the Indian Railways launched a special heritage tourist train for the tourists to make them memorable experience when they visited Rajasthan.
Palace On Wheels Interior:
The Palace on Wheels train is one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world. The journey takes seven days and makes you a heart-rending trip. The trip takes you to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan. The journey starts on every Wednesday evening at 18-00 hrs at Delhi and ends by reaching next Wednesday in the morning at 7:00 hrs. After launching the train in Rajasthan government and Indian Railways brought many infrastructural changes in the inner side of the coaches. They changed the decoration of the coaches which resembles as the royal state and added the air condition to the entire train. The interior decoration is in Lavish and passionate the tourists. Each saloon represents the cultural ethos of the states. The furniture, handcrafts, paintings make a lot of richness to the saloons.
The facilities in The Palace on Wheels:
The facilities in the train are as equal as the five-star hotels. Broad gauge trains were introduced with full air conditioned coaches. The train had 14 saloons, each one is attached with bath and shower. 4 service cars, 2 restaurants cum kitchen cars and one Bar cum Lounge. There was also a library for the readers. The facilities in this train indicates all the modern amenities of everyday life. The interior was in the style of Rajasthani tradition and each saloon has personal attendants to service you. Travelling through this train is full of luxury and comfort. While you are travelling in this train you feel that you are as the guest to a prince, of course, some times as a prince in the palace. It is a perfect chance to the tourists to feel how the royal families lead their lives in past.
The Treatment of the Staff in Palace on wheels Train:
Treatment in the Palace on wheels train was full of respect and humble. Each saloon having 4 cabins attached with bath and shower. In the two restaurants, the staffs offer Indian traditional food, Chinese cuisine and Continental food. The restaurant is full of stock with Indian liquor, scotch, wine and cocktails. Children can pay the games and play always the piped music. And also health based services like Spa saloon, Ayurvedic massage also newly introduced. There are doctor and laundry services also available. The names of the saloon are given in the names of Princely states.