Photo: Palace on Wheels

What It's Like to Ride on One of India's Most Luxurious Train Cars

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by Morgane Croissant Mar 20, 2024

While the Maharajas’ Express is often considered as India’s most luxurious train, it’s certainly not the only high-end option for rail travel in the country. The lesser-known Palace on Wheels, operating since 1982, is a train that runs seven-night, eight-day trips in the state of Rajasthan in very opulent fashion.

The Palace on Wheels consists of 14 air-conditioned cars in which you’ll find two restaurants/dining cars, a spa where passengers can enjoy massages, a lounge car where travelers can socialize and relax, a bar car, as well as 39 Deluxe cabins and two Super Deluxe cabins.

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The cabins, much like the rest of the train, are decorated with antique furniture, high-quality ethnic Rajasthani textiles, arched and embellished ceilings, traditional artworks, and wooden panels that create an intimate but ritzy atmosphere. Each cabin has its own en suite bathroom equipped with toiletries, and travelers may choose between twin beds or double beds.

Itinerary of the Palace on Wheels

The Palace on Wheels offers seven-night, eight-day journeys that start from Delhi every Wednesday and include stops in Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, and Agra, before closing the loop and returning to Delhi.

The train travels at night so that passengers can experience a new corner of Rajasthan every single day. Excursions are organized every day, including a visit of Ranthambhore National Park, a camel ride, a visit to Taj Mahal, lunches in five-star hotels, and many more extraordinary outings.

The price of traveling on board the Palace on Wheels

The cost of riding this very special train varies according to the time of year you wish to travel at, the type of cabin you stay in (Deluxe or Super Deluxe), and whether you’re traveling alone or as a pair (with traveling alone being more expensive).

Based on double occupancy, the price of a journey on board the Palace on Wheels starts at $4333 in a Deluxe cabin, and can reach up to $10,402 in a Super Deluxe cabin. Prices are available on the website, along with the schedule of operation.

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