New Delhi: A new luxury
train, which will cover tourist destinations in three states,
started its maiden journey from Safdarjung railway station in the
'Royal Rajasthan on Wheels' - touted as India's most luxurious
train - is a joint venture between Rajasthan Tourism Development
Corporation Ltd (RTDC) and the Indian Railways.
The train will run every Sunday between October and April from
Delhi. It will travel across three states - Rajasthan, Madhya
Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
"The train will go to Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Khajuraho and
Agra. And the journey will culminate in Varanasi," RTDC chairman
Pramod Sharma said. The entire journey would be completed in seven
Consisting of 35 coaches, the train has a ferrying capacity of 82
passengers in one trip. The train has on board a spa, gymnasium,
specials suites, deluxe saloons and two restro-lounges which make
the journey truly a 'royal experience'.
"This train is better than 'Palace on Wheels' as it is more
spacious and grander. It has every luxury which anyone would
want," said Sharma.
While the journey will cost $4,130 (Rs.2,14,760), one will have to
shell out $1,600 (Rs.83,200) per day more if one travels in the
On Sunday, as the train started its maiden trip, there were 61
foreign tourists on board.
"So far, the service has been really good and the crew is really
hospitable. It would be too early to say anything about the train
as the journey has not even started yet," an Australian tourist
Kent Vodan told IANS while the train was at Safdarjung station.