The luxury travel may be boosted if the recent proposal of Indian Railway to convert the old coaches of Palace on Wheels into “vintage hotels” turns into a reality.
Indian Railway’s heritage wing, with the motive to provide the passengers with opportunities to experience the ancient heritage while striking potential revenues, proposed to convert the ancient coaches of one of the leading luxury train of India to vintage hotels and restaurants.
In this regard, a senior Railway Ministry official said “We have sent the vintage hotel proposal to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for consideration. Each vintage hotel will have two to three coaches and would cost an estimated Rs 16 crore”.
At present, seven out of nine coaches of the Indian luxury train, Palace on Wheels are exhibited in the National Rail Museum. The museum comprises of more than 100 exhibits, which include coaches used by the royal families for traveling, ancient photographs, antique furniture and others.
The proposal expects to put up such restaurants at the selected stations or locations, which draw tourists. It also expects to put up these coaches turned vintage restaurants at the strategic points such as the Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed and Museum which captivates locomotive enthusiasts.
According to sources, the Rajasthan tourism department planned to provide wedding packages on the popular luxury trains like Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels in-order to endorse bookings. The plan also includes transferring guests to the luxurious weddings through these luxury trains.
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Adding up to the luxury trains’ updates, the luxury train Deccan Odessey , which is operated by Cox & Kings came up with a package last month that offered a 50 percent discount to Indian residents for their “companion” on booking a cabin for the royal journeys to be taken in between 30 June, 2016 to 16 October, 2016.