Places on Wheel Information
Palace on Wheels was started on January 26, 1982. It was launched by the Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) for the development of tourism in Rajasthan. The train service was refurbished and restarted in August 2009 with a new decor, itinerary and cuisine.
A. Palace on Wheels is India’s the first luxury train and known for its itinerary covering iconic tourist attractions of India that teach about historic tales of the country.
A. The train operates in Rajasthan and Agra. It mostly covers the major tourist attractions of Rajasthan.
A. Palace on Wheels tickets can be booked via online through approved General Sales Agent (GSA) of RTDC. To book tickets, click here.
A. All the carriages and equipment of the train sparkles in the glory of the royalty and legacy of erstwhile kingdoms portrays it like a moving Palace on Wwheels. That’s why it was remarked as the “Palace on Wheels”. Also, the carriages honored with the princely states of Rajasthan signifies it.
A. Under Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and Indian Railways, Palace on Wheels is operating.
A. Yes, children are allowed to travel and a child up to 12 years can be considered under children policy.
A. No, pets are not allowed to travel on the train.
A. After completion of payment, travel documents will be handed to everyone. They are very important to carry and Passport and visa also must carry.
A. Always try to book before three months to make your place confirm. Because bookings on Palace on Wheels is very fast.
A. All Debit and Credit cards can be accepted and bank transfers too.
A. For foreigners, Visa is must to enter into the country. But particularly we never ask for the details of Passport or visa on the train.
A. No regulations, you can wear what you like according to your comfort and convenience.
A. India is a tropical land, so try to wear thick woolen clothes in winters and at other times better to wear cotton clothes and linens. For safaris, try to wear light weighted clothes, sunglasses, shoes.
A. Based on season and occupancy, ticket price varies.
During Peak Season :
from minimum INR 2,73,000 & USD 4,550 to maximum INR 7,56,000 & USD 12,600 costs a ticket.
During Lean Season :
from minimum INR 2,10,000 & USD 3,500 to maximum INR 7,56,000 & USD 12,600 costs a ticket.
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A. Gratuities not includes in the train fare.
A. Children who are below 12 years age costs 50% fare of an adult and for children below 5 years, 10% of the fare will be charged.
A. Yes, during celebrations of Christmas and New Year additional 10% surcharge will be added to the ticket cost.
A. No refund or reduction will be processed in tariff if you cut short the journey.
A. Yes, meals are part of the tariff.
A. Not in specific. If you are a resident of Yellow Fever epidemic country better to get Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate.
A. Always the itinerary starts on Wednesday evening and ends on the next Wednesday morning.
A. Yes, you can cancel the tickets. If you cancel before 90 days of departure date, 10% of ticket fare will be deducted. If you cancel before 30 to 89 days of departure date, 20% of ticket fare will be deducted. If you cancel within 29 days you don’t get a refund.
A. No, tickets can’t be transferred to another person.
A. Yes, your tour will be insured under the causes of terrorism, theft, natural disasters.
A. If the minimum passenger threshold not reached means your booked tour can be canceled. In such cases, refund or new journey dates will be published. If due to natural calamities, the tour canceled means no refund will be issued.
A. The Palace on Wheels runs only one itinerary, every destination of it is a marvel to discover. Check out the details of the itinerary to know more.
A. At the same Safdarjung railway station, the itinerary starts and ends.
Q. Is the itinerary open throughout the year?
A. On the auspicious day of Republic Day, January 26 in the year 1982, the first tour of Palace on Wheels has taken place.
A. When India got Independence, the royal cabins of Rajputs, Gujarat, Hyderabad Nizams, and British Viceroys were seized not to use. Then, RTDC used these cabins to convert into a luxury train and it is the “Palace on Wheels”. The brilliant idea is a great success and it gained good fame throughout the world.
Coaches and Cabins
A. Totally, 14 guest coaches were equipped to the train with two different types of accommodation.