Palace On Wheels is a train that ranks amongst the top ten luxury trains in the world. The name of the train is quite apt as it really takes you back to the royal bygone era of palaces and luxuries. The train was named so because of the royal background of its coaches. The coaches that once played host to the erstwhile Kings and Maharajas were taken over by the State government and railway department. The air-conditioned broad gauges new train replaced the existing ones. Rajasthan Palace On Wheels now has 14 saloons, 2 restaurants cum kitchen cars, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 service Cars. There is also a comfortable lounge, a library and a bar.
Palace On Wheels luxury train takes you on a complete tour of Rajasthan in just seven days. All the 14 saloons of the train are named after the different cities of Rajasthan. The names of the saloons are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar, Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Dholpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kishangarh. The traditional look of the saloons has been complemented with all contemporary amenities of daily life. Apart from the 4 cabins connected with bath and shower, you will also get a Khidmatgar (personal attendant) attached to your salon.
Then, there are the two dining cars in the train that are designed in a true Rajasthani style. Palace on Wheels has two restaurants cum kitchen cars offering the traditional Indian food, along with Continental and Chinese cuisine. The bar is well stocked with both the Indian liquor as well as a variety of scotch, wine and cocktails. There you can also get souvenirs and gift items bearing the insignia of the POW in the souvenirs shop “The Bazaar”. There are a number of other services also that you will get on request. These include laundry services, barbershop, beauty parlor and Doctor on call at each station.