Palace on Wheels

India

In years past, the rulers of Rajasthan’s princely states designed their own royal coaches to serve as “palaces on wheels” and today, the tradition continues. The Palace on Wheels train provides air-conditioned twin staterooms with double windows and a private bathroom with shower. The 104-passenger train has a comfortable lounge and two restaurants. Each rail car has its own khidmatgar, a personal attendant in traditional Rajput attire. By day, we leave the train’s “group tour” and head off with our own Wilderness Travel Trip Leader to explore. By night, the train covers the long desert distances, allowing us to wake up in a new magical city each day.