India is known to be the land where all dreams can come true- a place where whatever you wish for, can come true. And if you have the pocket for it, India has the ability to spoil you to the extremity. If you are someone who admires luxury and the comfort that come along with it, India is the pace to do it. Not only do you get luxury here, you get ‘royal luxury’.
What would be better than exploring our “Incredible India” by way of experiencing all of the country’s age old heritage & luxury over the house on wheels?! I bet you found yourself wondering about the “Palace on Wheels” or the “Maharaja Express” as such, two of the total of the 7 famed luxury trains – the perfect opportunity for all you travel enthusiasts to relish in the magnificence & opulence of royalty that stands class apart, while you get on the exquisite journey of the royal Pan-Indian tour, the once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience…
Railway buffs may soon get the opportunity to unwind and enjoy their meals in thematic vintage hotels the public sector behemoth has proposed to construct on original coaches of the ‘Palace on Wheels‘.
According to the proposal by the heritage wing of the railways, the vintage hotels-cum-restaurants would be built in the coaches of the train set amid the ambience of an old station to serve the dual aim of preserving the transporter’s heritage and harnessing its potential to earn revenue.
“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,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.
Currently the National Rail Museum houses seven of the original nine Palace on Wheels coaches that remind one of the luxury in which the Maharajas of the yore travelled.
These coaches can be refurbished and transformed into vintage hotel-cum-restaurants and placed at suitable locations, the official said. The locations could be a prominent in-bound tourist destination or a place easily accessible by road from a prominent destination point.
The plan envisages such hotels near Rewari Steam Care Centre, which attracts steam locomotive buffs. Such a hotel can also be built away from the hustle and bustle of city life like the Brar Square Station near the Delhi cantonment. Cities like Jaipur with great cultural heritage also could be ideal for such hotels, the official said.
Such vintage hotels can become a favourite getaway for the domestic tourist, he said.