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  1. 1. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7E-Book August 7 2012onIndianRailwaysThe Other Home (Vacation Rental | Home stays | Outdoor Adventure |Heritage | Eco-Resorts) Travel Blog - Photo Blog - Travel Books
  2. 2. E-Book on Indian Railways THE OTHER HOME Aug. 7The Other Home dedicates this e-book to all the travelers providing the best information onjourney through Railways. In this guidebook we have tried to capture all the usefulinformation about your journey.Starting from the brief introduction to the Indian Life Line – “Indian Railways” – to the mostprominent facts about the Indian Railway Industry, we intend to provide the travelers withthe best journey of their life through Indian Railways.TOPICS COVERED:1) Special tips for planning train travel in India.2) Easy guide to being at ease at Railway Station in India.3) Easy guide to railway reservation for tourists in India.4) Accommodations on Indian Trains.INDIA’s Railway Heritage:1) Maharaja Express2) Deccan Odyssey3) Rajasthan Royals on the Wheels4) The Fairy Queen5) Royal Orient
  3. 3. E-Book on Indian Railways An Introduction to the Life Line of India “INDIAN RAILWAYS” Aug. 7Indian Railways running since 150 years, nowadays, has become the “The lifeline ofnation.” Indian Railway system is the countrys biggest socialized endeavor. Being thelargest in Asia and the second largest in the world, it is considered to be the largestemployer in the world with approx. 1.33 million employees.The core of the pressure for building railways in India came from London in 1840s.For a century thereafter the basic policies and ultimate management of the IndianRailways were issued from London. The British built railways in India in order tointermesh the economies of the two countries. The building of railways in Indiabrought about unintended as well as hoped for consequences in economic, politicaland military front. There were Indian merchants, both in Calcutta and Bombay who took an interestin founding of the railways. The most prominent of these was a remarkable Bengalimerchant Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, grandfather of Nobel laureate poetRabindranath Tagore. Dwarkanaths firm Carr, Tagore & Company is reported tohave offered in 1844, to raise one-third of the capital required for a railway fromCalcutta northwest to the coalfields above Burdwan. After Dwarkanaths prematuredeath a few years later the other Indian businessmen played only a passive role. Theconception, promotion and launching of Indias railways were all British. (DanielThorner 1955) The Railway Age dawned in India on 16th April 1853, when the first train ranfrom Bombay to Thana, a distance of 21 miles (33.81 km). For some years before thatthe idea of building railways in India had taken concrete shape with the Court ofDirectors of the East India Company in London. The East India Company hadobtained a foothold in India as a trading company, but gradually lost most of itsprivileges it had enjoyed as an instrument of commerce.IR boasts of more than 7,500 railway stations in its periphery. It has a fleet of not lessthan 7,800 locomotives, 40,000 coaches & 3,26,000 wagons. 9 pairs of Rajdhani and13 pairs of Shatabdi Express Trains run on the rail tracks of India. In 1977, theNational Rail Museum was established at New Delhi. Given here is a list providingsome interesting and amazing facts about Indian Railways.
  4. 4. E-Book on Indian Railways The Great Indian Railways... Aug. 7Experience some of the important facts of Indian Railways:  The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railways every day equals three & half times the distance to moon  The first train on Indian soil ran between Bombay and Thane on 16th April 1853  IR has about 63,028 route kms of track  IR employs about 1.55 million people  It carries over 13 million passengers & 1.3 million tons of freight everyday  IR has about 7,000 railway stations. It runs about 14,300 trains daily  The longest platform in the world is at Kharagpur and is 2,733 ft in length  Nehru Setu on Sone River is the longest Railway bridge  42 Railway companies operated in the country before independence  Electric Locomotives are manufactured at Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Chittaranjan  Coaches are manufactured at ICF/Chennai, RCF/Kapurthala and BEML/Bangaluru  The national Rail Museum at New Delhi was set-up in 1977  People employed in Indian Railway are about 1.6 million
  5. 5. E-Book on Indian Railways Stations across State Lines are Navapur (Maharashtra and Gujarat) and Bhawani Mandi (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan) Classes of travel on Indian Railway: Ist AC, 2nd AC, 3rd AC, AC Chair Car, 2nd sleeper & 2nd ordinary Aug. 7 Railway Station with all the three gauges is Siliguri Railway Station
  6. 6. E-Book on Indian Railways Indian Railway Industry: Aug. 7First Passenger Train ran on 16th April 1853 (between Bombay to Thane)First Railway Bridge Dapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane routeFirst Rail Tunnel Parsik TunnelFirst Ghats Covered by the Rail lines Thal and Bhore GhatsFirst Underground Railway Calcutta METROFirst Computerized Reservation System New Delhi (1986)started inFirst Electric Train ran on 3rd Feb 1925 (between Bombay VT and Kurla)Toilets on Trains were introduced in 1891 (1st Class) & 1907 (lower classes)Shortest Station Name Ib (Orissa)Longest Station Name Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta (Tamil Nadu)Busiest Railway Station Lucknow (64 trains everyday)Longest Run (Time) Himsagar Express (3,751 km in 74 hrs and 55 min)Shortest Run Route between Nagpur to Ajni (3 km)Longest Run for Daily Train Kerala Express (3,054 km in 42.5 hrs)Longest Non-Stop Run (Distance) Trivandrum Rajdhani (528 km in 6.5 hrs)Longest Railway Platform in the World Kharagpur (2,733 ft in length)Longest Railway Bridge Nehru Setu on Sone River (10,044 ft in length) Karbude On Konkan Railway between Monkey hill &Longest Tunnel Khandala (6.5 km, 2,100 metres)
  7. 7. E-Book on Indian RailwaysOldest Preserved Locomotive Fairy Queen (1855), still in working orderIndian Railways Fastest Train Bhopal-Shatabdi (runs at a speed up to 140 km/hr)Train with Maximum Number of Halts Howrah-Amritsar Express (115 halts) Aug. 7 Sampoorna Kranti Express, Howrah Rajdhani,Trains without Commercial Halts: Bombay Rajdhani, Pragati Express and Pune Shatabdi Navapur (Maharashtra and Gujarat), Bhawani MandiStations across State Lines: (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan) Ist AC, 2nd AC, 3rd AC, AC Chair Car, 2nd sleeper &Classes of Travel on Indian Railways 2nd ordinary
  8. 8. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7 Special Tips for Planning Train Travel in India…Travelling in India by train is very exciting, unique and you’ll have some great memories. Thedestination is important but journey should be equally interesting. Travelers, both domesticand foreigners, looks for great accommodation options in India and rely on local travel agentsfor local transport. It is also interesting to plan your journey on Indian Railways.There are some tips for tourists who want to travel in India by train are:Plan your journeyThe first thing is to plan in advance. The reservation is available 60 days in advance, excludingthe date of journey at the train originating station. Tickets are booked out days or sometimesweeks in advance, especially for long-distance overnight trains, so book your train tickets asearly as you can.
  9. 9. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7 Railway Booking CounterClasses on Indian trains1st AC – These coaches are fully air-conditioned compartments with 2 or 4 bunks and a washbasin, including all bedding.2nd AC – Air-conditioned compartments with 4 bunks, but still very nice, and about half theprice of 1st AC.1st Class (non-AC) – Similar to 1st Class AC above, but without bedding or air-conditioning,and much cheaper.3rd AC – Air-conditioned compartments with 6 bunks per compartment so it’s more crowdedbut still comfortable and clean.Sleeper Class – These are similar to 3rd AC but without air-conditioning or bedding, andusually quite crowded.Unreserved 2nd Class – Open carriages with bench seats and often amazingly crowded, andextremely cheap.
  10. 10. E-Book on Indian RailwaysBreak JourneyIf you book a 7 Aug. single journey ticket for a distance more than 500 km, and can break the journeyonce for a period of 2 days at any station en-route after 500 km. These 2 days do not includethe day of arrival and day of departure. And if you want to travel the main tourist destinationsthen you can spend up to 4 days at any destination en-route. This will give you enough time tocover all the tourist destinations in and around the city where you break your journey.Circular JourneyThe Indian Railways also have the facility for tourists who want to cover many destinations in asingle trip, then you can book a circular journey ticket such that the journey begins and ends atthe same station. A single circular journey ticket permits 8 breaks in between your journey.Indian Railway has some standard circular journey routes covering most of the popular touristdestinations across India. The passengers have the choice of either purchase the tickets forplanned routes or plan the route yourself.Indrail Pass India rail Pass-Cost priceThe Indian Railways has made some flexibility for tourist like Indrail Pass allows foreigners(and Indians residing abroad) to travel anywhere without any route restriction within itsvalidity period. If you plan to do most of the traveling by train, it offers better economy as well.Indrail Passes are available at the tourist bureau set up in all major stations. You just have todecide the class by which you wish to travel and the period.
  11. 11. E-Book on Indian RailwaysSome Extra Tips Aug. 7Favorite Time Pass in TrainsI would give some tips for making your journey more relaxing via Bring a good book! This isthe best time to catch up on your reading, spend time looking out the windows, and admiringthe ever changing landscape, strike up conversations and chat with your fellow passengers andIf you’re a light sleeper, bring some earplugs or headphones.
  12. 12. E-Book on Indian Railways Guide to Being at Ease at Railway Stations in India Aug. 7 Chattr apati Shivaji TerminusIndian Railways is part of our colonial heritage with some of the finest buildings serving asrailway stations. Bombay Victoria Terminus Station now known as “Chattrapati ShivajiTerminus” has been declared a UNESCO heritage site. Indian railways endeavor to bring thebest to the traveler. Though a number of amenities and customer conveniences have beenprovided, sometimes we are not aware of the amenities and accordingly are not able to utilizethem to our advantage. This is an attempt by “The Other Home” team to bridge this gap. Charbagh Railway Station, Lucknow
  13. 13. E-Book on Indian RailwaysWaiting and Retiring Rooms Aug. 7If you are facing delays in your journeys due to any reason; you can avail of the retiring roomsand waiting rooms at railway stations at reasonable rates. Bookings for these rooms can bedone at the station manager’s office on production of a valid ticket. There is also guest roomfacility for passengers traveling at night on major stations itself. So no more spending on hotelsand living in scare of missing the train.Food
  14. 14. E-Book on Indian Railways Comesum - Railway StationCatering facilities including refreshments rooms, tea stalls, snack bars, automatic vendingmachines (beverages) are available at stations. Rates are prescribed by railway administrationand are very 7reasonable. In Delhi, Comesum 24×7 restaurants at the railway stations have Aug.become hub spots for all nocturnal birds.Book / Stalls and Other Conveniences A.H. Wheeler & Co. - Bookstore (@Wikipedia)There are book stalls at major stations for passengers. These bookstalls have newspapers,magazines, comic books, etc. AH Wheeler & Co (P) Ltd, is Indian owned company owninga bookstore chain that was co-founded by Emile Moreau, a French author and T K Banerjee,an Indian businessman and some others in Allahabad in 1887. The first store was opened atAllahabad station in 1877. In 2004, it had bookstores at 258 railway stations all over India.Any veteran railway traveler in India will vouch for AH Wheeler & Co.
  15. 15. E-Book on Indian RailwaysEnquiry Aug. 7There is enquiry office at every station for handling passenger queries related to train timings,train tickets availability, etc.Medical RoomsIn case of medical emergencies there are medical rooms for the passengers with doctoravailable at all times to assure immediate attention at all major train stations.
  16. 16. E-Book on Indian RailwaysCloak Room Aug. 7In case you do not wish to carry it into the city and intend picking it up on your return, “CloakRoom” facility is provided at each station for brief storage of your luggage on payment. So nexttime you have some time on your hand at the railway station in between changing trains, storeyour luggage and explore the city.Facilities for Physically Challenged Indian railways enables journey of differently abled people by provisioning of standard ramps with railings for barrier free entry, earmarking at least one parking lot for two vehicles used by physically challenged persons, provision of a non-slippery walkway from parking lot to the building, provision of signages of appropriate visibility, provision of at least one drinking water tap suitable for use by a differently abled person and provision of at least one toilet on the ground floor.
  17. 17. E-Book on Indian RailwaysIndian railways enables journey of differently abled people by provisioning of standard rampswith railings for barrier free entry, earmarking at least one parking lot for two vehicles used byphysically challenged persons, provision of a non-slippery walkway from parking lot to thebuilding, provision of signages of appropriate-visibility, provision of at least one drinking watertap suitable for use by a differently abled person and provision of at least one toilet on the Aug. 7ground floor.I know that much leaves to be desired but things are improving at a very fast pace. MahatmaGandhi used Indian Railways to explore India. The appeal of this remains true even after somany years. Rail track arteries running through the length and breadth of the country areperhaps the best way to discover where India’s heart lies and what makes it tick. I alwayscouple my journeys with homestays to help my discovery, explore the milieu and be the eternal“Glocal” (Travel Global, Think Local).
  18. 18. E-Book on Indian Railways Easy Guide to Rail Reservations for Tourists in India Aug. 7How to make an Indian Railways Reservation online? This will be the foremost questionin the minds of several people who wish to travel by rail in India during this summer holidays.Yes, it is holiday season and the rush for Indian Railways online booking is on.Here is a step by step guide to Indian railways reservation process:Plan Your JourneyThe first thing is to plan in advance. The reservation is available 60 days in advance, excludingthe date of journey at the train originating station.
  19. 19. E-Book on Indian RailwaysBooking from abroad is a little difficult, if you are totally new to how India, and Indian railwaysystem work. However, online seat availability checks and online train ticket booking isavailable for most of the trains though the Indian Railways website.You have Aug. 7options when you book India Railway tickets over the internet: twoIndian Railways I-Ticket ReservationsYou make an I-Ticket India Railway booking on the internet, but you have it delivered to anaddress in India. Lists of cities and towns where this courier service is available are publishedon the site. Unfortunately, the India railway booking office does not courier tickets to overseaslocations. You will have to provide a local address to receive these tickets. Possible suggestionsfor destinations are friends currently located in India or the hotel you might be staying at inIndia. You should allow for about 2–3 days’ delivery time.
  20. 20. E-Book on Indian RailwaysIndian Railways E-Ticket Reservations Aug. 7You make your E-Ticket Indian Railway booking over the internet and print the ticket yourselfon your home computer. This is a good idea if you have access to a printer and you don’t reallywant to have them couriered elsewhere. It is not possible however to pick up tickets bookedonline at train stations.You have to register online on the India railway website in order for the site to process yourpurchase. An extra service charge of 1.8% is levied on the total cost of the tickets for internetbookings. The site accepts Visa and MasterCard. A refund is made on the card if you cancel theticket later. Make sure you note down the 10 digit PNR and the Transaction ID… you will needthese if you want to cancel.A maximum of four online bookings can be made in a month, and each ticket can be for amaximum of six passengers.
  21. 21. E-Book on Indian RailwaysBooking India Railway Tickets In Person Aug. 7Passengers on Indian trains can reserve tickets in person at the India railway reservationcounters in India. There are hundreds of them all over the country. Most cities have ticketcounters located at multiple locations for the passengers’ convenience. There are special quotasfor foreign tourists. Enquire about this at the reservation enquiry counter on your route. Indiarailway ticket counters are open 8.00 a.m. till 8.00 p.m. on weekdays, and 8.00 a.m. till 2.00p.m. on Sundays.You can use credit cards for booking tickets at the reservation counters. Tip: look for thespecial Credit Card counters at the reservation office (often queues are shorter here) thoughyou need to pay an additional Rs. 30/- as a service charge.
  22. 22. E-Book on Indian RailwaysChecking Seat Availability on the India Railway System Aug. 7If your ticket is wait listed, you can avail of the interactive voice response system (IVRS) facilityto find out the current status as also the train/departure timings by dialing the IVRS telephonenumbers. IVRS numbers are as follows for New Delhi- 1330, 1335; Mumbai-2656565: Kolkata-136, 137, 138 and Chennai-1361, 1362, 1363. Indian railways have earmarked universaltelephone number 139 for enquiry, throughout India from state owned MTNL/VSNL networks.“Tatkal” Scheme“Tatkal” translated as “Priority” scheme provides a limited number of seats/berths in morethan 90 trains. This is available at a small premium of Rs 200/- for AC 2 tier, Rs 150/- for AC 3tier and Rs 50/- each for chair car and sleeper class. Railways have appointed railway touristagents (RTAs) and rail traveler’s service agents (RTSAs) in major cities.
  23. 23. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7To enhance your train travel experience in India we suggest that you try out homestays,which are excellent ways of experiencing the local culture, cuisine and ethos. Another goodoption is vacation rentals, which are good for travelers in group as they provide better spaceand independence at affordable prices and at really wide variety of awesome locations. Weat The Other Home provide you choices for the best homestays, vacation rentals, adventureoptions and a lot more.
  24. 24. E-Book on Indian Railways Guide to Accommodation on Indian Trains Aug. 7India train travel offers a very wide spectrum of accommodation as regards comfort andbudget. Passenger’s awareness of the sanitary and comfort conditions of the various levelswhen purchasing a ticket can be very helpful in their making the right choice. The range ofaccommodation and accordingly the price can vary from almost luxurious to very basic for amatching price. Palace on Wheels Journey
  25. 25. E-Book on Indian RailwaysWhile there are some luxury trains like “The Palace on Wheels” that give you a royalty likeexperience on specific tourist itineraries; on standard trains the most comfortable option is thefirst-classAug. 7 sleeper car, a private compartment that can accommodate two to four people.Traveling India by railway as a first-class sleeper passenger is considered a reference to earliertimes of relaxed aura that ensures sleep and relaxation during your journey.The next level of accommodation options on Indian trains encompasses the second- and third-class sleeper car options. India train tickets for long distance travel are typically sold out atleast 15 days in advance, so be sure to reserve these tickets as far ahead as possible as thesecond- and third-class sleeper cars are the first to become unavailable. Indian Railways alsoprovides reservation against cancellation (that ensures you seating accommodation till a pointon the journey where, your regular accommodation might become available, and also providesan automatic upgrade option to higher class in case the seats are available.Upper class train compartments have attendants that can provide you bedding, arrange forcoach cleaning or adjust the air conditioning/heating temperature. They can also help you callfor special assistance such as medical assistance, police assistance, complaint/suggestion book,etc. Selected trains such as “Rajdhani,” “Shatabadi,” etc. provides on board meals, newspapersand drinking water and have their prices included in the ticket. Many other long distance trainshave arrangement for serving food in your compartment on request, and have a pantry carattached. This however is not a standard facility in all trains and one must check in advance.All train stations however provide some basic eatables, reading material and small things thatone might need during travel.
  26. 26. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7 Food availability in trainsAir-conditioned first class or AC1 or 1A – Each AC1 coach has spacious, carpeted andlockable 4-berth and 2-berth compartments, with an en suite washbasin. While bookingtickets, you don’t have a choice of compartments because specific berth numbers are allocatedby Indian railways. Though a preference is given to couples for the 2-berth compartment andto families for the 4-berth one, the same cannot be guaranteed. Preference can also be given atthe time of reservation for the kind of berth (i.e., upper/lower, etc., but the same is notguaranteed. First-Class Air Conditioned
  27. 27. E-Book on Indian RailwaysAir-conditioned 2-tier or AC2 – Unlike AC1, AC2 coaches are open plan and not dividedinto separate compartments. The berths are arranged in bays of four (two upper, two lower) onone side of the aisle, and in bays of two, above and below the windows, on the other side of the Aug. 7aisle. These berths also serve as seats by the day that can be converted to bunks for sleeping.AC2 coaches are air conditioned, and have ample leg room, curtains for privacy and individualreading lamps. Bedding is included in the fare. AC 2 Tier CoachAir-conditioned 3-tier or AC3 – AC3 coaches are air conditioned coaches with sleepingberths. Berths are usually arranged as in 2AC but it has 3 tiers of bunk – upper, middle andlower, arranged in bays of six on one side of the aisle and bays of two (upper and lower) on theother side of the aisle. They are slightly less well appointed, and do not have individual readinglights or privacy curtains. Bedding is included with fare. Most of the train now providestandard 220 Volt AC outlets for mobile/laptop charging. Bedding is often included but is not astandard feature and must be checked in this class of accommodation.
  28. 28. E-Book on Indian RailwaysAC three tier (Economy) – These are air-conditioned coaches with sleeping berths, presentin Garib Rath Trains. Berths are usually arranged as in 3AC but with three tiers across thewidth and three longways (six on one side of the aisle and three on the other). The seat width isalso relatively narrower in these trains. As compensation though, it is very affordable luxury asair-conditioned accommodation is provided at very attractive prices. Aug. 7 AC 3 Tier - Garib RathAC Executive Chair class – If you decide to take a Shatabdi, and are traveling for a shortduration and don’t need a berth, you can take the AC Executive chair class. These are air-conditioned seating coaches for comfortable short-distance travel. There are a total of fourseats in a row. Executive Class in ShatabdiAC Chair class – If you are traveling for a short duration, and won’t need to lie down orsleep, this one is the economical option without significant compromise on comfort. They are
  29. 29. E-Book on Indian Railwaysexactly like the AC Executive Chair class, except that they have a total of five seats in a row.They are found in all intercity day-time trains. Aug. 7 AC Chair ClassSleeper class – Sleeper class consists of open plan berths with upper, middle and lowerbunks arranged in bays of six on one side of the aisle, and along the coach wall in bays of two(upper and lower) on the other side of the aisle. Bedding is not provided, and neither is air-conditioning. Sleeper class can be quite crowded and it’s fairly basic. Sleeper Class
  30. 30. E-Book on Indian RailwaysUnreserved second class – This is the cheapest way to travel in the Indian railways. Thecoaches consist of open plan cars with wooden or plastic seats, sometimes cushioned. Althoughentry into the compartment is guaranteed, a seat is not guaranteed. Tickets issued are valid onany train on the same route if boarded within 24 hrs of buying the ticket. These coaches areusually very crowded. Aug. 7 Unreserved Second ClassHaving said that, whichever way you choose to travel, journey on Indian trains are memorableexperiences. Traveling on the train is the way “Mahatma Gandhi” chose to discover thiscountry, and it remains the preferred option of most for long distance journeys in the countryfor most of the people even today.
  31. 31. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7 Indian Railways JourneyIn Luxury, in comfort or rubbing shoulders with the “Hoi- Polloi”- the journey on the Indiantrain is living the Indian life; experiencing the pace of the country it passes through, knowingthe life of the people through conversations with fellow passengers and tasting the cuisine ofthe area traversed. So hop on and discover the country the “Gandhi” way.
  32. 32. E-Book on Indian Railways Indian Railway Heritage Aug. 7Explore the most luxurious trains in India. The journey on these trains perhaps is the best wayto get into touch with the heritage and culture of different parts of India. Indian Railwaysbrings back the remarkable services and luxury days by providing the kings and princes palaceson rail.Throughout the journey enjoy the charismatic beauty of the place and luxury stay at the train.
  33. 33. E-Book on Indian Railways  Maharaja’s Express Aug. 7The Maharaja’s Express are the newest heritage luxury trains of Indian Railways. This traintravels all across India on 4 different magical journey routes. From the Taj Mahal to theKhujuraho temples to wildlife environs of Ranthambore and the holy bathing Ghats ofVaranasi, the Maharajas’ Express indeed presents a unique way of exploring the best of India.
  34. 34. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7The Maharaja’s Express is luxury redefined on trains, featuring five carriages for DeluxeCabins, six for Junior Suites, two for Suites and one for grand Presidential Suite. Every cabinhas large panoramic windows – a design marvel developed by the Integral Coach Factory,Chennai. All passenger cabins come with individual temperature controls, the first of its kindin India and have state-of-the-art facilities. LCD televisions, DVD players, direct dial telephoneand internet, to name a few. In-house movies and live television also keep you entertainedthrough the royal journey.A royal banquet for royal passengers, the Maharajas’ Express has two fine dining restaurantsthat seat 42 persons at a time; and everyone on board dines together. Wines and beer servedwhilst dining come complimentary, of course. One exotic Safari bar with the choicest collectionof house brands of wines, beer and spirits with snacks come complimentary to every passenger.There’s also a lounge cum bar Raja Club with comfortable club armchairs. And if these features
  35. 35. E-Book on Indian Railwaysdon’t make you feel pampered, the Maharajas’ Express also houses a high-end boutiquefeaturing exquisite and unique creations. Aug. 7The Maharaja’s Express trains offer 4 tours covering 4 distinct routes, which are:Princely India – This tour is of 8 days/7 nights and travels through Mumbai – Vadodara –Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi. It is a spectacularjourney through western India and the legendary Taj Mahal. One can discover the vibrant,bustling city of Mumbai, imperial Delhi, marvel at the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal, comeface to face with a tiger in Ranthambore, visit the Amber Fort in Jaipur and explore theshimmering Lake City of Udaipur. All of this in true-blue royalty, of course.
  36. 36. E-Book on Indian RailwaysRoyal India – This tour is of 8 days/7 nights and travels through Delhi – Agra –Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Mumbai. This route isactually reverse of the Princely India tour.Classical India – This tour is of 7 days/6 nights and travels through Delhi – Agra – Gwalior Aug. 7– Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi. It is one of the most popularjourneys of Maharaja’s Express tours exploring the mystique of India. Embark on anunforgettable escapade that starts off with the capital city of Delhi. Travel through the sacredcity of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites. Witness theimmortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho,the elegance and imperial splendor of the Nawabs in Lucknow and the wilderness of theBandhavgarh National Park.Royal Sojourn – This tour is of 8 days/7 nights and travelsthrough Delhi – Jaipur – Kota – Ranthambore – Agra –Delhi. Step back in time traveling through the royal India,where some of the world’s most ancient civilizations androyalties thrived. Embark on a tranquil voyage throughimperial India discovering its fascinating heritage andexquisite architecture. Enjoy champagne and pay tribute tothe world’s greatest monument to love, the legendary TajMahal. Chase the elusive tiger in Ranthambore NationalPark. Visit the glorious city of Kota, set on the east bank ofChambal River and dine in the lavish Durbar Hall. Feel likeroyalty as you participate in an exhibition Elephant PoloMatch followed by dinner. Soak up the spectacular regalheritage of Rajasthan, with its landscape of hilltop forts andpalaces. This extraordinarily unperturbed Royal journeythrough the Sojourns of Rajasthan will leave yourejuvenated. So, choose your favorite journey and step aboard Maharaja’s express to experience being a Maharaja (or Maharani)!!!
  37. 37. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7  Deccan OdysseyThe Deccan Odyssey train ride is the most luxurious way to travel and experience the Deccanplateau. If the “Royal Rajasthan on Wheels”’ is a gem for travel across Rajasthan and Agra tour,Deccan Odyssey is regarded yet another jewel of the Indian Railways offering a extraordinarilyluxurious travel experience across Maharashtra and Goa.
  38. 38. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7The Deccan Odyssey transports its guests on an unforgettable sojourn of a land shining inlegions grandeur – serene beaches, magnificent forts & palaces, and experiencing heavenlytales etched in colossal rocks. The Deccan Odyssey train ride journeys through the mostpopular and charming tourist destinations of Maharashtra and Goa.
  39. 39. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7This magnificent train journey starts and ends at Mumbai, which is the boarding station andtravels through Jaigadh, Ganapatipule, Ratnagiri and Bhatye Beaches, Sindhudurg Nagari,Tarkali, Sawantwadi, Verna, Pune, Aurangabad and Ajanta Caves/Nasik.It is a 7 days round trip starting on Wednesday from Mumbai. The seasonal tours are alsooperated every year between October to April month.
  40. 40. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7The Deccan Odyssey rail has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cabins with 4 coups each.There are two types of cabins – the Deluxe Cabins and the Presidential Suite. There are 2Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes each car.
  41. 41. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and tworestaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car. Apartfrom the above there are generator cars with luggage store and staff car or spare car. A wellstocked bar serves wine, liquor and spirits of Indian and International Brands, to keep you in“high spirits.”So, come aboard the Deccan Odyssey and experience a week of luxury and some of the mostamazing landscapes in the Deccan.
  42. 42. E-Book on Indian Railways  Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Aug. 7Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, earlier known as Palace on Wheels is a luxury heritage trainjourney across the state of Rajasthan. The travelers get to experience the land of regal splendor,Rajasthan with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels while enjoying contemporary royal living. Thisluxury heritage train is counted amongst the top 10 luxury train rides across the world.
  43. 43. E-Book on Indian RailwaysRajasthan, earlier the abode of numerous kingdoms, is even today replete with those stories ofvalor, tales of love and an impressive history. The makers of this impressive legacy havecharmed the ages with their style and lavishness and have embellished the history ofRajasthan. With their flamboyant style, the Rulers of princely states of erstwhile Rajputana,created their 7own luxurious coaches with tasteful and magnificent interiors. The royal families Aug.employed the loyal Khidmatgars (attendants) to serve them. With these coaches began a newera of extravagant hospitality. These coaches were the “palaces on wheels” of the royals andwere adorned with sparkling chandeliers, Persian carpets and intricately carved silverware.Here, was laid the foundation of “The Palace of Wheels.”The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways jointly undertook aventure in 1982 to revive the glorious history of royal carriages. The Palace on Wheels wasconceptualized with 14 luxurious coaches on meter gauge with all modern amenities, plushinteriors, finest wines, sumptuous cuisines and diligent attendants. The train journey wasdesigned as a 7 day passage through arid landscapes, historic forts and fortress, culturally andethnically rich places in this most majestic land. With detailed improvisations in 1995, thePalace on Wheels was shifted to the broad gauge was renamed “Royal Rajasthan onWheels.”
  44. 44. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7The train journey on Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is of 8 days/7 nights and travels throughJodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra.However, the train ride begins and ends in New Delhi (Safdarjung station).There are two types of suites (or saloons) on the train – Super Deluxe and Deluxe Saloon.Super Deluxe Saloon, called the Bravura Suite offers a spacious living with completecomfort of royal suite. The exquisite silk and velvet bedspreads and draperies take the guest tothe era of munificent living. The finely carved wooden furniture in the super-deluxe suite addsto your experience. The bed in the cabin is large and comfortable with color-coordinateddraperies.
  45. 45. E-Book on Indian RailwaysThe ottoman, sofa-chairs and writing table have been provided to make guests’ stay morecomfortable. The suites have been named after the two precious stones, Emerald andDiamond. Aug. 7Deluxe Saloon, called the Extraordinary Suite has been designed to live up to thegrandeur of contemporary princely living with elegant silk furnishings for a befitting aestheticappeal. These saloons have been thematically designed with coordinated color schemes andtextures to augment their splendor. The chamber offers luxuries with meticulously chosenbedding and upholstery, writing-table and chair to make the stay more comfortable. Thefurnished saloon gives sufficient mobility within the coupe. The saloons have been created inthree different themes in hues of exquisite jewels, Ruby, Sapphire and Pearl.
  46. 46. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7This magnificent train has rewritten the ethos of luxury travel and has set high standards ofhospitality and service in India. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is not just an excursion but anunforgettable experience. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) has beenreceiving overwhelming responses from all those who have enjoyed this royal journey. Thereservations for travel run ahead and the train occupancy stands full every season.So come, experience what Indian luxury and royalty is all about on this incredible journey onRoyal Rajasthan on Wheels!!
  47. 47. E-Book on Indian Railways Aug. 7  The Fairy QueenThe Fairy Queen is the oldest running vintage steam locomotive in the world and was built inthe year 1855 by the British firm Kitson, Thompson & Hewitson for the British firm East IndiaRailways. From 1855 (the year it first started) till the year 1908, the Fairy Queen Trainconnected Howrah and Raniganj. After its decommissioning, it was proudly showcased formany years as a National Treasure in the Indian Railways Museum in Delhi.
  48. 48. E-Book on Indian RailwaysA Guinness Book of World Records holder and winner of the National Tourism Award, thispristine beauty rolled again on 1st February 1997 from Delhi, after a gap of 142 years. Aug. 7Today, the Fairy Queen Train is a popular luxury heritage Indian train and travelers can enjoyan exclusive tour from Delhi to Alwar in the heritage locomotive. The steam engine attachedwith the train carries a single coach with a capacity of 50 people. The coach is completely air-conditioned and has a huge glass window in the front that allows viewing the heritagelocomotive as it whistles and runs on the tracks. An attached pantry car is well equipped withluxurious and royal meals for the passengers and the staff appointed is courteous and wellmannered. The Fairy Queen Train tour begins from Delhi, the capital of India, where a traveler can visit various monuments of historical importance, relish various kinds of street foods or visit any modern eating joint offering cuisines from all over the world. The train journey from Delhi to Alwar is filled with beautiful scenery of the rocky landscape of the Aravallis, quaint villages and lots of nostalgia as the Fairy Queen puffs away and steams across the countryside on its way to Alwar. When the train reaches Alwar, the guests are welcomed in a traditional Rajasthani style by cheerful and colorfully dressed local women with flower garlands. From Alwar, the guests are taken on a car ride to Sariska. At Siliserh, there is a pre-arranged cultural
  49. 49. E-Book on Indian Railwaysevent at the Lake Palace featuring Rajasthani folk music and dance. A traditional puppet showand old folk dramas are also organized for the guests in the evening.At Sariska, guests are again welcomed with hospitality and again short cultural events awaitthem besides7a trip to the wildlife Sanctuary. Indian Railways offers a unique two days all- Aug.inclusive package combining thrill, romance, wildlife and old world charm of steam enginetrain ride on the Fairy Queen.The famous Fairy Queen leaves Delhi Cantonment Railway station on every 2nd and 4thSaturday of the months between October to March. During rest of the year it is halted forengine and coaches renovation and also because of hot summer.
  50. 50. E-Book on Indian Railways  Royal Orient Aug. 7The Royal Orient train is one of the world’s most exotic trains. The journey by the Royal orienttrain is a rare delight. It is an experience that takes you back to the times of Rajas andMaharajas. As you embark on your journey by the Royal Orient train, you get to explore two ofthe most fascinating and culturally rich states of India, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The journey bythe Royal Orient train is a memorable experience as you get to see different facets of Indianculture. Modeled on the popular Palace on Wheels, India’s first luxury tourist train, the trainoffers tourists a taste of royal luxury while “showcasing the best of Indian culture andheritage.”
  51. 51. E-Book on Indian RailwaysThe train started in 1994-95 as a joint venture of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat andthe Indian Railways. There are 13 coaches in the train, named after erstwhile kingdomsof Rajputana.The coaches 7 provide five-star hotel comforts to passengers. Cabins are furnished in Aug.a palatial style and have spacious baths attached. There are multi-cuisine restaurants that offerRajasthani, Gujarati, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.The Royal Orient train also has a bar on board, as well as a lounge in every coach wherepassengers can read books and magazines, watch television, listen to music and interact withother passengers. Other facilities include an intercom, channel music, TV, DVD system and amassage-cum-beauty parlor.The traveler gets to experience the best of the two magnificent states, Gujarat and Rajasthanwhile traveling in outmost luxury and royal splendor. The Royal Orient offers a 8 days/7 nightpackage that covers important heritage tourist locations in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The trainstarts from Delhi Cantonment station and has stops at Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Udaipur,Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Junagarh, Veraval, Sasangi, Ahmedpur, Mandvi, Palitana and Sarkhej.Some of the highlights of the journey are the world famous tourist spots such as QutubMinar, Red Fort and Jama Masjid in Delhi, Chittorgarh Fort and Rani Padmini’s Palace inChittorgarh, Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Gir WildlifeSanctuary in Gujarat and the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.
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