| In 1981-82, Rajasthan
Tourism Development Corporation, the Indian
Railways and the Tourism Department of the
State launched them as a unique legacy visitor
trains to present a exclusive unforgettable
experience to the tourists visiting Rajasthan.
The name "Palace on Wheels" (POW)
was derivative from the imperial backdrop
of the coaches. The Train undertook its opening
trip on 26th January 1982. Only five promotional
trips were run for the reason of adaptation
and advertising. It started to roll on its
regular operations from October 1982 and undertook
13 weekly and 13 short trips.
In order to more augment the facilities
on the train and owing to over all gauge
change in the state, a new broad gauge Palace
on Wheels was constructed with the similar
facilities and conveniences similar to its
predecessors - 14 Saloons that are now inter
connected, 2 Restaurant-cum-Kitchen cars,
01 Bar-cum-Lounge and 4 Service cars. The
train also has a well-appointed lounge,
library and bar.