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Luxury Trains in Rajasthan
The elaborate traveler coaches were initially destined to be the private Railway coaches of former rulers of the princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. The Indian Railways did not use these coaches after sovereignty in normal passenger trains on account of the very affluent and conventional interiors. The coaches were very old and were meant to run on meter gauge. As a consequence they were parked in special yards and cited as element of inheritance that was far too flamboyant, old and past to be of any realistic use.
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.

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