Thursday, 21 June 2012

India’s Railway Heritage – Royal Orient


Royal OrientThe Royal Orient train is one of the world’s most exotic trains. The journey by the Royal orient train is a rare delight. It is an experience that takes you back to the times of Rajas and Maharajas. As you embark on your journey by the Royal Orient train, you get to explore two of the most fascinating and culturally rich states of India, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The journey by the Royal Orient train is a memorable experience as you get to see different facets of Indian culture. Modelled on the popular Palace on Wheels, India’s first luxury tourist train, the train offers tourists a taste of royal luxury while “showcasing the best of Indian culture and heritage”
Royal Orient TrainRoyal Orient Train - Route MapThe train started in 1994-95 as a joint venture of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and the Indian Railways. There are 13 coaches in the train, named after erstwhile kingdoms of Rajputana. The coaches provide five-star hotel comforts to passengers. Cabins are furnished in a palatial style and have spacious baths attached. There are multi-cuisine restaurants that offer Rajasthani, Gujarati, Indian, Chinese and continental cuisine.
The Royal Orient train also has a bar on board, as well as a lounge in every coach where passengers can read books and magazines, watch television, listen to music and interact with other passengers. Other facilities include an intercom, channel music, TV, DVD system and a massage-cum-beauty parlor.
The Royal Orient ExpressThe traveler gets to experience the best of the two magnificent states, Gujarat and Rajasthan while travelling in outmost luxury and royal splendor. The Royal Orient offers a 7-day/8-night package that covers important heritage tourist locations in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The train starts 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 Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Jama Masjid in Delhi, Chittorgarh Fort and Rani Padmini’s Palace in Chittorgarh, Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat and the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.
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