The success of the Palace on Wheels made Indian Railways and the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation launch a similar train in 2009. Based on previous experience, the rail cars were decorated with even greater splendour, in keeping with the name for this luxury train: The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Such a name was considered to be most adequate.
The train consists of 14 cars comprising deluxe and super deluxe class compartments; suffice to say that one compartment takes up half the space of a rail car. Each car is named after one of the former princely states of Rajasthan.
The interiors furnished with crystal chandeliers and Persian carpets allow passengers basking in luxury to clearly feel the atmosphere of past times of grandness of this part of India. The train pulls two restaurant carriages. The interior design of the first one, known as Swarn Mahal, is dominated by gold, polished brass and fabrics of the same colour. In the second, Sheesh Mahal, finely designed lamps and crystal pelmets attract attention. In another carriage passengers can buy souvenirs and accessories such as hand-made Indian jewellery and purses. Yet another carriage is called the Royal Spa. It is not difficult to guess that it offers wellness-based rejuvenation services according to old Indian methods in combination with delightful baths.
The eight-day journey starts in New Delhi where passengers, after a cheerful welcome, board the train stepping on a red carpet. The route partially coincides with the route of the Palace on Wheels, leading through the former states of Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra. Individually controlled air conditioning in the compartments makes it possible for passengers to view the landscapes outside the wraparound windows in comfortable and cool conditions. Every day passengers leave the train to sightsee, e.g. on the backs of elephants. Most of these sites, including the Khajuraho sanctuaries, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Sights include Ranthambore National Park, Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), Fort Chittaurgarh, Keoladeo National Park with tousands of birds and Fort Agra and the famous mausoleum Taj Mahal. The price for so much bodily and spiritual pleasure is quite high. Howiver, many people repeat the journey by the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.