The Royal Orient is an Indian luxury tourism train that runs between Gujarat and Rajasthan, covering important tourist locations in the two states.

The Royal Orient
Entered service1994-95
Operator(s)Indian Railways

Modelled on the 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".

History Edit

The train started in 1994-95 as a joint venture of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and the Indian Railways.[1] The livery follows a blue scheme to differentiate it from the Palace on Wheels.

The train did not do well in the initial years, with passenger occupancy dropping from 25 percent in the first year to 15 percent in subsequent years. However, after an overhaul in 2007, things started looking up and the train started making profits.[2]

Facilities Edit

There are 13 coaches in the train which are named after erstwhile kingdoms of Rajputana.[3] Cabins are furnished in a palatial style and have baths attached. The train has multi-cuisine restaurants which offer Rajasthani, Gujarati, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.

Route Edit

The Royal Orient starts from Delhi Cantonment railway station and operates between September and April, starting every Wednesday of the week.[4] It provides an eight day and seven night tour, and has stops at Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Udaipur, Amdavad, Mehsana, Junagarh, Veraval, Sasan Gir, Mandvi, Dilwara, Palitana and Sarkhej.[1][5]

Some of the tourist spots covered are the Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Jama Masjid in Delhi, Chittorgarh Fort and Rani Padmini's Palace in Chittorgarh, Sabarmati Ashram in Amdavad, Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and Somnath Temple in Gujarat and the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "5 most luxurious trains in India". India Today. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  2. ^ Desai, Bharat (9 August 2001). "Royal Orient gives Palace on Wheels a run for its money". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012.
  3. ^ Sawhney, Roop. "What better way to spend this winter than travelling in a luxury train?". Outlook (Indian magazine). Retrieved 10 May 2023.
  4. ^ Sharma, Disha (21 October 2022). "5 best luxury trains of India to experience royalty with comfort".
  5. ^ Srivastava, Priya. "Uber-luxury train experiences in India that are worth the money!". The Times of India.

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