The iconic luxury train of India, Palace on Wheels, is anticipated to begin a religious tour twice a month covering Ayodhya, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Mathura and Vrindavan from May 2024. The route of Palace on Wheels, which has won the title of the world’s second most luxurious train, is going to change after 42 years, as it embarks on a journey to the holy city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
The six-day religious tour will start from Delhi and take the passengers to Ayodhya, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Mathura, and Vrindavan. Palace on Wheels officials said that during normal journeys, non-veg food and liquor are served on the train because many foreign as well as domestic tourists travel on it.
The company will now remove non-veg food from the menu during religious trips. Also, onion and garlic will not be used in the food to be served to the passengers. This time, the focus is also on local tourists, which means if a traveler wants to travel only to Ayodhya or Prayagraj, he will be able to do so, and special discounts will also be on offer for such trips.
The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) has delegated the management of Palace on Wheels to Cube Construction Company Pvt Ltd, a Gujarat-based private firm, for the next seven years. The private operator will initiate religious tour services in May, featuring a comprehensive six-day itinerary starting from Delhi and covering Ayodhya, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Mathura, and Vrindavan.