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The legend travels on
You'll be delighted you chose to see Rajasthan by the palace-on-Wheels. On board, you will feel like an erstwhile monarch, travelling in regal Splendour. Each coach named after the erstwhile princely state has 4 twin bedded chambers, thoughtfully decorated in ethnic Rajasthani décor. Channel Music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot & cold water shower and wall to wall carpeting are some of the facilities to make you feel at home. Each saloon has personal attendants or khidmatgars, who are at your beck and call to extend a courteous helping hand, should you need anything.

The 14 Coaches are:

1. Alwar

Located strategically, Alwar is the gateway to Rajasthan from Delhi. With a turbulent history spanning back to the medieval era, Alwar has been an important place of trade and commerce. Bestowed by nature with a unique habitat comprising forests and deep valleys, Alwar is home to several species of flora and fauna. The ceiling of the Alwar coach lounge has been done aesthetically in a delightful mix of cone work and oils in relief, depicting a hunting scene. The royal emblem and a miniature painting adorn the lounge. Subtle tones of pink enhance the romantic ambience of the lounge.

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2. Bharatpur
Maharaja Suraj Mal, the valiant Jat king who was admired for his chivalry and courage, had his abode here. Once a fortified township, Bharatpur is now an ornithologist's paradise and well known for the Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to over 376 avian species. Echoing the Vividity of nature's gift to Bharatpur the relief work on this coach depicts various species of birds on the tree of life. A replica of the royal crest of Bharatpur adorns the valance of the blinds. The 'nature' theme is further endorsed by the white cedar inlay work depicting birds and painted peacocks, sitting on a haveli worked on a mirror. The colour scheme, with its profusion of beige and aqua green, is a vivid reminder of lush green forests of Bharatpur and Ghana.

3. Bikaner
Bikaner came into being in 1486 A.D. when Rao Bika set out to carve a separate kingdom for himself. The colour scheme of the lounge has been motivated by the opulent coronation rooms in burning red and gold of the Anup mahal and Padam mahal of the Junagarh fort. The royal state crest is placed on the valance along with some handicrafts of Rajasthan. The ceiling is done up in relief work and an oil painting on canvas depicting the legendary lovers Dhola & Maru on camel back. The artwork in the lounge is in the Mughal influenced style of the Bikaner School of Art.

4. Bundi
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The quaint little state of Bundi lies cradled in the hills, east of Mewar. The palace complex of Bundi towers above the township. An imposing structure, it is approached by a long paved ramp that ascends to the Hathi pol, and is depicted in water colour work in one of the bedrooms. The famous Ragmala also called Rag Ragini, paintings on canvas and are placed on the ceilings. The royal crest is highlighted on the valance. The famous Bundi School of painting is depicted in the framed and mounted art pieces and also serves as the basis for the colour scheme and overall décor, including a delightfully frescoed ceiling.

5. Dholapur
Dholapur is known for its locally quarried sandstone used for building palaces and for Lattice- Work extensively used for balcony railings. The rails in the coach are made of teak ply and depict the fine craftsmanship originally done in stone. The Dholapur crest decorates the valance in zardozi work, appears on the valance of the blinds.

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6. Dungarpur
Dungarpur meaning 'Hill Town' is wild and rugged and known for its architecture and the Bhil Tribals. The ceiling is done up in a mixture of relief and mirror work in line with the 'lep' work done by the tribals on the walls of their houses. The royal state crest, in intricate zardozi work, appears on the valance of the blinds.

7. Jaisalmer
Founded by Rao Jaisal in 1156 AD, this remote desert city is famous for the Jaisalmer fort, epitomised by Satyajit Ray in the 'Shonar Krlla' (The Golden fortress), an epic celluloid saga. The city is also famous for its havelies, cobbled streets ancient Jain Temples and a festive gaiety that reverberates across the shimmering sands of the Thar desert. The intricately latticed havelies with conspicuous facades served as the inspiration for the intricately carved Jharokhas on the lounge ceiling. It is done on teak wood with a mirror backing. The famous jawahar Niwas façade has been depicted in the state lounge using cone, metal, copper and silver medium. The royal insignia the beige of the desert sands.


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