The Indian Splendour tour will cover nine Indian cities— Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Balasinor, and Mumbai. The destinations covered include Taj Mahal, Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Jai Mahal Palace, Junagarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada, Lake Pichola, City Palace and Crystal Gallery IN Udaipur, Dinosaur Fossil Park, and Garden Palace in Balasinor, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, among a few others. Starting from the Safdarjung Railway Station, the tour will end at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai.
Catering experts like Rajeev Mittal from RK Associates, the major player in Railway catering state that the tour also covers dinner on the on-board restaurants- Rang Mahal and Mayur Mahal, Champagne breakfast atop Taj Khema, Spa facilities at a 5-star hotel in Jodhpur (optional).
As a matter of fact, it was after a sharp decline in revenue from luxury train services last year that the Indian Railways decided to cut down the tariff. It is in an attempt to make the services affordable. The decision was taken at the Railway Board’s policy review meeting.
There has also been a 50% reduction in the haulage charges for royal trains like the Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey, Royal Orient and Golden Chariot. It was following the 24% and 63% decline in the revenue this year, from Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan trains respectively.
Industry experts at RK Associates highlight that apart from reducing the tariff, the Railways also considered making the luxury salons which are usually used by the President, Prime Minster and other prominent railway officials, affordable for private individuals as well. These salons are a legacy of the British railway tradition.
At present, the Railways own and operate more than 300 salon cars. Owing to the reforms, private persons will also be able to book these two-bedroom carriages featuring an on-board attached, private lounge, kitchen, and bathroom.