Yet another feather was added in the cap of Palace on Wheels when it was awarded the PATWA International (Pacific Area Travel Writers Association) Award for excellence in luxury travel and incredible hospitality. The award was presented to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, by the Minister of State for Tourism, Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa), at the Chief Minister’s Office. CM Vasundhara Raje applauded the tourism department officials along with the entire team for achieving this incredible feat.
Commenting on the commendable work done by the tourist department of the state, the Chief Minister said, “unprecedented work has been done in the field of tourism development in the state in the last 4 years and Rajasthan has made a special identity on the World Tourism Map. There is also a significant increase in the number of tourists. Its credit goes to the improved infrastructure of tourism, increased tourism facilities and effective campaigning.”
Dr Subodh Agrawal, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, said that at the ITB Berlin, PATWA (Pacific Area Travel Writers Association), awarded the Palace on Wheels as the Luxury Tourist Train of the year. KJ Alphonse, Minister of State, Tourism, Art and Culture, presented the award to the Director Tourism, Pradeep Kumar Borad.
About Palace on Wheels
Palace on Wheels, the first luxury train of India, was launched by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, along with Indian Railway on 26th January 1982, with the aim of displaying the regality and grandeur of the state of Rajasthan. Palace on Wheels consists of 14 guest coaches which recreate the opulence and splendor of the past days when Maharajas used their personal carriages for traveling from one place to the other. From the moment you step foot on the train, you are introduced to unparalleled grandeur and unsurpassed hospitality. Settled in the arms of comfort, you are taken on a trip through the land of Rajasthan, with all its charms and fascinations. Further, the very concept of comfort is given an enormous boost with the presence of state-of-the-art amenities, while the incredible hospitality leaves the guests thoroughly impressed.