The new “Palace on Wheels”

3 Feb

The “Golden Chariot” a luxury train was flagged off yesterday. At $300 a night, an expensive way to see the countryside. Trust the Railway officials to sneak a quick trip for free. Apparently after the inauguration, they decided to conduct a “trial run” of the train from Bangalore to Mysore.

Check this picture out (Courtesy Deccan Herald)…How many politicians does it take to flag a train off?

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The interiors of the train. I hope these seats are fixed 😉

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It will be interesting to see how this does. Will people pay the money?

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16 Responses to “The new “Palace on Wheels””

  1. Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab February 3, 2008 at 5:24 am #

    Man, rofl, the Deccan Herald story you’ve linked to is *so* bad:
    – The train left people dumb-founded with its sheer opulence.
    – Surely, the flavour of the season was only living up to its promise
    – Aboard Golden Chariot, every minute was golden. An occasional jerk in a few minutes was the only reminder of the train’s earthly moorings. Everything else from the airconditioned environs to the glitzy interiors to the cutlery, lent the journey a five-star aura.
    – villagers on both sides of the track watched the gigantic wonder with amazement.
    – A fully furnished kitchen,.. plasma TV…and a Wi-Fi enabled business section give the train the holistic touch of life anywhere.

    And finally:
    – All of [the waiters] have been given special training to manage their duties better on a moving train which in itself is a challenge what with the accompanying chugs and thuds.

  2. meghana2008 February 3, 2008 at 6:33 am #

    Looks like it’s gonna do well….Looks pretty good but what about the security aspect?? People robbing passengers are at a peak in the ordinary train… want to know what qualities are diff from the ordinary train apart from a sophisticated look

  3. Vijay February 3, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    @BPSK: Writing is very lame.. full of cliches’.. I guess most of the good writers are blogging now 🙂
    Thinking about it, most of the newspaper reports these days fall into this category.
    @Meghana: One quality that is different is the price… 1 Lakh for 7 days…

  4. | Balu | February 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    Thinking about it, most of the newspaper reports these days fall into this category.
    Which category? Am I included too ???? Grrrrr

  5. praneshachar February 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    Target audience looks to be foreign toursits and yes now with lot of Indians who are in business or in highly paid services and who wants to be away from routine will think of using it. palace on wheels if rajasthan is a success and I understand the govt. of Rajasthan govt is seeking 2nd train. so if this is taken as a indicator hope our golden chariot also runs successfully
    on the same day one Garibrath was also flagged off train from yeshwantpur to secunderabad A/c train at Rs.575 or so.

  6. Vijay February 3, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    Ha ha Balu .. present company excluded … no really

    Pranesh: Yes.. Palace of wheels has been a success

  7. Veena February 4, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    Does every Railway employee get a free travelling on rail…?
    so is the D group related strike 🙂 Cool pics Vijay and the space inside looks so huge, feels like you are just relaxing at some five star hotel.. !!

  8. Veena February 4, 2008 at 8:19 am #

    about paying the money.. I think people who are in top management(specially founders of company) can afford.. so you can think of…

    We, the people will still feel good travelling in Airavatha, a luxury bus.. 🙂

  9. Vijay February 4, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    @Veena: Founders can afford but wont because they know how hard money is to come by 🙂

  10. vinay February 4, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    @ Vijay, unless u have a IPO

  11. Vijay February 4, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    @Vinay: Unlikely… 😦

  12. Veena February 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    Probably your statement needs a review .. lets check out in another 1-2 years…!!

    IPO’s of “SC” released will be the headline in Economic times or someother daily 🙂

  13. Gowri February 5, 2008 at 8:05 pm #

    Most Railway employees(even Chief Engineers) were not allowed to travel free on such trains such as palace on wheels even though they got free passes to travel on other trains in AC 2tier. Traveling in AC 2 tier also depended on their position in the Indian Railways. Don’t know if things have changed now.

  14. Vijay February 6, 2008 at 1:28 am #

    @Veena: I wish 😦
    @Gowri: Thanks for the clarification.. I stand corrected 🙂

  15. some body February 8, 2008 at 1:09 am #

    “How many politicians does it take to flag a train off?”

    here’s a fitting response – zero! 🙂

    – s.b.

  16. Vijay February 8, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    @SB: Good one.. but this was the Golden Chariot and not the Garib Rath.. 🙂

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