India’s luxurious prepare Palace on Wheels to stay off this yr

With COVID-19 pandemic rising instances in India and journey taking an enormous hit, Indian railways have managed to maintain and lately we coated an article the place you’ll be able to discover how Indian railways are getting ready for post-pandemic journey. However one unhappy information to travellers who wish to expertise luxurious whereas travelling in Indian Railways premier Luxurious prepare Palace on Wheels to be suspended off rails for this yr.

Yearly within the month of September, this luxury prepare will get refurbished and renewed for vacationers who wish to expertise luxurious on journey and in September it will get prepared for the primary trip of the yr. It was the identical for a few years however sadly not this yr. Officers on the Rajasthan Tourism Growth Company took a consensus to halt the prepare until at the least December 2020.

With no formal announcement from Indian railways concerning the prepare on the point of hit the rails for this yr, it’s excessive time that we expect that it could be off the rails till the tip of the yr or possibly the whole yr of 2020.

A senior official at Rajasthan Tourism Growth Company (RTDC) stated to a number one newspaper of India the place he says, “We’ve not determined as but. We’re eager to start out, however there are journey advisories for non-essential journey. Resumption of scheduled business flights is a giant issue given the truth that nearly all of travellers on the prepare are from international nations. Additionally, all of it will depend on which course the COVID-19 strikes,”

Along with Indian Railways, RTDC operates one of many luxurious trains of India the place it passes by means of among the widespread vacationer locations in India corresponding to outstanding royal heritages of Rajasthan, chicken and animal sanctuaries, The Taj Mahal the place it takes eight days to finish a spherical journey.

The prepare has 84 berths and it is among the widespread for foreigners and NRI’s who wish to go to the favored locations and likewise don’t wish to compromise on luxurious.

Nonetheless, this yr because of ongoing pandemic, the prepare was cancelled within the months of March and April, however the railways didn’t cancel or refund the tickets which have been already booked however rebooked for the present season.

We should always get to know if the tickets booked will get refund, because the prepare is almost definitely not hitting the wheels by this year-end.

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