As the cases of COVID-19 pandemics increase in India and travel has been a great success, the Indian railways have managed to keep up. We recently covered an article where you can find out how Indian railways are preparing to travel after the pandemic. But sad news for travelers looking to experience luxury while traveling on Indian Railways' leading luxury train, Palace on Wheels, which is slated to be taken off the rails this year.
Every September, this luxury train is renovated and renewed for tourists who want to experience luxury while traveling. In September it is prepared for the first trip of the year. It used to be that way for many years, but unfortunately not this year. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation officials agreed to stop the train until at least December 2020.
Since the Indian railways have not officially announced that the train will go on the rails for this year, it is high time that we assume that it will be off the rails by the end of the year or maybe by 2020.
A senior official from the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) said to a leading Indian newspaper: “We haven't decided yet. We'd like to start, but there are travel tips for non-essential trips. The resumption of scheduled flights is an important factor since the majority of train passengers come from abroad. It also depends on the direction in which the COVID-19 is moving. "
Together with Indian Railways, RTDC operates one of India's most luxurious trains, traversing some of India's most popular tourist destinations, such as the prominent royal heritage of Rajasthan, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, The Taj Mahal, where completion takes 8 days round trip .
The train has 84 berths and is one of the most popular for foreigners and NRIs who visit the popular places and do not want to compromise on luxury.
This year, due to the ongoing pandemic in March and April, the train was canceled, but the railways did not cancel or refund tickets that were already booked but were rebooked for the current season.
We should know if the booked tickets will be refunded as the train will most likely not be on the wheels by the end of this year.
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