The Palace On Wheels, India's most luxurious train conjures up images of Maharajas, royalty, pomp and elegance. Inspired by the personal carriages used by the former Maharajas, Nizams and Viceroys, there cannot be a better way to explore one of India's most colourful and vibrant states Rajasthan. Once land of Rajputana princedoms Rajasthan is home to some of the most resplendent fortresses, spectacular palaces and havelis along with rich cultural heritage and diverse wildlife. With the aim of promoting tourism in the state, the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation along with Indian Railway launched India's first Indian luxury train on 26th January' 1982. Originally the Palace on Wheels was created out of actual carriages and saloons that were used by former Maharajas, Nawabs and Viceroys. But since then, the train has been modernised but in keeping with the regal charm and elegance.