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Palace on Wheels vs Royal Rajasthan on Wheels – A Comparative Analysis

Palace On Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels are two Indian luxury trains which are world-renowned and have offered excellent services to their guests. Although both the luxury trains are the pride of the country and are epitomes of luxury, but there are similarities as well as differences.

The duration of the journey of both the trains is the same which is 7 nights and 8 days, so is the decor and featured luxuries on the train too. The amenities and services which the guest on the train avail are at par with the international levels. The traveler can take pleasure in various kinds of facilities such as channel music, centralized air conditioning, channel music, private bathrooms with all toiletries, LCD TV, electronic safety deposit, medical assistance, personal attendant for the coaches, 2 multi-cuisine restaurants, a bar with finest of beverages, a lounge to unwind, a spa to relax your tired soul and different variety of rooms to choose from. The decor of both the trains and their cabins ooze out opulence with the upholstery and tapestry having royal touch. Another similarity is that on the journey of both the trains, you get a chance to explore the wildlife in the Ranthambore National Parks.

There are some differences as well such as the destinations that both the Palace on Wheels and Rajasthan Royals on Wheels cover during its journey. While the former one covers Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra, the later one takes the guests through Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra. Though there are quite a few similar destinations but while on Rajasthan on Wheels, you also get a chance to visit the ghats of the holy Ganga river and the age-old Khajuraho temples. Another point of difference is that Palace on Wheels. Lets you explore India’s wildlife at two destinations, Ranthambore National Park and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary while the other luxury train takes you only to the first one. A souvenir shop on Rajasthan Royal On Wheels is a plus point.

Another difference is that there are 14 deluxe cabins on Palace on Wheels which have been named after erstwhile Rajputana states such as Alwar Bundi. On the other hand, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels has a total of 13 cabins which have been named after the palaces of Rajasthan such as Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Surya Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Jal Mahal, Padmini Mahal, Kishori Mahal, and so on.

Summer Palace – A Beijing Landmark

The Summer Palace is a palace located some fifteen kilometres outside of central Beijing in China. Spanning an area of nearly three square kilometres the palace grounds constitute the biggest and best preserved royal park in the country. With its traditional Chinese landscaping and spectacular views, the park is considered the ‘Museum of Royal Gardens’. The artificial palaces, pavilions, temples, bridges and halls within the grounds have been designed to complement the natural landscape.

The Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill form the defining features of the Summer Palace. The lake spans an area of 2.2 square kilometres and is manmade. The soil dug up was used to create Longevity Hill. The hill is around two hundred metres tall and supports several buildings. Longevity Hill was previously known as Gold Mountain and Jug Hill. Its current name was given by Emperor Qianlong in 1749 when he commissioned extensive landscaping on the hill. The Summer Palace was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and it is currently a highly popular tourist spot in Beijing. Tourists visiting the Chinese capital should definitely try and visit if time permits.

Opening hours are between 7 am and 5 pm from November to March and between 6.30 am and 6 pm from April to October. A fee additional to the entrance fee is charged for entry into certain parts such as the Dehe Garden, Wenchang Hall, Tower of Buddhist Incense and Suzhou Street and Danning Hall. There are plenty of buses that go past the Summer Palace and the nearest subway stations are the Xiyuan Station and the Beigongmen Station.

Beijing is not simply the capital of China but is also at the heart of commerce, politics, science and tourism in the country. The city is home to many of China’s iconic attractions such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Tourists looking for a good Beijing hotel close to the city’s renowned landmarks can try the Raffles Beijing Hotel. Considered one of the finest 5 Star hotels in Beijing it is within easy reach of Beijing’s best restaurants and shopping centres and is a terrific place to stay.