Who says travel is only about facing a seating crunch, sitting in uncomfortable positions for long hours, and making do with low-quality food sold in stalls? The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is here to change your mind.
Making luxury train travel a reality for the common man, Indian Railways has now opened the doors of its luxury saloon coach for passangers. The privately-occupied coach which was earlier reserved for only top railway officials can accommodate six passengers. The coach, equipped with air-conditioned rooms, valet service, and an attached bathroom started its journey with six passengers of a private tour operating company as the Jammu Mail pulled out of the Old Delhi Railway Station.
The Ministry of Railways tweeted that India’s first Railway Saloon Coach started operating on 29th March 2018. The coach has two exclusive bedrooms with an attached bath, a dining room and a kitchenette! Talk about a luxurious house, which is mobile and also comes with a view!
The train travelled from Delhi to Katra with six passengers on board. This luxurious private coach was attached to the Jammu Mail train.
The Railway Saloon Coach was initially reserved only for railway officials to get to places which were not connected by air or road. But now, even you can get a ride in this high-end train coach!
The six premium customers of M/s Royal India train Journeys will be the first passengers to experience the grandeur of traveling in a saloon car from Delhi to Jammu. After completing its four-day journey, the saloon came back on April 2. The saloon was attached to the Jammu Mail at the Old Delhi Railway Station for onward journey to Katra.
According to IRCTC, the cost of the chartering this saloon car is about 2 lakh rupees. Since the saloon car has a living room, two air-conditioned bedrooms, dining area, and a well-equipped kitchen, it is worth the money.
Here’s a glimpse of what the coach has to offer:
Don’t the beds look super comfortable, especially for a train?
A high-end living/dining room for that luxurious meal: