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Posted - 03/20/2009 :  00:05:50  Show Profile  Visit irse's Homepage Send irse a Private Message  Reply with Quote

MTDC decides to let out Deccan Odyssey for chartered trips across the country

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To minimise losses from its Deccan Odyssey luxury train project, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has now decided to let out its flagship train for chartered trips across the country. According to a report in Times of India by Chitra Nair, MTDC suffered a loss of Rs two crore since September 2008 when the profit-sharing agreement between Indian Railways and MTDC ended. Since then the Deccan Odyssey has made 18 trips and paid Rs 5.4 crore to the Railways resulting in a net loss of Rs two crore this fiscal.

The luxury train starts from Mumbai and travels through Pune, Ratnagiri, Aurangabad, Goa, Ajanta and Ellora caves and Sindhudurg. The Railways have been charging Rs 30 lakh per trip as haulage charges (fees levied by the Railways for using its infrastructure) since September 2008, which resulted in such heavy losses for the MTDC. To counter this damage MTDC has decided to rent out the train for chartered trips, which means that the luxury train will make only eight trips a year instead of the usual 28 to 30 trips. Vijay Chavan, General Manager, MTDC said, “We have decided to give the train to groups, which mean the route will depend on where the group of people wants to go.” Though the MTDC has approved of the decision internally, they are waiting for final sanction from the state government, which according to Chavan, will be positive. “We are currently in talks with corporate groups and multinational companies since the train can be let out only
to a group of at least 80 people,” said Chavan.

Though the chartered trips will be available throughout the year, Chavan said the season trips (from October to February) will take place eight times a year, which means eight weeks of service. The charges for chartered trips will be decided on the distance of the route (haulage charges to de decided by the Railway Ministry). “Not just Maharashtra, but the train can now travel across the country,” added Chavan.
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Posted - 03/20/2009 :  01:28:53  Show Profile  Visit irse's Homepage Send irse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
KSTDC plans to charter Golden Chariot

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Chennai/ Bangalore March 18, 2009, 0:20 IST

Golden Chariot, the luxurious heritage train from Karnataka Government which has completed one year of its commercial run, is likely to be extended to other states from its second year of operations starting August 2009.

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), which runs the train, is gearing up to launch a new marketing strategy to woo various cross sections of travellers from both India and abroad. In order to expand its scope and attract larger international travellers, the corporation is entering into a tie up with a private airline company having significant presence both in India and abroad.

“We are in advanced talks with a couple of airline companies for a tie up to promote our luxury train among their foreign travellers. We will be finalising a deal with one of them by end of this month,” Vinay Luthra, managing director, KSTDC said.

He said the corporation is also in talks with Kingfisher Airlines for a similar tie up. “We hope that our tie up with airline companies will bring us more customers as we offer higher commissions to travel agents compared to that of airline companies. We are sure the general sales agents of these airline companies will get us extra travellers through their network,” he told Business Standard.

He said the corporation has made a proposal to take the Golden Chariot outside Karnataka from next tourism season. It has received proposals from two international travel agents like Luxury Trains of Switzerland and Exotic Journeys of UK to run the luxury train on charter basis for their selected customers coming from Europe and Japan to a few places in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. KSTDC has got an approval from the Indian Railways, a partner in Golden Chariot, to take the train out of Karnataka, he said. The Swiss travel house has given a plan to take the train to a few selected places of tourism in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, while Exotic Journeys wants to take it to places in Karnataka and Kerala. As of now, the Railways have approved places like Coimbatore, Kochi, Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tiruvananthapuram. The exact tariff plan is currently being worked out, he said adding that it is offering 20 per cent discount for the summer months.

The corporation has also planned to hold roadshows abroad this year. It plans to participate in major international travel exhibitions in London, Berlin, Las Vegas, France among others during this year. “We are going to conduct a roadshow in Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway and Finland this year. These countries have not been affected much by the global economic slowdown,” Luthra said.

KSTDC has tied up with HDFC Bank as a payment gateway. The bank will also offer interest free EMI options to its customers who want to travel on Golden Chariot. During the first year of its operations, Golden Chariot has achieved 35 per cent occupancy and 825 passengers have travelled in 27 trips so far. Of this 90 per cent were foreign travellers from the US, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Japan and Argentina. In the domestic tourism expos, KSTDC will hold roadshows in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Kolkata, he added.


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Posted - 03/27/2009 :  03:04:01  Show Profile  Visit irse's Homepage Send irse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Now, another royal train runs into rough weather

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26 Mar 2009, 0051 hrs IST

JAIPUR: The luxurious Royal Rajasthan on Wheels' seems to have run out of steam with no takers for the ride. The train that commenced its journey on January 11, 2009, now runs only off and on. That leaves the state with only one luxury train now --- Palace on Wheels -- with the third train -- Heritage on Wheels --
totally shutting down operations.

According to sources, RROW has been off track since March 9, 2009 and only runs as and when there are a particular number of tourists. Blame it on the Mumbai terror attack or the recession, the just once-in-a-week tour on the New Delhi-Jaipur-Bikaner-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Chittorgarh-Bharatpur-Agra-New Delhi route could not attract many visitors.

Launched at an approximate cost of Rs 40 crore, the fully air-conditioned train had a capacity to accommodate 82 passengers per trip. But the train could hardly get 82 passengers in the few trips it ran. While the RROW sources in Delhi refuted that the train was discontinued, tour operators say that the trip was exorbitantly priced. And with the train largely dependant on US, UK and European
tourists, the countries now going through a financial crisis, this was likely to happen.

However, in what could be seen as a life-saving exercise, the department of tourism is now ready with another proposal for a junket. Sources say that now journalists from leading international electronic media like the BBC, Travel and Living, National Geographic et al and travel magazines would be taken through
the circuit so that the train could attract future prospective travelers.

The other heritage luxury train, Heritage on Wheels, that was ripped off its grandeur, is now parked at Der Ke Baalaji near Jhotwara. With the meter guage turning into a broadgauge, it could no longer stay on tracks. "The interiors belonged to the RTDC and have been removed. Just the bare shell that belonged to the railways has returned to them. Till they decide what to do with the train,
it would stay parked in Jaipur," said a source.



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Posted - 07/19/2009 :  06:01:17  Show Profile  Visit irse's Homepage Send irse a Private Message  Reply with Quote


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Have a leisurely breakfast amid the magnificent landscape of the Aravali Hills, or go for a jeep safari in Ranthambore.

Explore the erotic architecture at Khajuraho and the next day take a holy dip in the Ganges in Varanasi. And every journey would be King-size.

Come January and the first pan-Indian luxury train Maharaja’s Express will chug out to take you to those destinations which will make one’s life worthwhile.

The first luxury train venture by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Railways, will initially cover tourist destinations connecting three metros—Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

However, if the venture is successful the train might also cover destinations in the southern part of the country.

“A special 23-coach train is being manufactured in the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai at a cost of Rs 50 crore and it will be managed by Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd, a joint venture between the IRCTC and Cox and Kings travel company,” IRCTC Managing Director Rakesh Tandon told Deccan Herald. The cost of running the train will be around Rs 30 lakh per day.

“Equipped with every modern amenity and comfort that money can buy or science can create, the Maharaja’s Express is truly the last word in luxury trains. From large LCD screens to next generation environmentally friendly washrooms, each and every facet of this ultra luxury train has been looked into,” Tandon said. All passenger carriages would come with individual temperature controls, the first of its kind in India.

With a passenger capacity of about 80 to 85 the train would have five deluxe cabins, six junior suites and two suites equipped with LCD TV, Direct Dial telephone, digital climate controls, separate sitting rooms and large modern bathrooms with environment- friendly toilet systems.

There would also be a grand Presidential suite with two bed rooms–one with twin beds and one with double bed and a separate sitting-cum- dining room. The green toilet would even have a bath tub. The package would be divided into several categories exploring different destinations. Thus the eight-day-tour of “Princely India” would start from Mumbai and proceed through Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and culminate in Delhi.

“Royal India” package would commence from Delhi and take the tourists through Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Vadodara and on the eighth day will reach Mumbai.

The week-long “Celestial India” package commencing from Kolkata will take the Maharaja’s team on a journey meandering through the country’s most renowned religious and Buddhist centres like Gaya and Varanasi.

The tariff, no doubt, will be befitting for the royal journey costing $(US)800 for a deluxe cabin to $(US)2,500 for the presidential suite.

The journey price will include accommodation, all meals, soft beverages, butler services, guided off-train excursions, porterage at stations and all applicable taxes.

Truly luxurious

* The special 23-coach train is being built at a cost of Rs 50 crore
* Maharaja’s Express will have all modern and environment- friendly amenities
* The train will have five delux cabins, six junior suites and two suites apart from a Presidential suite
* The package would be divided into several categories exploring different destinations
* The train may cover destinations in South India as well



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Posted - 07/21/2009 :  08:42:56  Show Profile  Visit irse's Homepage Send irse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Railways plan 4 luxury trains
New Delhi,June 17, 2009 : The Indian railways are introducing four luxury train tours in January with an eye on the high-end foreign tourist.
The new train tours -- two each for Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata -- are along the lines of the palace-on-wheels, and was planned after a joint venture by railways and the travel company Cox and Kings.

The tours will wind their leisurely way across the country for eight days and seven nights for a princely tariff of $1,000 a night. Stopovers will include such places as Gaya and Varanasi on the Kolkata route, and Bandhavgarh and Khajuraho on the Mumbai route. However, with railway minister Mamata Banerjee keen on appeasing the aam aadmi more than anything else, there's a doubt whether the project will be given enough rope. - DNA

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The Rajdhani, a superfast luxury train has to pay Rs600 per km to the Indian Railways. When it comes to the Golden Chariot, the charge is over Rs2,000 per km, amounting to between Rs38 lakh to Rs40 lakh per trip. If only the railway haulage is reduced, fares can be reduced and thus attract more tourists.

Expressing this concern, Srinivas M, project director, Golden Chariot, said: “It generally takes at least five to seven years for projects like this to break even. The government should consider the first few years post-launch and give us a rebate in the haulage.”

The distance covered by Pride of South, run by the Golden Chariot, is 1,881 km and that by Southern Splendour, which covers most of South India, is 2,331 km.
“Moreover, the haulage charges are increasing every year and this year, the rate is Rs2,000 per km. Thus, the cost comes up to around Rs40 lakh. We need to pay another Rs10 lakh to Rs12 lakh to our hospitality partners,” said Srinivas.

Deccan Odyssey, run by the Maharashtra government, and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels also face a similar crunch.The state tourism department, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation are taking up the matter with the Indian Railways.

A meeting has been scheduled for July 18-19.The Golden Chariot got a rebate of 21.5% on the railway haulage in the first year of its launch.The fixed haulage charges, now applicable to the luxury trains, are highly exorbitant and also increase from time to time.

“The calculation of haulage charges should be transparent and at reasonable levels and at marginal cost basis. Discounts of 21.5% should be extended to the initial eight years after the launch,” he said.

The maintenance cost of luxury trains are less as the interiors are maintained by the state boards and annual distance covered by luxury trains annually is less compared to normal passenger trains, said Srinivas.

The haulage for luxury trains should be calculated on marginal basis, according to state governments running luxurious trains.


















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thanks for sharing about luxury train in india.few day ago travl delhi to rajasthan by Rajdhani train.this is nice luxury train.




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