IRCTC and Cox and Kings sign Joint Venture for pan India luxury tourist train 10th, December 2008
New Delhi: December 10th 2008: The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), and Cox and Kings India Ltd., (CKIL) have signed a Joint Venture agreement on December 10, 2008 to set up a company called the Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd., to manage and operate the first pan-India luxury tourist train. This train is scheduled to start operations in the third quarter of 2009.
Speaking on the occasion, IRCTC Managing Director, Dr Nalin Shinghal said that this train would be a landmark in the growth of luxury tourism in India. The combined strength of IRCTC in rail based tourism & hospitality and Cox and Kings in high-end international tourism, would make this latest state of the art train, an epitome of luxury and comfort.
This unique train breaks all state boundaries and will traverse through multiple states in India, thus showcasing India in totality.
Speaking on the occasion, Cox and Kings Managing Director, Peter Kerkar said, “We welcome IRCTC’s initiative in breaking state boundaries for a luxury train. We are happy and excited on being selected as their partner in this venture that shall redefine luxury trains not just in India but the world.’’
The train will carry nearly 100 passengers in 15 passenger coaches and will have two bars and two restaurants. It will have an ultra modern kitchen and a boutique.
The train has many firsts to its credit.
First to have four different classes of passenger accommodation: Deluxe; Suites; Super Deluxe Suites; Luxury Suites; and Presidential Suites. One whole carriage will accommodate the Presidential Suite.
State of the art pneumatic and hydraulic suspension system ensuring smoother train ride.
All passenger cabins to have micro processor based climatic control.
Environment friendly toilet system. First amongst luxury trains.
The company has specially designed two itineraries that capture the spirit of India and would surely delight tourists. The first is the Princely India Tour which is a seven-night itinerary that follows the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Jaipur-Delhi route. The second is the Classical India tour which is also a seven-night itinerary through Delhi-Agra-Gwalior-Khajuraho-Varanasi &Patna.
These two itineraries together offer the discerning traveller, an introduction into the diversity and cultural heritage of India allowing them to catch a glimpse of its rural heritage, exquisite handicrafts and an exotic spectrum of Indian cuisine.