Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas and ancient fortresses, has added another jewel to its crown – the Valley Queen Heritage Train. Launching on October 5, this new rail service promises to take travelers on a voyage through the state’s rich history and breathtaking landscapes.
A Nostalgic Journey Through Rajasthan
In a significant move, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, flagged off the Valley Queen Heritage Train, connecting Marwar Junction to Khamlighat. This exclusive service stands out not just for its route but also for its vintage-inspired design. Modeled to resemble a 150-year-old steam engine, the train exudes nostalgia. With a 60-seat Vistadome AC coach, it guarantees a comfortable and memorable experience. To the delight of train enthusiasts, it will chug along the tracks four times a week.
The Valley Queen Heritage Train: Journey Details and Attractions
Starting its journey from Marwar Junction at 8:30 am, the train glides to Kamlighat by 11:00 am. En route, it takes brief stops at Phulad and Goram Ghat stations, allowing passengers a 10-15 minute breather to soak in the surroundings. For the return leg, the train departs from Khambli Ghat at 3 pm and reaches Marwar Junction by 5:40 pm.
At a ticket price of INR 2,000, passengers are in for a treat. As they traverse through the state, the train showcases lush valleys, undulating hills, and a diverse array of flora and fauna. Adding to the allure, the route features two almost-century-old tunnels and a staggering 172 bridges arching over serene water streams. For those who have traveled this path before, the familiar metre gauge train from Marwar to Mavli will still be operational.
Shashi Kiran, the Chief Public Relations Officer of North-Western Railway, shared insights into this heritage venture with The Times of India, emphasizing its historical significance. “The track was already in place, but a new heritage train has been developed… a diesel engine has been modified to resemble a steam engine,” he said.
A Rich Historical Legacy
The Valley Queen isn’t just a train; it’s a trip down memory lane. The tracks it runs on are steeped in history, being constructed with the assistance of two royal families before India’s independence. The section from Mavli Junction to Phulad was crafted under the watchful eye of the Maharana of Mewar from Udaipur, while the stretch from Marwar Junction to Phulad was a vision realized by the Maharaja of Marwar of Jodhpur. These tracks have borne witness to the royal journeys of the past, with Phulad serving as the nexus point for passengers transitioning between the two.
Whether you’re a history buff, a train enthusiast, or someone looking for a unique travel experience, the Valley Queen Heritage Train offers a rare blend of history, luxury, and nature. As you rumble along Rajasthan’s picturesque landscapes, each turn and tunnel tells a story, echoing tales of regal grandeur and bygone eras. So, why wait? Embark on a journey that promises to be as enriching as the destination itself.
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