The Fairy Queen Train is the world’s oldest functioning steam locomotive. It went on its first journey more than 150 years ago under the East Indian Railways. Truly, a heritage train, this locomotive has registered its name as the oldest locomotive that is still under normal operation. From 1855, the year it first started, till the year 1908, the Fairy Queen Train connected Howrah and Raniganj. In the year 1997, the Indian Railways declared it as a heritage train and resumed its functioning connecting Delhi and Alwar, and to Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary from Alwar. From October until March every year, the train is run on this route on every second and fourth Saturday each month. For some years, the train’s engine was also showcased as a National Treasure in the Indian Railways Museum in Delhi. Today, the Fairy Queen Train is one of the most popular luxury Indian trains and offers an exclusive tour option in the old and luxurious heritage locomotive. The steam engine attached with the train carries a single coach with a capacity of 50 people. The coach is completely air-conditioned and has a huge glass window in the front that allows viewing the heritage locomotive as it whistles and runs on the tracks. An attached pantry car is well equipped with luxurious and royal meals for the passengers and the staff appointed is courteous and well mannered.
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The two-day and one night package offered is a great opportunity for adventure lovers to visit a wildlife sanctuary, and be treated royally during the entire tour. This tour package also offers various cultural programs arranged by Rajasthan Tourism Department that augment your royal Rajasthani experience.
The journey of the Fairy Queen Train begins at Delhi, the capital city of India. Here you can visit various monuments of historical importance and British style buildings. You can also relish various kinds of street foods or visit any modern eating joint offering cuisines from all over the world.
When the train reaches Alwar, the guests are welcomed in a traditional Rajasthani style and honor by cheerful and colorfully dressed local women with flower garlands. At Siliserh, there is a pre-arranged cultural event at the Lake Palace featuring Rajasthani folk music and dance. A traditional puppet show and old folk dramas are also organized for the guests in the evening. At Sariska, guests are again welcomed with hospitality and again short cultural events await them besides a trip to the wildlife Sanctuary.