The Fairy Queen – India’s Railway Heritage
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2 Days / 1 Night
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The Fairy Queen – India’s Railway Heritage
● Delhi ● Alwar ● Sariska ● Alwar ● Delhi
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The Fairy Queen – India’s Railway Heritage
The Fairy Queen first started functioning for the East Indian Raiway in the year 1855. After a decade of operation, the train stopped from running in 1908, and it was only after a hiatus of around 90 years that the train was brought back. During this period, it was kept in the National Rail Museum. Today, the Fairy Queen is the oldest steam running locomotive in the world with its name recorded in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records. The Fairy Queen has also been the proud recipient of the National Tourism Award.
The journey in the Fairy Queen is for two days, yet the treatment accorded is equivalent to a Five Star Hotel. It is one journey that will not strain your pockets and yet allow you to enjoy the royal treatment. The pleasant journey through scenic places will add to the charming memories that you will carry back after the trip is over.
The Fairy Queen runs between Delhi to Alwar and is operated during the weekends. There are limited number of runs every year between October to February.
Fairy Queen Train History
1855, The year when the majestic Fairy Queen rolled out for the erstwhile East Indian Railway. For the first time after 1908, the Fairy Queen rolled again on Feb. 1st, 1997 from Delhi to Alwar. The steam engine is the oldest working engine in the world. Finding its pride of place in the Guinness Book of World Records and also capturing the National Tourism Award, this prestigious pristine beauty that graces the National Rail Museum, New Delhi, is steaming once again. The Queen, with the privileged ones aboard reaches the picturesque town of Alwar in Rajasthan the same day, from where the guests are taken to Sariska Tiger Reserve for an overnight stay. Indian Railways proudly offer a unique two days all-inclusive package combining thrill, romance, wildlife and steam heritage on the Fairy Queen.
Here is a brief history of the Fairy Queen Train. To start with, the Fairy Queen train shuttled between Howrah and Raniganj stations on the East Indian Railways.
Steam Loco WP 7161 is going to be utilized for hauling of Steam Special. The information of the Engine is given below:
1855: Built by Kitson, Thompson Hewitson, UK for the erstwhile East Indian Railways (EIR)
: 2000 litres (under slung water tank)
: 40 Kmph
: 26 tonnes
: 5 ft. 6 inch or 1.67 m (Broad Gauge)
: 2 outside (12 inch x 22 inch)
: 20 tonnes
: 2-2-2 Driving wheel diameter 1800 mm
The Fairy Queen has a 60-seater air-conditioned chair car specially designed with a large glass window from where you can have a frontal view of the Locomotive, besides there is a well maintained pantry car for on board catering. As an added attraction, the coach has a beautiful lounge in the front, which provides a scenic view of the countryside. For your enjoyment numerous cultural programs are organized in the evening of the first day at the Hotel Sariska Palace. The 60 select guests will certainly go back with fond memories of a once-in-a lifetime experience. Go ahead and book your journey back into time.
Fairy Queen Stoppages : The train will stop for 10 minutes each at Garhi Harasuru, Pataudi Road, Rewari, Ajarka and Khairthal railway stations in both directions for water & other requirements of the locomotive.
Day 01 Saturday: Delhi/Alwar
The Fairy Queen train tour begins from Delhi, the capital of India. Before you embarking on your Royal journey, you will be greeted with traditional welcome. Delhi is a vibrant metro city of India, carrying lots of old world charm. The city is a curious mix of the medieval and British monuments. Some of fascinating and historical monuments of Delhi are the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House. Other tourist attractions of Delhi are the Lotus temple and the Akshardham temple. Delhi is a great center for shopping as well. The Connaught Place or the Rajiv Chowk offers shoppers a heaven to buy right from small curios to pricelessly crafted articles.
Tour Schedule: Day 01
0830 hrs. Reporting at the Delhi Cantonment railway station.
0900 hrs. Fairy Queen departs.
1300 hrs. Lunch on Board.
1500 hrs Arrival Alwar Railway Station.
1520 hrs Arrival Sariska by air-conditioned coach.
1630 hrs Arrival Hotel Tiger Den (RTDC).
1930 hrs. Theme dinner/Night Stay at Hotel.
Day 02 Sunday: Alwar/Sariska
The second day of the Fairy queen train tour begins with a Jeep safari to the Sariska tiger sanctuary. Sariska is famous for its tiger reserve where tigers, leopards, Sambhars, Nilgai, and Chinkaras can be spotted in their natural environs. The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary also has the ruins ancient temples, Kankawari fort and a palace. Sariska wildlife sanctuary is a perfect leisure spot for wildlife lovers. Enjoy and explore the wildlife by taking a Jeep Safari in the Sariska wildlife sanctuary!
The Sariska sanctuary also offers great scope for photography enthusiasts. Besides tigers, leopards and other animals, the Sariska wildlife sanctuary is also a bird life heaven. The bird life in the Park includes Bush Quail, Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl. After exploring the wildlife and beauty of the Sariska Wildlife sanctuary you will get back to the Fairy Queen for your way back to Delhi.
Tour Schedule: Day 02
0630 hrs Jeep safari for Sariska National Park.
0930 hrs Return from Sanctuary & breakfast at Hotel.
1200 hrs. Departure Sariska by air-conditioned coach to Alwar Rly. Stn.
1245 hrs Arrival Alwar Railway Station.
1300 hrs Fairy Queen leaves Alwar.
Dates indicated are ( 2nd and 4th Saturday)
TOUR COST The Fairy Queen Round Trip Package Tariff Per Pax
US $ 88
US $ 176
Full Package (Two-way train journey + sight-seeing / stay at Sariska)
US $ 62
US $ 125
One-way Trip Package (Between Delhi & Alwar + sight-seeing / stay at Sariska)
US $ 25
US $ 50
One-Way Train Journey (Between Delhi & Alwar only)
*(Half fare for children above 5 years but below 12 years of age). *Children below 5 years – Free.
Full package cost has to be paid at the time of booking.
Add Govt. Taxes Extra ,as applicable on date of journey
10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year
Children between 5 and 12 years charged 50% of adult rate (Half fare)
Children below 5 years are complimentary(but no bed)
Option to book for MINIMUM Three nights part journey & pay accordingly
Train tour will operate ,subject to MINIMUM 20 Passengers OR
advance received will be refunded (with no further liability)
Validity: From April 1, 2016 to March 30, 2017 |
* Indicative price subject to change at the time of issue.
TOUR COST INCLUDES
● All meals-Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with tea/coffee provided on board or in hotels.
● All transportation pickup, drop and sight-seeing by air conditioned coaches.
● Jungle Safari in search of tigers in open jeeps (05 tourists in each jeep).
TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
● International air fare.
● Visa fee and service charges if service provided for issuance of visas.
● Expense of personal nature like spa, business car facilities, drinks, and also food drinks not forming part of the group menus, room service or mini-bar consumption, laundry, medical expenses, telephone and internet services, camera or video camera fee at monuments, tips and other items.
● Personal Insurance is not included in the cost, hence any cost involving health which may include any type of medical expense or medication and any
cost derived due to illness would be charged extra. It is advised to take a personal travel insurance
● Cost of Optional or add-on tours unless mentioned otherwise.
● Airport taxes and airport departure tax normally included in the international tickets.
● Local transportation in Delhi (To & From the Station)
● Entrance fees during sightseeing.
● Services not mentioned in the 'The price includes' box.
● Travellers should carry a valid tourist visa for
● The price provided is based on the prices and taxes existing at the time of calculation. Any increase in the airfare, in routing due to withdrawal of existing flights, taxes change if any would be advised at the time of booking.
● Any change in rate of exchange leading to an increase in the cost of the tour, which may come into effect prior to departure would be informed at the time of booking.
● Minimum reporting time in India for International flights in India is three hours and for internal flights is hour and a half.
● Child without bed - Is an individual under 12 years of age, sharing the room with 2 Full Paying adults and without a bed.
● Triple rooms do not exist in India, most hotels use roll away beds which is placed once you arrive at the hotel. The room size is the same as a Double Room.
● Once an air ticket is issued, any change of date or cancellation would attract a penalty charge levied by the airlines. Your sales officer will advise you the
amount at the time of making the date change.
● The tour will be operated, subject to a minimum of 06 full paying adult passengers. In the event that the group size is less than 06 adult passengers, you will be given an option of travelling as an individual tourist with private services. Additional supplement might apply. The Tour will be conducted on a seat-in-coach basis for group strength of 20- 25 persons, with the assistance of a local representative.
● Travel Insurance for the duration of the tour is not included in the tour price. However, any passengers who wish to take an insurance cover can request for it at an additional charges.
● The right to vary, amend or withdraw any particular itinerary, departure or excursion rests entirely with the company. Due to demand in particular airline in/ out points may change. Service, will however remain unchanged. Hotels / Flights / Airlines / Itinerary / Route subject to change without notice
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The Golden Chariot (Train)
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Cultural Programme & theme dinner, night stay at the Hotel Tiger Den.
Jeep safari for the Sariska National Park.
Alwar is a city in the Rajasthan state of western India. The city is located around 160 km south of Delhi, and around 150 km north of Jaipur (Capital of Rajasthan). Alwar has many interesting and historical monuments. Alwar's popularity as a tourist destination lies in its proximity to the famous Tiger Reserve of India, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Other tourist attractions in Alwar are the Bala Quila, a massive ancient fort situated on a hill, and the Vinay Vilas Mahal, the city palace complex. Other than historical monuments, the city has a rich natural heritage with some beautiful lakes and picturesque valley thickly wooded in parts. A beautiful lake beside the city palace is a good spot to visit. The tomb of Tarang Sultan is also a tourist attraction worth visiting in Alwar.
Sariska Tiger Reserve is famous for its magnificent tigers, leopards, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska also shelters many different species of birds including Bush Quails, Sand Grouses, Tree Pies, Golden backed Woodpeckers, crested Serpent Eagles and Great Indian horned Owls. Sariska is an ideal leisure spot for those interested in wildlife and ancient architecture. The town has the ruins of 9th and 10th century temples. Siliserh Lake on the edge of the sanctuary is another attraction which is inhabited by crocodiles. Located right next to the tiger reserve is the Sariska Palace.
TRAVEL BY ROAD ...
AIRFARES AND TRAVELLING BY AIR ...
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE ...
First Class 40 Kgs.
Executive Class 35 Kgs.
Economy Class (Y,B,M & H) 20 Kgs.
Economy Class (K,Q,V,W,G,L,U,S,T,X, N & E) 15 Kgs.
Infants not entitled to a seat (All economy classes) Nil
Local festivals may fall on the date of travel and it is possible that the visits to places of interest are modified by the local government or authorities for which we cannot be held responsible. The program would be amended accordingly so that none of the visits included are missed on an alternative provided.
(Wildlife Safari/ Boat ride/ Desert & Rural Safari/ Bicycle & Rickshaw Ride/ Animal Rides)
Boats: To take part in any boat ride, you need to be of average mobility to be able to climb on and off all these boats unaided; able to disembark onto makeshift docks without handrails, or onto muddy and slippery riverbanks.
Canters: These are large, open trucks with wooden bench seats in the back and used for safaris on sharing basis in the national parks.
Elephant ride at Amber Fort (Jaipur): Elephant rides can either be taken to the fort or from the fort based on the directives received from the Rajasthan State Tourism Board and are booked on first come-first serve basis. As such for Elephant ride at Amber Fort, an early departure from the hotel is recommended. Also note Elephant ride to or from the Fort is subject to same being operational and may be stopped due to various reasons by Rajasthan State Tourism Board
Important: At all times, our Tour Managers, Local Guides, and Representatives will assist and brief guests about these activities but cannot guarantee the uninterrupted services during their stay in Indian Subcontinent. All guests must bear full responsibilities for such activities releasing Indior Tours, its associates, its directors, its agents of any claim. It would be in your interest to buy a suitable insurance to cover all risks associated with such travel.
SUGGESTED CLOTHING ...
In order not to encourage begging, we suggest that you should not distribute anything during your visits (candy, money, toys, pens etc.).Should you wish to made donations in cash or kind, please consult your guide who would provide you with the best advice.
We suggest that you spend your money to buy locally produced things made my local craftsmen and take them to the country of your origin and contribute to the local economy thus providing work to those in need.
PRICE AND OTHER CONDITION OF SALE ...
RECOMMENDED TIPS ...
(Indicative only because it is at the discretion of each / not to spare but only tickets ) :
CANCELLATION FEES ...
1. There shall be no refund except.
a)- When the train is cancelled for technical reasons by the Railways.
b)- When the tourist is not able to travel on account of unforeseen circumstances.
2. The refund will be granted as follows :-
In case of (a) above
(I) Full refund of the fare less 1% handling charges
In case of (b) above
(I)No refund, if the ticket is cancelled less than 15 days in advance including the date of journey.
(II)50% refund, if the ticket is cancelled more than 15 days in advance excluding date of journey.
(III)No show: 100 % of the total billed amount.
(IV)IRCTC has right to alter itinerary under unavoidable circumstances and is not liable for any type of natural calamities/ strikes/ cancellations/ delay of train/ insurgency of any such nature which is beyond control during tour period. Management is not accountable for any theft or damage of luggage during the trip.