The Steam Express – Heritage Train Tour
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The Steam Express – Heritage Train Tour
● Delhi Cantonment ● Alwar ● Rewari ● Alwar ● Delhi Cantonment
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The Steam Express – Heritage Train Tour
The steam express is a heritage train journey package of 01 Night/02 Days which is hauled by Vintage Steam locomotive WP 7161 "Akbar" which is easily recognized by the cone shaped bulging nose with a silver star painted on it. This train has a 60 seater, air –conditioned chair car specially designed with a large glass window so that you can have a view of the countryside. There is a pantry car for on-board catering and service of food to the guests travelling on the train. As an added attraction, the coach has a beautiful lounge from where you can have a scenic view of the countryside.
The train operates on the Delhi-Rewari-Alwar-Rewari –Delhi route. The guests get to enjoy cultural programme followed by dinner at a hotel in Alwar followed by a Tiger Safari the next day morning. The guests have an option of choosing the full package or a part journey to Rewari or Alwar and back.
Hope you will cherish the unforgettable memories of the Steam Express.
Steam Express Train History
Steam Loco WP 7161 is going to be utilized for hauling of Steam Special. The information of the Engine is given below:
Easily recognized by the cone shaped bulging nose with (usually) a silver star painted on it, this locomotive became the standard passenger locomotive on Indian Railways post 1947. Experiencing a severe shortage of locomotive on the system in the mid 1940s coupled with unhappy past experiences with the IRS class of locomotives looming large, the order for 100 prototype WP was restricted to a mere 16 engines (on scale of two for each major broad gauge route). Baldwin Locomotive Works (BLW), Philadelphia was awarded the task of building the first sixteen prototype WP class locomotives. These were numbered from 7200 to 7215 and went to GIPR, BB&CIR and EIR. The initial locos were called WP/P, the extra P indicating prototype. These engines soon earned the reputation for free steaming, fuel economy and good riding characteristics, also there was none of the ‘tail wag’ experience with these engines that was so characteristic of the XC class. On establishing their success furt her orders for WP locomotives went to Baldwin Canadian Locomotive Company (CLC) and Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) who shared the manufacturing the next 300 WP engines. These engines were numbered from 7216 to 7515 in order of the Railway to which they were allotted. A further 120 engines were ordered from Canadian Locomotive Company in 1955-56 and 60 more engines came from Poland and Austria between 1957-59, this loco was in production for 20 years from 1947 to 1967 from 53 locos in 1953, it reached a peak holding of 167 locos on Northern Railways in 1967. This Pacific class of broad gauge loco marked the change the coding from ‘X’ to ‘W’ for broad gauge locomotives. It was capable of doing up to 110 Km/h and remained Indian Railways crack locomotives for many years and hauled prestigious express trains. WP’s were designed specifically for low-calorie, high-ash Indian coal and its ease of handling made it a hot favourite amongst Loco drivers. Several WP’s remai ned in service until the late 80’s. Early prototypes from Baldwin were labelled WP/P, CLW versions after 1965 were labelled WP/1.
Rewari shed homes the WP 7200 and WP 7161, the former is from the first lot of prototypes that were handed over to Indian Railways by the United States in 1947. The locomotive was a part of Central Railway System (GIPR) but was transferred to Northern Railway later. Homed at Moradabad shed this locomotive was later shifted to Saharanpur shed, before it retired from active service. It is believed that WP 7200 was the first WP class of engine that was handed over to Indian Railways in USA on 15th August 1947, India’s Independent Day, though the engine physically arrived on the Indian shores in Oct’47. This adds to the historic importance of this locomotive, with this in mind, this locomotive previously called Shahjahan, after the great Mughal emperor who build the Taj Mahal, has been re-christened “AZAD”, meaning free in hindi.
WP 7161 is the Chittranjan Locomotive Works built engine, inducted into active service in 1965, this locomotive was also there was none of the ‘tail wag’ experience with these engines that was so characteristic of the XC class.
On establishing their success further orders for WP locomotives went to Baldwin Canadian Locomotive Company (CLC) and Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) who shared the manufacturing the next 300 WP engines. These engines were numbered from 7216 to 7515 in order of the Railway to which they were allotted. A further 120 engines were ordered from Canadian Locomotive Company in 1955-56 and 60 more engines came from Poland and Austria between 1957-59, this loco was in production for 20 years from 1947 to 1967 from 53 locos in 1953, it reached a peak holding of 167 locos on Northern Railways in 1967.
This Pacific class of broad gauge loco marked the change the coding from ‘X’ to ‘W’ for broad gauge locomotives. It was capable of doing up to 110 Km/h and remained Indian Railways crack locomotives for many years.
homed at Saharanpur shed and gave distinguished service to IR before being phased out from active service. This Locomotive is christened “AKBAR”, after the great Mughal Emperor.
Both these locomotives are in prized possession of Rewari Steam Loco shed, with great historic significance and deserve their rightful place in the rich heritage of Indian Railways. Let’s celebrate the return of these two glorious Steam Engines and see these magnificent machines in steam once again.
Total Heating Surface (Tubes + Fire box)
2901 sq ft
Canadian Locomotive Co., Baldwin Loco. Works , Wiener Locomotivfabrik, Chittranjan Locomotive Works
Cylinders (Dia X Stroke) in inches
Outside 201/4 ” X 28”
Tractive Effort at 75% of Boiler Pressure
210 lb/sq. In.
Boiler Barrel (Length between tube plates) X Dia
15’10 5/8” x 6’3 3/8”
46 Sq. Ft.
The Steam Express 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.
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
09:00 hrs. Reporting at the Delhi Cantonment railway station.
09:50 hrs. Steam Express departs.
13:00 hrs. Lunch on Board.
15:45 hrs. Welcome at Alwar station on arrival with tika & garland of guest by RTDC.
16:15 hrs. Transfer to Hotel Tiger Den or Similar by Deluxe Coach via Lake Palace at Siliserh stopping at Lake Palace, Siliserh for Tea/Snacks.
17:15 hrs. Welcome & Check-in at Hotel Tiger Den or Similar with welcome drink(non-alcoholic), Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
20:00 hrs. Cultural Programme followed by Dinner at Hotel. Over 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
06:00 hrs. Wake up call with morning tea.
06:30 hrs. Depart for morning visit to Sariska National Park in Canter/Gypsy (Subject to availability of Vehicle).
09:30 hrs. Return back to hotel from the Park and time for freshen up etc.
10:00 hrs. Breakfast.
12:00 hrs. Departure from hotel for Alwar Railway Station for boarding Steam Express.
13:00 hrs. Departure of train from Alwar Station.
Special attractions: Cultural Programme , night stay at Hotel Tiger Den or similar one.
Dates indicated are Saturdays
TOUR COST The Steam Express Package Tariff in Rs. Per Pax
Price Per Pax (Adult) (Taxes Extra)
Full Package Delhi-Alwar-Rewari-Alwar-Delhi
One-way train journey between Delhi & Alwar + sightseeing/stay at Sariska
One-way train journey between Delhi & Alwar only
Two-way train journey between Delhi & Alwar & back
One-Way train journey between Delhi & Rewari
Two-way train journey between Delhi & Alwar & back
One-Way train journey between Rewari & Alwar
One-Way train journey between Alwar & Delhi
*(Half fare for children above 5 years but below 12 years of age).
Full package cost has to be paid at the time of booking.
Foreign Tourists will be charged as per the prevalent exchange rate of INR vis-a vis $.
Note:"In case of failure of Steam Loco at the moment or enroute,the journey will be completed using Diesel Loco".
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
● Breakfast will be served after return from jungle safari at hotel Tiger Den/similar one. To prevent inconvenience to other group members all guests are requested to adhere to the specified timings.
● All meals-Breakfast, \lunch and dinner with tea/coffee provided on board or in hotels. All meals in the hotel are on buffet arrangement.
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.
● Meals other than those mentioned as included in the itinerary.
● 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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Just a century ago, the British moved the seat of their empire from Kolkata to Delhi. And it has been the Capital of India ever since. Now a thriving, cosmopolitan metro, the city has much to celebrate as it has already reached the milestone of completing 100 years as a Capital. With a history that goes back many centuries, Delhi showcases an ancient culture and a rapidly modernising country. Dotted with monuments there is much to discover here. The seat of many powerful empires in the past, its long history can be traced in its many carefully-preserved monuments, ancient forts and tombs.
All this is combined with the best features of a modern city such as a metro system, bustling markets and fabulous eating places. The past and the present meld seamlessly together, making centuries-old monuments a part of the city’s daily life. Delhi is very much a history’s child. The story of the city is as old as the epic Mahabharata, when the town was known as Indraprastha, where Pandavas used to live. Over the centuries, eight more cities came alive adjacent to Indraprastha: Lal Kot, Siri, Dinpanah, Quila Rai Pithora, Ferozabad, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad and Shahjahanabad. Many empires rose to the heights of their power and were destroyed here. Among the prominent dynasties which made Delhi their capital were the Tughlaqs, the Khiljis and the Mughals.
Even today, one can have a fascinating glimpse into the past in Old Delhi, with its labyrinth of narrow lanes, old havelis, and colourful bazaars. Rickshaws wind their way through this crowded, bustling capital of the Mughals, where life continues, much as it did hundreds of years ago. It is home to three World Heritage monuments—Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb that have survived many centuries, and give an idea of architectural wonders created by emperors in the past. Central Delhi, with its tree-lined avenues, imposing structures and buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and India Gate, reflect Delhi’s colonial past. A number of museums provide a glimpse into the country’s fascinating history.
But the modern Delhi has a lot more to offer. Delhi has a modern, well-planned and extensive Metro network that connects all corners of Delhi; this network is still growing. New roadways and flyovershave improved connectivity, the latest of which is the Signature Bridge, an ambitious project of Delhi Tourism, which is under construction at Wazirabad – it promises to be a landmark.
New malls and entertainment centres jostle for space with a growing number of brand new hospitals, residential complexes, and sporting facilities. Delhi is now a dream destination for those seeking expert medical attention and superior OPD and IPD facilities. Thanks to the advent of the Commonwealth Games, there are world-class stadia like the revamped Nehru Stadium that can be accessed by one and all, throughout the year. All of this has been developed and sustained while maintaining Delhi’s green cover, a unique feature that distinguishes this truly global metropolis from other cities in the world where the tree line is subdued by skyscrapers.
Besides the Metro, which connects all of Delhi’s landmarks to the city centre as well as most suburbs, the new, a fun way to explore Delhi is by booking a HOHO bus tour. Hop on- Hop off buses, better known as HO – HOs, have been introduced by Delhi Tourism for visitors who wish to tour the city in a single day. With so many transport options, visitors now have the ability to go wherever they want – and there are a lot of places to see and a lot of things to do here. There are the age old-yet-perfectly preserved, sprawling heritage complexes featuring architecture from the Mughal and Tughlaq periods.
The revamped Indira Gandhi International airport, now Terminal 3, provides visitors with their first experience of a modern, world-class city which is keeping pace with the best in the world. Terminal 3, from where international and many domestic carriers operate, has facilities which are on par with the world’s most modern airports. The Airport Metro Express, which takes one to the rail station in the heart of the city, in just 17 minutes, provides easy connectivity for visitors. Whether you are travelling to Old Delhi, to Connaught Place or to Dilli Haat, the metro provides an easy way of getting around the city. The numerous flyovers, wide roads and bus and auto services also ensure that it is easy to explore the city.
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It is time to celebrate this city which is a symbol of the country’s rich past and thriving present. As a Capital city it is fittingly a window to the country. So come and look out of the window and discover a whole new city of numerous stories and experiences.
Located in Rajasthan, Alwar’s history dates back to 1500 BC. Located around 160 km south of Delhi and about 150 km north of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Alwar is popular among international and domestic tourists mainly because of its proximity to the famous Sariska Tiger Reserve.
A Rajput state for a long time, Alwar eventually fell to the Delhi Sultans in the 12th and 13th centuries. In 1771 AD Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kachwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur’s rulers, won Alwar back and founded a state of his own.
Known earlier as Mewat, Alwar gained reputation as a remarkable seat of art and culture under the patronage of Maharaja Pratap Singh. In the 18th century, Pratap Singh evicted the rulers of Jaipur to the south and the Jats of Bharatpur to the east, and successfully resisted the invasion of Marathas. It was one of the first Rajput states to ally itself with the British Empire. Like all the princely states, this stronghold of the Rajputs also came under British rule and remained so until India gained independence.
Sariska Tiger Reserve
Sariska Tiger Reserve is situated only 200 km from Delhi and 107 kms from Jaipur. Although larger than Ranthambor, it is less commercialised and has less tigers but a similar topography. It covers an area of 800 sq km in total, with a core area of approximately 500 sq km. The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979.
The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. The broad range of wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance, for the climate here is variable as well as erratic.
It is located in the contemporary Alwar district and is the legacy of the Maharajas of Alwar. Pavilions and Temples within Sariska are ruins that hint at past riches and glory. The nearby Kankwadi Fort has a long and turbulent history.In morning and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads towards the many water holes, which litter the park, thus providing the guests with their best chance of viewing game. At some of these watering holes it is possible to book hides which are situated in prime spots for wildlife viewing.
The park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Civets Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found around Talvriksh.
The avian world is also well represented with Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse,Tree Pie, Golden backed Woodpecker, crested Serpent Eagle and The Great Indian horned Owl.
The park is open almost whole year-round, but for wildlife viewing and your comfort it is best to visit from October to April. Safaris are provided by jeep.
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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.
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