India’s famous Palace On Wheels train has cancelled a trip after failing to find passengers – the first time this has happened in the train’s 34-year history.
Bookings for the heritage train do not look encouraging, the Times of India has reported.
Early this month, Palace on Wheels began the season with only 38 passengers, the paper reported, while the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels has yet to find any takers for its first trip, scheduled for 2 October 2016.
There is one trip booked in the last week of October, a source told the paper.
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels can carry a maximum 82 passengers and requires at least 35 to turn a profit. It runs from Delhi to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra; then returns to Delhi.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels cancelled two consecutive departures last year, both in peak December season, having failed to attract enough bookings.
Written by Peter Needham