The Rajasthan government is making every effort to upgrade the facilities of hotels owned and managed by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), a company wholly owned by the state government.
Recently, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot approved Rs 10 crore for the renovation of six RTDC hotels.
According to the plan, facilities at RTDC hotels including Gangaur Hotel in Jaipur, Khadim in Ajmer, Kajri in Udaipur, Shikhar Mount in Abu, Forest Lodge in Bharatpur and Tiger Den Hotel in Sariska are to be expanded.
RTDC, through its marketing network in India and abroad, plays a vital role in promoting tourism in the state. Tourism is a good revenue generator for the state economy.
Forts and palaces, heritage art and culture along with good air, rail and road connectivity attract tourists to Rajasthan, according to travel industry experts. And, on average, 20 to 25 million Indian and foreign tourists visit the state every year.
Apart from the RTDC hotels, the Rajasthan government has also upgraded the facilities of the Palace on Wheels luxury train.
RTDC and Indian Railways launched the first Palace on Wheels luxury train in India on January 26, 1982. This luxury train has 14 guest cars, each with a different decorative style.
The train is expected to hit the track by the second week of October. This is after a gap of almost two years due to Covid.
RTDC Chairman Dharmendra Rathore said Palace on Wheels is well known around the world and the company is making serious efforts to get it working again.
Filming for a Bollywood film is also scheduled on the train next month, sources said.
Rathore said the train is expected to be operated on the operation and maintenance (O&M) model between Indian Railway and the company.
Besides, it is also planned to stop the train at Bundi and other tourist places.
The train leaves New Delhi and returns covering Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur Ghana Bird Sanctuary and Agra.
About 70% of the passengers who travel on this train come from Europe and America.