Old is gold. This adage comes true when we cherish the age old possessions and hold them valuable. Same is the case with Fairy Queen Express, a broad gauge heritage train famous for its continuous running past in India. Wheezing its way and coal dust out, the Fairy Queen Express is the world’s oldest working steam engine driven train. Utilizing the 1855 make locomotive built by Kitson Thompson and Hewitson in Leeds, this train represents the treasured legacy of trains in India.
Over its illustrious journey, the train has received the Guinness Certificate for its achievement and a National Tourism Award in 1999 for the most unique and innovative tourism project. The good thing about this heritage train is that travellers can still board the heritage locomotive aboard the journey from Delhi to Alwar under a two day itinerary. It takes few stopovers enroute to refill the water within the locomotive. In six hours, passengers reach Alwar in Rajasthan, which is prominent in tourism circuit for Sariska National Park. Here, the passengers stay at the Tiger Den hotel. Spread over 881-square-kilometre, this national park features forested woodlands that are home to not only tigers, but other wildlife species like wild boar, chital, sambar, nilgai, jackals, mongooses, peacocks, porcupines, and numerous birds. The park here also is known for a number of evocative ruins like the old Kankwari Fort and a Hanuman temple inside the park that gets lively on Saturdays and Tuesdays, when visitors are allowed to enter this wildlife park for free to worship the god.
Apart from that, there’s a cultural program and theme dinner at the hotel as a part of the Fairy Queen Express Tour. In the early morning, there is a special jeep safari through Sariska National Park. On the return tour, the train leaves Alwar in the noon and reaches Delhi at 18:45 hrs.
The train operates during the travel season time, i.e. from October to March every year. Usually, this heritage train heads off to the start twice a month, on the second and fourth Saturdays.
A shining tribute to the trains of India, this train expresses that the old doesn’t get outdated with the times, but gets better day by day.
Months of Operation : Jan to April
Dates Of Journey 2018
Jan 13th & 27th
Feb 10th & 24th
March 10th & 24th
April 14th & 28th
Day 1, Saturday
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 2, Sunday
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.
Your Tour 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 Details : 1 Night / 2 Days
Places Covered : Delhi – Alwar – Sariska – Alwar – Delhi
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.
Cultural Programme & theme dinner, night stay at the Hotel Tiger Den.
Jeep safari for the Sariska National Park.