Move over destination weddings – Wedding on Wheels is here! Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of Indian Railways, has introduced a service that offers the ability to hold weddings aboard luxury trains.
As couples all over the world and especially in lavish wedding-obsessed India look for unique locations where they can take their marriage vows, IRCTC has jumped on to the bandwagon in order to add to the revenues of Indian Railways.
It will offer wedding experiences with five star facilities, decor and food aboard luxury or semi-luxury trains, while chugging around the Indian countryside.
IRCTC operates one of the most luxurious train in the world – the Maharaja Express, which offers an 8 day tour covering the palaces and forts of Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Balasinor.
But Indian Railways and several state tourism boards also run other luxury trains – such as Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot, and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels – which will also be available to host weddings.
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Couples and wedding planners will be able to customise different wedding packages on offer from IRCTC. They can choose luxury or semi-luxury coaches, travel circuits, food, number of guests, and decoration. Spas and saunas too will be available for the real luxury-seekers. Cost will depend on the facilities used.
“It’s similar to offering everything one could expect during a wedding held in a hotel, resort or farmhouse. There will be the best of everything, managed by experts to make it one of the most memorable events for the bride, groom and their families,” a Railways official told New Indian Express. “We are finalising the finer details and will launch these packages on demand. We are hoping it’s a huge success,” the official added.
IRCTC hopes to attract NRIs, foreigners and other couples looking for the quintessential Indian wedding experience to come aboard its Wedding on Wheels journey.