India's historic Fairy Queen train has the oldest working engine in the world. It was built by a British firm and acquired by Eastern Indian Railways in 1855. Interestingly, it was an exhibit at the National Rail Museum in Delhi for many years, before being restored and made operational again 1997. In 1999, it won a National Tourism Award for the most innovative and unique tourism project.
The train's journey combines heritage with wildlife on a trip to Alwar and the Sariska Tiger Reserve, in the Rajasthan desert.
Fairy Queen Features:
Fairy Queen Route and Itinerary:
Fairy Queen Timetable:
Fairy Queen Cost:
There are a number of different options for travel, and you don't have to return to Delhi or stay at Sariska National Park.
- The full package of a return train journey, sightseeing and a stay at Sariska costs 10,200 rupees ($230) for adults and 5,100 rupees ($115) for children.
- A one way train trip from Delhi to Alwar, sightseeing and a stay at Sariska costs 7,100 rupees ($160) for adults and 3,050 rupees ($69) for children.
- A one way train trip from Delhi to Alwar, without any extras, costs 3,200 rupees ($72) for adults and 1,600 rupees ($36) for children.
Entrance fees for Sariska are additional.
Fairy Queen Reservations:
You can make a reservation for travel on the Fairy Queen by visiting the Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation's Rail Tourism website or at the National Rail Museum and International Tourist Bureau situated at New Delhi Railway Station.
More information is available on the Rail Tourism website.