You might wonder why I have moved from the sky to the earth, but HO scale model rail-roads have been a passion for me ever since my grand-uncle bought me a Marklin set way back in 1971. Today my sets include Fleischmann, Rocco, and Rivarossi, but I still maintain the all metal coaches (today all coaches are made in plastic) from the 30 year old set.
I was excited to hear that the ‘Fairy Queen’, the world’s oldest surviving functional steam engine, will haul a heritage train from India’s capital Delhi to the Sariska tiger reserve, Alwar, in the desert state of Rajasthan.
The train will run two trips per month between Delhi cantonment station and Alwar from October 23, 2010 to March 12, 2011. An additional trip on October 9, 2010 will be run during the Commonwealth Games. After the October 23rd trip, subsequent trips will be on November 13th and 27th, December 11th and 25th, January 8th and 22nd, February 12th and 26th, and the last trip would be on 12th March 2011.
The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation will provide a comprehensive two-day heritage tourist package including on ground catering, boarding, lodging, transfers, visit to Sariska National Park, cultural programmes etc.
The Fairy Queen train would depart from Delhi at 09:00 and reach Alwar at 15:00. Passengers would be lodged in Hotel Tiger Den at Sariska. The next day the return will be at 13:00 from Alwar to reach Delhi at 18:45.
Tariff for the full heritage package would be Rs. 10,200 per adult and Rs. 5,100 for a child. There is also a package that includes the rail journey between Delhi and Alwar with sight seeing and stay at Sariska for Rs. 7,100 per adult and Rs. 3,550 for a child. Pricing for just a train journey between Delhi and Alwar would be Rs. 3,200 per adult and Rs. 1,600 per child one way.