Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his newly-wed wife Queen Jetsun Pema arrived here by a special luxury train on Thursday beginning a four-day trip around Rajasthan to celebrate their honeymoon. The royal couple will be visiting Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur – the three largest princely States in erstwhile Rajputana.
Rajasthan Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek and Jaipur Mayor Jyoti Khandelwal received the royal couple at Gandhi Nagar railway station here. The guests headed straight to Rambagh Palace Hotel, built by the former rulers of Jaipur, from where they were scheduled to go for a banquet at Raj Bhavan hosted by acting Governor Shivraj Patil.
The elegantly decorated train which ferried the couple from Safdarjung railway station in New Delhi is equipped with a modern kitchen managed by professional chefs. The saloon is specially designed with large windows for a better view and the train is complete with a bedroom, bathroom, drawing room and dining facilities. The train will take the King and Queen to historic forts, palaces, forests and heritage hotels in the desert State.
According to State Chief Secretary S. Ahmed, the royal couple will be treated to Rajasthan's famed hospitality during their honeymoon trip. Strict security arrangements have been made for their journey, he added.
The couple will visit Amber Fort built by the Kachhwaha Rajput rulers, City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory here on Friday before leaving for Jodhpur in the evening. They will stay at Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur and visit the Mehrangarh Fort, Kaylana lake and the royal cenotaph Jaswant Thada.
The couple's next stop will be Udaipur on Sunday. There they plan to visit the City Palace, Crystal Gallery, Jag Mandir, Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Maharana Pratap Memorial and the Indian Folk Arts Museum. They will then leave for New Delhi by a special aircraft on October 31.
This is the 31-year-old Oxford-educated monarch's first visit abroad since the royal wedding which took place on October 13. It is, however, his fourth trip to India since his coronation in November 2008. The King's wife, 10 years younger than him, completed her educated in India.