Palace on Wheels: Luxury Train Tour
Palace on Wheels is India’s most renowned luxury train journey. There is no better way to experience the cultural heartland of Rajasthan than on the Palace on Wheels. Relish the lifestyles of the kings of yore on board the Palace on Wheels, while listening to the silent tales of glory and valor told by the majestic forts and splendid palaces of Rajasthan.
The culture of India is shaped by the country’s long history, its unique geography and the absorption of customs, traditions and ideas from some of its neighbors as well as by preserving its ancient heritages, which were formed during the Indus Valley Civilization and evolved further during the Vedic age, rise and decline of Buddhism, Golden age, Muslim conquests and European colonization. India’s great diversity of cultural practices, languages, customs and traditions are examples of this unique co-mingling over the past five millennia.
Palace on Wheels Departure dates:
- November 2018: 7, 14, 21, 28
- December 2018: 5, 12, 19, 26
- January 2019: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- February 2019: 6, 13, 20, 27
- March 2019: 6, 13, 20, 27
- Travel and Accommodation for 7 Nights
- All meals, including tea, coffee and mineral water
- Deluxe cabin with private bath onboard the Palace on Wheels
- Sound and Light show at Fort Chittorgarh
- Ranthambhore jungle safari
- Elephant ride at Amber fort of Jaipur
- Camel ride on Thar desert of Jaisalmer
- Cultural programme followed by dinner at Jaipur
- Cultural and folk dance followed by dinner at Jaisalmer
- AC VOLVO Coaches for the sightseeing tour during the journey on POW
- Entrance fee to monuments and museums
- Govt. approved services of English speaking guide during the visit of places and monuments
- Travel documents & local taxes and fees
- * Note: the tariff is not applicable for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year
- Tariff does not include liquor, laundry, video cameras and other items of personal nature
- Service Tax will be charged extra as applicable
Day 01 - New Delhi
Embark the Palace on Wheels
Arrive at 4.30 PM at New Delhi Station, where you are afforded a warm and traditional welcome before you will be escorted to your cabin after a brief familiarization tour. At 6.30 PM, the train will depart for Jaipur.
Day 02 - Jaipur
You arrive in Jaipur in the morning. It is one of the most well-planned cities of the world of its time. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D. To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable five storied building along the main street of the old city in pink splendour with semi-octagonal and delicate honey-combed sandstone windows. This is followed by a visit to Albert Hall and the City Palace, home of the erstwhile royal family. Right across the road from the City Palace is the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory built by the Sawai Jai Singh II.
Then, the ride on caparisoned elephants adds to the ambience at the Amber Fort, followed by lunch. Shop for Jaipur’s famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets blue pottery and textiles before returning for dinner.
Day 03 - Sawai Madhopur and Chittorgarh
Sawai Madhopur and Chittorgarh
Palace on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur in the morning, a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. A visit is arranged to the Ranthambhore National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country’s best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area of 392 sq kms is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, ratel, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous population here.
After a game drive at Ranthambhore, you head for Chittorgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight. Sightseeing in Chittorgarh, where we view the images of love and valour; scars of battles lost and won, Chittorgarh Fort is all this and more. You will also have an opportunity to witness the sound and light show at the majestic Chittorgarh Fort.
Day 04 - Udaipur
Arrive at Udaipur and after breakfast, you explore Udaipur. The city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughals. After visits to the Garden of Fountains and the Durbar Museum, you will have lunch at the Fateh Prakash Hotel, which contains an impressive crystal gallery. After lunch at a palace hotel, we see one of the most beautiful sites of Udaipur as we cross Lake Pichola by boat, past the majestic Lake Palace Hotel idyllically situated in the middle of the lake, and we visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
Day 05 - Jaisalmer
You arrive in Jaisalmer today - the heart of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer was founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156 A.D. Here, the yellow sandstone fort is an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city. Discover the painstakingly latticed havelis or mansions with their grand facades. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli are fine examples of the stone carver’s skill.
After lunch, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam, before sipping a refreshing cup of tea. Later, enjoy dinner and cultural programmes at the palace hotel.
Day 06 - Jodhpur
Today, the Palace on wheels arrives at Jodhpur, a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This is the second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D., known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. The grand palaces within - Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex lies the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble.
Day 07 - Bharatpur and Agra
Bharatpur and Agra
Early next morning, the Palace on Wheels arrives in Bharatpur, the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. Pay a visit to the world-famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of thousands of egrets, cranes, migratory water fowl and other species of birds. The luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels for breakfast on board and you will depart for Agra to pay a visit to Taj Mahal, one of the original seven wonders of the world. A pristine monument of undying love, it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is also known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery.
Day 08 - New Delhi
Return to Delhi
Today morning, you arrive in Delhi for disembarkation.
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