-Duration 07 nights / 08 days
-Route New Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittaurgarh – Udaipur –Jaisalmer- Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra - New Delhi
-Departure Every Wednesday
Palace on wheels – Tour map
Day 1: Wednesday Tour Begins 1400 Hrs
New Delhi: Arrive at the Safdarjung Railway station, New Delhi to start you Palace on Wheels Journey. You will be accorded a warm, traditional welcome before boarding the Palace on Wheels for a week-long luxury journey through fascinating Rajasthan.
Day 2: Thursday Arrival 02.00 Hrs - Departure 19.30 Hrs
Jaipur: The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of India. 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 splendor with semi-octagonal and delicate honey-combed sandstone windows. This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort, where an elephant ride helps you ascend up the fort. Here, you get an opportunity to shop for Jaipur’s famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, blue pottery and textiles.
After lunch visit of Amber fort the best example of splendid fusion of Rajput and Mugal style of Architecture.
The hall of victory Jai Mandir has a stunning ceiling adorned with mirror work an inlaid panel. Return back to train by bus for fresh n up after rest awhile enjoy sumptuous dinner in Jai Mahal Palace, one of the best hotel of Jaipur. Return to Palace on Wheels.
Day 3: Friday Arrival 05:30 Hrs - Departure 10.30 Hrs
Sawai Madhopur: One can almost sense a life of the wilderness, as the Palace on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur, a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. After breakfast, enjoy a wildlife safari into the Ranthambore National Park, spread around the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be one of India’s best for observing and photographing tigers in the wild. The park, covering an area of 392 sq. kms is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, deer, jackal and fox are among popular wildlife found here. Upon return to the Palace on Wheels, you leave for Chittaurgarh, enroute getting an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by.
Chittaurgarh: Arrival 16.00 Hrs: After lunch on board you arrive. Chittaurgarh, where you visit the massive Chittaurgarh fort. Images of love and velour; scars of battles lost and won; thrice-besieged Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more.
Day 4: Saturday Arrival 08:30 Hrs – Departure 15:30 Hrs
Udaipur: This morning, arrive Udaipur, the land founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughal’s, in 1559 A.D. Enjoy breakfast at Shikar Bari- A hunting lodge of the Mewar rulers where they shot tiger wild boar & other wild life. It is the only calm & screen place to enjoy breakfast with the nature Spend the day in Udaipur, popular as the lake city of Rajasthan. Perhaps the two most beautiful sites of Udaipur are the dream-like marble Palaces - the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir, which appear to rise from the blue waters of Lake Pichola.Have lunch at Sun set point-Open air restaurant where you can enjoy a view of Lake Palace, Jagmandir and can enjoy fresh breeze of Pichola Lake Enjoy an exhilarating visit to the famous City Palace and the Crystal Gallery. In the evening enjoy a boat ride in the Pichola Lake. Later, proceed to Bharatpur on board Palace on Wheels.
Day 5: Sunday Arrival 09:15 Hrs - Departure 23:45 Hrs
Jaisalmer: In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, 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 skills. You also get time to shop for fine pattu shawls, mirror work, embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets and Rajasthani silver jewellery.
After lunch at Hotel Moomal, enjoy an exciting camel ride into the sand dunes, before sipping a refreshing cup of chai. Evening Tea, Sun set & Dinner with Bar-be-que, at Samdhani. The train leaves for Jodhpur at night.
Day 6: Monday Arrival 07.00 Hrs - Departure 15.30 Hrs
Jodhpur: This morning the Palace on wheels arrives Jodhpur, a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. is 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 stands the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics. After lunch at a Palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels.
Day 7: Tuesday Arrival 05:00 Hrs - Departure 08:45 Hrs
Bharatpur: Early this morning, the Palace on Wheels arrives in Bharatpur, the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. After breakfast visit to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds.
Agra: Arrival 10:30 Hrs - Departure 23.00
This afternoon, visit Fatehpur Sikri - the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. Within the enclosure is a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dedicated to the Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Muslim Sufi Saint who blessed Emperor Akbar with a son. After lunch at Palace hotel, enjoy a visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world and a pristine monument of eternal love. Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Agra is known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewelry. This evening enjoy a sound and light cultural programme. After a Gala Dinner at Hotel Mughal Sheraton , board the Palace on Wheels for your return journey to New Delhi.
Day 8: Wednesday Arrival 06.00 Hrs. New Delhi: Arrive New Delhi at 6.00 Hrs this morning and bid farewell to the Palace on Wheels.
About the palace on wheels
The 14 coaches of Palace on Wheels are named after former Rajput states matching the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. Each saloon has a mini pantry and a lounge to ensure availability of hot and cold beverage, and refreshments and a place to relax and socialize with fellow travelers.
14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities. The furniture with its inlaid motifs has been specially created for the Palace on Wheels.
Restaurants: The train has two lavish restaurants "The Maharaja" and "The Maharani" with a Rajasthani ambiance serving palate tickling Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines.
Bar: The train also boasts of a well stocked bar offering the choicest of spirits of Indian and international brands. Each coach also offers a good collection of books to choose from.
The Palace on Wheels is regularly refurbished to a great extent. The decor in the saloons, bar lounge has been changed, keeping in mind the traditionally aesthetic yet modern, Palace on Wheels. Toilets have been redone and are maintained sparkling clean. Each saloon lounge has been equipped with color television and a CD player. A satellite phone is also on board to help you communicate anywhere in the world from the train.
Palace on Wheels: Tariff
-All meals (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, dinner)
-Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guide
-Entrance fee at monuments, parks, palaces, cultural programs
-All taxes included
-Tips & gratuities
-Camera and Video camera fees at monuments
-Business Car Facilities
-Liquor and soft drinks
-Other items of personal nature and anything not included in price inclusions above
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