Palace on Wheels
8 Days / 7 Nights
FROM US$3192

Though times have changed and the winds have shifted, the Palace On Wheels cruises along in Royal Style, the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed.

It stands on its tracks; a gleaming sealed carriage, every bit is royal. The air-conditioning works silently, creating a space where only the excitement of the history of the Rajput kingdoms permeates through, clearly captured in a contemporary mode. In all, there are fourteen saloons, each equipped with two twin-bedded and two double-bedded chambers, with attached baths that have running hot and cold water and showers. The modern conveniences have been thoughtfully provided, sofas to sink into, strategically placed lights to read by, wonderfully appointed beds with comfortable furnishings, inbuilt wardrobes for the storage of one’s clothes and bags, and huge plate glass windows to watch the countryside roll past. Outside the bedrooms, each coach also has a seating lounge where passengers can get together, just sit watch the cities as they glide past outside the windows, or enjoy a quiet cup of tea. An attached pantry with each saloon helps provide beverages and refreshments to the accompaniment of soothing piped music.

There is the comfortable bar cum lounge where you can relax over your favourite drink, burrow in a book or converse with fellow passengers. Attached to it are two restaurant cars, Maharaja and Maharani respectively, with opulently draped curtains, exquisitely crafted lights and table settings. Here accompanying chefs serve up a delicious choice of Indian, including Rajasthani, Continental and even Chinese cuisine that are a feast for the palate.

The train chugs out of Safdarjung Railway Station New Delhi cantonment on a week-long run through Rajasthan every Wednesday night, with a trip also inbuilt to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Turban-wearing attendants take over from the moment you arrive at the platform, assigning you your coupes and detailing all the facilities that are on board. The train moves by night and arrives each morning at a new destination where new experiences await you.

Places Covered: New Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi

   

Day

Place

Arrival

Departure

Wednesday

Delhi Safdarjung

6.00 PM

6.30 PM

Thursday

Jaipur

3.45 AM

08.00 PM

Friday

Sawai Madhopur

5.30 AM

10.20 AM

Friday

Chittorgarh

4.00 PM

2.00 AM

Saturday

Udaipur

8.00 AM

3.30 PM

Sunday

Jaisalmer

9.15 AM

11.30 PM

Monday

Jodhpur

7.00 AM

4.30 PM

Tuesday

Bharatpur

5.00 AM

8.45 AM

Tuesday

Agra

10.00 AM

7.30 PM from Agra Cantt.

Wednesday

Arrival at Delhi Safdarjung

4.00 AM

De-board by 07.30 AM

Day 1 - Wednesday, Reporting 1630 hrs – Depart Delhi at 1830 hrs

Delhi; you will be treated like Maharaja & Maharani and a welcome by garlanding, Tikka and turban with glass of wine. The Capital city of modern India is a city known for its rich valorous and exotic history. Once the fabled city of the heroes of the Mahabharata and ruled by the Rajputs before they were displaced by foreign invaders. The tour starts in the evening with a ceremonial welcome aboard the Palace on Wheels at Safdarjung New Delhi. You will be introduced to your fellow travellers. Feel free to explore your new palace, and acquaint yourself with its various facilities. Relax with a drink at the bar. Dinner will be served on board in its two restaurants.


Day 2 - Thursday, Jaipur: Arrival 3.45 AM Departure 8:00 PM

Jaipur; your tour begins at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind) followed by the amazing Jantar Mantar-Astronomical Observatory, which are to be explored at leisure. The home of the erstwhile rulers. The city palace now a museum is of full royal splendor. Jaipur also offers a great shopping experience since the city is the country’s capital as far as handicrafts are concerned which includes a very extensive range as well as it is a major International center of cutting and polishing of Gems and stone. Also Jaipur is known all over the world for hand block printing on textile. Lunch at Amber Fort; soon after reaching Amber you will enjoy the festively decorated elephant ride up to the fort. After lunch, visit Amber fort the best example of splendid fusion of Rajput and Mughal 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 freshening up. After rest enjoy sumptuous dinner in one of the best hotel of Jaipur return to Palace on Wheels. - Lunch venue at famous Amber Fort.
- Jaipur by Night.
- Visit of Albert Hall.
- Dinner, Bar-be-que, Folk Dance at 5 star Hotel Jai Mahal an old palace of Rajput rulers.


Day 3 - Friday, Sawai Madhopur Arrival 5.30 AM Departure 10.30 AM

Sawai Madhopur; The Ranthambhore tiger reserve at junction of the Aravalli and the Vindhyas is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur. A 1000 year old Ranthambhore Fort of great historical importance atop a high hill stands tall and remains of the historical past cenotaphs, tombs, stepped well, summer palace etc, have all merged harmoniously in to the sprawling forest. Three big lakes- Padam Talav, Malik Talav and Raj bag- are alike turquoises studded in the vast tract. Though a delicate eco system, Ranthambhore is dynamic in the diversity and density of fauna it supports. Tiger at the apex of the food chain lords over the kingdom in a subtle way. Solitary by nature it operates with stealth. Quite naturally tiger sighting are always a matter of chance, though evidences of its activities are equally exciting. Other then tigers you may have opportunity to see different species of mammals, spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, Indian Gazel, Jungal cat, Panthers, Jackal, Hynas Rarely sloth bears and also almost 300 different kind of birds. Breakfast is to be served in Hotel Vinayak in peace and tranquillity. Return back to Palace on Wheels. Lunch on Board. Enjoy the afternoon on train as it travels the lush green country side before arriving to Chittorgarh.
- Sightseeing of Jhoomar Baori- It was a hunting lodge of Jaipur ruler Sawai Madho Singh. The best location to take pictures of the forest.
- Visit to Jogi Mahal-A former forest guest house from where you can view the picturesque scenery of Padam  Talab.
- Leisurely Break Fast at Vinayak Hotel at lush green lawns along with fresh aroma of the jungle trees.

Chittorgarh Arrival 4.00 PM Departure 2.00 AM
Chittorgarh Fort is considered as the largest fort of India, built by various Mauriyan rulers during 5th to 8th century period. It covers an area of 680 acres although most of the structures inside the fort premises are in ruins. But a glimpse at this giant abode of Rajput still fills on with thrill. The fort is accessible after seven gates. Rana Kumbha Palace and Padamini Palace in the fort are considered as master pieces of Rajput architecture. Padmini Palace had been the residence of beautiful queen Rani Padmini.
In the year 1313 Alaudhin Khilji after knowing about the beauty of the queen attacked on the fort. But the Rani performed Johar (Taking once own life by fire). The victory tower was built by Maharana Kumbha in the memory of victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujrat in 15th Century. This tower is the symbolic identity of Chittorgarh. Sound and light program at fort.

-Light & Sound show at fort.
-Dinner at Panna Hotel (it is named after the foster mother of Mewar ruler named Panna Dhai who saved the life prince by sacrificing her own son). Here you can enjoy with cultural program, music & Bar-Be-Que.


Day 4 - Saturday, Udaipur Arrival 8.00 AM Departure 3.30 PM

The capital of the Sirodia Maharanas; enjoy the feeling of being among the Rajput clams of Rajasthan. Spend the day sightseeing at Udaipur. Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation for a new kingdom Udaipur situated at Lake Pichola where the impressive city palace was lavished with aesthetic and imaginative work of art miniature painting was encouraged. Subsequently the prince built the seemingly floating Irland Palace, the royal summer retreat, offering a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Break Fast at Shikar Bari; A hunting lodge of the Mewar ruler where they shot tiger wild boar & other wild life. It is the only calm & serene place to enjoy breakfast with the nature.
- 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.
- Visit to Crystal Gallery; It is a balcony of Fateh Prakash Banquet hall which has a museum of crystal glass, furniture, crockery, chandeliers of old time.
- Boat Ride and back to train.


Day 5 - Sunday, Jaisalmer Arrival 9.15 AM Departure 11.30 PM

Jaisalmer The golden city of Rajasthan has a charm of its own. Rawal Jaisal a Bhati Rajput ruler founded the city in 1156 AD. The western citadel of the desert, Jaisalmer has an ancient history linked with its development as a trading center located en-route one of the two passages that connected India with Persia, Egypt Africa and West. The Bhati Rajput being sole guardians of the city accumulated enough wealth through tax levied on the passing caravans. Jaisalmer is picturesque, a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climate conditions. The Sonar Quila Fort, made of yellow sand stone will immediately command your attention here. The city is also known for its old mansion better known as havelies. Patwon Ki Haveli and Nathmalgi Ke Haveli, Salim Singh Ji Ki Haveli are most striking architecture with a fine blend of ancient and the medieval era. Shopping and lunch at Moomal Hotel. One the sweeping sand dunes, enjoy the romance of solitude at Kuldhara as your camel takes you deep in the Thar desert. The set here is the most awaited experience. As the sun sets the on the rolling golden dunes the surreal experience is worth. Followed by the cultural performance

- Campfire with dinner in dunes.
- Lunch at Hotel Moomal; It is the first hotel of Jaisalmer carved in yellow sand stone. The best hotel for having mouth watering ethnic Rajasthani food with a village atmosphere.
- Enjoy Rajasthani Food with traditional ethnic music.
- Evening Tea, Sun set & Dinner with Bar-be-que, at Samdhani.


Day 6 - Monday, Jodhpur Arrival 7.00 AM Departure 4.30 PM

Special welcome on arrival and sightseeing of mighty Mehrangarh fort followed by lunch at Gorgeous Umaid Bhawan Palace. The city best known for its indigo-hued homes and buildings, Jodhpur is the former capital of the Marwar. The Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 and later his successors also added new structures. The fort is situated 120 meters high on a rocky hill and has witnessed the lavish and royal history of Rathore. The fort stands on strong and wide walls, which are 20 to 120 feet high and 12 to 70 feet thick, Its gigantic structure and finely carved intricate sculpture are a treat for eye. The royal structure boasts their own saga of security and beauty. The Pearl Palace has a delicately carved stone screen, Umaid Vilas displays the Rajput miniature paintings and Ajit Vilas exhibits musical instruments and royal costumes. Shopping of local handicrafts.

Umaid Bhawan Palace world’s finest and largest palace in the world. Maharaja Umaid Singh utilized the services of a well known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester for construction of this palace. There are 347 rooms in the palace that boast about its grandness and the splendor of the central dome which has become the identity of the palace is 110 feet high. The royal family in still lives in part of the palace which also has the old clock museum. This is also the venue of lunch. After lunch back to Palace on Wheels, dinner on board.


Day 7 - Tuesday, Bharatpur Arrival 5.00 AM Departure 8.45 AM

Bharatpur; A royal kingdom where the Jats rather than the Rajputs ruled. Bharatpur's Jat History is not too old with Suraj Mal establishing a firm stronghold in a region contested by both the Rajputs and the Mughals. Suraj Mal exploits are legendary, and the fort, Lohargarh, or Iron Fort, has a history that recounts it with pride. The only fort in the state to have bastions of mud, which proved meritorious because they simply swallowed up the cannon shells not allowing them to impact.The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world. It was developed by a royal edict when dykes were created so that water could be canalized for the hunting preserve as the Maharaja of Bharatpur wished to create. Over three hundred species of birds many of them migrant species that come from parts as distant as Siberia and China.

-Break Fast at Bird Sanctuary; Nominated a world heritage site and it was declared a National Park in 1983. This 29 Sq. KM park is one of the world's greatest heroines. It shallow, fresh water marsh attracts thousands of migratory birds.

Tuesday Agra Arrival 11.00 AM Departure 7.30 PM
Agra; A visit to the world's most well known monument and well worth its fame. The Taj Mahal built in the memory of his beloved Empress by Emperor Shah Jahan. This marble mausoleum is the greatest gesture of love known to mankind and is breathtakingly, bewitchingly beautiful. Land for the building of the Taj Mahal in Agra came from the Maharaja of Jaipur and the marble used in its construction was from the mines of Makrana, also in Rajasthan. The precious stones used in its inlay and craftsmen who were employed for its twenty two years of construction, came not only from India, but from all over the World.

- Lunch at Palace Hotel.
- Light & Sound culture Program in the evening.
- Gala Dinner at Hotel Mughal Sheraton.
- The Taj Mahal is the perfect finale to your Royal Sojourn


Day 8 - Wednesday, Delhi  

 

Arrival at Safdarjung Railway Station 4.00 AM
Breakfast on Board   7.00 AM
Deboard/Checkout  7.30 AM
Send off ceremony by General Manager CRO, New Delhi 7.30 AM

 

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Palace on Wheels Map
Train Journey

Starts: Delhi

Ends: Delhi

Grade: Easy Paced

Departs: Every Wednesday

What's Included?

07 nights’ accommodation on board

Complete travel

All Meals

Sightseeing tour

Entrance fee at monuments

Cultural programs

Camel ride at Jaisalmer

Wildlife safari at Ranthambhore

Boat ride at Udaipur

Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur

All current taxes

Fact File

Train Departs every Wednesday

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