Palace On Wheels(Govt. Authorized Agent)
- Itinerary Detail
|1||New Delhi||Departure from Safdarjung Station|
|2||Jaipur||Amber Fort on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake is a halt, best explored on elephant back. Jal Mahal in the heart of Mansarovar Lake will stun you with its location and architecture. Hawa Mahal, a castle shaped pink sandstone palace dotted with 953 windows is a must see.|
|3||Sawai Madhopur||Ranthambore national park popular especially for its tiger population. The parks is home to numerous wildlife and birds including the endangered ones. You have chance to spot sambhar, cheetal, jackal, hyena and if lucky even a leopard and tiger.|
|4||Udaipur||Udaipur, Venice Of The East is popular for palaces and lakes. A few of the palaces have now been transformed into heritage hotels. Checkout the City Palace, undertake a boat ride in Lake Pichola to visit Lake Palace, Jagmandir and Monsoon Palace.|
|5||Jaisalmer||Jaisalmer home to gigantic Thar desert,forts, havelis depict Rajasthani heritage. Visit Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki haveli and golden sand dunes.|
|6||Jodhpur||Mehrangarh Fort rules over the landscape of the city amid rustic backdrop. Umaid Bhawan Palace,now a heritage hotel with a museum is also on traveler list. Jodhpur tour wraps off with Jaswant Thada, a white marble mausoleum built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant II.|
|7||Bharatpur-Agra||Bharatpur’s bird sanctuary is an ornithologists’s choice. Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, it shelters over 200 varieties of chirpies. Migratory birds are spotted in winters. Darters, storks, Grey herons are oft-seen avifauna. Sambhar, chital, fishing cats are caught on prowl!
Agra, the land of Taj is your last destination. Apart from this epitome of love, visit Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar and Agra Fort which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destination : New Delhi - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Bharatpur - Agra – Delhi
The luxury train - Palace On Wheels departs from Safdarjung Station, Delhi on a Wednesday, from September to April.The interiors accentuated with bright flowing curtains, top class furniture designed in aristocratic style, culture oozing out of everything.
The train has 14 saloons (compartments) which are named after Rajput states - Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Kota, Jaipur and Jhalawar.
Palace on Wheels has a different charm.The carpets resembles Rajput designs with a new world charm. Huge paintings od Rajput dynasties adorned the walls. In short, a five star hotel on wheels! I knew this was perhaps the only chance to feel like a Maharaja.
A tall Khidmatgar (attendant) will be disposal, taking care of every small detail with a broad smile. The train can be branded as a replica of the royal courts in Rajasthan. The train has two fine dining restaurants, which served authentic Rajasthani cuisine. International delicacies are served too. Opt for a diet-free vacation, pamper your tastebuds with myriad cuisines. Dig into the mouthwatering Continental and Chinese dishes or traditional Rajasthani cuisine. A mini bar compliments your meal, with variety of wines, scotch and cocktails! The Palace has more in store, a woman’s delight… Shopping! In the past 20 years of operations, the Palace on Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten luxurious rail journeys in the world.
Day-1 New Delhi, Wednesday Departure 6:00 PM
Day 2- Jaipur, Thursday Arrival 3:45 AM Departure 8.00 PM
The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. On your arrival at Jaipur, your tour begins from the Hawa Mahal Palace followed by the amazing Jantar Mantar. Explore the Astronomical Observatory at leisure.
Jaipur is the home to erstwhile rulers and offers a great shopping experience as far as handicraft items are concerned. Also, Jaipur is well known all over the world for its famous hand block printing on textile. Proceed for a lunch at Amber Fort. Also after reaching Amber you can enjoy a ride up to the fort by sitting on the festively decorated elephants’ back. Post lunch explore the Amber Fort and get to see the finest example of the fusion of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture.
Return back to your palatial train by bus. Freshen up and rest on your luxury bed while the restaurants prepare dinner for you. Have a sumptuous meal and go ahead for a sweet good night sleep.
Day3 - Swai Madhopur, Friday Arrival 5.30 AM Departure 10.20 AM
Ranthambhore is dynamic in the diversity and density of fauna it supports. Tiger at the top of the food chain ruins over the Ranthambore kingdom in a subtle way solitary by nature. Quite naturally tiger sighting is a matter of chance. Apart from tigers, you will come across a variety of mammals, spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, Indian Gazel, Jungal cat, Panthers, Jackal, Hynas Rarely sloth bears, and almost 300 different kind of birds. Mix with this dense natural habitat to enjoy the other beauty of nature and return back to Palace on Wheels. Breakfast will be served on board. Spend your leisure time amidst the palatial environment and have sumptuous lunch on board. Enjoy the afternoon in train while it travels through the lush green countryside and arrive at Chittorgarh.
Chittorgarh Fort was built by various Mauriyan rulers during 5th to 8th century period and is considered to be the largest Fort in India. The fort is spread over an area of 680 acres and is accessible after seven ceremonial gates. Visit the Rana Kumbha Palace and Padamini Palace in the fort. These are considered as master pieces of Rajput architecture. The Padmini Palace in the fort had been the residence of beautiful queen Rani Padmini. The victory tower built by Maharana Kumbha in the memory of victory over combined armies of Malwa and Gujrat in 15th Century is the symbolic identity of Chittorgarh. Traverse through this historical architecture and proceed for a Sound and Light show at fort. Return back and enjoy dinner on board.
Day 4- Udaipur, Saturday, Arrival 8.00 AM Departure 3.30 PM
Udaipur. The royal journey will take you to Crystal gallery which is the home to a museum of crystal glass furniture, crockery and chandilliers of old time. Enjoy a boat ride and return back to hotel.
You will be offered breakfast on board and will be taken for a visit to Sahelion Ki Bari and City Palace. Enjoy your delicious lunch in Palace on Wheels.
Day 5- Jaisalmer, Sunday, Arrival 9.15 AM Departure 11.30 PM
This golden city of Rajasthan founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD has its own charm. Jaisalmer is the western most citadel of the desert and an ideal merger of ancient history and a developed trading centre. The city is well known for its old mansions and the Sonar Quila Fort, made of yellow sand stone will immediately grab your attention there.
Here you will get to enjoy your shopping and gala lunch at Moomal Hotel. Step on the sweeping sand dunes and take a camel ride deep into the Thar Desert. It is the most symbolic destination for sunset. SSO just sit back and relax as you watch the sun setting on the rolling golden sand dunes. You will have a surreal experience undoubtedly. Sip on your evening tea as you watch the sunset. Enjoy the grandeur of Rajasthani Thali with traditional music and be ready for a luxury dinner at Palace Hotel. If you are in winter, then be ready to enjoy the cultural performance and campfire with dinner in dunes.
Day 6- Jodhpur, Monday, Arrival 7.00 AM Departure 4.30 PM
Then comes the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is the finest and largest palace in the world. The palace consists of 347 rooms that boast about its grandness and splendor. The 110 feet high central dome has become the identity of the palace.
Enjoy lunch at 5 Star Hotel and post lunch return back to Palace on Wheels. You will be served dinner on board.
Bharatpur, Tuesday, Arrival 5.00 AM Departure 8.45 AMThis is a royal kingdom where the jats, rather than the Rajputs, ruled. Also, the Jat history of Bharatpur is not too old. Lohargarh, is the only fort in the state that posses a history that recounts it with pride. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur is one of the finest bird sanctuaries. You can find over three hundred species of birds and many of them are migrant species that come from parts as distant as Siberia and China. You will be offered a heart healthy breakfast on board.
Day 7- Agra, Tuesday, Arrival 11.00 AM Departure 7.30 PM
Lunch will be organized for you at Palace Hotel.
Day- 8- Delhi, Wednesday, Arrival at Safdarjung Railway Station.
After your sumptuous breakfast on board, get ready to check out. Carry with you some beautiful royal memories while you return back to your native land.
This is a perfect finale to your royal journey.