Rediscover the age of decadence and romance with the “Palace on Wheels”, on its splendid and enchanting royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas. 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.
The exquisite and exclusive “Palace On Wheels” has luxurious cabins, wall to wall carpeting, a well-stocked bar, two dining cars and a very personalized service; in fact, almost everything that could compromise of heaven on earth for seven days!
The concept of the Palace on Wheels was derived from the royal background of the coaches, which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of the princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat and the Viceroy of British India.
There are 14 guest coaches in the train, named after former Rajput states and each matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. Each coach has four twin-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 plain glass windows to watch the countryside roll past.
The Palace on Wheels has two restaurant cars offering traditional Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine with the Chef's special variety of the day.
A well-stocked bar, with live T.V. facility, serves wine, liquor and spirits of Indian and international make, to keep you in ‘High Spirits’.
|Duration||7 Nights and 8 Days|
September to April
16:30 hrs: Report at Safdarjung Railway Station to begin your royal tour to India aboard the “Palace on Wheels”.
After check-in formalities, savour a traditional Indian welcome from the train staff with garlanding, tika and turban. Afterwards, you will be escorted to your luxurious cabin.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and overnight stay on board while the train move towards its first destination, Jaipur.
03:45 hrs: Early morning arrival to Jaipur.
09:30 hrs: After a leisurely breakfast on board, enjoy a royal welcome at Jaipur Railway Station.
To explore the city, a guide with an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, a remarkable 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 Amber Fort, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance.
Post lunch at Palace Hotel, visit 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. The Luxury coaches will take you back to Palace on Wheels around 18:30 hrs.
Dinner and overnight stay on board the train, whilst continuing your journey to Sawai Madhopur.
05:30 hrs: Early morning arrival to Sawai Madhopur.
06:30 hrs: Disembark for an exciting Game drive at Ranthambore National Park, surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalli’s hill ranges. The park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park and sprawls over an estimated area of 392 sq. km. Ranthambhore is rich in flora and fauna, with canals and waterfalls. Due to its hilly path, water is limited to narrow valleys and quite a few lakes. Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talao are three major lakes in Ranthambore National Park and attract a huge number of animals and birds. Tiger sightings are more likely at Rajbagh Talao while Malik Talao is home to a large number of crocodiles. It is a home for different kinds of animals like striped hyenas, Indian wild boars, chinkara, jackals, Indian flying foxes, Indian foxes, sloth bears, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, macaques, small Indian civets and common mongoose. Different kinds of reptiles are found here too. Prominent amongst these are snub nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, common kraits, Ganga soft shelled turtles, Indian pythons, north Indian flap shelled turtles, rat snakes, Russel's vipers, saw-scaled vipers and the Indian chamaeleon.
09:30 hrs: Following the game return to “Palace on Wheels” and enjoy breakfast on board while train moves to Chittorgarh.
13:00 hrs: Lunch on board.
16:00 hrs: Arrival to Chittorgarh and proceed for a guided excursion in an AC coach to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chittorgarh Hill Fort, spread over a huge plateau - with history dating back to the 11th Century. Chittorgarh Fort is considered to be the largest fort of India. In the Evening, enjoy sound and light program in the fort complex and later return to train for dinner.
Train departs past midnight to Udaipur, overnight on board.
08:00 hrs: After leisurely breakfast on board proceed to visit 17th Century built - City Palace complex with eleven constituent Mahal (palaces), balconies, towers and cupolas. Also visit Crystal Gallery – which houses the personal collection of H.H. of Udaipur. Later enjoy a boat ride around the world famous "Lake Palace Hotel" atop a small island in Lake Pichola.
13:00 hrs: Lunch at Fatehprakash Palace Hotel, afterwards free time for shopping.
15:00 hrs: Return to the train by 15:00 hrs and continue your journey to Jaisalmer.
Dinner and overnight on board.
09:30 hrs: After breakfast on board, set off in an AC coach for a guided sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer Fort a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th Century built living fort complex, standing at a height of hundred metres over Jaisalmer town and glows golden in the afternoon sun.
The fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard.
Visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansion houses. Nearby is located a group of 15th Century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved and contain a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts in India.
Continue for lunch in a luxury hotel and later return to the train for brief rest.
16:30 hrs: Excursion to Sam sand dunes in Thar desert for camel joy ride and sunset photo shoot opportunity with Cultural Program and Dinner at luxury Hotel.
Return to train by 22:00 hrs and continue your journey to Jodhpur.
08:00 hrs: Post breakfast, set off in an AC coach for guided sightseeing tour of the 16th Century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill which soars 125 metres above Jodhpur town. The Palace complex is approached by a series of gateways set at an angle so that enemy armies could not charge with any success. Once past the fort gates, you have access to breath-taking Palatial apartments (Mahal), overlooking wide courtyards. Inside the fort complex is a museum with a wide and impressive collection of royal dresses and medieval weapons.
Nearby the fort complex is located the late 19th Century built Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble.
Later visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace, displaying personal artefacts of H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur.
Lunch at Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant.
Return to the train by 15:30 hrs and depart for Bharatpur.
Dinner and overnight on board.
06:30 hrs: An early morning visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary a UNESCO world heritage site and enjoy cycle rickshaw ride to view many of the 375 species of both local and migratory birds (from places like Sri-Lanka, Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet).
08:00 hrs: Return to the train and enjoy breakfast on board as the train moves towards Agra.
10:30 hrs: On arrival in Agra, disembark to visit Agra Fort a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Post lunch at ITC Mughal Hotel visit the Taj Mahal, one of seven wonders of modern world and a flawless architectural wonder built in white marble.
Free time for shopping; later returning to the train.
Dinner on board as train departs for Delhi.
05:30 hrs: Arrival at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station and after early breakfast disembark by 07:15 hrs.
|Month' Year||Departure Dates|
|Feb' 17||01, 08, 15, 22|
|Mar' 17||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
|Apr' 17||05, 12, 19, 26|
|May to Aug' 17||No Operations|
|Sep' 17||06, 13, 20, 27|
|Oct' 17||04, 11, 18, 25|
|Nov' 17||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
|Dec' 17||06, 13, 20*, 27*|
|Jan' 18||03, 10, 17, 24, 31|
|Feb' 18||07, 14, 21, 28|
|Mar'18||07, 14, 21, 28|
|Apr' 18||04, 11, 18, 25|
|Note: 10% Holiday surcharge extra for Xmas & New Year Eve departures.|
|Valid from January to March 2016|
|Occupancy Type||Per Person/ Night||7 Nights Per Person|
|Single||US$ 800||US$ 5600|
|Double||US$ 600||US$ 4200|
|Triple||US$ 540||US$ 3780|
|Valid for April 2016|
|Occupancy Type||Per Person/ Night||7 Nights Per Person|
|Single||US$ 600||US$ 4200|
|Double||US$ 450||US$ 3150|
|Triple||US$ 410||US$ 2870|