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Palace On Wheels

The Train

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!

General Information

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.

Coaches

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.

Restaurants

The Palace on Wheels has two restaurant cars offering traditional Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine with the Chef's special variety of the day.

Bar

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’.

Journey
Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

September to April

Distance Covered

2195 km

Destinations Covered

Delhi-Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Chittorgarh-Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Bharatpur-Agra-Delhi

Day 1 Wed: Departure Delhi

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.

Day 2 Thu: Jaipur-Pink City Tour

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.

Day 3 Fri: Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh

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.

Day 4 Sat: Udaipur

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.

Day 5 Sun: Jaisalmer

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.

Day 6 Mon: 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.

Day 7 Tue: Bharatpur - Agra

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.

Day 8 Wed: Delhi

05:30 hrs: Arrival at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station and after early breakfast disembark by 07:15 hrs.

Palace on Wheels Departure Dates
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.
Palace On Wheels Rates and Offers

7 Nights / 8 Days Journey

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

Terms & Conditions

  • 10% of the prevailing price will be charged for the children below 5 years, extra bed not provided.
  • 50% of the prevailing price will be charged for the children between 5-12 years of age, sharing cabin with adult.
  • Government Service tax is additional, as applicable on date of journey.
  • 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.
  • Above prices are subject to change without notice.
  • US$ 15 per person commercial tax is applicable.
  • Tour Itinerary subject to change without notice.
  • Maximum 3 persons>5 years can be accommodated in one cabin.
  • Total journey is for 7 Nights with an option to book for minimum 5 nights & pay accordingly.

Inclusions

  • Overnight travel and stay in luxury train with AC sleeping chambers having private attached bathroom.
  • Pre-paid group excursions and sightseeing trips in AC coach with services of English speaking guide & monument entrance fees.
  • Entrance & still camera fee at monuments & wild life reserves.
  • Jungle excursion in Ranthambhore Tiger reserve by 15 seater open air canters.
  • Elephant joy ride in Jaipur; sound and light show at Chittor Fort; boat joy ride in Udaipur; camel joy ride at Sam sand dunes; cultural program with dinner in Jaisalmer; cycle rickshaw ride in Bharatapur bird sanctuary.
  • Bed tea, daily three meals (Viz. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and bottled drinking water.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.

Exclusions

  • Indian visa fees, pre and post journey hotel arrangements in Delhi.
  • Liquor, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, business car.
  • Spa / Car and other facilities with items of personal nature.
  • Camera / video camera fees at monuments.

Booking Procedure

  • Departure dates with number of persons and cabins required.
  • To process the booking we require name/sex/nationality of all the passengers with passport scan.
  • Booking request made less than 45 days before train departure will be confirmed on receipt of one time full payment.
  • Indian nationals can forward photo id proof (Vinz passport / driving license / adhaar card).
  • Saloon/cabin will be allocated on date of depart with boarding cards.
  • Advice arrival/depart details in New Delhi & interest to book hotels through us.

Important Note:

  • The Palace on Wheels is operated & managed by RTDC (Rajasthan Government Tourism Department) and our liability is limited to that of booking agent only.
  • Overseas guests are requests to pre-purchase Tour Insurance from country of origin of travel.
  • It is suggested to arrive in Delhi one day prior to your train journey.
  • At times, due to local logistics if certain scheduled sightseeing tours Or activities are cancelled no refund will be made to passenger.

Reservation Policy

FIT

Groups

  1. 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  2. Remaining 80% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
  1. 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  2. Remaining 80% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation requests must be made in writing & acknowledged by us.
  • On cancellation, refund will be made.
  • Service charge will be applicable and certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as mentioned below.

FIT Cancellation

Group Cancellation

  1. 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
  2. 20% of ticket value between 45 to 59 days prior to departure.
  3. 50% of ticket value between 30 to 44 days prior to departure.
  4. 100% of ticket value between 29 days prior to departure.
  1. 20% of ticket value 89 days prior to departure.
  2. 50% of ticket value between 88 to 31 days prior to departure.
  3. 100% of ticket value between 30 days prior to departure.

No show/ Enroute termination of tour/amendment

  • No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
  • En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
  • Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case will be decided on merits. No amendment will be permissible in case of booking of groups.
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