ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Welcome aboard to the Luxury Train Tour of Palace on Wheels. The Palace on Wheels is a luxury tourist train. It was launched by the Indian Railways & Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation to promote tourism in Rajasthan.
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi Cant to Jaipur (Wednesday)
Join the tour group for a day tour of New Delhi. Tour includes visit to the India Gate, Lotus Temple and you will be transferred New Delhi Cantonment Railway Station every Wednesday at 1830 Hrs. Reporting time is 1600 hrs. The Tour Departs in the evening from Delhi for Jaipur.
Day 02: Jaipur (Thursday; Arrival 02:00 Hrs & Departure 19:30 Hrs)
Jaipur is the capital city of one of India's most colorful and vibrant states, Rajasthan, which was founded way back in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets, their rose pink color lending enchantment to the scene which is almost magical at sunset. Places of Interest include Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a remarkable five storeyed building in pink splendor, the Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and various other monuments from medieval times. This town is also famous for its semi- precious stones, gems & jewellery & woolen carpets.
Day 03: Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambhore); Friday Arrival 05:30 Hrs and 16:00 Hrs (Chittorgarh).
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. After breakfast a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country's best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area of 392 sq.kms. Is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, ratel, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous population here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. Upon return to the Palace on Wheels, you leave for Chittaurgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight. After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and valour; scars of battles lost and won.thrice-beseiged, Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more. Chittaurgarh owes its name to the women of the city who performed 'jauhar' or immolated themselves to escape the designs of foreign conquerors. Legends of valor and chivalry surround the majestic Chittaurgarh fort.
Day 04: Udaipur (Saturday; Arrival 08:00 Hrs & Departure 15:30 Hrs).
Arrive in Udaipur, the Lake City at 8:00 AM. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughals, in 1559A.D. 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 Pichhola. After lunch a visit to City Palace is exhilarating. Udaipur is better known as the 'city of lakes'. One of the most romantic places in India, it is situated around the shimmering clear blue water lakes, which whisper the mood of a bygone era. The two most famous lakes are Pichola and Udai Sagar.
Day 05: Jaisalmer (Sunday; Arrival 09:15 Hrs & Departure 23:45 Hrs).
Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. It was founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156 A.D. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in the twelfth century, Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert and is today one of Rajasthan's best-loved tourist destinations. 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 skill. Shop at Rajasthali-the only Rajasthan Govt. emporium, for fine pattu shawls, mirror work & embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios. After lunch on board, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam, before sipping a refreshing cup of tea.Enjoy the dinner and the cultural programmes at a hotel in Jaisalmer. The train leaves for Jodhpur at night.
Day 06: Jodhpur (Monday; Arrival 0700 Hrs & departure 1530 Hrs).
Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan is known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. Mehrangarh Fort built in mid 15th century by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD, the founder of the city, 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 lies Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. After lunch at a royal Palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop or the exquisite handcrafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.235
Day 07: Bharatpur (Tuesday; Arrival 05:00 Hrs & Departure 08:45 Hrs).
Early next morning, the Palace arrives in Bharatpur, the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. After breakfast pay a 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.
Day 07: Agra (Tuesday; Arrival 10:30 Hrs & Departure 23:00 Hrs).
Arrive at 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 whoblessed him with a son. After lunch move on from the Red Fort and arrive at the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. A pristine monument of undying love. It 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. After dinner on board and a good night's sleep.
Day 08: Delhi (Wednesday; Departure 06:00 Hrs).
Your Tour Ends here - Home Arrives at Safdarjung Train Station, New Delhi at 6.00 hrs the next morning and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time.
:-There are 14 coaches in the train. Each is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past: Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur. Each coach has four cabins (named chambers or saloons by the company) with luxury amenities.
Return home with memories of the ultimate holidays