Palace on Wheels
Experience Rajasthan and Agra in this luxurious train of the Maharajas in
7 Nights / 8 Days. Surely there's no better way to experience Rajasthan
Palace on Wheels and the facilities on board the train are marked by affluence
and exuberance. The train is self-sufficient with all the modern amenities.
However, the décor speaks of the culturally rich past of Rajasthan.
The paintings, carved furniture and elegant handicrafts represent Rajasthan's
fascinating heritage of art and craftsmanship. Period furniture and the
elaborate costumes of the attendants make up the royal ambience.
Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Places to Visit : Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer
- Jodhpur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra -
Day 01 : Wednesday
NEW DELHI : Reporting Time 16.00 hrs. Dep. 18.30 hrs.
The journey of a lifetime begins at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway station
where the guests are accorded a warm, traditional welcome before the Palace-on-Wheels
pulls out into the night for a week-long luxury cruise through fascinating
Day 02 : Thursday
JAIPUR : Arrival 03.00 hrs. Departure 19.30 hrs.
The first stop of the Palace-on-Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned
cities of the world of its time. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly
known as the Pink City,was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727
To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or
the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable five storied building a one the
main street of the old city in pink splendor with semi-octagonal and delicate
honey combed sandstone windows.
This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort where elephant ride is available
to climb up the hill. Lunch at a Five Star Hotel followed by visit to City
Palace Museum and Observatory.
Day 03 : Friday
JAISALMER : Arrival 09.00 hrs. Departure 23.45 hrs.
In the heart of the Thar desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal,in
1 1 56 A.D. 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
for fine pattu shawls ,mirror work and 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
porgramme at a Five Star hotel.
Day 04 : Saturday
JODHPUR : Arrival 07.00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs.
Next morning the Palace-on-Wheels is in Jodhpur, a city ringed by a high
stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city
of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. is known for its rock-solid
Mehrangarh Fort. 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 Palace hotel, return to
the Palace-on-Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop for exquisite handicraft articles
including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware,
paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
Day 05 : Sunday - Morning
SAWAI MODHOPUR : Arrival 04.00 hrs. Departure 10.30 hrs.
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
I. After breakfast a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor National Park,
wherein are located the ruins of a 10th 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, rate, jackal and fox
are among those constituting the carnivorous population here. Sawai Madhopur
is known for its excusive 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.
Day 05 : Sunday - Afternoon
CHITTAURGARH : Arrival 16.00 hrs. Departure 05.30 hrs (next day)
After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and velour;
scars of battles lost and won...thrice-besieged, Chittaurgarh Fort is all
this and more. Moving legends of honor and pride will echo in your mind
as you proceed to Udaipur.
Day 06 : Monday
UDAIPUR : Arrival 07:30 hrs. Departure 17.30 hrs.
Udaipur, the Lake City, 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 at a Five Star Hotel, a visit
to the City Palace.
Day 07 : Tuesday - Morning
BHARATPUR : Arrival 06.30 hrs.Departure 9.00 hrs.
In the morning, the Palace on Wheels 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 for thousands
of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds.
Day 07 : Tuesday - Afternoon
AGRA : Arrival 12.00 hrs. Departure 21.00 hrs.
Upon arrival visit the Agra Fort and after lunch 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 jewellery.
Day 08 : Wednesday
DELHI: Arrival 04.00 hrs.
Arrive at Delhi Safdarjung Railway station at 04.00 hrs. Breakfast on board
and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a
long, long time.