The Palace on Wheels travel package takes you to a vibrating journey to the royal land of sand dunes and regal palaces. Visit the majestic expanse where Royal Rajputs lived in a grand style. Explore this imperial land on the Palace on Wheels, the luxurious train of India that carries with it an intrinsic ambience that goes perfectly well with the majestic charm and beauty spread so lavishly here and there in Rajasthan.
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, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India
The Palace on wheels is rated as one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world. It offers you a heart-rending trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just seven days. Also discover the royal history of Taj Mahal in Agra. The journey to the hinterland of the desert starts every Wednesday evening at 1800 hrs from Delhi and ends on the following Wednesday early in the morning at 0730 hrs.
There are 23 coaches in the train. 104 tourists can travel in train. Each coach 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
The Lavish Interiors Sit in these beautiful carriages and look around. You will find that each saloon highlights the cultural ethos of the state, represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, painting and furnishings. The ceiling in the lounge is of particular interest. Each saloon is different but the overall ambience of the décor of the saloons has been taken care of to provide continuity and harmony. Each saloon has cream yellow colour on its exterior walls and bears the Coat of Arms (logo) of the erstwhile princely states.
Report by 4:30PM at Safdarjung Railway Station for traditional welcome & check-in formalities for Week in Wonderland Train Tour. Time free for photo-shoot with traditionally attired Palace On Wheels staff. Be escorted to your saloon cabins by Personal Attendant for briefing on cabin facilities. At leisure Proceed to Bar Lounge for complimentary welcome drink. Train Departs at 6:30PM & Dinner served onboard.
At Jaipur Railway Station Royal Welcome by Elephants & proceed to visit St. Albert Museum, Pink City Palace & UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar (sun Observatory) Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace Of winds) Afternoon excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort Palace of Amber and enjoy ride up the steep ramparts of the fort on festively decorated Elephants. Enjoy lunch in 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant, located in Fort premises. Later discover the beauty of 16th century well preserved Fort Palace, with huge courtyard’s and built in rare fusion of combined Rajput and Mughal architecture. Later Time free for shopping & return to train by 6:00PM & depart. Onboard dinner.
Stationfor jungle safari by 15 Seater Canters to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The Jungle is home to Tigers, Panthers, Sloth bears, Pythons, Marsh crocodiles & hundreds of deer & numerous birds. Return back to train by 09:30AM & depart. Breakfast & lunch onboard.
Train arrives by 08:00AM & after onboard breakfast proceed to visit 17th Century built - City Palace complex with eleven constituent Mahal (palaces), balconies, towers and cupolas. Also visit Crystal Gallery - housing personal collection of H.H. of Udaipur. Later enjoy boat ride around the world famous "Lake Palace Hotel" atop a small island in Lake Pichola. Proceed for lunch to Fatehprakash Palace Hotel. Time free for shopping and visit the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari & return to train by 3 pm & depart. Dinner onboard.
After onboard Breakfast proceed by 09:30AM to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort. Straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th century built living Fort complex, standing at a height of hundred meters over Jaisalmer town & 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 .-which is five storey high & extensively carved. Nearby is located a group of 15th century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved & have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India. Proceed for Lunch to 5-Star Hotel & later return to train for brief rest. At 4:30PM proceed for excursion to Sam sand Dunes in Thar Desert for Camel joy ride & sunset photo shoot opportunity Later enjoy Cultural Program & Dinner at 5-Star Hotel. Return to train by 10:00PM & depart.
Train arrives at 08:00AM & after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of 16th century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill which soars 125 Mts. above Jodhpur town. The Palace complex it 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 having wide & impressive collection of Royal dresses & Medieval weapons. Nearby the Fort complex is located, late 19th century built Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble. Later visit museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace, displaying personal artifacts of H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur. Lunch at Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant. Return to train & depart by 3:30PM.
At 06:30AM proceed to UNESCO world Heritage Site of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary& enjoy cycle rickshaw ride to view many of 375 species of both local & migratory birds (from places like Sri-Lanka, Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet). Return to train for breakfast & depart by 08:45AM.
Train returns to Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by 05:30AM.Check-out by 07:15AM after early breakfast.
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