|Itinerary||Schedule||Palaces on Wheels||Tariff|
Owing to the innovation and relentless efforts of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways, royal luxurious travel is now at the grasp of every men and women since 1982. These trains were used by the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. Superb infrastructural changes were introduced and the interiors redesigned to reflect its royal heritage. The coaches have been replaced with new air-conditioned broad gauges. Facilities include 14 saloons, 2 restaurants cum kitchen cars, one bar cum lounge and 4 service cars, a well-appointed lounge, library and services of a personal Khidmatgar (attendants).
The itinerary covers 8 days and 7 nights chugging past Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer,
Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Agra. It runs
from October to March and April to September. The Palace on Wheels is the
best means to explore the rich historical and natural wealth of Rajasthan
through the daily day halts at each of these cities. Sight-seeing begins
from New Delhi with visits to the India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar,
Humayun's Tomb, etc, the Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, etc at Jaipur, the fort
of Chittaurgarh, the Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, and the City Palace at Udaipur,
the latticed havelis Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli
at Jaisalmer and an exciting camel ride at Sam Sand Dunes. Also, the Umaid
Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur, and ends at the Taj Mahal in
Along the way, wildlife safaris are made at Ranthambhore National Park for tiger spotting and bird watching. And also at Bharatpur Birds Sanctuary, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory water fowl and other species of birds.
Day To Day Itinerary
Day 01 / Wednesday Reporting Time 09.30 hrs.
New Delhi: Join a day tour of New Delhi. Tour includes visit to the India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb and more. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the Safdarjung Railway station, New Delhi 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 Rajasthan.
Day 02 / Thursday Arrival 02.00 hrs. Departure 19.30 hrs
Jaipur: The first stop of 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 Swai Jai Singh II, in1727 A.D.
To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable five storeyed building along 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, eight kms. away, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance. Shop for Jaipur’s famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets blue pottery and textiles. Near Ajmeri Gate is located Rajasthali - the only Rajasthan Govt. Emporium selling genuine handicrafts at fixed prices.
After lunch at a Palace Hotel, you are off to the 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 6.30 pm. Dinner
Day 03 / Friday Arrival 05.30 hrs. (Sawai Madhopur) and 16.00 hrs
Sawai Madhopur & Chittaurgarh : 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, 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.
Day 04 / Saturday Arrival 08.00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs
Udaipur : 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.
In the evening visit the crystal gallery. Later proceed to Jaisalmer on
board Palace on Wheels.
Day 05 / Sunday Arrival 09.15 hrs. Departure 23.45 hrs
Jaisalmer : In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156A.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 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 / Monday Arrival 07.00 hrs.
Jodhpur : 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 royal Palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
Day 07 / Tuesday Arrival 05.00hrs. Departure 08.45 hrs
Bharatpur : 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 08 / Tuesday Arrival 10.30 hrs Departure 23.00 hrs
Agra : 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 who blessed 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, arrive 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.
|TARIFF Per person per night ( 2012 - 2013)|
|Aug||Sep to Apr|
|Single occupancy||US $500||US $670|
|Double occupancy||US $375||US $500|
|Triple occupancy||US $340||US $450|
|Departure Dates of Palace On Wheels 2012|
|Jaipur||Over Night in Train|
|Sawai Madhopur||Over Night in Train|
|Chittorgarh||Over Night in Train|
|Udaipur||Over Night in Train|
|Jaisalmer||Over Night in Train|
|Jodhpur||Over Night in Train|
|Bharatpur||Over Night in Train|