Ever wondered what it feels like to live inside a huge
ornate palace of a Maharaja, having separate saloons, exquisite rooms
exuding an Old World charm? If you wish to experience the royal
hospitality, then what could be a better way to do so than to book a
weeklong trip on Palace on Wheels and share the diverse life and the regal
splendor of Rajasthan on wheels!
Get transported to a world of regality and be treated like a king, for the Palace on Wheels is not a train but a moving palace. There are four coupes in each coach, with wall to wall carpeting, a lounge car with a well stocked bar and two restaurant cars providing exclusive personalised service, to make your journey truly enjoyable and comfortable. Of course when it comes to food the delectable Indian, Continental and the sumptuous Rajasthani cuisine will be served to you making your journey an unforgettable experience. The eight-day long majestic journey begins on every Wednesday from September to April every year, chugging out gently out of Delhi into the opulent Rajasthan. DAY-1 WEDNESDAY
Reporting Time - 17.00 hrs. Departure - 18.30 hrs.
The journey of a lifetime begins at the Delhi Cantonment 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 Rajasthan.
Arrival - 2.00 hrs. Departure - 19.15 hrs.
The first stop on the Palace-on-Wheels is Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan popularly known as the Pink City, founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 AD. An air-conditioned coach takes you explore Jaipur's prime attractions including Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, a remarkable five-storeyed building along the main street of the old city; a visit to Amber Fort with elephant rides in tow and a Shopping trip to Jaipur's famous jewellery and handicraft centers. After lunch at a Palace Hotel, you are off to the City Palace, and the largest observatory - Jantar Mantar. The luxury coaches will take you back to Palace On Wheels around 6.30 pm. Dinner on Board.
Arrival - 8.15 hrs. Departure - 23.00 hrs.
Lying in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is the second stopover of our train journey. Among the main attractions of this desert city is the yellow sandstone fort and grand facades of the Havelis or grand mansions. After lunch on board, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam, before teatime. Enjoy the dinner and the cultural programmes at a hotel in Jaisalmer. The train leaves for Jodhpur at night.
Arrival - 7.00 hrs. Departure - 15.30 hrs.
Welcome to the Blue city of Jodhpur known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. While visiting the fort do check out the grand palaces within the fort and their impressive architectural grandeur. Near the complex is Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble.
Arrival - 4.00 hrs. Departure - 10.30 hrs.
Welcome to the forested place of Sawai Madhopur and the beautiful 10th century fort of Ranthambore, surrounded by the Ranthambore National Park with a Project Tiger Reserve in it. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country's best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger.
Arrival - 16.00 hrs.
Images of love and valour of Maharana Pratap, scars of battles lost and won, that's Chittaurgarh for you.
Departure - 18.30 hrs from Chittaurgarh
Nest Morning, a luxury coach will take you to Udaipur, the lake city. Perhaps the two most beautiful sites over here are the dream like marble palaces - the Jag Niwas (lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir. After lunch at Lake Palace Hotel, a visit to the City Palace is exhilarating. After evening tea, the luxury coach take you back to the Palace on Wheels at Chittaurgarh.
Arrival - 5.00 hrs. Departure - 11.00 hrs.
Early next morning, the Palace arrives at Agra, Fatehpur Sikri - the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. After lunch move on from the Red Fort and arrive at the Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love.
Arrival - 13.30 hrs. Departure 23.00 hrs.
Bharatpur is a wonderland of birds having the popular Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of 300 species of Siberian and Chinese migratory birds.
After Dinner on board and good night's sleep, arrive at Delhi Cantt. 0630 hrs the next morning and let the pleasant memories of the ethereal journey, closeted in your heart! Get aboard the palace on wheels amidst a traditionally ceremonial welcome, accorded by colourfully attired men and women, at the Delhi Cantonment Railway Station, from where the journey begins.