Palace on Wheels Tour
Duration :06 Nights - 07 Days
Places Covered : New Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
- Sawai Madhopur - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra
Day-1 Wednesday ( Reporting Time 16.00 hrs. Dep. 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.
Day-2 Thursday Arrival 02.00 hrs. Departure 19.30 hrs
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 Jaipurs 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 on Board.
Day-3 Friday Arrival 08.15 hrs. Departure 23.00 hrs.
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 carvers 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-4 Saturday Arrival 07.00 hrs. Departure15.30 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 royal Palace hotel, return to the Palace on
While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles
including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios,
silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
Sunday 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 countrys 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.
Day-5 Sunday Arrival 16.00 hrs.
After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love
and valour; scars of battles lost and won
Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more.
Day-6 Monday Departure 05:30 hrs. from Chittaurgarh for Udaipur
Arrive in Udaipur, the Lake City at 7:30 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 at Lake
Palace Hotel a visit to City Palace is exhilarating.
In the evening visit the crystal gallery. Later proceed to Bharatpur
on board Palace on Wheels
Day-7 Tuesday Arrival 06.30hrs. Departure 11.45 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-7 Tuesday Arrival 14.30 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 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
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 nights sleep, arrive
at Delhi Cantt. at 6.00 hrs the next morning and let the pleasant
memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long
of Palace on Wheels for the season 2008-2009 (from September
2008 till April 2009) will be in INR as under:
|Peak Season (per
person per night)
October to March
|Lean Season (per
person per night)
September & April
tariff will continue to be collected in US dollars from
foreign nationals using the Rupee vs. Dollar exchange
rate applicable at the time of sale of tickets by rounding
off to the nearest dollars.
Tariff is inclusive of cost of travel, full catering (morning
tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and dinner), conducted sightseeing
tours in deluxe coaches, entrance fee for monuments, palaces
cultural entertainment at Jaipur and Jaisalmer and boat ride
to and fro Lake Palace Hotel at Udaipur, Elephant ride at Jaipur,
Camel ride at Jaisalmer and Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.
Note: Tariff does not include liquor, laundry and other
items of personal nature and video camera charges for entry
into Parks and monuments.
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required
at the time of issuance of tickets.)
TARIFF & TAXES
10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New
Service Tax Extra.
No charter can be booked during Christmas and New Year period.
Tariff is subject to change without notice.
Itinerary and terms are subject to change without notice