Palace On Wheels

(10 days)

New Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra, Delhi

Although the days of the Maharaja’s rule have gone, their influence on culture and traditions still persist in India. This journey has been curated especially to provide an experience of the blue blooded lifestyle that is common to these lands. The prominent Palace on wheels train is not only equipped with world class dining cars and a bar, but also provide suite styled rooms, a library with an impressive collection as well as some of the most spectacular carved furniture and elegant décor. The warm and romantic train ride to witness a part of history’s remains is a chance too good to pass up on. From picturesque monuments and awe striking palaces to enchanting national parks and impressive World Heritage sites, your trip will be one you cannot forget.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Honeymoon

At a Glance

Delhi (1 night), Jaipur (1 night), Ranthambore National Park (1 night), Chittorgarh (1 night), Udaipur (1 night), Jaisalmer (1 night), Jodhpur (1 night), Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park (0 night), Agra (1 night), Delhi (1 night), Delhi (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Embark on a guided tour of Old Delhi where you can sample some delectable dishes in Chandni Chowk, take a local rickshaw ride or walk around the packed streets in search of curios and collectibles.
  • Discover the magic at the iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal in the illustrious city of Jaipur
  • Spot the enchanting tigers as you take a jeep ride on the lands of the Ranthambore National Park
  • Visit the fabled fort of Chittorgarh which was built in the 7th century
  • The City Palace and Crystal Gallery are as amazing to visit as the royal family’s vintage car collection that is on display
  • The city of Jaisalmer is dotted with some quirky sandstone havelis with majestic art work on them worth viewing
  • Discover the meaning of true magnificence at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
  • The celebrated Taj Mahal and sandstone fort in Agra are sights most people get only one chance at seeing

Detailed Itinerary


Delhi (1 night)

Days  ( 1 - 2 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

Trip to India Representative will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel and overnight.

Following day morning proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi.

Later in the afternoon transfer 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 Rajasthan.

Reporting Time 18.00 hrs. Dep. 18.30 hrs.

 

Jaipur (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Jaipur

Jaipur

The capital city of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is reminiscent of the royal way of life that was once integral to this region. Today it is fondly referred to as the “Pink City” because of the trademark structures that sit here.

Activities

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 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 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.

Arrival 03.45 hrs. Departure 20.00 hrs.

 

Ranthambore National Park (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

Based in the North Indian state of Rajasthan; Ranthambore National park is aptly named owing to the presence of the notable Ranthambhore fort in the grounds. Extending over 392 square kilometers, the park impresses travelers from the world over with its abundant resident flora and fauna. A much sought after destination for eco-tourism, the park is visited by wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and naturalists all year.

Activities

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 Chittorgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight.

Arrival 05.30 hrs. Departure 10.20 hrs.

 

Chittorgarh (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh

The quintessential town of Chittorgarh that lies in the southern region of Rajasthan has a diverse an colourful past. From fables of the royal lands here to being a seat of power and political strategies for the Sisodia clans of Rajputs of Mewar, the city is flocked by travel enthusiasts even today.

A Glimpse into the Pages of Indian History
The city of Chittorgarh that had been greatly influenced by the original rulers, the Mauryans, has maintained its novel charm even today. The bloody past of the city along with the numerous other incidents lend the city a character of its own. The city offers not only huge fortresses to explore but also some breathtaking ruins. Make sure you visit the palatial Chittor Fort that over look the plains of the valley that is drained by the local Berach River.

Unearthing Mystical Secrets
The Chittor fort itself has seven gigantic stone structured gates that were built to protect and secure the inner against all kinds of dangers ranging from cannon balls shot through the air or elephants lunging at the heavy doors. There are a number of other attractions that dot the region such as the famous temple of Meera, Padmini’s Castle as well as the Kalika Mata temple that make for a wonderful exploration site.

Activities

After lunch on board you are in Chittorgarh. Images of love and velour; scars of battles lost and won...thrice-besieged, Chittorgarh Fort is all this and more. Moving legends of honor and pride will echo in your mind as you proceed to Udaipur.

Arrival 16.00 hrs. Departure 02.00 hrs (next day i.e. on saturday)

 

Udaipur (1 night)

Days  ( 5 - 6 )

Udaipur

Udaipur

Udaipur is a noted tourist destination in Rajasthan and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in India. The city looks marvelous with Lake Pichola on one side and the Aravalli ranges on the other. Besides, Udaipur is also dotted with beautiful palaces, havelis, and forts that remind us of the wonderful architecture of the past.

Activities

Udaipur, the Lake City, was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven way 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.

Arrival 08:00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs.

 

Jaisalmer (1 night)

Days  ( 6 - 7 )

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Often perceived to be one of Rajasthan’s most exotic cities, Jaisalmer offers one a kind old world charm through its imposing Sonar Qila or Golden Fort, old havelis and winding streets that offer enchanting visions at every turn.

Activities

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.

Arrival 09.15 hrs. Departure 23.30 hrs.

 

Jodhpur (1 night)

Days  ( 7 - 8 )

Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Often referred to as the “Sun City”, it is named so because of the bright sunny weather that continues to bless these lands all year round. This enchanting dessert city was founded by the then chief of the Rathore Clan, Rao Jodha way back in 1459. Formerly referred to as Marwar, this is the second largest city in the state and offers charming experiences through the Old and New parts.

Activities

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.

Arrival 07.00 hrs. Departure 16.30 hrs.

 

Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park (0 night)

Days  ( 8 - 8 )

Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a celebrated avifauna sanctuary based in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. It was once referred to as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and is now a World Heritage Site, home to thousands of birds. Its position on the Gangetic Plain is one of the main contributors for it attracting an extensive range of migrant birds and fauna. The sanctuary is frequently visited by ornithologists who hope to catch a glimpse of several protected birds that are native to the region.

Activities

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.

Arrival 05.00 hrs.Departure 08:45

 

Agra (1 night)

Days  ( 8 - 9 )

Agra

Agra

Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, the city of Agra throngs with tourists all year round. Reminiscent of the glory that was once the Mogul Empire, this city is seeping in history and gorgeous architecture.

Activities

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.

Arrival 10:00 hrs Departure 19.30 hrs.

 

Delhi (1 night)

Days  ( 9 - 10 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

Arrive at Delhi Safdarjung Railway station. Breakfast on board and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time.

Arrival 07.30 hrs.
Assistance on arrival transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

 

Delhi (0 night)

Days  ( 10 - 10 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey.

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Locations & Directions

New Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra, Delhi

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"Dear Mr. Dhir, I wish to thank you for coordinating all the arrangements to make our trip to Rajasthan a memorable one. Thank you again for your time and efforts."

-Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz

(Riyadh)