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Palace on Wheels


Duration : 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destinations : Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi

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Palace on Wheels is a proud to present itself a s India’s first luxury train. More than a luxury train, it is an experience of heritage onboard. This oldest luxury train, the Palace on Wheels Train is inspired by the times when luxury was synonymous to living. The legends narrate many royal encounters about this royal palace on the move.

The carriages were bejewelled with rich tapestry and traditional décor to accommodate the royal indulgence in the train. Originally used as favourite transportation of the Princely rulers of Rajputana, these elegant coaches are now a proud carrier of Palace on Wheels daunting legacy.

The old world charm of Palace on Wheels has been fused creatively with the deluxe modern facilities that turn this luxury train tour into an overwhelming experience. The eight day extravaganza is sumptuously defined with luxury on wheels with indulgent sightseeing of Rajasthan’s royalty.

"Spend a week in the plush setting of the Palace on Wheels "

Over the thirty years of its glorious past, the Palace on Wheels has delivered the smiles of ultimate indulgence to many tourists and heritage enthusiasts. The train has now evolved as the renowned luxury train brand of India worldwide. Identical with the Indian hospitality, the luxury train is a surround experience of royalty of the erstwhile kings. These excellent hospitality standards can be experienced in the Palace on Wheels with the service of royal turbaned attendants called Khidmatgars. With its impeccable standards and ultimate luxury, the Palace on Wheels has become the 'Pride of India' by bringing various accolades from the travellers and trade associations. A PATA Gold Award Winner, the Palace on Wheels is now the leader of luxury train bastions in India. This train is ranked fourth best luxury train in the world.

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Itinerary - Palace on Wheels - 08 Days / 07 Nights

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Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi

Day 1. Wednesday, Delhi - Departure 6.30 PM

You will be treated like Maharaja and Maharani with a royal welcome by garlanding, Tilak and turban with glass of wine. Delhi, the capital city of modern India is known for its rich valorous and fused history. Once the fabled city of the heroes of the Mahabharata and ruled by the Rajputs before they were displaced by foreign invaders. The tour starts in the evening with a ceremonial welcome aboard the Palace on Wheels at Safdarjung New Delhi. You will be introduced to your fellow travellers. Feel free to explore your new Palace, and acquaint yourself with its various facilities. Relax with a drink at the bar. Dinner will be served onboard in its two restaurants.

Highlights of Day 1 - Acquaint yourself with the train on the first day with Wine and Dine on the Palace on Wheels

Day 2. Thursday, Jaipur - Arrival 3.45 AM Departure 11.30 PM

Your tour began at the Hawa Mahal Palace of Wind, followed the amazing Jantar Mantar-Astronomical Observatory are to be explored at leisure. The home of the erstwhile rulers. The city palace is now a museum of full royal splendour. Jaipur also offers a great shopping experience since the city is the country’s capital as far as handicrafts are concerned.

This includes a very extensive range as well as a major International centre of cutting and polishing of gems and stone. Also, Jaipur is known all over the world for hand block printing on textiles. Lunch at Amber Fort. Soon after reaching at Amber, you can enjoy the festively decorated elephant for a ride up to the fort.

After lunch, visit of Amber fort the best example of splendid fusion of Rajput and Mugal style of Architecture.
The hall of victory, Jai Mandir has a stunning ceiling adorned with mirror work an inlaid panel. Return back to train by bus for freshening up. After rest awhile enjoy sumptuous dinner onboard.

Highlights of Day 2 feature– Welcome at Jaipur, the pink city known for its planned architecture and monuments. Elephant Ride to reach Amber Fort is another attraction of the day besides the lavish lunch in this famous fort complex.

Day 3. Friday, Sawai Madhopur - Arrival 5.30 AM Departure 10.30 AM
Chittaurgarh - Arrival 4.00 PM Departure 2.00 AM

The Ranthambhore National Park at junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur.

A 1,000 year old Ranthambhore Fort of great historical importance atop a high hill stand tall remain of the historical part cenotaphs, tombs, stepped well, summer palace etc, have all merged harmoniously in to the sprawling forest.

Three big lakes- Padam Talav, Malik Talav and Raj Bag- are alike turquoises studded in the vast tract. Though a delicate eco system, Ranthambhore is dynamic in the diversity and density of fauna it supports. Tiger at the apex of the food chain lords over the kingdom in a subtle way solitary by nature. It operates with stealth. Quite naturally tiger sighting are always a matter of chance, though evidences of its activities are equally exciting other then tigers you may have opportunity to see 24 different species of mammals, spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, Indian Gazel, Jungal cat, Panthers, Jackal, Hynas Rarely sloth bears, also almost 300 different kind of birds.

Highlights of wild morning of Day 3 will feature Jungle Safari in Ranthambhore National Park. Return back to Palace on Wheels. Breakfast and lunch onboard.

Enjoy the afternoon on train as it travels the lush green country side before arriving to Chittorgarh. Arrival 4.00 PM Departure 2.00 AM

Chittorgarh Fort is considered as the largest fort of India, built by various Mauriyan rulers during 5th to 8th century period, this for covers an area of 680 acres most of the structures in side the fort premises are in ruins. But a glimpses at this giant abodes of Rajput still fills on with thrill. The fort is accessible after ceremony seven gates. Rana Kumbha palace and Padamini Palace in the fort are considered as master pieces of Rajput architecture Padmini Palace had been the residence of beautiful queen Rani Padmini.

In the year 1313 Alaudhin Khilji after knowing about the beauty of the queen attack on the fort. But the Rani performed Johar (Taking once own life by fire).The victory tower built by Maharana Kumbha in the memory of victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujrat in 15th Century. This tower is the symbolic identity of Chittorgarh. Sound and light programme at fort reveals the larger than life tales of love, tragedy and sacrifice.

Highlights for second half of Day 3 includes Light & Sound show at Chittaurgarh fort. Dinner will be served to you onboard.

Day 4. Saturday, Udaipur - Arrival 8.00 AM Departure 3.30 PM.

The capital of the Sisodia Maharanas, enjoy pre-eminent among the Rajput clams of Rajasthan spend the day sight seeing at Udaipur. Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation for a new kingdom, which was named on him. Udaipur, situated at Lake Pichola is an impressive city of palaces bestowed with architectural and artistic aesthetics including miniature paintings.

Subsequently, the princes built the seemingly floating Island Palace, the royal summer retreat, offering a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Visit to Crystal Gallery- It is a balcony of Fateh Prakash Banquet hall which is proud owner of a museum of crystal glass furniture, crockery, chandeliers of old time.

Highlights of Day 4 include sumptuous Lunch at Palace Hotel. The day proceeds with an enlightening visit to Crystal Palace, famous for crystal furniture, crockery and antique chandeliers. Boat Ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur is another great attraction of Udaipur sightseeing.

Day 5. Sunday, Jaisalmer Arrival 9.15 AM Departure 11.45 PM

The golden city of Rajasthan has a charm of its own; Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput ruler founded the city in 1156 AD. The western most citadel of the desert, Jaisalmer has an ancient history linked with its development as a trading centre. Located en-route one of the two passages that connected India with Persia, Egypt Africa and West, Jaisalmer is steeped in golden history of the past. The Bhati Rajput, sole guardians of the city accumulated enough wealth through tax levied on the passing Caravans and created picturesque kingdom called Jaisalmer. The Sonar Qila Fort, made of yellow sand stone will immediately command your attention here.

The city is also known for its old mansion better known as Havelis. Patwon Ki Haveli and Nathmalgi Ke Haveli, Salim Singh Ji Ki Haveli most striking architecture a fine blend of ancient and the medieval era. Shopping and lunch at Moomal Hotel. At the sweeping sand dunes, enjoy the romance of solitude at Kuldhara and your camel takes you deep in the Thar Desert, the set hare is the most awaited experience. As the sum sets the rolling golden dunes the surreal experience is worth. Cultural performance - campfire with dinner in dunes.

Day 5 highlights will take you deep into the Thar Desert through Camel Safari or Jeep Safari in the golden deserts of Jaisalmer.

This day will also allow you to relish Rajasthani Food in the company of traditional music at a 5 star hotel. Evening Tea will be served with the sunset. Dinner will be served to you at the Palace Hotel.

In winters, you can enjoy the cultural performance and traditional campfire with dinner in the dune camps.

Day 6. Monday, Jodhpur
Arrival 7.00 AM Departure 3.30 PM

Special welcome on arrival and sightseeing of mighty fort followed by lunch at Star hotel.

The city best known for its indigo-hued homes and buildings, Jodhpur is the former capital of the Marwar. The Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 and later his successions also added new structures. The fort is situated 120 meters high rocky hill, this fort is witness the lavish and royal history of Rathore.

Fort stands on strong and wide walls, which are 20 to 120 feet high and 12 to 70 feet thick its gigantic structure and finely carved intricate sculpture are a treat for eye.

The royal structure boasts its own saga of security and beauty. The Pearl Palace has a delicately carved stone screen. Umaid Vilas displays the Rajput miniature paintings and the Ajit Vilas exhibits musical instruments and the royal costumes. Shopping of local handicrafts.

Umaid Bhawan Palace world’s finest and largest palace in the world Maharaja Umaid Singh utilized the services of a well known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester for the construction of this palace. There are 347 rooms in the palace that boast about its grandness and splendour the central dome that has become the identity of the palace 110 feet high. The royal family in still lives a part of the palace also having the old clock museum.

Lunch at 5 Star Hotel. After lunch back to Palace on Wheels, dinner onboard.

Highlights of Day 6 features Shopping of Local Handicrafts in Jodhpur.

Day 7. Tuesday, Bharatpur - Arrival 5.00 AM Departure 8.45 AM
Agra - Arrival 10.30 AM Departure 11.00 PM

Bharatpur A royal kingdom where the Jats, rather than the Rajputs, ruled. Bharatpur's Jat History is not too old, with Suraj Mal establishing a firm stronghold in a region contested by both the Rajputs and the Mughals. Suraj Mal exploits are legendary, and the fort, Lohargarh, or Iron Fort, has a history that recounts it with pride. The only fort in the state to have bastions of mud, these proved meritorious because they simply swallowed up the cannon shells not allowing them to impact.

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park one of the finest bird sanctuary in the world was developed by a royal edict when dykes were created so that water could be canalized for the hunting preserve as the Maharaja of Bharatpur wished to create.

Over three hundred species of birds many of them migrant species that come from parts as distant as Siberia and China.

Experience the chirpiness of the birds in the beginning of Day 7 of Palace on Wheels Train Tour.

Agra Arrival 10.30 AM Departure 11.00 PM

A visit to the world's most well known monument and well worth its fame. The Taj Mahal built in the memory of his beloved empress by emperor Shah Jahan, this marble mausoleum is the greatest gesture of love known to mankind and is breathtakingly, bewitchingly beautiful. Land for the building of the Taj Mahal in Agra came from the Maharaja of Jaipur and the marble used in its construction was from the mines of Makrana, also in Rajasthan. The precious stones used in its inlay, and the craftsmen employed for the twenty two years its construction took, came not only from India, but from all over the World.

Sum up your Palace on Wheels Tour with a monument nonpareil to the beauty, grandeur and emotions felt at The Taj Mahal in Agra on the Day 7. Depart with the royal memories to Delhi.


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Highlights

Day 1 - Wine and Dine on the Palace on Wheels

Day 2 - Elephant Ride

Day 3 - Jungle Safari in Ranthambhore National Park. Light & Sound show at Chittaurgarh fort. Dinner in the train

Day 4 - Lunch at Palace Hotel. Boating on Lake Pichola. A visit to Crystal Palace, a glass museum featuring crystal antiques, furniture, royal chandeliers, crockery, etc.

Day 5 - Camel Safari or Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer. Rajasthani Lunch at a 5 star hotel with traditional music. Evening Tea at sunset. Dinner at the Palace Hotel. In winters, campfire dinner with celebratory cultural performance can be experienced.

Day 6 - Shopping of Local Handicrafts in Jodhpur

Day 7 – Meet and observe the birds of Bharatpur’s Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. Sum up the tour with the Taj Mahal. Depart with the unforgettable royal memories.


Train Highlights

Accommodation - The Palace on Wheels Train is equipped with 14 fully air-conditioned saloons, each having a combination of 4 twin bed arrangement with wall to wall carpeting. The attached washroom cubicles in saloons have running hot-n-cold water supply with shower facility. All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc. are available in bathroom. Channel Music is there for entertaining passengers.

Bar - A well-stocked bar with branded wines, liquors and spirits of Indian and international make are there onboard to keep you in high-spirits.

Restaurants – Two indulgent restaurants namely “The Maharaja” and “The Maharani” are there to serve the mouth-watering Continental, Chinese, India and Rajasthani delicacies.

Attendant or Khidmatgar – A royal attendant is always available at your service, to take care of all your needs onboard.

Indoor Games – You can enjoy playing indoor games like Chess, Chinese checkers, Playing Cards, Carom Board and Crossword Puzzles. etc.

For disabled persons – Special attention is provided for such passengers in the form of wheel chairs, crèches and an attendant for assistance.

Lounge - At lounge of Palace on Wheels, you can relax, interact with co-passengers, make friends and play games.

Arrival kit – An arrival kit will be provided to every passenger boarding the train. This kit features stationery items, brochures, cards, etc. Anything additional on your requirements can be asked from the attendant and will be provided at your service

Luggage collection - Your luggage will be picked up and taken to your respective saloons without you worrying about it.

Mail box - Mailbox is provided onboard for posting your mail.

Meals - Sumptuous arrangement of meals onboard and off-board features the cuisines catering to the international taste buds. Continental, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines are available during your 7 day journey of Palace on Wheels.

Royal Spa - The well-equipped spa offers various massages, therapies and revitalising solutions amidst royal ambience onboard.

Drinking Water – Purified water is available for you all through the journey.

Shopping - Certain handicrafts and other special items of Rajasthani origin can be bought from Govt. Recognised shops selling handicrafts.

Newspapers/Magazines - You can browse from the collection of magazines and can even read leading newspapers with the beginning of the day

Smoking – Though Palace on Wheels is a no smoking train, still you can smoke at the places with the guidance of our captain

Security - Adequate safety arrangements ensure protection onboard for you as well as your personal belongings

Souvenir - Souvenir of Palace on Wheels are available for sale

Voltage- Voltage available on the train: 110/230V

Internet - Internet facility available onboard with Laptop.

Events onboard – Special events like Royal Wedding, Conferences & Business meeting can be organized onboard easily.

Cultural Shows - Light & Sound program at Chittorgarh , Culture programs and dances at Jaisalmer.

Medical Aid - Your health obviously tops the chart of our priority list. First aid is available on the train whereas a doctor can be arranged on call. At the every station. Doctor is available for 1 hrs. For free consultancy in Bar/ Lounge car.

Special Features which stand out with Palace on Wheels

  1. Professional services by the smiling staff having experience of 30 years onboard.
  2. Camel ride at Sand Dunes, dinner with Rajasthani dances at Jaisalmer.
  3. Special lounge to relax in each saloon.
  4. Separate pantry to prepare breakfast in each saloon.
  5. Paintings of cote of arms & royal insignia of each saloon.

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Schedule

The Palace on Wheels is one of the world's most exciting heritage rail journeys, for a juxtaposition of modern amenities with heritage and the train proceeds every single day to a new destination and its unique exploration. With everything taken care of dining accommodation with dedicated Khidmatgars, along side sightseeing of Indian historical gems as well as organized shopping, there is nothing for the traveller to do but sleep in the history and luxury of the land, soak in the splendid colours and experience the royal life of Maharaja. The tour starts from Delhi and comes back to the city after going through in order: Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Chittaurgarh-Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Bharatpur-Agra-Delhi.

Welcome aboard. Head towards the best city in the World - "Udaipur" (Travel+Leisure) and TAJ Mahal - a wonder of the world.

Month Departure Dates
Jan 2017 04,11,18,25
Feb 2017 01,08,15,22
March 2017 01,08,15,22,29
April 2017 05,12,19,26
May 2017 to August 2017 No Operations
Sept 2017 06,13,20,27
Oct 2017 04,11,18,25
Nov 2017 01,08,15,22,29
Dec 2017 06,13,20*,27*
Jan 2018 03,10,17,24,31
Feb 2018 07,14,21,28
March 2018 07,14,21,28
April 2018 04,11,18,25

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Tariff In USD (Per Person Per Night)
Occupancy September 2017 October 2017 to March 2018 April 2018
Single Occupancy 650 865 650
Double Occupancy 500 650 500
Triple Occupancy 450 575 450

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
» 50% of tariff for children between 5 years and 12 years of age.
» Taxes will be extra.
» 10% of tariff for infant upto 5 years of age.
» There will be a 10% surcharge levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year.

Tariff is inclusive of cost of travel and accommodation, catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner), conducted sightseeing tours in deluxe coaches, entrance fee for monuments and palaces and cultural entertainment.

Tariff does not include liquor, laundry, video camera and other item of personal nature.

Booking Policy :

a) In case of FITs:-
» 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
» Remaining 80% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure of the tour.

b) In case of Group and Charter:-
» 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
» Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure of the tour.

Cancellation Policy :

a) In case of FITs:-
» 5% of ticket value 60 days or more prior to departure.
» 20% of ticket value between 45 to 59 days prior to departure.
» 50% of ticket value between 30 to 44 days prior to departure.
» 100% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

b) In case of Group and Charter:-
» 20% of ticket value 89 days prior to departure.
» 50% of ticket value between 88 to 31 days prior to departure.
» 100% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:-
» No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
» En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
» Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.

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Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi

The Palace on Wheels Train begins its journey from Delhi and enters Jaipur, the pink city famous for its planning and three forts towering the skyline. The royal journey then moves towards Sawai Madhopur, the kingdom of Rajputs and Tigers. Visit Ranthambore National Park and the fort in the morning. Explore the latter half of the day in the land of sagas, Chittorgarh, known more in the stories and encounters of love, valour and sacrifices. The next halt on The Palace on Wheels is in Udaipur, the ultimate sojourn of the royals. Towards the middle, the journey moves towards Jaisalmer, the city with the core of desert and legends. At Jodhpur, the royal entourage gets some time to explore the Mehrangarh Fort, cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada and indulge in some shopping. Begin the last day of the Palace on Wheels Train with an early morning sightseeing of bird haven of Bharatpur and later enter the city of Mughals, where Taj Mahal stands in glory of love.


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