New Delhi-Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Chittorgarh-Udaipur-
07 Nights & 08 Days
Palace on Wheels::
Palace on wheels, a train modeled on the lines of the beautiful palaces of the erstwhile maharajas of India has been rated among the most prestigious trains of the world. This beautiful train offers an opportunity to peep into the cultural, architectural, natural and traditional richness of India . Memorable ride on this train only during the months from September to April.
The itineraries planned for this train in such a way that during the night you travel and daytime you enjoy visiting numerous tourist destination. The palace on wheels has 14 fully air conditioned deluxe saloons, each having 4 cabins attached with bath and shower. These saloons were are well connected with channel music ,intercom and interesting games for children. The palace on wheels also has two restaurants cum kitchen cars named as Maharaja and Maharani offering you Indian, Rajasthani, Continental and Chinese cuisine. The other services on request include laundry services, barbershop and beauty parlors. An attendant or ‘khidmatgar’ is always there at your service to cater all your travel needs. The royal treatment received onboard the palace on wheels are worth a trial.
The itinerary of palace on wheels includes 7nights/8days of a royal journey on this luxurious train. The train leaves Delhi on every Wednesday from Delhi cant. Railway station.
The destinations covered by the palace on wheels are Delhi-Jaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Sawai Modhopur-Chittorgarh,Udaipur ,Bharatpur and finally Agra to Delhi
Day 01 – Wednesday – New Delhi:
Reporting Time 18.00 hrs. Dep. 18.30 hrs.
The journey of a lifetime begins at the 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.
Day 02 – Thursday – Jaipur:
Arrival 03.45 hrs. Departure 20.00 hrs.
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.
Day 03 – Friday – Sawai Madhopur:
Arrival 05.30 hrs. Departure 10.20 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 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.
Day 03 – Friday – Chittorgarh:
Arrival 16.00 hrs. Departure 02.00 hrs (next day i.e. on saturday)
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.
Day 04 – Saturday – Udaipur:
Arrival 08:00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs
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.
Day 05 – Sunday – Jaisalmer:
Arrival 09.15 hrs. Departure 23.30 hrs.
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.
Day 06 – Monday- Jodhpur:
Arrival 07.00 hrs. Departure 16.30 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 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.
Day 07 – Tuesday – Bharatpur / Agra:
Arrival 05.00 hrs.Departure 08:45
Bharatpur 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 10:00 hrs Departure 19.30 hrs.
Agra 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.
Day 08 – Wednesday – Delhi:
Arrival 07.30 hrs.
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.