Palace on Wheels
The 7 Nights/8 Days, Palace on Wheels Train Tour departs on Wednesday Afternoon from New Delhi & covers. Jaipur (Thurs); Ranthambhore Jungle & Chittaurgarh (Fri); Udaipur (Sat), Jaisalmer (Sun); Jodhpur; (Mon). Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary & Agra TAJ MAHAL (Tue); -before returning back to New Delhi, next Wednesday morning
Day 01: Wednesday: Delhi Depart
Report by 4:30PM at Safdarjung Railway Station for traditional welcome & check-in formalities for Week in Wonderland Train Tour. Time free for photo-shoot with traditionally attired Palace On Wheels staff. Be escorted to your saloon cabins by Personal Attendant for briefing on cabin facilities. At leisure Proceed to Bar Lounge for complimentary welcome drink. Train Departs at 6:30PM & Dinner served onboard.
Day 02 : Thursday: Jaipur
At Jaipur Railway Station Royal Welcome by Elephants & proceed to visit St. Albert Museum, Pink City Palace & UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar (sun Observatory) Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace Of winds) Afternoon excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort Palace of Amber and enjoy ride up the steep ramparts of the fort on festively decorated Elephants. Enjoy lunch in 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant, located in Fort premises. Later discover the beauty of 16th century well preserved Fort Palace, with rare fusion of combined Rajput and Mughal architecture. Later Time free for shopping & return to train by 6:00PM & depart. Onboard dinner.
Day 03: Friday Morning: RANTHAMBHORE- Tiger Reserve
Early morning from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. Proceed by 06:30AM for jungle safari by 15 Seater Canters to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The Jungle is home to Tigers, Panthers, Sloth bears, Pythons, Marsh crocodiles & hundreds of deer & numerous birds.
Return back to train by 09:30AM & depart. Breakfast & lunch onboard.
Day 03: Friday Afternoon: CHITTORGARH- Hill Fort
At 04:00PM train reaches Chittorgarh Railway Station & proceeds for excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort of Chittorgarh, spread over a huge plateau - with history dating back to 11th century. Chittorgarh Fort is considered to be the largest fort of India. In the Evening, enjoy Sound & Light program in fort complex & later return to train for dinner. Train departs early morning on next day.
Day 04: Saturday: UDAIPUR- City of Lakes
Train arrives by 08:00AM & after onboard breakfast proceed to visit 17th Century built - City Palace complex, standing on a rocky promontory with eleven constituent Mahal (palaces), balconies, towers and cupolas. Also visit Crystal Gallery - housing personal collection of H.H. of Udaipur. Later enjoy boat ride around the world famous "Lake Palace Hotel" atop a small island in Lake Pichola. Proceed for lunch to Fatehprakash Palace Hotel. Time free to visit the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari & return to train by 3 pm & depart. Dinner onboard.
Day 05: Sunday: JAISALMER-Oasis in desert
After onboard Breakfast proceed by 09:30AM to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort. Straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th century built living Fort complex, standing at a height of hundred meters over Jaisalmer town & fort glows golden in the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard. Visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansion houses .-which is five storey high & extensively carved. Nearby is located a group of 15th century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved & have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India. Proceed for Lunch to 5-Star Hotel & later return to train for brief rest. At 4:30PM proceed for excursion to Sam sand Dunes in Thar Desert for Camel joy ride & sunset photo shoot opportunity Later enjoy Cultural Program & Dinner at 5-Star Hotel. Return to train by 10:00PM & depart.
Day 06: Monday: JODHPUR-Heart of Marwar
Train arrives at 08:00AM & after breakfast proceeds for sightseeing of 16th century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill which soars 125 Mts. above Jodhpur town. The Palace complex it is approached by a series of gateways set at an angle so that enemy armies could not charge, with any success. Once past the Fort gates, you have access to breath taking Palatial Apartments (Mahal), overlooking wide courtyards. Inside the fort complex is a museum having wide & impressive collection of Royal dresses & Medieval weapons. Nearby the Fort complex is located, late 19th century built Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble. Later visit museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace, displaying personal artifacts of H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur. Lunch at Hanwant Mahal Restaurant. Return to train & depart by 3:30PM.
Day 07: Tuesday Morning: BHARATPUR: Bird Sanctuary
At 06:30AM proceed to UNESCO world Heritage Site of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which is spread over 29 sq. km. It houses to more than 375 species of Indian birds, but also attracts birds from places like Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through wetlands of Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Return to train for breakfast & depart by 08:45AM.
Day 07: Tuesday Afternoon: AGRA - City of Taj
On arrival at 10:30AM at Agra Railway station proceed to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, seat of power of the mighty Mughal Empire. Proceed for lunch at ITC Mughal Hotel. Highlight of your journey is to visit the Taj Mahal, one of seven wonders of modern world & a flawless beauty in white marble.
Later return to train for onboard dinner & depart.
Day 08: Wednesday: NEW DELHI Return
Train returns to Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by 05:30AM. Check-out by 07:15AM after early breakfast.
NOTE: The train tour manager reserves the rights to amend the program to suit local logistics.
- All Your local sightseeing tours by AC Buses with Guides & cultural activity are pre-arranged & included in package cost
- The HERITAGE TRAIN with 5 Star facilities offers richly furnished Private AC Sleeper Coupes with proper beds & attached bathrooms.
- There are two dining cars, one bar lounge & aryuvedic spa facility on the train.
- All the cabins are twin bedded & some cabins have option of third bunker bed(Maximum three persons can be adjusted in 1 cabin)
7 Nights Train Tour COST INCLUDES: overnight travel & stay in private A/C sleeping Chambers (twin beds) with attached bathrooms; Daily 3 meals; bottled drinking water; group sightseeing tours & excursions in Air-conditioned Buses with English speaking guide; monument entrance fees; elephant Joy ride at Amber fort; Ranthambhore tiger Reserve visit;, Sound & Light show at Chittaurgarh, boat ride in Udaipur ; Camel Joy ride at Jaisalmer.
EXTRA COSTS: (not included in train tour) alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages, video Camera fee at monuments & parks; use of spa facilities; Laundry, tour insurance, tips, gratuity, porter fee & all other expenses of personal nature.