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Palace on Wheels - Luxury Train Tour

Duration of Tour: 08 Days / 07 Nights
Destinations Covered: New Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – New Delhi

It’s the time to be a Maharaja to travel through the heart of Rajasthan by the legendary Palace on Wheels, to live in the lap of luxury, on board one of the top luxury trains in the world. Place on Wheels with world class amenities. To make your journey comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable, on board facilities provided include Restaurant serving delectable meals, a small private lounge in each saloon with magazines, selected array of books & DVDs, internet connectivity and a small souvenir shop. Your saloon has a caption and an attendant who will be delighted to serve you round the clock.

To make your sight seeing pleasurable, a fleet of luxury buses will take you to these destinations facilitated by qualified guides and tour escorts. Some of the wonderful sights that await you and will be the highlight of trip – “Jaipur” the pink city, “Ranthambhore” the famous Tiger National Park, “Chittorgarh Fort” the symbol of sacrifice and bravery, “Udaipur” the city of lakes and palaces, “Jaisalmer” the jewel of the desert, “Jodhpur” the sun city, “Bharatpur” with its lively bird sanctuary and finally “Taj Mahal” world famous monument of eternal love in city “Agra”

The names of the saloons of train are based on the princely states of Rajasthan - Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi, and Udaipur. The decor of each saloon has highlighted the cultural ethos of the state, represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, paintings and furnishings.The ceiling in the lounge is of particular interest. Each coupe is different but the overall ambience of the decor of the saloons has been taken care of to provide continuity. Each saloon has cream yellow color on its exterior walls and bear the Coat of Arms (logo) of the erstwhile princely states, along with the name. Each saloon has 4 coupes (sleeping rooms) with attached toilet. In every saloon, there is one saloon captain valet and one attendant to look after the personal needs of its tourists. Each saloon has a mini pantry properly equipped to provide ready tea/coffee and snacks.

The Palace on Wheels is one of the world's most exciting rail journeys, as the train provided more facilities on board, as for the royal destinations it proceeds to every single day. With everything taken care of dining accommodation, sightseeing as well as organized shopping, there are nothing for the traveler to do but sleep in the history of the land, soak in the colors and experience the royal life of Maharaja.

The tour starts from Delhi and come back to the city after going through in order:

Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur – Chittaurgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – New Delhi.

 

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Day 01: New Delhi:

Wednesday Dep. 18:30 Hrs.

A Royal Reception & Traditional Welcome at Safdurjung Railway Station!!!

In New Delhi you will be treated like Maharaja & Maharani on welcome by garlanding and Tikka. The Capital city of modern India, Delhi city is known for its rich valorous and exotic history. The tour starts in the evening with a ceremonial welcome aboard the Palace on Wheels at Safdarjung New Delhi. 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 on board in its two restaurants.

Day 02: Jaipur:

Thursday Arr. 03.45 Hrs.

tajmahalJaipur, the world renowned pink city, will greet with caparisoned elephants. Discover Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar - Astronomical Observatory. Soon after reaching at Amber you can enjoy the festively decorated elephant for a ride up to the fort. After Elephant ride and Lunch at Amber Fort. After lunch visit of Amber fort the best example of splendid fusion of Rajput and Mugal style of Architecture. Jaipur also offers a great shopping experience since the city is the countries capital as far as handicrafts are concerned. Return back to train for fresh n up after rest a while enjoy sumptuous dinner in one of the best hotel of Jaipur. Return to Palace on Wheels.

Dep. 23.30 Hrs.

Day 03: Sawai Madhopur:

Friday Arr. 05.30 Hrs.

tajmahalWelcome to the verdant Sawai Madhopur. Visit the Ranthambhore National Park, a Project Tiger Reserve, and home to many animal species. Though a delicate eco system, Ranthambhore is dynamic in the diversity and density of fauna it supports. 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. A 1000 year old Ranthambhore Fort of great historical importance a top 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. Return back to Palace on Wheels. Lunch on Board. Enjoy the afternoon on train as it travels the lush green country side before arriving to Chittorgarh.

Dep. 10:30 Hrs. for Chittorgarh.

 

Day 03: Chittorgarh:

Friday Arr. 16:00 Hrs.

It’s the land of love and valor, thrice besieged, you will discover that for yourself that Chittorgarh is a legend in itself. 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. Moving tales of honor and pride will echo in your mind as you proceed to Udaipur.

Dep. 02.00 Hrs. Next Morning.

 

Day 04: Udaipur:

Saturday Arr. 08.00 Hrs.

tajmahalUdaipur, the famed city of lakes and palaces and gardens. The capital of the sirodia Maharanas, enjoy pre-eminen among the Rajput clams of Rajasthan spend the day sight seeing at Udaipur Maharana Udai Singh, Laid the foundation for a new kingdom Udaipur situated at Lake Pichola where the impressive city palace was lavished with aesthetic and imaginative work of art miniature painting was encouraged. After breakfast off board, visit the majestic City Palace and Crystal gallery, followed by lunch at 5-star Hotel. In the afternoon, Boat Ride and Tea at Jetty.

Dep. 15.30 Hrs.

 

Day 05: Jaisalmer:

Sunday Arr. 09.15 Hrs.

tajmahalThe 12th century city of Jaisalmer welcomes you. Gaze in awe at the dominating presence of its sandstone fort of 99 bastions. Admire the exquisitely carved havelies, cupolas and facades. Experience camel rides, and dine at a Sam Sand Dunes while the vibrant rhythms of Rajasthani music drift into the night. Jaisalmer - 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 center. Jaisalmer amid picturesque a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climate conditions. The Sonar Quila Fort, made of yellow sand stone will immediately command your attention here. The city is also known for its old mansion better known as havelies. Patwon Ki Haveli and Nathmalgi Ke Haveli, Salim Singh Ji Ki Haveli most striking architecture a fine blend of ancient and the medieval era. Though the winter, followed by the cultural performance - campfire with dinner in dunes.

Dep. 23.45 Hrs.

Day 06: Jodhpur:

Monday Arr. 07.00 Hrs.

tajmahalThe magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is all pervasive in this 15th century city. Visit this grand fort and Jaswant Thada, the royal cenotaphs close by. The Jodhpur 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. Lunch at the Umaid Bhawan palace, the royal residence, a part of which is now a hotel.  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 splendor 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.  After lunch back to Palace on Wheels, dinner on board.

Dep. 15.30 Hrs.

Day 07: Bharatpur:

Tuesday Arr. 05.00 Hrs.

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. You are now in the wonderland of birds. Visit the renowned Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur, once the preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur and now a world heritage site. It is home to 300 species of birds, some of which fly in from as far as Siberia and China.

 

Dep. 08.45 Hrs.

Day 07: Agra:

Tuesday Arr. 10.30 Hrs.

tajmahalAgra – 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. After visiting Agra Fort, enjoy sumptuous lunch at a 5-star hotel. From here, arrive at the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven wonders of the world. A pristine monument of undying love, it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his queen, Mumtaj Mahal.

Dep. for Delhi at 23.00 Hrs.

Day 08: New Delhi:

Wednesday Arr. 04.00 Hrs.

Breakfast on board. Leave the train taking home the pleasant memories of a weeklong majestic ride.

Tour ends 07.30 Hrs.

Special Services:

·  Welcome Dinner at Jaipur.

·  Invitation to Indian family house to experience real culture and tradition.

Note:

  • 50% of tariff for children between 5 years and 12 years of age.
  • Service tax @2.58% and commercial tax USD $ 15 per person extra as applicable.
  • 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.
  • No Charter can be booked during X-mas & New Year period.
  • Itinerary and the programe schedule can be change with out any priore notice by the management
  • Booking is as per first come first serve, since the seats are limited kindly book in advance.
  • 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 prior to departure.
    • 20% of ticket value between 30 to 59 days prior to departure.
    • 100% of ticket value less than 30 days prior to departure.

    b) In case of Group and Charter:-

    • 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
    100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.
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