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PalaceOn Wheels

Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Agra

Tour Detail :

Palace on Wheels, this luxury train tour indeed live up to the expectations offering excellent comfort while traveling the most beautiful vicinities of the world, which is a part of Rajasthan. 'The Palace on Wheels' gets you in touch with the most vibrant journeys on the train that promisingly takes you to explore the charms of royal sand dunes, forts, and palaces. What is unique in this package is that you feel the rich glory once lived by the Royal Rajputs. In fact, you feel it, experience and live it in its entirety. All goes on a train!

Palace on Wheels makes you feel as if you are a king on exploring the majestic beauty found in Rajasthan. None other than opting for 'Palace on Wheels' is capable of evoking that perfect charm where you re-live the ancient royal glory of the magical royal past aptly. What more, it is the 'Palace on Wheels' that takes you on the myriad explorations going in detail of every grain of this imperial land. One of the most comforting things on the train journey is the caring staff and its intrinsic ambience, which makes the experience even richer.

All this is possible because it is the 'Palace on Wheels' train, counted among the ten most luxury trains of the world. All you need to do is pack for that exquisite journey and interact with the best forts and palaces of the world.

Palace on Wheels tour package is full of luxurious claims that live up the expectations and acquaint you with the royal charm and mysticism of Rajasthan.

Finest delicacies are served during your travel journey and there is no dearth of traditional Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine with the Chef\'s special variety scheduled for the day. You can enjoy your hard shots as well as it offers exquisite bar with a wide variety of scotch, wine, and cocktails. You get to listen to music, can dance out there in the middle, and it offers you saloon, coupled with interesting games for children. There is a provision whereby you can order for laundry, on demand doctor, and every facility that you get at home. Everything is so perfect that you tend to fall in love with it and it becomes difficult when parting. Nevertheless, it is inevitable as people come repeatedly.

Facilities of Palace on Wheels
The Common Facilities

The Train
The Palace On Wheels India is the only regularly operating Luxury Train in India, at present this heritage train of Rajasthan comprises 14 well appointed inter-connected passenger coaches, which have been named after Kota, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Sirohi, Kishangarh, Bundi, Dungarpur, Bharatpur, Jhalawar and Dholpur. Besides, there are two Dining Cars in Palace on Wheels India, with fresh food being cooked in onboard kitchen; One bar-cum-lounge car & four service cars. This luxury train of India also has a small library, mini-gym & beauty parlour. This luxury train, Palace on wheels is fully airconditioned.

Coaches on the Palace of Wheels
You\'ll be delighted you chose to see Rajasthan by the Palace-On-Wheels. On board, you\'ll feel like an erstwhile monarch, travelling in regal splendour. Each Coach named after the erstwhile princely state. It has 4 twin-bedded chambers, thoughtfully decorated in ethnic Rajasthani décor. Channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower and wall-to-wall carpeting are some of the facilities to make you feel at home. Each saloon has personal attendants or Khidmatgars, who are at your beck and call to extend a courteous helping hand, should you need anything.

The Saloons
The names of the saloons are based on the princely states of Rajasthan - Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar, Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Dholpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kishangarh. 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 over all 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 bears the Coat of Arms (logo) of the erstwhile princely states.

Each saloon has 4 coupes (sleeping rooms) with attached bath and toilet. In every saloon, there is one saloon captain and 2 attendants to look after the personal needs of its guests. Each saloon has a mini pantry properly equipped to provide ready tea/coffee and snacks.

The Dining Cars
There are two dining cars in Palace on wheels, that have been tastefully decorated in the authentic Rajasthani style in this heritage train of Rajasthan. The Maharaja and Maharani restaurants have seating arrangement in groups of two and four near the windows. Continental and Indian cuisine are prepared by the master chef. Mouth-watering Rajasthani specialities are also served. The finger-licking food, together with the excellent hospitality, yields a perfect meal. Travelling by Palace on Wheels India is a delight that would surely fascinate you.

Lounge
At the end of each coach is a separate lounge where passengers can relax when they wish to move out of their bedrooms. Here they can unwind with a book or magazine, engage in conversation, or simply watch the panoramic vista of the great Indian country side.

The Bar
The Bar-cum-Lounge in Palace on Wheels, is furnished with period furniture to create the royal ambience. It is spacious and beautifully decorated. The bar is stocked with a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You can select from the finest collection of spirits and wines. From scotch to cocktails, Palace on wheels serves them all.

Bed Room
Each coach has four coupés, done in colors reminiscent of the state, and highlighted by its royal emblem. Two of the Coupes feature double beds while the other two have train beds. A third bed, for an additional person, or an accompanying child, is in the form of a fold-away bed on a higher tier. Each compartment has an attached bath with running hot/cold water and showers, built-in wardrobes, overhead and night lights, piped music, reading lights etc.

Restaurants
Two lavish and beautifully done restaurants; \"The Maharaja\" and \"The Maharani\" serve mount - watering Continental, Indian and Rajasthani cuisine that would definitely make way to your heart through your stomach.

Shopping
Certain handicrafts and other special items of Rajasthani origin can be bought while you visit the places covered by the Palace - on - Wheels and a Catalogue of typical Rajasthani items is also available on board.

Group Photograph
To cherish these special moments of glory and to remind you of these times when you walk down memory lane a few years from now, we take a group photograph which is given to you as a souvenir.

Mail Box
A mail box is provided on board, which discharges your mail with utmost care and efficiency.

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 very next station.

Indoor Games
Chess, Playing Cards, Chinese Checkers, Carrom Board and Crossword Puzzles are available.

Facilities ( Individual Facilities )

Accommodation
14 fully air conditioned deluxe salons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities.

Luggage Collection Your luggage is picked up and taken to your respective salons without your worrying about it.

Arrival Kit
Each guest is provided with an arrival kit consisting of stationery items, brochures, cards etc. Anything additional can be asked for, from the attendant, always available at your service.

Attendant Khidmatgar
An attendant or \'Khidmatgar\' is always available at your service, to take care of your travel needs.

Meals
An exotic array of dishes to choose from - Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines are available on the Palace-On-Wheels.

Mineral Water

We make sure, the greatest gift of nature bestowed on us i.e. Water is made available to you in its purest form. Mineral water is made available to you all through the journey.

Newspapers / Magazines
The leading dailies and newspapers greet you every morning over a simmering hot cup of tea or beverage of your choice. Also available for you is a large collection of magazines.

Security
Adequate safety arrangements are made for you as well as your personal belongings in the train itself.

Toiletries
All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc. are provided in the train.

Wine
A complimentary bottle of fine Indian wine to the royal guests (per cabin), courtesy Palace-On-Wheels.

For Disabled Persons
There is special assistance available in the form of wheel chairs, crèches and a special attendant for manual assistance.

Days Itinerary

Day - 1 : Departure Delhi

Arrive Delhi Cantonment Station between 1530 and 1600hrs. Departure 1830hrs Dinner will be served on board the train.

Day - 2 : Arrive Jaipur

Jaipur. Arrival 08.30.Breakfast on board. Sightseeing trip round town followed by lunch in hotel. Cultural show and dinner at Nahargarh Citadel, a former royal fort, or in Man-Singh Hotel. Jaipur, the first stopping place, was built at the beginning of the 18th century by the Maharajah Jai Singh II. The "pink" city is surrounded by a town wall with 8 gates. The town palace and the Sawai-Man-Singh Museum directly beside it are well worth looking at. The Jantar-Mantar Observatory still astonishes with the precision of its layout. The jewel of Jaipur is the Palace of the Winds, a stone facade with an immense number of finely sculptured lattice panels. The festival Palace of Amber lies 12 km (7.5 miles) from Jaipur and is visited on the backs of elephants. Amber's rooms are famous for the variety of their decoration and the beautiful Hall of Mirrors.

Day - 3 : Arrive Jaisalmer
Arrival Jaisalmer at 0615. Breakfast on board, followed by sightseeing in town. Lunch on train or in tourist bungalow. Visit to the cenotaphs of famous heroes and rulers which are beautifully decorated with fine stonemasons work. Camel rides to experience the real desert. Dinner at the Moomal Tourist Bungalow, then on with the train to Jodhpur. Jaisalmer, a fairy-tale town in the Thar desert was founded about 800 years ago by Rajah Jaisal. The town is surrounded by mighty walls which seem to grow up out of sunbleached desert sands. In the town centre the buildings provide evidence of the Indian stonemasons unsurpassed art. In narrow, twisting streets you can visit havelis, the houses of rich merchants with their finely carved filigree facades.

Day - 4 : Jodhpur
Jodhpur. Arrival 08.00. Breakfast on board. Sightseeing in town. Lunch at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, originally the Royal Palace of the Maharajas of Jodhpur. Evening tea and dinner on board. Jodhpur, the southernmost of the legendary cities of the desert, was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 on the advice of a hermit. The high walls of the massive Mehrangarh Fort form a delightful contrast to the elegant sandstone facades with their fine carvings inside the palace. Opposite the fort lies Jaswant Thada, a memorial made of white marble which was errected in 1899 to the memory of Jaswant Singh I. Departure 17.00.

Day - 5 : Arrive SwaiMadhopur / Chittor Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambor)
Arrival in Sawai Madhopur at 0400. Travel to Ranthambor (14 km - 9 miles) to the well-known game park with its tigers and leopards. With any luck you might see a tiger in its natural surroundings. Many other animals such as crocodiles, deer, gazelles, nilgais and hyenas live here. Depart at 12.00. Ranthambor lies 132 km (82 miles) from Jaipur. The area is 392 sq. km (150 sq. miles) and lies between the Aravali and Vindhya mountains. The best time for seeing many animals is between October and April. Departure for Chittaurgarh at 11.00 hrs. Lunch on Board at 13.00.

Arrival Chittaurgarh at 15.30 hrs. Sightseeing of Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh Fort on a 180 m high hill, was the strongest of the Rajput forts. The tall and finely chiseled Victory Tower and the Tower of Fame are undamaged and reach up into the sky from the surrounding ruins. Dinner on Board 20.00 hrs.

Day - 6 : Chittorgarh - Udaipur
Chittorgarh/Udaipur. Arrival 07.30. Breakfast on board. Drive by bus journey to Udaipur to the Lake Palace Hotel on Lake Pichola, originally the summer palace of the Maharana of Udaipur. Boot trip followed by lunch at the Lake Palace Hotel. Sightseeing in Udaipur. Evening meal on board train. Udaipur was founded in 1559 on the banks of Lake Pichola by the Maharana Udai Singh. The town palace is raised high above the lake and contains among others a hall of mirrors, a roof garden with a pond and a peacock court, named after its peacock mosaic. Sahelion-Ki-bari is a pleasant park with 4 fountains and colorful flower beds.

Day - 7 : Tuesday - Arrive Bharatpur - Agra
Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra.
Arrival 06.00. Breakfast in Bharatpur bird sanctuary and boat trip. By coach to Fatehpur Sikri and Agra. Lunch at hotel. Sightseeing in Agra and tea at Taj Restaurant, Agra or on board. Dinner on board.Bharatpur is an enormous bird sanctuary. The flat marshes attract resident and migratory birds in their thousands. More than 500,000 birds of 325 species have been counted in winter. It is possible to travel by boat to the low trees where the birds assemble. From Bharatpur it is 22 km (14 miles) to Fatehpur Sikri. The town is still completely preserved. It was built by the Mogul emperor Akbar in the 16th century but abandoned a short time later because of an acute lack of water. It is still possible to see spacious courtyards, an audience hall and the palace complex, which is made up of apartments.

Day - 8 : Arrive Delhi
Delhi. Breakfast on train and end of journey. Arrive Delhi 7.30
   

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