Palace on Wheels

The Train FOR SEASON 2015 - 16 & 2016 - 17

We welcome you aboard to "Re-live" the Royal Experience of the Maharajas of Rajasthan and if you are really looking for a holiday of a lifetime, the Palace On Wheels is for you.

The passenger coaches which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These coaches were not being used by the Indian Railways after independence in normal passenger trains on account of very rich and traditional interiors.

The name "Palace on Wheels" was derived from its royal back-ground of the coaches. A new meter gauge air conditioned Palace-on-Wheels was introduced in 1984 & had 13 Saloons, 2 Restaurant cum Kitchen car, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 Service Cars. In order to further increase the amenities on the train and due to over all gauge conversion in the state, a new broad gauge Palace-on-Wheels has been constructed & has been running since 1996. It's 14 Saloons are inter-connected, the interiors of the saloons reflect the aesthetics of the former Royal states of Rajasthan. The exquisite and exclusive Palace on Wheels has luxurious Cabins, wall to wall carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars (The Maharaja and Maharani) and a very personalized service... in fact, almost everything that could comprise of heaven on earth for seven days!

In the past 20 years of operations, the Palace on Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten luxurious rail journeys in the world.

Palace on Wheels: Tour Itinerary

Tour duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Places Covered: New Delhi - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 - Wednesday - New Delhi

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.

Reporting Time 16.00 hrs. Dep. 18.30 hrs.

Day 2 - Thursday - Jaipur

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.

Arrival 03.00 hrs. Departure 23.30 hrs.

Day 3 - Friday - Sawai Madhopur

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 Chittaurgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight.

Arrival 05.30 hrs. Departure 10.30 hrs.

Day 3 - Friday - Chittaurgarh

After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and velour; scars of battles lost and won...thrice-besieged, Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more. Moving legends of honor and pride will echo in your mind as you proceed to Udaipur.

The story is a saga of valor, tenacity & sacrifice. The fort of Chittorgarh is a treasure trove of history & offers to the traveler an insight into the life of the great Rajput rulers. The victory tower or Vijay Stambh is one of the main tourist attractions of the fort. Gaumukh reservoir & the palace of queen Padmini are important spots to the south of the Rana Kumbha palace. The light & sound programme is shown at the fort.

Arrival 16.00 hrs. Departure 02.00 hrs (next day i.e. on saturday)

Day 4 - Saturday - Udaipur

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.

Arrival 08:00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs.

Day 5 - Sunday - Jaisalmer

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.

Arrival 09.15 hrs. Departure 23.45 hrs.

Day 6 - Monday - Jodhpur

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.

Arrival 07.00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs.

Day 7 - Tuesday - Bharatpur / Agra

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 05.00 hrs.Departure 08:45

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.

Arrival 10:30 hrs Departure 23.00 hrs.

Day 8 - Wednesday - Delhi

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.

Arrival 04.00 hrs.

Palace on Wheels: Highlights

Jaisalmer, the "desert fort"

Jaisalmer has been an important trade centre since the 11th century. Desert buildings, like the fort, the temples or the havelis are still well-conserved in their original beauty.

Udaipur, the "City of Palaces"

Rajasthan's most romantic city, the "Eastern Venice", looks magical with its fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow streets. Everything is telling tales of the heroic past.

Khajuraho, "City of Tamples"

Khajuraho city is known for housing the famous World Heritage Site - the Khajuraho temples. The temple town carries a great legacy of the bygone era and is one of the major tourist destination. The city nestles itself in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. This thousand year old city of Khajuraho is the best watch on your heritage tour. The city has number of excursions which rangge from wildlife to enchanting waterfalls.

The Taj Mahal, the seventh wonder of the world

The famous symbol of love was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to compete this mausoleum, which is entirely built from white marble. This building is an unforgettable sight, not exclusively for lovers.

Palace on Wheels: Tour Tariff

Valid from April 2015 to March 2017 Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour

Occupancy Typ (per person per night) Total for 7 Nights (per person)
Single occupancy USD 600 USD 800
Double occupancy USD 450 USD 600
Triple occupancy USD 410 USD 540
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age. Children below 5 years shall be allowed free.

(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

Please note :-

1. 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.

2. @ 3.50% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. (as per govt rules as on date)

3. 15 USD per pax per trip shall be charged against the payment of commercial tax in addition to the tariff mention above

4. No charter can be booked during X-Mas & New Year period.

5. Tariff Subject to change without notice.

The Tariff includes :

Tariff is inclusive of travel/ catering/ conducted sightseeing/ entrance fee at monuments/ parks/ palaces/ cultural programs/ boat ride at Udaipur/ rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.

The Tariff does not include:

Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, Spa Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Booking Policy In case of FITs:

1. 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.

2. Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:

1. 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.

2. Balance 50% to be paid 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to us. On cancellation, refund will be made, if applicable. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows.

In case of FITs

1. 5% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

2. 20% of ticket value 30-59 days prior to departure.

3. 100% of ticket value between less than 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group

1. 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

2. 100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.

Palace on Wheels: Tour map

Palace on Wheels: Tour Schedule

Months of operation:

The Palace on Wheels tour starts on every Wednesday of the week from New Delhi, from September untill April of the following year.

During summer and monsoon months (May to August), the train closes for maintenance.

Reporting time is 16:30 hrs at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station where a royal reception awaits you.

This prestigious train departs from Safdarjung Railway Station at 17:45 hrs.

Please note that owing to global popularity of the Palace on Wheels, it is always advisable to book your space well in advance to avoid any availability problem ahead.

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