Major Attractions: Historical Palaces/Forts, Mughal architecture, Ancient Temples, 7 UNESCO world Heritage sites, Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Tiger safari at Ranthambhore, The Taj Mahal, Camel safari over Sand Dunes, Rural Villages, Jaisalmer’s Golden Fortress, World’s biggest Hindu Temple
One of the most memorable ways to experience India's stately splendor is to travel on the Palace on Wheels. The Palace on Wheels, an award-winning luxury train tour, can make you feel like royalty. The train has spacious cabins and cutting-edge amenities. Indian hospitality is legendary, and the signature itinerary is meticulously planned.
The train crisscrosses some of the ancient princely states of the 'nation of kings,' vibrant Rajasthan, where views of camel-studded dunes are followed by a bewitching dose of culture and the chance to see some of India's most compelling customs in motion, as well as admire some of India's stunning wildlife.
In just 8 days, you'll travel through Rajasthan and Agra's vast landscapes and soak up the culture as our pampered guest. If you're visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, going on a wildlife safari, or shopping in vibrant local markets, the itinerary has been built to help you make the most of your time in this fascinating part of the world. In this tour, you will cover Jaipur (the Pink City), Jaisalmer (the Golden City), Jodhpur (the Blue City), and Udaipur (the City of Lakes), as well as Rajasthan's wildlife-rich Ranthambore National Park and world-famous Bharatpur bird sanctuary. After leaving Rajasthan, you'll cover Agra, the world's most famous sign of love and romance, before returning to New Delhi, the capital.
The Palace on Wheels changed the way people thought of luxury travel in India. It's not all about the opulence; the train takes you to beautiful places, introduces you to various cultures and customs, and allows you to visit wildlife attractions. You will enjoy an unprecedented view of India with a nostalgic feel, beginning with the typical welcome ceremony and finishing with the royal traditional dining.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the heart of the Thar desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal,in 1156 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 programme at a Five Star hotel.
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.
Bharatpur - Agra
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.
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.
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. Tour ends.