back the pages of time for one glorious week, re capture the pomp and
pageantry of a royal past in royal style. Step aboard the Palace on
Wheels, once the personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of
the princely states of Gujrat and Rajputana, the viceroy of British
India and the Nizam of Hyderabad. See Rajasthan in all its splendour
and the Taj Mahal at Agra.. a celebration of everything that is
beautiful.. A journey into the past on a luxury train.
on the famed Palace on Wheels is one of the most memorable ways to
explore India's stately splendour. Unquestionably it's an unparalleled
experience to ride the replica carriages refurbished to look like the
original saloons of the Maharajas, the erstwhile rulers of India. The
Palace on Wheels is one of India's most fascinating sojourns covering
the pink state capital Jaipur, the golden citadel Jaisalmer, the blue
city of Jodhpur, the National Park Ramthambhor, the symbol of chivalry
Chittorgarh, romantic city of Lakes Udaipur, the bird sanctuary
Bharatpur and the mughal capital Agra before returning to Delhi.
Palace on Wheels has been rated one of the ten best luxurious train
journeys in the world. Originally the train had 12 fully furnished
non-air conditioned saloons, once owned by former Maharajas, Governor
Generals and Viceroys of the British period. The Palace on Wheels
started as unique holiday concept hauled by a steam engine with its
inaugural trip on 26th January,1982.
1991, a new air-conditioned meter gauge Palace on Wheels on the lines
of the old heritage train was launched. The interiors of the current
14 saloons are authentic replicas of the historic coaches. Each saloon
is equipped with twin- bedded cabins, each with channel music,
intercom, with attached baths and running hot and cold water and a
coaches are named after erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan,
recalling bygone grandeur and pageantry. Everything matches, even the
ambiance which is totally soaked in the colourful tradition of
Rajasthani art. Panels and ceilings are covered with miniature and
traditional motifs reflecting the pageantry of courtly life.
Each saloon has a mini pantry and a lounge to ensure availability of
beverages and refreshments and a place to relax and go together.
Before dinner, most fellow passenger meet at the well-stocked bar. The
bartender mixes cocktails and serves soft alcoholic beverages. This is
the place to sit and be seen sitting and talking while sipping a drink
or simply watching the countryside through large panoramic windows.
Attached to the comfortable bar lounge are two equally exquisite
restaurants, the Maharaja and the Maharani respectively, with opulent
draped curtains, elegantly crafted lights and stylish dining is among
the highlight of the journey. Apart from the chef's special of the day
there is delicious choice of local Rajasthani, Chinese and Continental
Day 1 - Wednesday :
NEW DELHI :
Time 16.00 hrs. Dep. 18.30 hrs.
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.
Day 2 - Thursday :
03.00 hrs. Departure 19.30 hrs.
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
Day 3 - Friday :
09.00 hrs. Departure 23.45 hrs.
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
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.
Day 4 - Saturday :
JODHPUR : Arrival
07.00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs.
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
Day 5 - Sunday :
MODHOPUR : Arrival
04.00 hrs. Departure 10.30 hrs.
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
Day 5 - Sunday :
Arrival 16.00 hrs. Departure
05.30 hrs (next day)
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
Day 6 - Monday :
Arrival 07:30 hrs. Departure
Udaipur, the Lake City, was
founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was
driven away 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.
Day 7 - Tuesday :
06.30 hrs.Departure 9.00 hrs.
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
Day 7 - Tuesday :
AGRA : Arrival
12.00 hrs. Departure 21.00 hrs.
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
Day 8 - Wednesday :
Arrival 04.00 hrs.
Arrive at Delhi Safdarjung
Railway station at 04.00 hrs. Breakfast on board and let the
pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long,
7 Nights Palace On Wheels Train Tour
Ex.Delhi for 2010 - 11
04, 11, 18, 25
01, 08, 15, 22, 29
06, 13, 20, 27
03, 10, 17, 24
01, 08, 15, 22, 29
05, 12, 19, 26
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