As the name suggests, the Palace on wheels is one of the first Luxury trains of India which takes you across some of the most exotic Indian destinations . With everything taken care of dining accommodation, sightseeing as well as organized shopping, there are nothing for the traveller except soak in the colours and experience the royal life of Maharaja(A King).
Day 01: Delhi
The guests are given a traditional welcome at the Safdarjung Railway Station at 4 PM where they proceed with the check-in formalities. At 6.30 PM the vibrantly decorated Palace on Wheels begins its eight-day odyssey cutting across the scenic landscapes and rich heritage of India with its first stop at Jaipur. A sumptuous dinner is served on board.
Day 02: Jaipur
The guests enjoy a delicious breakfast aboard The Palace on Wheels as it royally marches into the pink city. After a grand welcome with shenai and garlands as you proceed towards the city. Experience the treasure trove of artefacts at the Albert Hall Museum followed by a host of architectural marvels - Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace etc. A pleasant lunch is served around 1.30 PM at 1135 AD Restaurant followed by a visit to the Amber Fort - adorned with red sandstone and marbles standing testimony to its perennial charm.
You are allowed to explore the local stores and explore the handcrafted art and artefacts. Later we proceed towards train for dinner on board. Overnight on board as the train departs towards Ranthambore.
Day 03: Ranthambore - Chittorgarh
As the train arrives to the city, disembark for the safari at the Ranthambore National Park located in the heart of the Aravalli and Vindhya Range. Capture some clicks of the safari and later return to the train as it proceeds towards the city of Chittorgarh. During the course of the journey, guests can have a leisure time at the bar, enjoy a few drinks and converse with fellow passengers over their inherent love for travel. The Palace on Wheels reaches Chittorgarh at 3 PM and on arrival the guests explore the forts and castles of a bygone era that echoes the heroism and pride of the Rajput clan. The guests go for a quick exploration of the city, revelling in the various sightings the city has to offer and return to the fort for Tea and a fun-filled light and sound programme. Dinner is served on board the train.
Day 04: Udaipur
The entourage leaves for Udaipur at 2AM in the morning and breakfast at 7.30AM. The guests are taken for a tour around the city’s historical garden , Saheliyon Ki Bari which is regarded as the most popular tourist space replete with kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants followed by a visit to the city palace and the crystal gallery that provide a breath-taking view of its cultural significance. A sumptuous lunch awaits the guests at the Fateh Prakash Hotel after and later proceed to a boat ride to the resplendent Jagmandir Palace for tea. The Palace on Wheels sets on its journey cutting across Rajasthan and moving towards its north western frontier of Jaisalmer at 4 PM.
Day 05: Jaisalmer
The last princely bastion of Rajasthan, tucked deep in the Thar Desert, The Palace on Wheels reaches the quaint city of Jaisalmer around 9.00 AM. The guests embark on a sightseeing tour to the serene spot of Gadsasir Sagar Lake, stunning forts and the innumerable havelis including the eponymous Patwon ki Haveli and the Nathmal ji ki Haveli - that project’s the strong valour of its rulers and an aesthetic representation of its times. The guests get to enjoy refreshing lunch on board as the train proceeds towards the desert where you can enjoy the camel ride on the sand dunes of the world’s second largest desert. At 11.45 PM the prestigious Palace on Wheels leaves Jaisalmer and heads towards Jodhpur.
Day 06: Jodhpur
The Palace on Wheels journeys into the Blue City of Jodhpur at 7 AM and breakfast is served at 07.30AM. Upon reaching, the guests explore the architectural and magnificent marvel of Mehrangarh Fort and the surrounding cenotaph of Jaswanth Thada. Celebrate a glimpse of the history at the Umaid Bhavan Museum and cap it all off by shopping in the nearby local markets. A grand lunch is served at the royal Ajit Bhawan Palace. The train sets off for Bharatpur soon after.
Day 07: Bharatpur - Agra
The train arrives in the early hours of the morning for a recreational visit to the Keola Deo National Park, the erstwhile duck hunting reserve of the Maharajas for bird-watching and photography. The guest are served breakfast on board the train and depart for the onward journey to Agra at 9AM. On arrival at Agra Railway Station around 11 AM, the guests visit the historic Agra fort. Later, proceed towards the magnificent Taj Mahal which is one of the seven wonders of the world. A delightful lunch is served at Hotel Clarks Shiraz at 1.30PM. This is followed by shopping and exploration of the local markets.
As the journey ends, The Palace on Wheels begins its journey towards Delhi at 8.45 PM. Wednesday
Day 08: Delhi
The incredible travel aboard the Palace on Wheels reaches its finale on arrival at the Safdarjung Railway Station at 2.30 AM. The guests are served breakfast at 6.00 AM after which we bid farewell to all the guest.
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|Visa Requirements||Not Needed for EU Citizens|
|Language Spoken||English, Hindi|
|Area||3.2887 milliom km2|