(Per Person Per Journey)
Considered India’s most vibrant state despite the harsh living conditions, Rajasthan is a vast wonderland laced with legends of Rajput warrior princes. It’s heritage, culture, wildlife and sand dunes makes it one of India’s most popular tourist destination preferred specially by international visitors. One of the most special ways to uncover the jewels of this vibrat state is on board India's most revered luxury train, the Palace on Wheels. Once a hodgepodge of Rajput warrior princes, Rajasthan today attract millions of tourists from around the world owing to its unique romantic allure. Forts, palaces, bazaars and colorful people form the backbone of Rajasthan tourism.
Palace on Wheels offer a week long luxury train tour across royal destinations in Rajasthan along with a halt at Agra to visit Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. It is also voted as the 4th best luxury train in the world. The train recreates the opulence and elegance of a bygone era offering a peek into the heritage of the erstwhile Rajputana. The destinations covered by this luxury train in India during its week long itierary include Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, and Bharatpur.
Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Day-wise Program: (Jan 2013 to April 2014)
Day 1 (Wednesday) - Delhi
Day 2 (Thursday) - Jaipur
Day 3 (Friday) - Sawai Madhopur/ Chittorgarh
Day 4 (Saturday) - Udaipur
Day 5 (Sunday) - Jaisalmer
Day 6 (Monday) - Jodhpur
Day 7 (Tuesday) - Bharatpur/ Agra
Day 8 - (Wednesday) - Delhi (return)
Departure Schedule: 4th Septemberl, 2013 to 30th April, 2014
Incredible and enchanting comes close to describe the journey on board the Palace on Wheels India. Each moment of the journey is an experience in itself unraveling the colorful Rajputana Kaleidoscope. The Palace on Wheels itinerary is meticulously crafted to offer you a glimpse of the myriad colors of Rajasthan, once a hodgepodge of Rajput warrior princes.
Palace on Wheels journey will traverse the course of alluring landscape of Rajasthan, a vast and wonder-laced state with treasures more magnificent than those of fables and people as colorful as they get. The itinerary also includes a halt in Agra for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Tah Mahal.
Details of the itinerary have been given below for your perusal:
Day 1 - Delhi
Assemble at Safdarjung Railway Station by 1600hrs for a traditional welcome and to get set for a luxurious Palace on Wheels journey across "the Land of Maharajas" Rajasthan. The train departs at 1830hrs.
Day 2 - Jaipur
You will arrive at the first destination, Jaipur, in the wee hours of the morning. Post breakfast onboard the train, you will be taken around the Jaipur city and to the most significant locations housed here including the City Palace Complex, and the Hawa Mahal. Post lunch visit the Amer Fort (lunch to be served in the fort) and the local markets of Jaipur.
Return to the Palace on Wheels by 18:00 hours for tea and some moments of leisure. Depart for a grand dinner experience awaiting you at the Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur and post-dinner set off for the next location - Sawai Madhopur.
Day 3 - Sawai Madhopur - Chittorgarh
Day 3 will be exceptionally adventurous for you as on this day you will get a chance to meet the wild animals of the Ranthambore National Park! The greenery, the flora, and the fauna will contribute towards sketching in your mind, unforgettable pictures like never before. Capture images of tigers in their most natural habitat and in great attendance as well. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the jungle lodge and later return to the Palace on Wheels to continue your sojourn to the next destination in line, Chittorgarh.
Post lunch aboard the luxury train, you will go on a sojourn to explore the beauty of the erstwhile fortress town of Chittorgarh. Evening tea and a spectacular light and sound show also waits to entertain you in the fort environs.
Take delight in a lavish dinner experience and return to the train for overnight stay.
Day 4 - Udaipur
You will arrive in Udaipur by 08:00 hours on the 4th day of the Palace on Wheels sojourn. Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in the 15th century and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Visit the city attractions like Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas - Lake Palace, and the Jagdish temple etc. Savor a sumptuous lunch in a heritage hotel and visit the City Palace complex.
Before embarking on your sojourn to Jaisalmer, do make sure that you visit the splendid Crystal Gallery and a boat ride on the lake Pichola as well!
Dinner and overnight stay onboard the train.
Day 5 - Jaisalmer
The train will land you in the city of Jaisalmer in the morning of the 5th day of journey. Post breakfast you can start off your voyage across the city and visit the astonishingly beautiful havelis and mansions including the Patwon ki Haveli, the Nathmalji ki Haveli, and Salim Singh ki Haveli. You can also visit the local markets for their extensive menu of local handicraft products!
Enjoy a delectable lunch in the Hotel Moomal and then depart for sightseeing across the Sam sand dunes. The camel ride and the gorgeous views of the sunset will more than make your day memorable. Dinner and a cultural extravaganza wait to surprise you in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer.
Return to the train for overnight stay and travel down to Jodhpur.
Day 6 - Jodhpur
The train will chug its way through, to the next destination in line, Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for housing a number of majestic monuments in its bosom including the Mehrangarh fort, the Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace. These and several other places you will get a chance to visit on the 6th day of the Palace on Wheels itinerary.
Lunch will be organized for you in a palace hotel to make your sojourn, all the more regal. Later, embark on shopping tours across the markets of Jodhpur city to pick up handicraft items such as embroidered shoes, silverware and tie and dye fabrics.
Dinner and overnight stay aboard the train.
Day 7 - Bharatpur/Agra
The train arrives at Bharatpur by 05:00 hours. Bharatpur is mostly noted for housing the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary and National Park. The huge numbers of migratory bird species that flock to this place every year, make the wildlife environs of Bharatpur all the more special. A trip across the jungles will take almost 3 hours; therefore it will already be 0900 hours by the time you will depart for the next destination - Agra.
Agra is mostly visited for Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Epitomising the love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is visited by all guests visiting India.
After you have traveled around the Agra monuments and the markets (mostly visited for its marble souvenirs, jewelry and leather goods), take delight in a specially organized light and sound show before you halt for dinner in a city hotel. Later, you will embark the luxury train to move back to Delhi, to conclude the trip.
Overnight stay aboard the Palace on Wheels train.
Day 8 - Delhi(Return)
Early morning on the 8th day of the journey, the train will land you in the Safdarjung Railway Station, marking the end of the Palace on wheels trip.
The train with its quaint décor, state of the art amenities and a seamless blend of the traditional Rajputana and contemporary panache brings to you a journey unlike any before. Each moment of the journey is suffused with the romance of endearing experience through the most colorful terrains of Rajasthan. A total of 14 guest carriages can accommodate upto 88 guests i their tastefully appointed iteriors. Restaurant, bar and lounge are available to add to the experience of a unique rail journey in India.
Whereas the original train was composed of the personal carriages of the erswhile maharajas of India, Cabins of the refurbished Palace on Wheels include the replica carriages of the originals to accommodate the technological advancement. Each cabin is named after a different clan of the Rajputana who used to rule the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan.
The Palace on wheels cabins also feature a host of other highlights such as:
Palace on Wheels facilities includes two restaurant with elegant décor and each serving succulent cuisines for the platter of the guests. Apart of table d’hôte meals included in the Palace on Wheels tariff, an eclectic assortment of a la carte menu is also served for the guests. Cuisines which include European and Indian along with traditional Mewari delicacies are available on board. The restaurants have been named as:
The in house bar with its authentic ambiance and selection of alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages is the best place to visit for some thrill and fun!
To relax and unwind, visit the sitting lounge aboard the Palace on Wheels. The lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable ambiance for all guests to come and relish.
Other Facilities on board the Palace on Wheels include:
The Palace on Wheels schedule for the season between September 2013 to April 2014 has been given below for your read through.
|September, 2013||4 , 11 , 18 , 25|
|October, 2013||2 , 9, 16, 23, 30|
|November, 2013||6 , 13 , 20 , 27|
|December, 2013||4, 11, 18, 25|
|January, 2014||1 , 8, 15 , 22 ,29|
|February, 2014||5, 12 , 19 ,26|
|March, 2014||5, 12 , 19 ,26|
|April, 2014||2 , 9 , 16 , 23, 30|
Mentioned below is the detailed tariff for Palace on Wheels luxury train journey. Along with the Palace on Wheels fare and cost, details of inclusions and exclusions and their terms and conditions are also mentioned below.
Tariff for peak Season 2013 - 2014
October 2013 to April 2014
per person per night
|Single occupancy||USD 770|
|Twin sharing||USD 575|
|Triple sharing||USD 520|
Tariff for off Season 2014
September 2013 & April 2014
per person per night
|Single occupancy||USD 575|
|Twin sharing||USD 430|
|Triple sharing||USD 390|
A few of the significant specifics on the tariff of the Palace on Wheels are as:
Cost of travel and accommodation, entrance fees at the monuments and palaces, catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner), camel rides at Jaisalmer, boat ride in Udaipur, and rickshaw ride in Bharatpur are a part of the inclusions of the Price of Palace on Wheels.
Drinks, telephones, laundry, video camera fees, and charges of the business car facilities are not included in the tariff.
Booking Policy adopted by the Palace on Wheels are as follows;
Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (FIT) are as:
Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (for Groups) are as:
No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:
Note: A group of 15 paying persons will be called as group booking.