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Sail into an age when the jewel studded maharajas with swords in their hands rode the ornamented war elephant with large retinue following. Palace on Wheels, first luxury train of India, recreates a bygone era of indulgence and grace. With its ethnic interior decor, gracious hospitality and a tastefully crafted journey that chugs along former Rajput princedoms & Taj Mahal in Agra, this Indian luxury train journey is ride of a lifetime.

At a Glance

Tour Duration 7 Nights / 8 Days
DESTINATIONS COVERED Delhi - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi
FARE STARTING FROM USD 2870
SEASON Oct to Apr
DISTANCE COVERED 2,411 kms approx

Inspired by the personal carriages used by the former Maharajas, Nizams and Viceroys, the Palace on Wheels journey is one of the most authentic way to explore and rediscover royal Rajasthan for the descerning traveler. The union of former Rajputana princedoms, Rajasthan is renowned for its royal past; Ruled by valiant Rajput princes renowned for their chivalry, romance and decadence who also were custodians of art, Rajasthan is home to some of the most resplendent fortresses, spectacular palaces and havelis along with rich cultural heritage and diverse wildlife.

Experience the royal hues and vibrant culture of Rajasthan along with a visit to World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal in Agra as you travel aboard the Palace on Wheels India's most revered luxury train.

About the Train

Cabins

The original Palace on Wheels consisted of the personal carriages of the erstwhile rulers of India, but the refurbished cabins of the train include the replicas of the original carriages that are technologically advanced. The cabins have been christened after the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan.

Following are the prime features of the Palace on Wheels:

  • All the 14 saloons are named after the different Rajasthan provinces including Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi, and Udaipur.
  • Every coach has been aesthetically decorated in a royal style including mirror work, upholstery, miniature paintings and antique furnishings.
  • Channel Music system
  • Intercom
  • Mini Pantry
  • Attached bathrooms with hot and cold running water
  • Khidmatgar- a personal attendant
Dining

The train includes two restaurants, each possessing a stylish décor. The restaurants have a seating arrangement in groups of twos and fours. The guests aboard can savour sumptuous food of Indian (especially Marwari) and other popular world cuisine (such as Continental and European). Along with the option of table d’hôte meals, a part of the Palace on Wheels tariff, it also has an option of an extensive a la carte menu. Following are the two restaurants:

  • Maharaja Restaurant
  • Maharani Restaurant

These restaurants also have in- house bars, serving a variety of both, alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages of both Indian and International brands.

Sitting Lounge

The Sitting Lounge of the Palace on Wheels is the perfect place to forget your tiredness of the day’s sightseeing. Just sit back, relax and admire the comfortable ambiance. You can also have a little chit-chat session with your fellow passengers.

Spa

A rejuvenating spa is the recent addition to the train. This dedicated spa car offers a variety of treatments, massages and therapies to its guests. After a tiring day of sightseeing, you can relax your mind, body and soul. The very décor of the spa oozes out a feel of relaxation.

Other Facilities

Following are the other facilities aboard the Palace on Wheels:

  • Luggage Collection
  • Welcome Kit on Arrival
  • Personal Attendant or Khidmatgar
  • Mineral Water
  • News Paper/Magazine
  • Toiletories
  • Security
  • CD player
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet

Detail Itinerary

Travel back in time with visit to magnificent forts & palaces, savor the royalty with royal welcome and hospitality, catch a glimpse of Royal Bengal Tigers on prowl in their natural habitat, visit World Heritage Sites and shop at colorful bazaars, this and more during 8 days itinerary of the Palace on Wheels.

Detailed itinerary has been given below for your kind perusal:

Day 1- Delhi
Safdarjung Railway Station

By 1600 hrs, assemble at the Safdarjung Railway Station to enjoy a traditional welcome. Get a royal Garland welcome with Tikka and a turban on your forehead. Complete the check-in formalities and get aboard the Palace on Wheels. Enjoy a welcome drink. Once inside the train, you are free to explore this luxury train and its facilities. Dinner at any of the 2 restaurants of the train. The train departs from the station at 18:30 hrs for its first destination, Jaipur.

Day 2- Jaipur
Hawa Mahal

Early morning arrival in Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital, also known as the Pink City. After breakfast on-board the train, leave the comforts of the train to embark on a city tour of Jaipur. The first two visits of the day include the complex of City Palace and Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. Thereafter, you are taken to the Amber fort, where you also have your lunch. Post- lunch explore this fort, placed on a hilltop. After sightseeing, you are taken to the local markets of Jaipur. Here you can shop for souvenirs in the form of handicrafts, traditional clothes, gemstones, jewellery, and more.

Back aboard the train by 18:00 hours for the evening tea. Enjoy some free time inside the Palace on Wheels. Savour a royal dining experience at a popular heritage hotel. After dinner, overnight stay in the train that departs for Sawai Madhopur, the next destination.

Day 3- Sawai Madhopur - Chittorgarh
Ranthambore National Park

On the 3rd day, enjoy an early morning visit to the world-popular Ranthambore National Park, around 14 km from Sawai Madhopur. One of the largest national parks in India, it is spread in 392 square km of land and is popular for housing a good population of tigers.

During wildlife viewing, you can spot several animal species including tigers, sambar, hyena, sloth bear, spotted deer, chital, hulman and over 275 avifauna species. Wildlife safari is followed by breakfast at the jungle lodge. Back aboard the Palace on Wheels. Continue your journey to your next destination, Chittorgarh. Lunch aboard.

Later, you de-board the train to explore the prime tourist attractions of Chittorgarh including the magnificent Chittorgarh Fort. The evening is scheduled for enjoying high-tea and light and sound show at the fort. Post-dinner, get on-board Palace on Wheels for an overnight stay. The train starts it's journey for the next destination, Udaipur.

Day 4- Udaipur
Lake Palace on Lake Pichola, Udaipur

On day 4, arrive in Udaipur by 08:00 hours. Established in the 15th century by Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur is quite popular for its palace and lakes. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations all around the world. Have your royal breakfast and later, embark on a sightseeing of Udaipur.

You visit popular attractions like Jagdish temple, Jag Niwas Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and so on. Thereafter, enjoy a luxurious lunch at a heritage hotel. The next visit of the day is to the City Palace and the Crystal Gallery. Do not miss a boat ride in the evening on Lake Pichola. Back to the train for dinner and an overnight stay. Palace on Wheel begins its journey for Jaisalmer, the next destination.

Day 5- Jaisalmer
Camel Safari

On the 5th day of the tour, the train enters the city of Jaisalmer. Post breakfast on-board the train; embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. The list of the attractions of the day includes the extremely beautiful and well-known Havelis (mansions) including Nathmalji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli.

Thereafter, you can also shop at the popular local market for some exclusive handicraft stuff, which you can carry back home in the form of souvenirs. Have lunch at a famous city restaurant, Later, leave for sightseeing across the world-popular Sam Sand Dunes. Enjoy a memorable sunset view during a camel ride.

Enjoy sumptuous dinner, bonfire and a cultural performance under the star-lit sky in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. Back to the train for staying overnight as the train chugs-off to Jodhpur.

Day 6- Jodhpur
Mehrangarh fort

After arriving in Jodhpur on the 6th day of the tour, have dinner on-board the train. Later, leave the comforts of the train for indulging in sightseeing of Jodhpur, which includes prime attractions of the city such as the Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Your lunch is scheduled in a palace hotel. Thereafter, you are taken to the famous markets across Jodhpur city. You can get your hands on exclusive handicraft items including silverware, embroidered shoes and tie and dye fabrics.

Have dinner. Stay overnight on-board Palace on Wheels.

Day 7- Bharatpur/Agra
Taj Mahal,Agra

On day 7, you arrive in the next destination Bharatpur by 05:00 hours. Now known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, it is known for housing an amazing variety of bird species, including both resident and migratory birds. Indulge in bird watching and wildlife viewing in the park, which takes around 3 hrs. Have your breakfast at a jungle lodge.

Return aboard the train that begins its journey for Agra. Arrival in Agra, followed by a city tour including the world-renowned Taj Mahal along with the other important tourist attractions. Do not miss shopping at the Agra markets where you can get your hands on some interesting items such as leather goods, jewellery, marble souvenirs etc. Enjoy a special light and sound show. Special dinner at a city hotel.

Return back to the train to get back to Delhi from where the Palace on Wheel itinerary started. Stay overnight aboard the Palace on Wheels.

Day 8- Delhi(Return)
New Delhi

Today is the last day of the tour when the train enters the Safdarjung Railway Station. Breakfast on-board the train, followed by check-out formalities.

Schedule

Palace on Wheels Schedule for season 2015 - 2016

Month Departure Dates
September, 2015 2, 9, 16,  23, 30
October, 2015 7, 14, 21, 28
November, 2015 4, 11, 18, 25
December, 2015 2, 9, 16,  23, 30
January, 2016 6, 13, 20, 27
February, 2016 3, 10, 17, 24
March 2016 2, 9, 16,  23, 30
April, 2016 6, 13, 20, 27

Tariff

Tariff for Peak Season October 2015 to March 2016
(FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS)

 

  • Single
    Occupancy

    $800 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    $5600 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Twin
    Sharing

    $600 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    $4200 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Triple
    Sharing

    $540 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    $3780 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
 
(FOR INDIAN NATIONALS ONLY)

 

  • Single
    Occupancy

    INR 48000 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    INR 336000 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Twin
    Sharing

    INR 36000 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    INR 252000 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Triple
    Sharing

    INR 32400 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    INR 226800 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
 
Tariff for Lean Season September 2015 & April 2016
(FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS)

 

  • Single
    Occupancy

    $600 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    $4200 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Twin
    Sharing

    $450 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    $3150 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Triple
    Sharing

    $410 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    $2870 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
 
(FOR INDIAN NATIONALS ONLY)

 

  • Single
    Occupancy

    INR 36000 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    INR 252000 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Twin
    Sharing

    INR 27000 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    INR 189000 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY
  • Triple
    Sharing

    INR 24600 PER PERSON PER NIGHT
    INR 172200 PER PERSON PER JOURNEY

 

 

A few of the significant specifics on the tariff of the Palace on Wheels are as:

  • A 10% surcharge is to be levied on all Christmas and New Year period departures.
  • Service Tax of 3.50% on the tariff.
  • Commercial Tax of USD 15 per person is applicable in addition to the tariff.
  • 10% of the tariff (without beds) for children less than 5 years.
  • 50% of the tariff for children between 5 and 12 years.
Inclusions

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.

Exclusions

Drinks, telephones, laundry, video camera fees, and charges of the business car facilities are not included in the tariff.

Booking Policy

Booking Policy adopted by the Palace on Wheels are as follows;

  • 20% of the tariff at the time of the confirmation of the booking.
  • Remaining 80% of the tariff needs to be paid 60 days prior to departure.
Cancelation Policy

Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (FIT) are as:

  • 10% of ticket value 90 days or more prior to departure date.
  • 20% of ticket value between 89 to 30 days prior to departure date.
  • 100% of ticket value 29 days prior to departure date.

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:

No Show -

In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.

En route termination of tour -

In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.

Amendment -

Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.

Note: A group of 15 paying persons will be called as group booking.

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