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Palace on Wheels


Palace on Wheels

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.

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At a Glance


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 Taj Mahal in Agra as you travel aboard the Palace on Wheels India's most revered luxury train.


Tour Duration:7 Nights / 8 Days

Places Covered: Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra , Delhi

Day-wise Program: (September 2014 to April 2015)

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)

Tour Highlights:

  • Jaipur
    • » Hawa Mahal
    • » Amer Fort
    • » Jantar Mantar
       
  • Udaipur
    • » Shikarbadi
    • » Lake Pichola
    • » Sahelion ki Baari
    • » Fateh Prakash
    • » City Palace complex
       
  • Sawai Madhopur
    • » Ranthambore National Park
       
  • Chittorgarh
    • » Chittorgarh Fort
       
  • Jaisalmer
    • » Jaisalmer Fort
    • » Nathmalji ki Haveli
    • » Salim Singh ki Haveli
    • » Patwon ki Haveli

  • Jodhpur
    • » Umaid Bhawan Palace
    • » Mehrangarh Fort
    • » Jaswant Thada
       
  • Bharatpur
    • » Keoladeo National Park
       
    • Agra
      • » Taj Mahal




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


Detailed 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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.


Departure Dates


Palace on Wheels Schedule for season between September 2014 to April 2015

Month

Departure Dates

October, 2014

 29

November, 2014

5, 12 , 19 ,26

December, 2014

3, 10, 17, 24, 31

January, 2015

7, 14, 21, 28

February, 2015

4, 11, 18, 25

March, 2015

4, 11, 18, 25

April, 2015

1 , 8 , 15 , 22, 29


 



Tariffs


Tariff for Peak Season 2014 - 2015

Occupancy Type

October 2014 to March 2015
per person per night

Single occupancy

USD 770

Twin sharing

USD 575

Triple sharing

USD 520

 

Tariff for Lean Season 2014-2015

Occupancy Type

September 2014 & April 2015
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:

  • » A 10% surcharge is to be levied on all Christmas and New Year period departures.
  • » Service Tax of 3.09% 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;

  • » At the time of confirming the booking pay 20% of ticket value.
  • » 60 days prior to departure pay the remaining 80% of ticket value.

Cancelation Policy

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

  • » 95% of ticket value is returned if cancelled 60 days before departure.
  • » 80% of ticket value is returned if cancelled between 45 to 59 days before departure.
  • » 50% of ticket value is returned if cancelled between 30 to 44 days before departure.
  • » No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before departure.

Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (for Groups) are as:

  • » 95% of ticket value is returned if cancelled 89 days before departure.
  • » 50% of ticket value is returned if cancelled between 31 to 88 days before departure.
  • » No refund if cancelled 30 days before departure.

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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