Rajasthan is known for its past filled with majestic and royal stories, chivalry filled prince, beauty bestowed princess and priceless war. There is a rich heritage, culture and wildlife mix in this place and you ought to take a ride into this urban paradise. This tour takes about 7 nights and 8 days. This tour starts in Delhi and ends at the same railway station. It takes you to Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur (the city of lakes), Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra before entering Delhi railway station. The best season to take this tour is between October and April. This is when the sun’s hot rays are tamed with monsoon rainfall. The temperature would be cool and pleasant with the natural elements being in their prime beauty. This tour covers a total of 2411 km.
The cabins are designed based on how they used to be when royal families of India rode the old train. These cabins have a décor of priceless stones, silk, antique upholstery and royal hue.
The Palace on Wheels has:
14 saloons named after provinces in Rajasthan like Alwar, Dholpur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur and others. Each coach has décor that is inspired from royal décor.
Channel music system, intercom and other services
Mini pantry and two restaurants
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:
These restaurants also have in- house bars, serving a variety of both, alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages of both Indian and International brands.
There is a sitting longue in the train where you can rest and admire the sceneries that run past you. You can also have friendly chats with fellow passengers here.
There is a spa in the train where you can enjoy many kinds of massages and skin treatments from specialists.
The other facilities are the luggage collection :- free internet, mineral water, welcome kit, newspapers, security and others.
DAY 01 : ARRIVING IN DELHI
You need to be present at Sarfdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi by 4 PM for the welcome party of garland welcome with tikka and a turban. If you arrive very early, you can either book a hotel and rest or do some sightseeing around Delhi. Once you complete your welcome party, you would be handed a welcome drink and would be escorted to your cabin. The train will start by 4:30 PM and you can have dinner in the train at any one of the restaurant. The train will start its journey towards Jaipur.
DAY 02 : JAIPUR
You would arrive at Jaipur in the morning. You would have your breakfast onboard and would start your sightseeing. You would visit the City Palace and Hawa Mahal and then you would reach Amer Fort where you would be having your lunch. After lunch, you would explore the hilltop fort. You would enjoy some shopping in the markets of Jaipur where you can shop for souvenirs like gemstones, clothes of India, handicrafts and others. You would get back to your cabin by evening. You would enjoy your refreshments by 6 in the evening onboard. The evening is all yours in Palace on Wheels. You can enjoy services like spa and others onboard. The train would start its journey towards Sawai Madhopur. The dinner is served onboard.
DAY 03 : SAWAI MADHOPUR - CHITTORGARH
The train would have reached the outskirts of Sawai Madhopur. Very early in the morning, before breakfast, you would enjoy the Ranthambore National Park which is located about 14 km away from Sawai Madhopur. After enjoying a safari in the largest national park in the country, you would retreat to a jungle lodge for your breakfast. There are about 275 species in this park including tiger, sloth bear, hulman, spotted deer, hyena and many others. After enjoying the park, you would be escorted to your cabin. The train would start its journey towards Sawai Madhopur. You would have your lunch onboard and explore Chittorgarh including the fort of Chittorgarh. After the light and sound event in the evening, you would get back to your board after enjoying a tea in some restaurant in the city. Dinner is served onboard as the train moves towards Udaipur.
DAY 04 : UDAIPUR
You would reach Udaipur by 8 in the morning. There are a lot of tourist destinations in this city. You would start exploring it after your breakfast onboard. The top destinations are Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, the Lake Palace and then you would rest for a lunch in a heritage hotel. Later, you would visit the crystal gallery and the city palace. Evening is completely allocated for the mesmerizing boat ride on the Lake Pichola. You would be back to your cabin for dinner. Train starts its journey towards Jaisalmer.
DAY 05 : JAISALMER
After breakfast onboard, you would start your exploration. The top attractions are the ancient mansions like Salim singh ki Haveli, Nathmalji ki Haveli and so on, local market, Sam sand dunes and others. You would be enjoying a world class lunch in a famous restaurant. In the evening, you would be enjoying a camel ride to watch the sunset across the desert. After the camel ride, you would be seated for a dinner and bonfire in a desert romantic dinner experience on the sand dunes on a star lit clear night. You would be back to your cabin by late night and the train starts its path towards Jodhpur.
DAY 06 : JODHPUR
You would be in Jodhpur by morning. After breakfast, you would start exploring many attractions like Umaid Bhawan, Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and the market of Jodhpur. You would be enjoying lunch in a palace hotel. After enjoying shopping in the evening, you would be escorted to your cabin. Rest of the evening is all yours onboard. Dinner would be served in the train and train would run towards Bharatpur.
DAY 07 : BHARATPUR/AGRA
You would reach Bharatpur by 5 in the morning. You would visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park before breakfast and enjoy a lot of species of animals there. You would also enjoy a full bird watching session that would take about 3 hours. Later, you would enjoy breakfast at one of the jungle lodges. After breakfast, you would be escorted to your cabin and the train starts towards Agra where you would enjoy Taj Mahal, light and sound show, shopping in Agra markets and others. After having dinner at a hotel in the city, you would be escorted to your cabin. The train would take its last turn of the trip towards Delhi.
DAY 08 : DELHI (RETURN)
The train enters Safdarjung Railway Station in the morning. You would enjoy breakfast onboard and would be taken through the check-out formalities. You can either stay back in Delhi and enjoy the tourist attractions here or you can get to the international airport in Delhi where you can board your departure flight.
!! BACK HOME WITH SWEET MEMORIES!!