PALACE ON WHEEL TRAIN
ITINERARY FOR THE PALACE ON WHEELS 08 DAYS / 07 NIGHTS
Discover the gorgeous country of Rajasthan and embark on a journey fit for the ancient Maharajas. For the knowledgeable passengers on the Palace on Wheels train, Rajasthan unlocks its treasure box and displays all of its ethereal beauties.
Day 1 (Wednesday): Departure from New Delhi
Report to Safdarjung Railway Station by 4:30 PM for the customary greeting, which includes tikkas, turbans, and garlanding, as well as check-in procedures for the “Week in Wonderland” train journey. Free time for a photo shoot with the personnel of Palace On Wheels dressed traditionally. To receive a briefing on the cabin amenities, your personal attendant will accompany you to your saloon cabins. Go to the bar lounge at your leisure for a free welcome drink. At 6:30 PM, the train departs, with dinner being served onboard.
Thursday, Day 2: Jaipur, At the Jaipur Railway Station, a royal elephant welcome follows the Pink City Breakfast served on board. then continue to the Jantar Mantar UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pink City Palace, and St. Albert Museum (sun observatory). The sightseeing trip arrives at the excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort Palace of Amber in the afternoon with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Take an elephant ride up the fort’s inclining ramparts. The 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant, which situated on the grounds of the Fort, hosts lunch.
Later, admire the splendour of the 16th-century Fort Palace, which has large courtyards and was constructed in a remarkable mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Visit the bustling neighbourhood market for shopping at around 5 o’clock. Around 6:00 PM, return to the Palace on Wheels train and depart for your next stop. On board, dinner is provided.
Friday morning’s Day 3: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
After a 6:30 AM breakfast in a forest lodge, continue your jungle safari inside the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve on 15-seat canters. The jungle is home to tigers, panthers, sloth bears, pythons, marsh crocodiles, many birds, and hundreds of deer, making it one of India’s most well-known reserves. Definitely a treat for wildlife enthusiasts.
By 10:00 AM, return to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and board a train. The meal is made on board.
Chittorgarh Hill Fort on Day 3 (Friday Afternoon).
The Palace on Wheels train arrives at Chittorgarh Railway Station at 4:00 PM. Start your journey in the Hill Fort of Chittorgarh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is stretched out over a sizable plateau and has a history dating back to the 11th century. It is regarded as being India’s biggest fort.
Enjoy the Sound & Light Show in the Fort Complex in the evening, then head back to the train for dinner. Following midnight, the train departs.
Day 4 (Saturday): The City of Lakes, Udaipur
Train shows up by 8:00 AM. After breakfast, tour the City Palace complex, which was erected in the 17th century and has eleven component Mahals, balconies, turrets, and cupolas. Visit the Crystal Gallery, which houses H.H. of Udaipur’s personal collection.
Later, take a boat tour of the renowned “Lake Palace Hotel,” which is located on a tiny island in the midst of Lake Pichola. The magnificent Fatehprakash Palace Hotel is where lunch is served.
You then get some free time to go shopping before visiting the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari. return to the train by 3 o’clock and board. Onboard dining.
Day 5 (Sunday): Oasis in the Desert, Jaisalmer
Proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort by 9:30AM following onboard breakfast. This fort seems like it belongs in an Arabian Nights fable. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the live fort complex erected in the 15th century, which towers over Jaisalmer town from a height of 100 metres and radiates golden in the afternoon sun. The entrance to the fort is through an ominous row of imposing gates that opens to a sizable courtyard.
Visit Patwon ki Haveli next; it is one of the largest and most ornate mansions with five stories and intricate carvings. A collection of magnificently carved Jain temples from the 15th century are close by, and one of them has a library that houses some of India’s oldest texts.
Visit a 5-Star hotel for lunch before returning to the train for a quick break and tea. Go on an excursion to Sam Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert at 4:30 PM for a camel pleasure ride at sunset. Enjoy a cultural programme and dinner afterwards at a 5-Star hotel. By 10:00 PM, return to the train and depart.
Monday, Day 6: Jodhpur, the centre of the Marwar
Train arrives in Jodhpur around 8:00 AM. After breakfast is served on board, passengers are then taken to the 16th-century Mehrangarh Fort, which is perched above a rocky hill 125 metres above the town below. A number of gateways leading to the Palace complex are positioned at an angle to prevent hostile forces from successfully charging through them. You can reach breath-taking Palatial Apartments (Mahal) with views of expansive courtyards once you’ve passed the Fort gates. A museum with a sizable and magnificent collection of royal clothing and mediaeval weapons is located inside the fort complex. The Jaswant Thada, a collection of white marble royal cenotaphs built in the late 19th century, is situated close to the Fort complex. Visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace, showcasing the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s personal items. Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant serves lunch. By 3:30 PM, return to the Palace on Wheels train and board. On board, dinner is provided.
Tuesday AM, Day 7: Bhatarpur Bird Sanctuary
Proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary at 6:30 in the morning and take a cycle rickshaw trip to see many of the 375 species of migratory and indigenous birds there (from places like Sri-Lanka, Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet). After breakfast, return to the train and board around 8:45 AM.
Day 7: Agra, City of the Taj Mahal (Tuesday Noon)
At 10:30 AM, the train departs from a station outside of Agra. The first stop on the sightseeing tour is the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the once-powerful Mughal Empire.
After lunch at the ITC Mughal Hotel, guests visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the contemporary world’s seven wonders and a masterpiece of white marble architecture. Guests then get some free time to go shopping. Return to the train for dinner on board, and then board.
Wednesday, Day 8: New Delhi Return
By 05:30AM, the Palace on Wheels train arrives back at Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station. After an early breakfast, check out is at 7:15 AM.
END OF TOUR
In order to accommodate local logistics, the Palace on Wheels on-board management has the right to change the tour’s start and end times.
For off-board meals, the hotels or restaurants specified are subject to change.