Palace on Wheels
On the Palace on Wheels you'll enjoy style and exclusivity, previously reserved for the Maharajas, as you journey through Rajasthan.
Duration: 7 nights rail journey tour
Price from: £3189pp
Day 1 Delhi: Board the train at Delhi's Safdarjung Railway Station and after a brief familiarisation by the Khidmatgars (personal attendants), the week long journey through Rajasthan begins.
Day 2 Jaipur: The first stop is Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the Pink City. Proceed to visit
St Albert Museum, Pink City Palace and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar (sun observatory). After a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) which was built to enable royal ladies to look out through delicate screened windows and balconies, proceed to the Amber Fort where you have the chance to interact with elephants. After lunch discover the fort’s well-preserved beauty before shopping at a vibrant local market and then returning to the train for dinner.
Day 3 Sawai Madhopur/Chittorgarh: This morning visit the Ranthambore National Park*, considered to be the country's best wildlife sanctuary for observing the Bengal tiger and also home to more than 300 species of birds. Return to the train and depart for Chittorgarh, where, on arrival, you have time to explore the grand Chittorgarh Fort, one of the largest in India.
Day 4 Udaipur: Morning arrival in enchanting Udaipur which resides beside the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Visit the City Palace, an architectural marvel which towers over the lake and houses a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions and hanging gardens. Continue to the Crystal Gallery and later take a boat ride around the Lake Palace Hotel. After lunch, there’s time for shopping and a visit to the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari.
Day 5 Jaisalmer: Arrive this morning in Jaisalmer in the heart of the Thar Desert. Tour the imposing yellow sandstone fort that towers magnificently over the city and after lunch, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes.
Day 6 Jodhpur: This morning, the train reaches Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan, which is ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. Your tour will include a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort within which several grand palaces are housed. After lunch at a royal palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels.
Day 7 Bharatpur/Agra: Early this morning pay a visit to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary where you’ll enjoy a rickshaw ride to view some of the hundreds of birds including egrets, Siberian cranes, migratory water fowl and other species. Reboard the train and continue to Agra where you’ll visit the Agra Fort. After lunch, visit the majestic Taj Mahal which is sure to be the highlight of your journey. Return to the Palace on Wheels for a final evening.
Day 8 Delhi: After breakfast, it's time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers as you disembark at Delhi's Safdarjung Railway Station.
The Palace on Wheels boasts a bar and two wonderful restaurants, The Maharaja and The Maharani, each serving continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines. Every coach has been aesthetically decorated in royal style with sumptuous upholstery and antique furnishings. Accommodation is in deluxe saloons, with twin beds, and en suite shower. There are two trains in operation.
Departures: Most Wednesdays between Sep 19-Apr 20.
Accommodation: In deluxe saloons.
Meals: Full board. Tea/coffee and mineral water also included.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 7 nights accommodation and sightseeing as stated.
Note: *Ranthambore National Park is closed during the month of September; instead guests will be taken to Mansigh Sanctuary.