Palace on Wheels

Welcome aboard the pride of India, the royal retreat, the wonderful and unforgettable Palace on Wheels which is at par with the top ten luxury trains of the world. Journey on Palace on Wheels happens to be one of the finest ways to travel and visit the Wonder Land of INDIA where each experience would be incomparable, incredible and impressive. Explore India aboard Palace on Wheels and feel the difference.

Facilities in The Palace of Wheels

Accommodation
The 14 coaches are named after former Rajput states matching the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. Each saloon has a mini pantry and a lounge to ensure availability of hot and cold beverage, and refreshments and a place to relax and get together. The 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, wall to wall
carpeting and other amenities.


Luggage Collection
Your luggage is picked up and taken to your respective saloons without your worrying about it.


Arrival Kit
Each guest is provided with an arrival kit consisting of stationery items, brochures, cards etc.
Anything additional can be asked for, from the attendant, always available at your service.


Attendant ‘Khidmatgar’
An attendant or ‘Khidmatgar’ is always at your service, to take care of all your travel needs.


Meals
An exotic array of dishes to choose from the Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines is available on the Palace on Wheels.


Mineral Water
We make sure, the greatest gift of nature bestowed on us i.e. Water is made available to you in its purest form. Mineral water is made available to you all through the journey.


Newspapers/Magazines
The leading dailies and newspapers greet you every morning over a simmering hot cup of tea or beverage of your choice.
Also available for you is a large collection of magazines.


Security
Adequate safety arrangements are made for you as well as your personal belongings in the train itself.


Toiletries
All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc. are provided in the train.


Restaurants
The train has two lavish restaurants "The Maharaja" and "The Maharani" with a Rajasthani ambience serving palate tickling Continental, Chinese, India and Rajasthani cuisines. The restaurants offer seating arranged in groups of twos and fours near the windows. Chefs in the attached pantry prepare Continental and Indian specialties, with an emphasis on the cuisine of Rajasthan.


Bar
The Palace on Wheels boasts of a well stocked bar offering the choicest of sprits of Indian and international brands.


Palace on Wheels Schedule

Palace on Wheels is a weekly departure from September through April each year. It departs from Delhi on every Wednesday.

Departure Dates 2011-2012
Month Dates
Dec-11 7, 14, 21, 28
Jan-12 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb-12 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Mar-12 7, 14, 21, 28
Apr-12 4, 11, 18, 25

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Wednesday - Tour Begins : 09.30 hrs. - New Delhi
Join the tour group for a day tour of New Delhi. Tour includes visit to the India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb and more. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred to the Safdarjung Railway station, New Delhi where the guests are accorded a warm, traditional welcome before the Palace on Wheels pulls out into the night ... for a week-long luxury cruise through fascinating Rajasthan.


Day-2 Thursday  -  Arrival 02.00 hrs. Departure 19.30 hrs - Jaipur
The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of the world of its time. To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, followed by a visit to Amber Fort, eight kms. away, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance. Shop for Jaipur’s famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets blue pottery and textiles. Near Ajmeri Gate is located Rajasthali - the only Rajasthan Govt. Emporium selling genuine handicrafts at fixed prices. After lunch at a Palace Hotel, you are off to the City Palace, home of the erstwhile royal family. Right across the road from the City Palace is the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory built by the Sawai Jai Singh II. The Luxury coaches will take you back to Palace on Wheels around 6.30 pm. Dinner on Board.

Day - 3 Friday - Arrival 05.30 hrs. (Sawai Madhopur) and 16.00 hrs (Chittorgarh)

Sawai Madhopur & Chittaurgarh
One can almost sense a life of the wilderness, as the Palace on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur, a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. After breakfast a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country’s best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. Upon return to the Palace on Wheels, you leave for Chittaurgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight.

After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and valour; scars of battles lost and won….thrice-beseiged, Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more. Overnight on board.


Day - 4 Saturday - Arrival 08.00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs - Udaipur
Arrive in Udaipur, the Lake City at 8:00 AM. Perhaps the two most beautiful sites of Udaipur are the dream-like marble Palaces-the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir, which appear to rise from the blue waters of Lake Pichhola. After lunch a visit to City Palace is exhilarating. In the evening visit the crystal gallery. Later proceed to Jaisalmer on board Palace on Wheels


Day - 5 Sunday - Arrival 09.15 hrs. Departure 23.45 hrs

Jaisalmer
In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156A.D. Discover the painstakingly latticed havelis or mansions with their grand facades. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli are fine examples of the stone carver’s skill.

Shop at Rajasthali-the only Rajasthan Govt. emporium, for fine pattu shawls, mirror work & embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios. After lunch on board, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam, before sipping a refreshing cup of tea. Enjoy the dinner and the cultural programmes at a hotel in Jaisalmer.
The train leaves for Jodhpur at night.


Day - 6 Monday - Arrival 07.00 hrs. - Jodhpur
Next morning the Palace on wheels is in Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan, known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. The grand palaces within- Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex lies Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. After lunch at a royal Palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels.

While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.


Day - 7  Tuesday - Arrival 05.00hrs.  Departure 08.45 hrs - Bharatpur
Early next morning, the Palace arrives in Bharatpur. After breakfast pay a visit to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds.


Day - 8 Tuesday - Arrival 10.30 hrs Departure 23.00 hrs - Agra
Arrive at Fatehpur Sikri-the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. After lunch move on from the Red Fort and arrive at the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. Agra is known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewelry.

After dinner on board and a good night’s sleep, arrive at Safdarjung Train Station, New Delhi at 6.00 hrs the next morning and that’s the end of royal culturally rich voyage in the most valued Luxury train of India.

Palace On Wheels - Tariff

Tariff : Per person per night
Tour Itinerary : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Departure : Every Wednesday

Validity Sept 2011 & April 2012 Oct 2011 to March 2012
Occupancy Printed Teriff / Our Special Price Printed Teriff / Our Special Price Tariff Detail
Single Occupancy US$ 500 / US$ 444 US$ 670 / UD$ 600 Per Person Per Night
Double Occupancy US$ 375 / US$ 333 US$ 500 / US$ 444 Per Person Per Night
Triple Occupancy US$ 340 / US$ 300 US$ 450 / US$ 400 Per Person Per Night

Note :

  • 50% of tariff for children between 5 years and 12 years of age.
  • Service tax @2.58% and commerical tax US$ 15 per person extra as applicable.
  • 10% of tariff for infant upto 5 years of age.
  • There will be a 10% surcharge levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year.

Tariff is inclusive of cost of travel and accommodation, catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner), conducted sightseeing tours in deluxe coaches, entrance fee for monuments and palaces and cultural entertainment.

Tariff does not include liquor, laundry, video camera and other item of personal nature.

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