Palace on Wheels
:Palace on Wheels has been rated amongst the top ten luxury trains of
the world.One of the finest way to travel to Rajasthan.Journey worthy
of kings.The 14 coaches are named after former Rajput statesThe palace
on wheels has two restaurants cum kitchen cars offering traditional indian,Continental
and Chinese cuisine.Its well stocked bar serves Indian liquor and variety
of scotch,wine and cocktails.The other services include laundry services,and
doctor on call,barber shop and beauty parlour.
Departure dates from Delhi (Cantonment Railway Station): every Wednesday
from September to April.
Length of journey:
Eight days and seven nights. Departure from Delhi on Wednesday evening,
return to Delhi the following Wednesday morning.
Day 1, Wednesday
Delhi. Dinner at Delhi Cantonment Station between 19.30 and 22.30. Departure
Day 2, Thursday
Jaipur. Arrival 08.30. Breakfast on board. Sightseeing trip round town
followed by lunch in hotel. Cultural show and dinner at Nahargarh Citadel,
a former royal fort, or in Man Singh Hotel. Jaipur, the first stopping
place, was built at the beginning of the 18th century by the Maharajah
Jai Singh II. The "pink" city is surrounded by a town wall with
many gates. The town palace and the Sawai-Man-Singh Museum directly beside
it are well worth looking at. The Jantar-Mantar Observatory still astonishes
with the precision of its layout. The jewel of Jaipur is the Palace of
the Winds, a stone facade with an immense number of finely sculptured
The festival palace of Amber lies 8 miles from Jaipur and is visited on
the backs of elephants. Ambers rooms are famous for the variety
of their decoration and the beautiful Hall of Mirrors.
Day 3, Friday
Chittorgarh/Udaipur. Arrival 07.30. Breakfast on board. Visit to Chittorgarh
Fort followed by bus journey to Udaipur to the Lake Palace Hotel on Lake
Pichola, originally the summer palace of the Maharana of Udaipur. Boot
trip followed by lunch at the Lake Palace Hotel. Sightseeing in Udaipur.
Evening meal on board train.
Chittorgarh Fort on a 180 m high hill, was the strongest
of the Rajput forts. The tall and finely chiseled Victory Tower and the
Tower of Fame are undamaged and reach up into the sky from the surrounding
Udaipur was founded in 1559 on the banks of Lake Pichola
by the Maharana Udai Singh. The town palace is raised high above the lake
and contains among others a hall of mirrors, a roof garden with a pond
and a peacock court, named after its peacock mosaic.
Day 4, Saturday
Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambor). Arrival in Sawai Madhopur at 06.30. Travel
to Ranthambor to the well known game park with its tigers, leopards, crocodiles,
deer, gazelles, nilgais and hyenas. Depart at 12.00. Ranthambor lies 82
miles from Jaipur. The area is 150 sqare miles and lies between the Aravali
and Vindhya mountains. The best time for seeing many animals is between
October and April.
Day 5, Sunday Jaisalmer
Arrival 10.00. Breakfast on board, followed by sightseeing in town. Lunch
on train or in tourist bungalow. Visit to the cenotaphs of famous heroes
and rulers which are beautifully decorated with fine stonemason's work.
Camel rides to experience the real desert. Dinner at the Moomal Tourist
Bungalow, then on with the train to Jodhpur.
Jaisalmer, a fairy tale town in the Thar desert was founded
about 800 years ago by Rajah Jaisal. The town is surrounded by mighty
walls which seem to grow up out of sunbleached desert sands. In the town
centre the buildings provide evidence of the Indian stonemasons
unsurpassed art. In narrow, twisting streets you can visit havelis, the
houses of rich merchants with their finely carved filigree facades.
Day 6, Monday
Jodhpur. Arrival 09.00. Breakfast on board. Sightseeing in town. Lunch
at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, originally the Royal Palace of the Maharajas
of Jodhpur. Evening tea and dinner on board.
Jodhpur, the southernmost of the legendary cities of the
desert. The high walls of the massive fort form a delightful contrast
to the elegant sandstone facades with their fine carvings inside the palace.
Day 7, Tuesday
Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra. Arrival 07.15. Breakfast in Bharatpur
bird sanctuary and boat trip. By coach to Fatehpur Sikri and Agra. Lunch
at hotel. Sightseeing in Agra and tea at Taj Restaurant, Agra or on board.
Dinner on board.
Bharatpur is an enormous bird sanctuary. The flat marshes
attract resident and migratory birds in their thousands. More than 500,000
birds of 325 species have been counted in winter. From Bharatpur it is
14 miles to Fatehpur Sikri. The climax of the trip will surely be the
visit to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, one of the seven modern wonders of
Day 8, Wednesday
Delhi. Breakfast on train and end of journey. Arrive Delhi 7.30.
|Per Person Per Night
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