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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.

Scheduled Departure Dates:
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.

Tour Programme

Day 1, Wednesday
Delhi. Dinner at Delhi Cantonment Station between 19.30 and 22.30. Departure 22.45.

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 lattice panels. The festival palace of Amber lies 8 miles from Jaipur and is visited on the backs of elephants. Amber’s 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 ruins.

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. Departure 17.00.

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 the world.

Day 8, Wednesday
Delhi. Breakfast on train and end of journey. Arrive Delhi 7.30.

Per Person Per Night October to March
Single occupancy US $ 485
Double Occupancy US $ 350
Triple Occupancy US $ 295
   


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