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An amazing train journey cutting across lands of Mughal India, tiger jungles, desert forts and palaces.



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An amazing train journey cutting across lands of Mughal India, tiger jungles, desert forts and palaces.

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

    Our representative will meet you at the Delhi airport and help you check into the hotel.

     

    Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of the central power and government. With multiple administrative and state headquarters, important political hubs and national landmarks, Delhi is a modern world capital city with its multi-lane highways, snarling traffic, sky-high buildings and malls, and modern glass constructed financial and commercial centers. However, at the same time, Delhi is also a timeless entity, carrying within its folds, a rich history and a repertoire of artistic, aesthetic architectural wonders, that bear stamp on the different dynasties and rulers that have made their indelible mark on the landscape and culture of the city. Old Delhi hums the influence of the Mughal period, New Delhi, on the other hand, shines with colonial, contemporary and modern outlook.

     

    Have a pleasant overnight stay in your hotel. 

     

  • Day 2: Delhi Attractions

    After breakfast served at the hotel, begin a day of sightseeing the tourist's spots of the city.

     

    The sightseeing tour will include the following destinations.

     

    Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna is the memorial built in the memory of the nation’s most iconic and revered personality, Mahatma Gandhi.  A stone footpath surrounded by lawns marks the way to the simple black platform with the eternal flame which is the site of cremation.

     

    The Red Fort built by Shah Jahan in 1639 is a fortified structure built in red sandstone and it is from here that the Prime Minister of India delivers the Independence Day speech every year. The massively built fort emits grandeur and grit and is one of the most visible and recognizable landmarks of the city.

     

    The Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in Asia and was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. Take a look at its splendid outer architecture manifested by the towering minaret, domes and arched gateways.

     

    Enjoy a tour of the Akshardham Temple.

     

    Overnight stay will be in Delhi.

     

  • Day 3: Delhi Attractions, Delhi to Jaipur by air

    After breakfast proceed for the continued Delhi tour.

     

    Built by the British as their capital city sometime in the 1930’s, New Delhi is distinguished by its colonial influence. Sir Edwin Lutyen was commissioned to build the new city and hence the imposing government buildings and tree-lined streets of the New Delhi are also referred to as Lutyen’s Dehli.

     

    The India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died during the First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan war. The India Gate is situated on the Rajpath which is one of the main areas where the Republic Day celebrations are carried out. The Parliament house a circular building where the ministers of the country meet regularly as well as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India are at close quarters to the India Gate. The Mughal Gardens within the Rashtrapati Bhavan popular for its fountains and well-maintained lawns is open to the public during spring.

     

    Qutub Minar though built in 1193 by Qutbuddin Aibak has been rebuilt by various rulers over the years and marks the site of the country’s first Muslim Kingdom. The iron tower opposite the structure is unique since it is known not to have ever rusted through all these years.

     

    The Lotus Temple is a flower-shaped construction and is the Bahai House of Worship. Open to people of all religions and race, this architectural wonder is a place for quietude and peace with oneself.

     

    Enjoy a wonderful lunch at an Anglo-Indian restaurant.

     

    Proceed to the Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station to board the Palace on Wheels, the royal and luxurious carriage that will carry you across the gems of India. All meals will be served in the dining car.

     

  • Day 4: Arrival in Jaipur, Jaipur Attractions

    The first stop on the Palace on Wheels is the city of Jaipur. Jaipur is the land of the erstwhile Rajput kings who are deemed to be warrior legends. Their valor, strength and focus on integrity and values set them apart and are remembered as one of the most notable era in Indian history.

     

    King Jai Singh II who was also titled as Sawai Maharaj by the Mughals is the Rajput king after whom the city of Jaipur is named.

     

    Jaipur, also called the ‘pink city’, is fraught with palatial architecture, mahals and forts that glorify the rich past, as well as, with clambering auto rickshaws, alleyways and camel laden rides making Jaipur a heady mix of the old and new, the grand and the mundane.

     

    Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, is another architectural wonder in the city of Jaipur. With an exterior that reminds one of a honeycomb or beehive, the Hawa Mahal is built with perfect logical conclusions in order to allow the maximum circulation of air during the hot summers. This five-storied structure is made of lime and mortar and intricately decorated with delicate designs and latticeworks. The jharokas or windows offered privacy for the queens to peep out onto the world making Hawa Mahal an architectural feat of historical significance.

     

    Amber Fort Palace situated on a hilltop was constructed by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Jai Singh I. The interiors of the palace are breathtaking and the different sections within, such as, the Sheesh Mahal or palace of mirrors, Jas Mandir with its decorated ceiling and latticework and the Shila Devi temple with the splendid silver carved door are some examples of the intricate, delicate yet well thought and planned layout of the palace’s interiors.

     

    The Amber Fort Palace with its formidable red sandstone exterior plastered as white façade melts your heart once you step inside.

     

    Proceed to the station for departure.

     

  • Day 5: Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur, by rail

    Ranthambhore is the largest national park in North India and home to over 500 species of flowers and 270 species of bird. The dry deciduous forests are ideal for supporting a varied wildlife, including tigers, wild boars, nilgai, sloth bears and more that thrives and flourishes in its natural confines.

     

    Arrive at Chittorgarh

     

    Chittorgarh was the Rajasthan’s social and political capital until the 16th century when it was taken over by the Mughals. It is said that the women and children thrust themselves in the pyre when their men rode out to challenge the mighty Mughal army, knowing no other recourse.

     

    The home of the valiant hero Rana Pratap who repeatedly fought bravely with the foreign armies for the pride and land of his ancestors, Chittorgarh is a living example of Rajput values and courage.

     

    The Bijapur Castle is a formidable fortress that gives some stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and the villages below. Take a look at the Chhatris or cenotaphs or ride off on a jeep ride into the various villages, glimpsing their lifestyles and traditions. You may also sing up for cookery or yoga classes in the hotel.

     

    However, the main attraction of the town, the Chittorgarh Fort standing on a hilltop is a magnificent structure. The other attractions include the nine-storied Vijay Stambh, the palaces of Rana Kumbha and Queen Padmini.

     

  • Day 6: Arrive in Udaipur, Udaipur attractions

    Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola Udaipur is a wonderland, with its magnificent palaces, beautiful islands, luxurious havelis and splendid temples. Called the City of Lakes, the surrounding Aravalli Hills make for a picturesque skyline and act as the perfect backdrop for the magnificence of Udaipur.

     

    Founded by Maharana Uday Singh Udaipur is a leading global tourist destination renowned for its beautiful surroundings, temples and enviable architecture and history.

     

    Visit the breathtaking City Palace. Overlooking the Pichola Lake this formidable palace is a perfect example of Rajput architecture. Narrow dark stairs connect the interior rooms and courtyards. Pictures, antiques, miniatures are on display everywhere and a special mention of the peacock mosaics in More Mahal, the terrace of Amar Vilas magnificently crowded with trees as well as the large part of the palace which is converted into a museum. 

     

  • Day 7: Arrive in Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer Attractions

    Jaisalmer built by Maharawal Jaisal Singh in the 12th century is one of the most attractive cities of Rajasthan, where the wonderful historic sandstone structures find themselves surrounded by the desert sands of the famous Thar Desert.

     

    The Jaisalmer Fort, one of the oldest in the world is a marvel in itself. Surrounded by three layers of fortified walls that have not been breached for hundreds of years, the Jaisalmer Fort houses about a quarter of city’s population within its fold, encompassing narrow alleys, hustling markets, cafes along with the magnificent Havelis and museums. The cry of the peacocks is a pleasant distraction while visiting the fort.

     

    The Nathmal ki Haveli stands splendidly with its yellow sandstone elephants guarding the entrance. The wonderful murals on its walls as well as its architecture make it an interesting tourist spot. According to the legend, the asymmetrical structure is because the left-hand side of the haveli was built by one brother and the left-hand side by another.

     

    The Salim Singh ki Haveli is another architectural delight, with a unique design, where the base is narrow and broadens out with elevation. The haveli is occupied to date.

     

    The Patwonji ki Haveli a six-storied palace is adorned with wonderfully intricate designs and carvings on its walls and currently is the office of the Archeological Survey of India.

     

    The Tazia Towers is a gift from the Muslim stone carvers who were working in the city to the rulers of Jaisalmer.  A tazia is a wooden tower carried by Shia Muslims during the holy month of Muharram, and this tower is a unique addition to Jaisalmer’s monuments.

     

    The Gadi Sagar Lake which once used to be the only source of water for the city is today home to a variety of bird species and is surrounded by temples. The Tilon ki Pol is a splendid entrance way to the lake.

     

    Within the Jaisalmer Fort are a number of Jain temples with their exquisite carvings that can be dated back to the 12-15th century. The Gyan Bhandar within the temple complexes is as the name suggests the home to rare manuscripts and texts. 

     

  • Day 8: Arrive at Jodhpur, Jodhpur Attractions

    Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha this stunning old city enclosed within its walls has managed to expand and grow outwards, however, its narrow lanes, old city vibe and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Also called the Blue City because of the blue houses that clamor within the 10-kilometer wall, Jodhpur is Rajasthan’s prized possession.

  • Day 9: Arrive at Bharatpur and sightseeing, Arrive in Agra and sightseeing

    In the morning the Palace on Wheels stops at Bharatpur a birding paradise. This sanctuary is home to a number of birds such as egrets, waterfowl, Siberian cranes and more.

     

    Agra conjures images of the Taj Mahal as well as the impressive Agra Fort. Poised on the banks of Yamuna, Agra is every bit a tourist hub, with its much sought after Mughal era architectural wonders, mausoleums, bustling marketplaces or chowks, hordes of rickshaws and buzzing guides.

     

    Your tour of Agra begins in the best way possible by visiting the absolutely magnificent Taj Mahal. Deserving of all the hype that surrounds this structure, the Taj Mahal is an ode of love built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This splendid white marble structure though imposing is laden with intricate designs and carvings that are delicately detailed and finely carved.

     

    About two and a half kilometers from the Taj, stands the Agra Fort, a massive monument in red sandstone which can be described as a walled city. The planning and layout within the fort is highly impressive and strategic since the Fort acted as the residence of the Mughal dynasty till 1638. It is believed that Shah Jahan spent the last days of his life in Agra Fort in the Muasamman Burj, a tower with a balcony view of the Taj Mahal.

     

  • Day 10: Arrive in Delhi, Catch Mumbai flight

    Our representative will meet you at the Delhi station and help you reach the airport where you will catch your flight to Mumbai.

     

    Arrive in Mumbai and find our representative waiting for you at the airport and who will help transfer you into a comfortable hotel.

     

    Mumbai is often also called the city of dreams and the city that never sleeps. This bustling metropolis is brimming with life and energy and its round the clock frenzy of activity makes it one of the most happening cities of the world. From being the commercial hub of the country to being recognized as the land of divas and superstars of Bollywood, Mumbai is also known for its daily mundane precisions, such as the mindboggling network of local trains and commutes, the slums and housing colonies, the dabbawalas as well as the grooving nightlife. Formed from an archipelago of islands in the Arabian Sea, Mumbai is named after the Goddess of the indigenous fishermen, Mumba Devi.

     

    The region north of Kolaba is a popular area and is often also referred to as the Fort. A fort that no longer exists was built here by the East India Company after the Maratha Wars, however, the typical architecture of the time still remains to be seen in the colonial buildings of the area. Some noteworthy ancient buildings that should be acknowledged for their colonial architecture include the St. John’s Church built in the 19th century in the memory of the British soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Sind.

     

    The Marine Drive is probably the most iconic landmark of the city, the arching promenade that begins from Nariman Point to Malabar Hill. Facing the mighty Arabian Sea, the drive is lit up at night to create the famous ‘Queen’s Necklace’. In fact, for those who have been fortunate enough to take a peep outside their airplanes when nose-diving towards Mumbai may have seen the shimmering pearls of lights of the magnificently ornate Marine Drive.

     

    The Gateway of India, built in 1911 as a symbol of welcome for King George V and Queen Mary stands in grandeur till date, facing the Arabian Sea and acting as a prominent city landmark and tourist site. The Gateway is abuzz with vendors, hawkers, locals and tourists soaking in the sea breeze and the motorboat or launch rides are excellent ways to take a cruise along the waters and watch the stark monument stand in control at the helm of the shore. The Apollo Bunder area lies towards the east and is popular for its vendors, walkers, tourists and fortune tellers.

     

    Flora Fountain, a magnificently carved structure stands quite literally at crossroads. The road intersection where it is erected is today called Hutatma Chowk or Martyr’s Memorial, named after the martyred that fought for the creation of the state of Maharashtra. Carved from the stone shipped from England, the Flora Fountain has the statue of the Roman Goddess of abundance and fertility at its center, with carvings and adorable embellishments of sea creatures and mythical beings.

     

    Dhobi Ghat, an area that is associated with laundry, drying and washing of clothes is a famous landmark area of the city. The perfect motions of the dhobis who wash the dirty city clothes as they thrust them against the stones to remove the dirt in synchronized movements is one of the most iconic views of the city, that also takes a subtle dig at the lifestyle and way of living of this fast-paced urban mass. Used in a number of movies for its sheer visual delight, the washing as well as the fluttering linens lined out to dry makes Dobhi Ghat a major tourist attraction.

     

    The Victoria Terminus, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an excellent demonstration of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India. The 160-foot high dome is the major architectural talking point; however, the terminus is not only a great example of fine architecture but also, is considered to be one of the busiest railway terminals in the world. The constant frenzy of activity, porters and travelers make it a heritage site with contemporary exemplary value.

     

    The Mumbai High Court building built by Col. J. A. Fuller in 1878 is built in English Gothic style of architecture. On the western side of the building are the statues of Justice and Mercy.

     

    The Rajabai Clock Tower made from local Kurla stone is a 280 feet tall monument that merges the Venetian and Gothic architectural styles together. The stain glass windows are its main attractions. The tower currently acts as the library of the University of Mumbai.

     

    In the evening board the ship for an overnight cruise.

     

  • Day 11: Sightseeing in Mumbai

    Our representative will pick you from the cruise and help you explore the Jewish communities of the city.

     

    You will be dropped back to the cruise from where onwards you may continue your onward journey.