9 Day Palace on Wheels

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The Palace on Wheels is a unique train journey that takes you on a lush trail through the land of glamourous Palaces, Camels and sand dunes. It is an unforgettable tour that is both colourful as well as regal.

 



HIGHLIGHTS

A luxury train journey with fabulous traditional perks of food and service, to go over the entirety of Rajasthan.

 

A wonderful tour of Delhi with its rich cultural heritage and fabulous food.

 

Udaipur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer with their camel caravans, Havelis and ornamental decorated places and rich forts.

 

Magnificent royalty will be introduced and mementos will be galore to take back home.

 

Shop with abandon for Kundan jewellery and Rajasthani miniature paintings.

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  • Day 1: Delhi Arrival

    A Wild Voyager representative will receive you on arrival at the airport and take you to the hotel.

     

    The city is a mix of the old and the new. with lassi from the narrow alleyways of Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the city as seen from its magnificent monuments, Delhi will leave you spellbound with its influence from all the empires that have fallen and gained the throne of Delhi through decades. the cafes, bakeries, and glass spires represent the new age.

     

    The afternoon will be spent enjoying the Spice Market tour.

     

    There is history in the nooks and corners of all the narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, which date back to the Mughal era. On this tour, you will discover the magical world of Oriental spices with a guided tour with a local chef who will not only describe the spices but also teach you secret Indian recipes and their usage in them.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Delhi. 

     

  • Day 2: Delhi Evening: Board the Palace on Wheels Heritage Train

    After an early breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of the old walled heritage sites in the city of Delhi.

     

    The tour begins with the eternal symbol of the efforts of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi--- The Raj Ghat. The shrine is very simple so as to honour the man who changed the world with ahimsa (non-violence) and the concept of Satyagraha.

     

    Red Fort: This magnificent fort built by Shah Jahan in 1639 is a standing example of Mughal architecture that served as their ruling fort during Shah Jahan's reign and now is the place from where the Prime Minister delivers his speech on Independence Day.

     

    A rickshaw ride through the colorful alleys will take you to the Jama Masjid, which showcases the Mughal architecture at its full splendor with its magnificent domes and minarets.

     

    Next stop will be the new Delhi which was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens at the orders of the British in the 1930s. it is an architectural feat and is often called Lutyens Delhi.

     

    The red sandstone arch which is the India gate is the memorial for all the soldiers who died as martyrs in the first world war. It leads us to the Parliament House, the magnificent seat of the world’s largest democracy. We shall also see Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Indian President’s official residence. The famed Mughal garden inside is resplendent with lush lawns and beautiful statuettes. It admits visitors in spring.

     

    Now you will spend some time marvelling at the Qutub Minar. This structure with its rust resistant properties was built during the Delhi Sultanate in India by Qutub ud-Din Aibak who was called the ‘wisest fool’ because of his crazy but illustrious ideas.

     

    The Bahai temple can be visited if time is available. This peaceful place will connect to your inner soul and leave you rejuvenated.

     

    A short distance away lie the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk - “Moonlit Square” - the celebrated 17th-century market complex, where sweet shops from the 1790s retain their position as the best in the art of preserving history in every bite.

     

    Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling and colourful alleys of Chandni Chowk.

     

    A short drive away, the stately Humayun’s Tomb is perhaps the first example of the Mughal style of architecture, inspired by Persian styles, more examples of which may be seen in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. The structure was erected in memory of Emperor Humayun, father of the illustrious Emperor Akbar, by his widow Hamida Banu Begum. An avid scholar who died an untimely death after falling down the steps of his library, Humayun himself was an architecture enthusiast and well-versed in the Persian style of building. It is said that he himself drew up the blueprint of his tomb in his lifetime, but there is no documented evidence to that effect.

     

    Post the sightseeing tour - Our representative will take you to the train station at 4:30 PM at Safdarjung Railway Station for a traditional welcome & check-in formalities for a week to be spent on the Palace on Wheels Train Tour.

     

    You can click pictures with the traditionally attired train attendants in the luxurious setting of the train. You will be taken to your cabins by a Personal Attendant for a briefing on cabin facilities.

     

    At leisure, proceed to Bar Lounge for complimentary welcome drink and refreshments. Train Departs at 6:30 PM & Dinner will be served onboard as per your wish.

     

  • Day 3: Jaipur – The Pink City on Palace on Wheels

    After breakfast, our representative will take you on a ride to the Amber Fort on the back of an elephant. It will be extremely exciting for you.

     

    AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the resplendent and gorgeous Rajasthani fort palace in Jaipur.  Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior hides an Oikos (inner chamber) which is significant of the conglomeration of Indian and Mughal architecture.

     

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    CITY PALACE – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city.  It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

     

    JANTAR MANTAR – This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country.  This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.

     

    HAWA MAHAL – The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur.  It is a five-storey structure of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

     

    This afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel spa, shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for local wood carvings, silk and cotton sarees, exclusive handicrafts, miniature paintings and Kundan jewellery.

     

    Our representative will bring you back to board the train by 6:00PM & depart. Dinner will be served on board. 

     

  • Day 4: Ranthambore - Chittorgarh on Palace on Wheels

    After an early morning tea, at  06:30 AM you will be taken by our representative from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station for a jungle safari to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The Jungle is home to Tigers, Panthers, Sloth bears, Pythons, Marsh crocodiles & hundreds of deer & numerous birds.

     

    Our representative will make sure you return back to the train station by 09:30 AM & depart. Breakfast & lunch will be served onboard.

     

    At 04:00 PM, the train will reach Chittorgarh Railway Station & you will be taken on a  tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort of Chittorgarh, spread over a huge plateau - with a history dating back to 11th century and architecture that will make you spellbound.

     

    Chittorgarh Fort is considered to be the largest fort of India. In the Evening, enjoy  a Sound & Light program held inside the fort complex after which our representative will escort you back to the train for dinner. The train departs post-midnight.

     

  • Day 5: Udaipur – The City of Lakes on Palace on Wheels

    Train arrives by 08:00 AM and after an onboard breakfast our representative will take you to visit the CITY PALACE: Standing with its majestic columns on the east bank of the Lake Pichola, is a large series of palaces built at from 1559 A.D. The balconies provide picturesque views of "Jag Niwas", Jag Mandir and the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way leads to a series of courtyards, gardens, arches and other architectural marvels which are beautiful and indescribably gorgeous. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are several other places such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna villas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. The palace with its antique furniture, carvings, utensils takes you to an era of regal splendour.

     

    Here you will be awestruck by the rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, many-hued glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the resplendent Peacock Courtyard.


    SAHELIYON KI BARI: Maharana Sangram Singh built this beautiful structure in the mid-18th century. The 'garden of the maidens’ is like a portrayal of the lives of the ladies of the Rajput era. The gorgeous gardens are quiet and secluded with beautiful corners here and there. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The garden is decorated with a lotus pool and garden where the striking ladies would laze and enjoy themselves in their full grandeur.

     

    BAGORE KI HAVELI: This old building was built right on the banks of the Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has as more than a hundred rooms and displays of the Rajputana costumes and art. The glass and mirror work in the interiors of the Haveli are fragile but well preserved. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of the Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death of Badwa, the building became the property of the State of Mewar. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-Haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence, the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

     

    JAGDISH TEMPLE: It is the huge temple outside the royal palace with 32 marble steps and a brass image of the Lord Garuda and hand carved stone iconography telling stories of the Hindu mythology. It is finely decorated and follows the Maru Gurjara style of architecture. It is significant as the temple of Lord Vishnu and is a marvellous spectacle.

     

    Time free for shopping and clicking pictures from where our representative will take you back to the train by 03:00 PM & depart. Dinner will be served onboard.

     

  • Day 6: Jaisalmer – The Golden City of Thar Desert on Palace on Wheels

    After onboard Breakfast, proceed by 09:30 AM to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort. It’s a magnificent Indian fort built with artisanal excellence.

     

    Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th century built living Fort complex, standing at a height of hundred meters over Jaisalmer town which glows golden in the rays of the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a series of majestic gates which inspire awe. Visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansion houses-which is five-storey high & extensively carved. Nearby is located a group of the 15th century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved & have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India.

     

    Lunch will be served on board with the traditional Rajasthani meal laid out in front of you. The afternoon will be for relaxing on the train or as you wish.

     

    At 4:30 PM proceed for excursion to the rolling and precious Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert for Camel joyride and sunset photo shoot opportunity. Later you will enjoy a Cultural Program & Dinner at a 5-Star hotel.

     

    Our representative will make sure you will return to the train by 10:00 PM & depart.

     

  • Day 7: Jodhpur – The Blue City on Palace on Wheels

    The train arrives at 08:00 AM at Jodhpur and after breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of 16th century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill which soars 125 Mts. above Jodhpur town.

     

    Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the regal city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts above the plains. A high wall encompasses the city – 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

     

    VISIT MUSEUM IN UMAID BHAWAN PALACE: The principal residence of the royal family of Jodhpur till now, this palace is a blend of the beaux-arts style of architecture. It was built to give employment to people during a famine. It was recently awarded the world’s best hotel award. It also has a museum with displays of cavalry items, paintings, swords and so on.

     

    Return to train & depart by 3:30 PM.

     

  • Day 8: Bharatpur - Agra, The City of Taj Mahal on Palace on Wheels

    At 06:30 AM, after early tea, our representative will escort you on a UNESCO World Heritage Site tour of the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary where you will be delighted to enjoy  a cycle rickshaw ride to view many of 375 species of both local & migratory birds (from places like Sri-Lanka, Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet).

     

    The world-famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds.

     

    Return to train for breakfast & depart by 08:45 AM.

     

    The train then leaves for Agra.

     

    The train drops you at Railway station on the outskirts of Agra at 10:30 am from where our representative will take you first to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, the seat of power of the mighty Mughal Empire.  After lunch, you will be taken to the Mohabbat-e-Taj or the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world & a flawless architectural wonder built in white marble. Time free for shopping and clicking pictures and buying mementos for back home. Later return to train for onboard dinner & depart.

     

  • Day 9: Delhi Departure

    Train returns to Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by 05:30 AM. Check-out by 07:15 AM after an early breakfast.

     

    Our Representative meets you at the train station and will transfer you in time to the airport for your flight back home.

    TOUR ENDS