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Palace on Wheels Tour India - Ready for a torrid affair with Royalty and Luxury!

Far from your imagination... A majestic creation...

That's Palace on Wheels!

Palace on Wheels

Palace on Wheels, the epitome of luxury and comfort, beckons you to travel back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. A feather in the cap of Rajasthan, Palace on Wheels is one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan, the train offers a heritage tour high on luxury. It was once the personal railway coaches of the Maharajas of the princely states of Rajasthan, Gujrat and the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Embark on this royal journey, get treated like a 'king' and explore several enchanting destinations of North India. Offering 7 nights/8 days of a royal journey, the train covers Jaipur (the Pink city), Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambhor National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur (the city of Lakes), the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and the symbol of love and romance, Agra, before returning to Delhi, the capital of India.

History

The pride of Indian Railways, Palace on Wheels has a glorious history. Its luxury coaches were once used by the  raja-maharajas of the bygone era. Recapturing the "royal era", the train mirrors the rich heritage of the princely states of India. Occupying a prized place among the most luxurious trains in the world, Palace on Wheels started as a fascinating holiday train on 26th January, 1982. And became operational in October of the same year.

Palace on Wheels was the brainchild of Indian Railways and Rajasthan Tourism. To recreate the charm of the glorious era, thirteen carriages from different princely states were brought together and renovated. This luxurious train was launched with unmatched facilities and services to offer its passengers a journey soaked in royalty and luxury.

The luxurious Palace on Wheels offers 7 Nights/ 8 Days tour, soaked in luxury and royalty to the hilt. The train starts from Delhi on every Wednesday of the week.

Red Fort

Day 01 - Wednesday: Delhi

Embark on your royal journey on the Palace on Wheels from Delhi Cant. railway station at 17:45 hrs. Honours its guests with a warm and traditional welcome. Enjoy delicious dinner on board at 20:00 hrs.

Day 02 - Thursday: Jaipur

Arrive in Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan at 02:00 hrs. Receive a royal welcome with elephants and a Shehnai recitation. Jaipur is a fascinating city planned according to Vaastu Shastra by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728 A.D. Enjoy lunch at the famed Rambagh Palace Hotel. Visit the mesmerizing Hawa Mahal, the Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Fort and the City Palace. Return to Palace on Wheels at around 18:30 hrs. Dinner on board. The train departs at 19:30 for Jaisalmer.

Tiger at Ranthambhore

Day 03 -Sunday: Sawai Madhopur

Arrive in Sawai Madhopur at 04:00 hrs. Tourists from across the globe come here to visit its renowned Ranthambore National Park. Famous for tigers, the park provides shelter to a variety of wildlife species. The other attraction is Ranthambore Fort. After sightseeing return to the train and head towards Chittaurgarh at 10:30 hrs.

Reach Chittaurgarh, the indomitable city, at 15:30 hrs. The city is dominated by the fortified Chittaurgarh Fort, the largest fort of India. It reverberates with history of heroism and bravery. Visit the fort, Vijay Stambh(Tower of Victory) and the Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame). Leave for Udaipur.

Day 04 -Monday: Udaipur

Arrive in Udaipur at 15:30 hrs., a beautiful city founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh. Popularly known as the "city of lakes and palaces", Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities of India. Visit the arresting Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir and Lake Palace. Relish your lunch at Lake Palace Heritage hotel. Post lunch, visit the enchanting City Palace.

Golden Fort

Day 05 - Friday: Jaisalmer

Arrive in Jaisalmer, the Golden City famous for its fort and havelis, at around 08:15 hrs. It was established in 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Visit the stunning Patwon ki haveli and Nathmalji ki haveli, the architectural masterpieces. Post lunch, enjoy camel safari in the unfathomable sand dunes. Have a good time watching the cultural programmes at a hotel in the city. Relish your dinner on the sand dunes under the moonlit sky. Return to the train. The train, at 23:00 hrs, continues its journey to the next halt, Jodhpur.

Day 06 - Saturday: Jodhpur

Arrive in Jodhpur, a wonderful city nestled on the foothills of a sandstone hill. An oasis in the desert, Jodhpur is a fortified city with high stonewall pierced with seven gates. Visit its attractions - Mehrangarh Fort, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. Enjoy a royal lunch at the opulent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Return to the Palace on Wheels. The train leaves at 15:30 hrs for Sawai Madhopur.

Day 07 - Tuesday: Bharatpur-Agra

Arrive in Bharatpur at 06:30 hrs. Post breakfast, explore the wilderness of the world famous Bharatpur National Park. Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Park is a home to an amazing variety of birds, both resident and migratory. Apart from avian species, it also houses a variety of other wildlife species. Depart Bharatpur at 11:45 for Agra.

Arrive Fatehpur Sikri at 14:30 hrs. Visit its famous attraction- Mosque and Tomb of Salim Chishti ( a Muslim Sufi saint) built by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Post lunch at a hotel in Agra, visit the incredible Taj Mahal. It is one of the seven wonders of the world, symbolizing eternal love. Beautifully located on the banks of River Yamuna, it was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Dinner on board.

Day 08 - Wednesday: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi at Delhi Cant. railway station at 6:00 hrs. Breakfast on board. This marks the end of your royal journey, leaving you with a record of golden memories.

India Gate, Delhi Delhi
Delhi, the versatile city, is a perfect blend of traditions and modernity. It is the capital of an incredible country, India. It is a major political, cultural and commercial city of the country....
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur Jaipur
Jaipur, the princely state of Rajasthan, is enveloped in sheer royalty. It is popularly known as the Pink city as most of its buildings and establishments are painted in pink coloura....
Golden Fort, Jaisalmer Jaisalmer
The pride of the land of raja-maharajas, Jaisalmer is a city offering the real taste of Rajasthan. Affectionately dubbed as the 'Golden City'( as most of its structures.....
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur Jodhpur
Jodhpur, the oasis in the desert is affectionately dubbed as the Sun City of India (for its sunny weather). It is also known as the 'Blue City' as most of its buildings and.....
Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur Sawai Madhopur
Sawai Madhopur is a wonderful city located in the royal state of Rajasthan. It is well known for its world-famous Ranthambore National Park, the tiger reserve......
Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is the land synonymous with bravery and chivalry. It is a rustic city located in the royal state of Rajasthan. Every corner of this destination echoes the tales of heroism....
Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur Udaipur
Hemmed in by the Aravali ranges, dominated by stunning palaces and beautified by romantic lakes, Udaipur is an overwhelming city. Fondly dubbed as the 'Venice of East'....
Government Museum, Bharatpur, Rajasthan Bharatpur
Bharatpur is the princely city of Rajasthan, which is internationally famed for its Bharatpur National Park, a World Heritage Site. Once the capital of a kingdom....
Taj Mahal, Agra Agra
The very word Agra conjures up the images of the incredible Taj Mahal. Agra is a legendary city housing one of the Seven Wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal.....

Valid from 1st October 2013 - 31st March 2014

Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour

Occupancy Type Per Person / Night 7 Nights Per Person
Single US$ 770 US$ 5390
Double US$ 575 US$ 4025
Triple US$ 520 US$ 3640

Valid from September 2013 and April 2014

Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour

Occupancy Type Per Person / Night 7 Nights Per Person
Single US$ 575 US$ 4025
Double US$ 430 US$ 3010
Triple US$ 390 US$ 2730

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age.
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

Please note :-

  • 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.
  • @ 3.09% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Palace on Wheels.
  • US$ 15 per pax per trip shall be charged against the payment of commercial taxes in addition to the tariff.
  • No charter can be booked during X-Mas & New Year period.
  • Tariff Subject to change without notice.

The Tariff includes :
Tariff is inclusive of travel/ catering/ conducted sightseeing/ entrance fee at monuments/ parks/ palaces/ cultural programs/ camel ride at Jaisalmer/ boat ride at Udaipur/ rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.

The Tariff does not include:
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Booking Policy
In case of FITs:

  • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:

  • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value 75 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to The Luxury Trains. On cancellation, refund will be made. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows.

In case of FITs

  • 5% of ticket value 60 days or more prior to departure.
  • 20% of ticket value between 59 to 30 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value between less than 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group

  • 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.

Schedule

The luxurious Palace on Wheels starts its journey on every Wednesday of the week from Delhi Cant Railway Station. The train is in operation only during September to April every year. To maintain its high standards, the train requires a lot of maintenance and renovation. So during rest of the months it does not operate.

Departure Details for 2014 - 2015

Month Departure Dates
January, 2014 22 , 29
February, 2014 5, 12 , 19 ,26
March, 2014 5, 12 , 19 ,26
April, 2014 2 , 9 , 16 , 23, 30
September, 2014 3, 10, 17, 24
October, 2014 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November, 2014 5, 12 , 19 ,26
December, 2014 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
January, 2015 7, 14, 21, 28
February, 2015 4, 11, 18, 25
March, 2015 4, 11, 18, 25
April, 2015 1 , 8 , 15 , 22, 29

Facilities

Royal Accommodation

For a majestic experience, the train offers 14 fully air conditioned deluxe saloons named after the princely states of Rajasthan. Each saloon has 4 cabins fitted with bath and shower, intercom, channel music, satellite phones, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities. Adorned like a palace, the saloons offer a truly royal experience.

Attendant

To take care of your every need, an attendant or 'Khidmatgar' is available at your service round the clock.

Restaurants

Done to perfection, the two restaurants namely “The Maharaja” and "The Maharani" serve lip-smacking Rajasthani, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.

Bar

Well stocked with Indian and international brands of alcohol, the bar remains open round the clock.

Lounge

Each coach has an attached well maintained lounge for passengers to enjoy their leisure. Each lounge provides amenities like colour TV, CD player, news papers, magazines and other books.

The Bazaar

The train also offers "The Bazaar" (a shop) where you can shop for a variety of handicrafts.

To make your stay comfortable, the other facilities and services provided on board are laundry services, barbershop, beauty parlours, indoor games, medical aid, mailbox, luggage collection, arrival kit, mineral water etc.
The train also offers special assistance for disabled persons. Wheel chairs, crèches and a special attendant are provided for assistance.

Attractions

Although Palace on Wheel is a great attraction in itself but to add more entertainment to your journey, it has something more in store for you. It offers cultural programmes on board and on arriving at destinations such as regional dance performances and puppet shows. These especially designed cultural programs provide a refreshing effect to the passengers. At every halt, your get an excellent opportunity to see the finest performances performed by talented artists.

Enjoy overwhelming dance performances like:

Ghoomar Dance

It is a community dance performed by women in groups on auspicious occasions. In this simple dance, ladies move gracefully in circles.

Chari Dance

Chari means 'a pot'. The dance includes dancing with a pot, on one's head where an illuminated lamp is placed.

Fire Dance

This dance involves a huge fire in which men of Jasnathi community jump in the fire. The dance is performed with the sound of drumbeats.

Terah Thali

In this dance, men play a Chau-tara, a four-stringed instrument and women hold a sword between their teeth. It also involves placing of pots with illuminated lamps on their heads.

Kalbelia Dance

This dance is performed by Kalbelia women who dance gracefully and as the accompanying music rises in tempo, it makes the dance more vigorous.



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