Day 01 / Wednesday Reporting Time 09.30
New Delhi: Join a day tour of New Delhi. Tour includes
visit to the India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb
and more. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be transferred
to the Safdarjung Railway station, New Delhi where the guests are accorded
a warm, traditional welcome before the Palace on Wheels pulls out into
the night ... for a week-long luxury cruise through fascinating Rajasthan.
Day 02 / Thursday Arrival 02.00 hrs. Departure 19.30 hrs
Jaipur: The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the
most well planned cities of the world of its time. This capital
city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded
by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh II, in1727 A.D.
To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach
takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable
five storeyed building along the main street of the old city in
pink splendor with semi-octagonal and delicate honey combed sandstone
windows. This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort, eight kms.
away, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance.
Shop for Jaipur’s
famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets blue pottery and textiles.
Near Ajmeri Gate is located Rajasthali - the only Rajasthan Govt.
Emporium selling genuine handicrafts at fixed prices.
After lunch at a Palace Hotel, you are off to the City Palace, home
of the erstwhile royal family. Right across the road from the City
Palace is the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory built by the
Sawai Jai Singh II. The Luxury coaches will take you back to Palace
on Wheels around 6.30 pm. Dinner on Board.
Day 03 / Friday Arrival 05.30 hrs. (Sawai Madhopur) and 16.00 hrs
Sawai Madhopur & Chittaurgarh : One can almost sense a life of
the wilderness, as the Palace on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur,
a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. After
breakfast a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor National Park, wherein
are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary
is considered to be the country’s best for observing and photographing
the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area of 392 sq.kms.
is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, ratel,
jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous population
here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments
and costumes. Upon return to the Palace on Wheels, you leave for
Chittaurgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful
countryside passing by in the daylight.
After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh.
Images of love and valour; scars of battles lost and won….thrice-beseiged,
Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more.
Day 04 / Saturday Arrival 08.00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs
Udaipur : Arrive in Udaipur, the Lake City at 8:00 AM. It was founded
by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was
driven away by the Mughals, in 1559A.D. Perhaps the two most beautiful
sites of Udaipur are the dream-like marble Palaces-the Jag Niwas
(Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir, which appear to rise from the
blue waters of Lake Pichhola. After lunch a visit to City Palace
In the evening visit the crystal gallery. Later proceed to Jaisalmer
on board Palace on Wheels
Day 05 / Sunday Arrival 09.15 hrs. Departure 23.45 hrs
Jaisalmer : In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, founded
by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156A.D. Here the yellow sandstone fort is
an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city. Discover
the painstakingly latticed havelis or mansions with their grand
facades. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli
are fine examples of the stone carver’s skill. Shop at Rajasthali-the
only Rajasthan Govt. emporium, for fine pattu shawls, mirror work & embroidered
articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios.
After lunch on board, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand
dunes of Sam, before sipping a refreshing cup of tea. Enjoy the
dinner and the cultural programmes at a hotel in Jaisalmer.
The train leaves for Jodhpur at night.
Day 06 / Monday Arrival 07.00 hrs.
Jodhpur : Next morning the Palace on wheels is in Jodhpur, a city
ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions.
This second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in
1459 A.D. is known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. The grand
palaces within- Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana
and Daulat Khana are impressive examples of architectural excellence.
Near the fort complex lies Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal
cenotaphs made of white marble. After lunch at a royal Palace hotel,
return to the Palace on Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite
handcrafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered
shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
Day 07 / Tuesday Arrival 05.00hrs. Departure 08.45 hrs
Bharatpur : Early next morning, the Palace arrives in Bharatpur,
the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. After breakfast pay a visit
to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park,
the nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory
Water Fowl and other species of birds.
Day 07 / Tuesday Arrival 10.30 hrs Departure 23.00 hrs
Agra : Arrive at Fatehpur Sikri-the red sandstone Mughal palatial
complex. Within the enclosure is a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor
Akbar and dedicated to the Sheikh Salim Chisti, a muslim Sufi Saint
who blessed him with a son. After lunch move on from the Red Fort
and arrive at the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.
A pristine monument of undying love. It was built by Emperor Shah
Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is known
for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on
the Taj, leather goods and jewelry. After dinner on board and a
good night’s sleep, arrive at Safdarjung Train Station, New
Delhi at 6.00 hrs the next morning and let the pleasant memories
of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time.