|Palace On Wheels
The Palace On Wheels on its splendid and enchanting royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas.
The exquisite and exclusive Palace On Wheels has luxurious cabins, wall to wall carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars and a very personalized service... in fact, almost everything that could compromise of heaven on earth for seven days!
Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra
07 Nights / 08 Days
Day 1: Wednesday Leave Delhi
1745 hrs boarding starts on train. Dinner is served before departure for Jaipur. Overnight on board train.
Day 2: Thursday Arrive Jaipur
Arrive Jaipur 0600 hrs. Breakfast on Board. After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur at 0800 hrs. Your first stop will be Amber Fort. En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5-storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the processions and events in the city without being visible to the people. Proceed to the Amber Fort situated 130m high with the Aravalli hills around and 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Rajputs till 1037.Enjoy an Elephant ride from the parking to the entrance of the fort.
Lunch at Rambagh Palace at 1300 hrs.
1430hrs visit the "Pink City" of Jaipur. The City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.
1700 hrs evening tea on board Palace on Wheels. 1800 hrs proceed for dinner at Jai Mahal Palace. 2145 board Palace on wheels for departure to Jaisalmer. Overnight on board train.
Day 3: Friday Arrive Jaisalmer
Arrive Jaisalmer 0615 hrs. Breakfast on Board. After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer at 0800. After breakfast, visit the Jaisalmer fort that stands about 100 meters over the city and in fact houses a citadel within its huge ramparts. Walking down the narrow cobbled stone lanes, one can feel the sheer magic of Jaisalmer. Several entrances called Pols, including the Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol and the Hava Pol guard the Megh Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal which were occupied by the royal family.
Lunch on board at 1400 hrs.
Late afternoon excursion to Sam sand dunes to enjoy a camel ride and a magnificent sunset. Evening tea at dunes only. Dinner at 2015 hrs at Moomal tourist Bungalow. Depart for Jodhpur at 2240 hrs. Overnight on board train.
Day 4: Saturday Arrive Jodhpur
Arrive Jodhpur 0800 hrs. Breakfast on Board. After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Jodhpur at 0900 hrs. Afternoon visit the impressive Mehrangarh Fort on a 37 m low sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. From the top of the fort one can get a bird's eye view of the old city. You will notice the predominance of blue houses referred to as Brahmin houses - the colour being associated with the high caste. Proceed to the Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II, and smaller memorials to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur. At the end of the tour enjoy a short walk through the local and vibrant bazaar of Jodhpur.
Lunch at Umaid Bhawan Palace at 1400hrs. 1515 hrs depart for Sawai Madhopur. Dinner and overnight on board train.
Day 5: Sunday Sawai Madhopur (Arrival 04.00 hrs. Departure 10.30 hrs )
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.
Chittaurgarh -Arrival 16.00 hrs. 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 6: Monday Arrive Chittaurgarh- Udaipur
Arrive Chittaurgarh 0730 hrs. Breakfast on Board. After breakfast proceed for visit of Chittaurgarh Fort at 0800. Chittaurgarh a place immortalized by deeds of valor and sacrifice of two remarkable queens. This was the place where Queen Padmini preferred jauhar (ritual sacrifice by self immolation) rather than be taken captive, and be submitted to the lus of Alaudin Khilji Sultan of Delhi.
0930 hrs depart for Udaipur. 1130 hrs proceed for visit of Udaipur. Visiting Sahelion-Ki-Bari an ornamental pleasure garden specially made for the ladies of the palace in the 18th century. It has beautiful fountains, trees, and flowers.
1300hrs Lunch at Lake Palace. After lunch proceed for City Palace built on the bank of the Pichola Lake, by Maharana Udai Singh in 1570. The impressive complex of several palaces is a blend of Rajput and Mughul influences. Half of it is still occupied by the Royal family, and part converted into a museum.
1600hrs Evening tea at Fateh Prakash Palace. After high tea return to Palace on Wheels at Chittaurgarh. Dinner is served on board. Departure for Bharatpur / Agra at 2200 hrs. Overnight on board train.
Day 7: Tuesday Arrive Bharatpur/ Agra
Arrive Bharatpur 0600 hrs. Breakfast on Board. After breakfast proceed for visit of Keolodeo Ghana National Park / Fatehpur Sikri. Lunch at Mughal Sheraton Agra at 1300 hrs. Later proceed for city tour of Agra.
Afternoon visit the Taj Mahal (1631-1653), a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Rabindranath Tagore calls "a teardrop on the cheek of time". Taj Mahal means "Crown Palace" and is in fact the most well-preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb in the world. It is best described by the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, as "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones." It is a celebration of woman built in marble and that's the way to appreciate it. As a tribute to a beautiful woman and as a monument for enduring love, the Taj reveals its subtleties when one visits it without being in a hurry. The dome is made of white marble, but the tomb is set against the plain across the river and it is this background that works its magic of colours that, through their reflection, change the view of the Taj. The colours change at different hours of the day and during different seasons.
Also visit the Agra fort, built alongside the Yamuna River stretching almost 2.5 km. The fort's colossal double walls rise 20 m in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference. The fort is surrounded by a moat. The lofty battlements of the Agra fort cast its protective shadow over the far stretching mansions of nobles and princes built along the riverfront. The magnificent towers, bastions and ramparts and majestic gateways symbolized the confidence and power of the third Mughal emperor. The fort contains splendid palaces both in red sandstone and white marble built by two generations of prolific builders, Akbar and later on by Jahangir and Shahjahan. Of the nearly 500 Akbari buildings built in the Bengal and Gujarati traditions, only a few have survived, arrayed in a band on the riverfront.
1800 hrs return to Palace on Wheels. Dinner on Board and then depart for Delhi at 2000hrs.
Day 8: Wednesday Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi at 0600 hrs. Depart for onward destination