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Destination Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranthambore - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra
Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Code- 19
Category - One of the ten best luxury trains of the world.

Palace on Wheels needs little or no introduction on world tourism front. The trains is amongst the 10 top most luxurious trains in the world and is a joint venture of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation ( RTDC ) and Indian Railways. The train meander the Northern terrains of India and was started on 26th January, 1982. Since then the train have done nothing but to ameliorate the Rajasthan tourism industry by luring foreign and domestic travellers.
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It had been long since it was incepted and some deseperate improvements were needed. The year 2006 marked a new beginning for Palace on Wheels as a lot of fundamental changes were brought in. These innovations have been well accepted by the tourists as they have added a lot of vibrancy on their journey.

It began all with the change in the starting point of Palace On Wheels. The train used to start from Delhi Cantonment Station but from now onwards the train would turn its first wheel from Safadarjung Railway Station.

RTDC took complete care of the fact that the passenger would feel at home away from it. The train had 14 deluxe coach with all modern facilities of daily life. It had 4 cabins attached to each deluxe coach which served the bath an shower purpose of the travellers. The Palace on Wheels India had two restaurants cum Kitchen cars which offered traditional Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines.

There had been few more additions in the services provided which truly makes a journey on Palace on wheels regal. Now the travellers could undergo an Ayurvedic bath in the train. Yes! a Herbal bath! and for this the passengers would be provided with Ayurvedic products like Aloevera soaps, gels and lotions.

More so, the train would have Internet facilities which would link the travellers on board with the world. RTDC have also decided to change the 14 Inch colour TV with a modern Plasma TV.

Another important refinement on the train was the addition of Buggy ride. Buggy is a horse driven cart and was once a royal means of transportations. Indian Maharajah's and Queens used Buggy to travel. These ride would be offered in Jaipur. Book This Tour

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
You would start your foray on Palace on Wheels from Delhi and for this you have to reach the Safadarjung Railway Station. At the station, you would be given a warm traditional Indian welcome. Your reporting time would be 16.00 hrs and the train would start at 18:30 hrs. This would give you ample time to explore the train and become friendly with co passengers. The train promises to carry the regal legacy of the olden times. You would experience the same as the Kings used to experience on their travel. The well laid out deluxe coach with all the premium facilities would make your Palace on Wheels tour travel an extraordinary experience.

Day 2 : Jaipur
The city of Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City and is situated 258 km from Delhi. The train would arrive at 02.00 hrs in Jaipur and would halt for a considerable time as you would be able to cover various destinations in the city. The first could be Hawa Mahal, a frescoed red stone palace, which was made for the queens to watch the royal processions on road. It was a part of the City Palace but over a period of time it is considered a separate attractions.

Next to Hawa Mahal is the famous City Palace. City Palace is a perfect blend of traditional Rajasthan architecture and Mughal architecture. It would take approximately 2 hrs to explore the palace. We would go in a Palace hotel for lunch which would serve some best dishes of its menu card.

Post lunch, you would be taken to the famous Rajasthali, which is the only Rajasthan Government Emporium. You can purchase some genuine handicraft products from the city which would be available at fixed prices. Later we would visit the famous Jantar Mantar, one of the largest observatory constructed by the Sawai Jai Singh II. This would end your journey and you would board your luxury coach and travel back to Palace on Wheels. Your dinner would be served on board.

Palace on WheelsDay 3 : Jaisalmer
We would visit Jaisalmer at 08.15 hrs. Jaisalmer is the desert city of India. The city was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD and comprises of many ethnic pieces of history. You would board your luxury coach after breakfast and would cover some fascinating destinations of Jaisalmer. We would visit some of the famous Jaisalmer havelis which includes Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli. Shop some great handicraft material from Rajasthali, the only Rajasthan Government Emporium. The best buys of the state are the Pattu Shawls, mirror work, wooden boxes, silver jewellery and wooden boxes. Post lunch, you would try the famous sam sand dunes of the state. Surf the sand dunes of the Golden Thar desert. Thar desert is a long stretch of sand and have number of wildlife species. At dinner, your food would be served along with the cultural programmes.

Day 4 : Jodhpur
We would arrive at Jodhpur in 7:00 hrs. The city is the second largest city of Jodhpur which was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD. There are numerous forts and palaces in the city. Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are some great example of good havelis. Your lunch would be served in the famous Palace hotel. You could actually purchase some good products from the city. Embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics are some of the famous artifacts which you could purchase from Jodhpur. The train would depart the Jodhpur station from 15:30 hrs.

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Day 5 : Ranthambore
This day filled with lot of adventure as you would reach the famous Sawai Madhopur city quite famous for as a wildlife destination. The small town houses the Ranthambore national park. This is considered the best wildlife destination of all times. The park spans over an area of 392 sq kms and is a home to many bird species. As for as the purchases, Sawai Madhopur have much to offer and it began with exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. The train would slowly chug to Chittorgarh.

Day 6 : Chittaurgarh
Chittaurgarh is a fascinating place of India and when Palace on Wheels come to this railway station, the city is a pristine beauty. You would visit the famous Kirti Stambh or the Tower of Fame is the oldest stambh of all times. It was constructed in 12 th century and was dedicated to Lord Adinath Rishab Deo. We would cover few other forts in Chittaurgarh which are of relative importance. We would also visit Kalika Mata temple, the temple is dedicated to goddess Kalika. Board on the luxury coach, and travel back to your royal home - Palace On Wheels.

Day 07 : Bharatpur
This is another day of wilderness and adventure. You would start your Bharatpur expedition after breakfast. Board the luxury coach and depart for the exotic destination. If you are visiting Bharatpur, we are sure that you wouldn't like to waste your trip. You would be provided with a guide who would detail you on the park. The sanctuary is quite popular for its birds and natural beauty and we would explore both. Safaris' would be one means which would help us on our overall expedition. The Palace on Wheels authorities would make a provision for a safari trip which would help you to understand the diverse nature of the park. The park is a World Heritage Site.

The park is an adorable home to 350 species of birds which include open-bill storks, egrets, grey herons. The most popular visitor here is the Siberian cranes. For details of the site, you can collect guides and maps from the Tourist reception centre and is located at a place where you would show your ticket to enter the park. If possible purchase the book on Salim Alis' Birds of Bharatpur - A Checklist.

Day 7 : Bharatpur - Agra
From Bharatpur, the train would move to Agra and we would have our breakfast in the city on board. A luxury coach would take you to the city where you could explore the various dimension. If we speak about Agra, the first effigy that comes to mind is the beautiful Taj Mahal.Taj Mahal is a scenic beauty and a rich amalgam of Indian and Persion beauty. Taj Mahal has much more than just mere White marbles. You would have to undergo a thorough checking before entering Taj Mahal. Turn left towards to reach steps where breathtaking sights awaits you.

From Taj Mahal, you would be taken to Agra fort. The fort is 2 km from the Mahal. This would actually be beneficial for you as this would be the second World Heritage Site in a row. This is a 16 th century fort and is also known as the Red Fort. The fort was constructed in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.

Your lunch would be in one of the best restaurants in Delhi. It would be an enticing experience as this would give you moments to recapture moments you have passed in the city.

Later in the evening, we would explore Fatehpur Sikri, another World Heritage Site of India. The city is 37 kms from Agra and was constructed in 1571 and 1585. The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri have retained number of monuments with the help of Archeological department of India. You would return to your train from where the wheels will churn towards Delhi.

Day 8 : Delhi
This would be your last stop in Delhi. From here, you would depart to your onward journey.

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