Destinations Covered By Palace On Wheels
Day 1 Wednesday
Reporting time: 16:00hrs
Departure time: 18:30hrs
The best journey that you will ever undertake in your life, begins at the Delhi Cantonment station where the guests are given a special welcome. The Palace on Wheels then pulls out for an enchanting journey through the most beautiful places on earth.
Day 2 Thursday
Palace on Wheels first stops at the beautiful city of Jaipur. Popularly called the pink city because of the color of the palaces, forts and other historical monuments built by the erstwhile rulers, Jaipur is a remarkable city with plenty of tourist attractions. There will be an air conditioned coach waiting to take you to some of the most popular tourist destinations. Some of the places that you will see is the famous Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Wind, Amber Fort, Rajasthali- the Government of Rajasthan's emporium where handicrafts are sold. You will enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a palace hotel and then visit the City Palace where the erstwhile royal family lived. Opposite the road is the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II. You will be taken back to Palace on Wheels around 6:30pm. You can enjoy he dinner on board the train.
Day 3 Friday
Right at the heart of the Thar Desert, the desert city of Jaisalmer has developed into a booming tourist hot-spot. Towering magnificently over the city, you will be fascinated to see the painstakingly latticed havelies and mansions with grand facade. Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli are some of the monuments that are fine examples of the stone carver’s skill of the time. There is also a Government Emporium here and you can shop for some of the finest artifacts here. You will have your lunch on board and go for a camel ride on the dunes. Sip a refreshing cup of coffee and enjoy culture programs at a hotel in Jaisalmer. After the cultural programs are over, you will be taken back to the train and it will roll out of this wonderful desert city in the night.
Day 4 Saturday
At the break of the day the train pulls in to the city of Jodhpur. The city is encompassed by ringed stone wall and seven gates. It has several bastions too. Built by Rao Jodha, the city is famous for Meherangarh Fort. After lunch at a fascinating palace hotel you can come back to Palace on Wheels. While at Jodhpur, make sure that you do not miss out on the exquisite handicraft articles that is quite famous.
Day 5 Sunday
As Palace on Wheels nears Sawai Madhopur, you will definitely feel that there is a wild nature around you. After a fine breakfast, you will be taken for a tour of the Ranthambhor National Park. You will be truly amazed to see a 10th century fort amidst this dense forests frequented by tigers. This is a wild life photographers paradise and if you can get a snap of the gorgeous animals in black and yellow stripes, you can consider that your day is made. Other than the tigers there are hyenas, jackal and foxes. There are over 300 species of birds. The next destination is Chittaurgarh.
Day 5 Sunday
After a sumptuous lunch on board the luxury train, you will be amazed to see the fascinating beauty of Chittaurgarh Fort. This was once the place where men stood the test of strength, courage and patriotism. The fort still bears the scar of battles fought long ago. From Chittaurgarh, you move on to the beautiful city of Udaipur.
Day 6 Monday
Departure: 20:00hrs from Chittaurgarh
The city was founded by the king of Mewar, Udai Singh. Popularly called the city of lakes, the city is arguably one of the most beautiful of all the Rajasthani cities. You will visit the beautiful and blue Lake Pichola. Have a fine lunch at the city palace hotel and then you will be brought back to Chittaurgarh. Back on the Palace on Wheels, you are on your way to Bharatpur.
Day 7 Tuesday
At Bharatpur, you will have the opportunity to visit the Keoladeo Ghanna National Park. This is the place where you can see some of the rarest species of birds. After breakfast visit this beautiful place and enjoy watching the birds flying by. The train leaves Bharatpur just before mid-day.
Day 7 Tuesday
After arriving at Agra, head straight for the Mughal palatial complex made of red sandstone at Fatehpur Sikri. Built by emperor Akbar the place was actually a mosque. After lunch you will be taken to see the wonderful Taj Mahal. The leather goods and jewelry of Agra is very special and you can buy a few interesting objects.
You will have the dinner on board and you can sleep well with the expectation to see Delhi again. At 6:00hrs in the morning, the train chugs back to the Delhi cantonment and your dream tour is finally over.