PALACE ON WHEELS TOURS
Incredible and enchanting comes close to describe the journey on board the Palace on Wheels India. Each moment of the journey is an experience in itself unraveling the colorful Rajputana Kaleidoscope. The Palace on Wheels itinerary is meticulously crafted to offer you a glimpse of the myriad colors of Rajasthan, once a hodgepodge of Rajput warrior princes.
Palace on Wheels journey will traverse the course of alluring landscape of Rajasthan, a vast and wonder-laced state with treasures more magnificent than those of fables and people as colorful as they get. The itinerary also includes a halt in Agra for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Tah Mahal.
Details of the itinerary have been given below for your perusal:
Day 1 – Delhi
Assemble at Safdarjung Railway Station by 1600hrs for a traditional welcome and to get set for a luxurious Palace on Wheels journey across “the Land of Maharajas” Rajasthan. The train departs at 1830hrs.
Day 2 – Jaipur
You will arrive at the first destination, Jaipur, in the wee hours of the morning. Post breakfast onboard the train, you will be taken around the Jaipur city and to the most significant locations housed here including the City Palace Complex, and the Hawa Mahal. Post lunch visit the Amer Fort (lunch to be served in the fort) and the local markets of Jaipur.
Return to the Palace on Wheels by 18:00 hours for tea and some moments of leisure. Depart for a grand dinner experience awaiting you at the Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur and post-dinner set off for the next location – Sawai Madhopur.
Day 3 – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh
Day 3 will be exceptionally adventurous for you as on this day you will get a chance to meet the wild animals of the Ranthambore National Park! The greenery, the flora, and the fauna will contribute towards sketching in your mind, unforgettable pictures like never before. Capture images of tigers in their most natural habitat and in great attendance as well. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the jungle lodge and later return to the Palace on Wheels to continue your sojourn to the next destination in line, Chittorgarh.
Post lunch aboard the luxury train, you will go on a sojourn to explore the beauty of the erstwhile fortress town of Chittorgarh. Evening tea and a spectacular light and sound show also waits to entertain you in the fort environs.
Take delight in a lavish dinner experience and return to the train for overnight stay.
Day 4 – Udaipur
You will arrive in Udaipur by 08:00 hours on the 4th day of the Palace on Wheels sojourn. Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in the 15th century and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Visit the city attractions like Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas – Lake Palace, and the Jagdish temple etc. Savor a sumptuous lunch in a heritage hotel and visit the City Palace complex.
Before embarking on your sojourn to Jaisalmer, do make sure that you visit the splendid Crystal Gallery and a boat ride on the lake Pichola as well!
Dinner and overnight stay onboard the train.
Day 5 – Jaisalmer
The train will land you in the city of Jaisalmer in the morning of the 5th day of journey. Post breakfast you can start off your voyage across the city and visit the astonishingly beautiful havelis and mansions including the Patwon ki Haveli, the Nathmalji ki Haveli, and Salim Singh ki Haveli. You can also visit the local markets for their extensive menu of local handicraft products!
Enjoy a delectable lunch in the Hotel Moomal and then depart for sightseeing across the Sam sand dunes. The camel ride and the gorgeous views of the sunset will more than make your day memorable. Dinner and a cultural extravaganza wait to surprise you in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer.
Return to the train for overnight stay and travel down to Jodhpur.
Day 6 – Jodhpur
The train will chug its way through, to the next destination in line, Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for housing a number of majestic monuments in its bosom including the Mehrangarh fort, the Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace. These and several other places you will get a chance to visit on the 6th day of the Palace on Wheels itinerary.
Lunch will be organized for you in a palace hotel to make your sojourn, all the more regal. Later, embark on shopping tours across the markets of Jodhpur city to pick up handicraft items such as embroidered shoes, silverware and tie and dye fabrics.
Dinner and overnight stay aboard the train.
Day 7 – Bharatpur/Agra
The train arrives at Bharatpur by 05:00 hours. Bharatpur is mostly noted for housing the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary and National Park. The huge numbers of migratory bird species that flock to this place every year, make the wildlife environs of Bharatpur all the more special. A trip across the jungles will take almost 3 hours; therefore it will already be 0900 hours by the time you will depart for the next destination – Agra.
Agra is mostly visited for Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Epitomising the love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is visited by all guests visiting India.
After you have traveled around the Agra monuments and the markets (mostly visited for its marble souvenirs, jewelry and leather goods), take delight in a specially organized light and sound show before you halt for dinner in a city hotel. Later, you will embark the luxury train to move back to Delhi, to conclude the trip.
Overnight stay aboard the Palace on Wheels train.
Day 8 – Delhi(Return)
Early morning on the 8th day of the journey, the train will land you in the Safdarjung Railway Station, marking the end of the Palace on wheels trip.
Children below the age of 5 years can travel with a 10% of charge of the total cost of the journey. For children in the age group of 5 to 12 years, half of the journey cost will be charged. At the time of issuance of tickets, age proof certificate of the child/children needs to be furnished.
For special festive departures like Christmas (25th December) and New Year (1st January), a surcharge of 10% will be added on the total fare of the Palace on Wheels train tour.
On total journey price of Palace on Wheels, Service Tax @3.09% will be applicable.
Against the payment of commercial taxes, USD 15 will be charged per pax in addition to the tariff.
The above mentioned tariff is subject to change without a prior notification.
The fare of Palace on Wheels covers the following –
Travel, catering, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee at monuments/parks/palaces, cultural programs, camel ride at Jaisalmer, boat ride at Udaipur and rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.
The fare of Palace on Wheels doesn’t cover the following –
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, business car facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.
- 50% of the tariff at the time of the confirmation of the booking.
- Remaining 50% of the tariff needs to be paid 60 days prior to departure.
- 50% of the tariff while confirming the booking.
- Remaining 50% of the tariff 75 days prior to the journey.
In case of travelers want to cancel the tour, they need to intimate Palace on Wheels via fax or e-mail. The refund of the money is solely based upon the number of days left for the departure of the train :
- In case cancellation is made 60 days prior to departure, 95% of ticket value will be refunded.
- In case cancellation is made 30-59 days prior to departure, 80% of the ticket value will be refunded.
- If the travelers made the cancellation in less than 30 days before departure, 0% of ticket value will be refunded.
- 90% of ticket value will be returned if the tour is cancelled 60 days prior to departure.
- 0% of the ticket value will be returned in case the cancellation is made 0 to 59 days before departure.
*The Itinerary and tariff of Palace on Wheels is subject to change without a prior notification.