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Framed around the award winning Palace on Wheels luxury train, this tour allows you to enjoy the splendors of ancient and modern India. As soon as you step onboard the train in Delhi, and travel towards the former princely city of Jaipur you can visit palaces, forts and ride on elephants like a maharaja. Then in the “City Of Lakes” Udaipur, you can lunch in a palace hall, before you head to Jaisalmer to bask in the raw beauty of the Thar Desert and ride camel carts. This lovely journey above all else, will allow you to create a indelible memory as you view tigers in the wild, or gaze at the beauty of the Taj Mahal.
The Palace on Wheels departs every Wednesday, September through April.
Wednesday: Join us on a sightseeing tour of Delhi via air-conditioned vehicle beginning at 9:00 a.m.* You may visit sights such as Humayun's Tomb and the impressive Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199 from sandstone and marble. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the President's House and Parliament House. Enjoy visits to Birla Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, the largest Sikh house of worship in Delhi. Later you are dropped off at Safdarjang train station around 4:30 in the afternoon to embark on the journey of a lifetime... a week-long luxury cruise through fascinating Rajasthan on board the Palace on Wheels.
*A complimentary hotel pick up within Delhi city limits is provided prior to the sightseeing tour.
Thursday: The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of the world in its time. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded by Maharaja Swai Jai Singh II in 1727 A.D. To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable five story building along the main street of the old city in pink splendor with semi-octagonal and delicate honeycombed sandstone windows. This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort, eight kms. away, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance. Later, you may enjoy shopping for Jaipur’s famous jewelry, handicrafts, carpets, blue pottery and textiles. 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 take you back to Palace on Wheels where dinner is served on board.
Friday: 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, visit the Ranthambore National Park, where the ruins of a 10th century fort are located. 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 also 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. (Please note that the Ranthambore National Park is closed during the month of September, instead guests will be taken to Mansigh Sanctuary.) Upon return to the Palace on Wheels, depart for Chittaurgarh, where you have the opportunity to watch the colorful countryside passing by in the daylight.
After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and valor, scars of battles won and lost, the thrice-beseiged Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more. Let the legends of honor and pride echo in your mind as you proceed to Udaipur.
Saturday: Arrive this morning in Udaipur, the Lake City, which was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar in 1559 A.D. after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughals. 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 Pichola. After lunch at one of the fine hotels, take an exhilirating visit to City Palace. In the evening, visit the crystal gallery and later proceed to Jaisalmer on board Palace on Wheels.
Sunday: In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.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 jewelry 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 dinner and the cultural programs at a hotel in Jaisalmer before the train leaves tonight for Jodhpur.
Monday: This morning, the Palace on Wheels arrives 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 exquisite handcrafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie dyed fabrics.
Tuesday: Early this morning, the train 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. From Bharatpur you board the train again and arrive at the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. This pristine monument of undying love was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Also visit Agra Fort and see other monuments and tombs about town. Agra is known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewelry. Enjoy dinner on board as the train departs for Delhi.
Wednesday: After a good night’s sleep, arrive at the Safdarjang train station at 6:00 a.m. and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time. Enjoy breakfast on board. Disembark the train by 7:30 a.m.
Minimum/maximum purchase of 7 nights required. No refund given for unused portions of the tour.
Children between 5 and up to 12 years of age at time of travel are priced at 50% of the adult tariff. Children under the age of 5 are priced at 10% of the adult tariff.
The tariff is inclusive of:
Tariff does NOT include:
1. You pay 10% deposit online using the credit card (Non Refundable)
2. Balance payable 68 days prior to departure by check / wire transfer to our US account.
Option 2 :
Pay only 5% Tax if you pay by credit card
(i) No refund of deposit if cancelled more than 69 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 0-68 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
Our recommendation is to book as soon as you have an idea of when you would be traveling. Lately, the rooms for peak season get sold out 8-10 months before departure, so it will be in your best interest to book early in order to avoid disappointment later.
Yes, we maintain a waiting list for the sold out departure dates for the Palace on Wheels. You can add yourself to our waiting list by proceeding to our tour booking engine and clicking on the sold-out departure date that you desire.
We recommend you arrive in Delhi one to two days prior to the train's date of departure, depending on your itinerary. This will allow enough time for possible flight delays which are common during the winters (December through February) due to climactic conditions such as snow storms or fog in Delhi. This may also allow you time to rest after your long plane flight and afford you some time for sightseeing in Delhi prior to your train journey. International flights typically reach Delhi late at night or in the very early hours of the morning (i.e. from the USA, you should plan to leave on a Sunday evening, which will bring you to Delhi on Monday night/Tuesday morning). We pick guests up from the hotel at 9:00 AM on the day of the departure and take them to a sight seeing tour of Delhi and then dropoff at the Train Station at about 17:00 Hours.
The train is scheduled to arrive in Delhi on the Wednesday following your departure date at 06:00 a.m. Passengers will be offered breakfast on board. You must disembark the train no later than 07:30 a.m. In case the train is delayed due to fog (from December-February), the earliest flight we recommend for leaving Delhi would be in the late afternoon. If you have an entire day before departing Delhi (i.e. for international flights leaving on Wednesday night / Thursday morning), we recommend checking in at a hotel in the city center and spending time at leisure or sightseeing in Delhi and its environs.
There are 39 rooms on the train and 2 super deluxe rooms. They are allocated to single and double occupancies. The number of passengers really depends on the occupancies sold in that departure. There are usually 89 passengers on any fully-booked tour.
There is no official dress code on board, but due to the upscale clientele, business casual is preferred (i.e. a collared shirt and trousers for men and a blouse and skirt or trousers for women.) Krutapajamas and sarees are also acceptable.
• Please carry clothing according to the average local temperatures. • We highly recommend you avoid wearing leather at any time. • Comfortable clothes and sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. Please be aware that when visiting temples, it is recommended to fully cover your legs and shoulders. You will also be required to remove your shoes inside the temples and we suggest you carry the shoes with you (do not leave them at the door). • No special evening attire is required, but you may carry it if you need it for any special personal occasion. • In December and January, a heavy jacket & warm hat are suggested for the visit to the outdoor Tiger Sanctuary at Ranthambore and the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. • We strongly suggest that you carry sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the afternoon sun.
Rajasthani, Chinese, Continental and American food is served on the train. Fixed menus vary daily. Please notify the chef or train manager of any special orders, dietary restrictions or food allergies.
There are two restaurants on board the train, the “Maharaja” and “Maharani” which each seat about 40 people. Meals are served in two sittings on a first-come first-served basis. Breakfasts are prepared by your cabin attendants and are served in the lounge area of your coach, or if you prefer, can be served in your cabin.
The three pin round sockets are available on the train. The voltage is 220 V. A shaver socket is available in the bathroom with 110 V. For a picture, please see “Type D” at http://electricaloutlet.org/type-d.
Yes, laundry service is available at an additional charge. However, we recommend you do not utilize the laundry service for expensive/sentimental garments. Irons are available to borrow from your cabin attendant, who will also do your ironing upon request.
Wheelchairs are available upon request; kindly advise our office as soon as possible and at least 30 days prior to your departure of the necessity for a wheelchair during the sightseeing portions of the tour. Please know there are no ramps for entering/exiting the train, and the train corridors are too narrow to accommodate the passage of a wheelchair. For those in wheelchairs, the cabin attendants and train staff can assist with entering/exiting the train. During the sightseeing, you will need to provide your own assistance in managing the wheelchair. For those with other physical challenges, please contact our office for advice. There is some extended walking and standing during the sightseeing portions, often over uneven surfaces.
Palace on Wheels provides a non-smoking environment.
All rooms on the Palace on Wheels are the same size and have attached bathrooms / toilets. Passengers in the room do not share the bathrooms with anyone else. The interior decor changes in the coaches but as far as the rooms are concerned, all single, double and triple occupancy rooms are the same size, approximately 9x12 feet, including the closet and private bathroom which measures approximately 4x8 feet. Triple occupancy rooms have a pull-out bunk bed that is suspended above one of the twin beds.
The rooms are assigned on site. If you have any specific room requirements, please contact us at least one month prior to departure so that we can send your request to our India Operations Team. We also suggest that you check in at the railway station by 17:00 in order to make your requests directly to the train staff
Yes, there are two attendants per four passenger rooms. The attendants will be happy to cater to all of your needs.
Yes, there is wooden safe deposit box in each room which locks with a key. The closet also locks.
Yes, please ask your attendant upon arrival and throughout the trip for complimentary bottled mineral water.
Yes, there is a hairdryer provided in every bathroom. Basic toiletries of soap, shampoo, and moisturizer are provided, as well as shoe shine and a comb. Other toiletries such as toothpaste, perfumes, and the like can be purchased from your cabin attendant.
There is no luggage limit, but two suitcases per person (according to standard airline policy) work best to avoid inconvenience. The luggage will need to be stored in your room, under each bed (approx. 1 ft x 2.5 ft x 6 ft of under-bed space), or in the closet.
September and April are warm with the temperature ranging between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. In October, November, late February and March it is typically 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In December and January it is much cooler, between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you may experience foggy conditions.
The Safdarjang Railway Station is located in south Delhi, near the diplomatic enclave, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the city center. Please note that the station is not well-equipped for long periods of waiting, so we recommend enjoying other parts of the city prior to your Palace on Wheels boarding time.
You are not required to stay aboard the train for seven nights. However, as the train follows a fixed itinerary, you will be responsible for your own transportation to/from your points of embarkation/disembarkation, for any hotels you use during the journey, for meals taken while separated from the group, etc.
Palace on Wheels is a very inclusive experience, so you will not need to pay for any meals, water/tea/coffee, sightseeing, monument entrances or accommodations. You will incur additional cost if you choose to purchase any wine, alcohol, soft drinks, or juices; laundry services; additional toiletries; camera fees at monuments; sightseeing, transfers, or other services in Delhi; gratuities; and/or souvenirs / items of personal nature.
You are welcome to keep a tab on your room account which you can settle at the end of the trip via Indian rupees, US dollars, or major credit card. If you prefer, you can pay for each good/service directly by Indian rupees.
You should plan to tip approximately $200 per room. You are welcome to tip in either US dollars or Indian rupees. Begin the trip on a good note by giving each of your two cabin attendants $25. We strongly urge you not to tip the cabin attendants for each service throughout the journey. At the conclusion of your trip, you might present $50 to each of the attendants and $50 to the train manager. You may desire to increase the final gratuity if the attendant/train manager has provided a special personal service to you. The tips to the cabin attendants are pooled and shared among the train staff. Of course, the gratuities are a personal decision that should be extended to reflect your enjoyment of the journey.
For your sightseeing tour in Delhi, per car, a gratuity of $10 for the driver and $5-$10 for the guide is recommended, but tipping is solely at your discretion. The drivers and guides that accompany you during the rest of the sightseeing have been paid by Palace on Wheels, so there is no need for you to tip them further. However, if you choose to do so, $5 per person per half-day tour is appropriate.
We request that you please do not extend monies to the beggars, as this merely encourages this behavior and will increase their harassment of your group for the remainder of your trip. If you wish to make a donation to assist with the poverty in India, our agency will be happy to recommend a charitable organization you may contact.
No vaccination certificate or inoculations are required to enter India from United States of America, Canada or United Kingdom. If you are coming from Africa it is crucial to have a proof of inoculation against yellow fever. We recommend you discuss with your doctor the option of anti-malaria pills or malaria vaccination, as malaria is common even in India’s big cities during certain times of year. We suggest you speak to your doctor about vaccinations at least three months before departure. Gastrointestinal relief medication might also be wise for tourists. For general health information you can visit http://www.cdc.gov or contact your medical practitioner.
We have identified qualified doctors in each destination you visit. These doctors are available in any case you need emergency medical attention. In any case, please let the escort / attendant / anyone in our ground office know immediately if you feel unwell or think you are going to need medical attention.
Yes. Emergency telephone numbers are listed on your travel voucher.
Unfortunately, this is not permitted. However, the bar is very well stocked and you should have no trouble finding a beverage that suits your tastes.
Free WiFi internet is available on board. You may also utilize the business centers at the hotels you will visit for lunch; a fee will be required by the hotel.
India is at GMT + 5.5 hours. For example, from New York City (GMT - 5), India is 10.5 hours ahead. From Tokyo (GMT + 9), India is 3.5 hours behind.
Fees for carrying still/large video cameras into the monuments vary per site. However, you can approximate $10 for these fees for the entire journey. Camera fees are payable in Indian rupees upon entrance to each monument.
Yes, we will be able to arrange cakes, flowers, champagne, and/or chocolates. These can be delivered in Jaipur on Day Two of your journey. Please contact us at least one month prior to your departure so we can make the necessary arrangements. Charges for this service depend on the specific request. You may also arrange for champagne or wine while on board the train; please discuss this with the bartender upon your embarkation
Please use your best judgment in your purchases as Palace Tours is NOT responsible or liable for any claims that may arise. Palace Tours will in no way involve itself in following up or negotiating or contacting in any way, any vendor used by Palace on Wheels train for any reason including but not limited to delayed shipment, wrong charge on credit card, wrong shipment, non delivery, etc.
There are no reliable baggage storage facilities available at the railway station. We recommend you discuss baggage storage options with your hotel or tour operator in New Delhi. Please take care to check the baggage restrictions for your domestic air carrier, as the baggage limit is often significantly lower than international air travel allowances (i.e. 15 kgs per person).
There is a bar, lounge, indoor games and a mailbox for outgoing posts.
For more information about Palace on Wheels, please visit www.palaceonwheels.net. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office. Our staff will be happy to assist you.
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