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Rajasthan by Luxury Rail : Private Tour + Palace on Wheels


8 day round trip journey from Delhi discovering Rajasthan with luxury train.

Start your tour in Delhi and travel to Jaipur. Climb aboard the legendary Palace on Wheels train for a 6-day odyssey recreating the ambiance and glorious past as you travel through the heart of Rajasthan. You will feel like royalty on board one of the top ten luxury trains in the world as you visit little-seen and well-known attractions, including the famous Taj Mahal.

The Palace on Wheels on its splendid and enchanting royal rail journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas. Though times have changed and the winds have shifted, the Palace On Wheels cruises along in royal style, the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed.

The exquisite and exclusive Palace On Wheels has luxurious cabins, wall to wall carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars and  very personalized service... in fact, almost everything that could promise heaven on earth!

The Palace on Wheels has been rated one of the ten best luxurious train journeys in the world. Originally the train had 12 fully furnished non-air conditioned saloons, once owned by former Maharajas, Governor Generals and Viceroys of the British period. The Palace on Wheels started as a unique holiday concept hauled by a steam engine with its inaugural trip on January 26, 1982.

In 1991, a new air-conditioned meter gauge Palace on Wheels on the lines of the old heritage train was launched. The interiors of the current 14 saloons are authentic replicas of the historic coaches. Each saloon is equipped with twin-bedded cabins, each with channel music, intercom, with attached baths and running hot and cold water and a shower.

Itinerary


The first day of departure is from your hotel in Delhi where we pick you up at about 9:00 AM.

Cities Covered New Delhi ,  Jaipur

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, transfer to Jaipur. Jaipur is 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.

Cities Covered Jaipur

Begin the day with an expertly guided tour of the City Palace - a vast complex with a museum housing rare manuscripts, paintings, and an armory. Visit the 18th-century royal observatory known as Jantar Mantar and examine a variety of precise astronomical tools. In the afternoon, visit Amber Fort, a 16th- and 17th-century hilltop complex. Explore its exquisite and well-preserved palaces, temples, gardens, and pavilions. After the tour, you will board the luxurious Palace on Wheels, your hotel on wheels.

Cities Covered Chittorgarh ,  Sawai Madhopur ,  Udaipur

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.

Cities Covered Udaipur

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.

Cities Covered Jaisalmer

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.

Cities Covered Jodhpur

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.

Cities Covered Agra ,  Bharatpur ,  Jaisalmer

Early this morning, the train arrives in Bharatpur - the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. After breakfast, disembark the train. 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. Later, you will transfer to Agra where you disembark the Palace on Wheels. Check in to your hotel followed by a visit to the Taj Mahal.

The evening is yours to explore the city of the Taj at leisure. A car will be provided if you want to go for a local sight seeing tour.

 

Cities Covered Agra

Visit 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. 

Later in the afternoon, transfer to New Delhi where your tour ends.


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Sep 20185, 12, 19, 26Oct 20183, 10, 17, 24, 31Nov 20187, 14, 21, 28
Dec 20185, 12, 19, 26Jan 20192, 9, 16, 23, 30Feb 20196, 13, 20, 27
Mar 20196, 13, 20, 27Apr 20193, 10, 17, 24

All Rates in US$ per person, Applicable taxes payable 30 days prior to departure only for India Tour

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Maharaja
For departures September 5,2018 through September 19,2018 US$ 4,099 US$ 2,981 CALL US
For departure September 26,2018 US$ 4,184 US$ 3,028 CALL US
For departures October 3,2018 through December 12,2018 US$ 5,210 US$ 3,746 CALL US
For departures December 19,2018 through December 26,2018 US$ 5,784 US$ 4,175 CALL US
For departure January 2,2019 US$ 5,371 US$ 3,867 CALL US
For departures January 9,2019 through March 27,2019 US$ 5,210 US$ 3,746 CALL US
For departures April 3,2019 through April 24,2019 US$ 4,149 US$ 2,384 CALL US
Royal
For departures September 5,2018 through September 19,2018 US$ 4,237 US$ 3,057 CALL US
For departure September 26,2018 US$ 4,551 US$ 3,213 CALL US
For departures October 3,2018 through December 12,2018 US$ 5,577 US$ 3,930 CALL US
For departures December 19,2018 through December 26,2018 US$ 6,177 US$ 4,374 CALL US
For departure January 2,2019 US$ 5,765 US$ 4,065 CALL US
For departures January 9,2019 through March 27,2019 US$ 5,577 US$ 3,930 CALL US
For departures April 3,2019 through April 24,2019 US$ 4,294 US$ 3,091 CALL US

There is no surcharge for Credit Cards. 

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:

  • Delhi sightseeing tour with the group including monument entrance fees
  • Private Car Transfer from Delhi to Jaipur (Alternate by Air)
  • Accommodation at hotel in Jaipur
  • Private Sightseeing tour of Jaipur
  • Private Sightseeing tour of Agra
  • Transfer from Agra to Delhi by Private Car
  • Palace on Wheels from Jaipur to Agra including cost of travel & accommodation per the itinerary
  • Full catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and dinner) on board Palace on Wheels (5 Nights)
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water on board the train
  • 2 Bottled water bottles per day during private tour and transfers (Day 1, 2, 7, 8)
  • Conducted sightseeing tours 
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours
  • Entrance fees for monuments and palaces as specified in the itinerary
  • Cultural entertainment as per the itinerary

Tariff does NOT include:

  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Travel insurance or visa fees
  • Liquor, soft drinks, juices, wine or beer
  • Camera fees at monuments
  • Laundry services, additional toiletries, gratuities, souvenirs or any items of a personal nature
  • Any services in Delhi not specified as included, such as sightseeing, transfers, or hotel accommodations
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included.
Terms and Conditions
PAYMENT TERMS:
20% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
80% or balance no later than 68 days prior to tour departure date

CANCELLATION FEES:
(i) 10% of the total tour value if cancelled more than 68 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 0-67 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.





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