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Get to know India


The Palace on Wheels Holiday 8-night "Get to Know India" package is designed for our guests who have a limited amount of time in India. The package takes care of everything that a passenger going on a Palace on Wheels journey will require. Once booked on this trip, you will not have to worry about the details or planning other services in Delhi around the Palace on Wheels. The tour is flexible enough that if you have more time, you will be able to add on other tours to your travel plans without a problem.

 

About Palace on Wheels :

Welcome aboard 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 yesteryear 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 for seven days!

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 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 Palace on Wheels 8 night "Get to Know India" Package begins every Tuesday, September through April. Hotel Rooms are reserved from 14:00 on Tuesday.

Cities Covered : New Delhi
Tuesday: Receive assistance upon arrival at the airport by a friendly Palace Tours representative. Your private car awaits to greet you and transfer you in the afternoon to your five-star hotel for an overnight stay.  Relax and recover from your journey while you get ready for your super-luxury train tour.
Cities Covered : New Delhi

Wednesday: Embark on a privately guided sightseeing tour of New Delhi 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 this afternoon to embark on the journey of a lifetime... a week-long luxury cruise through fascinating Rajasthan on board the Palace on Wheels.

Cities Covered : Jaipur
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 storied 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.
Cities Covered : Chittorgarh ,  Sawai Madhopur

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. (Please note that the Ranthambore National Park is closed during the month of September, instead guests will be taken to Mansigh Sanctuary.) Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. 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

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.

Cities Covered : Jaisalmer

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.

Cities Covered : 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.

Cities Covered : Agra ,  Bharatpur
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.
Cities Covered : New Delhi
Wednesday: After a good night’s sleep, arrive at Safdarjang railway 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 and disembark the train by 7:30 a.m. Your private car awaits to transfer you to the international airport for your departing flight. If your flight is in the evening, your car remains at your disposal for last minute shopping or sightseeing. (Guide provided if requested before the tour).

Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Mar 201728Apr 20174, 11, 18, 25Sep 20175, 12, 19, 26
Oct 20173, 10, 17, 24, 31Nov 20177, 14, 21, 28Dec 20175, 12, 19, 26
Jan 20182, 9, 16, 23, 30Feb 20186, 13, 20, 27Mar 20186, 13, 20, 27
Apr 20183, 10, 17, 24

All Rates in US$ per person without any taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Deluxe
For departure March 28,2017 US$ 6,538 US$ 4,860 US$ 4,288
For departures April 4,2017 through September 26,2017 US$ 5,122 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,507
For departures October 3,2017 through December 12,2017 US$ 6,805 US$ 5,059 US$ 4,467
For departures December 19,2017 through December 26,2017 US$ 7,382 US$ 5,505 US$ 4,874
For departures January 2,2018 through March 27,2018 US$ 6,805 US$ 5,059 US$ 4,467
For departures April 3,2018 through April 24,2018 US$ 5,122 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,507

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:

  • Guaranteed one-night accommodation on the above room-sharing basis at the The Suryaa Hotel or similar including breakfast
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary by private air-conditioned car with driver (Delhi portions only)
  • Two airport transfers: airport/hotel and train station/airport
  • One half-day sightseeing tour of Delhi followed by a transfer to the train station and assistance with check-in aboard the Palace on Wheels
  • Service of an English-speaking guide for all sightseeing
  • Palace on Wheels 7-night tour, including cost of travel & accommodation per the itinerary, full catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and dinner), tea/coffee/bottled water, conducted sightseeing tours in deluxe coaches, entrance fees for monuments and palaces and cultural entertainment

Tariff does NOT include:

  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Travel insurance or visa fees
  • Lunches and dinners during your two-day stay in Delhi
  • Liquor, soft drinks, juices, wine or beer
  • Hotel incidentals, telephone calls, laundry services, additional toiletries, video and still camera fees at monuments, gratuities, souvenirs, or any items of a personal nature
  • Compulsory holiday dinner charges that may be required by the hotels on 24th December, 25th December, and 31st December
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included.

*A 10% surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas and/or New Year. The above rate is inclusive of this surcharge and all taxes. All prices are given in U.S. Dollars ($). Tariff is subject to revision.

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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Please note : A visa or visas may be required for some or all of the countries visited on the tour selected. Please check with the respective consulates in your country for visa requirements and they may vary depending on visitor's nationality, origin and/or destination.