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Palace on Wheels: A Week in Wonderland


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.

Itinerary


The Palace on Wheels departs every Wednesday, September through April.

Cities Covered : New Delhi

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.

Accommodation : Palace On Wheels,New Delhi or similiar
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 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.

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. 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

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 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.

Accommodation : Palace On Wheels,New Delhi or similiar

Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Nov 201722, 29Dec 20176, 13, 20, 27Jan 20183, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 20187, 14, 21, 28Mar 20187, 14, 21, 28Apr 20184, 11, 18, 25
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
Deluxe
For departures November 22,2017 through December 13,2017 US$ 6,055 US$ 4,550 N/A
For departures December 20,2017 through December 27,2017 US$ 6,662 US$ 5,006 N/A
For departures January 3,2018 through March 28,2018 US$ 6,055 US$ 4,550 N/A
For departures April 4,2018 through September 26,2018 US$ 4,550 US$ 3,500 N/A
For departures October 3,2018 through December 12,2018 US$ 6,055 US$ 4,550 N/A
For departures December 19,2018 through December 26,2018 US$ 6,662 US$ 5,006 N/A
For departures January 2,2019 through March 27,2019 US$ 6,055 US$ 4,550 N/A
For departures April 3,2019 through April 24,2019 US$ 4,550 US$ 3,500 N/A
Super Deluxe Suite
For departures November 22,2017 through December 13,2017 US$ 12,600 US$ 6,300 N/A
For departures December 20,2017 through December 27,2017 US$ 13,862 US$ 6,933 N/A
For departures January 3,2018 through December 12,2018 US$ 12,600 US$ 6,300 N/A
For departures December 19,2018 through December 26,2018 US$ 13,862 US$ 6,933 N/A
For departures January 2,2019 through April 24,2019 US$ 12,600 US$ 6,300 N/A

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER : Book your 2017-2018 departures with Coupon Code "TAXFREEPOW" and we pay your Taxes on Palace on Wheels trip. 

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 on Day 01 with the group and drop-off at the train station.
  • 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 and bottled water
  • Conducted sightseeing tours in deluxe coaches
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing tours
  • Entrance fees for monuments and palaces as specified in the itinerary
  • Cultural entertainment

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.
  • Monument entrance fees during tour of Delhi
 
Taxes for all tours in India are calculated and are due 30 days prior to departure, at the applicable rate in accordance to the Indian government guidelines. Payments for taxes are expected in the form of a check to Palace Tours. If payment is made by credit card a surcharge of 5% will be applied. Taxes should be paid before any travel documents are issued.
 
At the time of printing there is a 5% tax on total cost and commercial tax of USD 15 per person.  
Terms and Conditions
PAYMENT TERMS: (Updated 6/13/2017)
10% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
90% 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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