How soon should I book?
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.
Is there a waiting list for sold out dates?
Yes, we maintain a waiting list for the sold out departure dates for the Royal Rajasthan 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.
What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to India?
A passport with validity at least six months beyond your departure from India is required. Also, visas must be obtained prior to arrival in India. Please note that Palace Tours cannot provide visas. If you are a US citizen, please visit https://www.indian-visa.com/ for details on obtaining an Indian Visa. For non-US citizens, please visit www.mea.gov.in, click on “Welcome” and then under "MEA Links" at the right, click on "Missions and Posts Abroad" and then click "Consulate Generals". You can then select your appropriate Consulate General office and link directly to its website, where detailed visa information and application forms can be found. Please budget at least 14 days to receive it from the consulate. When applying for a visa, you may use the following Indian referees:
1) Palace on Wheels, Tourist Reception Centre, Bikaner House, New Delhi 110 011 India
2) Palace Tours, 9 Gopinath Marg, MI Road, Jaipur Rajasthan 302 001 India
When should I plan to arrive in Delhi?
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 Delhi on a Thursday evening, which will bring you to Delhi on Friday night/Saturday morning). The train boards at 16:00 on your date of departure (Sunday), but does not leave Delhi until approximately 18:00 in the evening.
When should I plan on leaving Delhi?
The train is scheduled to arrive in Delhi on the Sunday following your departure date at 04:00 a.m. Passengers will be offered breakfast on board. You must disembark the train no later than 08:00 a.m. In case the train is delayed upon return to Delhi due to fog (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 Sunday night / Monday morning), we recommend checking in at a hotel in the city center and spending time at leisure or sightseeing in Delhi and its environs.
What is the capacity of the train?
There are 41 rooms on the train (39 Deluxe Staterooms and 2 Super Deluxe Staterooms) and they are allocated to single and double occupancies. There is no provision for triple occupancy. The number of passengers really depends on the occupancies sold in that departure. There are usually 82 passengers on any fully-booked tour.
Is there a dress code on board?
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 for women.) Krutapajamas and sarees are also acceptable.
What clothing is recommended?
• 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 Ranthambore National Park. • We strongly suggest that you carry sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the afternoon sun.
What kind of food is served on the train?
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.
How are the meals served?
There are two restro-lounges on board the train and meals are served in one sitting. 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.
What kind of outlet sockets are on the train?
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.
Is there a laundry/dry cleaning service on the train?
Yes, laundry service is available at an additional charge. However, we recommend you do not utilize the laundry service for expensive/sentimental garments, as the services are unreliable. Irons are available to borrow from your cabin attendant, who will also do your ironing upon request.
Is there internet or telephone accessibility on the train?
There is an internet Wi-Fi system on board, which you may access from your personal laptop. Please see the train manager for details and rates. You may also utilize the business centers at the hotels you will visit for lunch; a fee will be required by the hotel.
Is the train accessible to wheelchairs / physical challenges?
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. Please know there are no ramps for entering/exiting the train and the train corridors are too narrow to accommodate passage of a wheelchair. For those in wheelchairs, the cabin attendants and train staff will 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.
Is smoking allowed on board?
Smoking is not allowed on board Royal Rajasthan Palace on Wheels.
Are there any other facilities available on the train?
There is a souvenir counter and the two exclusive restro-lounges with a well-stocked bar in each. The Royal train has a business center, board room and fitness center. A spa car with international spa facilities is coming soon!
Are there different types of rooms on board Royal Palace on Wheels?
The majority of rooms on board the train are the same size and have attached bathrooms / toilets. Passengers in the room do not share the bathrooms with anyone else. All single- and double-occupancy Deluxe Staterooms measure 12.6 x 7.7 feet, plus the private bathroom which measures approximately 4.8 x 7.7 feet. The Deluxe Staterooms contain a closet, two twin beds, a study table with chairs, channel music, public address system, and a wooden safe which locks with a key. If requested, the twin beds may be joined to form a double bed. There are also two Super Deluxe Staterooms on board Royal Palace on Wheels, which are significantly larger at 18.6 x 7.7 feet, with a bathroom measuring approximately 7.7 x 6.8 feet. These Super Deluxe Staterooms contain the same amenities as Deluxe Staterooms, with the exception of being furnished with a double bed instead of two twin beds, and a larger sitting area.
Are rooms pre-assigned or can you choose your own room?
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 15:30 in order to make your requests directly to the train staff.
Is there room service available?
Yes, there are two attendants per three passenger rooms. The attendants will be happy to cater to all of your needs at any time.
Is there bottled water available in each room?
Yes, please ask your attendant upon arrival and throughout the trip for complimentary bottled mineral water.
Is there a hairdryer in each bathroom? Are toiletries provided?
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.
Is there a luggage limit?
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.
What is the weather like?
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.
Can you deliver my train tickets directly to my hotel?
No. The tickets will be available upon your arrival at the railway station on your date of departure. You simply need to present the travel voucher provided by our agency in exchange for the train tickets.
Where is the railway station in Delhi? Will it be busy?
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 boarding time.
Do I have to stay aboard all seven nights?
You are not required to stay aboard the train for all seven nights, and you may book any segment with a minimum of 4 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. There are no refunds for unused portions of the tour.
What is the time difference between my home and India?
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.
What expenses will I have during the trip?
Royal Palace on Wheels is a very inclusive experience, so you will not need to pay for any meals, water/tea/coffee, sightseeing, camera fees, 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; sightseeing, transfers, or other services in Delhi; gratuities; and/or souvenirs.
How can I settle my expenses on the train?
You are welcome to keep a tab on your room account which you can settle at the end of the trip via Indian rupees, U.S. dollars, or major credit card. If you prefer, you can pay for each good/service at the time provided by Indian rupees.
How much should I expect to tip?
You should plan to tip approximately $200 per room for the full 7-night journey. 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 $75 to each of the attendants. You may desire to increase the final gratuity if the attendant 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.
Should I tip during the sightseeing portions of the tour as well?
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 sightseeing tours have been paid by Royal Rajasthan 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.
Should I give money to the poor/destitute that I see in town?
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.
How can I exchange currency? Are ATM machines available during the trip?
Hard currency can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized exchange centers. ATM machines are available in Delhi, but will be difficult if not impossible to locate in the smaller towns you visit with the train. We recommend that you withdraw the full amount of currency needed for the journey prior to embarking the train in Delhi. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at banks and at hotels; you will get the best rates at banks.
Do I need vaccinations for traveling in India?
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.
Are doctors available at all times?
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.
Is there an emergency contact number?
Yes. Emergency telephone numbers are listed on your travel voucher, which is issued approximately 30 days prior to departure.
It’s my anniversary/birthday! Will you be able to arrange something special for me?
Yes, we will be able to arrange cakes, flowers, champagne, and/or chocolates. These can be delivered in Jaipur on Day Four 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.
May I bring my own wine/alcohol aboard the train?
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.
I have a problem with something that I purchased while shopping during the tour. Can you help me?
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 Royal Rajasthan Palace on Wheels train for any reason including but not limited to delayed shipment, wrong charge on credit card, wrong shipment, non delivery, etc. We recommend you contact the Rajasthan Small Industries Corporation to file a complaint: Managing Director, Rajasthan Small Industries Corporation Ltd., Udyog Bhawan, Tilak Marg, Jaipur 302 005 India. Royal Rajasthan Palace on Wheels can also provide you with a pre-paid inland letter which you can post during your tour for complaints.
I am taking a domestic flight/onward tour before/after the tour. What about my baggage?
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).
Is there anything else I should know before I leave?
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office. Our staff will be happy to assist you.