Highlights of Tour:
Elephant ride at Jaipur
Camel ride at Jaisalmer
Boat ride to Lake Pichola at Udaipur
Canter drive in the Park at Ranthambore
Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur
Day 0 : London Heathrow to Delhi by flight.
Day 1 : Delhi
1140 Hrs: Arrive Delhi.
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 2 : Delhi to Jaipur
Full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. You will get a feel for this city as you explore its historic sights. Raj Ghat which is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, This is Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. Opposite the Red Fort lies Jama Masjid made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque. Explore the bustling cultural delight of the colourful market on the 'cycle rickshaw' for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue-heading west from the Fort. You will take a view of Red Fort – the 17th century imposing fortress built in red sandstone is surrounded by a huge boundary wall 33m high. Inside are exquisite palaces and beautiful gardens.
Afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting Humayun’s Tomb, an impressive garden tomb with high arches and a double dome, built by his wife Haji Begum in the 16th Century. An early example of Mughal architecture considered the predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Then continue on to the wonderful Qutab Minar - the landmark of Delhi, the beautiful grounds feature the well preserve a huge tower of victory standing over 72 meters. You will drive on to Rajpath and through to India Gate and the Lutyens Delhi with its tree lined boulevards leading to the British Viceroy’s Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) now the official residence of the President of India, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House.
From 1630: You have to report at Palace on Wheels station to complete the check-in formalities. Boarding formalities are undertaken by our representative at the station, we are afforded a warm and traditional welcome before boarding the Palace on Wheels. You will be escorted to your cabin and given a brief familiarization tour by the Khidmatgars with a welcome drink, as we start our week-long journey through Rajasthan.
From 1830: Departure time for Palace on Wheels train, dinner will be served on board.
Day 3: Jaipur (Palace on Wheels)
From 0700: Breakfast is served in the comfort of your sleeper cabin.
From 0815: The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of the world of its time. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in1727 A.D. To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or 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 honey-combed sandstone windows. This is followed by a visit to Albert Hall and 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.
From 1330: Ride on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance at the Amber fort followed by the lunch. Then you will be off to visit Amber Fort. Shop for Jaipur’s famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets blue pottery and textiles.
From 1800: The Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels, Dinner will be served on board.
Day 4: Sawai Madhopur & Chittorgarh (Palace on Wheels)
From 0545: 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. A visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. 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 392sq kms is 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.
From 0915: After the game, a safari canter will take you back to Palace on Wheels for breakfast on board.
From 1300: Lunch will be served on board as we head for Chittorgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight. From 1630 Sightseeing in Chittorgarh, where we view the Images of love and valour; scars of battles lost and won…. thrice-besieged, Chittorgarh Fort is all this and more, the Victory Tower and the Tower of Fame. You will also have an opportunity to witness the sound and light show at the majestic Chittorgarh Fort.
From 1900: The Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels, dinner will be served on board. The Palace on Wheels stays in Chittorgarh station until the early morning before departing for Udaipur.
Day 5: Chittorgarh to Udaipur to Jaisalmer
From 0700 Arrive Udaipur & your breakfast will be served on board.
From 0830 The city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughals. After visits to the Garden of Fountains and the Durbar Museum, lunch will be taken at the Fateh Prakash Hotel, which contains an impressive crystal gallery.
From 1330 After lunch at a Palace Hotel, we see one of the most beautiful sites of Udaipur, as we cross Lake Pichola by boat, past the majestic Lake Palace Hotel idyllically situated in the middle of the lake, and our visit to the City Palace takes in the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
From 1500 The Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels, dinner will be served on board.
Day 6: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
From 0730 Breakfast is served in your sleeper cabin From 0930 In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156A.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.
From 1300 Lunch at a Palace Hotel
From 1600 After lunch, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam, before sipping a refreshing cup of tea.
From 1730 The Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels for wash & change.
From 1945 Later enjoy the dinner and the cultural programmes at Palace Hotel. After dinner The Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels.
Day 7: Jodhpur to Bharatpur
From 0700 Breakfast is served in your sleeper cabin.
From 0900 Next morning the Palace on wheels is 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 the Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble.
From 1315 Lunch will be served at the city hotel.
From 1530 The Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels, Dinner will be served on board. Meal summary: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included, as per the Palace on Wheels package.
Day 8: Bharatpur to Agra to Delhi
From 0600 Early next morning, the Palace on Wheels arrives in Bharatpur, the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. 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 0830 The Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels for breakfast on board and you will depart for Agra
From 1100 Arrive Agra and visit Red Fort followed by lunch at the palace hotel
From 1500 Move on to pay a visit to Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. A pristine monument of undying love; It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is also known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery.
From 2000 Dinner will be taken at the hotel, later on the Luxury coach will take you back to Palace on Wheels. Bid farewell to the train & perhaps a final drink in lounge bar.
Day 9: Delhi to London Heathrow
From 0700 Breakfast is served in your sleeper cabin.
From 0730 Your final morning in India & de-board the train at the Safdarjung Railway station.
Please note venue of meals & timings of sightseeing’s would be subject to change as per Indian railways norms.
Transfer from railway station to Delhi airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow
- Flight from London with Virgin Atlantic
- Airport taxes
- Return airport transfer by air-conditioned car in Delhi
- 7 nights accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- Catering (Morning tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea and Dinner)
- Conducted sightseeing tours in Coaches, entrance fee for monuments, cultural entertainment
- Elephant ride at Jaipur, Camel ride at Jaisalmer, Boat ride to Lake Pichola at Udaipur, Canter drive in the Park at Ranthambore, Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur
- 1 Night Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Delhi
- As per Itinerary