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» Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
» Tour Itinerary : Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittaurgarh, Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi
» Tour Time : October to March, April & September

Palace on Wheels The Palace on Wheels is one of the world's most exciting rail journeys, as much for the train and the facilities provided on board, as for the royal destinations it proceeds to every single day. With everything taken care of dining, accommodation, sight seeing - as well as organized shopping, there is nothing for the traveller to do but sleep in the history of the land, soak in the colours, and experience the royal life of a Maharaja.

The Palace on wheels is rated as one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world. It offers you a heart-rending trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just seven days. Also discover the royal history of Taj Mahal in Agra. The journey to the hinterland of the desert starts every Wednesday evening at 15:30 hrs from Delhi and ends on the following Wednesday early in the morning at 08:30 hrs.

Luxury & Comfort in Palace on Wheels - On the Palace on Wheels your journey is full of exuberance and luxurious feeling. A perfect chance to relive the era when kings and queens ruled, when royalty spelt magic. When charm and mysticism was in air. The train is completely self- sufficient and is fully air-conditioned, comprising of 14 deluxe saloons. Especially facilitated for you with all modern amenities of everyday life, you would find the royal past haunting you in the historical coaches. The two dining cars are decked up in true Rajasthani style and each saloon has personal attendants, khidmatgars, for your service. Step aboard for a journey into the past on a luxury train.

» The Royal Background of the Palace on Wheels
On rolling back wheels of time, we find the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India travelled by these luxurious coaches. After independence, these coaches were parked and remained in this state for a quarter of a century until in 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage tourist train for providing a unique memorable experience to the tourists visiting Rajasthan.

The name Palace on Wheels was derived from it's royal background of the coaches. Gradually State govt. and railway department brought many infrastructural changes in the coaches while keeping the same aesthetics of the interiors alive, matching the interiors of the royal state. The train was replaced by the air-conditioned broad gauges new train, which had 14 saloons, 2 restaurant cum kitchen cars, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 service Cars. The cabins of each saloon are attached with bath and shower. The train also has a well-appointed lounge, library and bar.

» Tour Itinerary of Palace on Wheels

Day & Events Scheduled Timings
Day 01 : Wednesday – Delhi
Your dream journey starts from Delhi, the city of ruined forts and rising towers. From Safdarjung Railway Station, the Palace-On-Wheels is outward bound every Wednesday night for Rajasthan - the land of maharajas.
Reporting Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station. 16:00 hrs.
Departure for Jaipur 17:45 hrs.
Dinner and Overnight on board Palace on Wheels. 20:00 hrs.
Day 02 : Thursday – Jaipur
Palace on Wheels - The first stop of the Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, the land of Maharajas, magnificent Palaces and impressive forts. One of the most well planned cities of the world. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727.
Arrive at Jaipur
00:00 hrs.
Breakfast on Board 07:30 hrs.
Depart for local sightseeing. 08:30 hrs.
Lunch at the Le Meridien. 13:00 hrs.
Depart for Jaisalmer. 17:00 hrs.
Dinner served. 20:00 hrs.
Day 03 : Friday – Jaisalmer
Palace on Wheels - In the heart of the Thar desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156. Here the yellow sandstone fort is an imposing sight, towering magnificently on the shimmering sandscape.

The main shopping area of Jaisalmer is Sadar Bazar and prominent showrooms include Rajasthali - the only Rajasthan Government emporium.
Arrival at Jaisalmer 06:15 hrs.
Breakfast on Board 07:30 hrs.
Depart for local sightseeing. 08:30 hrs.
Have lunch and rest. 13:00 hrs.
Visit the sand dunes and go on a camel safari. 17:00 hrs.
Have dinner and relish the cultural program. 19:30 hrs.
Depart for Jodhpur. 23:00 hrs.
Day 04 : Saturday– Jodhpur
Palace on Wheels - A city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. Jodhpur The second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, 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.
Breakfast served. 07:30 hrs.
Arrive at Jodhpur. 08:00 hrs.
Depart for local sightseeing. 08:30 hrs.
Have lunch at the Umaid Bhawan Pal. 13:00 hrs.
Depart for Sawai Madhopur. 15:30 hrs.
Dinner served. 20:00 hrs.
Day 05 - Sunday Sawai Madhopur / Chittaurgarh
Palace on Wheels - Sawai Madhopur was named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. After breakfast we go to the Ranthambhor National Park. We depart for Chittaurgarh after lunch on-board. In the afternoon we visit the Chittaurgarh fort, lauded in legends valour and chivalry. Shop for tie & dye sarees, leather, embroidered shoes, lac- work articles and bangles.
Arrive at Sawai Madhopur. 04:00 hrs.
Breakfast served. 06:30 hrs.
Visit the Ranthambore National Park. 07:00 hrs.
Depart for Chittaurgarh. 11:00 hrs.
Lunch served. 12:30 hrs.
Arrive at Chittaurgarh. 15:30 hrs.
Depart for local sightseeing. 16:00 hrs.
Depart for Udaipur & Dinner served. 20:00 hrs.
Day 06 : Monday – Udaipur
Palace on Wheels - Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar. With enchanting lakes and lush greenery, this place oozes with beauty and is a symbol of romance, the most appealing place for poets, painters, travelers and writers. This fascinating capital of Mewar is surrounded by hills and is situated on the edge of three lakes.
Arrive at Udaipur Breakfast served. 06:45 hrs.
Depart for local sightseeing. 07:30 hrs.
Depart for Bharatpur. 20:00 hrs.
Dinner served. 20:30 hrs.
Day 07 : Tuesday– Bharatpur / Agra
Palace on Wheels - Arrive Bharatpur and pay a visit to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory water Fowl and other species of birds. Agra is known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj Mahal, leather goods and jewellery.
Arrive Bharatpur Breakfast on board. 07:00 - 07:30 hrs.
Visit to National Bird Sanctuary.
Bharatpur (Ghana) once the former hunting preserve of the royal family of Bharatpur, the sanctuary is home to storks and nearly every other kind of bird imaginable. You'll see more than 250 different species nesting on the tops of trees and along the roadside, as well as snakes, lizards, exotic fish and monkeys. Lucky visitors can spot the rare Siberian Crane that migrates to this preserve annually. Also found are chital, black buck, deer and other varieties of animals.
07:30 - 09:00 hrs.
Arrival and Lunch in Agra. 12:00 hrs.
Afternoon sight-seeing tour of Agra city visiting the impressive Agra Fort, and of course, the most perfect architectural monument in the world -The Taj Mahal.Taj Mahal is the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportion and rich pietra dura, with minute details executed with great skill. The building, often styled "a dream in marble" is said to have taken at least 22 years (1631-1653) to build. 14:30 - 17:30 hrs.
Palace on Wheels departs for Delhi. Dinner and overnight on board. 20:00 hrs.
Day 08 : Wednesday - Delhi
Palace on Wheels dream journey ends in Delhi, the heart of India. Delhi is the capital of India and her third largest city. It is a truly cosmopolitan city - a home to people from different sates, speaking different languages and celebrating different festivals. Enjoy the multi-colored atmoshphere filled with tremendous "josh" and enthusiasm.

Arrive Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station
Arrival at Delhi. 06:00 hrs.
Breakfast on Board. 08.00 hrs.
Tour Ends. 09:00 hrs.

7 Nights Palace On Wheels Train Tour -Ex. Delhi for 2011-12
Jan 2012 04,11,18,25
Feb 2012 01,08,15,22,29
March 2012 07,14,21,28
April 2012 04,11,18,25
Sept 2011 07,14,21,28
Oct 2011 05,12,19,26
Nov 2011 02,09,16,23,30
Dec 2011 01, 08, 15, 22, 29

7 Nights Palace On Wheels Train Tour Departures-Ex. Delhi FOR 2011
January 2011 05, 12, 19, 26
February 2011 02, 09, 16, 23
March 2011 02, 09, 16, 23
April 2011 06, 13, 20, 27

» Tariff details for Palace on Wheels - Season 2011 - 2012

01st Sept 2011 to 30 April, 2012, Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour (per person per night)
Occupancy Type per person per night Cost For Cabin
Single Occupancy US$ 3500 US$ 3500 for 1
Double Occupancy US$ 2625 US$ 5250 for 2
Triple Occupancy US$ 2380 US$ 7140 for 3

Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age. Children below 5 years shall be allowed free. (Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

Note :
» 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.
» @ 2.58% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Palace on Wheels.
» US$ 15 per pax per trip shall be charged against the payment of commercial taxes in addition to the tariff
» No charter can be booked during X-Mas & New Year period.
» Tariff Subject to change without notice.

The Tariff includes :
Tariff is inclusive of travel/ catering/ conducted sightseeing/ entrance fee at monuments/ parks/ palaces/ cultural programs/ camel ride at Jaisalmer/ boat ride at Udaipur/ rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.

The Tariff does not include :
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

» Booking Policy
In case of FITs :
» 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
» Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

In case of Group :
» 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
» Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure
» Cancellation Policy
Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to The Luxury Trains. On cancellation, refund will be made. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows.

In case of FITs :
» 5% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
» 20% of ticket value 30-59 days prior to departure.
» 100% of ticket value between less than 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group :
» 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
» 100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.

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