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The journey to the hinterland of the desert starts every Wednesday evening from New Delhi and ends the following Wednesday early in the morning, back at the same station. In 7 Nights and 8 Days, the train traverses over 3,000 kilometers (1,850 miles).
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 the air.
There are 39 Deluxe Cabins and 2 Super Deluxe Cabins on he Palace on Wheels train (with a total capacity of 82 passengers).
The train is completely self-sufficient and is fully air-conditioned, each cabin has an attached toilet, and is facilitated for the global luxury traveler with all modern amenities such as wifi, mini pantry, music channel, a safe, wall to wall carpeting, etc. Each cabin also has a personal attendant, also known as khidmatgars, at your service.
You would find the royal past you etched into the historical coaches. The carriages are uniquely named after famous Palace and Forts of Rajasthan. The Rich Interiors of the Cabins are either in hues of Ruby, Turquoise, or Pearl
There are two Resto-Bar lounges on the train, Sheesh Mahal and Swarn Mahal, and an aryurvedic spa facility. Complimentary Wi-fi services are also made available through sharing dongles.
High Season: For October to March departures
|Super Deluxe Cabin|
Low Season: For April and September departures
|Super Deluxe Cabin|
|September 2019||04, 11, 18, 25|
|October 2019||02, 09, 16, 23, 30|
|November 2019||06, 13, 20, 27|
|December 2019||04, 11, 18, 25|
|January 2020||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
|February 2020||05, 12, 19, 26|
|March 2020||04, 11, 18, 25|
|April 2020||01, 08, 15, 22, 29|
Meeting point in Safderjung Railway Station at 4:30 p.m. for a royal welcome. Palace on Wheels departs at 6:30 p.m.
Report by 4:30 p.m. at Safdarjung Railway Station for traditional welcome including garlanding, tikka and turban, and check-in formalities for the Palace on Wheels. Take some time for photo shoot with traditionally attired Palace On Wheels staff. Be escorted to your cabin by personal attendant for briefing on cabin facilities. At leisure, proceed to Bar Lounge for complimentary welcome drink. The train departs at 6:30 p.m. and dinner served on board.
Breakfast on board followed by royal elephant welcome at Jaipur Railway Station. Then proceed to visit St. Albert Museum, Pink City Palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar (sun observatory).
After brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the sightseeing tour reaches the excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort Palace of Amber in the afternoon. Enjoy an elephant ride up the steep ramparts of the fort. Lunch is held in the 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant, located in Fort premises.
Later, discover the beauty of 16th century well preserved Fort Palace, with huge courtyards and built in rare fusion of combined Rajput and Mughal architecture.
At around 5:00 p.m. visit the vibrant local market for shopping. Return to the train around 6:00 p.m. and depart for the next destination. Dinner is served on board.
After an early morning arrival at 6:30 a.m. in a forest lodge, proceed to jungle safari in a 15 seater canters inside Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. One of the most popular reserves in India with a rich history; the jungle is home to Tigers, Panthers, Sloth bears, Pythons, Marsh crocodiles, hundreds of deers, and numerous birds. This is truly a delight for wildlife lovers. After the visit, return back to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and depart on train by 10:00 a.m. Lunch is served on board.
At 4:00 p.m. the Palace on Wheels train reaches Chittorgarh Railway Station. Begin excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort of Chittorgarh, spread over a huge plateau with history dating back to 11th century. It is considered to be the largest fort of India. In the Evening, enjoy Sound and Light program in fort complex and then return to train for dinner. The train departs post midnight.
Train arrives in Udaipur by 8:00 a.m. and after on board breakfast, proceed to visit 17th Century built City Palace complex with eleven constituent Mahals, balconies, towers, and cupolas. Also visit Crystal Gallery – housing personal collection of H.H. of Udaipur.
Later, enjoy boat ride around the world famous Lake Palace Hotel atop a small island in the middle of Lake Pichola. Lunch is held at the majestic Fatehprakash Palace Hotel.
Later, you get free time for shopping followed by a visit to the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari. Return to the train by 3:00 p.m. and depart. Dinner is served on board.
After on board breakfast, by 9:30 a.m. proceed to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort, which seems straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th century built living Fort complex, standing at a height of hundred meters over Jaisalmer town and glows golden in the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard.
Then visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansion houses that are five story high and extensively carved. Located nearby is a group of 15th century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved and have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India.
Proceed for Lunch to a 5-Star Hotel and later return to the train for brief rest and tea. At 4:30 p.m. proceed for excursion to Sam Sand Dunes in Thar Desert for Camel joy ride during sunset. Later, enjoy Cultural Program and Dinner at a 5-Star Hotel. Return to train by 10:00 p.m. and depart.
Train arrives at 8:00 a.m. in Jodhpur and after on board breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of 16th century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill which soars 125 meters above Jodhpur town. The Palace complex is approached by a series of gateways set at an angle so that enemy armies could not charge with any success. Once past the Fort gates, you have access to breath taking Palatial Apartments (Mahal), overlooking wide courtyards. Inside the fort complex is a museum having wide and impressive collection of Royal dresses and Medieval weapons. Located near the Fort complex is a late 19th century built Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble.
Later, visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace, displaying personal artifacts of H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur. Lunch is served at Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant. Return to the train and depart by 3:30 p.m. and then dinner is served on board.
At 6:30 a.m. proceed to UNESCO world Heritage Site of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and enjoy cycle rickshaw ride to view many of 375 species of both local and migratory birds (from places like Sri Lanka, Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet). Return to the train for breakfast and depart by 8:45 a.m.
Train drops you at Railway station on outskirts of Agra at 10:30 a.m. The sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, the seat of power of the once mighty Mughal Empire. Lunch at ITC Mughal Hotel is followed by a visit to the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a flawless architectural wonder built in white marble. Afterwards, guests have some free time for shopping. Then return to the train for on board dinner and depart.
The Palace on Wheels train returns to Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station by 5:30 a.m. Check out by 7:15 a.m. after early breakfast.