Departing Delhi 9th January 2008.
packing and unpacking!! Experience the lifestyle of the "maharajas"
of yore. The fourteen ornate coaches of the Palace on Wheels speak of
the history and social customs of erstwhile princes and kings. You will
be taken on a journey through the romantic state of Rajasthan and will
visit the exquisite palaces, forts, gardens and lakes.
Tour cost is inclusive of all meals and sightseeing. Approx US$3745 for single occupancy, $2695 for twin share.
9th Jan depart Delhi late afternoon
10th Jan Jaipur
11th Jan Jaisalmer
12th Jan Jodhpur
13th Jan Sawai Madhopur/Chittaurgarh
14th Jan Chittaurgarh/Udaipur
15th Jan Bharatpur/Agra
16th Jan Delhi - disembark after breakfast
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 Swai Jai Singh
II, in1727 A.D.
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 Swai Jai Singh II, in1727 A.D.
the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace
of Winds, which is a remarkable five storeyed 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 Amber
Fort, eight kms. away, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the
ambiance. Shop for Jaipur’s famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets blue
pottery and textiles. Near Ajmeri Gate is located Rajasthali - the only
Rajasthan Govt. Emporium selling genuine handicrafts at fixed prices.
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 will take you back to Palace on Wheels around
6.30 pm. Dinner on Board.
the heart of the T
har 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.
at Rajasthali-the only Rajasthan Govt. emporium, for fine pattu shawls,
mirror work & embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver
jewellery 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 the dinner and the cultural programmes at a hotel in Jaisalmer.
The train leaves for Jodhpur at night.
Next morning the Palac
e 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 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.
in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite handcrafted articles including the
famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings
and tie and dye fabrics.
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 a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor
National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a
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 392 sq.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. Upon return to
the Palace on Wheels, you leave for Chittaurgarh, when one gets an
opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the
After lunch on board you are in
Chittaurgarh. Images of love and valour; scars of battles lost and
won….thrice-beseiged, Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more.
the Lake City at 7:30 AM. It was founded by Maharana Udai
Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the
Mughals, in 1559A.D. 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 Pichhola. After lunch a visit to City
Palace is exhilarating.
In the evening visit the crystal gallery. Later proceed to Bharatpur on board Palace on Wheels
Early next morning,
the Palace 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
Sikri-the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. Within the
enclosure is a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dedicated
to the Sheikh Salim Chisti, a muslim Sufi Saint who
blessed him with a son. After lunch move on from the Red Fort and
arrive at the 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 known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewelry.
After dinner on board and a good night’s sleep, arrive
at Safdarjung Train Station, New Delhi at 6.00 hrs the next morning and
let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a
long, long time.