EJT-13 - Palace on Wheels - 9 Days

Delhi • Jaipur • Sawai Madhopur • Chittaurgarh • Udaipur • Jaisalmer • Jodhpur • Ranthambhore  •  Bharatpur  •  Agra  •   Delhi

A luxury train journey through Delhi, Rajasthan, Agra and Taj Mahal.

Operates weekly (Wednesdays) from September through April. All meals are included while aboard the train.

DAY 1 - Tuesday - Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting colorful bazaar “Chandini Chowk”, Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and Jama Masjid followed by sound and light show program at the Red Fort.
Overnight: Taj Mahal, New Delhi.

DAY 2 - Wednesday - Delhi - Palace On Wheels
Morning sightseeing tour of Delhi visit Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Safdarjung Railway station, New Delhi where the guests are accorded a warm, traditional welcome before the Palace On Wheels pulls out into the night ... for a week-long luxury cruise through fascinating Rajasthan.
(Meals: Breakfast & Dinner).

DAY 3 - Thursday - Jaipur - Palace On Wheels
The first stop of Palace on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of the world of its time. Breakfast on board. After breakfast to explore 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 from Jaipur, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambiance. After 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 in the evening.

DAY 4 - Friday - Sawai Madhopur - Chittaurgarh - Palace On Wheels
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. After breakfast on board a visit is arranged to the Ranthambore 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 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 colorful countryside passing by in the daylight.  After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and valor; scars of battles lost and won .... thrice-besieged, Chittaurgarh Fort is all this and more.DAY-4(H)

DAY 5 - Saturday - Udaipur - Palace On Wheels
Arrive in Udaipur, the Lake City in the Morning. 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 return to Palace on Wheels by an AC coach and proceed to Jaisalmer.

DAY 6 - Sunday - Jaisalmer - Palace On Wheels
Arrive Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156 A.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. 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. Return to Palace on Wheels by an AC coach and proceed to Jodhpur at night.

DAY 7 - Monday - Jodhpur - Palace On Wheels
Today morning the Palace on wheels arrives 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. Depart for Bharatpur.

DAY 8 - Tuesday - Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - Agra and Taj Mahal - Palace On Wheels
This morning, the Palace on Wheels 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. Return to Palace on Wheels by an AC coach. Arrive at Fatehpur 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. Return to Palace on Wheels.

DAY 9 - Wednesday - Delhi
Today morning arrive at Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi. Breakfast on board. De-board the train. Meeting and transfer to Delhi Airport. Depart on your onward journey.

Suggested Advance Booking: At least 180 days or earlier prior to departure by making a deposit of $500.00 per person. Final payment required: 120 days prior to departure.

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