The Palace on Wheels is a link to India’s romantic past and provides the opportunity to travel and be treated as royalty once was. At the turn of the 20th century, during the days of the Raj, viceroys and maharajas built stately carriages for their personal use. Finished in opulent splendour, these carriages were a transportable Palace on Wheels. This journey travels from chaotic Delhi to the Pink City of Jaipur onward to the majestic Udaipur, the desert town of Jaisalmer the Taj Mahal in Agra before finishing in Delhi.

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Looking like a scene from the 1,001 Nights as it rises from flat desert surrounds, Jaisalmer is a centre for nomadic tribes people.

Spend time in Udaipur, arguably the most romantic place in India, and enjoy the tranquil lake and great restaurants.

The Palace on Wheels is a link to India’s romantic past and provides the opportunity to travel and be treated as royalty once was.

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Palace on Wheels

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Day 1

Delhi

Report by 4.30pm at the Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi for a traditional welcome and check-in formalities. Free time for a photo-shoot with traditionally attired Palace On Wheels staff. Be escorted to your saloon cabins by a personal attendant for a briefing on the cabin facilities. At leisure, proceed to the bar lounge for complimentary welcome drink. Train departs at 6.30pm. Dinner is served on board. (D)

Day 2

Jaipur

Arrive at the Jaipur Railway Station and proceed to visit the Pink City Palace, Jantar Mantar Sun Observatory and the Hawa Mahal (Palace Of Winds). This afternoon you'll visit the magnificent Amber Fort. Enjoy lunch in 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant, located in the forts premises. Later discover the beauty of the well preserved Fort Palace with huge courtyard’s that combines Rajput and Mughal architecture. Later, there will be free for a spot of shopping. Return to train by 6pm and depart. Breakfast and dinner is served on board. (B,L,D).

Day 3

Ranthambhore National Park

Alight from the train at 6.30am for your morning 4WD wildlife safari. Ranthambhore National Park is one of the original Project Tiger reserves, with its lakes, crags and ruined pavilions. One of the biggest and most renowned national parks in northern India, Ranthambhore was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur. Return to the train at 9.30am and depart. Breakfast and lunch is served on board. In the mid-afternoon, arrive at the Chittorgarh Railway Station and explore the Chittorgarh Fort – one of the largest in India. In the evening, enjoy a Sound & Light show in the fort complex and return to train for dinner. Train departs at midnight. (B,L,D).

Day 4

Udaipur

Arrive in Udaipur at 8am. Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Take breakfast, visit the 17th century City Palace and enjoy a boat ride around the world famous Lake Palace Hotel atop a small island in Lake Pichola. Proceed for lunch at the Fatehprakash Palace Hotel. Enjoy some free time for shopping and visit the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari. Return to the train at 3pm and depart. Dinner is served on board. (B,L,D).

Day 5

Jaisalmer

Enjoy breakfast on board. Depart at 9.30am for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort and the 15th century Jain Temples. Enjoy your lunch at a 5 star hotel and return to the train for a brief rest. At 4.30pm, take part in a sunset camel ride atop of the Sam Sand Dunes on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. In the evening, enjoy a cultural program and dinner at a luxurious 5 star hotel. Return to the train at 10pm and depart.  (B,L,D).

Day 6

Jodhpur

Enjoy breakfast on board. Arrive in Jodhpur at around 8.30am. Depart at 9.30am explore the colossal Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and take in the great views from its ramparts, which dominate the city's skyline. You’ll also visit the royal cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada, the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum before taking lunch at the Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant. Return to the train and depart at 3.30pm. Enjoy dinner on board (B,L,D).

Day 7

Agra

At 6.30am proceed to the famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. Once the domain of royal duck shooters, the World Heritage-listed Keoladeo Ghana National Park is now regarded as one of the world's most important bird sanctuaries with over 400 different species identified. Enjoy a rickshaw ride to view both local and migratory birds. Return to the train and take breakfast. Depart at 8.45am, arrive in Agra at around 10.30amand transfer to the Agra Fort for your guided tour. After lunch, at the ITC Mughal Hotel tour the majestic Taj Mahal. Free time for shopping before returning to the train for dinner. Depart Agra at 8pm. (B,L,D).

Day 8

Delhi

Travel through the night and arrive at Delhi at 6.30am. Take breakfast and alight from the train at 7.15am. The trip finishes at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station at 7.15am. If you wish to book pre or post accommodation in Delhi, train station to your Delhi hotel on day 8 of the trip or Delhi day tours you can do at the time of booking. (B)

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