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We welcome you aboard to "Re-live" the Royal Experience of the Maharajas of Rajasthan and if you are really looking for a holiday of a lifetime, the Palace On Wheels is for you.

The passenger coaches which were originally meant to be the personal railway coaches of the former rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These coaches were not being used by the Indian Railways after independence in normal passenger trains on account of very rich and traditional interiors.

The name "Palace on Wheels" was derived from its royal back-ground of the coaches. A new meter gauge air conditioned Palace-on-Wheels was introduced in 1984 & had 13 Saloons, 2 Restaurant cum Kitchen car, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 Service Cars. In order to further increase the amenities on the train and due to over all gauge conversion in the state, a new broad gauge Palace-on-Wheels has been constructed & has been running since 1996. It's 14 Saloons are inter-connected, the interiors of the saloons reflect the aesthetics of the former Royal states of Rajasthan. The exquisite and exclusive Palace on Wheels has luxurious Cabins, wall to wall carpeting, a well stocked bar, two dining cars
(The Maharaja and Maharani) and a very personalized service... in fact, almost everything that could comprise of heaven on earth for seven days!

In the past 20 years of operations, the Palace on Wheels has been rated as one of the best ten luxurious rail journeys in the world.
 
Palace on Wheels: Highlights
Jaisalmer, the "desert fort"
Jaisalmer has been a vital trade centre since the 11th century. Desert buildings, like the temples ,the fort, or the havelis are still well-conserved in their unique beauty.

Udaipur, the "City of Palaces"
Udaipur The Rajasthan's most romantic city, the "Eastern Venice", looks miraculous with its fairy-tale palaces, temples, gardens , narrow streets and lakes. Everything is telling tales of the heroic past.

The Taj Mahal, the seventh wonder of the world
Taj Mahal the famous symbol of love was founded by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to compete this mausoleum, which is completely built from white marble. This building is an memorable sight, not exclusively for lovers.
 


Palace on Wheels: Itinerary
(08 Days / 07 Nights)
(New Delhi-Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Chittorgarh-Udaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Bharatpur-Agra-Delhi)
(to view the route of this tour on a Map please click here)
 

Day 1 - Wednesday - New Delhi
The journey of a lifetime begins at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway station 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.
Reporting Time 18.00 hrs. Dep. 18.30 hrs.

Day 2 - Thursday - Jaipur
The first stop of the 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 Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D.

To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable five storied building a one 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 where elephant ride is available to climb up the hill. Lunch at a Five Star Hotel followed by visit to City Palace Museum and Observatory.
Arrival 03.45 hrs. Departure 20.00 hrs.

Day 3 - Friday - Sawai Madhopur
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 a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor 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, rate, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous population here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its excusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. Upon return to the Palace-on-Wheels, you leave for Chittorgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight.
Arrival 05.30 hrs. Departure 10.20 hrs.

Day 3 - Friday - Chittorgarh
After lunch on board you are in Chittorgarh. Images of love and velour; scars of battles lost and won...thrice-besieged, Chittorgarh Fort is all this and more. Moving legends of honor and pride will echo in your mind as you proceed to Udaipur.
Arrival 16.00 hrs. Departure 02.00 hrs (next day i.e. on Saturday)

Day 4 - Saturday - Udaipur
Udaipur, the Lake City, was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven way 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 at a Five Star Hotel, a visit to the City Palace.
Arrival 08:00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs.

Day 5 - Sunday - Jaisalmer
In the heart of the Thar desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal,in 1 1 56 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.Shop for fine pattu shawls ,mirror work and 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 porgramme at a Five Star hotel.
Arrival 09.15 hrs. Departure 23.30 hrs.

Day 6 - Monday - Jodhpur
Next morning the Palace-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 Palace hotel, return to the Palace-on-Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop for exquisite handicraft articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
Arrival 07.00 hrs. Departure 16.30 hrs.

Day 7 - Tuesday - Bharatpur / Agra
Bharatpur
In the 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 for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds.
Arrival 05.00 hrs.Departure 08:45

Agra
Upon arrival visit the Agra Fort and after lunch 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 jewellery.
Arrival 10:00 hrs Departure 19.30 hrs.

Day 8 - Wednesday - Delhi
Arrive at Delhi Safdarjung Railway station. Breakfast on board and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time.
Arrival 07.30 hrs.
 

Tour Reservation Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (2017)
   
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Palace on Wheels: Tour Tariff *

Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour (Valid from October 2016 to March 2017)

Occupancy Type

Per Person/ Night

7 Nights Per Person

Single

 US$ 865 US$ 6055
Double US$ 650 US$ 4550
Triple US$ 575 US$ 4025
 
Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour (Valid for April 2016 & September 2017)
Occupancy Type

Per Person/ Night

7 Nights Per Person

Single  US$ 650 US$ 4550
Double US$ 500 US$ 3500
Triple US$ 450 US$ 3150

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age.
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)
 
Palace on Wheels: Tour Schedule
Months of operation:
The Palace on Wheels tour starts on every Wednesday of the week from New Delhi, from September until April of the following year.
During monsoon and summer months (May to August), the train closes for maintenance.

Reporting time is 16:30 hrs at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station where a royal reception awaits you.

This prominent train departs from Safdarjung Railway Station at 18:30 hrs.

Please note that due to global popularity of the Palace on Wheels, it is always worthwhile to book your space well in advance to avoid any availability problem ahead.
 

Departure Dates of Palace on Wheels Luxury Train : 2016, 2017 and 2018

Month

Dates

Month

 

 

Dates

September 2016

7

14

21

28

-

October 2016

5

12

19

26

-

November 2016

2

9

16

23

30

December 2016

7

14

21

28

-

January 2017

7

11

18

25

-

Februar 2017

1

8

15

22

-

March 2017

1

8

15

22

29

April 2017

5

12

19

26

-

September 2017

6

13

20

27

-

October 2017

4

11

18

25

-

November 2017

1

8

15

22

29

December 2017

6

13

20

27

-

January 2018

3

10

17

24

31

Februar 2018

7

14

21

28

-

March 2018

7

14

21

28

-

April 2018

4

11

18

25

-


Please note :-
10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.
@ 3.625% 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 75 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 or more prior to departure.
20% of ticket value between 59 to 30 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.
 

We always look forward for any changes in the itinerary as wished by you for your individual trip in Addition to the Palace on wheels Luxury Train Tour:

If you are willing to travel in a group - the
Group Departure dates are available !
If you are  group over 15 people please e-mail us with the number of participants and the wished dates to enable us to workout the tour cost !
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