- Explore India in royal old-world style on one of the most luxurious trains in the world.
- Discover incredible North India including Delhi, Agra and lavish Rajasthani cities.
- Search for the elusive tiger in Ranthambore and rare birds in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Palace on Wheels (9D/8N)
|City||Agra, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore, Udaipur|
|Theme||Adventure, Arts & Culture, Trains|
Day 01 – Tuesday: Arrive Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, our representative will meet you in the arrivals area and will escort you to the hotel.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 – Wednesday: In Delhi; Board Palace on Wheels; Delhi – Jaipur (B,D)
After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel for a tour of Delhi.
Visit the Red Fort (closed on Monday). This red sandstone walled city was built by the emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 at the very peak of the Mughal power. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi. This highly decorative mosque has a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees.
Drive past the ruins of the 14th century fort known as Kotla Firoze Shah. Rising from the palace’s crumbling remains is the 13-metre-high Ashoka Pillar from the 3rd century BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where a simple black marble memorial and an eternal flame mark the site of Gandhi’s cremation.
Climb onto the backseat of a rickshaw and enjoy the sights and sounds of Old Delhi as your driver navigates his way through the narrow maze of streets.
In New Delhi drive past famous landmarks such as the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the secretariat buildings. Continue down Rajpath, the wide tree-lined avenue that leads to India Gate, passing by the High Court and the Old Fort. Stop at Humayun’s Tomb, a garden-tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum. Photograph the curious and un-corroded 72-metre-high Qutub Minar and the ruins of Quwat-Ul-Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque.
After the tour you will be taken to Safdarjung Railway Station for the traditional welcome and check-in formalities for the Week in Wonderland Train Tour. Take some photos with the Palace on Wheels staff in their traditional uniforms before being escorted to your cabin. A complimentary welcome drink will be served in the Bar Lounge.
The train will depart at 6:30pm and dinner will be served onboard.
Day 03 – Thursday: In Jaipur; Jaipur – Ranthambore (B,L,D)
On arrival at the railway station in Jaipur you will receive a royal welcome by elephants. Then set off to explore this fascinating city.
Take a walk through the Albert Hall Museum, one of the oldest museums in Rajasthan. Visit Jantar Mantar, an outdoor observatory and architectural masterpiece. Stop to take photos of the pink-painted Hawa Mahal, also known as Palace of Winds and one of the most iconic buildings in Jaipur.
In the afternoon ride a beautifully decorated elephant up to the hilltop Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Completed in the 18th century this majestic fort offers far reaching views and great photo opportunities of the city.
Lunch will be served in 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant located in the fort.
After lunch, continue to the City Palace, a famous landmark built by the Kachwaha Rajput rulers of Jaipur. This is followed by free time for shopping.
Return to the train by 6pm and depart. Dinner will be served onboard the train.
Day 04 – Friday: Ranthambore – Chittorgarh – Udaipur (B,L,D)
Early morning set off from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station for a jungle safari in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
The reserve is known for its spectacular scenery of lakes, rivers, rocky hills, valleys and wild jungle scrub. Once a Maharajah’s hunting ground it is now a wildlife sanctuary and the best place to spot one of the highly endangered Bengal Tigers. In addition to tigers, the deep gorges serve as hideouts for leopards, sloth bear, sambar, and ‘chital’ or spotted deer. Also keep your eyes peeled for woodland, ground and water birds including the uncommon red jungle fowl and eagle.
Return back to train by 9:30am and depart. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.
By 4pm the train will reach Chittorgarh Railway Station. Disembark for an excursion to the Hill Fort of Chittorgarh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rising from the plains like a huge rock island this imposing 11th century fort is considered to be the largest in India.
In the evening, enjoy an enthralling sound & light show in the fort complex.
Return to the train for dinner and a late departure.
Day 05 – Saturday: Udaipur – Jaisalmer (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast on the train and then set off on a tour of Udaipur.
Explore the City Palace whose balconies, towers and cupolas tower over Lake Pichola. Once the home of Mewar’s rulers, it is now a museum and consists of several flawlessly integrated palaces. Visit Crystal Gallery, housing the largest collection of crystal in the world.
Enjoy a boat ride around the Lake Palace on Lake Pichola. The lake is 4km long and 3km wide and reflects the Aravalli Mountains on its mirror-like surface.
After lunch at the Fatehprakash Palace Hotel there is free time for shopping and to visit the beautiful gardens at Saheliyon-Ki-Bari.
Return to the train by 3pm and depart. Dinner will be served onboard.
Day 06 – Sunday: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (B,L,D)
After breakfast leave the train to explore Jaisalmer.
The city is also known as the ‘Golden City’ due to its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Enter the fort through a forbidding series of massive gates and take a leisurely walk through the 15th century complex.
Also visit Patwon ki Haveli, an elaborately carved mansion house; and the nearby 15th century Jain Temples containing some of the oldest manuscripts of India.
After lunch in a 5-star hotel return to the train.
Later that afternoon take a tour to the Sam Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert. Ride a camel through the desert while the sun slowly sets.
Continue the evening with a cultural show and dinner in a 5-star hotel.
Return to the train by 10pm and depart.
Day 07 – Monday: Jodhpur – Bharatpur (Bird Sanctuary) (B,L,D)
This morning the train will arrive in Jodphur, also known as the Blue City.
After breakfast spend time exploring Mehrangarh, a mighty fort set on a rocky hill towering over the city. Once past the series of gateways you have access to breath-taking palatial apartments and wide courtyards. Inside the fort complex is a museum housing an impressive collection of royal outfits and medieval weapons. Nearby you can see Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble.
Later visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace to see personal artifacts of the Maharaja of Jodhpur.
After lunch at Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant, return to the train and depart by 3:30pm.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 08 – Tuesday: Bharatpur – Agra (B,L,D)
Early morning before breakfast set off to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This bird sanctuary and national park has long been recognised as one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. Explore the sanctuary in a cycle rickshaw keeping a lookout for the many local and migratory birds.
Return to the train for breakfast.
By about 10.30am the train will arrive in Agra.
The first stop here is at the majestic Agra Fort situated on the bank of the River Yamuna. It was here that Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son and spent his final years in a room with a view of his beautiful Taj Mahal. Walk around the imposing citadel and see the elegant palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its red sandstone walls.
After lunch visit the city’s most famous building: the exquisite Taj Mahal. This monument to love was built under the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to enshrine the tomb of his beloved wife.
After some free time for shopping, return to the train and depart. Dinner is served onboard.
Day 09 – Wednesday: Delhi (B)
The train will arrive back in Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by 5.30am. After an early breakfast check out and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onwards flight.