A great way to explore India is on the Palace on Wheels. The famous luxury train of India that carries with it an understated luxury that blends in with the majestic charm and beauty of the state of Rajasthan; a land of sand dunes, regal palaces, colour, and culture. On this journey you will have the opportunity of seeing the best that Rajasthan has to offer.
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The journey begins at the Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi, where you will receive a warm traditional welcome before the Palace on Wheels pulls out into the night for a week–long luxury tour through Rajasthan. (D)
Your first stop is Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, and popularly known as the “Pink City”. Here you will visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), and the Amber Fort where you will be taken in royal style by elephant back or jeep to the gates of the Palace. After lunch you will visit the City Palace Museum and Observatory. Overnight train journey to Sawai Madhopur. (B, L, D)
Day 3Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh
After breakfast you will visit Ranthambore National Park. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be one of the country’s best for observing and photographing the elusive tiger. Afterwards you will return to the Palace on Wheels where you will proceed to Chittorgarh, before arriving at Udaipur for your overnight stay. (B, L, D)
Today you will visit the magnificent marble palaces of Udaipur – the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir, which rises from the blue waters of Lake Pichola. After lunch at a five star hotel, you will continue with a visit to the City Palace, before re–boarding the train for your overnight journey to Jaisalmer. (B, L, D)
In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, where the yellow sandstone fort towers over the city. After lunch on-board, you will be taken on an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam. Enjoy dinner and a cultural programme at a five star hotel before your overnight journey to Jodhpur. (B, L, D)
This morning you will arrive in Jodhpur. It is the second largest city of Rajasthan – primarily known for its rocksolid Mehrangarh Fort. Here you will have the opportunity to view the city's sights and shop for exquisite handicrafts. After lunch at a five star hotel, you will return to the train for your journey to Bharatpur. (B, L, D)
Day 7Bharatpur – Agra
In the morning you will arrive in Bharatpur. After breakfast, visit the world famous bird sanctuary; Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This World Heritage Centre is a nesting place for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds. You will then depart for Agra where you will visit the Taj Mahal after lunch at a five star hotel. Then, re-board the train for your final OVERNIGHT journey to Delhi. (B, L, D)
On arrival at Delhi Safdarjung Railway station you will have a final breakfast on-board before disembarking. (B)