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Palace on Wheels Asia, India

Palace on Wheels
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Fay says,”The Palace on Wheels was India’s first luxury train in the post-Raj era, and continues to offer fine service in the classic Indian style.”   

About the Train

Travelling on the well-known Palace on Wheels is one of the more memorable ways to explore India’s stately splendour. The carriages have been refurbished as replicas of the original saloon carriages of the Maharajas.

Enjoy international cuisine, relax in the library, mingle with other guests at the bar, or retreat into the extensive cabins and watch the tapestry of the Rajasthan country side unfold aboard this luxurious train.

The efficient traditional liveried staff take care of everything one can think of, from accommodation, food, organized guided tours to shopping;  there is nothing left to chance for passengers on The Palace on Wheels.

Accommodation

Suites:  There are 14 coaches on the Palace On Wheels, each named after a former Rajput state and decorated in fantastically lavish royal styles! Twin beds are side by side.  Each suite has its own  bathroom with shower, and 110 volt electricity.  The accommodation includes a TV and 220 volt electricity and an in-house safe.  Guests are supplied with toiletries and an arrival kit of stationery.  Each saloon is attended by a personal valet and has snacks, water, tea and coffee  available.  There is a lounge in each saloon for guests.

Dining Cars:  There are two dining cars for guests; the Maharajah and the Maharani restaurants.  The restaurants serve both regional dishes, Indian specialities and a range of international cuisines.  The tables in each car are set for 2 people and 4 people respectively. Should you wish to dine in privacy, meals can also be brought to your room.

Lounge and Bar Cars:  The decor in the lounges and bars maintain a traditionally aesthetic yet modern theme, creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Spa Car:  Offering  guests a complete royal experience, the Palace on Wheels houses a Spa Car.  Enjoy a rejuvenating spa session after a daylong excursion within a royal ambience.

Itinerary

 

Delhi to Delhi; 7 nights and 8 days

Covering some of India’s greatest tourist destinations, the Palace on Wheels leaves from Delhi and takes in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal).

The Palace on Wheels travels to the pink Rajasthan state capital Jaipur, the golden citadel Jaisalmer, the blue city of Jodhpur, the National Park Ramthambhor, the symbol of chivalry Chittorgarh, the romantic city of the lakes Udaipur, the bird sanctuary Bharatpur and the Mughal capital Agra with the Taj Mahal , one of the seven wonders of the world.

  • Delhi.  Upon arrival at the International Airport a  representative meets you to take you on a sightseeing tour of city, which includes  the old Delhi with  attractions such as the Red Fort; explore the age-old Mosque- Jama Masjid, later take a few moments to walk down the busy streets of the town.  Taste the flavor of the Indian food at the Paranthe wali gali.  Later we move towards the well designed Lutneys Delhi, visiting the India Gate, President’s House, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and others.  At 16.30hrs are escorted to Delhi Safdarjung Railway station where guests are welcomed in traditional Indian style before the royal train pulls out into the night for a week-long journey through the heart of  Rajasthan.
  • Jaipur.  A rose-tinted spectacle  that enjoys the reputation of  being one of the best planned cities of the world in the bygone era. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D.  It has many colourful bazaars.
  • Sawai Madhopur.  Where you may get the chance to spot the wild cats (tigers) roaming freely at Ranthambore National Park.
  • Chittaurgarh.  After lunch proceed to Chittaurgarh to the  Chittaurgarh Fort. Over night journey to Udaipur.
  • Udaipur.  The City of Lakes,  adorned by the beautiful palaces, temples and lakes, with the palace of Jag Mandir that seems to rise from the lake
  • Jaisalmer.  Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Great Indian Desert, Thar Desert.  The yellow sandstone fort and other marvelous architectural masterpieces at Jaisalmer have made it a significant part of the  itinerary.
  • Jodhpur.  Next morning the Palace-on-Wheels takes its guests to Jodhpur where lies the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort.  It is second largest city of Rajasthan encircled by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions.
  •  Bharatput/ Agra.  Early this morning, we arrive in Bharatpur.  After breakfast there is a  safari tour at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.  Also, visit Agra, the city of Taj.  Explore the Agra Fort and then proceed to feast your eyes on the pristine beauty of the Taj Mahal.
  • Delhi.  The train arrives at Delhi Safdarjung Railway station in the morning.    Disembark the train after breakfast, where a representative will be waiting at the exit gate to transfer you to the International Airport.

Route & Map

Route Map – The Palace on Wheels

Dates and Prices 2014/2015

2014/2015:  November 12,19,26.  December 3,10,17,24,31.  January 7,14,21,28. February 4,11,18,25.  March 4,11,18,25.  April 1,8,15,22,29.

Prices

 October to March 2014/2015 (price per person)

Single Occupancy:   US$5,390

Twin Sharing:  US$4,025

Triple Sharing:  US$3,640

September & April 2014/2015 (price per person)

Single Occupancy:   US$4,025

Twin Sharing:  US$3,010

Triple Sharing:  US$2,730

50% off tariff for children between 5  and 12 years of age, proof of age required at time of booking.

Included:   Full catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and dinner), tea/coffee/bottled water, sightseeing, entrance fee at monuments/palaces/other places of interest, cultural performances, camel ride at Sam Sand Dunes (Jaisalmer), boat ride at Lake Pichola (Udaipur) and rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.

Not included: Drinks aside from those mentioned above, tips, laundry. Travel insurance or visa fees.  Spa treatments.  3.09% service tax (subject to change).  US$15 per person commercial tax.

 

General Information

Dress Code – Light tropical or light woolen clothing is recommended.   For dinner on the train semi-formal attire is recommended.

 

Booking & Reservations

All prices are at publicly-quoted rates.

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