Day 1- Wednesday
NEW DELHI : Reporting Time 1600hrs. Departure 1830hrs
Delhi: you will be treated like Maharaja & Maharani. You will be welcomed by Garlanding, Tikka and Turban and a glass of wine. The capital city of modern India is a city known for its rich valorous and exotic history, once the fabled city of the heroes of Mahabharata. Delhi was ruled by the Rajputs before they were displaced by foreign invaders. The tour starts in the evening with a ceremonial welcome aboard the Palace on Wheels at Safdarjung New Delhi. You will be introduced to your fellow travellers. Feel free to explore your new palace, and acquaint yourself with its various facilities. Relax with a drink at the bar. Dinner will be served on board in its two restaurants.
Day 2 – Thursday
JAIPUR : Arrival 03.45hrs Departure 2000hrs
Your tour begins at the Hawa Mahal Palace of Wind, followed by the amazing Jantar Mantar-Astronomical Observatory. Both are to be explored at leisure. The home of the erstwhile rulers, the city palace is now a museum of full royal splendour.
Jaipur also offers a great shopping experience since the city is the country’s capital as far as handicrafts are concerned. This includes a very extensive local range as well as a major international centre of cutting and polishing of gems and stone. Also, the Jaipur is known all over the world for hand block printing on textiles.
Lunch is at Amber Fort. Soon after reaching at Amber Fort you can enjoy the festively decorated elephant for a ride up to the fort. After lunch, visit the Amber Fort for the best example of splendid fusion of Rajput and Mugal styles of architecture. The hall of victory Jai Mandir has a stunning ceiling adorned with mirror work an inlaid panel. Return back to the train by bus to freshen up and enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board.
Day 3- Friday
SAWAI MADHOPUR & CHITTAURGARH: Arrival 0530hrs (Sawai Madhopur) and 10.30hrs (Chittorgarh).
Sawai Madhopur, the Ranthambhore tiger reserve at the junction of the Aravali and the Vindhyas, is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 km from Sawai Madhopur.
A 1000 year old Ranthambhore Fort of great historical importance sits atop a high hill. Standing tall amid the remains of the historical: part cenotaphs, tombs, stepped well, summer palace etc, they have all merged harmoniously in to the sprawling forest.
Three big lakes- Padam Talav, Malik Talav and Raj Bag- are alike, turquoises studded in the vast tract. Though a delicate eco system, Ranthambhore is dynamic in the diversity and density of fauna it supports. Tigers, at the apex of the food chain, lord over the kingdom in a subtle way, they are solitary by nature. They operate with stealth. Quite naturally tiger sightings are always a matter of chance, though evidence of its activities is equally exciting. Other then tigers you may have opportunity to see 24 different species of mammals, spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, Indian gazel, jungal cat, panthers, jackal, hynas, sloth bears and almost 300 different kind of birds.
Breakfast is to be served in Hotel Vinayak in peace and tranquillity. Return back to Palace on Wheels.
Lunch on Board. Enjoy the afternoon on train as it travels the lush green country side before arriving to Chittorgarh.
Chittorgarh: Arrival 1600hrs Departure 0200hrs
Chittorgarh Fort is considered as the largest fort of India, built by various Mauriyan rulers during 5th to 8th century period, this for covers an area of 680 acres most of the structures inside the fort premises are in ruins. But a glimpse at this giant abodes of Rajput still fills on with thrill. The fort is accessible after ceremony seven gates. Rana Kumbha palace and Padamini Palace in the fort are considered as master pieces of Rajput architecture Padmini Palace had been the residence of beautiful queen Rani Padmini.
In the year 1313 Alaudhin Khilji after knowing about the beauty of the queen attack on the fort. But the Rani performed Johar (Taking once own life by fire).The victory tower built by Maharana Kumbha in the memory of victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujrat in 15th Century. This tower is the symbolic identity of Chittorgarh and the sound and light programme at fort.
Dinner at Panna Hotel and there you can enjoy a cultural programme, music & Barbeque.
Day 4- Saturday
UDAIPUR: Arrival 0800hrs. Departure 1550hrs
The capital of the Sirodia Maharanas, enjoys pre-eminence among the Rajput clans of Rajasthan. Spend the day sightseeing at Udaipur. Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation for a new kingdom, Udaipur, situated at Lake Pichola where the impressive city palace was lavished with aesthetic and imaginative works of art, miniature painting was encouraged. Subsequently the princes built the seemingly floating Ireland Palace, the royal summer retreat, offering a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Visit to Crystal Gallery-It is a balcony of Fateh Prakash Banquet hall which is having a museum of crystal glass furniture, crockery, chandeliers of old time.
Lunch at Sun set point-Open air restaurant room where you can enjoy a view of Lake Palace, Jagmandir and can enjoy fresh breeze of Pichola Lake. Boat Ride and back to train.
Day 5- Sunday
JAISALMER : Arrival 0915hrs. Departure 2345hrs
Jaisalmer, the golden city of Rajasthan has a charm of its own. Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput ruler, founded the city in 1156 AD. The western most citadel of the desert, Jaisalmer has an ancient history linked with its development as a trading center, located en-route to one of the two passages that connected India with Persia, Egypt, Africa and West. The Bhati Rajput as sole guardians of the city accumulate enough wealth through tax levied on the passing caravans. Jaisalmer is picturesque amid a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climate conditions. The Sonar Quila Fort, made of yellow sand stone will immediately command your attention here.
The city is also known for its old mansion better known as havelies. Patwon Ki Haveli and Nathmalgi Ke Haveli, Salim Singh Ji Ki Haveli has the most striking architecture, a fine blend of the ancient and the medieval eras. Shopping and lunch at Moomal Hotel. Amid the sweeping sand dunes, enjoy the romance of solitude at Kuldhara and let your camel takes you deep in the Thar Desert, the setting here is the most awaited experience and the sun sets over the rolling golden dunes is a surreal experience. Though the winter, followed by the cultural performance – campfire with dinner in dunes
Enjoy Rajasthani Food with traditional music, Evening Tea, Sun set, Dinner at Palace Hotel.
Day 6- Monday
JODHPUR : Arrival 0700hrs Departure 1530hrs
Jodhpur: Special welcome on arrival and sightseeing of the mighty fort followed by lunch at gorgeous Umaid Bhawan Palace. The city best known for its indigo-hued homes and buildings, Jodhpur is the former capital of the Marwar. The Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 and later his successors also added new structures. The fort is situated 120 meters high on a rocky hill and is witness to the lavish and royal history of Rathore.
The fort stands on strong and wide walls, which are 20 to 120 feet high and 12 to 70 feet thick- its gigantic structure and finely carved intricate sculpture are a treat for eye. The royal structures boast its own saga of security and beautiful Perl Palace has a delicately carved stone screen. Umaid Vilas displays the Rajput miniature paintings and the Ajit Vilas exhibits musical instruments and the royal costumes. Enjoy shopping of local handicrafts here also.
Umaid Bhawan the finest and largest palace in the world. Maharaja Umaid Singh utilized the services of a well known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester for the construction of this palace. There are 347 rooms in the palace that boast about its grandness and splendor. The central dome has become the identity of the palace at 110 feet high. The Royal Family in still lives a part of the palace that has the old clock museum. Lunch will be served at a 5 star hotel. After lunch back to Palace on Wheels, dinner on board.
Day 7- Tuesday
BHARATPUR : Arrival 0500hrs. Departure 0845hrs
Breakfast on board.
Bharatpur: A royal kingdom where the jats, rather than the Rajputs, ruled. Bharatpur’s Jat History is not too old, with Suraj Mal establishing a firm stronghold in a region contested by both the Rajputs and the Mughals. Suraj Mal exploits are legendary, and the fort, Lohargarh, or Iron Fort, has a history that recounts it with pride. The only fort in the state to have bastions of mud, these proved meritorious because they simply swallowed up the cannon shells not allowing them to impact.
The Keoladeo Ghana National Park one of the finest bird sanctuary in the world was developed by a royal edict when dykes were created so that water could be canalized for the hunting preserve as the Maharaja of Bharatpur wished to create.
Over three hundred species of birds many of them migrant species that come from parts as distant as Siberia and China
AGRA : Arrival 1100hrs. Departure 1930hrs.
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.
Day 8- Wednesday
DELHI: Arrival 0400hrs.
Arrive at Delhi Safdarjung Railway station at 04.00 hrs. Breakfast on board at 0700hrs and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time. De-board / check out starts at 0730hrs