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THE  PALACE  ON  WHEELS  LUXURY  TRAIN  JOURNEY
Welcome aboard the Palace on Wheels and get carried into the opulent world of Maharaja’s, magnificent palaces and imposing forts. The elegant interiors of this train with its delectable cuisine and personalized service, exude an exclusive old world charm. Each saloon has its own attendants or "Khidmatgars" who ensure that your journey is comfortable.

Fully air-conditioned, the fourteen deluxe saloons are equipped with excellent amenities which enhance the pleasure of traveling. Each saloon is a combination of two twin bedded & two double bedded chambers with attached toilets, running cold & hot water and shower facilities. Colorfully attired men and women garland the guests and accord a ceremonial welcome at Delhi Cantonment Railway Station from where the journey starts. For the next seven days the guests will live in Regal splendor as the train winds its way to different vibrant destinations.

Suggested itinerary:

Day 1- Wednesday - Departure Delhi
Arrive Delhi Cantonment Station between 1530 and 1600hrs. Departure 1830hrs Dinner will be served on board the train

Day 2- Thursday - Arrive Jaipur
Jaipur. Arrival 08.30.Breakfast on board. Sightseeing trip round town followed by lunch in hotel. Cultural show and dinner at Nahargarh Citadel, a former royal fort, or in Man-Singh Hotel. Jaipur, the first stopping place, was built at the beginning of the 18th century by the Maharajah Jai Singh II. The \"pink\" city is surrounded by a town wall with 8 gates. The town palace and the Sawai-Man-Singh Museum directly beside it are well worth looking at. The Jantar-Mantar Observatory still astonishes with the precision of its layout. The jewel of Jaipur is the Palace of the Winds, a stone facade with an immense number of finely sculptured lattice panels. The festival Palace of Amber lies 12 km (7.5 miles) from Jaipur and is visited on the backs of elephants. Amber’s rooms are famous for the variety of their decoration and the beautiful Hall of Mirrors.

Day 3- Friday - Arrive Jaisalmer
Arrival Jaisalmer at 0615. Breakfast on board, followed by sightseeing in town. Lunch on train or in tourist bungalow. Visit to the cenotaphs of famous heroes and rulers which are beautifully decorated with fine stonemasons’ work. Camel rides to experience the real desert. Dinner at the Moomal Tourist Bungalow, then on with the train to Jodhpur. Jaisalmer, a fairy-tale town in the Thar desert was founded about 800 years ago by Rajah Jaisal. The town is surrounded by mighty walls which seem to grow up out of sun bleached desert sands. In the town centre the buildings provide evidence of the Indian stonemasons’ unsurpassed art. In narrow, twisting streets you can visit Havelis, the houses of rich merchants with their finely carved filigree facades.

Day 4- Saturday - Arrive Jodhpur
Jodhpur. Arrival 08.00. Breakfast on board. Sightseeing in town. Lunch at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, originally the Royal Palace of the Maharajas of Jodhpur. Evening tea and dinner on board. Jodhpur, the southernmost of the legendary cities of the desert, was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 on the advice of a hermit. The high walls of the massive Mehrangarh Fort form a delightful contrast to the elegant sandstone facades with their fine carvings inside the palace. Opposite the fort lies Jaswant Thada, a memorial made of white marble which was erected in 1899 to the memory of Jaswant Singh I. Departure 17.00.

Day 5- Sunday - Arrive SwaiMadhopur / Chittor
Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambor). Arrival in Sawai Madhopur at 0400. Travel to Ranthambore (14 km - 9 miles) to the well-known game park with its tigers and leopards. With any luck you might see a tiger in its natural surroundings. Many other animals such as crocodiles, deer, gazelles, nilgais and hyenas live here. Depart at 12.00. Ranthambore lies 132 km (82 miles) from Jaipur. The area is 392 sq. km (150 sq. miles) and lies between the Aravali and Vindhya mountains. The best time for seeing many animals is between October and April. Departure for Chittaurgarh at 11.00 hrs. Lunch on Board at 13.00.
Arrival Chittaurgarh at 15.30 hrs. Sightseeing of Chittorgarh Fort. Chittorgarh Fort on a 180 m high hill, was the strongest of the Rajput forts. The tall and finely chiseled Victory Tower and the Tower of Fame are undamaged and reach up into the sky from the surrounding ruins. Dinner on Board 20.00 hrs.

Day 6- Monday - Chittorgarh / Udaipur
Chittorgarh/ Udaipur. Arrival 07.30. Breakfast on board. Drive by bus journey to Udaipur to the Lake Palace Hotel on Lake Pichola, originally the summer palace of the Maharana of Udaipur. Boot trip followed by lunch at the Lake Palace Hotel. Sightseeing in Udaipur. Evening meal on board train. Udaipur was founded in 1559 on the banks of Lake Pichola by the Maharana Udai Singh. The town palace is raised high above the lake and contains among others a hall of mirrors, a roof garden with a pond and a peacock court, named after its peacock mosaic. Sahelion-Ki-Bari is a pleasant park with 4 fountains and colorful flower beds.

Day 7- Tuesday - Arrive Bharatpur / Agra
Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra.
Arrival 06.00. Breakfast in Bharatpur bird sanctuary and boat trip. By coach to Fatehpur Sikri and Agra. Lunch at hotel. Sightseeing in Agra and tea at Taj Restaurant, Agra or on board. Dinner on board. Bharatpur is an enormous bird sanctuary. The flat marshes attract resident and migratory birds in their thousands. More than 500,000 birds of 325 species have been counted in winter. It is possible to travel by boat to the low trees where the birds assemble. From Bharatpur it is 22 km (14 miles) to Fatehpur Sikri. The town is still completely preserved. It was built by the Mogul emperor Akbar in the 16th century but abandoned a short time later because of an acute lack of water. It is still possible to see spacious courtyards, an audience hall and the palace complex, which is made up of apartments.

Day 8- Wednesday - Arrive Delhi
Delhi. Breakfast on train and end of journey. Arrive Delhi 7.30

Palace on Wheels Luxury Train Departure Dates & Cost :

7 Nights Palace On Wheels Train Tour Ex. Delhi for 2007 - 08
May'
2007 to August' 2007 ANNUAL MAINTENANCE , No Service
September' 2007 05, 12, 19, 26
October' 2007 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
November' 2007 07, 14, 21, 28
December' 2007 05, 12, 19*, 26*
January ' 2008 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
February ' 2008 06, 13, 20, 27
March ' 2008 05, 12, 19, 26
April ' 2008 02, 09, 16, 23, 30

7 Nights Palace On Wheels Train Tour Ex. Delhi for 2008 - 09
May' 2008 to August' 2008 ANNUAL MAINTENANCE , No Service
September' 2008 03, 10, 17, 24
October' 2008 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
November' 2008 05, 12, 19, 26
December' 2008 03, 10, 17, 24*, 31*
January ' 2009 07, 14, 21, 28
February ' 2009 04, 11, 18, 25
March ' 2009 04, 11, 18, 25
April ' 2009 01, 08, 15, 22, 29

Indicative New rates for 2007-08 Season pending approval from Indian Railways on 10th May, 2007)

COST PER PERSON for 7 Nights PALACE ON WHEELS Train Tour Ex. Delhi

On Triple Sharing :
FROM OCT to MARCH - US$ 2,380
FOR SEPT & APRIL - US$ 1,820
On Twin Sharing :
FROM OCT to MARCH - US$ 2,905
FOR SEPT & APRIL - US$ 2,205
On Single Occupancy :
FROM OCT to MARCH - US$ 3,920
FOR SEPT & APRIL - US$ 2,905

+ Govt. Service Tax Extra AS APPLICABLE
* 10% Holiday Surcharge Extra for Xmas-Eve & New Year Eve departs.

COST INCLUDES : Stay for in private A/C cabin with attached toilets; Daily 3 Meals; Excursion costs & sightseeing with English Speaking Guides; Bottled drinking water; Entrance fee at monuments; Elephant ride in Jaipur; Camel ride in Jaisalmer; Canter-Trailer ride in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve; Boat ride in Udaipur; Cycle Rickshaw ride in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

EXTRA COSTS (Not included) : Hard & soft drinks on consumption; Laundry Service; Video Camera fee at monuments & game sanctuaries on actual ;Gratuity & tips; Porterage; Travel Insurance.

Note :
Children below 5 years complimentary without bed
Children below 12 years charged 50% of adult rate
Lower rates in months of September & April, due to warm weather conditions in Rajasthan
Indian Nationals/ NRI's can pay in Equivalent Rupees.

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