Palace On Wheels

Overview

The Palace on Wheels, renowned as a premier luxury train, embarks on an extraordinary voyage through the regal era of the former maharajas. This remarkable journey promises an experience of a lifetime, immersing you in the opulent lifestyles once relished by the Indian Kings. It's a memory that is bound to etch itself into your consciousness, leaving an indelible mark.

Palace on Wheels - Luxury Train Travel in India, is a week in wonderland recreating the ambience of the glorious Indian heritage and journey through the most important and famous regions in the world - Amazing Delhi, Royal Rajasthan and Taj Mahal (the seventh Wonder of the World)

Palace on Wheels embarked on its maiden voyage on 26 January 1982, marking the beginning of a splendid era in luxury train travel. Since then, it has remained a favored choice for exploring the grandeur of Rajasthan. In a matter of years, Palace on Wheels earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's top ten opulent train journeys.

The inspiration for the Palace on Wheels stems from the regal history of these coaches. Originally designated as the private railway carriages for the former rulers of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the Viceroy of British India, they now serve as a lavish journey through time.

Rajasthan, the enchanting realm of grandiose kingdoms, boasts majestic forts, opulent palaces, and a rich tapestry of cultures. The Palace on Wheels stands as a gleaming testament to this regal heritage. As you step inside, a realm of royalty unfolds. The air-conditioning purrs quietly, enveloping you in a cocoon where the echoes of Rajput history resonate, seamlessly blended with modern comforts.

The train comprises fourteen resplendent saloons, each featuring four twin-bedded chambers, complete with en-suite baths offering both hot and cold running water along with showers. Every detail has been meticulously considered - plush sofas, thoughtfully placed reading lights, sumptuous beds with luxurious linens, built-in wardrobes for your belongings, and expansive windows that frame the passing countryside.

Beyond the chambers, each coach offers a cozy seating lounge, inviting passengers to gather, gaze at the cities rolling by, or simply savor a tranquil cup of tea. A dedicated pantry in each saloon ensures a steady supply of beverages and refreshments, accompanied by soothing background music.

A well-appointed bar-lounge provides a comfortable setting to unwind with your preferred libation, lose yourself in a book, or engage in conversation with fellow travelers. Adjacent to it are the two splendid restaurant cars - Maharaja and Maharani. Adorned with lavish draperies, exquisite lighting, and meticulously set tables, these dining cars offer a delectable array of Indian, including Rajasthani, Continental, and even Chinese cuisines, providing a feast for the senses.

Embarking from Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi every Wednesday night, the train embarks on a week-long sojourn through Rajasthan, including a captivating detour to Agra and the iconic Taj Mahal. Turban-clad attendants seamlessly usher you into your compartments, acquainting you with the array of facilities available on board. As night falls, the train sets forth, and each morning brings a new destination, brimming with fresh adventures.

Experience the continuing saga of splendor - Opting to explore Rajasthan aboard the Palace on Wheels is a decision you'll cherish. On board, you’ll feel like an erstwhile monarch, traveling in regal splendor. Each Coach named after the erstwhile princely state has 4 twin-bedded chambers, thoughtfully decorated in ethnic Rajasthani décor. Immerse yourself in a melodic blend of music, stay seamlessly connected through the intercom, and relish the convenience of private attached bathrooms, complete with the luxury of continuous hot and cold water supply, and an invigorating shower. The opulent wall-to-wall carpeting adds a touch of grandeur. Furthermore, every saloon is tended to by dedicated attendants, known as Khidmatgars, who stand ready to offer a gracious hand of assistance whenever required.

The 14 Coaches are:

Super Deluxe Saloon - The Bravura Suite

Indulge in the regal opulence of your expansive saloon, designed to provide the utmost comfort akin to a royal suite. The lavish silk and velvet bedspreads and draperies transport you to an era of grandeur and magnificence. The meticulously crafted wooden furniture in the super-deluxe suite enhances your overall experience, reflecting the epitome of luxury living. The bed in the cabin is large and comfortable with color-coordinated draperies. The ottoman, sofa-chairs and writing table have been provided to make your stay more comfortable. The suites have been named after the two precious stones, Emerald and Diamond.

Deluxe Saloon - The Extraordinary Suite

Step into your lavish saloon, a personal haven of imperial luxury. Every detail has been meticulously curated to exude the grandeur synonymous with contemporary princely living. Adorned with elegant silk furnishings, the saloon is a testament to refined aesthetic appeal. Each chamber follows a distinct theme, harmonizing color schemes and textures to elevate its opulence. Furnished with carefully selected bedding, upholstery, and a writing table with a chair, your chamber ensures a comfortable stay. The layout of your well-appointed saloon allows for easy movement within the coupe. These saloons are artfully crafted in three distinct themes, each inspired by the resplendence of precious gems: Ruby, Sapphire, and Pearl.

Accommodation

14 fully air-conditioned saloons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded with channel music, attached washrooms with running hot and cold water and showers, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities.

Medical Aid

Your health, obviously tops the chart of our priority list. First aid is available on the train whereas a doctor can be arranged on call. At the every Destination. Doctor is available for 1 hrs. for free consultancy in Bar/ Lounge car.

Arrival kit

Each guest will be welcomed by a glass of wine and will be provided with an arrival kit consisting of stationery items, brochures, cards etc. additional can be asked for, from the attendant, always available at service.

Drinking Water

We make sure, the greatest gift of nature bestowed on us i.e. water is made available to you in its purest form. Mineral water is made available to you all through the journey.

Meals

An exotic array of dishes to choose from the Continental, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines is available on the Palace on Wheels and off board Superb Palacial hotels.

Restaurant

Two lavish and beautifully done restaurants; “The Maharaja” and “The Maharani” serve mouthwatering Continental, Chinese, Indian Rajasthani cuisines food.

For disabled persons

special assistance available in the form of wheel chairs, crèches and a special attendant for assistance.

Luggage collection

Your luggage is picked up and taken to your respective saloons without your worrying about it.

Shopping

Certain handicrafts and other special items of Rajasthani origin can be bought from Govt. Recognised shops selling handicrafts.

Lounge

A lounge for relaxing, interacting, making friends, getting together and play games.

Mail box

Mailing facility is provided on board, for posting your mail.

Toiletries

All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc. are available in bathroom.

Royal Spa

The well-equipped spa offers various massages and therapies and revitalising solutions amidst royal ambience.

Smoking

The Palace On Wheels is a no smoking train. However , if you wish to smoke, please contact your captain for guidance.

Security

Adequate safety arrangements are made for you as well as your personal belongings in the train itself.

Internet

Internet Wi-Fi facility available on board with Laptop.

Events on Board

You can celebrate Royal Wedding, Conferences & Business meeting on board.

Culture Shows

Light & Sound program at Chittorgarh , Culture programs and dances at Jaisalmer.

News papers / Magazines

Leading newspapers greet you every morning over a simmering hot cup of tea or beverage of your choice. Also available for you is a large collection of magazines.

Souvenir

Souvenir of POW are available for sale




Voltage

Voltage available on the train: 110/230V.




Special Features which makes difference from other Luxury trains.

(A). Professional services by the smiling staff having experience of 29 years on board.
(B). Camel ride at Sand Dunes, dinner with Rajasthani dances at Jaisalmer.
(C). Special lounge to relax in each saloon.
(D). Seprate pantry to prepare breakfast in each saloon.
(E). Paintings of cote of arms & royal insignia of each saloon.

Itinerary

The Palace on Wheels offers one of the world's most enchanting rail journeys, providing an array of facilities on board as it ventures into royal destinations each day. With dining, accommodation, sightseeing, and even shopping all meticulously arranged, the traveler is left with nothing to do but immerse themselves in the history of the land, revel in its vibrant hues, and bask in the opulence of Maharaja life. The journey commences in Delhi and returns to the city after traversing the following destinations in order: Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra, and back to Delhi. Welcome aboard for a voyage to the "Best City in the World," Udaipur (as acclaimed by Travel+Leisure), and the awe-inspiring wonder, the Taj Mahal.

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Destinations

Jaipur

The Palace on Wheels initiates its journey with a visit to Jaipur, renowned as one of the most meticulously planned cities of its era. Established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 A.D., this capital city of Rajasthan, famously referred to as the Pink City, still stands as a testament to its architectural brilliance.

To begin your exploration of the city, an air-conditioned coach will transport you to the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds. This remarkable five-story building graces the main street of the old city in resplendent pink, adorned with semi-octagonal windows intricately crafted from honey-combed sandstone. Following this, a visit to the Amber Fort, located eight kilometers away, offers the opportunity for an elephant ride, adding to the regal ambiance. Take the time to peruse Jaipur’s renowned offerings such as jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, blue pottery, and textiles. Adjacent to Ajmeri Gate stands Rajasthali, the sole Rajasthan Government Emporium offering authentic handicrafts at fixed prices. The City Palace, once the residence of the royal family, lies just across the road. Nearby is the Jantar Mantar, the grand observatory constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II. After a day filled with immersive exploration of Jaipur's grandeur, it's time to return to your lavish retreat.

Sawai Madhopur, a city bearing the name of its founder, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I, exudes a palpable connection to the wild. A visit is arranged to the Ranthambhore National Park, where the remnants of a 10th-century fort stand as testament to its ancient history. This wildlife sanctuary is hailed as the country’s finest for observing and capturing the activities of the majestic tiger. Encompassing an expansive 392 square kilometers, the park is a habitat to over 300 avian species. Here, tigers, leopards, caracals, jungle cats, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, chinkara, langurs, wild boars, peafowls, and more thrive in their natural environment. The presence of three picturesque artificial lakes—Padam Talab, Rajbagh, and Milak Talab—along with numerous anicuts, beckons migratory birds like Greyleg, Ruddy Shelduck, Pintails, and a host of others. The park offers a rare and exquisite opportunity to witness nature and its diverse flora and fauna in their prime, with carnivores being an integral part of the thriving ecosystem. As the journey continues towards Chittorgarh, you'll have the chance to witness the vibrant countryside bathed in daylight.

Chittorgarh, the pride and glory of Rajasthan, stands as a testament to its illustrious past and indomitable valor. This town is renowned for its magnificent fort, perched atop a 180-meter high hill, sprawling across 700 acres, and accessible through various imposing gates. Adorned with a plethora of historical monuments and memorials, it bears witness to countless tales of heroism and sacrifice. Noteworthy sites within the fort include the Padal Pol, marking the place where Prince Bags Singh met his heroic end during the second assault on the fort; the Bhairon Pol and the Hanuman Pol, where the valiant Rathore Prince Jaimal of Badnore and his comrade Kalla made their last stand against Akbar's forces; and the Ram Pol, a testament to the gallantry of 15-year-old Patta of Kelwa, who met his fate at this very spot.

Vijay Stambh,

or the Victory Tower, stands tall at 37 meters with its nine stories. Maharana Kumbha erected this monumental structure in commemoration of his triumph over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujrat in 1440.

Rana Kumbha's Palace,

believed to be the site of Princess Padmini and other noble ladies' legendary act of 'Jauhar,' still exudes echoes of its grandeur despite the ruins that now remain. The architectural marvels of the palace continue to captivate the imagination of all who visit.

Udaipur, often hailed as the 'city of lakes,' stands as one of India's most captivating and romantic destinations. Its distinct allure lies in the juxtaposition of white marble palaces, serene blue lakes, lush gardens, and temples nestled amid the embrace of hills and mountains. Established by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 AD on the picturesque shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur's most iconic landmarks include the City Palace and Lake Palace. The city was meticulously planned, encircled by fortified bastions and accessible through 11 gates, with remnants of these fortifications still bearing testament to its historical grandeur. Many of the erstwhile royal residences have been transformed into splendid hotels, offering a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Rajasthan's princely era.

Udaipur is renowned for its enchanting palaces that grace the shores of lakes or even occupy entire islands within them. The Sisodia rulers from Chittaurgarh, who held sway here, evidently had more opportunities to indulge in their artistic inclinations compared to their time in Chittaur, which was predominantly marked by warfare. Positioned on the periphery of three lakes, Udaipur's winding lanes, adorned with shops and craftsmen's studios, invite tourists to while away hours in delightful window-shopping. Udaipur distinguishes itself with its rich heritage, flourishing craftsmanship, and vibrant performing arts scene. The city's school of miniature painting is particularly renowned and worth noting for its artistic prowess.

Your journey in the Luxury Coach will lead you to Udaipur's iconic City Palace. This architectural marvel, initiated by Udai Singh in 1725, stands as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, towering at 304 meters in height and stretching 244 meters in length. Over time, subsequent rulers further embellished this magnificent structure. Today, the central segments of the palace have been meticulously preserved and transformed into the City Palace Museum, showcasing an extensive and diverse array of artifacts. Gain entry to the City Palace Museums through the Ganesh Deori, and immerse yourself in the grandeur of this historical masterpiece.

Saheliyon Ki Bari
often referred to as the garden of the maids-of-honor, enchants with its exquisite lawns, gardens, and playful fountains. Jagdish Temple, an architectural gem dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was erected in 1651 A.D by Maharana Jagat Singh I.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
is a captivating museum celebrating folk art, where puppeteers regularly enthrall audiences with their performances.

Pratap Memorial
pays homage to the legendary Rana Pratap and his loyal steed, while a Japanese rock garden graces the surroundings.

Fatehsagar,
a creation of Maharana Jai Singh, invites visitors to embark on leisurely cruises or row across to the island-garden, Nehru-Park, providing a serene retreat in the midst of the city.

Founded in 1156 A.D. by Rao Jaisal,the 'Golden City' of Jaisalmer stands as a testament to magnificence. Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, few cities can rival its grandeur. Once the domain of the valiant Bhati Rajputs, known for their courage and chivalry, Jaisalmer prospered through levying taxes on caravans laden with precious silks and spices en route to Delhi through Sind. This wealth led to merchants, also serving as ministers, wielding more influence than the rulers themselves. The opulent mansions of these merchants, adorned in the fashion of medieval desert cultures, often outshine the palace itself. The resplendent buildings in luminous sandstone bear witness to this former opulence. While visits to the havelis, palace, and temples are essential, Jaisalmer offers an unparalleled experience of a medieval town frozen in time as you traverse its ancient cobbled streets. Muslim craftsmen, enticed during their journeys to other parts of India, contributed to the exceptional sculptural work seen here. This architectural purity, unique to Jaisalmer due to its isolation, is a rarity.

Sonar Qila,

built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., crowns the 80m high Trikuta Hill. A quarter of the old city's population resides within its walls, featuring 99 bastions along its circumference. Within the fort lies a group of five Jain Temples dating from the 12th to 15th centuries.

Patwon Ki Haveli

is the most elaborate and renowned for its latticed facade.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli,

constructed about 300 years ago, is still inhabited. Its exquisite arched roof is adorned with carved brackets resembling peacocks.

Ghadisar,

once the city's water source, boasts temples and archways constructed by a courtesan. Evening puppet shows are held here.

Sam Dunes

offer an unforgettable experience in the realm of Rajputs, with camel safaris, mud houses, and desert solitude. Embark on a camel-back ride and let the place enchant you with its mesmerizing heights.

Immerse yourself in local life with a glimpse of thatched straw roofs, camels, narrow streets, and the local bazaar. Indulge in shopping at Rajasthali, the sole Rajasthan Government emporium, for fine pattu shawls, mirror work, embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewelry, and curios. In the evening, organize a campfire with fellow travelers and revel in Rajasthani folk dances and songs.

Jodhpur, the second largest city ofRajasthan, is encircled by a formidable stone wall featuring seven gates andnumerous bastions. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D., it is renowned for theimposing Mehrangarh Fort. This hill fort, established by Rao Jodha whenhe relocated his capital from nearby Mandore, houses palaces including MotiMahal and Phool Mahal. It stands as one of Rajasthan's most striking hillforts, seemingly emerging from the bluff-colored sandstone hill itself. Theseamless integration with the hill's base blurs the distinction between thenatural formation and the fort's walls. Constructed in the 15th century by theRathore Rajputs upon moving their capital from Mandore to Jodhpur (or Marwar),Mehrangarh is a formidable sight from the outside, yet reveals surprising graceonce within.

Umaid Bhawan Palace,

alsoknown as Chhittar Palace for its unique decay-resistant sandstone, is a marvelthat commands admiration. Portions of the palace have been repurposed into ahotel and museum.

Jaswant Thada,

constructedwith delicate marble sheets allowing sunlight to permeate, stands as a tributeto Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, erected in 1899.

Mandor,

located9 kilometers from the city, once served as the capital of ancient Marwar. Now,it hosts cenotaphs honoring Maharaja Jaswant Singh and Maharaja Ajit Singh.Adorned with towering spires and intricate sculpted reliefs, they reflect theglories of ancient Marwar. The Hall of Heroes, showcasing popular Hindu andfolk deities, is a noteworthy attraction, with 16 figures carved from a singlerock.

Followinglunch at a palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels. While in Jodhpur,peruse exquisite handcrafted articles, including the renowned breeches,embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings, and tie-dye fabrics.

In theearly hours of the following day, the Palace on Wheels reaches Bharatpur, oncethe realm of Maharaja Suraj Mal. Following breakfast, embark on a journey tothe renowned Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a sanctuary that serves as a nestingground for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, various migratory waterfowl,and an array of bird species.

Amongthese avian visitors, the Siberian Cranes are the most distinguished. Toweringat an approximate height of 1.35 meters, they grace the park with theirpresence during the winter months, staying until March before returning totheir breeding grounds in Siberia.