If you would like to take a royal vacation, hop aboard the Palaceon Wheels and pamper yourself while you experience ethnic Rajasthan.
The Palace on Wheels is rated among the top ten luxury trains in the world. The train takes you through a tour of Rajasthan where you can view sand dunes, fortsand regal palaces and experience the majestic lifestyle of the
These trains actually existed during the kingly era and the rulers of
the princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat and the Nizam of Hyderabad
traveled by these lavish coaches. Once India got its independence, the
coaches were no longer used for travel. In the 1980s, the Rajasthan
Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways revived these
trains under a special heritage program and made it available to
tourists. The royal splendor of the coaches remains alive even today
with a few improvements.
The seven nights and eight day royal extravaganza begins
at Delhi Cantonment as the train chugs out to Rajasthan. You will be
escorted and briefed by turban-wearing attendants' right from the
moment you arrive at the platform. The best part of the tour is that the train moves by night and reaches a new holiday destination every morning. A visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal is included in the trip.
The train starts every Wednesday night and the tour opens up a treasure
chest of magnificent cities as you go along. Some of the places that
are part of the journey are:
The pink city of Jaipur
The divinely beautiful Chittaurgarh
Udaipur with its picturesque lakes and lake palaces
Sawai Madhopur that houses the Ranthambore National Park
Jaisalmer, the jewel of the dessert
The majestic stronghold of Jodhpur
Bharatpur with its remarkable and lively bird sanctuary
The red stone city of Fatehpur Sikri
The indispensable Taj Mahal at Agra
The Palaceon Wheels operates during the months of September to April. From May to August every year the Palaceon Wheels goes through its annual maintenance schedule and hence does not provide any service to tourists.
The journey on the Palace
of Wheels symbolizes the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Be it the
decor of the coaches or the personal service, you experience a true
royal treatment throughout your journey. The train is well equipped and
is completely self sufficient in terms of resources. It is completely
air-conditioned and has 14 deluxe saloons equipped with all the modern
amenities (royal, of course). The names of the saloons are based on the
princely states of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhartapur,
Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner, etc.
Each saloon highlights the cultural ethos of the
state for a particular period and the same sentiment is echoed in the
furniture, handicrafts, furnishings and paintings. Even the ceilings
speak volumes of the royal splendor. The coaches have 4 twin bedded
chambers complete with channel music, intercom, attached toilets and
other amenities. This apart, the Palaceon Wheels
has two restaurants on board 'The Maharaja' and 'The Maharani' offering
traditional Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. There is also a
well stocked bar.
The Palaceon Wheels
is not only rewarding in terms of sightseeing but also leaves behind
memories of the culture of Rajasthan. At every destination the Palaceon Wheels
organizes various cultural programs and dances that reflect the vigor
and lifestyle of Rajasthan. The itinery includes cultural programs like
Ghoomar, Panihari, Gorbandh, etc. Nomadic tribes, traditional
entertainers, folk musicians, puppeteers, jugglers and performers
entertain you with their enjoyable performances.
Book your trip in advance. Always use the services of guides licensed by the government.
A 20% advance deposit is required to confirm your booking.
Be aware of cancellation charges.
Shop at government authorized counters/emporiums at all your destinations.
Do not carry valuables while on board.
Use sunglasses, caps and sun block creams for protection from sun.
Carry your swimming gears, if you wish to swim at hotels.
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