WEDNESDAY: Departure from Delhi
This grand tour of Rajasthan on Palace on Wheels begins at the Safdarjung Railway station, New Delhi. You have to report by 16:00 hrs. at Safdarjung Railway Station for traditional welcome & check-in formalities for Week in Wonderland Train Tour. Time free for photo-shoot with traditionally attired Palace on Wheels staff. Be escorted to your saloon cabins by a Personal Attendant for briefing on cabin facilities. At leisure Proceed to the Bar Lounge for complimentary welcome drink. Once inside the train, you are free to explore this luxury train and its facilities. Dinner is served onboard at any of the 2 restaurants of the train. Train Departs at 18:30 hrs. for its first destination, Jaipur.
THURSDAY: JAIPUR-Pink City Tour
At Jaipur Railway Station Royal Welcome by Elephants & proceed to visit St. Albert Museum, Pink City Palace & UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar (sun Observatory) Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace Of winds) Afternoon excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort Palace of Amber and enjoy ride up the steep ramparts of the fort on festively decorated Elephants. Enjoy lunch in 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant, located in Fort premises. Later discover the beauty of 16th century well preserved Fort Palace, with huge courtyard’s and built in rare fusion of combined Rajput and Mughal architecture. Later Time free for shopping. At around 5pm, visit the vibrant local market for shopping. Return to Palace on Wheels train around 6:00 PM & depart for the next destination. Dinner is served onboard.
FRIDAY Early Morning: RANTHAMBHORE- Tiger Reserve
Early morning at 06:30 hrs. proceed from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station for jungle safari by 15-Seater Canters to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The Jungle is home to Tigers, Panthers, Sloth bears, Pythons, Marsh crocodiles & hundreds of deer & numerous birds. Return back to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and depart by train by 10:00 hrs. Breakfast & lunch onboard.
FRIDAY Afternoon: CHITTORGARH- Hill Fort
At 16:00 hrs. train reaches Chittorgarh Railway Station & proceed for excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort of Chittorgarh, spread over a huge plateau - with history dating back to 11th century. Chittorgarh Fort is considered to be the largest fort of India. In the Evening, enjoy the Sound & Light program in the fort complex & later return to train for dinner. Train departs after midnight.
SATURDAY: UDAIPUR- City of Lakes
Train arrives by 08:00 hrs. After onboard breakfast proceed to visit 17th Century built - City Palace complex with eleven constituent Mahal (palaces), balconies, towers and cupolas. Also visit Crystal Gallery - housing the personal collection of H.H. of Udaipur. Later enjoy a boat ride around the world famous "Lake Palace Hotel" atop a small island in Lake Pichola. Proceed for lunch to Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel. Time free for shopping and visit the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari & return to train by 03:00 hrs. and depart. Dinner on board.
SUNDAY: JAISALMER: Oasis in desert
After onboard Breakfast proceed by 09:30 hrs. to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort. Straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th century built living Fort complex, standing at a height of hundred meters over Jaisalmer town & glows golden in the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard. Visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansion houses-which is five storey high & extensively carved. Nearby is located a group of 15th century built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved & have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India. Proceed for Lunch to 5-Star Hotel & later return to train for brief rest. At 4:30PM proceed for an excursion to Sam sand Dunes in Thar Desert for Camel joy ride & sunset photo shoot opportunity. Later enjoy Cultural Program & Dinner at 5-Star Hotel. Return to train by 10:00 hrs. and depart to Jodhpur.
MONDAY: JODHPUR: Heart of Marwar
Train arrives at 08:00 AM & after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of 16th century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill which soars 125 Mts. above Jodhpur town. The Palace complex is approached by a series of gateways set at an angle so that enemy armies could not charge, with any success. Once past the Fort gates, you have access to breathtaking Palatial Apartments (Mahal), overlooking wide courtyards. Inside the fort complex is a museum having a wide & impressive collection of Royal dresses & Medieval weapons. Nearby the Fort complex is located, late 19th century built Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble. Later visit museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace, displaying personal artifacts of H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur. Lunch at Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant. Return to the train & depart by 3:30 hrs.
TUESDAY Early Morning: BHARATPUR: Bird Sanctuary
At 06:30 hrs. proceed to UNESCO world Heritage Site of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary & enjoy cycle rickshaw ride to view many of 375 species of both local & migratory birds (from places like Sri-Lanka, Europe, Siberia, China and Tibet). Return to the train for breakfast & depart by 08:45 hrs.
Day 07 TUESDAY Noon: AGRA - City of Taj Mahal
Train drops you at the Railway station on the outskirts of Agra at 10:30 hrs. Proceed first to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, seat of power of the mighty Mughal Empire. After lunch at ITC Mughal Hotel- Highlight of your journey is to visit the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world & a flawless architectural wonder built in white marble. Time free for shopping. Later return to train for onboard dinner & depart.
Day 08 WEDNESDAY: AGRA TO NEW DELHI RETURN
Train returns to Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by 05:30 hrs. and Check-out by 07:15 hrs. after early breakfast.