The fourth most luxurious train in the world, ‘Palace on Wheels’ is an initiative by the Indian Railways to provide you with the most luxurious and extravagant train experience one can ever have. This train started on 26 January, 1982 and re-launched in August in 2009 with an entirely new interiors and menu for delightful cuisines.
Talking about the lavish features of this train it has 23 coaches in which a total of 104 tourists can travel. Each coach is named after former Rajput states and matches the aura and interiors of the royal past: Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Dholpur, Dungargarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi and Udaipur. Each coach has four cabins with the most lavish facilities you would want in a train. The train has two restaurants that are named The Mahārāja and The Mahārāni, with a Rajasthani ambience. Continental, Chinese cuisines are also served in the train. To add to its magnificence it has one bar cum lounge, 14 saloons and a spa.
There are 14 air conditioned coaches in the train and all of them are designed to provide you with a king like experience. Magnificence drips from every corner of the coach which is crafted with wall to wall carpeting, ancient paintings and antique mirrors hanging from the walls. You will receive a fresh bouquet of flowers every day to make your journey a delightful one. Every coach has large, soft bed and you can have a comfortable sleep even while on train.
Places you discover on your Journey-
You will see a number of beautiful landscapes from your window while you cross so many different cities. The train primarily crosses the Rajasthan area. The total course of the train is 7 nights & 8 days. It starts from New Delhi (Day 1), and covers the deserts and sands of Jaipur on the second day. On the third day its journey it travels through Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh. You can see the landscapes of Udaipur from its window while your journey on Day 4 or just drop down to explore Udaipur. Further on Day 5 you move across Jaisalmer and on Day 6 you can have the pleasure of seeing what Jodhpur looks like. On day 7 it travels to Bharatpur and Agra and finally it returns to New Delhi on the 9th day of its journey.
Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park and Keoladeo National Park
Palace on Wheels provides you with some thrilling experiences by gifting you a memorable vacation with a ride to the Ranthambore National Park and Keoladeo National Park. We all know that Ranthambore is the natural shelter of Royal Bengal Tigers and Keoladeo is bliss for bird watchers. Keoladeo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Guests can ask for an elephant or jeep safari rides in these national parks and everything is arranged by the train- staff.
Desert Safari in Thar
The royal train provides you with the unique experience of a desert safari in the sands on Thar Desert. The train- staff arranges a wonderful camel and desert safari on this trip. Not just this, after you hit the deserts, there is a special arrangement for its guests at the Sam Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer. It is well known for the hospitality they provide to their guests. A musical experience under the starlit sky with the melody of sarangi and dancers dancing to the tunes of folk songs.
You can visit the palaces and forts of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, UdaipurChittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur and Agra. These places are well renowned for their rich heritage and culture. Rajasthan is a state of the kings and the legends and so these places let you know the interesting stories related to the palaces and forts. Amber Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, City Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jaisalmer Fort and Mehrangarh Fort are some of the places you must visit on your journey.
While you visit Agra you cannot miss the seventh wonder of the world- Taj Mahal. This white marble structure is a masterpiece that tells a lot about the ancient craft and designs. Guests can also visit the other monuments of Agra which include the Mehtab Bagh, Agra Fort and the local markets. Shop in the markets and collect memories back home.
The light and sound show at Agra
The light and sound show at the Agra Fort is a splendid and mystic work of light and sound. It creates some joyous moments for the guests. Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is made with Redstone and is a symbol of might, courage and aspirations of the Mughals. This fort speaks of the glorious history of golden India at the Nagina Masjid, Diwani-I-Am, Ghaznin Gate, Bengali Mahal and Akbar’s Mahal.
Ghost City of Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is the first planned city of the Mughals. Fatehpur Sikri is a city with several forts within it, like the Seesh Mahal which is studded with mirrors. Diwani-E-Khas, Jodha Bai Palace, BulandDarwaza and Jama Masjid are some monuments that are must visits within Fatehpur Sikri.