Discover and learn about the land of incredible India onboard the Palace on Wheels in a royal week long journey. Ever since the maiden journey of the Palace on Wheels that let the travelers explore India in a royal way in the same carriages that kings, dignitaries, and rulers used for their travel, the guests onboard this train enjoy the luxury journey of their lifetime. Soon after the Indian Luxury Train won the PATA Gold Award within few years of introduction in 1987. Everything including the royal carriages, hospitality, restaurants and facilities onboard, itinerary, and welcome makes you feel like a king. Starting at the Safdarjung Railway Station in the capital of India – Delhi, train covers the Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra and gets back to Delhi and is operational during September to April.
History of the Palace on Wheels
Before the nation received independence the rulers of Rajputana, Viceroy of the British, the Royal Nizams of Hyderabad, etc traveled in the luxurious train. Later, the joint collaboration of Indian Railways and the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) together decided to make these halted royal carriages of the Palace on Wheels available to the tourists and travelers who want to explore India in luxury. The Palace on Wheels first made its journey in the year 1982. There are modifications done in the machinery and interiors to provide latest facilities to the guests to have a comfortable journey and enjoy the latest amenities including flat TV playing satellite channels, music, and equipped washrooms. Now with the modifications the luxury train is re-run to showcase the top tourist destinations in that route and so that tourists have an opportunity to relive the experience in a royal way.
Interiors of the Palace on Wheels
This is one of the best things to explore the royal journey on the Palace on Wheels especially the hospitality during the kingly era. The carriages are themed in ancient style and it makes you feel that you are going back and traveling to the era of kings and palaces. The furniture, furnishing, wall -to- wall covering, etc, everything is royal to see. Even the guest carriages have the name of the various princely regions of Rajasthan that were ruled by various rulers. They each have a certain theme. The windows offer panoramic view of the outside while you get on the train while traveling at the daytime. There is also a mirror, wardrobe to store clothes, space to store some luggage. All the beauty with music playing in the background and also things like bells and night lights if you would like to memorize the day's journey. The bar and sitting lounge is also a great place to relax as it gives the seating of a kingly ambiance.
Facilities on-Board the Palace on Wheels
While the guests get a comfortable sleep the train travels to the next destination and most traveling is done at night. The Palace on Wheels offers state- of- the- art facilities for the guests onboard to ensure that they have a comfortable and luxurious journey the two onboard restaurants, spa, sitting lounge, bar, and the guest cabins, and all are nothing lesser than the facilities you get in the 5-star restaurant. There is also a ‘khidmatghar’ who attends to your needs around the clock. The cabins are equipped with twin beds and a bath with shower and running hot / cold water. The seating in the dining cars are along the window side to watch if you would like to see outside or have lunch over a hearty chat. Delectable dishes from traditional Rajasthani, Indian cuisine and international like Chinese and Continental is served here in royal ambiance. There is also a souvenir shop on the train if you would like to shop onboard at ‘the bazaar’ of Palace on Wheels. Moreover, there are also additional facilities that are chargeable such as a spa center, laundry, and other such things.
Destinations Covered on the Palace on Wheels Journey
The total tour duration is for 7 Nights / 8 Days and the places covered are New Delhi, which is the starting place, then Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra and back to Delhi. This royal journey for a week starts with a vibrant and musical performance welcome for the guests of the Palace on Wheels at the Safdarjung Railway station. Each sightseeing area in Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle circuit is special in its own way. The destinations promise the greatest experience for the travelers who wish to explore a region of India. The first off-board destination is the pink city of Rajasthan – Jaipur where the guests once again are received in a royal way.
Palaces, Lakes & Wildlife Safari: You can see the intricate Hawa Mahal from the outside, the famous Nahargarh Fort with a roof top restaurant, the massive Amber Fort with a ride up to the entrance gate on the back of an elephant. Find the golden old styled mansions popularly and locally called purana havelis at the Golden City of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer. The sunshine on the buildings of sandstone and the sands in the desert have earned this place such a title. Explore the massive palaces such as Mehrangarh Fort and also the Jaswant Thada which are the famous borders of these regions. The itinerary of the Palace on Wheels also includes the wildlife safari at Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur.
There is a fort where you can see nearby jungles, and a temple up the fort at the place. However, you can view the fort and temple en-route this early morning safari. The journey then touches the beautiful city of lakes – Udaipur in Rajasthan. You get to have a boat ride while visiting the Jal Mahal that is on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola and make it look like it is coming out of the water. This palace was a resort home for the Maharajahs in this region in the ancient times. The Chittorgarh and Bharatpur leaves the tourists with the memories of the state with an amazing bird sanctuary with several regional and migratory birds in this nature bird sanctuary. Finally, the luxury tour ends with the visit to the famous white monument of love – Taj Mahal at Agra.
Palace on Wheels Tour Highlights
- Boat Ride at Lake Pichola, Udaipur
- Explore Culture and Heritage of Ancient India
- Wildlife Safari at Ranthambore National Park
- Bird Watching at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
- Ride an Elephant up to the Amber Fort gates
- Camel ride at the Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer
- Explore the royal palaces and ancient forts of Rajasthan
The tour on the Palace on Wheels is much more than a mere luxury journey on one of the top luxury trains in the world. This experience helps the traveler to royally explore the rich ancient Indian heritage through the off-board sightseeing trips to palaces and forts, and the exotic tourist destinations in India. The guests are pampered with endless luxury onboard and hospitality that Maharajahs of the older times have experienced and enjoyed.