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Palace on Wheels - A Complete Guide

If you are an explorer, you would have heard about the Palace on Wheels. This is the pioneer of the luxury train genre in India. Palace on Wheels train offers one signature itinerary covering beauties of Rajasthan and Agra, starting and ending in Delhi. This is a magnificent experience that many avid travelers and luxury lovers choose to enjoy during their visit to India.

Are you planning a Palace on Wheels tour? We have consolidated a guide to assist you with your Palace on Wheels journey, planning, and booking.

Palace on Wheels

Palace on Wheels Schedule

The Palace on Wheels train runs from September to April. May is the peak summer season and June to August is the monsoon season. The Palace on Wheels train runs only during the prime tourism season. The itinerary spans for eight days. Thus, there is one itinerary of The Palace on Wheels starting every Wednesday. The tour begins on a Wednesday evening and ends on the next Wednesday morning. On the same evening, the next itinerary starts.

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Starting and Ending Destination

The Palace on Wheels train journey deliberately chooses New Delhi as the starting and ending destination. The advantage of this setting is that New Delhi has a bustling international airport connecting many significant destinations around the world to India and it also links with almost all the airports in the country. This makes it easier for local and international travelers to reach Safdarjung railway station in Delhi, where the tour starts and ends.

Moreover, New Delhi also has a busy railway station and bus terminal connecting numerous states to it. It is also easier to find accommodations in New Delhi in varying budget levels to stay back and enjoy India.

Palace on Wheels Tariff

As mentioned before, the train runs from September to April. The months of September and April are considered lean season, and the rest of the months are peak season. There are two types of accommodations and two types of occupancies. The cost of the ticket is the same for foreigners and Indians. Indians (including NRIs) have to pay in INR. Other travelers can pay in USD.

For Peak Season:

Types of Cabin Type of Occupancy For foreigners (in USD) (Per Person Per Journey) For Indians (in INR) (Per Person Per Journey)
Per night Per trip Per night Per trip
Deluxe Cabin Single $865 $6,055 INR 51,900 INR 3,63,300
Deluxe Cabin Double $650 $4,550 INR 39,000 INR 2,73,000
Super Deluxe Cabin Single $1,800 $12,600 INR 1,08,000 INR 7,56,000
Super Deluxe Cabin Double $900 $6,300 INR 54,000 INR 3,78,000

For Lean Season

Types of Cabin Type of Occupancy For foreigners (in USD) (Per Person Per Journey) For Indians (in INR) (Per Person Per Journey)
Per night Per trip Per night Per trip
Deluxe Cabin Single $650 $4,550 INR 39,000 INR 2,73,000
Deluxe Cabin Double $500 $3,500 INR 30,000 INR 2,10,000
Super Deluxe Cabin Single $1,800 $12,600 INR 1,08,000 INR 7,56,000
Super Deluxe Cabin Double $900 $6,300 INR 54,000 INR 3,78,000

Tariff Inclusion

  • Accommodation in AC luxury cabins as per your ticket throughout the journey.
  • Meals in the train, bottled water, and bed tea.
  • Guided sightseeing at each destination in a comfortable AC bus, with an English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fee and camera fee at each monument, national park, and other attractions covered in the itinerary.
  • A canter safari through Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
  • Epic experiences like Udaipur boat ride, Jaipur elephant safari, Chittorgarh Fort’s light and sound show, cycle rickshaw safari in the Bharatpur sanctuary, dinner with cultural shows in Jaisalmer, and camel ride in sand dunes in Jaisalmer.
  • Shared internet connectivity.

Types of Accommodations

As mentioned in the tariff, there are two types of accommodations. The Super Deluxe cabins are the most expensive ones. Although second in the level of luxury, the Deluxe Cabins offer high luxury and best experiences with high-end amenities and facilities.

Deluxe Cabins

Deluxe cabins have air-conditioned cabins with comfortable beds, electronic safe, private bathroom with toiletries, internet, upholstery, TV, and others. There are 39 such cabins in the Palace on Wheels train.

Super Deluxe Cabins

Super Deluxe cabins are a little larger than the previous type. These cabins come with queen-sized beds. The air-conditioned room is filled with luxury upholstery, private bathroom with toiletries, electric safe, TV, and others.

Difference between Deluxe and Super Deluxe cabins

Factor Super Deluxe Deluxe
Area of the Cabin 18 x 7.7 feet 12.6 x 7.7 feet
Bed 6.6 x 6 feet 6.6 x 3 feet
Type of bed Queen-sized double bed Twin beds (can be combined into one bed, upon request)
Number of cabins 2 39
Area of the Bathroom 7.7 x 4.6 feet 7.7x 4.6 feet
Area of the lounge 8.6 x 7.7 feet No lounge area

Coaches

The train has 14 coaches, each named after ancient princely states of Rajasthan. Each coach is decorated with significance to the culture and history of the princely state, after which it is named.

  • Alwar – Decorated with oil and cone works, the royal emblem of Alwar, and miniature painting. The coach is painted in pink to represent the romantic ambiance of Alwar.
  • Bharatpur – Decorated with bird paintings and nature themes. The coach is painted in beige and aqua green to represent the forest beauties of Bharatpur.
  • Bikaner – Decorated similar to the rooms in Junagarh Fort. The coach also features ceiling relief work, oil painting, canvas painting, and other Mughal artwork.
  • Bundi – Decorated with watercolor art, Ragmala oil painting, and frescoes in the ceiling.
  • Dholpur – Decorated with teak ply to represent the sandstone wealth of Dholpur. You can find arts with sandstone and teakwood, and Zardozi works in this coach.
  • Dungargarh – Decorated with relief work, mirror work, and Zardozi work to represent the tribal communities.
  • Jaisalmer – Decorated with teakwood and mirror work. The coach is painted in beige to resent the sand dunes.
  • Jaipur – Decorated with ceiling Phad work, royal emblem, Zardozi work, and others. Miniature paintings are common in this coach.
  • Jhalawar – Decorated with ceiling work, mirror work made on the plaster of Paris, and handicraft items.
  • Jodhpur – Decorated with ceiling work, miniature painting, and other royal elements.
  • Kishangarh – Decorated with ceiling work, BaniThani painting, and Zardozi work.
  • Koti– Decorated with oil painting, ceiling works, and others.
  • Sirohi – Decorated with semi-precious stones, glasswork, gold foil work, and miniature statues.
  • Udaipur – Decorated to look similar to the Peacock Court of City Palace. This blue-white coach holds metalwork, relief work, and Zardozi work for decoration.

Facilities in the Train

  • Indoor games – Chinese checkers, crossword puzzle, chess, carom board, and others
  • Wheelchair assistance, crèches, attendants, and others
  • 24/7 butler service
  • 24/7 internet via Wi-Fi
  • Business car for conferences, business meetings, and others
  • Daily magazine and newspaper with morning tea in bed
  • No-smoking train with designated smoking area
  • A welcome kit with brochures, and stationery items
  • Paramedic on-board and doctor-on-call
  • Souvenir shop for buying artifacts, handicraft items, ethnic dresses, and others
  • A holistic spa for therapeutic massages, signature treatments, and others
  • A well-equipped gym
  • 24/7 electricity with international adapters for outlets
  • Necessary toiletries
  • 24/7 hot water
  • Two restaurants and a bar

Meal on the Wheels

There are two restaurants on the train – The Maharajah and The Maharani. Both the restaurants are decorated with luxury elements like glass carvings, striking chandeliers, wall lamps to give a nostalgic feel, imported crockery, and a large panoramic window to enjoy the scenery as you dine. Both the restaurants serve a similar menu and thus, tourists can choose the restaurant based on proximity to their cabin or availability of chairs.

The train offers international cuisines, Mewari cuisine, and delicacies of Rajasthan. From time to time, the chef procures fresh ingredients at each station to make special dishes. The Palace on Wheels also offers vegetarian meals, kosher meals, lactose-free meals, and so on. However, tourists have to mention their preferences during booking.

The bar on the train holds a mixologist who would craft cliche drinks and signature beverages. You can find both local and international brands of liquor here. Snacks are served along with the drinks in this bar.

Route Map

The trip starts and ends in New Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station. The trip includes,

  • Day one: Delhi
  • Day two: Jaipur
  • Day three: Ranthambore and Chittorgarh
  • Day four: Udaipur
  • Day five: Jaisalmer
  • Day six: Jodhpur
  • Day seven: Bharatpur and Agra
  • Day eight: New Delhi

View More: Palace on Wheels Route Map

Itinerary in detail

Day One: Start from Delhi

Tourists are requested to be at the Safdarjung Station by 4:30 pm. The traditional welcome ceremony starts. After check-in formalities, the tourists will be welcomed into their cabins. The train immediately starts its journey towards Jaipur. The dinner is served in the restaurants in the train. Tourists will be enjoying a good night's sleep in their cabins in Palace on Wheels.

Day Two: Explore Jaipur

The train reaches Jaipur by very early morning. After breakfast, tourists will be transferred to a luxury coach for a city sightseeing tour after a royal Rajasthani welcome ceremony at the Jaipur station. The tour starts with a visit to Albert Hall Museum. Then, the tourists will be taken to City Palace and Jantar Mantar.

After visiting monuments like Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal, the tourists will be taken to 1135 AD restaurant for a luxurious dining experience. The evening is spent by exploring the local markets for souvenir hunting. Later, the tourists will be driven to the train for enjoying tea and a brief rest. The tourists are driven back to Jaipur at 7 pm. The dinner is served in the famous Jal Mahal Palace. Tourists will be enjoying a good night's sleep in their cabins in POW, as the train moves towards Sawai Madhopur.

Day Three: Tiger safari at Ranthambore Park and Chittorgarh

The train halts at Sawai Madhopur on day three. This sightseeing tour starts quite early at 6:30 am, even before breakfast. The tourists will be driven to Ranthambore National Park for an early morning safari in a canter (15-seater). After exploring the park, tourists will be taken to the forest lodge in the park for breakfast. Later, the tourist will be driven back to the train. The train slowly moves towards Chittorgarh. Lunch is served on-board.

By 4 pm, the train reaches Chittorgarh. The tourists will be driven to Chittorgarh Fort, a heritage site for exploration. After enjoying refreshments and watching the famous light and sound show in the fort, the tourists are driven back to the train. The dinner is served in the Pana Hotel along with a traditional culture show before returning to the train. Tourists will be enjoying a good night’s sleep in their cabins in Palace on Wheels.

Also Read: Experience Chittorgarh with Palace on Wheels Rajasthan

Day Four: Udaipur Trip

The train reaches Udaipur by early morning. By 8 AM, tourists are driven around Udaipur for exploring the city. The tourists are driven to a deluxe hotel for breakfast. The tour will be covering the monuments of this city. Lunch is served in a famous heritage hotel. By evening, the tourists are taken on a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Tourists are driven back to the train. The dinner is served in the restaurants in the train. Tourists will be enjoying a good night's sleep in their cabins as the train moves towards Jaisalmer.

Day Five: Jaisalmer

The train reaches the Golden City – Jaisalmer by early morning. By 9:15 am, the tourists will be driven to Jaisalmer for exploration. After exploring the Jaisalmer fort, the tourists will either be driven to the train for lunch or to Moomal Hotel for a luxury meal.

By evening, tourists are taken on a camel ride to the sand dunes. A royal dinner is served in the desert, along with a cultural program. Tourists are driven back to enjoy a good night's sleep in their cabins. The train starts its journey towards the next destination – Jodhpur.

Day Six: Enjoy the Blue City – Jodhpur

By the morning of day six, the train reaches Jodhpur, the Sun City. After breakfast on the train, tourists will be taken on a city sightseeing tour covering all the famous attractions of the land like Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, and others. The tourists will be driven to a deluxe resort for lunch. Tourists are driven back to the train, and the rest of the day is spent on the train as it moves towards Bharatpur. The dinner is served in the restaurants in the train. Tourists will be enjoying a good night’s sleep in their cabins in Palace on Wheels.

Day Seven: Bharatpur and Agra

The train reaches Bharatpur by early morning. By 6 AM, tourists are driven to train reaches Bharatpur for birdwatching. After enjoying breakfast at the deluxe lodge inside the park, tourists will be driven back to the train for their journey towards Agra. The rest of the morning is at leisure on the train as it moves towards Agra.

By 11 am, tourists are driven to Agra for a sightseeing tour. After breakfast in a luxury hotel in Agra, tourists will be taken to the Taj Mahal and the city markets. After enjoying the light and sound show in Agra Fort, tourists are driven back to the train. The dinner is served in the restaurants in the train as it runs towards the last destination, New Delhi. Tourists will be enjoying a good night's sleep in their cabins in Palace on Wheels.

Day Eight: Departure

The train reaches New Delhi by 4 am. The breakfast is served at 7:30 am, and then the checkout formalities start. Tourists are dropped at Safdarjung railway station in New Delhi.

How to Book Palace on Wheels Train?

There are two options to choose from for booking. You can either book via the official site of Palace on Wheels or choose to book via reputed GSA (General Sales Agents). Visit the booking page and you will be requested to choose a journey month and date.

Know More: How to Book Palace on Wheels?

The next step is to fill details about the travelers. Mention the number of adults and children traveling. Add your name, phone number, and email ID. In the area for additional information, add your special requests like the need for wheelchair, gluten-free meal, or others. Submit the form and the tour representative will contact you regarding the booking confirmation. The sites accept all credit cards and 20% of the ticket cost should be paid for confirming. The remaining should be paid 60 days before the journey.

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