Palace on Wheels, the epitome of luxury and comfort, beckons you to travel back in time to the era of raja & maharajas. A feather in the cap of Rajasthan, Palace on Wheels is one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan, the train offers a heritage tour high on luxury. It was once the personal railway coaches of the Maharajas of the princely states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and the Nizam of Hyderabad. A voyage through the magical land of Rajasthan on board Palace on Wheels – A train run by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation ( RTDC) & Indian Railways is one of the most revered luxury train in India & it is like traveling back in time; a time when this legendary land was ruled by Rajput warrior princes or the maharajas. Right from the royal welcome upon arrival for Palace on Wheels journey to traveling aboard the tastefully appointed cabins that replicate the personal rail carriages of former maharajas and viceroys, it is a journey draped in elegance, romance and adventure. If exclusive travel to forts, palaces, game reserve and bazaars which were once upon a time the personal domain of maharajas is not enough to add the touch of majestic, the insider experiences, delicious cuisines and impeccable hospitality will ensure that you experience one of the most extraordinary rail journeys in the world. Book a Palace on Wheels journey and experience the royal hues of Rajasthan as never before in one of the best luxury train travel experiences in India. Embark on this royal journey on board the India Luxury Train Palace on Wheels & get treated like a ‘king’ & ‘Queen’ and explore several enchanting destinations of North India. Palace on Wheels offer 7 nights/8 days of a royal journey, the train covers Jaipur (the Pink city), Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambhor National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur (the city of Lakes), the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and the symbol of love and romance Taj Mahal , Agra, before returning to Delhi, the capital of India. The Palace on Wheels luxury train takes you on a scintillating journey into the royal land of sand dunes and regal palaces. The Palace on Wheels carries with it an intrinsic ambience that goes perfectly well with the majestic charm and beauty spread so lavishly across the Indian terrain. The journey starts every Wednesday evening from New Delhi and ends the following Wednesday early in the morning, back at the same station. In 7 Nights/8 Days the train covers over 3000 Kilometres ( or 1850 miles). On the Palace on Wheels, your journey is full of exuberance and luxurious feeling. A perfect chance to relive the era when kings and queens ruled; when royalty spelt magic; when charm and mysticism was in the air. There are 39 Deluxe Cabins and 2 Super Deluxe Cabins on the Palace on Wheels train (with a total capacity is of 82 passengers). The train is completely self- sufficient and is fully air-conditioned, Each cabin comes with an en suite toilet and bath specially facilitated for the global luxury traveler . The Palace on Wheels Train is equipped with wifi, mini pantry, music channel, a safe, wall to wall carpeting etc. Each saloon also has a personal attendant, also known as khidmatgars, at your service. You would find the royal past you etched into the historical coaches. The carriages are uniquely named after famous places in Rajasthan – like Jaipur , Udaipur , Bundi , Jaisalmer , Jodhpur ….. The Rich Interiors of the Cabins are Either in Hues of Ruby, Turquoise Or Pearl There are Two Resto-Bar lounges on the train & an aryurvedic spa facility. Complimentary Wi-fi services are also made available through sharing dongles. The two Dining Cars are Called Maharaja & Maharani & the attached Kitchen Saloon serves freshly cooked international cuisine.
Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.
Area : 1,484 Sq Kms
Population : 18.98 million
Delhi – The Capital City – is a city that connects two different worlds. Old Delhi is a maze of narrow lanes with old havelis and mosques. Setting a contrast, the colonial city of New Delhi is composed of imposing government buildings and spacious, tree-lined avenues. Delhi has witnessed the supremacy of many rulers and kingdoms. The city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt many a times. Fascinatingly, various rulers Delhi, played a dual role, first as demolishers and then as makers.
The importance of Delhi is not constrained to the majestic history and magnificent structures, but also in the rich cultural diversity of the city. Chroniclers of Delhi Culture, right from Amir Khusro and Chand Bardai to present day writers, have never witnessed a shortage of topics. The city is dotted with dazzling gems, which include captivating ancient monuments, art galleries & museums, architectural wonders, fabulous eating places and vibrant markets.
Delhi has served as a India’s political hub, thus, roots of every political activity could easily be traced here. This legacy has been followed since the mythological era. Indraprastha, which geographically is believed to be the present Delhi, was the capital of the Pandavas of the Mahabharata.
As the history of Delhi is as ancient as the epic Mahabharata, earlier known as Indraprastha, eight more cities, adjacent to Indraprastha, came into light such as Lal Kot, Dinpanah, Ferozabad, Tughlakabad, Siri, Quila Rai Pithora, Jahanpanah, and Shahjahanabad. Over 5 centuries, Delhi has been a spectator to the political turmoil. In succession to Tughlaqs and Khiljis, Delhi was ruled by the Mughals.
The traditional & present capital of India is not only recognized as the largest commercial center in Northern India, but has also marked its prominence as the largest center of small industries. The economy of Delhi is contributed by the IT sector, fashion, electronic, handloom, and textile industry. From October to March are the months to visit Delhi as the climatic condition is favorable. Along with this, the visitors also get the opportunity to witness the vibrant colors of festivals in Incredible Delhi.
Jaipur, popular as “Pink City”, is known for housing some of the best architectural structures and heritage sights of the country. Everything in and around the city appears like the watermark of the rich heritage of the city in the erstwhile days. The local handicrafts, the ancient monuments, the Royal Palaces and the colorful saris, everything around Jaipur give a glimpse into the glorious lives of monarchy.
Area:111.8 sq. km
Established on: November 18, 1727
Founded by: Jai Singh II
Planned by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. He designed the city according to strong scientific principles of Shilpa Shastra, the traditional architectural manual and helped in forming Jaipur as India’s best planned city till date.
Renowned globally for its coloured gems, the capital city of Rajasthan combines the allure of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis. The bustling modern city is one of the three corners of the golden triangle that includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
The story goes that in 1876, the Prince of Wales visited India on a tour. Since the colour pink was symbolic of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink. The pink that colours the city makes for a marvellous spectacle to behold. Jaipur rises up majestically against the backdrop of the forts Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Garh Ganesh Temple.
Jaipur traces back its origins to 1727 when it was established by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber. He shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and an increasing water scarcity. His rivalry with rulers of Mewar, Sisodia Rajputs formed his alliance with Mughals and gave him importance in Rajasthan.
He ruled from Amber Fort and took over Mewar (Udaipur) and Marwar (Jodhpur) kingdoms. He tried to support Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah to get the throne after Aurangzeb’s death, but it went to Bahadur Shah, who asked for his banishment from courts.
Jai Singh then formed alliance with other Rajput clans and defeated Mughals and reinstated his position.Jai Singh ordered construction of a city around Amber fort and named it as Jaipur.
Jaipur – The Modern City
There is no doubt in one’s mind why the Pink city is included in almost every itinerary when one plans a tour to India. Jaipur is a city like no other in the world.
The city of Jaipur definitely makes it to the top of the list if one talks about India’s most beautiful destination. The city which acted as the stronghold of varied erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan, the city is flushed with numerous heritage buildings all around itself. The city boasts about treating tourists from all over the world with traditional Royal hospitality.
The city of Jaipur is located right in the center of Thar Desert, and it is this strategic location that has provided her with a unique sense of lifestyle, architecture, culture and history.
Jaipur is ideal when it comes to shopping activities. Tourists travel from faraway lands to this exotic destination and use the opportunity smartly to shop for authentic Rajasthani ornaments, artifacts, embroidered shoes and clothes, pottery items and other exotic items.
Apart from shopping, Jaipur has other things to offer to tourists as well. The Jaipur fairs, pageants and festivals flushed with exceptional people in colorful clothes are as much a spectacle as the shops, houses and Havelis in the city that are all painted in Pink.
Walking around the old city, seeing the magnificent architecture of the town, feeding on the authentically cooked Jaipur cuisines, is just a magical experience. Truly this city is marked for some of the best sightseeing ventures.
The traditional outfit of Jaipur people is very appealing and one definitely would love to try them on himself/herself. For men, the outfit is white colored shirts and dhotis along with spectacularly colored turbans. For women, the colorful swaying saris are perfect.
Right in this magical demonstration of colors, Jaipur houses some of the best tourist attractions. These attractions showcase the significance of the rich cultural aspects of Jaipur. A tour to some of these attractions is an experience of a lifetime.
Area: 5042.99 sq km
Founded by: Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur
Founded in: 1756
Location: Around 146 km north-east of Jaipur
GATEWAY TO RANTHAMBORE
Cuddled up in the eastern zone of Rajasthan, Sawai Madhopur is one of the prominent conurbations of Rajasthan. Popularly known as the ‘Gateway to Ranthambore’, the town has seen many historic episodes and reigns. Sawai Madhopur has partly plain and partly undulating hilly terrain. The South and south east part of the district has hills and broken ground which form a part of a vast track of rugged region enclosing the narrow valley of the Chambal river. Surrounded by Vindhyas & Aravalis, this place is a treat for adventure enthusiasts as well as the ones with a fascination for history, with the Ranthambore National park- the most renowned national park in northern India and the Ranthambore Fort which was recently included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, being the main attractions.
Passed on from the Chauhan Rajput king, Govinda to Vagabhatta, from RanaKumbha to Akbar and Aurangzeb, the city has been patronized by almost all the rulers. Beautification and renovation of the city has been regularly undertaken in almost all the regimes. Under the rule of Rao Hammir, the last Chauhan ruler the Ranthambore region prospered magnificently. In ancient India the region was more popularly known as Ranthambore. It was much later that it received the name, Sawai Madhopurfrom Maharaja SawaiMadhoSinghji I who is believed to have given the city its current plan in 1765 AD. During the British Rule Sawai Man Singh built a railway line between Jaipur and Sawai Madhopur. As a result it became accessible from a central spot in the state of Rajasthan. Today it has grown as one of the popular tourist destination in India.
Former state of Karauli, Ranthambore was amongst the strongest forts of medieval India and is linked to Prithviraj, the ruler of Shakambhari who has golden cupolas put on the Jain temple of Ranthambore. To check the increasing incurious of the Marathas, Madho Singh, the ruler of Jaipur State requested for the grant of the fort of Ranthambore but did not succeed.
Area: 28 sq km
Location: On the banks of Berach and Gambhiri rivers
VISIT THE LAND OF INDIA’S FINEST FORT
Chittaurgarh (Chittorgarh) is among the most historic fort city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. In every tour itinerary to this part of India, a visit here is generally included. The reason for this is the rich history and cultural heritage of the city that is wrapped around with elements of chivalry, tragedy and Romanticism. The majestic Chittaurgarh Fort in here was the pride of erstwhile Rajput kings who ruled over here and stood mighty and proud even after facing several wars and attacks from enemy battalions. There are numerous minarets, forts, palaces and temples in and around Chittaurgarh which are a must-visit.
Chittorgarh resonates with stories of Rajputana bravery, pride and passion. The bards of Rajasthan sing tales of courage and sacrifice recounting stories that are known to every child and adult in the city. Chittorgarh is named after its most imposing structure, the Chittorgarh Fort which stands atop a 180 metre high hill and is spread across 700 acres.
Chittorgarh Fort has had a tumultuous past. This bastion of the Rajputs has faced violent attacks thrice in its entire history. The first was in 1303 when the Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din Khilji, who was enamoured by Queen Padmini, launched an attack to abduct her. More than two centuries later, in 1533, it was Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat, who caused immense destruction. Four decades later, in 1568, Mughal Emperor Akbar attacked and seized the fort. It was finally in 1616, under the rule of Mughal Emperor Jahangir that the fort was returned to the Rajputs.
One of the most popular cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is quite famous for its lakes and palaces. Known as ‘Jewel of Mewar’, this city was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1553, on the banks of Lake Pichola. Claimed as the most romantic city of the royal state of Rajasthan, it is one of the prime destinations of the week-long journey of the Palace on Wheels. Udaipur boasts of picturesque locations and scenic surroundings offering an amazing vacation option for discerning travellers. Today, it is a perfect mix of old-world charm and contemporary attractions.
Area : 64 sq. km
Established On : In year 1553
Founded by : Maharana Udai Singh
Location : On the Southern End of the Aravalli ranges
THE CITY OF LAKES AND PALACES
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the city of lakes Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. The famous Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur. It is also home to Jaisamand Lake, claimed to be the second largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia. The beautiful City Palace and Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) add to the architectural beauty and grandeur of the city. The city is also known for its profusion of zinc and marble. Solar observatory in Lake Fateh Sagar is the only observatory in India located on an island and has been made on the pattern of Big Bear Lake in Southern California. The ten-day Shilpgram Festival which starts from 21 Dec to 30 Dec pulls in a large number of people interested in arts and crafts.
Udaipur was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the new capital of Mewar Kingdom. It is located in the fertile, circular Girwa Valley to the southwest of Nagda, which was the first capital of Mewar.
Popularly called as the “Golden City”,
Jaisalmer is one of the most famous destinations in the state of Rajasthan. Situated in the westernmost region of Rajasthan, the town is known for its location right in the middle of Thar Desert. Tourists love going out for a Desert Safari amidst the vast sand dunes of the desert. Jaisalmer stands mighty and proud and welcome tourist from all over the world to get accustomed to her magical world of color, history and fable.
Area: 38,201 sq. km
Founded on: 1156 AD
Founded by: Maharawal Jaisal Singh
Location: Jaisalmer is located in Indian state of Rajasthan. From Jaipur, it is in the West direction
WHERE THE FORTS ARE STILL ALIVE
If geology interests you, then Jaisalmer is where you need to journey. The Wood Fossil Park or Aakal is located about 15 kilometres away from the city. Here, one can discover and trace geologic tragedies that occurred in the Thar Desert 180 million years ago. The city of Jaisalmer also acts as the guard to western Rajasthan (and India’s) frontier. This ‘Golden City’ is located close to the Pakistan border and in close proximity to the Thar Desert. The city’s most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Unlike most other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not just a tourist attraction. It houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live.
Jaisalmer traces its inception to the 12th century. History tells us of Rawal Jaisal, the eldest heir of the Rawal of Deoraj, was passed over for the throne of Lodurva and a younger half-brother was crowned king. Rawal Jaisal went looking for a new location to set up his capital when he came across sage Eesul. The sage told him about Krishna’s prophecy which said that a descendant of his Yaduvanshi clan would found a new kingdom at this same spot. It was in 1156 that Rawal Jaisal constructed a mud fort, named it Jaisalmer after himself and declared it his capital.
Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a major tourist attraction in the country. Situated at the edge of the Thar Desert, it was founded by Rajput chief Rao Jodha in the year 1459. The erstwhile capital of the kingdom of Marwar, Jodhpur is dotted with a number of tourist attractions including forts, palaces, museums, and much more. Also known as the ‘Blue City’ or the ‘Sun City’, it is strategically placed on the road that links Delhi to the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Area : 112.40 square km
Established On :1459
Founded By : Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan
Location : Located towards the west of Jaipur (Distance: 338 km)
A DELIGHTFUL BLEND OF THE MODERN AND THE TRADITIONAL
Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan is popularly known as the Blue City. The name is clearly befitting as most of the architecture – forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. The strapping forts that tower this magnificent city sum up to a spectacle you would not want to miss. The mammoth, imposing fortress of Mehrangarh has a landscape dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading out of the fortress. The new city is located outside the structure. Jodhpur is also known for the rare breed of horses known as Marwari or Malani, which are only found here.
Jodhpur marks its origin back to the year of 1459 AD. The history of this prosperous city revolves around the Rathore clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore Clan is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. The city is known to be built in place of the ancient capital, Mandore of the state of Manwar. Hence, the people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are commonly known as Marwaris. Also, it is believed that the relics of Mandore can still be witnessed in the Mandore Gardens.
Also known as the ‘Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan’, Bharatpur was established by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the year 1733. It was the erstwhile region of Jat Maharajas and was situated in Mewat region. The royal family of Bharatpur traces its history to the 11th century A.D. Lohagarh is another name given to the town of Bharatpur. Although a territory of Rajasthan, Bharatpur is also considered as a part of New Delhi Capital Region (NCR). Being home to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur is a sheer heaven for ornithologists.
Altitude: 183 meters (600 feet)
Founded on: 1733
Founded by: Maharaja Suraj Mal Singh
Location: Bharatpur is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is 182 kilometers away from Delhi and 57 kilometers away from Agra.
WORLD’S MOST FASCINATING BIRD RESERVE
The history of Bharatpur dates back to 5th century BC, when the Matsya kingdom flourished here. The Matsyas were allies of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. Legends say that the origin of the name Bharatpur is traced to Bharat, younger brother of Lord Ram. Laxman, the other brother, was given the most prestigious position as that of the family deity of the ruling family of Bharatpur. His name also appears in the state seals and coat-of-arms.
In the early 18th century, Maharaja Suraj Mal captured the fort of Bharatpur by vanquishing Khemkaran, the rival chieftain and laid the foundation for Bharatpur. The valiant Maharaja was very keen to expand the cities and is credited with building the numerous forts and palaces that dot the kingdom, including the Pleasure Palace Complex at Deeg.
Bharatpur is also home to one of the world’s best-known bird watching destinations, Keoladeo Ghana National Park (KNP). 250 years ago, the then ruler built embankments that allowed flooding of this land, turning it into a marsh. Named after the dense jungle that surrounded an old Shiva Temple, this 29 square kilometre man-made wetland is renowned for migratory birds – ducks, geese, waders, raptors, flycatchers and more. In winter, avid birders and ornithologists flock to the park to observe and study the feathered beauties. With more than 370 recorded species, KNP used to also host the Siberian crane. It is a World Heritage Site.
The Mughal City of Agra, fondly referred to as the city of the Taj, is one of the most well-known tourist destinations, all around the globe. Agra is placed on the western banks of the Yamuna also called the city of Taj Mahal is the perfect finale to your royal sojourn. Agra, the medieval city, is home to a number of tourist attractions including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Area : 1, 880.40 km2
Established On : 1475
Founded By : Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king
Location : On the banks River Yamuna towards the southwest corner of Uttar Pradesh state
The great Hindu epic Mahabharata mentions Agra, as Agraban, a forest near Mathura. However, Agra was founded by 1475 by Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king. Sultan Sikander Lodi made Agra his capital in 1501 but he was defeated in battle of Panipat in 1526 by Emperor Babur. Between the mid of 16th and the 17th century, Agra’s popularity was at its zenith when it was under the rule of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. This period was the time of construction of Taj Mahal also.
In the year 1761, Agra came into the hands of Jat rulers who also looted some of the most beautiful temples of the city. While in 1770, it was under the reign of the Marathas, the British took over in 1803. After the revolt of 1857, Allahabad became the administrative province of the British and Agra was left on its own. This is when; it developed as a hub of heavy industry. Today Agra is a must-visit destination for all.
The Agra city is inhabited by people of all religions and cultures and so one can witness a mix of various cultures here. Agra is an amalgamation of traditional and modern way of living. Being close to Lord Krishna’s land Mathura, a touch of Brij culture can be seen here on the language of the locals. However, the influence of Mughal culture can be seen in everything, mannerisms, food, language and buildings.
The people of Agra celebrate all the major festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Taj Mahoysav, Muharrum, Id-ul-Fitr, Id-ul-Adha with great zeal Taj Mahotsav, an annual extravaganza, is a great show of classical dance and music, folk performances, poetry, camel and elephant rides, a food festival, a Craft Mela and more.
Agra has a lot to offer if you are one of those who love to indulge in shopping. You can get your hands on mini Taj replicas, as keepsakes and souvenirs. Another item which is a must-buy in Agra is its leather goods such as decorative stuff, bags, purses, sandals and much more. Be careful that you buy only original goods. The handicraft emporiums of Agra sell an array of rosewood and sandalwood items, stone-carved images and decorative pieces, made in brass.
One of the most sought-after items, which you can buy in Agra markets, is beautiful pieces of exquisite Zari work. You also get good-quality carpets and durries here as well. However, the most popular amidst the tourists are the local renditions of Dal Moth (salty) and Peetha (sweet). Some of the famous markets in Agra are Sadar Bazaar, The Taj Complex, Loha Mandi, Raja Mandi, Kinari Bazaar, and Fuhaara.
The cabins of the Palace on Wheels are the perfect epitome of regal lavishness and gracefulness. The train has 14 fully air-conditioned coaches in total with 4 Cabins, with an amazing décor that reminds one of complete luxurious comforts, experienced by the erstwhile Indian royalty. The interior of the cabins is inspired from the décor of the palaces of the Maharajas. The use of rich silk fabrics is the main highlight and looks extremely attractive.
The antique wooden furniture with beautiful delicate artworks adds an amazing character to the rooms and the padded beds in the cabins offer a comfortable sleep. Every cabin is well-laden with all the world-class modern facilities including attached bathroom with plush toiletries, electronic safety deposit, internet connectivity, individual temperature control, telephone, etc. Availability of a special attendant called Khidmatgar to meet all your travel needs is a major attraction.
The dining experience on-board the Palace on Wheels is itself an extraordinary affair. Maharaja and Maharani, the two royal restaurants aboard, serve sumptuous food of Indian and other popular world cuisines. Dishes of Rajasthani and Marwari cuisine are the highlights. The expert chef and his team take care of hygiene and cleanliness. The guests can enjoy the highest level of hospitality services. The ambiance of both the restaurants is welcoming because of the luxurious fabrics, imported crockery, delicate glass carvings, mahogany paneling, striking chandeliers and colorful wall lamps, aptly matching the mood of the train.
Enjoy chit-chatting over a glass of wine with your fellow passenger at the well-appointed Bar aboard the train. This is the right kind of place to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing. This well-stocked bar serves liquor of both national and international brands and a host of fine wines and other non-alcoholic beverages. The guests can also relish fresh and tasty snacks to accompany their drinks.
Just the right kind of place to have a chit-chat with your loved ones and co-passengers, the sitting lounge offers you a relaxing environment. Spend some relaxing moment while reading a book of your choice, from the collection available here. It is the ideal place to socialize. You can also partake in the indoor games. The furniture, flower pots and beautiful wall-hangings, add a character to the lounge.
The train has 14 guest carriages, which all are decorated with a distinct motif evocative of erstwhile Rajputana clan after which they are named. Each cabin is equipped with live television, air conditioning, internet connectivity, channel music, safe and attached bathrooms.
The train has two elegantly appointed restaurants – Maharaja and Maharani – each of which has its own signature dishes and décor including the culinary traditions of Europe, India and certainly of Rajasthan.
Bar & Lounge
In the bar of Palace on Wheels, you will get a good variety of house brands of wines, spirits and beer. Snacks are offered complimentary for every passenger.
You can also enjoy a pampering spa treatment on board Palace on Wheels. The on board spa has its specialized group of professionals who offer rejuvenation treatments on the move.
Pre & Post Hotel Accommodation
The guests are suggested to at least book one day of hotel accommodation before and after the train journey and this can be organised by us.
Personal – We always recommend our guests to carry the insurance documents collected from their home country that cover insurance policy in regards to illness, injury, accident, death, loss of luggage and holiday cancellation.
However all passengers are covered well under an umbrella of insurance that encompasses unforeseen calamities like fire, earthquake, theft and terrorism.
Smart casual clothing and suitable walking shoes are recommended for off-train excursion tours. For all the wildlife tours, guests are suggested to wear comfortable clothes in natural restraint hues so that it can blend well with the landscapes. The bright colored clothes are better avoided during wildlife excavations. You also need to carry warm clothes during winter season departure.
As there is a little storage space inside your personal cabins, so passengers are requested to carry luggage as per the international airline rules for the first/business class passengers. Soft-topped luggage is always recommended as these can be stored easily.
Special Dietary Requirements
If you have any special dietary requirements, please mention it at the time of booking so as to avoid disappointments during your journey. All the efforts are directed towards a pleasing journey experience for the travelers and thus, we also need your support to offer quality services every time.
At every embarking and disembarking stations, porters are available to assist you with your luggage.
A dedicated team of butlers is always present to the services of the guests. This round the clock service is tailored in a way to fulfill all your requirements in the shortest possible period of time. The well trained butlers can speak English well so that communication between the guests and the butlers can run without any hindrance.
For physically challenged passengers, wheelchairs, crèches and a special attendant for assistance are also available onboard Palace on Wheels. If you have any such special requirements, please mention it at the time of booking to avoid last minute complicacies.
Off Train Excursion
You may need to take a fair amount of walk during the off-train excursion tours. It is therefore recommended you to carry comfortable walking shoes. The roads leading to the excursions destinations may not be smooth, but craggy and exhaustive; however a minimum amount of physical fitness is always required to enjoy these tours.
A well trained, English speaking guide accompanies the guests during their off-train excursion tours. The guide is provided with a view to offer the guests an in-depth and detailed insight of the various destinations and historical monuments covered in each excursion. Language speaking guides are also available on selected destinations, but with an extra cost. Please let us know about your requirements at the time of booking only.
Comfortable and fully air-conditioned coach transfers are available for passengers during their off-train excursion tours. Please go though the detailed itinerary for the specific details on transportation.
As per Indian Law – Smoking in India is prohibited in all public places. However, those who wish to smoke can contact the captain for the same.
While travelling to India, no specific vaccination is required, but foreigners need to carry their Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate conforming to international health regulations, if they are originating or traveling through Yellow Fever prevalent countries. You also need to take precautions for malaria. Please consult your physicians before embarking on the journey. If you are on a medication, carry sufficient amount of medicines required during the span of the journey. Mosquitoes and insects repellents are also need to be carried to be safe from the hands of diseases and allergies.
Please contact the carriage butlers for details as limited laundry services are available on selected destinations.
All the passengers are requested to keep their cell phones on silent mood while on board or during off-train excursion tours. In all the public areas of the train, the use of cell phones and laptops are restricted. You can use these services in the privacy of your cabins.
All the cabins are equipped with telephones. The cost of external calls will be charged separately as it is not included in the cost of the journey.
It is a courtesy in Indian tradition to offer gratuities for small services. The gratuities for off-board guides, escort and staff is included in the journey cost. It is completely upon the guests to offer and not to offer gratuities for services.
All crew members are well versed in English. The team is dedicated towards ensuring that every need of guests shouldn’t just meet, but anticipated.
Minimum Passenger Requirement
Every journey of Palace on Wheels requires a minimum number of passengers. In case this required number is not met, an alternative departure date or an alternative journey or the refund will be provided to you. In such an unforeseen condition, 30 days advance intimation can also be given.
Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms, all meals, soft beverages, butler service, guided off train excursions as illustrated in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fees, transport and services of a guide, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board along with porter charges at stations.
Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary, taxes, insurance, gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands of wines, spirits, beer served in the restaurants and bar), video, film and professional still camera fees and arrival and departure transfers. International and domestic air tickets, pre and post tour accommodation and any tour extensions are not included unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys.
The Palace on Wheels features state-of-the-art amenities and en-suite facilities. Each guest carriage is a replica of an original private salon of erstwhile Maharajas, Nizams and Viceroys of India.
Guest cabins provide a calm, personal space where guests may read, relax or simply watch the landscape spool by through the panoramic windows.
A passionate team of chefs takes care of the gourmet meals that are served in the 2 dining cars on board. For an authentic dining experience of Royal Rajputana, the accent is on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes.
The Spa Car, Lounge Car and a Bar Car in Palace on Wheels ensure that you rediscover the finer aspect of traveling for the entire duration of your itinerary. So be prepared to step back into a more refined era in unhurried pace of life.
Special assistance is available for differently abled guests in the form of wheelchair, crèches and attendants.
Indoor games including crossword puzzles, carom board, chess, Chinese checkers, playing cards and so on.
Wi-Fi facility along with Laptops is available on board to keep you connected with the world.
Smoking in India is prohibited in all public places. Contact tour manager for more details.
Medical assistance is available on-board the train. A doctor can be arranged on call at any destination.
Each guest salon has a sitting lounge equipped with sofas, TV, DVD players and mazazines.
Voltage available on the Palace on Wheels: 110/230V
Sufficient safety arrangements are always made for the guests and their personal belongings in the train.
The train has a Souvenir shop that sells handicraft items, traditional artefacts, curios and ethnic dresses.
Attendant or Khidmatgar
A attendant, called Khidmatgar is always available at the guest’s service, to cater to all of their travel requirements
Be informed on the go with daily news papers & magazines with your morning tea.
Every guest is welcomed with a glass of wine & an arrival kit that includes stationery items, brochures etc.
A well-equipped spa is available on-board that provides therapeutic massages & rejuvenating experience.
India Luxury Trains 4 U bring for our clients a life time experience of Luxury and Royalty. We ensures that your luxury train journey is not just great but so splendid that they create memories lasting a lifetime.
To discover and explore the heritage and culture of India on board these Luxury trains journeys are just unimaginable. Each of the five different luxury trains in India – Maharajas Express , Palace on Wheels , Royal Rajasthan on Wheels , Golden Chariot and Deccan Odyssey offer’s our clients the journeys that are carefully crafted.