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Palace on Wheels

 

Duration : 08 Days / 07 Nights(ex Delhi).
Places Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi.


 

Day 01 : Delhi
Arrive Delhi Cantonment Railway Station, board the Palace On Wheels and depart for Jaipur at 1745hrs. Dinner on board the Palace on Wheels departing at 2000 hrs.

 

Day 02 : The Pink City - Jaipur
Arrive Jaipur at 0000 hrs. A royal welcome awaits you at Jaipur as you step out. Caparisoned elephants and musicians playing the shenai are there to greet you as part of a traditional ceremony arranged specially for you. A luxury coach then takes you on a tour of magnificent sights and amazing discoveries. And difficult though it is to tear yourself away from the sights and sounds and scents of Jaipur, the Palace on Wheels is waiting to take you to a place immortalized by valorous deeds, a place called Jaisalmer. (Land of Golden sands), departing at 1730 hrs.

Day 03 : The Golden Sands of Jaisalmer
Arrive Jaisalmer at 0615 hrs. Today, the massive old sandstone fort of Jaisalmer with its 99 bastions continues to tower proudly over the city, founded in 1156 A.D. The mood, the feel, the free soaring spirit of an entire age is reflected within the fort of Jaisalmer. The skilled craftsmanship of the stone carvers of Jaisalmer is evident all over the city. With their latticed windows, balconies, cupolas and distinctive carved facades, each of Jaisalmer's many elaborate havelis is sheer poetry in stone.

Exotic camel safaris and desert camps that throb with the rhythm of Rajasthani music and dance unravel the mysteries and magic of the desert for modern day visitors to Jaisalmer. From the glories of Jaisalmer -built after consulting an oracle, the Palace on wheels transports you to Jodhpur - a monumental city built on the advice of a sage departing at 2300 hrs.
 

Day 04 : The Splendours of Jodhpur
Arrive Jodhpur at 0800 hrs, which was once the proud capital of the princely desert state of Marwar, Jodhpur, founded in 1459 A. D. is now the second largest city in Rajasthan. Atop a steep hall, the Mehrangarh Fort built in 1459 by Rao Jodha dominates the skyline of Jodhpur. Rated among the best in India the magnificent fort and other monuments in Jodhpur are still full of colour and many precious heirlooms. Near the fort lies an impressive royal cenotaph with its fine stone screens projects the superb, hereditary skills of 19th century masons and stone carvers. The royal rulers of Jodhpur conceived the stately Umaid Bhawan -the only palace built in the 20th century - as a famine relief project. A part of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel. The Palace on Wheels moves towards Sawai Madhopur leaving Jodhpur at 1530 hrs.

 

Day 05 : Peace & Excitement at Sawai Madhopur / Chittaurgarh
Arrive Sawai Madhopur at 0400 hrs. It retains not only old, spacious buildings but also a distinctive quality of peace. Close by, steeped in legends, stands the impressive, sprawling 10th century fort of Ranthambore, which offers several rewarding hours of exploration. From the ramparts of the fort which once witnessed so much action, can be glimpsed the lush greenery and shimmering lakes of the Ranthambore National Park, which is also a Project Tiger conservation area, and now on to Chittaurgarh departing at 1100 hrs. Arrive Chittorgarh at 1530 hrs. It is long and chequered history, Chittorgarh was hopelessly besieged three times. And each of the three times, though faced with certain defeat at the hands of a stronger enemy, brave Rajput warriors from the fort of Chittor rode out into the battlefield to manfully fight one last doomed battle. The compelling sights and moving legends of Chittorgarh are likely to remain in your mind as you go down the hill to proceed to Udaipur.

 

Day 06 : The City of Lakes - Udaipur
This morning drive to Udaipur at 0730 hrs, arrive Udaipur the city with its palaces, lakes, gardens, temples and forts perched on hilltops, Udaipur, centuries old, present a series of entrancing sights. The Jag Niwas, once the summer residence of the princess of Mewar, and now a splendid hotel, appears dreamlike as it floats on the waters of the picturesque Pichola Lake. Close by, on another island, stands the red sandstone palace of Jag Mandir. White and majestic, the City Palace stands on a hill overlooking the lake. Drive back to Chittorgarh at 1800 hrs to return to the Palace on Wheels. You are carried towards yet another attraction - Bharatpur leaving Chittorgarh at 2000 hrs.
 

Day 07 : At wonderland of Birds - Bharatpur
Arrive Bharatpur at 0600 hrs. A Jat stronghold in the 17th and 18th centuries, Bharatpur today is a wonderland of birds. Its Keoladeo Ghana National Park, once the preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur, is now listed as a World Heritage site. More than 300 species of birds - some flying in from as far away as Siberia and China, have been sighted at Bharatpur, proceeding further we drive towards Fatehpur Sikri at 0930 hrs which was capital of Emperor Akbar for nearly 14 years, arrive Fatehpur Sikri at 1030 hrs & later drive to the Royal Timeless City of Agra at 1130 hrs. Arrive Agra at 1200 hrs.

The crowning glory of Agra continues to be one of Seven Wonders of the World is the Taj Mahal the greatest, the most beautiful monument to love that the world has ever seen. Breathtaking in its superb proportions and highly skilled craftsmanship, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as an eprome of eternal love for his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Proceed towards Delhi Cantt departing Agra at 2000 hrs.
 

Day 08 : At Delhi
Breakfast on board. Arrival Delhi Cantt. Railway Station at 0600 hrs.

 


 

                            

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