Roll back the pages
of time for one magnificent week, re capture the pomp and pageantry of a
royal past in royal style. Step aboard the Palace on Wheels, once the
personal railway coaches of the erstwhile rulers of the princely states
of Gujarat and Rajputana, the viceroy of British India and the
Nizam of Hyderabad. Travelling on the famed Palace on Wheels is one
of the most memorable ways to explore India's stately splendour.
Unquestionably it's an unparalleled experience to ride the replica
carriages refurbished to look like the original saloons of the
Maharajas, the erstwhile rulers of India.
The Palace on Wheels is one of India's most fascinating sojourns
covering the pink state capital Jaipur, the golden citadel
Jaisalmer, the blue city of Jodhpur, the National Park
Ramthambhor, the symbol of chivalry Chittorgarh, romantic
city of Lakes Udaipur, the bird sanctuary Bharatpur and
the mughal capital Agra before returning to Delhi. The
Palace on Wheels has been rated one of the ten best luxurious train
journeys in the world. Originally the train had 12 fully furnished
non-air conditioned saloons, once owned by former Maharajas, Governor
Generals and Viceroys of the British period.
The Palace on Wheels started as sole holiday concept hauled by a steam
engine with its inaugural trip on 26th January,1982. In 1991, a new
air-conditioned meter gauge Palace on Wheels on the lines of the old
heritage train was launched. The interiors of the current 14 saloons are
authentic replicas of the historic coaches.
Each saloon is equipped with twin- bedded cabins, each with channel
music, intercom, with attached baths and running hot and cold water and
a shower. The Palace on Wheels has been rated one of the ten best
comfortable train journeys in the world. Originally the train had 12
fully furnished non-air conditioned saloons, once owned by
and Viceroys of the British period. The Palace on Wheels started as
unique holiday concept hauled by a steam engine with its inaugural trip
on 26th January,1982. In 1991, a new air-conditioned meter gauge
Palace on Wheels on the lines of the old heritage train was launched.
The interiors of the current 14 saloons are authentic replicas of the
historic coaches. Each saloon is equipped with twin- bedded cabins, each
with channel music, intercom, with attached baths and running hot and
cold water and a shower. The coaches are named after erstwhile princely
states of Rajasthan, recalling bygone grandeur and pageantry. Everything
matches, even the ambiance which is totally soaked in the colorful
tradition of Rajasthani art. Panels and ceilings are covered with
miniature and traditional motifs reflecting the pageantry of courtly
Each saloon has a mini pantry and a lounge to ensure availability of
beverages and refreshments and a place to relax and go together.
Before dinner, most fellow passenger meets at the well-stocked bar. The
bartender mixes cocktails and serves soft alcoholic beverages. This is
the place to sit and be seen sitting and talking while sipping a drink
or simply watching the countryside through large panoramic windows.
Attached to the comfortable bar lounge are two equally exquisite
restaurants, the Maharaja and the Maharani respectively, with opulent
draped curtains, elegantly crafted lights and stylish dining is among
the highlight of the journey. Apart from the chef's special of the day
there is delicious choice of local Rajasthani,
Facilities on Palace on Wheels
The Palace On Wheels India is the only regularly operating Luxury Train
in India, at present this heritage train of Rajasthan comprises 14 well
appointed inter-connected passenger coaches, which have been named after
Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Sirohi, Kishangarh,
Bundi, Dungarpur, Bharatpur, Jhalawar and Dholpur.
Besides, there are two Dining Cars in Palace on Wheels India, with fresh
food being cooked in onboard kitchen; One bar-cum-lounge car & four
service cars. This luxury train of India also has a small library,
mini-gym & beauty parlour. This luxury train, Palace on wheels is fully
Coaches on the Palace of Wheels
You'll be delighted you chose to see Rajasthan by the Palace-On-Wheels.
On board, you'll feel like an erstwhile monarch, traveling in regal
splendor. Each Coach named after the erstwhile princely state. It has 4
twin-bedded chambers, thoughtfully decorated in ethnic Rajasthani
décor. Channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and
cold water, shower and wall-to-wall carpeting are some of the facilities
to make you feel at home. Each saloon has personal attendants or
Khidmatgars, who are at your beck and call to extend a courteous
helping hand, should you need anything.
The names of the saloons are based on the princely states of Rajasthan -
Jodhpur, Alwar, Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Dholpur, Bharatpur,
Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kishangarh.
The decor of each saloon has highlighted the cultural ethos of the
state, represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, paintings
and furnishings. The ceiling in the lounge is of particular interest.
Each coupe is different but the over all ambience of the decor of the
saloons has been taken care of to provide continuity. Each saloon has
cream yellow color on its exterior walls and bears the Coat of Arms
(logo) of the erstwhile princely states.
Each saloon has 4 coupes (sleeping rooms) with attached bath and toilet.
In every saloon, there is one saloon captain and 2 attendants to look
after the personal needs of its guests. Each saloon has a mini pantry
properly equipped to provide ready tea/coffee and snacks.
The Dining Cars
There are two dining cars in Palace on wheels that have been tastefully
bedecked in the authentic Rajasthani style in this heritage train of
Rajasthan. The Maharaja and Maharani restaurants have seating
arrangement in groups of two and four near the windows. Continental and
Indian cuisine are prepared by the master chef. Mouth-watering
are also served. The finger-licking food, together with the excellent
hospitality, yields a perfect meal. Travelling by Palace on Wheels India
is a delight that would surely fascinate you.
At the end of each coach is a separate lounge where passengers can relax
when they wish to move out of their bedrooms. Here they can unwind with
a book or magazine, engage in conversation, or simply watch the
panoramic vista of the great Indian country side.
The Bar-cum-Lounge in Palace on Wheels, is furnished with period
furniture to create the royal ambience. It is spacious and beautifully
decorated. The bar is stocked with a wide range of alcoholic and
non-alcoholic beverages. You can select from the finest collection of
spirits and wines. From scotch to cocktails, Palace on wheels serves
Each coach has four coupés, done in colors reminiscent of the state, and
highlighted by its royal emblem. Two of the Coupes feature double beds
while the other two have train beds. A third bed, for an additional
person, or an accompanying child, is in the form of a fold-away bed on a
higher tier. Each compartment has an attached bath with running hot/cold
water and showers, built-in wardrobes, overhead and night lights, piped
music, reading lights etc.
Palace on Wheels Day Wise Itinerary
Arrival traditional welcome to hotel
Board Place on Wheels to a royal welcome Dinner on board.
( Thursday) Arrival Jaipur 0730 hrs B/F on board
Welcome to the pink
city of jaipur by caparisoned elephants. Visit to Hawa Mahal, Ambar
Fort- the silent sentinels of a glorious era. Lunch at Rambagh Palace
Visit to Jantar Mantar the age old observatory & city palace home to the
erstwhite rulers. Dinner on board
Jaisalmer 0615 hrs
Arrival at the 12th centuary city of Jaisalmer dominatedby its sandstone
fort of 99 bastions visit the exquisitely carved havells and palaces
with their latticed windows & balconies and facades experience the famed
camel safaris & desert camps and dine under the stars as the rhythm of Rajasthani music drifts into the night Dep, 2300 hrs
Jodhpur 0800 hrs
The Mehrangarh Fort looms large over this 15th century city visit the
magnificient fort and Jaswant Thada, the royal cenotaph. Lunch at the
Umaid Bhawan Palcae, the royal residence a part of which is now a hotel.
Dep. 1530 hrs
(Sunday) Arrival Sawai Madhopur 0630 hrs B/F on Board
Welcome to the beautiful 10th century fort of Ranthambore National Park,
a project Tiger Reserve, the imposing ramparts of the fort soar high
above .still echoing a glorious past, Dep. 1100 hrs Depart for Chittorgarh lunch on board. Arr. at 1530 hrs
Images of love and
valoursscars of battles lost and won thrice besieged chittorgarh fort is
all this and more moving legends of honour and pride will enho in your
mind as you proceed to Udaipur Dep. 2000 hrs
Udaipur 0730 hrs
The city of lakes, Palaces and Gardens and Forts. Lunch at the lake
Palace Hotel the former summer residence of the princes of Mewar enjoy
the tranquility of Lake Pichola.visit the city Palace the residence of
the maharajas of Udaipur in all its antique glory. Dep. 2000 hrs
Bharatpur 0700 hrs
A wonderland of birds. Visit the renowned Keoladeo Ghana National Park
at Bharatpur, Once the preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur and now a
world heritage site. It is home to 300 species of birds some flying in
from as far as Siberia and China.
Visit the red sandstone fort of Fatehpur Sikri and carry on to Taj
Mahal,one of the majority good-looking monuments ever conceived. Dinner
at Taj Khema. Dep 2300 hrs
B/F on board and return to delhi cantt. Railway Station. Arrival 0800