Luxury Trains in Rajasthan
The state of Rajasthan
is known for its rich heritage, traditions and vivid culture. The warm and affectionate people are reckoned for their hospitality. Taking luxury and hospitality to an all new high are the two luxury trains that give you a glimpse of the culture of the state. These two trains are – Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.
Rajasthan has always been known for its rich architecture and glorious past. There are many palaces, havelis, forts and fortresses that make the architecture and history of the area intriguing and alluring at the same time. Each year thousands of tourists visit this amazing land to see these architectural marvels.
Palace on Wheels
Palace on Wheels is like a moving palace. From the moment you step onto it, you get the taste of high class service and impeccable hospitality. Get the comfort of a palace on the move when you are in the Palace of Wheels.
There are a total of fourteen saloons, each equipped with four twin-bedded chambers. The saloons have attached baths with running hot and cold water and showers.
In addition to this, there are comfortable sofas, strategically placed reading lights and in-built wardrobes with ample storage space. The huge plain glass windows add to the charm and the overall feel of the trip. You can witness the ever changing landscape in front of your eyes. Passengers get the best of the best service through Palace on Wheels. Sit back and relax or spend some quality time with your dear ones, there is so much to do on the luxury train.
Each coach has a seating lounge outside the bedrooms. These lounges are a great place for people to get together and chit chat. Each saloon has an attached pantry providing beverages and refreshments. There is luxurious bar cum lounge where you can enjoy your favorite drink and meet new people. The train also has 2 premium restaurant cars – Maharaja and Maharani.
From arrival in style to comfort during the journey, everything is taken care of when you are on the Palace of Wheels. Passengers can choose from a wide array of dishes – Indian, Continental, and Rajasthani cuisines. The Palace on Wheels is a no smoking train, but in case you want to smoke, you can ask the captain for assistance.
The hospitality of the staff is of the highest standard, maybe that’s why it is said that Palace on Wheels is luxury personified.
Palace on Wheels Journey
The train begins its journey from Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi and takes you to many destinations in Rajasthan. It is a week long journey in which you get a glimpse of the royal past and present of Rajasthan – ‘Land of Kings’. The train leaves every Wednesday night and also includes a trip to Agra and the famous Taj Mahal. These destinations that you would be visiting in Palace of Wheels are –
- Sawai Madhopur
Take a virtual tour and immerse yourself in the luxury and get ready to live life king-size for a week. The entire journey is 7 night and 8 day tour. The trip starts from the month of September which is the off-season and ends in April.
Board the train from Delhi, the capital of India, where you will be treated like Maharaja and Maharani (King and Queen) in the traditional Indian manner by garlands, tika, turban and a glass of wine. The train leaves from Safdarjung after the ceremonial welcome. An introduction will be given and you be escorted to your saloon by personalised staff. You can relax at the bar or read magazines and newspapers and engage in conversation with fellow passengers.
Jaipur - The Pink City
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is known for its palaces, havelis, forts and unique pink colour of its buildings. The city is visited for its rich history and craft work and delicious food. Once the train reaches Jaipur, you will visit the Hawa Mahal - a five-storied palace for the royal family and the magnificent Amer Fort, perched on rocky terrain. A special elephant ride will add charm to the visit. After a hectic day of sightseeing and maybe shopping you will be escorted back the train where you will served dinner.
Also read: Birla Temple Jaipur | Chandra Mahal Jaipur | Jaipur City Palace | Nahargarh Fort | Samode Palace | Sheesh Mahal | Galatji Jaipur | Jaigarh Fort | Jal Mahal | Lakes in Jaipur | Monuments in Jaipur | Jaipur Museum
Sawai Madhopur and Chittorgarh
The Palace on Wheels rolls to a perfect royal destination Sawai Madhopur, a place very close to one of India's finest wildlife sanctuary - Ranthambore National Park. The park is home to several wildlife animals especially the majestic tiger! Chittorgarh Fort is another important place that will leave you enchanted. Do not miss the light and sound show of Chittorgarh Fort that narrates the history of the region to perfection. After sightseeing in Chittorgarh and Ranthambore, get ready to move to Udaipur.
Udaipur - Royalty Redifned
The princely state named after Rana Udai Singh, the scenic beauty and charm of the place will leave and indelible mark. Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is also a perfect honeymoon destination. The unique blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture of the forts will leave you spellbound. The Lake Palace and other forts and monuments are a treat to the eyes! Shopping in Udaipur is a must as you can get an array of handicraft items, miniature paintings and mementoes. And yes, before departing departing do not forget to visit the Royal Gardens at Sahelio ki Bari.
Also read: City Palace | Shiv Niwas Palace | Maharana Pratap Memorial | Jag Mandir Palace | Gardens in Udaipur | Fateh Prakash Palace | Bagore ki Haveli | Chunda Palace
Jaisalmer - The City with a Golden Fort
After having a hearty breakfast on-board, you will be taken to Jaisalmer and one of Rajasthan's UNESCO Heritage sites, the Jaisalmer Fort. One needs to cross massive gates to enter the grand courtyard. Take a leisurely walk in the 15th century Fort and relish its architecture.Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, and Nathmalji ki Haveli are some of the important havelis that dot the entire city.
Jodhpur - The Sun City
The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur was established in 1459 by Rajput king, Rao Jodha. The city looks like a master stroke of a painter with its blue hue covering the entire city. You will be taken to the 16th century Mehrangah Fort which soars 125meters above the town. The Museum inside the Fort has an impressive collection of Royals dresses and weapons. You will be taken for lunch at Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant and depart in the afternoon.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Agra
Next day early morning you will proceed to another famous UNESCO Heritage site, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has more than 300 bird species from Sri Lanka, Tibet, China and Europe. Same day afternoon, the Palace of Wheels will take you to Agra,the city of Taj Mahal. After a visit to the Agra Fort, you will visit the Taj Mahal, the white marble wonder of India, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Back to Delhi
The train returns the following day early morning to Delhi.
Palace on Wheels - The Virtual Tour
Facilities available on the train include –
- Drinking water
- Accommodation – 14 fully air conditioned saloons with 4 twin beds and attached washrooms
- Luggage collection
- Arrival kit – each guest is welcomed with a glass of wine and an arrival kit. The kit includes stationary, brochures and cards
- Mail box
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Special assistance for disabled persons
- Restaurants – 2 premium restaurants
- High security
- Royal Spa
- Medical Aid
- Events on Board – you can celebrate special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, royal weddings and conferences on the train
- Culture Show – Light and Sound Show at Chittorgarh, cultural dance and music programs a Jaisalmer
Tariff of Palace on Wheels
Given below are the tariff details of the journey. These are per person per night rates.
September 2014 and April 2015
Single Occupancy: USD 575
Double Occupancy: USD 430
Triple Occupancy: USD 390
October 2014 to March 2015
Single Occupancy: USD 770
Double Occupancy: USD 575
Triple Occupancy: USD 520 Dates:
(September 14 to April 15)
September: 3, 10, 17, 24
October: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November: 5, 12, 19, 26
December: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
January: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February: 4, 11, 18, 25
March: 4, 11, 18, 25
April: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29Dates:
(September 15 to April 16)
September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October: 7, 14, 21, 28
November: 4, 11,18, 25
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
January: 6, 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 10, 17, 24
March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April: 6, 13, 20, 27
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
The second luxury train that gives you a glimpse of the colors and rich heritage of Rajasthan is Royal Rajasthan
on Wheels. The sheer brilliance in the form of world class service and unmatched hospitality takes to a new world. It is like witnessing the grandeur of the state while on the move. The tour is meticulously planned and implemented to perfectly combine luxury and comfort. By visiting the popular cities, the passengers get up close and personal with Rajasthani culture while at the same time you enjoy the comfort of a luxury train. This train is newly built and designed in a contemporary royal style. You will be delighted with the brilliant interiors, exotic meals, expensive wines, and personalized service by the Khidmatgars, a rare experience!
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Journey
Your journey in Royal Rajasthan on Wheels begins from the national capital – New Delhi. A seven day trip allows you to see the charming and multifaceted state of Rajasthan. The train takes you through – Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittor, Swai-Madhopur and Jaipur. Apart from these cities you also visit Varanasi, Agra and Khajurao.Total Days: 7 nights and 8 days
Facilities in Rajasthan on Wheels
The facilities on Royal Rajasthan on Wheels include the following –
- Splendid saloons – 13 deluxe coaches that are named after some of the famous places of Rajasthan like Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Kumbha Mahal etc.
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Laundry service
- Separate safe
- Mail box
- Electric sockets
- Books and Library
- Music system
Tariff of Rajasthan on Wheels
Following are the tariff details of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels:October 2014 to March 2015 (Tariff per person per night)
USD 1700 (Per cabin, per night)
USD 625(twin sharing basis)
USD 875 (Single Supplement)Day 1New Delhi - The capital of India
You will be greeted with garlands and a glass of wine once you board the luxury train. The train leaves from Safdarjung in Delhi and once on board you can relax and get introduced to your fellow passengers.
The train chugs into the second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur which was established in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput king. Exquisite stone work and lattice windows adorn the city on either side. Witness the royal legacy by visiting Mehrangarh Fort. Palanquins, weapons and musical instruments are still preserved in this majestic fort.
The next stop of Royal Rajasthan
on Wheels is the scenic city, Udaipur, named aftter Rana Udai Singh. The City of Lakes will enthrall all romantic people visiting the city. One of the largest palaces of India, the City Palace is an interesting blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The Lake Palace and Jag Mandir are other interesting places not to be missed in Udaipur. Do not forget to take a boat ride on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace.
Chittorgah is another important place that you will visit in this journey.Chittorgarh is renowned to produce some of the greatest Rajput rulers and warriors who fought bravely against the Mughals. A visit to the Chittorgarh Fort is a must which is witness to chivalry and honor.Day 4
After a glimpse of architectural marvel, experience the beauty of wildlife in Ranthambore National Park, close to Sawai Madhopur
. The park is home to various exquisite animals especially the majestic tiger.
Welcome to the pink city of Rajasthan, Jaipur which was built in 1727 by Maharaja, Sawai Jai Singh II. The city is a good place for all shopaholics for fine jewellery and handicrafts. Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal are best tourist attractions of the city.Day 5Khajuraho
The capital of the Chandela Kings, Khajuraho is now popular for its magnificent temples built between between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. The temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Jain Tirthankaras are fine examples of Indo-Aryan architecture. Though only 22 remain of the 85 original temples, they are in good condition.Also read: Eastern Group of Temples in Khajuraho
| Southern Group of Temples in KhajurahoDay 6Varanasi
Varanasi or the oldest city of the world is more than 3000 years old and is one of the most holy places for the Hindus. The Ganga Ghats are considered to be the most scared places by the Hindus. The city is known to produce great saints like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Shankaracharaya, Tulsi Das, Ramanuja and Patanjali.Also Read: Temples in Varanasi | Sankat Mochan Temple | Jain Temples in Varanasi | Kashi Vishwanath Temple | Sarnath Museum Varanasi | Durga Temple Varanasi
The final stopover is Agra - the city of Taj Mahal. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, the city is home to one of the seven wonders of the world - Taj Mahal.Also read:Agra Fort - Interesting Facts
Back in Delhi with loads of memory to carry home!Royal Rajasthan on Wheels - The Virtual Trip
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.(RTDC)
(A Government Of Rajasthan Undertaking)
Registered Office:RTDC Hotel Swagatam Campus, Near Railway Station, Jaipur-302006, Rajasthan,IndiaOfficial Website Of RTDC