Palace on Wheels Tour
Palace on Wheels Itinerary
Day 1 Delhi, Wednesday
Departure From Delhi.
Departure from Delhi Cantonment railway station in the evening. Report on the station at 4pm.
Day 2 Jaipur, Thursday
After lunch at Rambagh Palace proceed to sightseeing tour of Jaipur.
Jaipur – City Palace housing the Museum (blend of Rajasthan & Mughal architecture), Jantar Mantar (a three-storey high Observatory) built by Sawai Jai Singh founder of Jaipur in 1728, Hawa Mahal or the Wind Palace, Central Museum, a rare collection of portraits of Maharajas, minatures, costumes, woodworkd, brassware, jewellery and pottery, housed in Albert Hall in the Ram Niwas Gardens. Jaipur Bazaar (shopping market famous for jewellery, brassware, carvings, textiles). Elephant Ride to Amber Fort, a classical examaple of Rajput architecture, situated on a hillside. The fort houses Diwani-i-am, Kali Temple and Jai Mandir or Hall of victory.
Departure from Jaipur at 6.30 p.m., Dinner Onboard.
Day 3 Jaisalmer, Friday
Arrival at Jaisalmer in the morning.
Jaisalmer – Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., it houses Jaisalmer Fort made up of yellow sandstone. There are beautiful mansions or ‘havelis’, which have magnificent facades and intricately carved latticed windows. Finest of them are Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli. Famous for its wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery, fine pattu shawls, mirror work and embroidered articles, and curios.
Lunch followed by a camel ride amongst the sand dunes. Cultural programmes in the evening. Departure to Jodhpur in the night.
Day 4 Jodhpur, Saturday
Arrival to Jodhpur in the morning.
Jodhpur – Second largest city of Rajasthan. Mehrangarh Fort, which houses Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. Jaswant Thada, the white marble cenotaph also known as the “Taj Mahal of Marwar”. Famous for metal curios, silverware, famous breeches, embroidered shoes, painting and tie and dye fabrics and other handcrafted articles.
Departure after lunch.
Day 5 Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh, Sunday
Arrival at Sawai Madhopur in the morning.
Ranthambore – 12 km from Sawai Madhopur, the Ranthambore National Park and Wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers.
Departure to Chittaurgarh in the afternoon.
Arrival at Chittaurgarh or Chittor in the evening.
Chittaurgarh – Once the capital of Rajput kings. Chittorgarh Fort that has been witness to atleast three ‘johars’, in which the Hindu maidens and ladies committed mass-suicides by offering themselves to fire to preserve their honor from the plundering hands of the enemy soldiers.
Departure to Udaipur in the night.
Day 6 Udaipur, Monday
Arrival at Udaipur in the night.
Udaipur – Known as the ‘Lake City’. Lake Pichhola with its island palaces – Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), is a 500-yeal old structure, now, a part of the Taj group of hotels. Jag Mandir.
After lunch at the Lake Palace Hotel, proceed to the sightseeing tour of Udaipur.
City Palace that houses a museum, Mor Chowk (Peacock Court), Manak Mahal, Krishna Vilas and Chini Chitrashala.
Departure at night.
Day 7 Bharatpur and Agra, Tuesday
Arrival at Bharatpur.
Bharatpur – Houses Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a bird sanctuary named after the god Keoladeo, an aspect of Lord Shiva, whose deity is enshrined in a small temple within the park.
Departure to Agra.
Fatehpur Sikri – 40 kms from Agra. The sacred mosque of Sheikh Salim Chishti. Agra – The beloved city of Mughal emperors. Red Fort and Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Famous for marble works, leather goods and jewellery and especially, mini replicas of Taj.
Day 8 Delhi, Wednesday
Arrival at lunch. Dispersal after breakfast.