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Palace on WheelsIntroduction
Palace on Wheels is the pride of the Indian tourism sector. This luxury train, which started its operation in the year 1982, is counted among the top ten luxury train of the world. A journey through this train will be unparalleled, unique and unforgettable experience. The name 'Palace on Wheels' is derived from the royal background of its coaches.

About the Train
The passenger coaches which were originally used by the erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Nizam of Hyderabad have been used for Palace on Wheels. These coaches have excellent interior decorations with lots of royal touches and abundant presence of Rajasthani flavours. This train has luxurious cabins, wall to wall carpetings, well stocked bars and mesmerizing interiors which are simply breathtaking.

Facilities Aboard
There are 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons in the train. Saloons have been named based on the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan like Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur etc. Each saloon has been brilliantly decorated with immense use of traditional furniture, handicrafts, paintings and furnishings. In every saloon there are four sleeping rooms with attached bathroom and there will be one personal attendant known as Khidmatgar, who will be always there to take care of the personal needs of the passengers. Music channel and intercom facilities are available in every room. Also all saloons have a mini pantry, well equipped to provide ready tea, coffee and snacks.

The moment guests enter this train, they are provided with arrival kit which consists of stationery items, brochures, cards etc. Other essential toiletries items like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc are also provided. Guests have many choices to make from array of dishes which include Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines. There is large collection of magazines to choose and every morning leading daily newspapers will greet with hot cup of tea.

Destinations Covered
This journey which starts every Wednesday from Delhi cantt station, takes through some of the best tourist destination of the India. On arrival at the station, guests are given traditional welcome. This eight day journey will cover scintillating places like Pink City Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Sun city Jodhpur, Ranthambore and Lake city Udaipur.

The first stop during this whirlwind journey is Pink city Jaipur. Jaipur is one of the most colourful city and is always teemed with visitors. This city is surrounded by three hills and boast of many stunning monuments like Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort. Most of the structures have mix blend of Mughal and Rajasthani royal flavours. Following days train will travel through the beautiful Thar desert of state. Destinations like Jaisalmer and Jodhpur which have many old forts and palaces will surely refresh the visitors. This journey will take interesting turn as train reaches Ranthambore. In the majestic Ranthambore national park, visitors will get chance to sight the majestic tigers. City of lake Udaipur which has become a hot tourist destination is the major attraction of this eighth day trip. Lake Palace located on the Jag Niwas Island is simple unbelievable beauty and has attracted many tourists including many famous Hollywood stars.

Palace On WheelsOn the last leg, Palace on Wheels will reach Agra. This city is the prize host of Taj Mahal, the member of elite club of seven wonder of world. The magical Taj Mahal has become the symbol of eternal love for lovers from all parts of world.
Along with these hot destinations, the journey in this train itself will be a memorable experience. With best of facilities and absolute majestic services, visitors will have sad feeling when this journey culminates at New Delhi. Grandeur and royalty which symbolizes this luxury train is simply difficult to resist. The tourists who once travel in this train surely will be tempted to come back and be part of this fantastic journey again. It is not a simple train tour, in fact it is one big celebration.

Visitors can experience this majestic journey through out the year except period between May to August. This period is reserved for the maintenance of this wonderful train.

Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi
16.00 hrs: Train departs from Delhi Cantt station.
It is from the Delhi Cantt station that this train starts its amazing eight days trip. Tourists on arrival, are given warm welcome in the traditional Indian style.

Day 2: Jaipur
02.00 hrs: Train arrives at Jaipur
First stoppage in this journey will be at Pink city Jaipur. An air conditioned luxury bus will take guests to stunning monuments like Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh fort and Nahargarh fort. Beautifully surrounded by three hills on either side, Jaipur's palaces and forts attract large number of visitors from all over the world. City Palace complex is the most visited tourist site of state. Jaipur's Johari bazaar is famous for its gems and jewelery products.
Lunch will be served at a prestigious Place hotel.
19.30 hrs: Depart towards Jaisalmer. Dinner on board.

Day 3: Jaisalmer
08.15 hrs: Arrival at Jaisalmer
Founded by a Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisla, Jaisalmer is an important tourist destination. Desert of Jaisalmer is absolutely bewitching. It's enticing forts, traditional havelis and vibrant culture will, for sure, bring lot of smile on faces of visitors. Salim Singh ki Haveli and Jaisalmer fort are two of the foremost tourist alluring destinations of city that you will be visiting. Apart from this, you will also pay a visit to Nathmal ji ki Haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and shop at Rajasthali.
Post lunch, enjoy a camel ride at sam Sand dune.
Enjoy dinner and cultural programme at a hotel.
23.00 hrs: Train departs for Jodhpur

Day 4: Jodhpur
Palace on Wheels07.00 hrs: Arrival at Jodhpur
Jodhpur often referred as 'sun city' , is a tourists' paradise. In all of the Jodhpur's tourist spots, the touch of its ethnic culture, splendor and traditions can be seen. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Mehrangarh fort and Jaswant Thada are some of the mind-blowing historical monuments found in Jodhpur. Of these Umaid Bhavan palace is the most prominent tourist hub. It is very popular specially among the foreign tourists, including many top Hollywood stars.
Tourist can go for shopping items like embroidered shoes, metal curious, silver ware, paintings etc.
15.30 hrs: Start Onward journey

Day 5: Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore - Chittorgarh
04.00 hrs: Arrival at Sawai Madhopur
If one wishes to see tigers at their wild best then Ranthambore is the place to be. In Ranthambore national park, tourists will have rare opportunity to get close to tiger. This region which was once a royal hunting ground, was declared a wild life sanctuary by the government in the year 1957. This park is an important part of tiger conservation.
Other charm of Ranthambore are Chittorgarh fort and Sawai Madhopur.
10.30 hrs: Train leaves for Chittorgarh
16.00 hrs : Arrival at Chittorgarh
Go for a sightseeing trip of Chittorgarh

Day 6: Udaipur
05.30 hrs : Leave Chittorgarh for Udaipur
07.30hrs : Arrival at Udaipur
Welcome to the Venice of East . This city of lakes, palaces and islands is one of the most ravishing tourist destinations of India. Some of the lakes like Pichola, Fateh Sagrar and Jaisamand are totally enthralling. It is haven for romantic honeymoon vacationers. Lake Palace, located in Jag Niwas Island is the pride of Udaipur. It is surrounded by many religious site likes Jagdish temple, Eklingji temple at Nagda and Srinathji temple at Nathwara

Day 7: Bharatpur - Agra
06.30hrs : Arrival at Bharatpur
Pay a visit to the famous bird sanctuary of India, Bharatpur which is also known as keoladeo Ghana National Park.
11.45 hrs : Leave Bharatpur for Agra
14.30 hrs : Arrival at Agra
On the final leg of this trip, the train will reach the city of Taj, Agra. Taj Mahal the crowning glory of India is the most famous tourist destination of Agra. Taj Mahal, built on the bank of river Yamuna by Mughal King Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, is truly an architectural marvel. Agra fort and tomb of Akbar located in Sikandra are some of brilliant masterpieces. Apart from this visitors can check out the market of Agra. The city is specially famous for its leather products.
23.00 hrs : The train leaves for Delhi

Day 8:Delhi
06.00 hrs: Arrival at Delhi
As train returns back to New Delhi, passengers will have to say final adieu to each other.

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