The Palace on Wheels 14 Days luxury tour of India
Orient Express Experience
Palace on Wheels is a glorious train built as a moving abode for use by the once great Maharajahs and Viceroys of India. The luxury coaches each of which are one of-a-kind hand-built carriages dating from the first three decades of 20th. Century: all have been refurbished in period, with modern plumbing and air-conditioning. There are 23 coaches in the train. Each coach is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past: Our itinerary features major historical destinations. With most travel taking place overnight, your days are spent exploring the monuments and sites of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Fatehpur-Sikri and Agra. After your day's activities, return to the train and relax in the beautifully appointed lounge car, where you may want to sip a cool drink and browse through the former Viceroy's library while supper is being prepared. After a week aboard this luxury train our tour concludes with the exhilarating sights of the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, erotic temples of Khajuraho, holy rituals of Varanasi, and the majestic city of Delhi.
Day 1 New York/Delhi:
Welcome aboard your flight to Delhi, enjoying onboard hospitality, a great way to begin your luxury travel to India. Indulge yourself with delicious Indian and Continental cuisine.
Day 2 Delhi:
This evening arrive Delhi, you will be received and transferred to Hotel Hyatt/Intercontinental Plaza.
Day 3 Delhi:
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for rest. Afternoon Delhi city sightseeing tour includes Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Presidential Palace, Parliament House, Connaught Place, India Gate, Mahalximi Temple and Sikh Gurdwara. This evening attend Sound and Light show at the Red Fort.
Day 4 Delhi:
After breakfast Delhi sightseeing includes Qutab Minar tower, Jantar Mantar, Diplomatic Enclave, Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi. This evening transfer to Palace on Wheels train with a grand welcome ceremony. Depart for overnight journey to Jaipur. Dinner on board.
Day 5 Jaipur:
This morning Palace on Wheels arrives J
the pink city of India. Breakfast on board. Discover Hawa Mahal, which served as a window to outside world to royal harems. You will climb aboard decorated elephants to Amber Fort, which is a treasure trove of glorious era. Lunch at Ram Bagh Palace and the City Palace, home of erstwhile maharajas. This afternoon visit Jantar Mantar, the ancient observatory Depart for Jaisalmer around 7.00PM. Dinner on board.
Day 6 Jaisalmer:
Arrive Jaisalmer around 6.15AM. After an onboard breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this 12 century city dominated by its sandstone fort of 99 Bastions. Visit the exquisitely carved Havelis and palaces with their latticed windows, balconies, cupolas and facades. Lunch on board. Evening visit to the sand dunes and take a camel ride. Dinner with cultural program at Moomal Palace. Depart at 11.00pm for Jodhpur.
Day 7 Jodhpur:
Breakfast on board, arrive Jodhpur at 8.00AM. Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh and Jaswant Thada, the Royal cenotaph. Lunch at Umaid Bhawan Palace. Depart for Sawai Madhopur at around 3.30PM. Dinner on board.
Day 8 Sawai Madhopur:
This morning arrive Sawai Madhopur, breakfast on board. Depart by motor coach for safari in Ranthanbore National Park. The imposing ramparts of the 10th. Century forts are surrounded by this Project Tiger Reserve. Enjoy the world-class safari. Depart at around 11.00AM for Chittaugarh. Lunch on board. Arrive at 3.30PM. Visit the Chttiaurgarh Fort, lauded in legends of valor and chivalry. Dinner on board.
Day 9 Udaipur:
Breakfast on board. Proceed to Udaipur by motor coach. Sightseeing of Udaipur, the city of lakes, palaces, gardens, temples and forts. Lunch at the Lake Palace Hotel, the former Summer Palace of the Prince of Mewar. Enjoy the tranquility of lake Pichola. You will visit the City Palace in all its ancient glory. We drive back to Palace on Wheels at Chittaurgarh and depart for Agra at 6.30PM. Dinner on board Palace on Wheels.
Day 10 Agra:
Arrive Agra, after breakfast visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Leave around 11.00AM for Bharatpur. Visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was once the capital of Mogul India. Following Fatehpur-Sikri you are on to renowned Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a wonderland of birds at Bharatpur. Once the preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur and now a World Heritage site, it is home to some 300 species of birds, some flying from as far as from Siberia and China. Overnight Journey to Delhi.
Day 11 Khajuraho:
Fly to Khajuraho, arrival meet and transfer to Hotel Taj Chandela/Trident. Afternoon tour of ancient Jain and Tantric Temples. You'll be amazed by the erotic intricately carved poses sculptured by the religious devotees, which cover the shrines.
Day 12 Varanasi:
Breakfast at the hotel. Fly to Varanasi Aairport, meet and transfer to Hotel Taj Ganges/Radisson. Afternoon tour of Sarnath, where Lord Buddha revealed his enlightenment to Nirvana.
Day 13 Varanasi/Delhi:
Early this morning you'll take boat tour on Holy Ganges River, whose holy waters draw thousands of pilgrims. This remarkable tour shows the cleansing baths and burning cremation ghats of Hindu funerals. After breakfast you'll tour the Hindu temples to which this ancient town is dedicated. Among the famous is Hanuman Mandir. Afternoon flight to Delhi, aarival meet at the airport. Time free for shopping and dinner. After dinner final transfer to airport for homeward bound flight.
Day l4 Delhi/USA
Fly homeward bound.
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