It stands on its tracks; a gleaming sealed carriage, every bit is royal. The air-conditioning works silently, creating a space where only the excitement of the history of the Rajput kingdoms permeates through, clearly captured in a contemporary mode. In all, there are fourteen saloons, each equipped with four twin-bedded chambers, with attached baths that have running hot and cold water and showers. The modern conveniences have been thoughtfully provided, sofas to sink into, strategically placed lights to read by, wonderfully appointed beds with comfortable furnishings, inbuilt wardrobes for the storage of one’s clothes and bags, and huge plain glass windows to watch the countryside roll past.
Outside the bedrooms, each coach also has a seating lounge where passengers can get together, just sit watch the cities as they glide past outside the windows, or enjoy a quiet cup of tea. An attached pantry with each saloon helps provide beverages and refreshments to the accompaniment of soothing piped music.
There is the comfortable bar cum lounge where you can relax over your favourite drink, burrow in a book or converse with fellow passengers. Attached to it are two restaurant cars, Maharaja and Maharani respectively, with opulently draped curtains, exquisitely crafted lights and table settings. Here accompanying chefs serve up a delicious choice of Indian, including Rajasthani, Continental and even Chinese cuisine that are a feast for the palate.
The train chugs out of Safdarjung Railway Station New Delhi on a week-long run through Rajasthan every Wednesday night, with a trip also inbuilt to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Turban-wearing attendants take over from the moment you arrive at the platform, assigning you your coupes and detailing all the facilities that are on board. The train moves by night and arrives each morning at a new destination where new experiences await you.
DAY 1: Wednesday: DELHI Depart:-
Check-in & Traditional welcome starts at 4.30 pm Train departs by 6.30 pm.
DAY 2: Thursday: JAIPUR:-
Welcome to the first planned city of India,built in early 18th century & once the centre of Rajputs Royal families.It is also popularly known as The Pink City.
Morning visit the early 18th century built City Palace Complex with fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture Proceed for excursion to Amber Hill Fort Palace Complex,built in late 16th century. Enjoy Elephant joy ride up the steep ramparts Time free to shop for local textiles,semi precious stones & diamond jewellery Evening enjoy Cultural program with Gala dinner in Palace Hotel.
DAY 3 Morning: Friday: Sawai Madhopur:-
Early morning excursion to Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, famous for its tiger population. Other major wild animals include the tiger, leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. Ranthambore is also the site for one of the largest banyan trees in India.
Afternoon excursion to 8th century built Chittorgarh Fort,atop a wide plateau & having a number of water bodies.It was once home to the Mewar Dynasty-said to be one of the longest royal lineage Evening enjoy Sound & Light Show.
DAY 4: Saturday: UDAIPUR:-
Also called the City Of Lakes,the Mewar Dynasty Clan shifted & built this city in 16th Century. Morning visit City Palace complex ,originally built in 16th century & renovated in 18th Century. Enjoy Boat Ride in Lake Pichola Lunch in Palace hotel.Time free to shop for miniature paintings.
DAY 5: Sunday: JAISALMER:-
Jaisalmer lies in the heart of Harsh Thar desert, & surrounding sands have Golden Yellowish tinge Morning, walk through the bazaar & narrow streets of Jaisalmer Golden Fort, originally built in 12th century & renovated in 18th Century Afternoon proceed for excursion to shifting Sand Dunes of Sam & enjoy camel joy ride Later enjoy Cultural program & bonfire dinner under the stars,in the desert.
DAY 6: Monday: JODHPUR:-
Jodhpur was the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. & a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
Morning visit Mehrangarh Fort Palace Complex,located atop a 400 feet hill & approachable only through meandering gateways.The foundation of the Fort was laid in 15th century,but work was completed only in 17th Century.There is a very impressive Museum collection in the complex.Walk to nearby located Jaswant Thada, an architectural 19th century landmark in white marble & built as a memorial to local Royalty Lunch in Palace Hotel.
Day 7: Tue: BIRD SANCTUARY & THE TAJ MAHAL:-
Early Morning ,enjoy cycle rickshaw ride through narrow pathways of Bharatpur Bird sanctuary ,an UNESCO World heritage site & home to over 230 species of birds.
Afternoon visit UNESCO World Heritage site of Agra Fort,once seat of power & capital of The Mughal Dynasty Proceed to the Taj Mahal,an UNESCO World Heritage Site & more popularly renowned as One of the Seven Wonders of Modern World Time free to Shop for marble mementoes.
Day 8: Wed: DELHI Return:-
Train arrives in Delhi by 4 a.m.
Check out by 7 a.m…Tour ends.
Note: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled time are liable to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
|Occupancy||(Sept 2015 & Apr 2016)||(Oct 2015 to March 2016)||Description|
|Single||US$ 600 per night||US$ 800 per night||Single Cabin|
|Double/Twin||US$ 450 per person per night||US$ 600 per person per night||TWN Sharing Cabin|
|Triple||US$ 410 per person per night||US$ 540 per person per night||Triple Sharing Cabin|