Having arrived in Delhi, your day will begin with a tour of the sights around New Delhi, including the famous India Gate war memorial and the residence of the Indian president – the Rashtrapati Bhawan. You’ll also visit Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar, an impressive tower created to establish the might of Islam in India. After lunch, you’ll transfer to the station to join the Palace on Wheels and start your journey.
After breakfast onboard, you’ll take in the sights of Jaipur having travelled to the Pink City, so called because of the colour of many of its sandstone buildings. You’ll visit the spectacular City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory before heading to the Amber Fort for lunch. While there, you’ll be able to ride on elephant back or take a jeep ride along the fort ramparts, while also taking in the views afforded by its hill top location of the city and Lake Maota below. After time to look for souvenirs in Jaipur, you’ll head back to the train to freshen up before dinner, and then depart Jaipur for the next destination on your trip.
An early morning arrival in Sawai Madhopur will allow you to take a game drive into the Ranthambore National Park, which is home to a wide array of wildlife but is particularly well known for its tigers. After lunch, you’ll then visit the impressive fort at Chittorgarh, which remains the largest to be found anywhere in India. Although many of the buildings found within are now ruins, they still provide a taste of what was once a true masterpiece of Rajput architecture. After exploring the fort, you can enjoy a Sound and Light show with a dinner and music at a local hotel before returning to the train.
On arrival in Udaipur, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of the City of Lakes to explore its lakeside palaces, temples, forts and gardens. The impressive City Palace will be one of the first highlights on the itinerary as you explore the numerous palaces that combine to create the complex, before you head for the Garden of the Maids of Honour to enjoy a walk through the rose gardens and amongst the many ornamental fountains. Subject to water levels, the afternoon will then be set aside for a boat ride on Lake Pichola where you’ll be able to see the sun set over the hills that surround it.
Head into the heart of the Thar Desert as your journey continues to Jaisalmer, known throughout the world as India’s Golden City. Your day will start with a trip to the huge sandstone fort that overlooks the city, and which contains the Royal Palace, a number of temples and numerous merchant havelis; large houses built by wealthy merchants and featuring a series of ornate carvings. Later on, you’ll enjoy a camel ride across the sand dunes with an evening tea against the backdrop of the setting sun. Following dinner, it’s back onto the train to head for Jodhpur.
Located on the edge of the desert, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City because of the vivid colours of some of the houses found around the Meherangarh Fort, which is one of the sights you’ll visit during your time in the city. Sitting on a hill overlooking the city below, the fort includes a number of palaces and a museum that explores the heritage of the area. You’ll also pay a visit to the imposing Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is home to a museum all about the 20th century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family. Lunch will be served at a five star hotel in the city before you depart.
An early morning arrival in Bharatpur will allow you to pay a visit to the Keoladeo National Park, which is famed for being home to more than 300 different species of birds which come to the area from all over the world. Returning to the train, you’ll continue on to Agra for a visit to the most famous monument in India, the Taj Mahal. After returning to the train, you’ll continue on overnight to Delhi.
Following breakfast onboard, enjoy a send off ceremony before leaving the Palace on Wheels for your transfer to the airport for the return journey home.