Day 1: New Delhi Depart
Report by 4:30 PM at Safdarjung Railway Station for a traditional welcome including garlanding, tikka, and turban & check-in formalities for the ‘Week in Wonderland’ train tour. Time free for photoshoot with traditionally attired Palace On Wheels staff. Be escorted to your saloon cabins by the personal attendant for a briefing on cabin facilities. At leisure, proceed to the Bar Lounge for a complimentary welcome drink. The train departs at 6:30 PM & dinner is served onboard.
Day 2: Jaipur, The Pink City
Breakfast is on board, followed by a royal elephant welcome at Jaipur Railway Station. Then proceed to visit the St. Albert Museum, Pink City Palace & UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar (sun observatory).
After a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the sightseeing tour reaches the excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort Palace of Amber in the afternoon. Enjoy an elephant ride up the steep ramparts of the fort. Lunch is held in the 1135 AD Boutique Restaurant, located in the Fort premises.
Later the beauty of the 16th century preserved Fort Palace, with huge courtyards and built in a rare fusion of combined Rajput and Mughal architecture.
At around 5 p.m., visit the vibrant local market for shopping. Return to Palace on Wheels train around 6:00 PM & depart for the next destination. Dinner is served on board.
Day 3: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve - Chittorgarh Hill Fort
After an early morning at 6:30 AM in a forest lodge, proceed to a jungle safari in 15-seater canters inside Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. One of the most popular reserves in India with a rich history; the jungle is home to Tigers, Panthers, Sloth bears, Pythons, Marsh crocodiles, hundreds of deer, and numerous birds. Truly a delight for wildlife lovers.
Return back to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and depart on the train by 10:00 AM. Lunch is prepared onboard.
At 04:00 PM the Palace on Wheels train reaches Chittorgarh Railway Station. Begin excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hill Fort of Chittorgarh, spread over a huge plateau - with a history dating back to the 11th century. It is considered to be the largest fort in India. In the evening, enjoy the Sound & Light program in the fort complex & later return to train for dinner. The train departs post-midnight.
Day 4: Udaipur, the City of Lakes
The train arrives by 08:00 AM. After onboard breakfast proceed to visit 17th Century built - City Palace complex with eleven constituent Mahals, balconies, towers, and cupolas. Also, visit Crystal Gallery - housing the personal collection of H.H. of Udaipur. Later enjoy a boat ride around the world-famous "Lake Palace Hotel" atop a small island in the middle of Lake Pichola. Lunch is held at the majestic Fatehprakash Palace Hotel. Later, you get time free for shopping followed by a visit to the Royal Gardens at Saheliyon Ki Bari. return to train by 3 pm & depart. Dinner onboard.
Day 5: Jaisalmer, Oasis in the Desert
After onboard Breakfast proceed by 09:30 AM to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort, which seems straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the 15th-century-built living Fort complex, standing at a height of a hundred meters over Jaisalmer town & glowing golden in the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard.
Then visit Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest and most elaborate mansions houses which are five storeys high & extensively carved. Nearby is located a group of 15th-century-built Jain Temples, which are beautifully carved & have a library hosting some of the oldest manuscripts of India.
Proceed for Lunch at the 5-Star Hotel & later return to the train for a brief rest and tea. At 4:30 PM proceed for an excursion to Sam Sand Dunes in Thar Desert for a Camel joy ride during sunset. Later enjoy a Cultural Program and dinner at a 5-star Hotel. Return to train by 10:00 PM & depart.
Day 6: Jodhpur, Heart of Marwar
The train arrives at 08:00 AM in Jodhpur and after on-board breakfast proceed for sightseeing of 16th century built Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill that soars 125 Mts. above Jodhpur town. The Palace complex it is approached by a series of gateways set at an angle so that enemy armies cannot charge, with any success. Once past the Fort gates, you have access to breathtaking Palatial Apartments (Mahal), overlooking wide courtyards. Inside the fort complex is a museum having a wide & impressive collection of Royal dresses and medieval weapons. Nearby the Fort complex is located, the late 19th century built Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble. Later visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace, which displays personal artifacts of H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur. Lunch is served at Hanwant Mahal Boutique Restaurant. Return to Palace on Wheels train and depart by 3:30 PM. Dinner is served on board.
Day 7: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - Agra, City of the Taj Mahal
At 06:30 AM proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary& enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride to view many of 375 species of both local & migratory birds (from places like Sri Lanka, Europe, Siberia, China, and Tibet). Return to train for breakfast & depart by 08:45 AM.
The train drops you at the Railway station on the outskirts of Agra at 10:30 AM. The sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, the seat of power of the once mighty Mughal Empire.
Lunch at ITC Mughal Hotel is followed by a visit to the majestic Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world & a flawless architectural wonder built in white marble. Afterward, guests have some time free for shopping.
Then return to train for onboard dinner & depart.
Day 8: New Delhi - Departure
The Palace on Wheels train returns to Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station by 05:30 AM. Check-out by 07:15 AM after early breakfast. The tour ends here.