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Welcome to India and the start of your incredible adventure with On the Go Tours! The journey of a lifetime begins at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway station where you are accorded a warm, traditional welcome before the Palace-on-Wheels pulls out into the night for a week-long luxury cruise through fascinating Rajasthan. Reporting Time 18.00 hours and Departure time is 18.30 hours.
The first stop of the Palace-on-Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of the world of its time. To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort with an elephant ride. Lunch at a Five Star Hotel followed by visit to City Palace Museum and Observatory. Arrival 03.45 hours. Departure 20.00 hours
One can almost sense a life of the wilderness as the Palace on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur. After breakfast enjoy a visit to Ranthambhore National Park. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country’s best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park is home to more than 300 species of birds, tiger, hyena, jackal and fox. Upon return to the Palace on Wheels, you leave for Chittaurgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in the daylight. After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh.
Arrive in Udaipur, the Lake City at 8:00 AM. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughals, in 1559A.D. Perhaps the two most beautiful sites of Udaipur are the dream-like marble Palaces-the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir, which appear to rise from the blue waters of Lake Pichhola. After lunch a visit to City Palace is exhilarating. In the evening visit the crystal gallery. Later proceed to Jaisalmer on board Palace on Wheels.
In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156A.D. Here the yellow sandstone fort is an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city. Discover the painstakingly latticed havelis or mansions with their grand façades. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli are fine examples of the stone carver’s skill. Shop for fine pattu shawls, mirror work & embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios. After lunch on board, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam, before sipping a refreshing cup of tea. Enjoy dinner and the cultural programmes at a hotel in Jaisalmer. The train leaves for Jodhpur at night.
This morning the Palace on wheels is in Jodhpur, a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. is known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. The grand palaces within- Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex lies Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. After lunch at a royal Palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop for the exquisite hand-crafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
Early this morning, the Palace on wheels arrives in Bharatpur where we pay a visit to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes and migratory Water Fowl. Arrive at Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. After lunch move on from the Red Fort and arrive at the Taj Mahal. A pristine monument of undying love, it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Enjoy your final dinner on board and a good night’s sleep.
This morning we arrive at Safdarjung Train Station, New Delhi at 6.00am. Enjoy your breakfast on board before we will collect you off the train and transfer you to your hotel in Delhi where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Goa ,where upon your arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
For your remaining days in India with us really relax. Stroll for miles along white palm fringed sandy beaches, try sampling the local seafood and sipping cocktails on your sunlounger the perfect remedy to unwind.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...