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Palace on Wheels 5 Star Train Journey through India - September 2018 - SOLD OUT - WAITLIST OPEN

Price A$6,824


Destination

DelhiJaipurChittorgarhUdaipurJaisalmerJodhpurAgra


Category
Group Tours

Duration
9 days 8 nights
Tour Details

Palace on Wheels India: 18 - 26 September 2018 A$6,824 plus airfares

Always wanted to travel to India? 

How about exploring this beautiful and diverse land in royal style aboard the ‘Palace on Wheels’, one of the most luxurious trains in the world and listed by Conde Nast magazine as Number 5 in the top 10 train journeys of the world. We have been offered an opportunity to charter the entire train in September 2018 on a 9 day luxury tour of India including 7 nights on board the train. Reflecting the majesty of a bygone era, the ‘Palace on Wheels’ will take you to a host of attractions, including Delhi, Jaipur, the Blue City of Jodhpur, the Golden City of Jaisalmer, Bharatpur, Rajasthan and the world famous Taj Mahal. Once aboard, you’ll enter a world of warmth, hospitality and luxury. Each carriage has been designed with comfort and style in mind, with picturesque interiors, thoughtful amenities and tasteful design and space - all coming together to ensure your journey onboard will be a truly unforgettable one. 

What’s included? 

  • Own luxury cabin on board the Palace on Wheels - chartered exclusively by Two’s a Crowd. 
  • All meals included (2 on board restaurants) as per itinerary. 
  • Special ‘off-train’ dining experiences: Several lunches and dinners at 5 star hotels 
  • Campfire dinner in the dunes in the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer 
  • High tea and Son-et-Lumiere at Chittogarh Fort 
  • All guided sightseeing 
  • Private transfers 
  • Plus so much more! 

Will you join us? 

 

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Day 1: DELHI

Welcome to India! Upon arrival at the airport, we’ll be met by our tour host and transferred to our hotel for an overnight stay. Tonight meet your Two’s a Crowd Tour Host for a welcome drink. 

Accommodation: Vivanta Hotel by Taj - Dwarka, New Delhi (5 Star) 

Day 2: DELHI

Today we head off on a guided sightseeing tour of India’s pulsating capital, Delhi. We start with Old Delhi with a visit to Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built in red sandstone. Next we’ll take a photogenic journey by rickshaw on a shop-lined street between the mosque and Chandni Chowk. Then it’s time to explore New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style and designed by Lutyens with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. The drive will include photo opportunities at some fantastic attractions such as the exterior of the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India in New Delhi. Our tour ends with a visit to Qutub Minar; built at a height of 72.5m, and one of the most important landmarks of Delhi, with calligraphically decorated interiors and inscriptions of verses of the Holy Quran. Next we transfer to Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi to board the Royal Palace on Wheels. You’ll be treated like Maharaja & Maharani with a ceremonial welcome including garlanding, Tikka and turban with a glass of wine. Once on board you’ll have time to settle in and explore your luxury Palace on Wheels. Dinner will be served on board in its two restaurants. 

Accommodation: Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (deluxe cabin) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: JAIPUR THE PINK CITY

Today we head off on a tour of Jaipur, starting at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) followed by the amazing Jantar Mantar- Astronomical Observatory and a visit to the city palace, a museum full of royal splendour. Jaipur is considered the capital of handicrafts, an international centre for cutting and polishing gems and stone, and is known all over the world for hand block printing on textile. So make the most of the shopping opportunities while we’re here! Next we head to Amber Fort, which boasts a classic combination of Hindu and Mughal architecture. We’ll arrive in style, aboard a festively decorated elephant! Tonight we’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner in Jaipur before returning to the Palace on Wheels. 

Accommodation: Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (deluxe cabin) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: SAWAI MADHOPUR - CHITTORGARH

Following an early breakfast in a forest lodge, we set off for an exhilarating jungle safari to Ranthambore National Park, where we’ll try our luck at spotting some tigers amidst the sprawling greenery. The Ranthambhore tiger reserve at the junction of the Aravalli and the Vindhyas is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14kms from Sawai Madhopur. As well as tigers, there’s the chance to spot an array of other wildlife, including spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, indian gazel, jungle cat, panthers, jackal, hyenas, rarely sloth bears and almost 300 different kinds of birds. Back on board we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before setting off to our next destination Chittorgarh, where we visit the Chittorgarh Fort. Considered the largest fort in India, built by various Mauryan rulers during the 5th to 8th century and covering an area of 680 acres, most of the structures are in ruins. Before we head back to the train, we’ll enjoy some refreshments accompanied by a beautiful ‘Son-et- Lumiere - Sound and Light Show’. 

Accommodation: Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (deluxe cabin) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: UDAIPUR

Today we discover one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in India - Udaipur, home to some splendid palaces and havelis, wonderful temples, art galleries, museums and lakes. Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation for a new kingdom - Udaipur at Lake Pichola where the impressive city palace was lavished with works of art. Subsequently, the prince built the seemingly floating Island Palace, the royal summer retreat, offering a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding mountains. We’ll take a trip to the Crystal Gallery, a museum of crystal glass furniture, crockery, and chandeliers. 

Accommodation: Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (deluxe cabin) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: JAISALMER

Today we head off on a sightseeing tour of the Golden City - Jaisalmer. Rawal Jaisal a Bhati Rajput ruler founded the city in 1156 AD and it has an ancient history as a trading centre en-route one of the two passages that connected India with Persia, Egypt, Africa and the West. We’ll visit Sonar Quila Fort and the Patwon ki Haveli and Nathmalji ki Havelies. After lunch at the MoomalHotel we set off for an unforgettable camel ride in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. As the sun sets the on the rolling dunes we’ll enjoy a cultural, campfire dinner featuring Rajasthani Food with traditional music. 

Accommodation: Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (deluxe cabin) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: JODHPUR

After breakfast we set off to explore the famous attractions of Jodhpur, former capital of the Marwar and best known for its indigo-hued homes. We start with a visit to the gigantic Mehrangarh Fort, situated 120 meters high and built by Rao Jodha in 1459. The fort stands on strong and wide walls, which are 20 to 120 feet high and 12 to 70 feet thick. 

Next we head to Umaid Bhawan Palace, built by well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester. The 347 rooms all boast of its grandness, along with the 110 feet high central dome. We’ll enjoy a sumptuous lunch here before heading back to the train for dinner on board. 

Accommodation: Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (deluxe cabin) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: BHARATPUR - AGRA

We start early today with a trip to Bharatpur and a breathtaking safari to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, also known as the Bharatpur bird sanctuary. A haven for bird watchers, discover over 380 resident and migrant species of birds, including the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes. 

Next we head back to the train for breakfast and our onward journey to Agra for a magical sightseeing tour, before we visit the majestic Taj Mahal. Built in the memory of his beloved Empress by Emperor Shah Jahan this marble mausoleum is the greatest gesture of love known to mankind and is breathtaking and bewitchingly beautiful. The precious stones used in its inlay and the craftsmen who were employed for its twenty-two years of construction came from all over the World. 

Note: The Indian Government is undertaking extensive restoration of the Taj Mahal over 2017 and 2018. It is likely that the dome will be scaffolded during our visit. 

Accommodation: Palace on Wheels Luxury Train (deluxe cabin) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: DELHI

Today we head back to Delhi, for an on board breakfast before saying goodbye to ‘Palace on Wheels’ as our magical expedition comes to an end. 

Meals : Breakfast

About the Palace on Wheels:

CARRIAGES 

Named after the princely states of Rajasthan, the carriages are swathed in luxury and lavishness. Each has 4 twin bedded cabins offering modern facilities like music channel, ensuite, running hot & cold water, shower, intercom, internet connection, mini pantry and wall to wall carpeting. Each cabin features miniature paintings, antique furniture, silk fabrics and delicate artwork. 

LOUNGE AND SPA 

Lounge: 

Featuring beautiful flower pots, wall hanging art and ancient- styled furniture the Palace on Wheels Lounge is the ideal place to relax and reflect after a long sightseeing day. 

Spa: 

Relax your body and mind with a visit to the onboard Spa, where professional therapists await with an array of treatments to rejuvenate your senses. 

FACILITIES 

  • Saloon and lounge 
  • Lavish onboard restaurants 
  • Spa 
  • On-board doctor 
  • Internet 
  • Newspapers and magazines 
  • Welcome drink and arrival kit 
  • Complimentary water and toiletries 
  • Souvenirs 

DINING 

Dining Cars: 

There are two restaurants on board - Maharaja and Maharani, both offering International Cuisine as well as Traditional Indian Rajasthani & Marwari dishes - featuring chandeliers, rich mahogany panels and delicate glass carvings. 

Bar: 

Unwind and catch up with fellow passengers in the Royal Bar, where you can sit back and relax with an array of non alcoholic beverages and fresh snacks. 

Weather

While the official monsoon season is July to September, the rains  typically reduce from mid September. Averaage tempertaures also fall from monsoon peaks of up to 35 degrees to a more pleasant 30 degrees. 

Money

The National Currency of India is the Indian rupee, which is available in denominations of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1000. There are coins for Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5 and Rs 10.

Banking in India has become quite easy now. ATMs are found in many cities in India except for the very small towns. Major international credit cards are widely accepted in the cities.

Changing money in India especially in bigger metros is quite simple as there are many accredited money changers and most banks too change money. Moneychangers are open 24 hours at the airports and in hotels.

Electricity

230v 50hz  AC. Sockets are similar to those common in Europe (type C).  

Visas

All visitors are required to carry a passport valid at least for 6 months after the date of arrival back to your country of residence and at least two blank pages.

Australia and New Zealand passport holders may apply on line for an Indian visa at a cost of around US$35. 

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Tour inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host from Australia
  • 1-night pre-tour accommodation in a 5* Luxury hotel in Delhi
  • Delhi orientation tour including rickshaw ride
  • 7-nights’ accommodation in a deluxe cabin with private facilities on board
  • All meals as per the itinerary.
  • All guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees at the monuments
  • Cultural programs
  • Boat ride at Udaipur
  • Camel Ride at Jaisalmer
  • Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur
  • Wildlife Safari at Ranthambhore
  • Transfer and sightseeing tour by charter coach
  • All applicable taxes

Tour exclusions:

  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance, Gratuities
  • Telephone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions are not included unless specifically mentioned as part of the journey

Please note: The Taj Mahal is undergoing extensive restoration over 2017 and 2018. It is likely that the main dome will be scaffolded at the time of our visit.

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