Rajasthan or the State of Kings is a fairy tale land; it is a treasure house of gigantic forts, sparkling palaces, tales of courage and love. Re-live these golden moments of monarchy travelling on the Indian luxury trains. Want to know more? Let us explore the luxury trains which take you through the tourist hotspots of Rajasthan.
Palace on Wheels
This train deserves a special mention when you want to visit Rajasthan on a luxury train. It is one of the oldest luxury trains of India, decorated to exhibit the rich culture and vibrancy of the state.
While the spacious rooms are adorned with rich Rajasthani paintings, every corner of the coaches are covered with wall to wall carpeting. Relish authentic Rajasthani and global cuisines at the stylish restaurants of the train or refresh yourself with high quality liquors at the in-house bars of Palace on Wheels. Read books at the comfortable sitting lounge or rejuvenate yourself with Ayurveda SPA massages, therapies and treatments.
What else? The train also comes with
- CD players
- Personal attendants
- Free internet facility
- High quality toiletries
- Luggage storage space
- Newspaper/ magazines
- Mineral water availability
- Utmost security and fire safety
So where does it take? Palace on Wheels starts its journey from Delhi follows the below route:
Day 1 - Delhi
Today guests are welcomed at the Safdarjung Railway Station with garlands and tilaks. After registration passengers board the train and heads toward Jaipur by 6 pm.
Day 2 - Jaipur
Today morning guests open their eyes at the Pink City of Jaipur. After visiting tourist hotpsots like Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar guests can go for shopping souvenirs, jewellery, boutique apparels, gem stones at the local bazaars. Evenings are entertaining with puppet shows, folk song and dance programmes, ladies get the unique opportunity to adorn their hands with beautiful mehendi designs.
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Day 3 - Ranthambore National Park & Chittorgarh
Today is thrilling with a safari ride through Ranthambore National Park. This is the best place to witness Royal Bengal tigers in their natural mood. The jungle is also a shelter to hyenas, sambar deer, sloth bear, spotted deer, chital, hulman and almost 275 avifauna species.
Guests return to the train to refresh and have lunch. After lunch the train takes them to Chittorgarh Fort. Boarders spend a surreal evening at the Fort, enjoying high tea like a Maharaja or Maharani and watching the gallant tales of the Rajput clan through the light and sound show.
Day 4 - Udaipur
Today morning Palace on Wheels is at the Oasis of Rajasthan, Udaipur. After a royal breakfast over the train tourists are taken to the astoundingly beautiful City Palace of Udaipur, from the Crystal Gallery to the hanging gardens, the palace reflects Rajput passion for beauty and art. Jagdish Temple, Jag Niwas Lake Palace are the other must-visits.
Evening is romantic with a boat ride over the mirrored waters of Lake Pichola and a visit to Jag Mandir Palace, located at the heart of the Lake.
Day 5 - Jaisalmer
Today the Golden City of Jaisalmer welcomes you to its rustic lifestyle, gigantic Havelis and exclusive handicrafts. Today will be different with a lunch at one of the premium restaurants of the city. As the sun sets at the horizon of the Thar Desert, tourists ride through the warm sand over camels. The evenings are overwhelming with the melodies of sarangi and local dance programmes, relaxing in front of a bonfire.
Day 6 - Jodhpur
Jodhpur boasts of the power of the Rajput clan. Mehrangarh Fort is just not one of the biggest and well maintained castles of the world but also a witness of the battles and Joharbrata performed by Rajput ladies when they lost a battle; the prints of small hand palms on the fort and the signs of cannons symbolise the same.
Today guests lunch at a palace hotel just like a monarch. Afternoon is free for shopping or for relaxation at the train.
Day 7 - Bharatpur Bird Sacntuary/ Agra
Today gift yourself some pure joy with the tweets of resident and migratory birds of the Bharatpur or Keoladeo Ghana National Park. After a 3 hrs ride through the forest the train chugs off to Agra where you can witness the pure white beauty of Taj Mahal. Buy stuff like leather goods, jewellery, marble souvenirs and enjoy a special light and sound show at Taj Mahal. A special dinner has been arranged at a city hotel.
Day 8 - Delhi
Today as the train returns to Safdarjung Railway Station, guests are bid goodbye after breakfast.
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This is one of the costliest luxury trains of the world. Maharaja Express compliments its name with its beautiful decor, spacious rooms, exquisite hospitality and arrangements for sumptuous food and high quality drinks.
The train gives a vibe of a 5-star hotel stay with
- Electronic safe
- Classic furniture
- Central air conditioner
- Direct dial international phone
- Attached bath with luxurious toiletries
- Television sets with satellite connection
Enjoy some private moments with your loved ones at the Presidential suite, get high with friends at the urbane safari bar of the train or enjoy delectable cuisines on silver lined plates, drinks on Swarovski glass with hand cut cutlery.
Maharaja Express has some special itineraries for Rajasthan, which are
Day 1- Delhi
The trip starts at 10 pm and moves towards Agra.
Day 2- Agra
Today morning guests are at Taj Mahal, enjoying the changing colours of this white edifice. They can spend the afternoon visiting the Agra Fort or relaxing with a soothing SPA massage at a 5-star hotel of the city.
Evening is a journey back in time with a light and music show at Taj Mahal, known as MohabbatThe Taj Show.
Day 3- Ranthambore National Park/ Jaipur
After a grand breakfast on-board, tourists are taken for a safari ride to Ranthambore National Park.
At afternoon the train leaves for Jaipur to visit the tourist hotspots. If you want some relaxation you can opt for SPA treatment and therapies at a premium palace hotel or boost your adrenaline playing golf with the royals at the Rambagh Golf Club. Tourists can spend some fun time at the City Palace or Jal Mahal to ride on elephants, play with baby elephants or even paint them.
Day 4- Bikaner
Treat yourself to some artistic fineness at the Deshnok Temple or witness the treasures of Bikaner at the Lalgarh Museum. After a visit to the Junagarh Fort tourists are taken to Sundowners in the Sand Dunes. Tourists can also spend some great moments with the royal family at Gajner Palace, listening to royal stories.
Day 5- Jodhpur
Besides visiting the forts and havelis, today tourists are taken to the Bishnoi Village where you can chitchat with the villagers to get a real feel of Rajasthani lifestyle. Evening is party time with cocktails, cultural performance and fireworks at the Hanwant Mahal.
Day 6- Udaipur
Today you visit the City palace, enjoy boat rides on Lake Pichola and enjoy lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace or at the heart of Lake Pichola at the Jagmandir Palace.
Day 7- Balasinor
Today is different with a visit to the Dinosaur Fossil Park. Village walking and lunch at the Garden Palace with the royal family of Balasinor makes your trip immemorial.
Day 8- Mumbai
The trip ends as the train chugs into the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus of Mumbai.
The tour package from Maharaja Express also takes you to Jaipur and Ranthambore along with some other cities of North India.
It is a compact tour of 3 nights and 4 days focusing on Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park and Jaipur.
It is also a 3 nights and 4 days tour travelling from Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore to Jaipur.
It is a 7 nights and 8 days tour with a blend of Maharashtra and Rajasthan (Mumbai, Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and Delhi).
So get ready to begin your fairy tale journey to Rajasthan on any of the above mentioned trains as per your choice.
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