1 - Sunday - New Delhi
journey of a lifetime begins at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway station where
the guests are accorded a warm, traditional welcome before the Royal Rajasthan
on Wheels pulls out into the night for a week-long luxury cruise through
Time 16.00 hrs. Dep. 18.30 hrs.
Day 2 - Monday - Jodhpur
Next morning the Royal Royal Rajasthan 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 Palace hotel, return to the Royal Palace-on-Wheels. While in Jodhpur
shop for exquisite handicraft articles including the famous breeches,
embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and tie and dye
07.00 hrs. Departure 15.30 hrs.
Day 3 - Tuesday - Udaipur
Lake City, was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia
dynasty was driven way 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.
lunch at a Five Star Hotel, a visit to the City Palace.
07:30 hrs. Departure 17.30 hrs.
Day 3 - Tuesday - Chittaurgarh
After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and velour;
scars of battles lost and won...thrice-besieged, Chittaurgarh Fort is
all this and more. Moving legends of honor and pride will echo in your
mind as you proceed to Udaipur.
16.00 hrs. Departure 05.30 hrs (next day)
Day 4 - Wednesday - Sawai Modhopur
One can almost sense a life of the wilderness, as the Royal Rajasthan
on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur, a city named after its founder Maharaja
Sawai Madho Singh I. After breakfast a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor
National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This
wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country's best for observing
and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area
of 392 sq. kms. is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger,
hyena, rate, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous
population here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its excusive toys, ethnic
ornaments and costumes. 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.
Arrival 04.00 hrs. Departure 10.30 hrs.
Day 4 - Wednesday - Jaipur
first stop of the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most
well planned cities of the world of its time. This capital city of Rajasthan,
popularly known as the Pink City,was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh
II, in 1727 A.D.
explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or
the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable five storied building a one
the main street of the old city in pink splendor with semi-octagonal and
delicate honey combed sandstone windows. This is followed by a visit to
Amber Fort where elephant ride is available to climb up the hill. Lunch
at a Five Star Hotel followed by visit to City Palace Museum and Observatory.
03.00 hrs. Departure 19.30 hrs.
Day 5 - Thursday - khajuraho
morning after breakfast at the Train, later proceed to visit the Chandela
Temple Complex. The tour of Khajuraho this morning concentrates on the
famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of
temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho
meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result,
the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said
to represent life in heaven.
were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majority was constructed
in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th
and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty
fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho
was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed
in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana.
Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very
visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples,
each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.
return to the train, onboard journey.
Day 6 - Friday- Varanasi
- Very early in the morning you will take a boat ride along the bathing
ghats on the Holy River Ganges. At sunrise the Hindu faithful flock to
the river to cleanse themselves of their sins. You see the cremation ghats
and the Deswameedha ghats. To die in Varanasi is to end the Hindu cycle
of re-birth, thereby making it a popular place to end one's life. After
sunrise you will visit some of the temples in the surrounding area.
buffet breakfast at the hotel, visit "Bharat Kala Bhavan" which
lies within the sprawling grounds of Banaras Hindu University. Its outstanding
collection of sculpture, paintings and textiles began with the private
collection of the enlightened Rai Krishnadasa. The sculpture collection
includes terracotta and clay objects, stone and bronze and cast metal
objects. Ancient terracotta varying from ritual icons to toys to utilitarian
objects date to the Indus Valley Civilization, Mauryan, Sunga and Gupta
the afternoon, you will proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist
center in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha,
the 'Awakened One', delivered his first sermon here. It was the sixth
century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra.
This dwelling place of the rishis, it was also known as 'Rishipatana'
(the place of the Rishis or sages). Buddha gave his first sermon in the
Deer Park where he initiated his first five disciples into Buddhist monkshood.
Buddhism found its roots in Sarnath, the birthplace of this way of life.
return to the train for onboard journey.
Day 7 - Saturday - Agra -
In the morning, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels arrives in Bharatpur, the
capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal . After breakfast pay a visit to the world
famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place
for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other
species of birds.
Upon arrival visit the Agra Fort and after lunch arrive at the Taj Mahal,
one of the seven wonders of the world. A pristine monument of undying
love. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen
Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is known for its splendid marble inlay work like the
Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery.
Arrival 06.30 hrs.
Departure 9.00 hrs. Arrival 12.00 hrs.
Day 8 - Sunday - Delhi
at Delhi Safdarjung Railway station. Breakfast on board and let the pleasant
memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time.
Arrival 04.00 hrs.
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