Palace on Wheels is a luxury train ride that takes its guests on a week long journey through northern India. In 8 days you will see a large amount of India, travelling mainly through Rajasthan and taking in the cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Highlights of the journey include Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh Fort and the Taj Mahal. It is a wonderful way of seeing lots of northern India in a relatively short space of time. Train travel is the best and most traditional way of seeing India, so why not do it in style?
The Palace on Wheels has been designed to reflect the royal and luxurious journeys in the past enjoyed exclusively by the Maharajas. The train, which is full of traditional Rajasthani decor, has 14 coaches or saloons each with four twin-bedded 'chambers'. On board there is a bar and a lounge in each saloon with indoor games and newspapers available. Each saloon has an attendant or Khidmatgar on hand to help. The two restaurants on the train, the Maharani and the Maharaja, serve Indian, continental and Chinese cuisine, with the emphasis on food from Rajasthan.
All guided tours and daily activities will be in larger groups as part of the Palace on Wheels set itinerary for the week.
Open: The Palace on Wheels operates from September to April each year. It is a 7 night/8 day journey.
Location: The Palace on Wheels travels through northern India, starting and ending in Delh, taking in such destinations as Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Chittogarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra.
Rooms: There are 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe coaches each with a 4 twin-bedded chambers. Each bedroom has an, attached toilets and shower with hot and cold running water and a range of toiletries. Music is available and each room has an intercom. Single and triple rooms are also available. There is 24-hour room service. Each coach has a lounge and mini pantry stocked with hot and cold drinks and refreshments.
Activities: Sightseeing at the stops en-route, wildlife viewing in Ranthambore, birdwatching in Bharatpur, shopping.
Facilities: There are 2 restaurants, The Maharaja and The Maharani, serving continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani dishes prepared by chefs in the adjacent pantry. There is a well-stocked bar offering spirits, Indian and international brands as well as snacks. Each coach has personal attendants (Khidmatgars) to look after the passengers. There is a lounge where passengers can relax and chat, read or enjoy a selection of indoor games such as cards, chess and crosswords. There is a rejuvenation car with a spa and expert therapists.
Dining: Meals are taken at tables for 2 or 4 people.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is internet access on board the train.
"This served its purpose in covering a large area of the country in a week. However, it is tired. There was no observation car as on other trains and this was sadly lacking. Also, toiletries are not replenished for each new trip. Having said that it was clean and comfortable and the steward couldn't do enough for us. Food also was good. You would not have known there were 105 people on the train. You were kept in much smaller groups and rarely met the others."