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Royal Rajasthan and the Palace on Wheels

India

from £2,499 per person 10 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
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Discover cities of pink, white, blue and gold...

With its name translating as the ‘Land of Kings’, Rajasthan is a landscape of fairy-tale fortresses and palaces reflecting the state’s glorious past. Vibrant festivals, sweeping orange sand dunes, and sari-clad women in hues of scarlet and fuschia are an explosion of colour and culture.

Relive the golden age of the maharajas as you journey aboard the opulent Palace on Wheels train. Lavishly decorated and with impeccable service and hospitality, this luxury train offers an unparalleled way of seeing the best sights of the region in style. Glide across the glittering lakes of Udaipur, go in search of the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park, wander the medieval streets of the Blue City of Jodhpur, and take a camel ride through the desert. Encompassing India’s famed Golden Triangle too, you’ll discover the landmarks and architectural styles of New Delhi, explore the royal palaces and temples of Jaipur, and experience the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset. Plus, with limited packing and unpacking, and checking in and out of hotels, this great-value rail tour is the perfect introduction to India for first-time travellers.

The beauty of Rajasthan is simply incomparable, with golden deserts contrasted by colourful textiles and vibrant jewellery. To experience all this from an elegant train brings enjoyment of unparalleled levels!

Kathy Vigolo, Expert Holiday Creator

Including...

4 nights in hotels, 5 aboard train and 1 in flight

32 meals: 9 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D)

Excursions and visits

  • Sightseeing tour of New Delhi
  • Visit the Amber Fort
  • Jaipur city tour
  • Safari in Ranthambore National Park
  • Tour of Chittorgarh Fort
  • Guided tour of Jaipur
  • Visit the citadel of Jaisalmer
  • Camel ride in Sam sand dunes
  • Jodhpur city tour
  • Visit Keoladeo National Park
  • Tour of Agra Fort
  • Taj Mahal sunset experience

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Day 1 UK-Delhi, India

After taking your VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart on your overnight flight to Delhi.


Day 2 Delhi

Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, where you’ll be met at the airport by your Saga tour manager.

Transfer to the locally rated 5-star The Grand Hotel where you’ll stay overnight. Look forward to a welcome drink this evening, where you can get you know your fellow travellers, and enjoy dinner at the hotel. D


Day 3 Delhi-Jaipur

The India Gate war memorial, New Delhi, India

After breakfast, discover the colourful street life and varied architectural styles of this ancient city on a guided sightseeing tour.

Despite Delhi’s haphazard first impressions, both its Old and New halves were built to order. The walled confines of Old Delhi were commissioned in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, while Sir Edwin Lutyens is responsible for the imperial grandeur of New Delhi. Spend the morning touring New Delhi, first visiting emperor Humayun’s 16th-century tomb. Take a drive through Luytens’ Delhi for a glimpse of the architectural design and building from the period of the British Raj, and then pause at the India Gate war memorial, a monumental sandstone arch built to honour the soldiers who during World War I. Lastly, visit the UNESCO-listed 12th-century Qutab Minar minaret.

After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Jaipur in Rajasthan. One of the three cities of India’s Golden Triangle, Jaipur wows visitors with its dusky-pink cityscape of shimmering lakes and ornate palaces. Stay two nights at the locally rated 5-star LaLiT Jaipur or the locally rated 5-star Trident Hotel. B, L, D


Day 4 Jaipur

Palace of the Winds, Jaipur

Today's full-day tour begins at Amber Fort, a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. Inside the Amber Fort you can contrast stark early palaces with those built after the Rajput court adopted Mughal influences, resulting in the lavishly ornamental later palaces, especially the palace of mirrors. You'll travel to the palace in an open jeep as the climb is steep.

Return to the hotel for lunch, and then this afternoon, take a tour of Jaipur’s highlights. Visit the Maharaja's City Palace, a sprawling royal residence where the main attraction is the museum and armoury, with its extensive arsenal of pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. You’ll also visit the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble observatory in the world and stop to see famous Palace of the Winds – the fabulous facade was built to allow the breeze in to cool the king’s harem as they observed what went on outside, without being seen themselves…

Return to your hotel for dinner. B, L, D


Day 5 Jaipur

The Palace on Wheels

Spend a morning at leisure, and perhaps make use of the hotel’s facilities. Visit a local restaurant for lunch, and enjoy the afternoon in Jaipur with time to shop – the perfect opportunity to pick up souvenirs for loved ones back home. Alternatively, you can visit Jaigarh Fort on an optional excursion.

This evening, transfer to Jaipur Railway Station to board the Palace on Wheels, to begin your five-night train journey through Rajasthan. B, L, D

Jaipur Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 6 Sawai Madhopur and Chittorgarh

Ranthambore National Park

The train arrives early this morning in Sawai Madhopur, a quaint little city on the edge of the Ranthambore National Park. Rajasthan's first tiger reserve, the park is home to stately sambar, the largest species of Asiatic deer, along with a wealth of birds, crocodiles and, of course, tigers. Rise early this morning to journey in to the national park for a safari by canter, an open-topped safari bus, in search of these elusive and beautiful big cats.

Return to the train for a late breakfast and admire the colourful countryside as the train heads to Chittorgarh. Arrive after lunch and embark on a sightseeing tour of UNESCO-listed Chittorgarh Fort, one of India’s largest forts. Make a half-mile ascent, passing through seven huge stone gates to reach the fort plateau, which stretches almost four miles, and encompasses a village, reservoir, temples and ancient palace ruins. Look forward to a sound and light show at the fort, before returning to the Palace on Wheels for dinner. B, L, D

Sawaimadhopur Rajhasthan India Asia Chittorgarh

Day 7 Udaipur

Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur

Spend the day exploring the romantic lakeside city of Udaipur.

Visit the Durbar Museum and the beautiful gardens of Saheliyon-ki-Bari – an oasis of pools and pavilions – then take lunch at the Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel. Cross Lake Pichola by boat, cruising past the majestic Jag Mandir palace in the centre of the lake, to reach the City Palace complex. Explore the architectural marvel that is the City Palace, Rajhastan's largest palace complex, whose balconies, cupolas, and towers offers incredible views over the lake and surrounding city. Return to the Palace on Wheels for dinner on board. B, L, D

Udaipur Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 8 Jaisalmer

Venture across the Thar Desert on a camel

The Thar Desert’s arid landscape of subtropical scrubland interspersed with sand dunes will unfold on your journey to Jaisalmer today.

Here, a 12th-century citadel rises above the rest of Jaisalmer's warren of narrow lanes, with a quarter of the city’s population living within the fort’s walls. Venture behind them this morning to view palaces and shops selling embroidery and silver jewellery, and admire the intricately carved bay windows and columns of the city’s sandstone havelis – 18th-century merchant mansions. Enjoy lunch on board the train, and then this afternoon, take a camel ride in the Sam sand dunes, stopping for tea in the beautiful scenery of this desert national park.

Return to the train for dinner. B, L, D

Jaisalmer Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 9 Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada mausoleum in Jodhpur

The Marwar kingdom’s capital for five centuries, Jodhpur sits at the base of a sandstone ridge on the edge of the Desert, enclosed by a nine-kilometre long wall.

You’ll pass through eight gates to enter this small city, seven of which represent victories in battle while the eighth bears palm impressions of women who immolated themselves after their husbands were defeated. Visit the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort – its formidable exterior conceals three beautiful palaces graced with delicate latticework, pierced sandstone screens and wall paintings, and then look forward to lunch at a hotel.

Return to the Palace on Wheels this afternoon for dinner on board, as you continue your journey. B, L, D

Jodhpur Rajhasthan India Asia

Day 10 Bharatpur and Agra

Agra Fort, India

Arrive early this morning in Bharatpur, popularly known as the home of Keoladeo National Park. Take an included early morning visit to the UNESCO-listed reserve, a significant bird sanctuary which provides a habitat for over 350 species of migratory and resident birds. Look out for pelicans, painted storks, sarus cranes, egrets, and a number of eagle species. The park is a known breeding ground for the critically endangered Siberian crane. Return to the train for breakfast, and depart for Agra.

Arriving mid-morning, disembark the Palace on Wheels and join a sightseeing tour of Agra Fort. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses many fairy-tale palaces and two very beautiful mosques.

Proceed to the locally rated 5-star Taj Hotel and Convention Centre for lunch and an overnight stay. Later today, see the famous Taj Mahal, built in 1560 by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz. Celebrated for its beauty and magnificence look forward to seeing this iconic building at sunset – the perfect end to your holiday.

Return to your hotel for dinner. B, L, D

Agra Fort Agra Utter Pradesh India Asia

Day 11 Agra-Delhi, India-UK

After breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport for your return flight and VIP door-to-door travel service home. B



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Royal Rajasthan and the Palace on Wheels

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from £2,499 per person 10 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required