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Palace on Wheels

Palace on Wheels - An Epitome of Royalty, Luxury and Style !

Palace on Wheels Tour

The Palace on wheels is rated among the top ten luxury train journeys in the world. This train is the epitome of luxury and comfort which call on tourists to travel back in the era of raja-maharajas where they can pamper themselves with courteous services and royal hospitality.

This train offers a heartrending trip to several enchanting destinations of North India. It offers 7 nights/8 days of a royal journey. During this period, the train covers Jaipur (the Pink city), Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambhore National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur (the city of Lakes), the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and the symbol of love and romance, Agra, before returning to Delhi, the capital of India.

Palace on Wheels has a glorious history. Its luxury coaches were once used by the raja-maharajas of the bygone era. After independence, these coaches were parked and remained in this state for a quarter of a century until in 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage tourist train in a joint venture in 1982. 



To recreate the charm of the glorious era thirteen carriages from different princely states were brought together and renovated. This luxurious train was launched with unmatched facilities and services to offer its passengers a journey where they can relieve the royal time of Maharaja.
The train is outfitted with all the services and amenities that one can think of. The blend of traditional amenities with state of art facilities makes this train the best place to relish. Carved furniture, splendid paintings and elegant handicrafts are something that transports tourists in the splendid past of royal era. The facilities that make this train a royal retreat and the pride of India are.

Awards and Recognition
Palace on Wheels was the winner of PATA gold award in 1987. It has been rated as one of the ten best luxury trains in the world. Popular TV channels like BBC, MTV, Zee TV, National Geographic and MDR of Germany have all covered this train for their travel shows.

Attractions
Although Palace on Wheel is a great attraction in itself but to add more entertainment to your journey it has something more in store for you. It offers cultural programmes on board and on arriving at destinations such as regional dance performances and puppet shows. Enjoy overwhelming dance performances- Ghoomar, Kalbelia, Agni, Nritya, Fire dance, Tehra Thali and Chari.


Valid from October 2011 to March 2012

Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour

Occupancy Type Per Person / Night 7 Nights Per Person
Single US$ 603 US$ 4221
Double US$ 450 US$ 3150
Triple US$ 405 US$ 2835

Valid for September 2011 & April 2012

Tour : 7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour

Occupancy Type Per Person / Night 7 Nights Per Person
Single US$ 450 US$ 3150
Double US$ 338 US$ 2363
Triple US$ 306 US$ 2142

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.

Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age.

(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

Please note :-

  • 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.
  • @ 2.58% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Palace on Wheels.
  • US$ 15 per pax per trip shall be charged against the payment of commercial taxes in addition to the tariff.
  • No charter can be booked during X-Mas & New Year period.
  • Tariff Subject to change without notice.

The Tariff includes :

Tariff is inclusive of travel/ catering/ conducted sightseeing/ entrance fee at monuments/ parks/ palaces/ cultural programs/ camel ride at Jaisalmer/ boat ride at Udaipur/ rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.

The Tariff does not include:

Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Booking Policy


In case of FITs:

  • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:

  • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value 75 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to The Luxury Trains. On cancellation, refund will be made. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows.

In case of FITs

  • 5% of ticket value 60 days or more prior to departure.
  • 20% of ticket value between 45 to 59 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of ticket value between 30 to 44 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value between 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group

  • 20% of ticket value 89 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of ticket value between 88 to 31 days.
  • 100% of ticket value between 30 days prior to departure.


Palace on Wheels
starts from Delhi on every Wednesday of the week.

Red Fort

Day 01 - Wednesday: Delhi

Embark on your royal journey on the Palace on Wheels from Delhi Cant. railway station at 17:45 hrs. Honours its guests with a warm and traditional welcome. Enjoy delicious dinner on board at 20:00 hrs.

Day 02 - Thursday: Jaipur

Arrive in Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan at 02:00 hrs. Receive a royal welcome with elephants and a Shehnai recitation. Jaipur is a fascinating city planned according to Vaastu Shastra by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728 A.D. Enjoy lunch at the famed Rambagh Palace Hotel. Visit the mesmerizing Hawa Mahal, the Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Fort and the City Palace. Return to Palace on Wheels at around 18:30 hrs. Dinner on board. The train departs at 19:30 for Jaisalmer.

Hawa MahalDay 03 - Sunday: Sawai Madhopur

Arrive in Sawai Madhopur at 04:00 hrs. Tourists from across the globe come here to visit its renowned Ranthambore National Park. Famous for tigers, the park provides shelter to a variety of wildlife species. The other attraction is Ranthambore Fort. After sightseeing return to the train and head towards Chittaurgarh at 10:30 hrs.

Reach Chittaurgarh, the indomitable city, at 15:30 hrs. The city is dominated by the fortified Chittaurgarh Fort, the largest fort of India. It reverberates with history of heroism and bravery. Visit the fort, Vijay Stambh(Tower of Victory) and the Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame). Leave for Udaipur.


Sahelion ki bariDay 04 - Monday: Udaipur

Arrive in Udaipur at 15:30 hrs., a beautiful city founded in the year 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh. Popularly known as the "city of lakes and palaces", Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities of India. Visit the arresting Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir and Lake Palace. Relish your lunch at Lake Palace Heritage hotel. Post lunch, visit the enchanting City Palace.

Day 05 - Friday: Jaisalmer

Arrive in Jaisalmer, the Golden City famous for its fort and havelis, at around 08:15 hrs. It was established in 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Visit the stunning Patwon ki haveli and Nathmalji ki haveli, the architectural masterpieces. Post lunch, enjoy camel safari in the unfathomable sand dunes. Have a good time watching the cultural programmes at a hotel in the city. Relish your dinner on the sand dunes under the moonlit sky. Return to the train. The train, at 23:00 hrs, continues its journey to the next halt, Jodhpur.

Mehrangarh Fort

Day 06 - Saturday: Jodhpur

Arrive in Jodhpur, a wonderful city nestled on the foothills of a sandstone hill. An oasis in the desert, Jodhpur is a fortified city with high stonewall pierced with seven gates. Visit its attractions - Mehrangarh Fort, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. Enjoy a royal lunch at the opulent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Return to the Palace on Wheels. The train leaves at 15:30 hrs for Sawai Madhopur.



Day 07 - Tuesday: Bharatpur-Agra

Taj MahalArrive in Bharatpur at 06:30 hrs. Post breakfast, explore the wilderness of the world famous Bharatpur National Park. Also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the Park is a home to an amazing variety of birds, both resident and migratory. Apart from avian species, it also houses a variety of other wildlife species. Depart Bharatpur at 11:45 for Agra.

Arrive Fatehpur Sikri at 14:30 hrs. Visit its famous attraction- Mosque and Tomb of Salim Chishti ( a Muslim Sufi saint) built by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Post lunch at a hotel in Agra, visit the incredible Taj Mahal. It is one of the seven wonders of the world, symbolizing eternal love. Beautifully located on the banks of River Yamuna, it was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631 in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Dinner on board.

Day 08 - Wednesday: Delhi

Arrive in Delhi at Delhi Cant. railway station at 6:00 hrs. Breakfast on board. This marks the end of your royal journey, leaving you with a record of golden memories.



Accommodation in Palace on Wheels Luxury Train, Rajasthan

Royal Accommodation

The train offers 14 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons named after the princely states of Rajasthan. Each saloon has 4 cabins fitted with bath and shower, intercom, channel music, satellite phones, wall-to-wall carpeting and other amenities. The saloons are adorned like a palace which offers a truly a majestic experience of royalty.

Attendants

To take care of your every need, an attendant or 'Khidmatgar' is available at your service around the clock.

Restaurent in Palace on Wheelss Luxury Train

Restaurants

Maharaja and Maharani are the two restaurants with ethnic décor that serves an array of lip-smacking traditional as well as the world popular cuisines to their guests.

Bar

Well stocked with Indian and international brands of alcohol the bar remains open around the clock. This bar serves fine wines and liquors to their guests.

Lounge

Lounge in Palace on Wheels Luxury Train

Each coach is attached with well maintained lounge for passengers to enjoy their leisure. It offers a serene and relaxing venue to the guests with its cozy interiors. The lounge is well equipped with plush seating and entertaining amenities like color TV, CD player, newspapers, magazines and other books.

To make your stay comfortable, the other facilities and services provided on board are laundry services, barbershop, beauty parlors, indoor games, medical aid, mailbox, luggage collection, arrival kit, mineral water etc. The train also offers special assistance for disabled persons. Wheel chairs, crèches and a special attendant are also provided for assistance.


India Gate Delhi Delhi
Delhi, the capital of incredible India is among the most famous tourist destinations of this country where amazing attractions galore. Laced with glorious and significant history, this city is a perfect blend of modern and traditional.....

Hawa Mahal Jaipur
Jaipur is among the vivid and vibrant cities of India which is known throughout the world for its grand forts, stunning palaces and well known temples. It is among the important cornerstones of Rajasthan travel circuit which offers glimpses of royalty to tourists.....
Golden Fort Jaisalmer Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer the Golden City of India is among the most favoured destinations of Rajasthan Tourism. It is the land of exotic sand dunes, exciting camel safaris, splendid forts, gorgeous temples and captivating havelis......

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
Jodhpur popularly known as 'the Sun City' is the second most popular tourist destination of Rajasthan. It is renowned across the globe for the delightful charm of grand forts, beautiful palaces, grandiose temples and desert landscapes......

Ranthambore National Park - Sawai Madhopur Sawai Madhopur
Sawai Madhopur is situated along the rolling hills of Vindhyas and Aravali ranges. This town was founded in 1765 AD was named after its founder Sawai Madho Singh-I of Jaipur. Today Sawai Madhopur is known for Ranthambhor, a Wildlife reserve and a place of historical importance.......
Chittorgarh Fort Rajasthan Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is an old city as an embodiment of Rajput tradition which is mixed with romance and courage. Imperial glory of the bygone era can be seen through its daunting forts, stylish palaces and fabulous chhatris. Chittorgarh fort is foremost attraction of this place.....
Fateh Prakash Palace Udaipur
The magical charm of man-made wonders combined with natural beauty makes Udaipur one of the romantic tourist destinations of the world. It is known for palaces, gardens, museums, monuments and colorful festivals.....

Government Museum Bharatpur Bharatpur
Bharatpur is a small yet popular tourist destination located in Rajasthan. The deep association of this city with natural beauty as well as historical importance, attract tourists fevery year. The Baharatpur National Park is the foremost attract which has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.....
Taj Mahal Agra Agra
The brilliance of forts, palaces, tomb and mausoleum has lured scores of tourists to Agra since centuries. It is famous worldwide for the Taj Mahal which is the undying sym bol of love......

Route Map of Palace on Wheels
January - 2013 2 9 16 23 30
February - 2013 6 13 20 27  
March - 2013 6 13 20 27  
April - 2013 3 10 17 24  
September - 2013 4 11 18 25  
October - 2013 2 9 16 23 30
November - 2013 6 13 20 27  
December - 2013 4 11 18 25  
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Qrempuca, MALTA
Posted on: 13 December 2009, 19:46

We've just done nearly a month all organized by Caper through Northern India, Nepal and Bhutan ( Nov 17 to Dec 9, 2009). They were great, very attentive and patient and we were fine-tuning our trip to the last moment, even after we'd paid up. They were very prompt and precise with the correspondence and they were willing to accommodate our wishes to the last moment, and this wasn't an easy trip. We got everything promised, no cause for complaint at all. Would certainly travel with them again if we ever went back to the same part of the world.

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johnyytraveler, Poughkeepsie, New York
Posted on: 22 August 2010, 19:06

A friend and I traveled to India with Caper Travel, intending to head to Leh from Manali in August 2010. Unfortunately, floods and washed out roads prevented us from arriving in Leh, and the company did a really good job of helping us reschedule the remaining days - including a $100 cash rebate for a flight that we missed due to the road conditions. The drivers were excellent, and the overall experience was 4-1/2 stars - the missing 1/2 star only due to the fact that we were not told a few things that would have been helpful had we known them in advance - one of which is the VERY expensive entry fee to the Taj Mahal. I would certainly use them again, but next time I would prepare a detailed list of questions about each piece of the journey in order to be sure of what we needed to do. Otherwise, the service was great - pickups were friendly and reliable, and the trip was a real adventure. Don't forget to get your visa before heading to India, though - we didn't know we needed one until a few weeks before our departure.

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sidelinebob, Sacramento, California
Posted on: yesterday, 2:24

I can say for myself that Caper Travel did a fantastic job, always punctual, good drivers used and good guides selected. I used them for 17 days in the Spring and got a lot of site-seeing in. I compared prices with others and they were very reasonable

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Gatuska, Lisbon
Posted on: 15 April 2008, 15:29

Hi! I just return from India, and I must say I love it!! Caper Travel company were fantastic, when we arrived at the airport there was some from the company with a flower' necklace and we drive to the hotel in the center of Delhi. We visit Delhi in a car with ac and a guide who spoke English, and that happen in every other city we visit. The drive was always the same in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. From Agra to Varanasi we went by train and that was a very radical experience (I recommend 1st class sleeper, because 2nd class sleeper is very bad), and return to Delhi by airplane (Spice Jet) and thatwas a good trip too.

In each city the travel company send us always a person who represent them in other to give us all the information for that city and is contact in case of an emergency.

So, I recommend Caper Travel Company because they are definitely very professionals.

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tranquilnight, Northumberland
Posted on: 23 April 2008, 15:17

We have had a superb tour through Caper Travel, and I thoroughly recommend them to any one who is considering a tour. We arrived in Delhi 15 minutes early, and the only glitch was the short wait until the Caper travel rep. actually arrived! We were taken to our hotel and introduced to Uday who was the driver who remained with us throughout the tour. His English was not brilliant, but his driving was. We felt safe and in good hands throughout. The hotels we chose were fine, but maybe we should have paid a bit extra and gone for the 5* options. In Delhi the City Park was a bit remote. We had different guides for each of the sites we went to, and they were all interesting and enthusiastic. If you don't want to visit the tourist shops they recommend, then hold firm and say no. If you go, be prepared for the hard sell and inflated prices. Everything went like clockwork - they phone ahead and your guides are waiting. The Golden Triangle tour we went on was hard work, but amazing. If you are thinking of going: don't hesitate - book now, and you'll get the trip of a lifetime at a fraction of the cost of booking via a UK travel agent.

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polishingpete, Lancashire, England
Posted on: 23 February 2009, 17:42

Hello DG, we are still here in India and still a big fan of Caper Travel. Everything they have done has been beyond criticism. We did not use the hotels that you have mentioned but others which I picked up from posts here and asked them for. We used the Shanti Home in Delhi, Ranjith Svaasa in Amritsar, Alsisar Havelli in Jaipur, Karohi Havelli in Udaipur. The Taj View in Agra was ok but after the typical ex house hotels mentioned it was like a sleep factory -- so modern.

We are at the la calypso in Calungute, Goa now, we choose this place, not them and it is a disappointment for what it has cost and what we have been using.

A toyota Innova is a brilliant car to be driven around in.

Try and include Amritsar to your timetable, not many Europeans visit it but for us it has been better than all the rest, and we got the chance to visit the Indian/Pakistan border for the daily closing ceremony.

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rawyogini, Idaho
Posted on: 16 August 2009, 17:14

I just returned from a 15 day tour that I booked w/ Caper. It was great. I was met at the airport after going through customs and getting my luggage. The drivers were great and most of the tour guides were wonderful as well. Overall it was a great experience. Best of luck!

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Gatuska, Lisbon
Posted on: 03 September 2009, 18:49

I posted my opinion already, but I posted again.

"Hi! I just return from India, and I must say I love it!! Caper Travel company were fantastic, when we arrived at the airport there was some from the company with a flower' necklace and we drive to the hotel in the center of Delhi. We visit Delhi in a car with ac and a guide who spoke English, and that happen in every other city we visit. The drive was always the same in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. From Agra to Varanasi we went by train and that was a very radical experience (I recommend 1st class sleeper, because 2nd class sleeper is very bad), and return to Delhi by airplane (Spice Jet) and thatwas a good trip too.

In each city the travel company send us always a person who represent them in other to give us all the information for that city and is contact in case of an emergency.

So, I recommend Caper Travel Company because they are definitely very professionals. "

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Jacqueline-BP, Dover KENT U.K.
Posted on: 26 September 2009, 14:55

I and three friends, all of us ladies over 65, are travelling to India on the 17th October 2009 having booked with Caper Travel, and paid half the maney in advance. We are flying to delhi, then visit Shimla, back on the Toy train to Delhi. Delhi then Neeramna fort on the way to Jaipur, Jaipur, then Agra, with two visits to the Taj. On to Varanasi, then Katmandu, and finally Chitwan. I will send our findings on return. So far we have had fantatstic help from Caper Travel, booking Hotels which I researced, and therefore I will let you know how it all went. BJP. U.K.

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Jacqueline-BP, Dover KENT U.K.
Posted on: 09 November 2009, 14:51

I have just returned from my first trip to India and Nepal organised with Caper Travel. It has been fantastic. At each section of the journey we were met. The hotels which we had researched ourselves and Caper had booked, were fantastic, the tour guides were well informed and when we said that we were tired and needed to go back to the hotel they did as asked. Yes we did go to some shops with them, but we had a choice. As four ladies travelling alone we were very well cared for, our drivers were very good, even though we are unused to such traffic, and animals on the road. Our trip to Kathmandu was amazing, and on to Chitwan where we went on safris for a day and half. I would not return to Katmandu unless I had to the polution and the politics are horrendous, but the care we were shown by the local guide was excellent. But the dirt and grime!!?? I should have read more about Nepal before I went.

India lived up to expectations, Shimla was a green haven if you can put up with the British having ruled India from there. Delhi a noisey capital with the commonwealth games coming next year, Jaipur absolutely fantastic, beautiful palaces to visit, and inforgetable Agra, the 2 visits to the Taj Mahal were beautiful, we were quite moved ny its beauty, but do stay at the Amarvillas hotel which looks out on to the Taj itself. If possible visit Varanasi, we stayed on the river side at the Rashmis Guest House, right in the thick of things, night ceremonies, and a sunrise boat ride. If you want to see the colours of India that is the place.

I can honestly say that I hope to return to Indai oneday, and have no hesitation of recomending Caper Travel Co. Our lady in the office was Monika Singh, she could not have worked harded for us. Never once saying that we were a nuisance with our questions and querries. We started planning the trip in March, and it took place in October. Give yourself time to research the hotel and the places to visit, get a good guide book, and go for it.

Jacquelin-BP

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Jacqueline-BP, Dover KENT U.K.
Posted on: 22 November 2009, 16:56

I have just returned from India having booked last March with Caper Travel, our tour was fantatstic, we were looked after really well, with good drivers, and guides. I had researched the hotels and Caper booked them. All flights, train reservations etc. were organised by Caper, they are regisitered with the Ministry Of Tourism, which Deppak isn't. You do need some guarantee. We only paid half the money in advance, the rest on arrival. It really was the most amazing trip, and very reasonale in price. Go for 5 star hotels, you won't go wrong.

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Jacqueline-BP, Dover KENT U.K.
Posted on: 22 November 2009, 16:58

Thus us untrue, I have just returned from a holiday in India. Caper are registered with the Ministry of Tourism, they arranged a fantastic holiday for us, and I would recommend them honestly to anyone. For people booking from abroad, we need the guarantee of the Ministry of Tourism.

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hasmita, Johannesburg
Posted on: 17 December 2009, 15:06

we just returned from india on a trip booked by caper travel. i have to say that it was excellently organised. we had local representatives in all the areas.

all the hotels were excellent- but i do advise researching the hotels beforehand, as our goa hotel (marriott) was disappointing. caper promptly moved us to a better hotel of our choice which was much better.

the driver was punctual- we had no issues whatsoever.

i wouldnt recommend staying in anything less than 5 star when you are in india. the hotels are amazing.

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Qrempuca, MALTA
Posted on: 17 December 2009, 22:52

Cost can vary quite a bit depending on the hotels you choose and the mode of transport, all I can say is that we found it very good value for money. As we didnt have a lot of time we found the efficient pickups, ready bookings etc very useful, we couldnt have covered all we did on our own in the same time. We had quotes from another two operators and Caper were the most competitive.

It is very advisable to get different quotes, ensuring the same hotels and transport are being offered.


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