By: Shamus Sillar
Everything you need to know about a seven-night holiday on the Palace on Wheels, India’s special heritage tourist train that explores the incredible history, temples, cities and cuisine of Rajasthan. See all the photos from our trip below…
– India has the second largest rail network in the world.
– The Palace on Wheels has been rated among the 10 most prestigious trains of the world.
– The train was first constructed for Indian royalty before the country’s independence and comprised personal coaches of the former rulers of the princely states of Gujarat and Rajputana.
– The train ceased regular operations in the early 1980s. It made its first trip as a unique holiday train in 1982.
Day 1: Depart Delhi for Jaipur
Day 2: Jaipur
Day 3: Sawai Madhopur
Day 4: Chittaurgarh
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Day 6: Jodhpur
Day 7: Bharatpur, Agra (Taj Mahal)
Day 8: Depart Agra for Delhi
Some of the sights:
– “Pink City” Jaipur, including Amber Fort and the Palace of the Winds
– Tigers in Ranthambhor National Park
– Udaipur and its palaces on the lake
– Camel riding on the sand dunes of Sam near Jaisalmer
– The grand palaces of Jodhpur
– World-famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park
– The Taj Mahal in Agra
– 14 air-conditioned deluxe saloons, each a combination of four twin-bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, attached toilets, hot and cold running water, shower, wall-to-wall carpeting and other amenities.
– Specially crafted furniture with inlaid motifs.
– Two restaurants, The Maharaja and The Maharani, offering Indian, Rajasthani, Chinese and Western cuisines.
– A well-stocked bar.
What it costs: Until March 2014, the cost per person is $5,415 for twin share, $4,900 for triple share, and $7,250 for single occupancy. Discounts of around 25 percent are available for travel in the hotter month of April.
What you get: The price includes seven nights’ accommodation on board, all meals, sightseeing, entrance fees and service taxes. (Not included: international airfares, airport taxes, visa fees and personal expenses such as drinks, tips and so on.)
Special offer: Expat Living readers can enjoy a 10-percent discount for bookings made by 31 January 2014.
How to book: Contact Mustafa Air Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6419 0752/0757.