If you have always thought of travelling to India but have been put off by the idea of dirty streets, crowds and coming face to face with poverty. In other words you want to be adventurous but not that adventurous. Then this is the trip for you. The Palace on Wheels is a luxurious and elegant train decorated in the style of the maharaja of yesteryear. There are 14 air-conditioned cabins with ornate decor and all the modern facilities as well. There are two restaurant serving continental, Chinese, India and Rajasthani cuisines. There is a bar, library, free bottles water, T.V., C.D. and telephones.
You will be bowled over by the opulence and comfort of the train. It leaves New Delhi every Wednesday between September and April, and takes you on a journey through Rajasthan which lasts 8 days ( although there are longer options). You sleep on the train, wake in the morning in a different location and have guided tours then board the train and travel on to your next destination. You will see the Pink City of Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur , the tigers of the Ranthambore National Park, Udaipur, the Taj Mahal and have a guided tour of New Delhi. The price includes accommodation on board, meals, guided tours, entrance fees to the sites and tea,coffee and bottled water. Although it seems expensive, you must consider that all of these needs are taken care of, so apart from the cost of the Palace on Wheels you will probably spend little else.
For some great ideas of what to see and do in New Delhi read my post ” Top 10 Delhi Experiences.”
New Delhi, Rajasthan, India.
The main offices of the Palace are in America.( details on web site)
Every Wednesday, September – April
There are tours from 8 to 17 days long. There are no shorter tours or options of taking a part of the journey.
Per person in Single room $6525 -$3250 depending on the month.
Double room $4580-$2435
Triple room$3775 – $1965
For 8 days all-inclusive.
Since writing this post prices may have changed.
Website: Palace on Wheels
Consider staying a night in a New Delhi hotel before taingoff on your train adventure.