Royal rajasthan on wheels
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is an Itinerary in India. Rajasthan is the magnificent land of numerous kingdoms, majestic forts and palaces, diverse cultures, varied landscapes and vibrant colours. Experience the land of regal splendour with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, the contemporary royal living. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is the regal delight where every moment is woven together into an everlasting and immemorial experience to be lived and cherished forever. The makers of the Palace on Wheels have rekindled the charm of luxury with utmost consideration of your comfort and modern amenities at the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. This tour is extensively planned to take you through the whispering sands of desert, the intriguing sagas of forts and palaces, and the adventurous escapades to the wilds; while you witness the luxuries on the train in a truly royal fashion. This train is newly built and designed in a contemporary royal style. You will be delighted with the magnificent interiors, sumptuous meals, expensive wines, and personalised service by the Khidmatgars, the likes of which you would rarely experience.
Palace on Wheels, the royal carriage of Rajasthan has been fascinating its travellers with a regal charm for over two decades now. The mesmerising charm of Rajasthan has been attracting revellers to explore this majestic land in a truly unique manner.
Rajasthan, earlier the abode of numerous kingdoms, is even today replete with those stories of valour, tales of love and an impressive history. The makers of this impressive legacy have charmed the ages with their style and lavishness and have embellished the history of Rajasthan. With their flamboyant style, the Rulers of princely states of erstwhile Rajputana, created their own luxurious coaches with tasteful and magnificent interiors. The royal families employed the loyal Khidmatgars (attendants) to serve them. With these coaches began a new era of extravagant hospitality. These coaches were the “palaces on wheels” of the royals and were adorned with sparkling chandeliers, Persian carpets and intricately carved silverware. Here, was laid the foundation of The Palace of Wheels.
To cast the spell of chivalry and royalty all over again, the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways  jointly undertook a venture in 1982 to revive the glorious history of royal carriages. The Palace on Wheels was then evoking vintage magic with 14 luxurious coaches on meter gauge with all modern amenities, plush interiors, finest wines, sumptuous cuisines and diligent attendants. The spirit of the vintage train still continues in the contemporary coaches, exquisitely designed to experience royalty in the seven day passage through arid landscapes, historic forts and fortress, culturally and ethnically rich places in this most majestic land.
With detailed improvisations in 1995, the Palace on Wheels was shifted to the broad gauge. This magnificent train has re-written the ethos of luxury travel and has set high standards of hospitality and service. Palace on Wheels is not just an excursion but an unforgettable experience. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) has been receiving overwhelming responses from all those who have enjoyed this royal journey. The reservations for travel run ahead and the train occupancy stands full for coming few years. Owing to the indisputable demand for this glimpse of luxury, RTDC introduced the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.
Maharajas Express comes equipped with modern amenities to offer luxurious on board stay to the guests. The train has restaurants, bar, lounges, library, souvenir shop etc. to keep the guest entertained. Cabin facilities include individual climate control, tv, phones, smoke alarm and attached bathrooms with showers.
There are 14 coaches in the train. Each of them is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. Facilities include a bar with the choicest Indian and international spirits, a lounge with a good collection of books and televisions and DVD players.
Cabins are air-conditioned with twin beds, channel music, intercom, and attached toilets running hot and cold water.
The train has two restaurants, "The Maharaja" and "The Maharani", with a Rajasthani ambience and serving continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines.
Super Deluxe Saloon - The Bravura Suite
Your princely saloon offers a spacious living with complete comfort of royal suite. The exquisite silk and velvet bedspreads and draperies take you to the era of munificent living. The finely carved wooden furniture in the super-deluxe suite adds to your experience. The bed in the cabin is large and comfortable with colour-coordinated draperies. The ottoman, sofa-chairs and writing table have been provided to make your stay more comfortable. The suites have been named after the two precious stones, Emerald and Diamond.
Deluxe Saloon - The Extraordinary Suite
Welcome to your exquisite saloon, your personal imperial chamber. The saloon has been designed to live up to the grandeur of contemporary princely living with elegant silk furnishings for a befitting aesthetic appeal. These saloons have been thematically designed with co-ordinated colour schemes and textures to augment their splendour. Your chamber offers luxuries with meticulously chosen bedding and upholstery, writing-table and chair to make your stay more comfortable. Your furnished saloon gives you sufficient mobility within the coupe. The saloons have been created in three different themes in hues of exquisite jewels, Ruby, Sapphire and Pearl.
Dining & Bar Coaches
A delicious meal, presented appetisingly and served with love is the perfect beginning and end of the day. And we serve it all. Sheesh Mahal and Swarn Mahal, the two Restro-Bars on the Royal Train await you to savour the grand royal feast. Indulge in mouth-watering delicacies from Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines. Sheesh Mahal has been adorned with splendid floor lamps and crystal pelmets; the entire restro-bar is made of wood and crystal. The Swarn Mahal, has been planned around a theme of gold and brass. Dinning at both the restro-bars will add to your pleasure. Amidst aesthetic splendour, feast on your delicious meal with customised hand-made cutlery and specially designed crockery.
Bar & Lounge
Accompany your sumptuous meals with finest wines and an array of international brands of liquor on the two restro-bars Sheesh Mahal and Swarn Mahal on the Royal Train. The fully equipped bar on the train serves selected brands on Aperitif, Malt, Whisky, Scotch, Rum, Vodka, Cognac, Wines and Champagne. These premium delights have been put to serve your palette better.
The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels has souvenirs, to provide you with knickknacks and keepsakes that you would love to pick up. These include products and apparels specially designed to suit your interest like: Beer Mug Emboss Leather Jewellery Box Leather Photo Frame Cruet Set Old Paper Notebook with Train Painting T-shirt, Caps, etc.
A pampering cannot go amiss while on a vacation, especially if the holiday is in India. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels brings to you the finest spa services on board. This lifestyle spa will provide relaxation and wellness solutions on board with personal care products for hair, skin and body. The well-equipped spa will offer various massages and therapies and revitalising solutions amidst royal ambience. The royal train will have a dedicated coach for excellent spa services.
Hospitality – At Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, the gracious hospitality is bound to leave you speechless. Your experience at the regal train will be doubled by the warm welcome and the diligent service. The meticulously trained attendants, your Khidmatgars will serve you round the clock.
Splendid Saloons – The 13 deluxe coaches have been rightly named after the famous palaces of Rajasthan. Namely, Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Surya Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Jal Mahal, Padmini Mahal, Kishori Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jogi Mahal, Kumbha Palace, Umaid Palace, Lalgarh Palace. The Super-Deluxe coach is Taj Mahal.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a no smoking train. The Royal train is having Internet facility and Satellite TV on board. The Royal train is having Royal Spa and Wellness centre(Gym) facility on board. The windows in the Royal Train are the largest in any train running on tracks in India and have been made especially for enjoying the visual treat on your royal escapade. The super deluxe saloons have an individual temperature control facility. Channel music system and public address system. Get engrossed with a range of board-games and a variety of books on the train. Various national dailies and magazines are available aboard. Laundry service is available on board to serve you better. A separate safe is provided in your cabin to store your valuables. 110/120 V sockets in Train. Mailbox is provided on board. Foreign exchange counters are available at hotel counters. Transport: For a comfortable sightseeing experience, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels will provide AC buses for the passengers .
When to visit
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels train does not operate between May-September. But the train is available for charter throughout the year.
The passport you carry must have a minimum validity of six months for entry into India and it is also required of you to be in possession of a valid single or multiple entry visa based on your number of entries into India. There are no provisions for visa upon arrival and the necessary visa required for journey has to be processed from the Indian Embassy or Indian High Commission in your country of origin.
On the train
The fare of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels covers most of the cost of your journey. It includes dining, soft drinks, House brands of alcoholic beverages, butler service and your accommodation. Long distance call charges made using the telephone facility on board is not covered in the cost of journey.
Off the Train
Your cost of journey in Royal Rajasthan on Wheels include guided off train excursions. Entrance fees, still camera fees, transport, complimentary tea, porter charges at stations. Price for video, film and professional still camera fees are not included in the cost of journey and have to be paid over and above the fare.
Pre and Post tour hotel accommodation
It is highly recommended that you take a minimum of one pre and post night accommodation with your rail journey. Booking, reservation and any assistance related to Royal Rajasthan on Wheels could be found at the official website of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation(RTDC) or from the website of the Indian Luxury Trains.
International and domestic flights
Flights are not included in the cost of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels booking presently but information on schedules, fares and even assist with the bookings, if required could be found on the above mentioned websites.
Personal travel insurance
It is strongly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance cover from your country of domicile for injury, illness, death, accident, loss of effects or luggage and holiday cancellation.
Cost of Journey
Deluxe Cabin per person per night (Twin Sharing) USD 590
Deluxe Cabin Single per night USD 825
Super Deluxe Suite per cabin per night USD 1600
Terms and Conditions
• Government of India service tax of 3.09% shall be levied on the tariff. • US$ 15 per pax per trip shall be charged against the payment of commercial taxes in addition to the tariff. • 10% surcharge will be levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year.
• Deluxe cabin with attached bath • All meals, including tea, coffee and mineral water • Safari into the Jungles of Ranthambore by Canter • Jeep or Elephant ride at Amber Fort of Jaipur • Cultural program followed by dinner at Jaipur • Transport for sightseeing with Deluxe Coaches • Entrance fee to monuments and museums • English speaking guides
• Liquor, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car • Facilities, Spa Car Facilities and other items of personal nature
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 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.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels journey begins either from Delhi. Depending upon your location and nationality, there are an array of options available to reach Mumbai and Delhi. Delhi is well connected through air, road and rail and direct flights from major destinations in the world are available. You might also want to check out Delhi .
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
1. Sunday Delhi (Safdarjung)
2. Monday Jodhpur
3. Tuesday Udaipur
3. Tuesday Chittorgarh
4. Wednesday Sawai Madhopur
4. Wednesday Jaipur
5. Thursday Khajuraho (M.P.)
6. Friday Varanasi (U.P.)
7. Saturday Agra (U.P.)
8. Sunday Delhi (Safdarjung)
Taj Mahal, Agra
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the seven modern Wonders of the World,Taj Mahal is the most iconic and enduring symbol of India. A magnum opus of Mughal architecture, this white marble landmark is one of the most breathtaking specimens of exquisite artistry.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Embark on the trail of tiger in Ranthambore National Park famous for spotting the elusive cat. Named after the eponymous fortress inside the park, this sanctuary used to be the hunting grounds of the erstwhile maharajas of Jaipur and its royal association is evident in pictorial ruins sprinkled across the park. The park is home to several animal and bird species including tigers, leopard, hyenas and antelopes.
Amber Fort, Jaipur
One of the most popular attractions of Jaipur, Amber Fort is known for its massive ramparts, chains and series of walls and imposing gates. The fort houses several palaces, halls of audiences and a temple dedicated to goddess Kali. The palace used to be the official residence of Maharaja of Jaipur before it was moved to City Palace in Jaipur.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Perched atop a hillock overlooking the city, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest fortresses in world. Housing various palaces, ruins, living structures and a well stocked museum, Mehrangarh is one of the most popular attractions in Jodhpur. The fort is also famous for its 7 intricately carved gates built by various maharajas to commemorate their victories over their enemies.
The famous ghost town located near Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, this sprawling city was soon abandoned due to scarcity of water. The city was built to honor the saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who had blessed Akbar and foretold the birth of his son. It was the first planned city of the Mughals and also the first one designed in Mughal architecture, an amalgamation of Indian architecture, Persian and Islamic architecture.
City Palace, Udaipur
The abode of the maharaja of Jaipur, City Palace is a breathtaking complex of palaces and other exquisitely carved buildings. One of the palaces has been converted into a museum and displays various artifacts and clothing adorned by various princes. The Palace is a living residence of the royal family of Jaipur.
Bathing Ghats of Varanasi
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in world, Varanasi is the epicenter and the most sacred place when it comes to Hinduism. Located on the banks of Ganges - a legendary river venerated in Hindu mythologies – Varanasi is renowned for its bathing Ghats and the image of evening aarti is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the city.
Group of Monuments at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, group of monuments at Khajuraho are known around the world chiefly for their carvings and sculpture depicting erotic postures – many even associate them with Kamasutra. The temples build during the reign of Chandela dynasty and dedicated to Hindu deities are the fine specimen of Hindu architecture and are known for their significant cultural values. The erotic sculpture and carvings are limited to the exteriors of the monuments. Some of the temples are very well preserved and show exquisite carving and artistry.
At Old Clock Tower Market, Jodhpur, bazaars of Jaipur and Agra
Exciting safari at either Ranthambore National Park. The flora and landscape of Ranthambore makes it a popular reserve ideal for tiger spotting.
Get aboard canopied camel carts and head for a sunset in the sand dunes over champagne amidst fire-eaters, folk dancers and musicians in Bikaner
Son-et-lumiere at Khajuraho
Enjoy the light show and get ready to get a lesson of history as you embark on a journey through time to the days of Chandela splendor.
Savor the royal Barbecue with cocktail in the Royal courtyard of Mehrangarh Fort.
City Palace, Udaipur
A royal lunch arranged at the Durbar Hall in the resplendent City Palace will definitely give you a taste of princely dining and elegance.
Sand dunes in Bikaner
Regale in the splendor of setting sun in the sand dunes of Thar Desert near Bikaner and raise a toast to the glory of sun and mystique of desert as sundowner cocktails and barbecue is served for your platter even as folk dancer and musician add to the allure of a fascinating evening.
During your journeys, you will be required to sleep on board the train itself. A total of 14 well appointed cabins offer plush stay to the guests. A personal valet for each cabin is also appointed during your journeys to take care of all your needs.
A journey on board Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is considered safe as it is fully arranged and guided group tour. You are always accompanied by a professional English speaking guide during off train tours. Chartered buses are used for long distance transportation and are arranged by the service providers. Even during shopping excursions. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is comprehensively insured for natural calamities and all guests are covered under an umbrella insurance cover.
Emergency medical facilities on board the train are offered by a paramedic.
Since the journeys include jungle safari, it is advised that you carry light hued clothes, comfortable walking shoes. Getting down from vehicle is not allowed during safari in tiger reserves.
It is advisable to notify/specify any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. No specific vaccinations are required for travel to India but it is advisable that they should be in possession of a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate conforming to international health regulations. Laundry facilities are limited and available only at few select destinations; hence it is advisable that you pack accordingly.