Luxury FAM Tour aboard Palace On Wheels: India - 9 Days
Tour Number: Luxury FAM - POW - 041620

Delhi - Jaipur - Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve - Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - Agra - Delhi.

Palace On Wheels is a unique luxury air-conditioned tourist train known all over the world for its luxury and royal environs aboard. Its regal salons have private two & three bedded cabins with attached bathrooms, personal attendants, bar lounge, library and dinning cars. The elegant interiors with delectable cuisine and personalized service, exudes an exclusive old world charm of royal splendor. Besides comprehensive sightseeing tours, the participants attend several cultural and folk programs that enhance the understanding of the cultural heritage of fascinating Rajasthan.

Call 1. 800. 554. 6342 or 1. 312. 332. 4722
to book this tour, assistance and for answers to your questions

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DAY 1 (Tue) - Delhi, India

Arrive Delhi. A representative from Exotic Journeys will meet you at the arrival lounge and escort you to your hotel. Room will be available by 1.00 PM for occupancy.

Balance of the day at leisure.

Delhi is a city of immense past. Seven mighty empires have risen, ruled the sub-continent & fallen here. It is dotted with hundreds of landmarks and has accumulated a tremendous heritage of art, architecture and culture. New Delhi, the present capital of the largest democracy in the world, is the creation of world famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Attractions include, Rashtrapati Bhavan or Presidential Palace, Parliament House, Red Fort- a Massive fort built by master builder Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid- the largest mosque in Asia, Jantar Mantar- the medieval observatory designed & built by Maharajah Jai Singh of Jaipur, the 16th century tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun, Raj Ghat- where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and Shantivana- the cremation site of Jawaharlal Nehru.

Shopping: Delhi is a shoppers' paradise, as not only are local handicrafts available, but nearly every state of India has its handicrafts emporium at Delhi. Some of the special handicrafts available are silver work, filigree, Indian perfumes, saris and fabrics embroidered with gold and silver, curios and paintings, semi-precious and precious jewellery, brass and copper ware, Indian musical instruments etc.

City tour of New and Old Delhi will include Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jam Masjid, Chandini Chowk, Raj Ghat- where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Rashtrapati Bhavan or Presidential Palace, Parliament House, India Gate, National Museum and Baha'i Temple City tour of old Delhi in the afternoon.

Overnight at:
Le Meridien, New Delhi
Trident (by Oberoi) Delhi

DAY 2 (Wed ) - Delhi / Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel.
Combined City tour of New and Old Delhi.

Transfer to Jaipur by private car / coach.

Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honor of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial. Jaipur got its name from its founder Sawai Jai Singh (1693-1743), who had the vision to create a meticulously planned city as his capital. All the houses in the old city are painted pink, including the famous Hawa Mahal / Palace of Winds, thereby giving the city its alternative name, the Pink City.

Jai Singh - a prince, soldier, planner and astronomer founded the rose pink capital city in 1728. The beautifully planned city is a tribute to the king considering that western world perhaps had very few-planned city at that time. The observatory-Jantar Mantar-is an excellent example of the marvelous precision in astronomical calculators built in solid concrete. The City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal art and architecture. Now a museum, it has fine collection of sculpture, carpets paintings, manuscripts and armory.

A short drive from Jaipur is Amber Fort, perched atop a hill. Within its precincts are Sheesh Mahal or chamber of mirrors - reputedly the best in the world, Victory Hall and Pleasure Palace. The fort is reached by riding an elephant or by jeep.

Shopping: Jaipur is a place to find hand crafted diamond and gold jewelry, Rajasthani hand woven fabric, carpets, handicrafts, curios, paintings, Indian musical instruments etc at a bargain.

Overnight:
Hilton, Jaipur
Oberoi Trident, Jaipur

DAY 3 (Thu) - Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel.
City tour and Amber Fort.

A short drive from Jaipur is AMBER FORT, perched atop a hill. Within its precincts are Sheesh Mahal or chamber of mirrors - reputedly the best in the world, Victory Hall and Pleasure Palace. The fort is reached by riding an elephant or by jeep.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at:
Palace on Wheels

DAY 4 (Fri) - Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve / Chittaurgarh

Breakfast on board the train.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve extends to over 220 square miles of forest with numerous valleys and flat hills in a picturesque surrounding. The tiger and leopard are the main predators found here. It is also home to cheetah, sambers, and the blue bull, found only in India. While our stay here, we will have several jungle excursions accompanied by a resident warden to view and photograph the wildlife. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at:
Palace on Wheels

DAY 5 (Sat) - Udaipur

Breakfast on board the train.
Arrive in Udaipur, the lake city.

Udaipur is interspersed with shimmering lakes, marble palaces and fountains. The Maharana’s Palace is the largest of its kind. It is remarkable for octagonal towers, brilliant multicolor mosaics of inlaid tiles, inlaid mirror work and exquisite paintings. Sahelion ki Bari is a fascinating garden, adorned by Lotus pool, a marble throne and finely sculptured cenotaphs. 

City tour visiting the dream-like marble Palaces - the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and the Jag Mandir, which appear to rise from the blue waters of Lake Pichola, City Palace and the crystal gallery.

Depart for Jaisalmer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Overnight at:
Palace On Wheels

DAY 6 (Sun) - Jaisalmer

Breakfast on board the train.
The yellow sandstone Jaisalmer. fort is an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city. Discover the painstakingly latticed havelis or mansions with their grand facades. The Nathmalji, Pat won-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli are fine examples of the stone carver’s skill. Take a camel ride to the sand dunes of Sam. Enjoy the dinner and the cultural programs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at:
Palace on Wheels

DAY 7 (Mon) - Jodhpur

Breakfast on board thr train.
Jodhpur is a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. It is known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort. The grand palaces within - Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex lies Jaswant Thada, a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble.

City tour visiting Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and local bazaars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at:
Palace on Wheels

DAY 8 (Tue) - Bharatpur / Agra

Early morning visit to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds.

Proceed to Fatehpur Sikri - the red sandstone Mughal palatial complex. Within the enclosure is a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dedicated to the Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Muslim Sufi Saint who blessed him with a son.

Agra is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. The story of Agra begins much earlier than the Taj, However it finds mention in the epic Mahabharata when it was called Agrabana or Paradise. Ptolemy, the famous second century A.D. geographer, marked it on his map  of the world as Agra. It was Mughals who finally nurtured Agra with the finest monuments architects could design: The Taj Mahal of Shah Jahan, Agra Fort of Akbar, Itemad-Ud-Daula and neighboring Sikandra are but few of the many UNICEF World Heritage sites that spangle the city, each of which stands in mute testimony to the city's grandeur over the ages.

Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world and some western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. On a foggy morning, the visitors experience the Taj as if suspended when viewed from across the Jamuna River.

Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his dear wife and Queen Mumtaz Mahal. It is an "elegy in marble" or some say an expression of a "dream". Taj Mahal is a Mausoleum that houses the grave of Queen Mumtaz Mahal at the lower chamber. The grave of Shah Jahan was added in 1661.

Shopping: Agra is famous for marble inlay work, leather goods and handicrafts.

After lunch move on to visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, a pristine monument of undying love.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight:
Courtyard By Marriott, Agra
Trident, Agra
ITC Mughal, Agra

DAY 9 (Wed) - Delhi

Visit Taj Mahal at sunrise (optional)
Morning at leisure for independent activities.
Check out from the hotel by noon.

(Extension to Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kathmandu are available. Call for infornation)

Depart for Delhi airport by private car / coach by 1.00 PM
Arrive Delhi airport by 6.00 PM
Optional: Hotel Room at the airport is available.

Meals: Breakfast

Depart on your onward journey.

 

Extension to Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, South India and Sri Lanka are available upon request.
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Call your consierge at 800.554.6342 / 312.332.4722 for assistance.

Palace On Wheels – Facilities on the Train

Accommodation: There are 14 air-conditioned saloons with private twin bedded cabins,  channel music, attached washrooms with running hot and cold water, showers, wall to wall carpeting.
Arrival kit: Each guest is provided with an arrival kit consisting of stationery items, brochures, cards etc.  

Attendant or Khidmatgar:
An attendant is always available at your service, to take care of all your travel needs.

For disabled persons:
Special assistance available in the form of wheel chairs, crèches and a special attendant for assistance.

Luggage collection:
Your luggage is picked up and taken to your respective saloons without your worrying about it.

Drinking Water: Purified water is made available to you all through the journey.

Meals / Restaurants:
Two lavish and beautifully decorated restaurants; “The Maharaja” and “The Maharani” serve mouthwatering Continental, Chinese, Indian & Rajasthani cuisines.

Bar:
A well-stocked bar, with live TV serves wine, liquor and spirits of Indian and international make, to keep you in ‘High Spirits’.

Lounge:
A lounge for relaxing, interacting, making friends, getting together and play games.

Royal Spa:
The well-equipped spa offers various massages and therapies and revitalizing solutions amidst royal ambiance.

Indoor Games:
Amuse yourself with indoor games like Chess, Playing Cards. Chinese checkers, Carom Board, and Crossword Puzzles etc.

Newspapers / Magazines:
Leading newspapers greet you every morning over a simmering hot cup of tea or beverage of your choice. Also available for you is a large collection of magazines.

Smoking:
The Palace On Wheels is a no smoking train. However , if you wish to smoke, please contact your captain for guidance.

Toiletries:
All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc. are available in bathroom.

Security:
Adequate safety arrangements are made for you as well as your personal belongings in the train itself.

Voltage:
Voltage available on the train: 110/230V

Internet:
Internet facility available on board.

Medical Aid:
First aid is available on the train whereas a doctor can be arranged on call. At the every station, a doctor is available for free consultancy in Bar/ Lounge car.

Mail Box:
A mailbox is provided on board, for posting your mail.

Culture Shows: Light & Sound program at Chittaurgarh, Culture programs and dances at Jaisalmer.

Events on Board:

You can celebrate Royal Wedding, Conferences & Business meeting on board.

General Information & Reservation

Tour Price Includes: Deluxe and luxury five star hotels with breakfast, five nights aboard Palace On Wheels with morning tea, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, transfers, city tours, excursions, English speaking guides, entrance fee to monuments and air-conditioned transportation.

Government Tourist Service & Commercial Tax: $ 171.49 To Book: Please call 1. 800. 554. 6342 for availability Download Reservation Form or visit our website. Return completed form, a business card and a copy of industry membership card with a deposit of $ 575.00 per person to book land tour only. Balance is required on confirmation or when requested.

Eligibility: IATAN / ARC / CLIA / ARTA/ ASTA/ NACTA/ OSSN / PATA - Membership required.


Airfare: Limited number of business and First class seats are available at special prices from New York, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco to Delhi at the sole discretion of the participating carrier/s. Flight bookings require full payment, taxes, airport security fee and fuel surcharges. Please contact us details and eligibility.

Airport Security Fee and Fuel Surcharges: Add as applicable.

For international flights: $663.95 in economy class or $ 893.95 in business class.
(Taxes remain subject to change by airlines till ticketed.)

Notes: Deposits are fully refundable if space cannot be confirmed. Visa for India is participants’ responsibility. Online forms will be dorwarded upon request. Trip Cancellation Insurance required. See cancellation policy on Reservation Formand / or our / Palace On Wheels website/s for full details or contact us. Prices reflect discounts for cash / check payments. Credit Card payments will have foreign exchange conversion/ bank- processing fees of 4.98% extra. Itinerary remains subject to change at all times. This tour can be combined with any Personal and Private Modular tours to Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, South India, Tibet, Sri Lanka. Hotel check in time is 100 PM. Any changes to original booking requires $ 150.00 handling fee. Once booked, Palace On Wheels requires $ 393.00 cancellation/ re-booking fee. When requested, Reduced Rate Application has to be submitted to Rajasthan Tourism Corporation thru Exotic Journeys. Delhi. Limited space available. Govt Taxes / VATs & flight taxes are extra. Land Prices are valid as published till Sept.19, 2022

HIGHLIGHTES:

  • Private group touring.
  • Accommodation in iconic deluxe five star hotels.
  • Five nughts on board the Wworld famous Palace On Wheels luxury train.
  • personal cabin with preivate facilities.
  • Private escorted airport transfers.
  • Private escorted sightseeing tours
  • Private escorted excursions
  • English speaking licensed local guides.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Entrance fee to monuments in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional tour manager.
  • Sunset and Sunrise visit of Taj Mahal.
  • Optional: If your travel dates match, moonlight visit of Taj Mahal.
  • Sunset cruise on Lake Pichola.


Departure Dates 2020 / 2021 / 2022
April - 2020 - 14 - - -
September - 2020 - 15 - - -
April - 2021 - - - 20 -
September - 2021 - 7 - - -
April - 2022 5   - - -
September - 2022 -   19 - -
Tour Price: Per Person in US $
FAM Tour Palace On Wheels-11 Days
Land Only Travel Advisors Companions
Double Occupancy $ 2885.00 $ 3090.00
Single Occupancy $ 3840.00 $ 4040.00
Airfare: **Round trip in BUSINESS CLASS: *$ 2350.00 *$ 3294.00
Airfare: **Round trip in ECONOMY CLASS *$ 790.00 *$ 900.00
Land Price is guaranteed as published at the time of booking. Validity remains till Sept. 2022
*International Airfares: ORD / EWR / JFK / SFO
Air Fare from Canada & South America are available upon request.
*Call for availability and current Taxes & Airfares from other cities.

Exotic Journeys International Group

980 North Michigan Avenue Road, Suite 1400,
     Chicago, IL 60611 USA
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Fax: 1.312.332.4732