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Palace on Wheels  Price Band:   201-300 per room / villa per night

Day 1 (Wednesday) - Board in New Delhi at 16:00 hours where guests receive a warm traditional welcome. Settle into your room, where your luggage will have been delivered, and prepare to meet fellow guests for a delicious dinner.

Day 2 – Arrive in Jaipur, the Pink City, and capital of Rajasthan. Explore Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, before a visit to Amber Fort, to ride on an elephant or shop for jewellery, crafts, or textiles in a fixed price Government Emporium. Lunch at the Rambagh Palace, then on to Jaipur’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar – a huge observatory.

Day 3 – Arrive in the heart of Shar Desert at Jaisalmer where the yellow sandstone fort towers over the city. Admire the stone carver’s skill on the many havelis and shop for fine shawls, embroidery and silver. After lunch see if you are tempted to a camel ride on the Sam sand dunes.

Day 4 – Day 4 begins for you in Jodhpur, a city of great character ringed by a high stone wall with 7 gates. The grand palaces here are impressive and have much history to share. Spend your leisure time wandering and wondering.

Day 5 – Arrive with the dawn at Sawai Madhopur, for the Ranthambore National Park, known as the country’s best location for observing tigers, amongst the many other indigenous animals. Jeeps will be waiting to take you on your early morning safari into the park. Leave for Chittaurgarh, enjoying the colourful scenery on the way.

Day 6 – The Lake City of Udaipur is known to us all courtesy of James Bond. Fantasise as you lunch at the magnificent Lake Palace, which appears to rise from the still blue waters of Lake Pichola. Contrast this with the less opulent but more interesting City Palace on your afternoon visit, before enjoying dinner on the train.

Day 7 – A morning visit to the bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur, will astonish even non-birdies. The nesting place of thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, Flamingos, and many others is an amazing sight. The train takes you on to the ‘Deserted City’ of Fatehpur Sikri, a red sandstone and Mughal complex and then onto Agra. The Red fort and Taj Mahal of Agra needs no more explanation. No one disputes the Taj Mahal as one of the 7 wonders of the world; the only argument is whether it should be viewed in the sparkling sunlight or by romantic moonlight.

Return to the train for your final dinner then awake the next day (Day 8) back in Delhi, after your glimpse of the wonders of Rajasthan.

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