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India’s Palace on Wheels

Delhi Return

Trip Code: RJTINJ14
14 Days
35 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • Seven nights in premium accommodation
  • Six nights on board the premium Palace on Wheels
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
  • 35 meals - 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 13 dinners
  • Airport transfers, tipping and porterage

Travel & Accommodation

Yellow train with orange artwork parked at the station, India

India's Palace on Wheels

Spend six nights on board the Palace on Wheels hotel train for a unique journey through the bygone eras of the Maharaja

Yellow and blue rickshaw, India

Bharatpur Richshaw Ride

Travel by rickshaw to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Restaurant interior with table settings, India

Stay at the Oberoi Cecil Hotel

Admire the views of the Himalayas during a stay at the Oberoi Cecil Hotel, nestled in the hills of Shimla.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Rail Itinerary operated with our partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include transfers, tipping and porterage
  • Upon arrival into Delhi, ensure your flight lands before 3pm
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
Asia Map RJTINJ14 2019
Delhi Return

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Arrive into Delhi and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort.

Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Maiden’s Hotel

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take a fascinating rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi’s lively bazaar, winding through a sea of pedestrians going about their everyday lives.


Spend the afternoon seeing some of New Delhi’s best sights including the Parliament Building, Connaught Place and Rashtrapati Bhawan, the home of India’s president. Later, enjoy a special high tea at the award-winning Imperial Hotel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel from Delhi to the city of Kalka on the Shatabdi Express.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the famous narrow-gauge Toy Train to Shimla, recently awarded World Heritage-listed status.


Today will be spent travelling to Shimla, nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Stay: Three Nights, Shimla, Oberoi Cecil Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Shimla, a beautiful colonial town nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas.


See a number of sights including the Viceregal Lodge, once the summer residence of the Indian viceroys. Continue on to the Sankat Mochan Samiti Temple, where you’ll have the chance to gain some cultural insight. This afternoon you’ll walk to the mysterious Scandal Point, a popular social meeting place where people would gather and share gossip.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Shimla was chosen by British imperial officers as their retreat from the summer heat, and their influence still remains strong in the town today, particularly in the architectural style. Today is free for you to explore this charming town at your leisure. Perhaps explore the Himalayas outside Shimla or visit Wildflower Hall.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Leave Shimla after breakfast and travel by road down the mountains to Chandigarh. See snapshots of authentic rural life in hillside villages and stunning scenery on the way to Chandigarh, where you join the Shatabdi Express for the rail journey to Delhi.

Stay: Delhi, Maiden’s Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

In the afternoon, board the Palace on Wheels hotel train for a unique journey through the bygone eras of the Maharajas.


Enjoy a morning at leisure in Delhi, reacquainting yourself with this colourful and bustling city. Enroute to the station, enjoy a tour of the National Rail Museum and learn more about the heritage behind India’s iconic railways. Take time to settle in to your comfortable cabin on board the Palace on Wheels train before enjoying dinner in the restaurant car as the train heads into the night.

Stay: Six Nights, Palace on Wheels

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel to the outskirts of Jaipur and enjoy a guided tour of Amber Fort. Travel by Jeep to the main entry and spend the morning touring through the fort, learning about its fascinating history.


This morning the Palace on Wheels makes its first stop in the capital of Rajasthan, the Pink City of Jaipur. Whilst sightseeing in this incredible city you’ll visit Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, The Palace of the Winds. Designed to resemble the crown of Krishna, the palace’s ornate facade once allowed the ladies of the royal court to observe life in the street below. You’ll also venture to the magnificent Amber Fort, former capital of the Jaipur state. Here you will enjoy lunch in the Palace Hotel before re-boarding the train as it continues its journey west towards Ranthambore.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Disembark the train this morning for an exciting visit to Ranthambore National Park.


One of the biggest and most well-renowned national parks in Northern India, Ranthambore is home to a variety of native wildlife. You’ll have the opportunity to spot leopards, crocodiles and of course the elusive Bengal tiger. Later, head to Chittorgarh and explore its incredible Heritage-listed hilltop fort, the largest fort complex in India. Here you’ll see the impressive Tower of Victory and the Tower of Fame.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The Palace on Wheels reaches Udaipur this morning, where you’ll leave the train for lunch before departing on a tour of the town. Later, embark on a cruise on the tranquil Lake Pichola. Take in the picturesque views as you sail around the small island and the wondrous Lake Palace Hotel. This afternoon, return to Udaipur to rejoin the train.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an unforgettable camel ride through the Thar Desert.


This morning the train arrives in Jaisalmer, a fairytale walled town in the Thar Desert. Here you’ll explore the narrow twisting streets of the town centre and see the beautiful merchants’ houses. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local hotel before the train departs for Jodhpur.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Jodhpur is known as the ‘Blue City’ due to the bright blue hue of the painted houses within the old walls. During a morning tour, you’ll see the impenetrable walls of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort and Palace with its fine sandstone carvings. Enjoy lunch in the Palace Hotel before visiting the impressive Jaswant Thada cenotaph. Later this evening, it’s time for your final dinner on board.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Depart on a trip to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary by rickshaw.


Travel to Agra where you will disembark the Palace on Wheels for the final time. Venture to the World Heritage-listed Agra Fort, an impressive maze of buildings constructed in 1565 under Emperor Akbar. Then it’s on to see India’s most iconic landmark, the mesmerising Taj Mahal. Created by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, the architectural masterpiece took at least 20,000 people 22 years to build. Later, Catch the Gatimaan Express back to Delhi where you’ll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: ITC Maurya Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your iconic adventure through India comes to an end this morning. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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