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Trip cost includes:

- Round trip air, including fuel surcharges and taxes from New York or Los Angeles

- Accommodation on a twin share basis

- Daily breakfast

- Airport / railway station transfers in India

- Sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicles, with English speaking local guides

- Entrance fees to all monuments listed in the itinerary

- Local taxes & service charges on the above

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Fatehsagar Palace from Lake Palace, Pichola Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Experience India in the footsteps of royalty as you travel through the desert kingdoms of Rajasthan aboard a unique luxury train, aptly called the ‘Palace on Wheels’. Take a close-up look at castles and ancient forts, go tiger spotting and spend a couple of nights in a former Maharajah’s palace. Experience some of the best on offer in your journey through this exotic land.


Fatehsagar Palace from Lake Palace, Udaipur
Fatehsagar Palace from Lake Palace, Udaipur

Trip Highlights include:

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi

  • Romantic Taj Mahal

  • The luxury ‘Palace on Wheels’ train

  • Bazaars and palaces of Jaipur, Rajasthan

  • Magical Jaisalmer, deep in the Thar desert

  • Forts and palaces of Jodhpur

  • Udaipur with its famous Lake Palace

  • Ahmedabad, blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture

  • Stopover in Singapore

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: USA to Singapore Shortly after noon today, catch your Singapore Airlines flight to Asia. Arrive in Singapore two days later after crossing the International Dateline.
Day 3: Singapore Arrive just after midnight and check into your hotel. The day is free until you leave Singapore this evening and fly to Delhi, India’s capital.
Day 4: Delhi This morning, visit some of the ancient monuments here such as the Qutb Minar and Humayun’s Tomb . Explore narrow streets and teeming bazaars in Old Delhi, riding in a rickshaw just like the locals! Visit the grand mosque before enjoying some free time for shopping etc.
Day 5: Delhi to Agra Travel by chauffer driven car to Agra, the site of the fabulous Taj Mahal ! Twenty thousand master craftsmen labored for twenty years to build this awesome memorial for one man in honor of his wife. See other monuments, such as the impressive Agra Fort , made of red sandstone.
Day 6: Agra to Delhi Return to Delhi and board the Palace on Wheels train this afternoon. The Indian railway network is the largest in the world, and your train is the most comfortable in their fleet. Start your journey with a special welcome dinner on board the train this evening.
Day 7: Jaipur After an overnight journey, arrive in Jaipur, with its colorful bazaars and avenues lined by sandstone houses (hence the name ‘pink city’). See the exotic Palace of Winds, which is not really a palace but an elaborate façade behind which royal ladies watched street processions while remaining unseen themselves! Climb up to the hilltop fortress palace of Amber on the back of a decorated elephant, just like royalty in the past! Return to the train in the evening to continue your journey through Rajasthan.
Day 8: Jaisalmer Arrive in Jaisalmer, an 800-year old trading post located deep in the Thar desert. The old city sits within a fort and you will be taken on a walking tour through narrow cobbled streets, past elegant mansions and exquisitely carved temples. Experience a camel ride in the desert and enjoy a cultural performance along with dinner, before boarding your Palace on Wheels train for the next leg of the journey.
Day 9: Jodhpur Visit the impressive Meherangarh Fort this morning, before lunch at the famous Umaid Bhavan Palace, a former royal residence now converted into a luxury hotel. Enjoy fascinating views of villages, colorful people and charming countryside as your Palace on Wheels train travels through Rajasthan.
Day 10: Ranthambore National Park to Chittorgarh and Udaipur Early this morning visit the scenic Ranthambore National Park, which was once the private hunting reserve of a Maharajah. Go on a game drive where you might spot leopards, crocodiles, deer and perhaps even a tiger! Later, return to the Palace on Wheels train which continues to Chittorgarh, a famous fort and the site of many ancient battles.
Day 11: Udaipur Bid farewell to your Palace on Wheels and arrive in Udaipur this morning. Often called “the city of lakes”, Udaipur is famous for its whitewashed houses with brightly decorated outside walls. Ornate doors that are entrances to homes or palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and royal monuments, all lend their charm to make Udaipur a fascinating place.
Day 12: Udaipur Visit some of the city sights this morning, including the famous Jagadish Temple and the City Palace – which is actually a complex of no fewer than 11 palaces overlooking the romantic Pichola Lake. A part of the palace is still the residence of the royal family, while a fascinating museum occupies another wing.
Day 13: Udaipur to Dungarpur Travel by road through the countryside to reach the Udai Bilas Palace, with its charming location by a lake. A former royal residence and now a boutique hotel, this will be your home for the night.
Day 14: Dungarpur to Ahmedabad Leaving Rajasthan, continue by road to the western state of Gujarat. Ahmedabad founded by a Muslim king almost 600 years ago, is famous for its blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture. You can see exquisitely carved old wooden houses lining narrow lanes and superb marble temples. Enjoy a typical Indian vegetarian meal at a farewell dinner this evening.
Day 15: Ahmedabad to USA Leave Ahmedabad early morning for Singapore. Try out one of the many varieties of Asian food offer by food stalls throughout the city.
Day 16: Singapore The day is free for you to enjoy Singapore, a modern city and yet distinctly Oriental. A special visitors’ pass is included for transportation and entrance fees to important sights around the city.
Day 17: Singapore to USA Your flight leaves Singapore this morning, arriving back in the US on the same day.

Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Palace on Wheels train, Rajasthan, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur,
Dungarpur, Ahmedabad

17 Days

Palace on Wheels Rajasthan Indian Luxury Vacation Package
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1/1 - 5/31/18 n/a n/a

Departs every Saturday

We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all  rooms have private facilities. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
 The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.

@ The Palace on Wheels train does not operate during this period. Call us for alternative options.

A $100 surcharge applies for bookings made within 30 days of the departure date.

Palace on Wheels, luxury train in Rajasthan
Palace on Wheels, luxury train in Rajasthan

Twin-bed cabin on the Palace on Wheels luxury train
Twin-bed cabin on the Palace on Wheels luxury train

Traffic in Jaipur, Rajasthan!
Traffic in Jaipur, Rajasthan!

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Ranthambore National Park

Street market, Rajasthan, India
Street market, Rajasthan


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