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DELUXE HERITAGE TRAIN JOURNEY - 12 NIGHT PRE CRUISE DEPARTING VARANASI

A meticulously crafted itinerary which includes a dash of royalty, palaces, forts, sand dunes, wildlife and cultural excursions will bring out the best of the India's royal traditions, art and vibrant culture. A journey spanning over 7 nights in the magnificence of Asia's most luxurious train brings out an amazing concoction of the myriad hues of this vast and diverse land. Adding to the royal experience is the delectable cuisines, impeccable hospitality and guided off-train excursions bringing out the best of the splendours of the incredible India.

This tour ends in Varanasi.

 

DAY 1

DELHI AIRPORT

Upon your arrival at Delhi IGI International Airport by flight, you will be met by our representaitve and transferred for Checkin to your colonial luxury retreat that reveals colonial charm of the British Raj.

Meals: No Meals
Overnight: The Oberoi Maidens Heritage Room

DAY 2

DELHI ABOARD “PALACE ON WHEELS”

Today in the afternoon after your checkout from the Hotel, our Train manager will meet you in the lobby of your Hotel and transfer you to Delhi Safdurjung Train Station to Check-in.

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel, Dinner onboard
Overnight: Onboard the Palace on Wheels

DAY 3

JAIPUR “PALACE ON WHEELS”

We arrive at the vibrant city of Jaipur. Where we begin our heritage city tour that includes Palace of Winds, Maharaja’s City palace with Observatory and a Clime to Amber Fort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at local restaurant and Dinner
Overnight: Onboard the Palace on Wheels

DAY 4

RANTHAMBHORE “PALACE ON WHEELS”

We arrive in Ranthambhore National Park with an early morning Tiger Safari in a open Jeeps and then we journey through lush green countryside and reach Chittorgarh.

In the afternoon we visit Chittorgarh Fort considered the largest fort of India covering 680 acres. We enjoy spectacular sound and light show at fort, followed by afternoon tea & coffee on site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Onboard the Palace on Wheels

DAY 5

UDAIPUR “PALACE ON WHEELS”

We arrive in Udaipur famed as venice of east and we begin our heritage city tour by visiting the Royal gardens Sahalio Ki Bari, Maharaja’s City Palace and Crystal Gallery Museum. We end the day with Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Palace hotel and Dinner
Overnight: Onboard the Palace on Wheels

DAY 6

JAISALMER “PALACE ON WHEELS”

Enjoy Breakfast served onboard, as we arrive to the heart of Thar desert in Jaisalmer. Today we visit the Royal mansions Havelis, Jaisalmer Fort, Jain temple and Gadisar Lake and end the day by enjoying a sunset Desert Safari to Sam with Camel Ride.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Palace Hotel
Overnight: Onboard the Palace on Wheels

DAY 7

JODHPUR “PALACE ON WHEELS”

We arrive in the blue washed city Jodhpur where we begin our heritage city tour visiting Mehrangarh Fortress and its Palaces inside and the Royal cenotaph Jaswant Thada.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Onboard the Palace on Wheels

DAY 8

BHARATPUR - AGRA “PALACE ON WHEELS”

We arrive at Keoladeo Bird Park for rickshaw ride safari and bird sighting and we visit Agra Fort. Next we visit Taj Mahal from inside.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Hotel in Agra
Overnight: Onboard the Palace on Wheels

DAY 9

DELHI TRAIN STATION

We arrive at Delhi Safdarjung train station. Later de-board the train and you will be transferred to Delhi International airport for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: The Oberoi Maidens Heritage Room

DAY 10

OLD & NEW DELHI TOUR

After Breakfast, you will be met by our expert City guide who will take you on a journey thru to India’s renowned capital, influenced by 1850’s British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. We visit India’s largest Mosque Jama Masjid built by Mughal Emperor and the maker of Taj Mahal himself – Emperor ‘Shah Jahan’ in 1644 AD, and showcases finest Islamic style of architecture. Then, we hop-on a Rickshaw Ride Tour exploring real life and buzz of Old City. Ride includes maze-like streets of the iconic Spice Markets - Khari Baoli. Then, Crafters Street Kinari Bazaar, where you will find embroidery items and other treats such as lace, gold/silver work, precious gems, embellishment pieces and wonderful fabrics. Later, we take a stop at Delhi’s authentic street food at Paratha Wali Gali aka The Bread Street. Our rickshaw ride ends at the Mughal residence fort of 1600’s - The Red Fort of Delhi.

We continue tour and drive to Lutyens Delhi for its rich architecture from the colonial-era. We visit father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi Museum Birla House. Next stop at Dilli Haat, where artisans come to sell their wares, from sophisticated fabrics, metal crafts, to leather goods. Then, Ceremonial Boulevard Raj Path to witness Sir Edwin Lutyens finest works from 1920’s British Raj Era including Government Buildings, President and Parliament House from outside and The India Gate Designed by Lutyens in 1921, Next, journey to the City Centre Market Connaught Place.

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight: The Oberoi Maidens, Delhi Heritage Room

DAY 11

EXPLORE DELHI TOUR

Free morning to independently discover Delhi and its beautiful surrounding. In the Afternoon you will be picked from your hotel and taken to India's finest theatre called 'Kingdom of Dreams' for a Live Bollywood Theatre Show (Duration 2.5 Hrs). Where you will be able to see some of the best talents from the Bollywood Film and Theatre industry.

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight: The Oberoi Maidens, Delhi Heritage Room

DAY 12

DELHI - VARANASI

This morning you will be transferred to Delhi Airport to catch flight to Varanasi. Upon your arrival at Varanasi Airport our team will meet you and transfer you to your Hotel for your welcome ceremony.

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel
Overnight: Taj Ganges Deluxe City View Room

DAY 13

VARANASI JETTY - BOARD PANDAW RIVER CRUISE

This morning after breakfast/checkout you will be met and transferred to Varanasi Jetty to board your Pandaw Upper Ganges Cruise Journey.

Meals: Breakfast at Hotel

Palace on Wheels

The Palace on Wheels luxury train journey starts and ends in New Delhi. This train is in operation from September to April, and departing every Wednesday for a 7 night journey through Rajasthan. The Palace on Wheels is designed to give you the most out of your trip,with tours to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wildlife safaris and bird sanctuaries to name a few.

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Rates include

Meet & Greet at Airports & Hotels, 7 nights Accommodation on board Palace on Wheels Train and 5 nights at Hotel in Delhi and 1 night at Hotel in Varanasi in Double/Twin/Single Rooms, all Three meals during Palace on Wheels Train Trip, and only Breakfast in Delhi, Kolkata, all Entrance fees/tickets/permits at monuments.

Rates exclude

Tipping/Gratuities, lunches / Dinner throughout the itinerary, items of personal nature use such as laundry, phone bills, drinks etc. Porterage & tips throughout, still / video camera fees at monuments and parks, Visa & International Air tickets, early check-in and Late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme, any other item not mentioned in cost includes column.

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
For cruise departure date 24 Nov 19
Sharing (2 Pax) US$6,683
Single (1 Pax) US$9,288
For cruise departure date 22 Dec 19
Sharing (2 Pax) US$6,683
Single (1 Pax) US$9,288
For cruise departure date 15 Mar 20
Sharing (2 Pax) US$6,683
Single (1 Pax) US$9,288
For cruise departure date 12 Apr 20
Sharing (2 Pax) US$5,515
Single (1 Pax) US$7,621

Extension Code: LT-IDUGN-12-VAR-PRE

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