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Ranthambore National Park

Considered India’s most vibrant state despite the harsh living conditions, Rajasthan is a vast wonderland laced with legends of Rajput warrior princes. It’s heritage, culture, wildlife and sand dunes makes it one of India’s most popular tourist destination preferred specially by international visitors. One of the most special ways to uncover the jewels of this vibrat state is on board India's most revered luxury train, the Palace on Wheels. Once a hodgepodge of Rajput warrior princes, Rajasthan today attract millions of tourists from around the world owing to its unique romantic allure. Forts, palaces, bazaars and colorful people form the backbone of Rajasthan tourism.

Palace on Wheels offer a week long luxury train tour across royal destinations in Rajasthan along with a halt at Agra to visit Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri.  It is also voted as the 4th best luxury train in the world. The train recreates the opulence and elegance of a bygone era offering a peek into the heritage of the erstwhile Rajputana. The destinations covered by this luxury train in India during its week long itierary include Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur, and Bharatpur.

Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Day-wise Program: (Jan 2011 to April 2012)

Day 1 (Wednesday) - Delhi
Day 2 (Thursday) - Jaipur
Day 3 (Friday) - Sawai Madhopur/ Chittorgarh
Day 4 (Saturday) - Udaipur
Day 5 (Sunday) - Jaisalmer
Day 6 (Monday) - Jodhpur
Day 7 (Tuesday) - Bharatpur/ Agra
Day 8 - (Wednesday) - Delhi (return)

Tour Highlights:

  • Jaipur
    • » Hawa Mahal
    • » Amer Fort
    • » Jantar Mantar
  • Udaipur
    • » Shikarbadi
    • » Lake Pichola
    • » Sahelion ki Baari
    • » Fateh Prakash
    • » City Palace complex
  • Sawai Madhopur
    • » Ranthambore National Park
  • Chittorgarh
    • » Chittorgarh Fort
  • Jaisalmer
    • » Jaisalmer Fort
    • » Nathmalji ki Haveli
    • » Salim Singh ki Haveli
    • » Patwon ki Haveli
  • Jodhpur
    • » Umaid Bhawan Palace
    • » Mehrangarh Fort
    • » Jaswant Thada
  • Bharatpur
    • » Keoladeo National Park
  • Agra
    • » Taj Mahal

National Park, Ranthambhore Vacation PackagesRanthambore National Park, before a princely game conserve is the scene where the celebrated Indian Tiger is best seen. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve lies on the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan. It sprawls over a varying and undulating landscape.

The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas and sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. A tenth century fort also blends amicably with the background.

Pure sands of Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals make the jungle.

Three big lakes – Padam Talab (meaning Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh – are similar turquoises studded in the vast forest that abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies and lotus.

A significant geological feature within the park is the 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range. The Rivers Chambal in the South and the Banas in the North bound the National Park.

The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambore Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape.

Wildlife, Ranthambhore ToursThe rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service.

The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambore; although it is the one park resident that people come to see. A variety of birds including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the other attractions.

Ranthambore is plagued by the typical problems encountered by all game reserves in India - people living in and around the parks and grazing by livestock! Between 1976-1979, 12 villages within Ranthambore National Park were resettled outside the designated park area with only a few people now residing in scattered hamlets within the park.

Of course poachers continue their activities with increasing demand from China for Tiger parts. There are no accurate figures on how many tigers and poachers kill other species, but on occasion evidence appears in the form of large numbers of skins and other body parts found on couriers.

The park is well staffed and the folk who man the centres and the mandatory guides - one for every vehicle, are knowledgeable of the terrain and some even know the Latin names of most species.

National Park, Ranthambhore VacationsThe tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambore; although it is the one park resident people come to see. We were lucky to see several varieties of birds including these owlets peering through their burrow pictured here on the right and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey.

Other animals in the reserve include leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer.

The main food source for the tiger is the swamp deer like Barasinsga and on occasion the wild buffalo and also wild boar etc. If you wish to stay near the park, the facilities on offer are superb.

The park gates open a half hour before sunrise and close half hour after sunset. The timings are vigorously imposed and no exceptions are made to this rule.

Incredible and enchanting comes close to describe the journey on board thePalace on Wheels India. Each moment of the journey is an experience in itself unraveling the colorful Rajputana Kaleidoscope. The Palace on Wheels itinerary is meticulously crafted to offer you a glimpse of the myriad colors of Rajasthan, once a hodgepodge of Rajput warrior princes.

Palace on Wheels journey will traverse the course of alluring landscape of Rajasthan, a vast and wonder-laced state with treasures more magnificent than those of fables and people as colorful as they get. The itinerary also include a halt in Agra for a sightseeing tour of the spectacular Tah Mahal.

Details of the itinerary have been given below for your perusal:

Day 1 - Delhi

Assemble at Safdarjung Railway Station by 1600hrs for a traditional welcome and to get set for a luxurious Palace on Wheels journey across "the Land of Maharajas" Rajasthan. The train departs at 1830hrs.

Day 2 - Jaipur

You will arrive at the first destination, Jaipur, in the wee hours of the morning. Post breakfast onboard the train, you will be taken around the Jaipur city and to the most significant locations housed here including the City Palace Complex, and the Hawa Mahal. Post lunch visit the Amer Fort (lunch to be served in the fort) and the local markets of Jaipur.

Return to the Palace on Wheels by 18:00 hours for tea and some moments of leisure. Depart for a grand dinner experience awaiting you at the Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur and post-dinner set off for the next location - Sawai Madhopur.

Day 3 - Sawai Madhopur - Chittorgarh
will be exceptionally adventurous for you as on this day you will get a chance to meet the wild animals of the Ranthambore National Park! The greenery, the flora, and the fauna will contribute towards sketching in your mind, unforgettable pictures like never before. Capture images of tigers in their most natural habitat and in great attendance as well. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the jungle lodge and later return to the Palace on Wheels to continue your sojourn to the next destination in line, Chittorgarh.

Post lunch aboard the luxury train, you will go on a sojourn to explore the beauty of the erstwhile fortress town of Chittorgarh. Evening tea and a spectacular light and sound show also waits to entertain you in the fort environs.

Take delight in a lavish dinner experience and return to the train for overnight stay.

Day 4 - Udaipur
You will arrive in Udaipur by 08:00 hours on the 4th day of the Palace on Wheels sojourn. Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in the 15th century and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Visit the city attractions like Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas - Lake Palace, and the Jagdish temple etc. Savor a sumptuous lunch in a heritage hotel and visit the City Palace complex.

Before embarking on your sojourn to Jaisalmer, do make sure that you visit the splendid Crystal Gallery and a boat ride on the lake Pichola as well!

Dinner and overnight stay onboard the train.

Day 5 - Jaisalmer
The train will land you in the city of Jaisalmer in the morning of the 5th day of journey. Post breakfast you can start off your voyage across the city and visit the astonishingly beautiful havelis and mansions including the Patwon ki Haveli, the Nathmalji ki Haveli, and Salim Singh ki Haveli. You can also visit the local markets for their extensive menu of local handicraft products!

Enjoy a delectable lunch in the Hotel Moomal and then depart for sightseeing across the Sam sand dunes. The camel ride and the gorgeous views of the sunset will more than make your day memorable. Dinner and a cultural extravaganza wait to surprise you in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer.

Return to the train for overnight stay and travel down to Jodhpur.

Day 6 - Jodhpur
The train will chug its way through, to the next destination in line, Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for housing a number of majestic monuments in its bosom including the Mehrangarh fort, the Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace. These and several other places you will get a chance to visit on the 6th day of the Palace on Wheels itinerary.

Lunch will be organized for you in a palace hotel to make your sojourn, all the more regal. Later, embark on shopping tours across the markets of Jodhpur city to pick up handicraft items such as embroidered shoes, silverware and tie and dye fabrics.

Dinner and overnight stay aboard the train.

Day 7 - Bharatpur/Agra
The train arrives at Bharatpur by 05:00 hours. Bharatpur is mostly noted for housing the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary and National Park. The huge numbers of migratory bird species that flock to this place every year, make the wildlife environs of Bharatpur all the more special. A trip across the jungles will take almost 3 hours; therefore it will already be 0900 hours by the time you will depart for the next destination - Agra.

Agra is mostly visited for Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Epitomising the love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is visited by all guests visiting India.

After you have traveled around the Agra monuments and the markets (mostly visited for its marble souvenirs, jewelry and leather goods), take delight in a specially organized light and sound show before you halt for dinner in a city hotel. Later, you will embark the luxury train to move back to Delhi, to conclude the trip.

Overnight stay aboard the Palace on Wheels train.

Day 8 - Delhi(Return)
Early morning on the 8th day of the journey, the train will land you in the Safdarjung Railway Station, marking the end of the Palace on wheels trip.

The Palace on Wheels schedule  for the season between January 2012 to December 2013 has been given below for your read through.

Month Departure Dates
February, 2012 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
March, 2012 7, 14, 21, 28
April, 2012 4, 11, 18, 25
September, 2012 5, 12, 19, 26
October, 2012 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November, 2012 7 ,14 , 21, 28
December, 2012 5 , 12, 19 ,26
January, 2013 2 , 9,16 , 23 ,30
February, 2013 6 , 13 , 20 ,27
March, 2013 6 , 13 , 20 , 27
April, 2013 3 , 10 , 17 , 24
September, 2013 4 , 11 , 18 , 25
October, 2013 2 ,  9, 16,  23,  30
November, 2013 6 , 13 , 20 , 27
December, 2013 4, 11, 18, 25


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Mentioned below is the detailed tariff for Palace on Wheels luxury train journey. Along with the Palace on Wheels fare and cost, details of inclusions and exclusions and their terms and conditions are also mentioned below.


Tariff for peak season 2012 - 2013

Occupancy Type Oct 2011 to March 2012
per person per night
Oct 2012 to March 2013
per person per night
Single occupancy  USD 670 USD 770
Twin sharing USD 500 USD 575
Triple sharing USD 450 USD 520


Tariff for off season 2012 - 2013

Occupancy Type April 2012
per person per night
Sept 2012 & Apr 2013
per person per night
Single occupancy  USD 500 USD 575
Twin sharing USD 375 USD 430
Triple sharing  USD 340 USD 390


A few of the significant specifics on the tariff of the Palace on Wheels are as:

  • » A 10% surcharge is to be levied on all Christmas and New Year departures (25th December and 1st January respectively).
  • » Service Tax of 2.58% on the tariff.
  • » Commercial Tax of USD 15 per person is applicable in addition to the tariff.
  • » 10% of the tariff (without beds) for children less than 5 years.
  • » 50% of the tariff for children between 5 and 12 years.


Cost of travel and accommodation, entrance fees at the monuments and palaces, catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner), camel rides at Jaisalmer, boat ride in Udaipur, and rickshaw ride in Bharatpur are a part of the inclusions of the Price of Palace on Wheels.


Drinks, telephones, laundry, video camera fees, and charges of the business car facilities are not included in the tariff.


Booking Policy
Booking Policy adopted by the Palace on Wheels are as follows;


  • » At the time of confirming the booking pay 20% of ticket value.
  • » 60 days prior to departure pay the remaining 80% of ticket value.


Cancelation Policy

Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (FIT) are as:


  • » 95% of ticket value is returned if cancelled 60 days before departure.
  • » 80% of ticket value is returned if cancelled between 45 to 59 days before departure.
  • » 50% of ticket value is returned if cancelled between 30 to 44 days before departure.
  • » 0% of ticket value is returned if cancelled less than 30 days before departure.


Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (for Groups) are as:


  • » 95% of ticket value is returned if cancelled 89 days before departure.
  • » 50% of ticket value is returned if cancelled between 31 to 88 days before departure.
  • » 0% of ticket value is returned if cancelled 30 days before departure.


No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:

  • » No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
  • » En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
  • » Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.


Note: A group of 15 paying persons will be called as group booking. 

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