Photo Essay: Sights, Monuments and Wildlife Parks you will experience during the Palace on Wheels Luxury Train Tour

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Luxury Train Palace on Wheels is an excellent way to see many of the popular north Indian tourist places in comfort, without typical hassles such as dealing with transfers and touts. The excursions are well-planned and cover the important sites, including two national parks and many historical attractions. Passengers come from all over the world, giving the train a cosmopolitan feel.

However, instead of traveling on the train, some people prefer to stay at luxury hotels and hire a car and driver, as it gives them more flexibility. In this regard, people choose Luxury itineraries like Rajasthan Luxury Travel with Taj and Oberoi Hotels (14 Days), India Getaway Delhi to Mumbai in 15 Days, Highlights of Rajasthan in 10 Days

If you’re traveling in the winter months, from November to February, be sure to bring warm clothing (including hats and gloves) to wear on safari at the national parks. Mornings are cold and transport at the parks is open-air.
 

Route and Itinerary

The Palace on Wheels runs from September to April each year. It stops during the very hot and monsoon months.

The train departs Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi. It visits Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur (for Ranthambore National Park), Chittorgarh fort, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra (for the Taj Mahal).

The lovely Lake Pichola in udaipur

The lovely Lake Pichola glitters under the simmering sun, inviting visitors to get on the tour boats to see the City Palace while floating on the lake. © Mikecphoto


the Jaisalmer Fort

A woman walks by the many traditional Rajasthani pieces of fabric on sale outside the sandstone walls of the Jaisalmer Fort. © Don Mammoser


Visitors at the street market in Jodhpur

Visitors at the street market in Jodhpur Rajasthan, checking out the many folk-style articles on display ranging from bangles to necklaces to clothes. © f9photos


a horse carriage on the streets of Jodhpur

A pair of grandfather and grandson riding in a horse carriage on the streets of Jodhpur, the second largest city in Jodhpur. © Don Mammoser


Rural women

Rural women with jugs of water on their head walking back home; Rajasthan has an acute shortage of water during summer months and villagers have to get water for daily use from natural springs. © Kijja Pruchyathamkorn


Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur

A Rajasthani man dressed in traditional attire, looking out of the regal Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions. © Matyas Rehak


street of jodhpur city

The view of a street in the blue city of Jodhpur; given the extreme heat in the state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur resorted to painting all houses blue to counter the heat. © costas anton dumitrescu


Chittorgarh Fortress

A tourist standing next to the Kirti Stambh (The Tower of Glory) dating back to the 12th century of Chittorgarh Fortress – the largest in Rajasthan. © Radiokafka


Jama Masjid in delhi

A shot of the Jama Masjid, Asia’s largest mosque with a crowd of devotees, as taken from the silhouetted front doorway. © Wan Fahmy Redzuan


amber fort in jaipur

A snake charmer at Alt Jaipur; Snake charming is an old tradition of India and it can be seen in smaller cities and villages on the roadside. © Anyamay


Mehrangarh fort

Two men dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire demonstrate how to tie a pagdi, a kind of turban, to the visitors at the Mehrangarh fort. © Pikoso.kz


Jantar Mantar in jaipur

Visitors explore the observatory at Jantar Mantar, a structure imitating a giant sun-clock built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century. © Angelo Giampiccolo


the Red Fort in Agra

A group of visitors walking through the ginormous lanes of the Red Fort in Agra in Uttar Pradesh, the backdrop to which is the world-renowned Taj Mahal. © Jorg Hackemann


taj mahal in agra

Visitors walk through the Great Gate, the primary entrance to the great Mughal monument that symbolises love: Taj Mahal in Agra. © Paul Prescott


gir mahal in agra fort

A pair of visitors snap away shots of one of the many smaller fortifications within the walled city structure of Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century. © maodoltee


red fort in delhi

The Red Fort in Delhi is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site; the mughal architectural structure is at the centre of the city, right next to Chandni Chowk. © Yavuz Sariyildiz


Humayun in Delhi,

The entrance to the Tomb of Humayun in Delhi, a structure modeled after the recognisable Taj Mahal, but made in red sandstone instead of white marble. © Tatiana Dyuvbanova


Tuk-tuks on the streets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi

Tuk-tuks on the streets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, are a popular means of commuting for short distances given they are both cheap and eco-friendly. © Roman Malanchuk


qutab minar in delhi

The Qutab Minar towering at a height of 73 metres, against the backdrop of a beautifully cloudy sky as a plane flies by. © Rahul Sapra


The City Palace in Jaipur,

The City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan was constructed in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, when he moved his court from Amber to Jaipur. © DeGe Photos


the Amer Fort

A shot of the Amer Fort from behind two of the many turrets, which witness more than five thousand visitors walk into the fort every single day. © Rolf_52


Agrasen ki Baoli, in delhi

Tourists exploring Agrasen ki Baoli, an ancient structure meant for water preservation in the capital, located on Hailey Road next to the busy junction of Connaught Place. © ABIR ROY BARMAN


amber fort in jaipur

A tourist riding on the elephant back, entering the landmark hill fort of Amer in Jaipur in proper royal fashion. © Amlan Mathur


hawa mahal in jaipur

Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, is another very popular monument of the Pink City, Jaipur right on the busy street and a mere four minute walk from the Jantar Mantar. © Nila Newsom


A street in Jaipur,

A street in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s largest city; with all structures in the same pink sandstone that is signature to the city and justifies its name of the Pink City. © Phuong D. Nguyen


a clothes market in Jaipur

The view of a clothes market in Jaipur where city dwellers and tourists often go to buy traditional Indian outfits, from Rajasthan and other parts of the country. © Fotos593


the city of Chittorgarh

A group of young children pose welcomingly outside a traditional house in the city of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan. © Christophe Cappelli


the old Chittorgarh Fort

An aerial shot of the old Chittorgarh Fort which was once the capital of Mewar, and is now recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. © Nomad1988


the Lake Pichola in Udaipur

Tourists enjoy a boat ride on the Lake Pichola in Udaipur, looking over the city and its heritage sights, such as the City Palace. © Dmitry Rukhlenko


Udaipur’s city market

A shot of the spice shop at Udaipur’s city market with spices such as Dry Red Chillies, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, and other traditional Indian spices on display. © Pierre Jean Durieu


street market in the city of Udaipur

A busy street market in the city of Udaipur which is loved by national and international tourists, with people, tuk-tuks, and shops. © mikecphoto


A young street snack vendor in Udaipur

A young street snack vendor in Udaipur selling the beloved street snack, Bhelpuri and its many renditions by the peaceful Lake Pichola. © Kamila Koziol


local jewelry shop in the busy city of Jaisalmer

Earrings, necklaces, and hair ornaments on display at a local jewelry shop in the busy city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. © stesilvers


Thar Desert in Jaisalmer

A young tourist sitting on the beautifully textured sand dunes of Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. © Don Mammoser


sun set in desert

Camel drivers walk back home as the sun sets upon the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer casting a lovely orange hue across the sands. © Andrey Armyagov


The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur,

The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan that dates back to the mid 15th century, and has thick walls with intricate carvings which house several palaces inside. © Gameoflight


Jaswant Thada Mausoleum in the city of Jodhpur

The popular Jaswant Thada Mausoleum in the city of Jodhpur, often referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mewar, is a white marble cenotaph dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. © Sharad Raval


Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur,

Tourists look out for the fauna in Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, India while on a cycle rickshaw ride. © Don Mammoser


Sarus crane in ghana national park in bharatpur

A pair of Sarus crane or Grus antigone grazing in the wetland in Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, unaware of the camera. © Sourabh Bharti


scenic Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur,

A painted stork of the genus Mycteria Leucocephala, as spotted in the scenic Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. © Sourabh Bharti


The Anguri Bagh in agra fort

The Anguri Bagh courtyard with its formal charbagh-style, or four part, garden in front of the Khas Mahal in Agra Fort. © AlexAnton


taj mahal

Visitors at the Taj Mahal, perhaps India’s most recognisable historical monument dating back to 1632, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. © Don Mammoser


the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan

Tourists take a ride in an open truck across the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan on the lookout for wild beasts such as the likes of leopards and tigers. © Salvador Aznar


The Umaid Bhawan Palace

The Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of India’s largest private residences and partly owned by Taj Hotels, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. © Mario Savoia / Dreamstime


the Mehrangarh Fort

A tourist looking at a display of swords at the Mehrangarh Fort built circa 1459 by Rao Jodha – namesake of the city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. © Donyanedomam / Dreamstime


the Mehrangarh Fort in jodhpur

A majestic view of the Maharaja Walkway at the Mehrangarh Fort situated 123 metres above sea level in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. © Ramillah / Dreamstime


the Great Indian Desert

A tourist in Jaisalmer enjoying a camel ride in the Thar desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert – the largest in the Indian subcontinent. © Ninlawan Donlakkham / Dreamstime


he grand Jaisalmer Fort

The grand Jaisalmer Fort also known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan, is entirely made of yellow limestone and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. © Roop Dey / Dreamstime


of the city of Jaisalmer, also known as “The Golden City”,

A bird’s eye view of the city of Jaisalmer, also known as “The Golden City”, located 575 kilometres west of the state capital Jaipur in Rajasthan. © Mubarak Khan / Dreamstime


the Grand Old City of Jaisalmer

Street musicians in their traditional attire at the gates of the Grand Old City of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. © Edwardje / Dreamstime


The City Palace in udaipur

The City Palace in all its glory, built by the Mewar dynasty in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan. © Borisgelman84 / Dreamstime


the City Palace of Udaipur,

Exquisite sandstone sculptures dating to the 15th century at the City Palace of Udaipur, Rajasthan. © Letloose78 / Dreamstime


traditional style wall painting in udaipur

A traditional style wall painting depicting the scene of a royal procession plastered on an old wall in Udaipur, Rajasthan. © Anna Artamonova / Dreamstime


a tuk tuk in the city of Udaipur

Locals enjoying a ride on the back of a tuk tuk in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan which is their primary means of intra city commute. © Christophe Cappelli / Dreamstime


the walls of the citadel in Chittorgarh,

The vibrant rose-ringed parakeet, named after its distinctive red nose, perched on the walls of the citadel in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. © Rene Drouyer / Dreamstime


stone carvings of the Chittorgarh Fort

Lemurs sit on the majestic stone carvings of the Chittorgarh Fort depicting Hindu Gods and scenes from mythological stories. © Jarnogz / Dreamstime


ruined old fort

The ruined Citadel of the Maurya Dynasty, dating back to the 7th Century outside the Chittorgarh stone fortress against a bright blue sky. © Rene Drouyer / Dreamstime


carved stones at the Chittorgarh Fort

The front-face view of an ancient Hindu temple built of carved stones at the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. © Ramillah / Dreamstime


Masala Chai at the Jaipur

Rajasthani men dressed in their traditional attire, preparing Masala Chai at the Jaipur Literature Festival which is the world’s largest literary festival with free access to participants. © Radiokafka / Dreamstime


veg & non veg food

North-Indian delicacies of Fish Tikka, Chicken Tikka, and fried Potato Patty served with a traditional green chilli, mint, and yoghurt based sauce. © Rahul Kumar / Dreamstime


the Ranthambhore National Tiger

A leopard spotted by the lake drinking water by tourists on a safari at the Ranthambhore National Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. © Shardran / Dreamstime


Royal Bengal Tiger in ranthambore national park

A graceful Royal Bengal Tiger strutting through the jungle, its stripes camouflaging it amidst the tree trunks and branches at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. © Vladimir Cech / Dreamstime


Sambar deer, crocodile, and storks

Sambar deer, crocodile, and storks on the banks of a water body in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. © EPhotocorp / Dreamstime


sun sets outside the Amer Fort,

As the sun sets outside the Amer Fort, it casts a pink and violet light over the structure, which is also lit artificially at the time of dusk. © Sitaretravels EPhotocorp / Dreamstime


The Amer Fort in jaipur

Located high on a hill, The Amer Fort has several Hindu Rajputana-style artistic elements to its architecture and adornments, and it is the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur. © Letloose78 / Dreamstime


Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in delhi

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is a Sikh place of worship open to people of all classes, castes, religions, communities, genders, or political affiliations seeking peace and the Guru’s blessings. © MrFly / Dreamstime


Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi

Pilgrims sit on the floor alongside each other, renouncing social differences, while eating a meal at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi. © Abhishek Saini / Dreamstime


the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in delhi

An admirer places a wreath of marigold flowers on the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi – Father of the Nation, at Rajghat. © Jasmina / Dreamstime


Humayun’s Tomb in Delh

The fountain flourishes outside Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi which was designed by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, and was commissioned by Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. © Vikramchandoria / Dreamstime


The Rashtrapati Bhavan in delhi

The Rashtrapati Bhavan located on the western end of Rajpath in the capital city Delhi is the official home of the President of India. © Anna Artamonova / Dreamstime


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