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

By Mini Agarwal

The best way to visit many of northern India’s most popular tourist sites is by taking a train ride on the luxurious Palace on Wheels. Not only can you enjoy the comfort of traveling without any transfers, you will also be free of typical headaches like traffic jams, crowds etc. Excursions are carefully planned to include numerous monuments, and also cover visits to two national reserves. The train is popular with tourists from all over, so you will meet people from many different parts of the world.There are, however, visitors how prefer sleeping over in luxury accommodation and hiring a private vehicle with a driver to give them more flexibility. Many opt for luxury trips like the Rajasthan Luxury Travel with Taj and Oberoi Hotels, India Getaway Delhi to Mumbai in 15 Days, or Highlights of Rajasthan in 10 Days.

During the colder winter season from September through April you will need warm clothing, as well as hats and gloves, especially when on safari in open top vehicles in the national parks. The mornings can be quite chilly.


Route and Itinerary

The luxury Palace on Wheels is only operational from September through April every year and does not run during the hot monsoon months.

Departures are on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm from the Safdarjung Station in Delhi. The train visits the following places: Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and the Ranthambore National Park, Chittorgarh Fort, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur as well as Agra and the Taj Mahal.


Photo Essay Palace on Wheels Luxury Train Tour

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. ©

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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