Cities Covered by Palace on Wheels

Jaipur - "The Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. You can include in your tour,  the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. 

Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.  
You can also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel.

SwaiMadhopur is known for Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary ‑ Rajasthan's 
most renowned wildlife sanctuary, it is 400 sq kms of dry deciduous forest, perfect natural habitat for tigers, and is set in the Aravalli and Vindhya hills, dotted with pavillions and dominated by a hilltop fort. Ranthambore was one of the hunting preserves of the former rulers of Jaipur and because of this the Maharajas ensured the environment was preserved and the forest and their inhabitants well protected. It has a good population of tiger and their prey species, and has been declared a "Project Tiger" reserve. Wildlife includes blue bull, black buck, spotted deer or cheetal, wild boar, a large variety of bird species and, if very lucky, the rarely seen leopard.

Chittorgarh -The Chittor Fort or Chittorgarh is one of the largest forts in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was the capital of Mewar and is today situated in the Chittorgarh town. It sprawls over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct has several historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.

Udaipur is one of India's most romantic cities and famed for its lovely palaces and lakes. Begin by visiting the majestic City Palace, built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenellated fort walls, it is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan standing on a crest overlooking the Pichola Lake. In contrast to its rugged exterior, the inside presents a delicate and feminine world of beauty with lavish use of marble, mirror work, frescoes, wall paintings, a profusion of colored glass, fluted columns, inlay work, silver doors, fountains and gardens.

Close to the City Palace is the Jagdish Temple, which is consecrated to Lord Vishnu. Built in 1651, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. Its walls are decorated with a lavish abundance of marvelous stonemason works on white marble. There are also beautiful wall paintings of the most important Hindu deities.

Continue on to the Garden of Maidens  "Sahelion-ki-bari”, built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter, who had been ill for a long period and the ladies of the Queen’s court. Lotus pools, flowerbeds, lawns, fountains and marble pavilions in Rajputana style, all combine to make it an enchanting place.

Also visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum which houses an exceptional collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls musical instruments and painting. Exhibits at this small museum is also a foundation for the preservation and promotion of local folk arts. 

Jodhpur – was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha who claimed to be a descendent of Lord Rama. He built the Mehrangarh Fort, around this fortress grew the city of Jodhpur. Among Rajasthan's many princely settlements, Jodhpur is one of the most distinctive. This five hundred-year-old settlement was the headquarters of the Rathore Rajputs celebrated for their tales of daring and valor. This princely state is often referred to as "The Blue City".

Afternoon visit the Meherangarh Fort, one of the most impressive fort of Rajasthan offering a panoramic view of the bustling city. The fort has been a witness to the splendour of a bygone era. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstone yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. The Moti Mahal has stained glass windows that create a colorful mosaic with the play of light and shade. Also, visit Jaswant Thada ‑ the Royal Cenotaphs.

Bharatpur is famous for its Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary which is a wonder of the natural world and no less worth seeing than the marble mausoleum of the Taj. Here over 350 species of birds find refuge in the 29 sq kms of shallow lakes & woodlands of the park. A third of them are migrants many of whom winter in Bharatpur before returning to their breeding grounds as far away as Siberia and Central Asia. 

Agra - To the lover of art and to the traveler seeking the wonders of the world, Agra is the goal of a pilgrimage to the creative best: the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.  The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire for nearly a hundred years from 1564.

Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. 

Taj Mahal is the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. The Taj complex comprises a forecourt, a lofty entrance, and a charming formal Mughal garden with canals and a central tank with a series of fountains, the tomb proper, and an attached mosque on the west and its symmetrical counterpart on the east. The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportion and rich pietra dura, with minute details executed with great skill. The building, often styled "a dream in marble" is said to have taken at least 22 years (1631-1653) to build.  


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