This amazing trip kept me very busy, as I did so many things and saw so
much beauty; Palace On Wheels was far beyond what I imagined. I explored
the breathtaking land of majestic Rajasthan and at the same time
rejoiced in the glory of royal luxuries.
My First Stop
Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur was the first stop of the
Palace On Wheels. After having breakfast on board, I along with my
fellow passengers embarked on the deluxe bus to explore every corner of
I got an in-depth information while touring Jaipur. It was built by a
sovereign, somewhere around eighteenth century. Apart from the
beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and
marvelous heritage hotels, Jaipur's colorful bazaars(market) delighted
me with its timeless beauty. I was specially attracted towards the wide
variety of Rajasthani hand looms and trinkets, not to mention the
ambling camels and cheerful people in multi colored outfits.
After having our lunch at Rambagh Palace, we further went to discover
places such as Hawa Mahal, Amber fort and many others, which were silent
witness of a glorious era. At the end of this hectic day, the luxury
train was ready to take us to yet another glorious destination,
On Friday, the third day, Palace-On-Wheels arrived at Jaisalmer. The
name Jaisalmer, still evokes in my mind, an intense memory of the
brilliant Thar desert. I was totally enamored by the golden rays of the
setting sun. I was amazed at the extensively designed forts with their
elaborate facades and was smitten by the beauty and complex designs of
the jewelry, crafts and architecture of this place.
How can I forget the exhilarating experience of a camel ride on the
golden sand dunes at Sam, followed by evening tea. I visited to almost
all the places of Jaisalmer, but the surprise package of this visit was
unfolded during the night. We were served a safari dinner under the
stars, at a campsite and the cuisine consisted of some of the world's
best delicacies. After our sumptuous dinner, we came back to the train
to resume our journey to the next destination, Jodhpur.
Jodhpur turned out to be a very distinctive place, with its impressive
battlegrounds, various forts, especially the insurmountable Mehrangarh
Fort. We had our lunch at the largest art-deco residence in the world,
Umaid Bhawan Palace. After relaxing a bit at Umaid Bhawan Palace, we
departed from this lovely place to yet another destination.
I remember the thrill, I was acquainted with, when I had my first site
of Sawai Madhopur. After breakfast, we had a chance to visit the world
renowned Ranthambhor National Park, located amidst the imposing ruins of
a 10th century fort. I was extremely attracted towards the lakes and
many perennial streams, criss-crossing the entire park. I was just
wandering here & there, when suddenly I saw one of the most amazing
animal on this earth, Tiger. After enjoying a jeep safari and the ethnic
flavor of local cuisine, we returned back to Palace On Wheels.
At the time I reached Udaipur, I had become a pretty good photographer,
as I captured everything that came on my way. We were informed on the
train that our next destination was very beautiful & is famously
known as the "City of Palaces". So, my expectation new no
bound,and I prepared myself to watch all those beautiful palaces and
lakes. The most enchanting spots that I enjoyed in Udaipur were the
marble palaces that seemed to float in the middle of lake. It was
certainly a perfect day.
Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra
My next destination was one of the finest bird parks in the world,
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. I had one in a lifetime chance to watch unique
migratory birds of several species including cranes, pelicans, geese,
ducks, etc. Apart from birds, I also watched some interesting animals
such as Sambar, Nilgai and boar. After Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary we
visited the place which most of the foreign travelers perceives
synonymous with India. Its none other than Agra, the city of magnificent
Taj Mahal. The moment I saw Taj Mahal, its magnificence and aesthetic
beauty left me speechless. No doubt, this majestic construction is
invariably included in the list of the world's foremost wonders.
We then visited Fatehpur Sikri, the imperial city of the Mughal
dynasty. It is very difficult to express the architectural grandeur of
this city as one can only experience the aura of these forts. As this
was the last destination, it was the end of a splendid and enchanting
journey. When we reached back to Delhi, it was a time to say goodbye to
all my fellow passengers and return back to the world of reality.