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Ranthambore(Sawai Madhopur)
Arrival In Sawai Madhopur
The Palace on Wheels reaches Sawai Madhopur at 04.00 hrs. After breakfast, tourists are taken for a visit to the attractions in and around Sawai Madhopur.

About Sawai Madhopur
Named after its founder Sawai Madho Singh I, Sawai Madhopur is one of the most visited places in Rajasthan. The reason for this is the variety of attractions that are available here to enjoy. It is a gateway to discover the magnificent Ranthambore fort and the exotic wildlife of Ranthambore National Park.

Morning Sightseeing
Ranthanbore National Park - Ranthambore National Park is one of the best wildlife destinations in India to view the Tigers. The place was declared a National Park in the year 1955 and was later included in the Projact Tiger in 1973. Occupying an area of around 400 sq km, the park is situated between the Aravalli and Vindhya Ranges. The deciduous forest of the Ranthambore National Park also provides shelter to other animals and reptiles like Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles and Indian Pythons. There are also 272 species of birds to be seen in the park.

Ranthambore Fort» Ranthambore Fort - Ranthambore National Park is not only famous for its exotic wildlife. It also holds the distinction of being a World Heritage Site because of the numerous historical ruins that are located inside the park. Prominent among these is the Ranthambore fort. Initially a hunting lodge for the Maharana of Jaipur, the fort has pavilions, walls and chhatris majestic monuments. Though all these are not in a very good condition, still they are worth seeing. An important attraction within the fort is the Ganesha Temple which till date attracts a number of devotees.

» Shopping - Sawai Madhopur is famous for its for bandhani and lahariya, block printed textiles, silver jewellery, antique furniture, wood, metal handicrafts, carpets, exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. Quickly pick up quiet a few items of your choice from the local markets.

Back to Palace on Wheels
The train departs for Chittaurgarh at 10.30 hrs. Lunch is served on board at 13.00 hrs.

Arrival In Chittaurgarh
The train arrives at Chittaurgarh at about 16.00 hrs

About Chittaurgarh
Chittaurgarh FortOne of the most important places in Rajasthan, Chittaurgarh is a place where the Rajput rulers laid down there life everytime foreign aggressors tried to overpower it. The earliest settlement in this place is traced back to around some 1400 years back. However, the place shot into prominence when Ala-ud-din Khilji set his eyes on Rani Padmini. To possess her, he attacked Chittaurgarh but his attempts were turned futile by the Rani who, along with many other women and children, committed sati. This was the first major attack on Chittaurgar. The rest two followed soon.

Evening Sightseeing
» Chittaurgarh Fort - Chittaurgarh fort is the standing reminder of the bravery of the Rajput rulers who preferrd to die defending their territory rather than live a life of subjugation and humiliation. The fort saw three massive invasion that led to the death of not only fighting warriors but also the royal women. These women, like the warriors, felt that death was a better option than humilation at the hands of foreign invaders. The fort itself is perched on a hill, around 150 metres above the nearby areas and covers an area of 3 km in length.

Back to Palace on Wheels
Tourists are brought back to the Palace on Wheels. Dinner is served on board.


Udaipur
Departure from Chittaurgarh and Arrival In Udaipur

The Palace on Wheels leaves Chittaurgarh at 05.30 in the morning and reaches Udaipur in 07.30 hrs. After breakfast, the tourists are taken to explore the city of Udaipur.
Lake Palace - Udaipur
About Udaipur
Sprawling over an area of around 37 sq kms, Udaipur is completely dissimilar to other barren places of Rajasthan. Its beautiful location in the middle of a forested hill region gives it an apperance of an oasis in the desert region. The beauty of the city that is reflected in its every nook and corner has earned it the sobriquet of the 'City of Dawn.' Its historical significance is amply understood by the fact that it was declared the capital of the Mewar kingdom (Sisodia dynasty) immediately after it was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD.

Today, notwithstanding the interests of the tourists, Udaipur is loved by one and all. The attractions within the city ensure that the guests do not go back disappointed. The enchanting surroundings leave the visitors completely spellbound.

Morning Sightseeing
» Lake Palace - Situated right in the middle of the Lake Pichola, on the Jag Niwas Island, the Lake Palace is a visual delight. Constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh in the year 1754, the palace gives a momentary impression of a palace floating on the water. The white marble of which the palace is built glows like a jewel with golden sun rays falling on it during the daytime. However, the glittering beauty of the palace is best seen in the evening when the setting sun and rising moon lends it a unique charm of its own. The reflection in the water is awesome. Today, the Lake Palace has been converted into a heritage hotel as such enjoying its beauty has become all the more easier for the tourists.

Jag Mandir
» Jag Mandir - A Palace is situated on another island of Lake Pichola. Its construction was started by Maharaj Jagat Singh but it was completed by Maharaja Karan Singh. Karan Singh gave this palace to prince Khurram, son of emperor Jehangir, as a place to hide from his father. Within the palace, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Jagdish. The name Jag Mandir is derived from the name of Lord Jagdish.

» Lunch - Have your lunch at the Lake Palace hotel.

Post Lunch Sightseeing
» City Palace - The City Palace towers over Lake Pichola and was built by Maharan Udai Singh. However, many successors of the Maharana also added their own structures in this palace complex. The entrance to the palace is through the Hati Pol or the Elephant Gate. The interiors of the palace is exqusitely decorated with mirror work, glass work, and colourful murals. From outside, the beauty of this white marble palace is tremendously enhanced by well laid out lawns and gardens. A major part of the palace, today serves as a museum that showcases artifacts from the bygone era.

» Crystal Gallery - The Crystal Gallery is an awe inspiring collection of crystal items - from washing bowls, decanters and perfume bottles to tables, sofa sets, dinning table, dressers, fountains and even beds. Located in the Fateh Prakash Palace, these crystal items were a dream possesion of Maharana Sajjan Singh. It was he, who ordered these items from the F&C Osler, England. Unfortunately, his sudden death deprived him the pleasure of seeing these glittering art work. Today, these crystal goods are showcased for the visitors in the Crystal Gallery. Needless to mention that the beauty of this gallery collection is simply outstanding.

Back to Palace on Wheels
After a day full of sightseeing, tourists are brought back to the Palace on Wheels. The luxury train proceeds towards Bharatpur at 20.00hrs. Dinner is served on board.



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