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Day 3: Sawai Madhopur Experience with palace on wheel train tour…

Posted on August 4th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Next day, we reached in Sawai Madhopur where one can sense a life of the wilderness. This city was named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh. We had our breakfast and moved towards Ranthambhor National Park. Here we saw some of the ruins of a 10th century fort.

This wildlife century is best for closely observing the activities of the tiger. Sprawled across an area of 392 sq. km the park is home to around 300 species of birds. We got to see tiger, hyena, jackal, fox and other many carnivorous here. My wife is fond of photography, so she could not help herself and took some photographers of tigers.

After taking our lunch on Palace-on-Wheels, we left for Chittorgarh. We were delighted to watch the colourful countryside of the place. Then we saw the Chittorgarh fort, which is witness of the  valour and chivalry of the warriors during battles. We also visited palaces like

Fateh Prakash Palace, Queen Padmini’s Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace which were within the fort. The fort also houses the popular Kirti Stambh and the Vijay Stambh. In Chittorgarh, we also came across some shopping items like tie & dye sarees, lac work articles & bangles and leather & embroidered shoes.

 

Keeping in mind the memories of Chittorgarh, we reached back to the train and had our dinner while discussing about the place. Thinking of the legends of  honour and pride of Udaipur, we went to bed.

 

Day 4: Visiting Udaipur, Jewel of Mewar

The day began with Udaipur, where we reached after having our breakfast. Udaipur is also popularly known as the Lake City. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar. We were excited to see the dream palaces- the Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir, which were built of marble.

These beautiful palaces seem to rise from the water of Pichhola lake.

After having our lunch, a visit was arranged to the City Palace. The palace was enriched with aesthetic and visionary work of art miniature paintings. These represent the lavish lifestyle of the ancient rulers.

Other attractions of Udaipur which we visited include Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Jagdish Temple and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is a small ornamental garden which has many fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants.

Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, the Jagdish Temple is the largest temple here. It houses a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and an image of Garuda which is made up of brass.

While visiting this Indian folk arts museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, we got to catch some interesting exhibits. These include folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks and folk musical instruments. After enjoying amazing puppet show here, we came back to the train.

 

To be continued…..

Palace on Wheel Train Tour – An Euphoric way to Explore Indian Heritage

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off

India, the kaleidoscopic land is known throughout the world for its unique cultural, natural, regional, religious and geographical diversities. I always dreamed to explore incredible beauty of India in a royal manner. I have heard and read about this mesmerizing land several times which inflamed my curiosity of India visit. Basically I belong from Australia so I have planned my India tour during vacations and fortnight Christmas vacation was the most ideal time.

After lot of internet surfing I decided that Palace on Wheel Train Tour is the most royal and regal way to explore enchanting and heritage destinations of India. This train tour is the best way to feel the glory of Indian royalty and experience the interwoven charm of India scenic beauty and cultural heritage.

While booking Palace on Wheel train tour I contacted several India tour operators but the most affordable rate was provided to me by the Caper Travel Company Pvt. Ltd. I with my wife arrived Delhi a night before our luxurious journey was to begin. On the morning via complementary taxis courtesy of the Taj we reached the Delhi cantonment station where we have to embark our journey.

When we arrived the station we were received by the attendants of Palace of Wheel (POW). They garland us and apply the large red mark on our foreheads. This is a way in Indian culture to welcome guests.

Palace on Wheels is the epitome of luxury and comfort which beckons you to travel back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. It is one of the most luxurious trains in the world reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. This train was once the personal railway coaches of the Maharajas of the princely states of Rajasthan, Gujrat and the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Every Wednesday, from September to April, 14 carriages Palace on Wheel leave New Delhi and make their way westwards into the deserted land of Rajasthan. The enchanting journey of 7 nights/ 8 days covers Jaipur (the Pink city), Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ramthambhor National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur (the city of Lakes), the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and the symbol of love and romance, Agra, before returning to Delhi, the capital of India.

The 14 air-conditioned saloons of this train are equipped with all the facilities to ensure a comfortable time in the train. The elegant furnishings are specially created to appease the travellers with an imperial feel. I like everything at the first glance. The lounge is nice and cozy, and the cabin too. Here we met our cabin stewards Hari Nath and Sambhu. These guys will be at our service for the entire 7 days. Sambhu provides us all the basic information about this train and its time table. He narrated it so nicely that we don’t required to ask again regarding anything.

The Maharaja and the Maharani are the two restaurant where you can gorge on a variety of Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes. There is a bar too where you can taste several Indian and International alcohol brands.

Day 2 – Jaipur
The highlight of today is the sprawling Amber fort and palace complex which is reached by a twenty minute elephant ride through a cobblestones and snaky pathways. It was the thrilling ride which gave us a majestic feeling of royalty. The fort is the architectural splendor made up of white marble and red sandstone. Maharaja Man Singh constructed this fort by combining the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. This fort is known worldwide for its architectural beauty, exterior as well as interior decorations, frescoes, paintings and murals based on various themes. Intricate carvings, mosaic work and minute mirror work are the most charismatic features of this imposing structure. The other captivating chambers of this fort are Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam and Ganesh Pol which will surely leaves you spellbound.

Other such arresting historic establishments which I visited in Jaipur were:

City Palace

Once the abode of the erstwhile rulers, City Palace is an outstanding architectural piece reflecting a perfect blend of the traditional Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. Done to perfection, the interiors of the palace are adorned with mesmerizing mirror work and beautiful paintings. The courtyards, gardens and structures of the Palace have their own unique charm. Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza is the fabulous gateway of the palace which is adorned with stone elephants. The other well known attractions of this fort are Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Aam, Chandra Mahal, Chavi Nivas, Badal Maha Shobha Nivas.

 

Jantar Mantar

This is among the five astronomical observatories of India which was constructed by Maharajah Jai Singh II in between 1727 to 1734. It was used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits and determining the celestial altitudes of various heavenly bodies. The grand construction of this structure will surely a true feast for visitors eye.
Soon I will share my Day 3: Sawai Madhopur …