Subject: Re: Palace on Wheels
Hi Sharon and Ziners! I recently returned from a wonderful and exciting trip to Northern India. As part of this experience, I did spend four days and nights aboard the Palace on Wheels and did enjoy the experience. The Palace of Wheels is quite lovely. The cars are modeled from the original Maharaja rail cars. Each car has four rooms and a small lounge to share. Each car also has its own bathroom. There is one full time attendant for each car plus another shared between every two cars.

The service on the Palace on Wheels is magnificent! Such kind, sweet attendants, and always ready to do anything to make you happy. Each morning begins with a gentle wake up knock and a cup or coffee or tea, as you request. They prepare a full breakfast each morning, served in individual lounges. Lunch and dinner is either served in one of the two elegant dining cars or at a special hotel, restaurant or palace in the town where the train stops for the day. There is also a lounge/bar car.

The train travels through Rajasthan mostly at night. For the full week, it departs from and returns to Delhi. Four nights is the minimum and this is what we did. We joined the train in Jaisalmer and left in Agra.

We were part of a group, so while on the train we were a small group within a group. Each day is a new and exciting adventure, visiting all the main points of interest and also enjoying many experiences such as riding elephants up to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, optional camel riding in the deserts of Jaisalmer, visiting palaces and forts, etc. throughout Rajasthan. It is a fun, exciting and elegant adventure.

For us, the only downside was sleeping. We didn't when the train moved at night, jerking forward, abruptly coming to a quick stop, bouncing rom side to side on the rails, etc. One night we were stationary and that was the only good night's sleep we had. Others in our group had no problem and slept through each night. I understand that some people are unhappy about the small cabins, but we didn't have a problem with this once we figured out how to arrange luggage, etc. Others feel too confined for a week, but as we were only on for part of a week, we didn't find this. In fact, had I been able to sleep better, I would have enjoyed the full week rather than moving from hotel to hotel. Would I do it again? Definitely! Wonderful experience! Regards to all, Judy San Carlos, CA (between San Francisco and Palo Alto)