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Travelling with the Spirits of Royalty
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India. A bewildering country. A surreal symphony of a thousand different cultures. Inhabited by more than 800 million gentle people... who speak more than one thousand languages and dialects... one of the world's oldest civilisations... and home to some of its most valourous dynasties. Their rise to glory and fall from grace...
We welcome you to an enchanted journey through Indian history. A journey through two of India's most bewitching states.


Gujarat and Rajasthan-states rich with dynastic and cultural history. The region that has seen some of the most ferocious battles and courages kings in Indian history. For students of life, two universities of the past. And for traveller, a close encounter with the oriental mystique. And the journey itself is on a carriage from the past, to make your experience memorable throughout life. An experience on The Royal Orient - the world's most extraordinary experience on rails.


The Royal Orient Express recaptures for you the resplendence of the days of Kings & Queens replicates their safaris and royal visits to neighbouring kingdoms. As a tourist you will experience the mystic cultures of one of world's oldest civilisations, its colourful customs, its bounteous nature, its enduring legends, its mystries.-.and its spirits.


Luxuries of the present ethos of the past

The Royal Orient Express offers you seven days of historic grandeur and regal self-indulgence with numerous sybaritic luxuries of the court recreated in the saloons. The decor tinged with gold dust and an overpowering sense of antiquity, the beauteous elements of traditional arts and crafts, the embroidered elaboration of the curtains, the picturesque carpets, the delicate crockery, and the liveried attendants specially trained to offer you royal service once enjoyed by Kings and Queens... all combine to recreate the past for you. So that, for seven glorious days, you will be Kings and Queens. However, human nature is such that while one might like to feel like a King, one would also like to dine on one's own favourite dishes and desserts, and drink one's favourite cocktail. That's why The Royal Orient Express offers an array of continental. Western and Indian ethnic cuisines for you to choose from, at its quaintly decored restaurant. Its bar, aptly named The Watering Hole', is well-stacked with all known brands of liquor, and the in-house library stocks the latest in fiction and non-fiction.


The Royal Orient Express - The world's most exquisite rail carriage

The Royal Orient Express (TRO) is a luxurious, air-conditioned rail carriage designed for medium and high budget tourists. TRO is a seven day package tour to take a tourist through two of India's dreams -capes of history- Gujarat & Rajasthan.

The Royal Orient has fourteen air-conditioned and splendidly decorated saloons, and two dining cars. Each saloon has a lounge, a kitchenette and four cabins. There is a well equipped toilet with hot and cold baths between two cabins. Each cabin or coupe can accomodate three passengers. Generally two passengers are accomodated in each coupe. There are two attendants on call for each saloon. And there's a lot more. There is an emergency first aid kit on board. Doctor is available on call at the nearest station. 


 

The train manager arranges for emergency or otherwise communication requirements through phone or fax. The train manager is accessible on telecom at any hour of the day. The lounge to be used for sitting and recreation is fitted with TV & VCR. Each cabin has music channel speakers. On demand one can listen to the music of his/her choice through these channel speakers.

TRO has two restaurants which serve a mix of traditional Gujarati, Indian, Chinese and continental food. Breakfast is served in the lounge or in the cabin

itself. The snacks on the menu can be ordered at any hour of the day in the cabin. The kitchenette is nothing but a modern pantry to take care of the passanger's needs for vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks and hot & cold beverages.

The Watering Hole' is stocked with finest of Scotch and Indian malt whiskies and liquors, wines, rum, and vodkas. Beer is also served in the bar which can be ordered in the coupe or in restaurant.

Each saloon is named either after a lost dynasty or after a historical creation of man or nature. Your guide on the train will be able to tell you the interesting stories behind the names of these saloons.

The facilities on board match any three or five star hotel in the international circuit. The train starts from Delhi and goes through all the important places of Gujarat & Rajasthan in seven days and ends its journey in Delhi. It covers Jaipur, Udaipur and Chittaurgarh in Rajasthan, and Junagadh, Veraval (Somnath), Sasan Gir, Ahmedpur Mandvi, Diu, Palitana & Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

The journey starts on every Wednesday afternoon and ends on next Wednesday morning. The train is functional between September to April every year. There is no tour in the months of May, June, July and August due to summers and rains.

Travel Tips (General):

Winter Clothing (from October to February):

A Thick Sweater, a shawl and a scarf or muffler.

Summer Clothing (March and April)

Loose fitting Cottons.

Carry Along:

  • Sufficient Film Rolls (freely available only in

Palitana, Ahmedabad and Jaipur).

  • Caps to deal with the oppressive heat.
  • Sunburn Lotion
  • Walking Shoes
  • Mosquito repellents

Day One (Wednesday) : The start of the journey 
Tea and Dinner on board, The Royal Orient

 

Day Two (Thursday) : Chittaurgarh and Udaipur 
Chittaurgarh : Visit chittaurgarh Fort. Leave for Udaipur. Breakfast on board. Udaipur : Lunch at Hotel. Visit city Palace, Tripolia Gates, Sahelion-ki-Bari (Royal Gardens), and Shilpgram (Craft Village). Leave for Junagadh. Dinner on board

 

Day Three (Friday)  :Junagadh and Veraval 
Ahmedabad : Operational Halt for one hour. Breakfast and Lunch on board. Junagadh : Visit Ashokan Rock Edict of 3rd Century B.C., Darbar Hall Museum, Mausoleum of Navwab Mahabat Khanji. Leave for Veraval. Veraval : Visit Shiva Temple at Somnath. Dinner at Hotel.

 

Day Four (Saturday) : Sasan Gir, Ahmedpur Mandvi and Diu
 Leave for Sasan Gir, Early Breakfast on Board. Sasan Gir : Visit the Lion Sanctuary. Leave for Delwada. Lunch on Board. Delwada : Visit Ahmedpur Mandvi beach and Diu (Fort and St. Paul's Church). Leave for Palitana. Dinner on board

 

Day Five (Sunday) : Palitana and Sarkhej 
Breakfast on board. Palitana : Visit 863 Jain temple atop Shatrunjaya Hills. The 3,572 steps can be climbed or, if you so desire, please use the chairslings arranged for you. Leave for Sarkhej. Lunch on board. Sharkhej : Visit and have dinner at Vishalla village. Proceed to Ahmedabad by bus.

 

Day Six (Monday) : Ahmedabad 
Visit Adalaj sep Well, Gandhi Ashram, Calico Textiles Museum, Hathising Jain Temple, Sidi sayyad's Mosque, and shopping. Lunch at Hotel. Leave for Jaipur. Tea and Dinner on Board

 

Day Seven (Tuesday) : Jaipur - The Pink City 
Jaipur : Visit City palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal. Lunch at Hotel. Visit Amer Fort. Enjoy and elephant ride. Leave for Delhi. Dinner on board.

 

Day Eight (Wednesday) : Journey back to Delhi
Reach Delhi Cannt. Railway Station

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