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The Royal Orient , Vacations & Group Discounts
The Royal Orient, brainchild of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and the Indian Railways, is a thirteen-saloon air-conditioned train with vestibule facilities. It runs through the exotic states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, opening vistas of history and splendor to those who board it. Each saloon boasts four large comfortable coupes with adjoining washroom facilities and a lounge fitted with a television and video recorder. A liveried attendant is on call throughout the day and night and service is accompanied by a warm smile. Broad beds (only the lower bunks are used, two to a couple), with adequate storage facilities, welcome you to the cabin. Running hot and cold water ensures a refreshing bath at the end of a day of sight seeing.

The itinerary is conveniently drawn up; one can Tour through the night and take in the sights during the day. The food en route is cordon bleu and the helpings a glutton's delight. Specially trained chefs toss up exotic oriental and European cuisine, varying the menu with each meal to ensure that no dish is repeated during the trip. Meals are served in two rather natty dining cars, the Sasan Gir and the Velavadar. The former, with mud-plastered paneling studded with pieces of embedded colored glass, recreates a rural ambiance as you savour your chicken Mughlai and vegetable biryani. One also the option of consuming the Almond Soup and Fish Florentine in the more staid surroundings of a Raj gymkhana dining saloon in the other dining car. The journey covers three major locations in Rajasthan - Chittaurgarh, Udaipur and Jaipur. The 7th century Fort at Chittaurgarh, sprawling over seven hundred acres, is redolent with history as is the Rana Kumbha Palace and the romance ridden Zenana Mahal where the invader Ala-ud-din Khilji glimpsed the beautiful princess Padmini with gory consequences. The picturesque city of Udaipur and the tourist haven of Jaipur offer great photo opportunities at the Ranakpur Jain Temple, the Amer Fort, the Hawa Mahal and the City Palace.

Enter Gujarat however, and one is given a glimpse into the little traversed but immensely awe-inspiring beauty of this unique state. The beautiful Sun Temple at Modhera, built in the 11th century, is an architectural wonder, with a beautiful tank in its front yard. The breathtaking Rani-ki-Vav nearby, a step-well built by the aesthetically inclined Solanki rulers in the 11th century, has some delicately executed sculptures of deities and their attendants. The impression that these celestial figures might at any moment come to life stays with one, even after leaving the site for the coach journey back to the Royal Orient.

Sultan Ahmed Shah founded the city of Ahmedabad in 1411. Unlike any other city in the country, Ahmedabad boasts of a cross section of the finest architectural heritage within its city limits, from Indo-Saracenic to Muslim to le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. The serene ambiance of the Gandhi Ashram where the Father of the Nation commenced his final struggle for the country's independence and the aesthetically displayed collection of precious textiles at the Calico Museum make this stop of the tour very special.

No journey into Gujarat is complete without stopping to view its rich wild life. The sole habitat of the Asian lion makes the trip to the Gir Forest filled with adventure while for those craving for sun and sand, the evening spent at Ahmedpur Mandvi proves supremely satisfying. To throw in a rich dose of piety on a journey of leisure is indeed a bonus. Few visitors to the 863 Jain Temples snuggling at the peak of the Shatrunjaya Hills at Palitana can return without a touch of divinity within them. A mind-boggling 3572 steps lead one to near nirvana, an effort worth the making. The trip aboard the Royal Orient ends at Jaipur after seven delightful days of exploring some of the most beautiful and vibrant parts of India.
Suggested travel itinerary / Places to visit:

Day1 - Wednesday - Delhi Cantt.
You start your memorable journey on the Royal Orient at Delhi Cantt. Railway station, in the evening at 15.00 hrs. You are served with tea and Dinner on board and stay on luxury train, overnight.

Day2 - Thursday - Chittaurgarh / Udaipur
Arrival: 05.30 hrs. Departure 09.15 hrs
After arriving at Chittorgarh in the morning you are ready to visit the famous Chittorgarh Fort and come back to the train for breakfast. Then depart for Udaipur and have your lunch in a hotel there. After lunch you start up your sightseeing tour around Udaipur. Here you visit City Palace, boating in lake Pichola, see Shilpgram- a craft village- and Royal Gardens. Then you come back to the Royal Orient and leave for Mehsana.

Day3 - Friday - Mehsana / Ahmedabad / Junagarh / Veraval
After reaching Mehsana in Gujarat in the morning, you are ready to visit graceful destinations of Mehsana and Ahmedabad. You visit the Sun Temple at Modhera, the Rani ki Vav and the Patola weaving Center at Patan. In Ahmedabad you have lunch at a hotel. Here you visit the Adalaj Vav, Sidi Sayyad Mosque, Calico Textile Museum, and Gandhi Ashram. In Junagarh you visit Ashokan Rock Edict of 3rd century B.C., Darbar Hall Museum and Mausoleum of Nawab Mahabat Khan. After reaching at Veraval you visit famous Somnath temple situated on the shore of the Arabian Sea.

Day4 - Saturday - Sasangir / Ahmedpur / Mandvi
After having your breakfast on board you leave for a tour of the Gir Lion sanctuary, where you can spot the famous Asiatic Lion. Then you are taken to Delwada from where you can go to see and enjoy the natural beauty of famous Ahmedpur-Mandvi beach, Diu Fort and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Day5 - Sunday - Palitana / Sarkhej
After arriving at Palitana you are ready to visit the Jain temples at Shatrunjaya Hills. Then you start your journey for Sarkhej and here you visit Vishalla village. Then you have your dinner at a hotel and return to the train to stay overnight as it travels to Udaipur.

Day6 - Monday - Udaipur
Next morning the Royal Orient reaches Udaipur. After having your breakfast on board the train. You are set to visit the Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Then you start your journey to Jaipur.

Day7 - Tuesday - Jaipur
As the train reaches Jaipur the next morning, you are set for a memorable tour of Jaipur, famously known as The Pink city. Here you visit the Hawa Mahal, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar (a famous observatory). Then you can enjoy an elephant ride up to Amber Fort. Then after having your dinner on board you are ready to depart for Delhi.

Day8 - Wednesday - Delhi
Arrival: 07.40hrs
You have your breakfast on board and reach Delhi Cantt. Railway station in the morning. Here your journey of lifetime comes to its conclusion.
 


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