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Manor Holidays takes you beyond the boundaries of time through India, leaving you with an unforgettable memory — a truly unforgettable experience. From the Imperial sweep of Delhi to the Mughal monuments of north India, the Hindu temples of the South or the excitement of train travel on the Palace of Wheels through the desert landscape of historic Rajasthan, a great way to explore India is by train.


PALACE ON WHEELS

The Palace on Wheels is one of the world's most exciting rail journeys, as much for the train and the facilities provided on board, as for the royal destinations it proceeds to. With everything taken care of - dining, accommodation, sight seeing — as well as organized shopping, there is nothing for the traveler to do but steep oneself in the history of the land, soak in the colours, and experience the royal life of a Maharaja.

Destinations: Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambhor - Chittaurgarh - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

PALACE ON WHEELS TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2008-09
Month & YearDates
September 200803, 10, 17, 24
October 200801, 08, 15, 22, 29
November 200805, 12, 19, 26
December 200803, 10, 17, 24, 31
January 200907, 14, 21, 28
February 200904, 11, 18, 25
March 200904, 11, 18, 25
April 200901, 08, 15, 22, 29



HERITAGE ON WHEELS

Indian Railways in collaboration with Rajasthan Tourism has revived the air conditioned metre gauge Palace On Wheels (with sharing toilets). The new tourist circuit includes Bikaner and Shekhawati and has been renamed the Heritage On Wheels Train Tour. The Heritage Train is scheduled to operate twice a week from Jaipur on Tuesday and Friday evenings, returning to Jaipur on Friday and Tuesday mornings respectively.

Destinations: Jaipur - Bikaner - Gajner - Blackbuck Deer Sanctuary - Shekhawati regions of Mandawa & Nawalgarh - Jaipur

Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days

HERITAGE ON WHEELS TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2008-09
Month & YearDates
November 20087, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
December 20081, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
January 20092, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
February 20092, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
March 20092, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
April 20093, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27



THE DECCAN ODYSSEY

This 7 Nights / 8 Days luxury train tour departs weekly from Mumbai every Wednesday afternoon and operates from October to April. You also have the option to book a minimum 3 Nights part journey. The tour permits one to visit places of tourist interest during the day in air conditioned buses with guides and then to journey overnight to the next destination in the comfort of deluxe cabins with attached toilets.

Destinations: Mumbai - Ganpatipule - Ratnagiri - Sindhudurg - Tarkarli - Goa - Pune - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Nasik - Mumbai

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

THE DECCAN ODYSSEY TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2008-09
Month & YearDates
October 200806, 13, 20, 27
November 200803, 10, 17, 24
December 200801, 08, 15, 22, 29
January 200905, 12, 19, 26
February 200902, 09, 16, 23
March 200902, 09, 16, 23, 30
April 200907, 14, 21, 28



THE GOLDEN CHARIOT

Welcome aboard a fascinating 7 Nights / 8 Days journey through the many worlds of Karnataka. Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone Architecture. The Golden Chariot is named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site in South India. The trail travels through timeless historical heritage sites, resplendent palaces, wildlife and golden beaches. It’s colorful journey begins every Monday from Bangalore.

Destinations: Bangalore - Mysore - Kabini - Belur - Halebidu - Hampi - Badami - Goa - Bangalore

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 2008-09
Month & YearDates
October 200801, 08, 15, 22, 29
November 200805, 12, 19, 26
December 200803, 10, 17, 24, 31
January 200907, 14, 21, 28
February 200904, 11, 18, 25
March 200904, 11, 18, 25
April 200901, 08, 15, 22, 29



KALKA-SHIMLA TOY TRAIN

The Kalka-Shimla Railway line is one of the most popular hill railways in India. The trains running on these tracks, are popularly called 'Toy Trains'. A journey on this railway is a unique experience as one passes through the breathtaking landscape of the majestic Himalayas, through tunnels and over bridges — amid the lush green valleys embellished with pine and oak trees.

The Kalka-Shimla railway line was inaugurated by the British Viceroy, Lord Curzon in November 1903, covering the distance of 96 km from Kalka through the curving tracks, up to Shimla hills — the summer capital of colonial India. The toy train passes through 102 tunnels (originally 103), 969 bridges, 919 curves and 20 railway stations in its entire journey. The Guinness Book on 'Rail Facts and Feats' included Kalka-Shimla Railway as the greatest narrow-gauge engineering achievement in India.

Kalka can be reached by train from Delhi. Journey time is four hours.


DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY

The toy train on the Darjeeling Himalayan section in West Bengal is not merely a source of delight for the young and old, it also represents the engineering skills of the highest order. This 83 km long section — with steep gradients and amazing loops — connecting Darjeeling with the railhead at Siliguri is of great importance and has been bestowed World Heritage Site status.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the engineering feats of the world. Although the steepness of the gradients on this narrow-gauge line is eclipsed in other parts of the world, and the 7,407 ft altitude of the summit at Ghoom station is less than half the height of some of the summits in the Andes, the achievement of the engineers who built the line more than half a century ago is a noteworthy one in the history of railways. This little railway has a gauge of 2 ft and climbs from the plains, which are most oppressive in the hot weather to the coolness of the "hills," as the British residents in India called the lower slopes of the Himalayas on which are situated the towns, or "stations."

Siliguri can be reached by train from Delhi. The journey time is 19 hours. You can fly to Kolkata which is a 2 hour flight and then take the train to Siliguri which takes approx 8 hours.


NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is 46 km long and runs on metre-gauge railway. It connects Mettupalayam with Ooty. The first section of the Nilgiri Railway up to Coonoor was completed in 1899 by the Nilgiri Railway Company and was extended to Ooty in 1903.



























































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