Phenomenal rail journeys of Asia
By Sukie Chapman
18 January 2018
You love rail travel but also want to explore further afield than Europe; this is a conundrum many of our customers call us about.Read more
In the heart of the Thar Desert lies Jaisalmer, a fairytale desert town whose sand-yellow ramparts rise out of the arid desert. The walled town was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 and exists now as both a popular tourist destination and a thriving hub of local trade and tradesmen. Residents from outlying villages comfortably outnumber foreigners in the bustling bazaar.
The splendid sandstone architecture that is a feature of Jaisalmer, the 'Golden City', is unlike anything else in India. The main 'chowk' (square) is dominated by the Palace of the Maharawal. The palace's five-storey façade of balconies and windows displays some of the finest masonry in Jaisalmer. A visit to Jaisalmer gives you chance to discover the latticed stone façades of grand mansions - the Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Satim Singh-ki-haveli in particular show fine examples of the stonecarver's skill.
Magniﬁcent palaces and forts are waiting to be discovered on this Indian rail adventure aboard the Palace on Wheels train. Experience the lifestyle of the Maharajahs as we visit walled cities, marvel at the astonishing Taj Mahal and enjoy tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park.… see more
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