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Palace on Wheels Day-05 (Sunday)

 
One can almost sense a life of the wilderness, as the Palace on Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur at 0400 hrs - a city named after its founder, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. After breakfast, a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhor National Park, where in are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered the country's best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area of 392 sq kms is home to more than 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, ratel, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous population here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. Upon return to the Palace-on-Wheels, you leave for Chittaurgarh at 11.00 hrs. you arrive Chittaurgarh at 15.30 hrs. The day begins with a visit to the Chittaurgarh fort, lauded in legends of valour and chivalry. History has it that Bappa Rawal, the founder of the Sisodia dynasty, conquered Chittaur was besieged and plundered thrice, and the womenfolk performed "jauhar ", in a sacred fire to protect their honour everytime. Shop for the tie & dye sarees, leather & embroidered shoes, lac work articles and bangles.