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Deccan Odyssey Train Tour India - Magestic creation imbued with Luxury

Deccan Odyssey Train

Uniquely exhibiting its Midas Touch, the Deccan Odyssey Train Tour in India flaunts royalty, magnificence and re-discovery with excellence. Embark on the bygone era of primacy and romance with the auspicious journeys mapped by the Deccan Odyssey. Modelled on the tourism initiative of 'Palace on Wheels', it now includes the magical destinations of Mumbai, Nashik, Shirdi, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Vadodara, Kolhapur, Goa, Aurangabad, Tadoba, Ajanta Caves, Little Rann of Kutch, Hampi, Hyderabad and other eminent locations.

Carving its way across the very heart of India, the journey with Deccan Odyssey Train showcases the best sun-kissed beaches of India, exquisite forts and palaces built with indelible accomplishments along with a blend of religious-spiritual aura. The recent addition in the worldly recognised itinerary of Deccan Odyssey includes Spiritual Sahyadri, Soul Quest, Indian Odyssey, Maharashtra Splendour, Indian Sojourn, Indian Soiree, Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Golden Treasure, Jewels of the Deccan and Maharashtra Wild Trail.

Fondly called as 'India's Blue Train, the Deccan Odyssey includes 21 royally appointed coaches. Along with catering to the guests, these coaches are also utilised for innumerable purposes such as health spa, lounge, conference and dining. One can smell the ambience and feel the touch of the imperial carriages used by the Maharajas.

This 'Blue Limousine on Rolling Wheels,' endows a superlative experience, garnering the dreams of many with a touch of magical reality. So be it a UNESCO world heritage site, palatial residence or the vineyard, all these aforementioned destinations are revealed with a majestic touch.

History

Deccan Odyssey was an initiative of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). MTDC joined hands with the famous Taj Group of Hotels and created the magnificent Deccan Odyssey. Well equipped with all the modern amenities, this luxury train offers a truly wonderful experience.
Though the Railway Ministry signed a MOU for the luxury train with MTDC in February 2001 but it received a green signal by the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) only in May 2002. The design for the train coaches was finalized in five months. It took another five months to complete their construction. Finally this luxury train started its first journey on January 16th,  2004 from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST)Mumbai.


Indian OdysseyTaj Mahal

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Vadodara  - Mumbai

Day 01

Board the train at the Delhi Cantt station and begin your enchanting journey, heading to the home of Tigers – Ranthambore.

Day 02

Arrive at Ranthambore and spend a day in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Enjoy adventurous morning and afternoon safaris at the Reserve.Taj Mahal

Day 03

Today the train arrives at the Mughal citadel of Agra. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal, and other architectural gems of the Mughal Empire; the Itmad-ud-Daullah and the impressive Agra Fort.

Day 04

Arrive at the historic capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, often called the Pink City. Explore the forts and palaces with a walk through the colorful bazaars of this beautiful city. Enjoy a special dinner in the evening.

Day 05 Taj Mahal

This morning reach Jodhpur, the Blue City. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Market and the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, famous for its several palaces with fabulous views of the city.

Day 06

Arrive at the princely city of Udaipur. Visit the famous City Palace which houses the spectacular Crystal Gallery followed by an enthralling walk through the quaint streets of the Old City. Complete the tour with a boat cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola.

Day 07

Taj MahalToday you arrive at the Royal city of the Gaekwads, Vadodara. Visit the famous Champaner - Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a World Heritage site, the magnificent Jami Masjid and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. Witness a scintillating folk dance performance, as you savour a wide array of delicacies from the Royal kitchens at the Laxmi Vilas Palace.

Day 08

Arrive at Mumbai, where your journey comes to an end.


Highlights

  • Visit India’s architectural wonders and World Heritage Sites in Agra, Vadodara, Jaipur and Ranthambore
  • Relish secret recipes from the royal kitchens of Vadodara and Rajasthan
  • Experience the thrill of a safari in search of the elusive Tiger at Ranthambore
  • Indulge in retail therapy visiting the colourful and bustling bazaars of the royal cities of Rajasthan

Maharashtra Splendor

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Cevered: Mumbai - Aurangabad - Tadoba - Nashik - Kolhapur - Goa - Mumbai

Day 01 Taj Mahal

This evening, arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and board your train on a mesmerizing voyage through the Maratha heartland.

Day 02

Proceed to visit Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. A unique  artistic  creation,  with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India. Visit BiBi- Ka-Maqbara, a replica of the Taj Mahal.

Day 03 Taj Mahal

Arrive at the Tadoba Tiger Reserve and spend an adventurous day with morning and afternoon safaris into the Reserve.

Day 04

Arrive at Jalgaon railway station and drive to Ajanta Caves, a World Heritage site. These magnificent caves have exquisite ancient murals & sculptures that depict the life of Buddha.

Day 05

Arrive in Nashik and proceed for a Champagne tour followed by lunch.

Day 06 Taj Mahal

Arrive at Kolhapur, a multifaceted city with a mythical past. Visit the New Palace, the Mahalaxmi Temple and the Town Hall museum. Witness a traditional martial arts performance known as “Mardani Khel”.

Day 07 

Arrive in Goa, known for its beaches, churches, and temples. Take a tour of Old Goa, visiting the St. Augustine Church & the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Walk through the old Latin Quarters known as Fontanhas.

Day 08

Arrive at Mumbai, where your journey comes to an end.


Highlights
  • Explore the jewels of ancient Indian architecture, the wondrous cave temples of Ajanta & Ellora along the western seaboard, both World Heritage Sites
  • Experience two game drives through Tadoba Tiger Reserve where you get an opportunity to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger as well as various other species of birds and mammals
  • Visit the New Palace, witness the “Mardani Khel” martial art of the Marathas
  • A Wine Tour of Nashik
  • Taste spicy Goan cuisine and visit a 400 year old Portuguese villa, a slice of living history

Indian Sojourn

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Cevered: New Delhi -  Sawai Madhopur -  Jaipur -  Agra -  Sanchi -  Aurangabad -  Mumbai

Day 01 Taj Mahal

Board the train at the Delhi Cantt station and begin your enchanting  journey,  heading to the home of Tigers – Ranthambore.

Day 02

Arrive at Ranthambore and spend  a day in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve,  once the private hunting ground  of  the Maharajas of Jaipur. Enjoy adventurous morning and afternoon safaris at the Reserve, looking for the elusive big cats.

Day 03

Arrive at the historic capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, often called the Pink City. Explore the forts and palaces with a walk through the colorful bazaars of this beautiful city. Enjoy a special dinner in the evening.

Day 04 Taj Mahal

Today the train arrives at the Mughal citadel of Agra. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal, and other architectural gems of the Mughal Empire; the Itmad-ud-Daullah  and  the  impressive Agra Fort.

Day 05

This morning arrive at the  Buddhist city of Sanchi. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, admiring the well preserved and near to perfect stupas built over a period of thirteen hundred years from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD.

Day 06 Taj Mahal

Arrive in the western state of Maharashtra. Unravel the fascinating treasures of the Ajanta Caves, admiring the religious traditions and heritage represented through frescoes and murals on the walls of the caves.

Day 07

Today you arrive at Daulatabad. Visit the  architectural  splendour,  Ellora Caves.  The most outstanding monument is the Kailasha Templecarvedoutofagiantmonolithconsidered to be one of the finest  examples  of  rock cut architecture.

Day 08

Arrive at Mumbai, where your journey comes to an end.


Highlights

  • Enjoy the architectural marvels and World Heritage Sites in Agra and Jaipur
  • Admire Buddhist Relics at World Heritage Sites in Sanchi and Aurangabad
  • Get an adrenaline rush searching for the elusive Tiger at Ranthambore
  • Shop for great bargains at the colourful and bustling bazaars of the royal city of Jaipur

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Cevered: Mumbai - Vadodara - Bhavnagar - Sasan Gir - Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera  - Ahmedabad - Delhi

Day 01 Taj Mahal

Board the train at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati  Shivaji  Terminus  and  begin your enchanting journey to the royal city of the Gaekwads, Vadodara.

Day 02

Drive to the World Heritage site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, an ancient town full of ruins. Enjoy high tea at the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace – the exquisite residence of the Royal family.

Day 03

The train arrives at Bhavnagar. Enjoy an excursion to Palitana, famed for its spectacular cluster of Jain temples exquisitely carved in marble.

Day 04

In Sasan Gir, an expert naturalist accompanies you to the national park, home to the only surviving `Lions of Asia’ and a myriad variety of birds and other creatures.

Day  05  

Enjoy  a  cross-desert  safari   across the Little Rann of Kutch looking for  wild  ass and water birds. Also, visit the settlements and villages, renowned for their traditional embroideries and weaving.

Day  06

Early  morning,  visit  the  11th  century Sun Temple and the Rani-ka-Vav step  well, the finest example of subterranean architecture for water management.  In  the  afternoon, visit the Veechar Utensils Museum exhibiting utensils dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization followed by a theme dinner.

Day 07

Take a tour of the serene Sabarmati Ashram, which played a pivotal role in India’s fight for freedom. Walk through the architectural wonders of the heritage city of Ahmedabad.

Day 08

Arrive in the imperial capital of Delhi, where your journey comes to an end.


Highlights
  • Visit the World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh
  • Admire the historic monuments at Palitana and Modhera
  • A Kodak moment with the Asiatic Lions in Sasan Gir

Jewels of the Deccan

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Cevered: Mumbai - Badami - Aihole -  Pattadakal - Hampi - Bijapur - Hyderabad - Mumbai

Day 01 Taj Mahal

Board the train at the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and begin your enchanting journey to Badami.

Day 02

Arrive at Badami and spend an exciting day exploring temples and ancient settlements in Aihole and Pattadakal.

Day 03

This morning visit the rock  cut  caves and sculptured temples in Badami. Later the train departs for Hospet.

Day 04

Today the train reaches  Hospet.  Visit the  iconic  City  of  Victory,  Hampi.   Explore the sacred and royal centre’s, palaces and impressive temples.

Day 05

Arrive at historic capital of the Sultans of the Deccan, Bijapur. Explore the citadel, visiting its beautiful buildings and tombs.

Day 06

This morning, you disembark in the Royal city of the Nizams,  Hyderabad.  Enjoy an excursion to Pochampally, visiting the weaver’s colony and witness the dying of yarn and the intricate art of ikat tie and dye weaving. In the evening, visit the famous Charminar, walking through bustling and colorful  streets.

Day 07

This morning explore the magnificent ruins of the Golconda Fort. In the afternoon the train continues her journey to Mumbai.

Day 08

Arrive at Mumbai, where your journey comes to an end.

Highlights

  • Visit the iconic symbols and UNESCO World heritage Sites in Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and Hampi
  • Experience the culinary delights of  the Nizams of Hyderabad
  • Stroll through the colorful and bustling bazaars of Hyderabad and pick up some souvenirs

Maharashtra Wild Trail

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Cevered: Mumbai - Ajanta - Nagzira - Tadoba - Aurangabad - Mumbai

Taj MahalDay 01

This evening, arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji   Terminus   and   board   your    train on a mesmerizing voyage through the Maratha  heartland.

Day 02

Arrive at Jalgaon railway station and drive to Ajanta Caves, a World Heritage site. These magnificent caves  have  exquisite ancient murals & sculptures that depict  the life of Buddha.

Day 03 Tiger at Ranthambhore

Arrive Gondia and drive  to  Nagzira wildlife sanctuary also known as the “Green Oasis”. Enjoy a game safari in the park this afternoon.

Day 04.

Early this morning proceed on another adventure into the Nagzira sanctuary. This afternoon the journey continues to Tadoba.

Day 05

Arrive at the Tadoba Tiger Reserve and spend an adventurous day with morning and afternoon safaris into the Reserve.

Day 06 Tiger at Ranthambhore

Today visit Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. A unique  artistic  creation, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism  and  Jainism,  it  illustrates  the spirit  of  tolerance  that  was  characteristic  of ancient  India.  Visit  Bibi-Ka-Maqbara,  a  replica of the Taj Mahal.

Day 07

This morning visit some of the famous sights of the old city including a Himroo factory.

Day 08

Arrive at Mumbai, where your journey comes to an end.


Highlights
  • The wondrous and fascinating cave temples of Ajanta & Ellora along the western seaboard of India, both World Heritage sites, showcasing the ancient skill of India’s painters and sculptors
  • Thrilling game drives in the wildlife parks of Tadoba Tiger Reserve and Nagzira wildlife sanctuary where you get an opportunity to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger as well as various other species of birds and mammals.

Tour tariff

Deccan Odyssey Programs – Year 2015 -16

Per Cabin Per Journey Price for 7 Nights / 8 Days Journey

Rooming Single Occupancy Twin/Double Occupancy 02 Children
(in a separate Cabin)
Deluxe Cabin $ 5,810 $ 8,386 $ 6290
Presidential Suite $ 12,579 $ 12,579 $ 6290
  • All Costs are in US Dollars
  • The above costs are per cabin per Journey
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (Applicable for Children below 12 years)
  • Government Service tax of 3.09% is additional and will be charged extra on the published tariff
  • Prices are subject to change incase of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
  • Child rates are applicable from 6 to 12 years.
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • Soft Beverages during meals(B, L,D)
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
Exclusions:
  • Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
  • Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours
  • Video and professional Still Camera fees
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • International and Domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
Payment & Cancellation Terms

Payment:
  • 20% of the ticket value atthe time of booking
  • 80% of the ticket value 45 days before the departure date
Cancellation:
  • Any cancellation must be advised immediately by Email and subsequently confirmed by letter to the Central Reservation Division
  • No cancellation on cancelling 60 days prior to the departure date
  • Retention of 20% of ticket value on cancelling 59 – 45 days prior to the departure date
  • Retention of 50% of ticket Value on cancelling 44 – 30 days prior to the departure date
  • Retention of 100% of ticket value on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure date

Schedule

Departure Dates October 2015 – September 2016

Itinerary Route From To 2015 2016
Maharashtra 7N/8D Mumbai – Nashik – Aurangabad - Ajanta – Kolhapur – Goa – Ratnagiri - Mumbai Mumbai Mumbai 3rd Oct, 7th Nov, 28th Nov, 26th Dec 2nd Jan, 23rd Jan, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 19th Mar, 16th Apr, 30th Apr, 24th Sept
Hidden Treasures of Gujarat 7N/8D Mumbai – Vadodara – Bhavnagar – Sasan Gir – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera – Nashik – Mumbai Mumbai Mumbai 10th Oct, 31st Oct, 5th Dec 5th Mar, 26th Mar
Indian Odyssey 7N/8D New Delhi – Sawai - Madhopur – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Aurangabad – Mumbai New Delhi Mumbai 24th Oct, 21st Nov, 19th Dec 16th Jan, 6th Feb, 9th Apr
Indian Sojourn 7N/8D Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhpur – Jaipur - Delhi Mumbai New Delhi 17th Oct, 14th Nov, 12th Dec 9th Jan, 30th Jan, 2nd Apr
Jewels of the Deccan 7N/8D Mumbai – Bijapur - Badami – Hampi – Hyderabad – Aurangabad – Ajanta - Mumbai Mumbai Mumbai   20th Feb, 12th Mar, 23rd Apr

Facilities

Royal Accommodation

The train offers 21 coaches, out of which 13 are for passengers. These coaches are named after the historical monuments and different sites of Maharashtra. The fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons include 4 cabins with each saloon.

There are 4 Luxury Suite Cabins, 24 Twin Bedded Deluxe Cabins, 5 Double Bedded Cabins,14 Triple Bedded Cabins and 1 Cabin For Physically Challenged. Two-power Generator cars and Three Staff cars for on board staff are also available.

All the saloons are fitted with modern facilities like attached toilets, wall to wall carpeting, running hot and cold water, shower, intercom, channel music and CD/MP3 player.

Attendant

Personal attendants are available to take care of you throughout the journey.

Restaurants

The two restaurants Peshwa I and Peshwa II are there which are tastefully adorned. The restaurants serve you mouth-watering Indian, Continental, Maharashtrian, Goa and Chinese cuisines.

Bar

A well stocked bar, Mumbai High is available where passengers can taste a variety of drinks, both Indian as well as international.

Lounge

Each coach is combined with a well-maintained lounge where passengers can relax and make friends with each other.

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Conference Facilities

The conference-cum- business centre with an accommodating capacity of 30 people is available. It has the facilities such as Computers with Internet connectivity, DVD players and television sets.

Shopping

A variety of beautiful handicrafts like paintings, metal ware, furniture, jewellery and fabrics can be purchased from different destinations while on the Journey.

Other Facilities and Services offered

  • Luggage Collection
  • Arrival kit
  • Personal attendant
  • Mineral water
  • Medical Aid
  • Mail Box
  • Ayurvedic Body Massage
  • Steam bath
  • Gymnasium
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Separate suite cars for smoking
  • Library with books, journals, newspapers and magazines
  • Money exchange facility/credit cards
  • Fax machines
  • Cell Phone on demand
  • Laundary Services
  • Television & Cable Connections
  • 24- Hour Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • PA System/ 6 Channel Music System
  • Fully loaded mini pantry in each coach
  • Telephone in each saloon
  • Television in each coach
  • Plasma TV in Lounge Car
  • A complimentary bottle of wine courtesy the Deccan Odyssey in all the rooms.
  • Toiletries
  • Wide collection of classic & non-classics films and music on channel.

Attractions

The conference room of the fascinating train becomes a venue for different cultural programmes held in the evenings. Passengers can enjoy the dance, music and many other cultural programmes reflecting the royal glory of Maharashtra and Goa. These exciting programmes will surely keep you entertained throughout the journey.

Maharashtra represents its rich culture to its visitors in different form of its vibrant music as well as the folk forms like lavnis, gondnals, povadas and bharuds. Many colorful festivals showcases the cultural richness of Maharashtra. On your tour with this luxury train, you get an excellent opportunity to closely see and admire this rich cultural legacy of Maharashtra.


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