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Deccan Odyssey Train Tour India - Magestic creation imbued with Luxury

Deccan Odyssey Train

Designed to travel across enchanting destinations, Deccan Odyssey is a magnificent luxury train of India. Offering its guests an overwhelming sojourn, the royal train takes them to the destinations soaked in glory like Maharashtra and Goa. Ensuring its passengers with sheer luxury and high comfort, Deccan Odyssey covers the following destinations - Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Jaigadh, Ganapatipule, Bhatye Beach, Goa, Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Sawantwadi, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Nasik. Offering 7 nights/8 days of a luxury travel, Deccan Odyssey covers different beautiful cities, historical monuments, lovely beaches, ancient temples and World Heritage Sites Ajanta and Ellora caves. This luxury train of India attracts visitors from far and wide. The experience of the Deccan Odyssey tour will surely adorn your holidays with everlasting memories. A tour on Deccan Odyssey is a wonderful way to explore the rich cultural heritage of Goa and Maharashtra.

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) in May 2002. The design of the coaches of the train was finalized in five months. It took another five months to complete the construction of the coaches. Finally this luxury train started its first journey on January 16th, 2004 from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST)Mumbai.

Offering a splendid journey of 7 Nights/ 8 Days, Deccan Odyssey departs every Wednesday from Mumbai during the period between October to April. It covers culturally rich destinations of India- Maharashtra and Goa.

Gateway of India, Mumbai

Day 01 -Wednesday: Mumbai

Arrive at CST Railway Station, Mumbai by 15.30 hrs to start your royal journey on Deccan Odyssey. Depart Mumbai by 16.30 hrs. Relish delicious dinner on board. Mumbai, the city of dreams, is a wonderful city which was once a cluster of seven islands.

Day 02 - Thursday: Ratnagiri

Arrive at Bhoke Railway Station at 07.40 hrs. Post breakfast on board leave for Rai jetty by an AC bus. While enjoying a ride on Rai jetty reach Jaigad fort. Later head to Ganapatipule by road. En route Ganapatipule explore the mesmerizing beach along the Konkan coast. Gorge on lip-smacking lunch at a beach resort. Leave for Ratnagiri  town to see its attractions- Ratnadurg Fort, Lokmanya Tilak Smarak and Ratnagiri Bazaar. After sightseeing reach Ratnagiri Railway Station to board Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy delectable dinner on board.

Day 03 - Friday: Sindhudurg

Arrive at Sindhudurg Nagari Railway Station at 08.25 hrs. Reach Malvan Jetty by an AC bus. Visit the Sindhudurg Sea Fort. Further move to Tarkali Beach Resort, explore the beach and dine at a beach resort. Later enjoy a boat cruise to Tarkarli. Enjoy at Tarkarli beach. Post lunch, head to Sawantwadi town in the evening by bus and go on a shopping spree at 'Shilpagrama', the crafts village. Then return to Deccan Odyssey at Sawantwadi Railway Station. Dinner on board.

Goa Beach

Day 04 - Saturday: Goa

Arrive at Karmali Railway Station at 07.30 hrs. Explore the tourist attractions of old Goa- Basilica of Born Jesus Church, Se Cathedral Church and the Church of St. Francis of Assissi, a museum housing Goan antiques. Further move to Panjim town by an AC bus. Gorge on amazing culinary delights at Fort Aguada Beach Resort. Post lunch visit Dona Paula, a beach soaked in sheer natural beauty and Fontanhas, the Latin quarters at Panjim. Return to Deccan Odyssey at Madgaon Railway Station. Dinner on board.

Day 05 - Sunday: Kolhapur and Pune

Arrive at Kolhapur town in the morning. Visit Palace Museum, Bhavani Mandap Mahalaxmi Temple and Shalini Palace. Later reach Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra and visit Kelkar Museum, displaying rare artefacts dating back to the 17th- 19th centuries. Also visit the renowned Osho Ashram, a wonderful centre for learning about the correct philosophy of life. Relish lunch at Hotel Le Meridian. Post lunch visit the Tribal Museum housing a rare collection of tribal articles. Drive past Synagouge and visit the Aga Khan Palace, a wonderful museum displaying articles belonging to Gandhi family. Enjoy the 'Sound and light show' at Shaniwarwada before boarding the train. Dinner on board.

Ajanta Caves

Day 06 - Monday: Aurangabad

Reach Aurangabad in the morning. Post breakfast, visit the massive Daulatabad Fort. Next you visit the enchanting Ellora Caves, a World Heritage Site. It encompasses more than 30 cave temples dedicated to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Post lunch at Hotel Taj, visit Shivaji Museum displaying articles belonging to the great Maratha Empire, Aurangabad Caves and Bibi Ka Maqbara(a replica of Taj Mahal). Dinner on board.

Day 07 -Tuesday: Ajanta Caves and Nasik

Arrive at Jalgaon railway station in the morning. Post breakfast, visit Ajanta Caves, a World Heritage Site. Next board the train to reach Nasik. In Nasik visit Panchawati Ghat and Sula Winery Yard. Board the train at Nasik railway station to depart for Mumbai. Enjoy dinner on board.

Day 08 - Wednesday: Mumbai

Return to Mumbai at CST railway station early morning. Breakfast on board. This concludes your journey leaving you with a record of golden memories.

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Tour tariff

Tour :7 Nights/ 8 Days Tour (Valid from Oct. 2013 till Mar. 2014)
Deluxe Cabin Per Person/ Per Night 7 Nights Per Person
Single occupancy US$ 750 US$ 5250
Double occupancy US$ 575 US$ 4025
Triple occupancy US$ 500 US$ 3500

 

Presidential Suite Per Person/ Per Night 7 Nights Per Person
Single occupancy US$ 1100 US$ 7700
Double occupancy US$ 920 US$ 6440
Extra occupancy US$ 425 US$ 2975
  • 10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
  • Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age
  • (Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

Any leg of minimum of 3 nights subject to availability will be given at the above-mentioned rates. Thus Mumbai-Goa and Goa-Mumbai sector will be sold as available segments to clients.
If however, the client undertakes the day programme at Goa & Mumbai, an extra $ 100 USD per person will be charged.

Indian passengers can pay in equivalent Rupee amount against US$ at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment.

The Tariff includes:
Tariff is inclusive of travel/catering/conducted sight-seeing/ entrance fee at Monuments / Parks / Palaces / Cultural Programmes / Boat Ride.

The Tariff does not include:
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Note:
10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.
@ 3.09% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Deccan Odyssey.
Tariff Subject to change without notice.

Passenger reservations/cancellation on the Deccan Odyssey may be done as per the following terms and conditions :

Booking Policy
    In case of FITs:
  • 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.
    In case of Group:
  • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to The Luxury Trains. On cancellation, refund will be made. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows.

    In case of FITs
  • 5% of the Ticket Value if the cancellation request is received before 60 days from the scheduled date of departure.
  • 20% of Ticket Value if cancellation request is received within a period of 30-59 days from the scheduled date of departure.
  • 50% of ticket value if cancellation request is received within the period of 15-29 days from the scheduled date of departure.
  • 100% of ticket value if cancellation request is received within the period of 14 days or before the scheduled date of departure.
    In case of Group
  • 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.

Schedule

Deccan Odyssey schedule for the season 2014 - 2015

Mumbai to Delhi Delhi to Mumbai
12.02.2014 to 19.02.2014 19.02.2014 to 26.02.2014
12.03.2014 to 19.03.2014 19.03.2014 to 26.03.2014

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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