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The Deccan Odyssey

The Train

The Deccan Odyssey is a special luxury train based on the model of Palace on Wheels. In addition to being a train that touches tourist spots, this aims to be a complete 5-star hotel on wheels.

General Information

The Deccan Odyssey's sheer luxury is a sight to behold. Everything in the train reflects the ways of Indian Royalty - "Maharaja". The plush interiors, an awesome cuisine and grate sites to see makes the journey memorable.

Deccan Odyssey Train operates on six different 7 Nights circuit that includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and North India. Covering Mumbai, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Modhopur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi.

Coaches

The Deccan Odyssey comprises 21 superlative, royal coaches. Eleven of these contain the guest cabins and are named after significant regions of Maharashtra. Each cabin on the Deccan Odyssey is spacious and equipped with every modern amenity to make sure that your journey is comfortable and memorable. The cabins are elegantly designed to reflect the various eras of the Deccan dynasties, beginning your introduction to the Deccan region of India. Each coach has four cabins and a common lounge.

The Deccan Odyssey also offers four resplendent Presidential Suites, the pinnacle of style and sophistication, with exquisite decor and all modern amenities.

To help our differently abled guests to enjoy their journey on Deccan Odyssey, we offer a specially equipped cabin for their comfort.

Peshwa 1 and Peshwa 2 Restaurants

In keeping with the tradition of royal repasts, the Deccan Odyssey has two gourmet restaurants on board, Peshwa 1 and Peshwa 2, which ensure that the cuisine keeps pace with the train's journey. Chefs whip up the local specialties of each of the very diverse states that the train makes its way through, so you experience every new location with all your senses - taste buds included. There is also a continental menu at each meal.

Mumbai-Hi - Bar

The well-stocked bar, called the Mumbai-Hi, will keep you in high spirits through this incredible journey. It’s the perfect place to try Indian snacks and swap stories with your fellow travellers.

Samwad - Conference Coach

The train has all the modern facilities and equipment’s that make it an office on the move. The train has a separate conference coach that has a seating capacity for up to thirty business leaders. The coach also has a forty two inch LCD television and offers high speed internet connection so as to allow its passengers connected with the world outside.

Plumeria - Spa

The Deccan Odyssey comes equipped with a delightful spa, "Plumeria", with well-trained masseurs to help you relax your body after a long day of exploration. Using ancient Indian techniques and skills, the salon is a great place for some pampering and sprucing up.

Journeys
Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Destinations Covered

Mumbai - Vadodara - Palitana - Sasan Gir & Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera & Patan - Nashik – Mumbai

Day 1 Sat: Mumbai - Vadodara

Early this evening, assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 15:30 hrs to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your “Hidden Treasures of Gujarat” rail journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be escorted to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Vadodara.

Dinner and overnight on board

Day 2 Sun: Vadodara – Palitana

As you enjoy breakfast this morning the Deccan Odyssey arrives at the capital of the Gaekwads, Vadodara, located along the seasonal River Vishwamitri.

Disembark and proceed to visit Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. This concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties is cradled in an impressive landscape. Marvel at the Jami Masjid (Great Mosque) built in 1513 representing a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture which was a model for later mosque architecture in India.

Return to Vadodara for a leisurely lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.

After lunch, you will visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, originally constructed as a school for the Maharaja's children. Today, art lovers can view a large number of works of art displayed in the museum including a collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and other renowned European masters as well as a collection of sculptures in marble and bronze.

Enjoy high tea at the resplendent Lukshmi Vilas Palace, built in 1890, and the residence of the Royal family even today. Reputedly four times the size of Buckingham Palace, its overwhelming Durbar Hall boasts a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgian stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. The palace also houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savour some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchen.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Palitana.

Overnight on board.

Day 3 Mon: Palitana – Sasan Gir

Rise early this morning and after breakfast head out to explore one of the world’s largest temple complexes, Palitana, famed for its spectacular cluster of Jain temples exquisitely carved in marble.

Spend the day exploring the most significant of the over 900 temples located on a hilltop at Palitana – considered to be the most sacred pilgrimage spot of the Jains.

After a full morning with the Jain Tirthankars, return to the Deccan Odyssey for a sumptuous lunch as it makes its way to Sasan Gir, the sole home of the Asiatic Lion.

The afternoon is at free for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.

Relax and watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4 Tue: Sasan Gir – Somnath – Rann of Kutch

After an early breakfast, disembark for your drive to Sasan Gir - The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. A guide will accompany you for your morning game drive into the Gir forest; keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the majestic and extremely rare Asiatic lion! Experience the magic of the wild all around you as you venture deep into this natural habitat, with everything from tiny wild birds, not easily seen, but heard, singing in the forest canopy, to crocodiles sunning themselves in marshy waters.

After the excitement of the morning, enjoy a relaxed lunch followed by a tribal dance at the Gateway Hotel before proceeding to the Somnath temple.

Watch the vibrant village panorama unfold as you drive to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (manifestations of Lord Shiva) of India, housed in the beautiful Somnath temple. Located on the shores of Arabian Sea, Somnath, first said to be built in 4th Century AD, is positioned such that there is no land mass between it and the Antarctic. The temple has been destroyed, looted and rebuilt several times.

As the afternoon melts into evening, soak in the view of Somnath temple bathed in the hues of the setting sun.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey and unwind with a drink before dinner on board, as you set off for the Little Rann of Kutch.

Overnight on board.

Day 5 Wed: Little Rann of Kutch - Patan

Breakfast at the first blush of dawn today as the Deccan Odyssey pulls into the Viramgam Station where you will disembark and driven to a stop over point and transfer to jeeps for a safari into the deceptively named Little Rann of Kutch.

The Rann is a seasonal salt marsh, the largest in the world at over 7500 sq. km, a saline desert where the dry air whips your face, mirages abound and parched earth unfolds as far as the eye can see.

During the monsoons, these arid flatlands fill with water creating a still, salty sea.

Explore the Rann on your jeep safari; the Wild Ass Sanctuary here is one of the few places to spot the Ghudkar, or Indian wild ass. Other species here include the desert fox, jungle cat, jackal and several birds. Since there is virtually no vegetation for animals to hide behind, they are easy to spot while driving around.

After your visit to the sanctuary, lunch will be at the Rann Riders Resort with time to relax and refresh yourselves. Enjoy the regional specialties of the Maliks of Rann, and delicious Gujarati fare in this charming resort surrounded by the desert.

Spend some time walking around and meeting the other species of the lodge which include the unique to the region Marwari and Kathiawari horses.

Later, drive out for a village safari to meet the varied communities that call the Rann their home. You will find the Agarias, salt-panners, hard at work drying out the salt. Visit the homes of the Rabari tribe and experience their way of life. Another interesting aspect to look out for the beaded bangles made by the Mirs of Dasada.

Continue to a local school where you will be greeted by enthusiastic children eager to share information about them and learn about your part of the world.

Having taken in your share of this great white vastness, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and head for Patan.

Overnight on board.

Day 6 Thu: Patan - Nashik

This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Patan, the 8th Century fortified town, the capital of Gujarat in medieval times.

After breakfast on board, disembark and drive to the sun temple at Modhera. This grand, awe-inspiring 11th Century sandstone monument was built by the Solanki dynasty and is dedicated to the sun god. The complex is full of elaborate carvings and the resident priest enjoys explaining the legends they depict. A step tank in front of the temple has 108 shrines that lead down to the water.

After visiting the sun temple, drive to Patan to visit the lovely 11th Century step well called Rani Ki Vav, a fine example of subterranean well architecture. Walk down into the depths of this extravagant step well, one of the biggest in Gujarat, passing hundreds of delicate carvings and statues of Parvati, Shiva, Vishnu and other gods etched into its side walls. It is evident that this well was constructed not just to store water but was also a site for worship and community gatherings.

Thereafter, visit Patola house, the centre of the Salvi family's traditional craft, the creating of exquisite silk Patola sarees. Weavers since the 12th Century, the Salvi's have enjoyed the patronage of the royalty of Gujarat as the sarees created by them have gained the reputation of works of art.

Having visited Patola house, drive back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board. The afternoon is free time as you proceed towards Nashik.

In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.

Overnight on board.

Day 7 Fri: Nashik - Mumbai

This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.

After breakfast, disembark for an active start to your morning as you head to Pandu Leni - considered one of the most ancient Jain and Buddhist cave temples in India. Some of this set of 24 caves, date back to 1st Century BC and others are from a more recent period like 13th Century AD.

After your climb down from the caves, drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old 'method traditionally' used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey and relax for a while.

In the evening, disembark once more for a walk along the Godavari Ghats; observe the various Hindu rituals related to birth, death and initiation being performed here.

Once again, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it rolls towards its ultimate destination - Mumbai.

Overnight on board.

Day 8 Sat: Disembark in Mumbai

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Destinations Covered

New Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Ellora Caves - Mumbai

Day 1 Sat: Delhi - to Sawai Madhopur

This evening assemble at the Delhi Railway Station at approximately 20:15 hrs to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Indian Odyssey journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be escorted to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Delhi for Sawai Madhopur.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2 Sun: Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park - Agra

Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan is the alighting point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India's efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population can be seen here. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to spot one of these majestic animals.

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before you set out for your morning game drive.

Ranthambore is home to several other species as well; you can see herds of chital and sambhar deer as well as wild boar, nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles. There are also sloth bear, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes jungle fowl, partridges, quails, the crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. There are also water birds like storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes. If it's your lucky day, you could spot a tiger lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down deer around the lakes!

Return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a short rest before your next adventure into the village.

The people of Rajasthan's villages are mostly tribal who subsist on farming and hunting. These friendly folk are warm and welcoming, happy to show guests around their villages, giving deep insights into their daily lives. The women here wear bright colours to offset the drab desert, and most people live in mud huts. Visit a local home and interact with the family.

After a fulfilling afternoon, proceed for a high tea at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur.

After high tea, it is time to head back to the Deccan Odyssey where you can relax with a drink before dinner on board, as the Deccan Odyssey sets off for Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal.

Overnight on board.

Day 3 Mon: Agra - Jaipur

After a leisurely breakfast on board, you will visit the Taj Mahal, which was Emperor Shah Jahan's gift of love to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and is truly the world's most wondrous monument.

The making of the Taj Mahal is as much a fable as the edifice itself. It took 20000 men 22 years to build this unrivalled mausoleum and its exquisite white marble was brought from 200 miles away by caravans of elephants and camels.

Lunch at a city hotel.

After lunch your tour of Agra continues as you visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, a marble mausoleum built by Nur Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir, in memory of her father, Ghiyas Beg. Sometimes called the 'Baby Taj', it is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic and lattice.

Thereafter proceed to Agra Fort, the seat of Mughal reign and administration for three generations. The present structure owes its origins to Emperor Akbar who had its first buildings of red sandstone erected on the eastern bank of the River Yamuna. His grandson Shah Jahan, the most artistic and prolific builder of the dynasty, later added the impressive marbled private quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. A visit to the Diwan-E-Aam, 'Hall of Public Audience' and the Royal Pavilions is not to be missed.

Later, you have the opportunity to visit the local markets to admire the exquisite Pietra Dura (marble inlay) artefacts and Mughal ornaments OR as an optional activity you may avail of spa facilities before completing your tour of this historical city.

Late evening, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and your onward journey to Jaipur, The Pink City.

Overnight on board.

Day 4 Tue: Jaipur - Udaipur

Jaipur is surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills - crowned by formidable forts - and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all their splendour, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colourful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people.

After breakfast you drive to Maharaja Man Singh’s 17th Century masterpiece, the Amber Fort that overlooks the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort is a sprawling complex of courtyards, halls and rooms adorned with beautiful paintings, precious stones and mirrors. Behold the Sheesh Mahal, 'Hall of Mirrors', where a single lamplight reflects in many mirrors, and lights up the entire room, creating a dazzling effect.

En route to Amber Fort visit the Palace of Winds, otherwise known as the Hawa Mahal, famous for its intricate pink sandstone carving and a beautiful view of the city.

Thereafter you will visit the famous City Palace of Jaipur, an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes and carpets. Walk across to the adjacent Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory built in the 18th Century by Sawai Jai Singh. A wondrous achievement for its time the observatory gives accurate readings even to this day.

Lunch at a city hotel.

Following lunch you may choose to participate in one of the optional tours. Enjoy spa facilities at a palace hotel OR have the opportunity to explore the colourful bazaars of the Pink City which offer a wide range of ethnic handicrafts produced in the city-centre and its outskirts.

After your full day of delving in the royal past of Jaipur you will return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner on board as it departs for Udaipur.

Overnight on board.

Day 5 Wed: Udaipur - Vadodara

The Deccan Odyssey rolls into Udaipur in the morning. Set on the shores of the placid Lake Pichola, Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes, is easily one of the most romantic cities of India, surrounded by scenic hills. Enjoy your breakfast as you admire the picturesque landscape of the Aravalli hills.

You will then disembark to visit the famous City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas, which also houses the spectacular Crystal Gallery.

Later, board a ferry to ride on Lake Pichola to reach Jagmandir, a 17th Century Palace located on an island on the picturesque lake, for an exquisite lunch. Allow the sounds of the Tabla and the unique Jal Tarang to soothe your inner rhythm as you glance out to the lovely views of one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan.

After lunch, return to Deccan Odyssey for a short rest.

Later embark on a Walking Tour through the Old City of Udaipur. Sample the exquisite variety of handicrafts ranging from toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, jewellery, paintings, painted wooden boxes, pottery, and brassware and terracotta sculptures.

Thereafter you return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening and dinner as we depart for Vadodara.

Overnight on board.

Day 6 Thu: Vadodara - Aurangabad

Today arrive at the capital of the Gaekwads, Vadodara, located along the seasonal River Vishwamitri.

After breakfast on board, you will disembark and proceed to visit Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. This concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties is cradled in an impressive landscape. Marvel at the Jami Masjid (Great Mosque) built in 1513 representing a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture which was a model for later mosque architecture in India.

Drive back to Vadodara for a leisurely lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.

After lunch, you will visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, originally constructed as a school for the Maharaja's children. Today, art lovers can view a large number of works of art displayed in the museum including a collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and other renowned European Masters as well as a collection of sculptures in marble and bronze.

Enjoy a high tea at the resplendent Lakshmi Vilas Palace, built in 1890, and the residence of the Royal family even today.

Reputedly four times the size of Buckingham Palace, its overwhelming Durbar Hall boasts a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgian stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. The palace also houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savour some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchen.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Aurangabad.

Overnight on board.

Day 7 Fri: Aurangabad - Ellora Caves - Mumbai

Aurangabad, named after the Mughal King Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-Ka-Makbara and the city's 52 gates, each with its own history.

Today brings a late start, leaving the morning free for you to enjoy a languid breakfast and enjoy some of the activities available on board.

Later, as you savour lunch, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th Century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

After exploring Ellora, return to the Deccan Odyssey.

This evening relax with a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served.

Overnight on board.

Day 8 Sat: Disembark in Mumbai

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Destinations Covered

Mumbai-Vadodara-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Agra-Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur-Delhi

Day 1 Sat: Mumbai - Vadodara

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 15:30 hrs to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Indian Sojourn rail journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be escorted to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Vadodara.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2 Sun: Vadodara - Udaipur

Today you arrive at the capital of the Gaekwads, Vadodara, located along the seasonal River Vishwamitri.

After breakfast on board, you will disembark and proceed to visit Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. This concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties is cradled in an impressive landscape. Marvel at the Jami Masjid (Great Mosque ) built in 1513 representing a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture which was a model for later mosque architecture in India.

Return to Vadodara for a leisurely lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.

After lunch, you will visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh museum, originally constructed as a school for the Maharaja's children. Today, art lovers can view a large number of works of art displayed in the museum including a collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and other renowned European masters as well as a collection of sculptures in marble and bronze.

Enjoy high tea at the resplendent Lakshmi Vilas Palace, built in 1890, and the residence of the Royal family even today.

Reputedly four times the size of Buckingham Palace, its overwhelming Durbar Hall boasts a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgian stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. The palace also houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savour some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchen.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Udaipur, overnight on board.

Day 3 Mon: Udaipur - Jodhpur

The Deccan Odyssey rolls into Udaipur in the morning. Set on the shores of the placid Lake Pichola, Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes, is easily one of the most romantic cities of India, surrounded by scenic hills.

Enjoy your breakfast as you admire the picturesque landscape of the Aravalli hills.

You will then disembark to visit the famous City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas, which also houses the spectacular Crystal Gallery. The tour of this magnificent city is completed with a boat cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch.

Later embark on a Walking Tour through the Old City of Udaipur. Sample the exquisite variety of handicrafts ranging from toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, jewellery, paintings, painted wooden boxes, pottery, and brassware and terracotta sculptures.

Afterwards return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening and dinner as we depart for Jodhpur.

Overnight on board.

Day 4 Tue: Jodhpur - Agra

This morning as the Deccan Odyssey travels through the stronghold of the Marwar region, enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you breakfast, unwind and experience the striking panorama of the Thar Desert, arriving at Jodhpur.

The morning is free time on board the Deccan Odyssey, but those who wish to step out have the option of visiting a weavers' village, a potters' village as well as a Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi tribe, indigenous to India, follow the 29 principles laid down by their Guru about 540 years ago, to protect trees and wildlife ensuring a healthy eco-friendly social life for the community. Take a peep into their lives where traditions and skills are passed down unchanged through generations OR enjoy spa facilities.

Lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Following lunch, set out once again to explore the magnificent city of Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, after the vivid blue-painted houses that surround the Mehrangarh Fort. Set like a pearl amidst the stark desert, this former capital of Marwar boasts some of the finest architecture from the Rajput era, renowned for its superb forts and glorious palaces.

Experience glimpses of the lifestyle of the residents as you explore the city. Walk through the bustle of the Old Clock Tower market, past old havelis and houses; continue to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, the pride of Jodhpur. Marvel at the intricate carvings and expansive courtyards of the several palaces inside as well as the amazing view of palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes and the arts and crafts of a bygone era at the museum.

In the evening enjoy a wide array of sumptuous Marwar barbecue delights served in the Mehrangarh Fort complex as you admire the cityscape from atop.

Having taken in your share of the sublime beauty of Jodhpur, return to the Deccan Odyssey and head for Agra.

Overnight on board.

Day 5 Wed: Agra - Sawai Madhopur

After a leisurely breakfast on board, you will visit the Taj Mahal, which was Emperor Shah Jahan's gift of love to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and is truly the world's most wondrous monument. The making of the Taj Mahal is as much a fable as the edifice itself. It took 20000 men 22 years to build this unrivalled mausoleum and its exquisite white marble was brought from 200 miles away by caravans of elephants and camels.

Lunch at a city hotel.

After lunch your tour of Agra continues as you visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, a marble mausoleum built by Nur Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir, in memory of her father, Ghiyas Beg. Sometimes called the 'Baby Taj', it is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic and lattice.

Thereafter proceed to Agra Fort, the seat of Mughal reign and administration for three generations. The present structure owes its origins to Emperor Akbar who had its first buildings of red sandstone erected on the eastern bank of the River Yamuna. His grandson Shah Jahan, the most artistic and prolific builder of the dynasty, later added the impressive marbled private quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. A visit to the Diwan-E-Aam, 'Hall of Public Audience' and the Royal Pavilions is not to be missed.

Later, you have the opportunity to visit the local markets to admire the exquisite Pietra Dura (marble inlay) artefacts and Mughal ornaments OR as an optional activity you may avail of spa facilities before completing your tour of this historical city.

Late evening, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and your onward journey to Sawai Madhopur.

Overnight on board.

Day 6 Thu: Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur

Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan is the alighting point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India's efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population can be seen here. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to spot one of these majestic animals.

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before you set out for your morning game drive.

Ranthambore is home to several other species as well; you can see herds of chital and sambhar deer as well as wild boar, nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles. There are also sloth bear, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes jungle fowl, partridges, quails, the crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. There are also water birds like storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes. If it's your lucky day, you could spot a tiger lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down deer around the lakes!

When you're done with the jungle, return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey. Feel free to share the spoils (of your photo-shoots!) over a leisurely lunch before you set out for a village safari.

The people of Rajasthan's villages are mostly tribal who subsist on farming and hunting. These friendly folk are warm and welcoming, happy to show guests around their villages, giving deep insights into their daily lives. The women here wear bright colours to offset the drab desert, and most people live in mud huts. Visit a local home and interact with the family.

After a fulfilling afternoon, proceed for high tea at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur.

After high tea, it is time to head back to the Deccan Odyssey where you can relax with a drink before dinner on board, as the Deccan Odyssey sets off for Jaipur, the Pink City.

Overnight on board.

Day 7 Fri: Jaipur - Delhi

Jaipur, the Pink City, is surrounded by the rugged Aravalli hills - crowned by formidable forts - and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all their splendour, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colourful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people.

After breakfast you drive to Maharaja Man Singh’s 17th Century masterpiece, the Amber Fort that overlooks the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort is a sprawling complex of courtyards, halls and rooms adorned with beautiful paintings, precious stones and mirrors. Behold the Sheesh Mahal, 'Hall of Mirrors', where a single lamplight reflects in many mirrors, and lights up the entire room, creating a dazzling effect.

En route to Amber Fort visit the Palace of Winds, otherwise known as the Hawa Mahal, famous for its intricate pink sandstone carving and a beautiful view of the city.

Thereafter you will visit the famous City Palace of Jaipur, an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes and carpets. Walk across to the adjacent Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory built in the 18th Century by Sawai Jai Singh. A wondrous achievement for its time the observatory gives accurate readings even to this day.

Lunch at a city hotel.

Following lunch you may choose to participate in one of the optional tours. Enjoy spa facilities at a palace hotel OR have the opportunity to explore the colourful bazaars of the Pink City which offer a wide range of ethnic handicrafts produced in the city-centre and its outskirts.

After your full day of delving in the royal past of Jaipur you will return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner on board as it departs for Delhi.

Overnight on board.

Day 8 Sat: Disembark in Delhi

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at the Delhi Railway Station.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Destinations Covered

Mumbai - Bijapur - Aihole & Pattadakal - Hampi - Hyderabad - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves-Mumbai

Day 1 Sat: Mumbai - Bijapur

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus at approximately 15:30 hrs to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Jewels of the Deccan journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be escorted to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Bijapur in Karnataka.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2 Sun: Bijapur - Aihole

Relish breakfast this morning as the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Bijapur, the historic capital of the Sultans of Deccan.

After breakfast, disembark and first head to the Gol Gumbaz, literally 'round dome', and the second largest tomb in the world; the mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur, it is a structural triumph of Deccan architecture, with a circular gallery where the tiniest of whispers gets magnified owing to the unique acoustics of the dome.

Next, head to the Jumma Masjid, known as one of the first mosques in India and then onto Malik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world. Don't hesitate to make a wish here as legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true!

Visit Mehtar Mahal, a 17th Century ornamental gateway to a mosque. Then, drive to and explore Ibrahim Rouza, considered amongst the most elegant Islamic monuments in India; its 24 m high minarets said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board as it departs for Aihole and Pattadakal.

Spend the evening marvelling at the subtly changing shades of the formidable granite landscape as the Deccan Odyssey snakes its way through the Deccan plateau.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3 Mon: Aihole - Pattadakal - Hampi

Rise early this morning, and after breakfast on board head out to explore the temples and ancient settlements of Aihole and Pattadakal, one of the world's largest temple complexes.

Aihole, is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. Explore a few of the over 70 rock cut temples constructed by the Chalukyan Kings in a completely experimental style, with each temple different from the others in the complex and even from other temples in India itself.

Continue on to Pattadakal situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River and explore the architectural style here which combines South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) forms. In fact this architecture can be seen to have influenced later architecture commissioned by the Hoysala and other dynasties.

For lunch, head back to the Deccan Odyssey

Post lunch, you can choose an optional tour to the lovely weaving village of Guledgud, famous for its hand and power looms of ilkal and khann. Observe the process of weaving and head to an outlet where you can pick up lovely souvenirs to carry back home OR visit the rock cut caves and sculptured temples in Badami.

Head back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it makes its way to Hampi.

Overnight on board.

Day 4 Tue: Hampi - Hyderabad

This morning as you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Hospet. Today you will visit the iconic City of Victory - Hampi, a World Heritage site, famous for its splendid architecture, sculptures and their historical significance. A short drive quickly changes your landscape from the city bustle to sentient massive boulders as you reach Hampi. Stop at the Narasimha statue and spend some time taking pictures and looking around.

Next head to the mustard Ganesh, located at the base of the Hemkuta hills, and quite a misnomer as the elephant God statue here is anything but small! Take in the breath-taking vistas around the hills with their little caves and alcoves. Walk the banks of the Tungabhadra River as you leave the Virupaksha temple on to the famed Vittala temple, the polar power sites of Hampi, one a living temple, the other a most extravagant architectural showpiece.

Head back to Hospet for lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Post lunch; disembark once more to continue your exploration, reaching the Royal Centre at Hampi. This area was the citadel of the Vijayanagara Kings and encompasses courtly and military structures.

Visit the Queens Bath, the Stepped Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba or great platform, where a ramp is available to reach its summit, the Hazararama Temple, the Queens Enclosure with its Lotus Mahal and the elephant stables.

After a full day of visiting the wonders of Hampi, return to the Hospet Station. Board the Deccan Odyssey for your onward journey to Hyderabad as you sit down at dinner.

Overnight on board.

Day 5 Wed: Hyderabad - Aurangabad

This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into royal city of the Nizams, Hyderabad. Legends abound over how this capital of the Asaf Jahi dynasty came to be called Hyderabad. One of the more interesting ones is that it was named after Bhagmati, the Hindu wife of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, who converted to Islam and changed her name to Hyder Mahal.

After an early breakfast this morning, disembark and drive towards the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur, Golconda. Originally a mud fort, it soon acquired impressive proportions after becoming the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a little rest.

Alternately, you could also choose to take an optional shopping tour.

Hyderabad is a city known for its pearls, lac bangles and custom made oil based fragrances or "ittars" amongst other specials. Spend your morning shopping and follow it up with lunch comprising the famed Hyderabadi Biryani.

Continue on to Falaknuma Palace, the name means "like the sky", as it stands tall, reaching for the clouds. Take a tour of this beautiful palace followed by a sumptuous high tea.

Thereafter explore the old city area of Charminar and its bustling bazaars. Standing tall in the centre of the city, Charminar is a global icon for Hyderabad and one of the most recognized structures of India. It was ostensibly built there by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to fulfil his vow of building a mosque if the plague epidemic ravaging the city ceased. It is interesting to walk through and shop in the markets in the Charminar area, a busy bustling area. Walk through Laad Bazaar for the local jewellery, especially exquisite bangles, and to Pather Gatti for the famous Deccan pearls.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and a restful evening as Deccan Odyssey departs

Hyderabad for Aurangabad.

Overnight on board.

Day 6 Thu: Aurangabad - Ellora Caves - Jalgaon

Aurangabad, named after the Mughal King Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-Ka-Maqbara and the city's 52 gates.

As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th Century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colours and landscape.

In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender on board, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well-deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves - a World Heritage site.

Overnight on board.

Day 7 Fri: Ajanta caves - Mumbai

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon Station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.

Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Post lunch, you will disembark once more to visit a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi considered to be one of the most important thought leaders of not just India but the World.

In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner as Deccan Odyssey pulls into its last leg of journey to Mumbai.

Overnight on board.

Day 8 Sat: Disembark in Mumbai

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Destinations Covered

Mumbai – Nashik – Aurangabad – Jalgaon – Kolhapur – Goa – Ratnagiri – Mumbai

Day 1 Sat: Mumbai - Nashik

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 15:30 hrs to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Maharashtra Splendour journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be escorted to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Nashik.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2 Sun: Nashik - Aurangabad

This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.

After breakfast, disembark and spend the morning walking along the Godavari ghats observing several important Hindu rituals being performed. Continue on through the lively market by the ghats selling everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes and many things in between.

Thereafter drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old 'method traditionally' used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.

After a sumptuous lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Aurangabad.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3 Mon: Aurangabad - Ellora Caves - Jalgaon

As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th Century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colours and landscape.

In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender on board, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well-deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves - a World Heritage site.

Overnight on board.

Day 4 Tue: Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon Station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.

Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey as it continues on to the multifaceted city of Kolhapur.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.

In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.

Overnight on board.

Day 5 Wed: Kolhapur - Goa

Watch the hinterlands of Maharashtra sweep past as you relish breakfast. Enjoy some free time as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures, all waiting to be discovered!

After an early lunch on board you will disembark for a tour of the city.

Visit the New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt and sandstone octagonal palace from the 19th Century. Behold its beautiful architecture and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Continue to the Town Hall Museum, a sombre neo-gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs.

Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that you can carry back with you as a souvenir, before you proceed to a special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance.

You will then visit the 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple, also called Shakti Pethas, or place associated with the Goddess Shakti, said to be the consort of Lord Vishnu. Following your temple visit, witness a traditional martial arts performance called 'Mardani Khel' literally translated to mean masculine games.

After your sojourn into Kolhapur, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we depart for India's most happening destination - Goa.

Overnight on board.

Day 6 Thu: Goa - Ratnagiri

Today you arrive at Goa, India's smallest state, with strong Portuguese influences, having been a colony of Portugal till as late as 1961.

After breakfast, you will disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim which still has some well-preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas with its winding alleyways adorned by tiled-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and red.

Continue to Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa, for a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the once lofty St. Augustine tower that continues to valiantly withstand the vagaries of nature. Drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast, a meal that has Hindu origins but is heavily influenced by 400 years of Portuguese rule and pays ode to the fruits of the Arabian sea - shrimps, kingfish and mackerel washed down with some 'feni', a potent liquor made from cashew.

After lunch at spice plantation, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the plantation.

Complete your day in Goa with a visit to an Old Portuguese house and get another peek into Goan life.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Ratnagiri traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hills on the East, a marvellous feat of engineering that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills.

Overnight on board.

Day 7 Fri: Ratnagiri - Mumbai

The Deccan Odyssey brings you to Ratnagiri this morning - a veritable jewel on the Konkan coast. A land so blessed by sun and fertile alluvial valleys that it is abundant with a bounty of cashew nuts, Alphonso mangoes, coconuts, bananas, jackfruits and rice.

Disembark after breakfast and head to the Ganpatiphule temple - called thus because of a legend about Lord Ganpati who took umbrage at a remark made by a native lady, and moved to Pule (Marathi for a few km ahead of the town) from his original abode of Gule. Thus the region was named Ganpati-pule. The 400 year old idol here is said to have sprung from the soil.

From here, make your way to beach to enjoy the lovely coastline that the region offers. Have a relaxed morning at the beach.

Make your way back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and to relax a while.

Disembark once more and make your way to a mango and cashew plantation and watch the workers labour at producing the King of all fruits in India. Walk around and soak in the goodness of nature.

Post the farm; take a walk through the town and exploring the 'wadas' or the local Maharashtrian neighbourhood and the markets selling the lovely produce of the region.

Head back to Ratnagiri Station and board the Deccan Odyssey after a lovely relaxing day.

Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai.

Overnight on board.

Day 8 Sat: Disembark in Mumbai

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Duration

7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Destinations Covered

Mumbai - Aurangabad - Pench (Ramtek) - Tadoba - Ajanta -Nashik – Mumbai

Day 1 Sat: Mumbai - Ellora Caves

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 15:30 hrs to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your “Maharashtra Wild Trail” journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Ellora Caves - a World Heritage Site.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2 Sun: Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, named after the Mughal King Aurangzeb, today industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where you head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara and the city's 52 gates.

The morning on board is free time or you may choose the option of enjoying a relaxing massage at a spa.

Post an early lunch; disembark for a scenic drive that takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, this site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th Century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

Next climb up to explore the lofty Daulatabad Fort, occupied since at least 100 BC, and which houses the remains of Buddhist caves similar to those at Ajanta and Ellora.

You will then return to the Deccan Odyssey to freshen up before heading back to the city for dinner.

Overnight on board.

Day 3 Mon: Aurangabad - Ramtek

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out to the Old City of Aurangabad.

Spend the morning visiting Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the mausoleum of Dilras Banu, Aurangzeb's wife and a replica of the famous Taj Mahal. Built between 1651 and 1661 by her son, Prince Azam Shah, the monument is also called the 'Taj of the Deccan' and was intended to rival the splendour of the Taj Mahal, but unfortunately fell short.

Next visit a facility that specialises in the weaving of Himroo fabric. The fabric of choice for the royalty of that age, Himroo has been associated with Aurangabad since the 14th Century, when Muhammad Tughlaq made it his capital. Himroo features Persian designs woven with gold and silver threads and takes its name from Hum-ruh, which means 'similar' in Persian, as it is a replica of the Kum Khwab fabric that was popular in royal courts before Himroo gained precedence.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board after which you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon indulging in the recreational activities on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colours and landscape making its way to Ramtek for Pench National Park.

In the evening, enjoy a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served.

Overnight on board.

Day 4 Tue: Pench National Park (Ramtek) - Tadoba

Awaken before sunrise today as the Deccan Odyssey pulls into Ramtek, for your date with nature's beautiful creations at the Pench National Park. Named after the Pench River, which meanders through it like a mammoth python, splitting it into almost equal halves, the park is immensely rich in biodiversity, its terrain defined by hills, valleys and the occasional precipitous slope, an important ecosystem supporting an abundance of flora and fauna, including a rich variety of aquatic life.

After an exhilarating game drive, return to the Deccan Odyssey for a leisurely brunch on board.

Disembark again in the afternoon for your second adventure into the wild. The Pench National Park is four different forest regions in one, an extravagance of trees, shrubs, grasses, climbers, weeds and herbs, with teak being the most prominent of the tree species. Birdlife here is equally bountiful, the feathered denizens of Pench including both resident and migratory birds like Malabar pied hornbills, Indian pittas, ospreys, grey-headed fishing eagles, white-eyed buzzards, storks, waterfowls, four endangered vulture species, and the green pigeon, which is the State Bird of Maharashtra.

After an exciting day at Pench, return to Ramtek Station to board the Deccan Odyssey.

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as the Deccan Odyssey departs for Tadoba, the land of the mighty tigers.

Overnight on board.

Day 5 Wed: Tadoba - Jalgaon

Wake up before the sun this morning as the Deccan Odyssey rolls back into Chandrapur Station, for your early morning safari into the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, also called the Land of Tigers, for its high tiger density. It is not uncommon to spot tigers and wild dogs here, with plenty of opportunities for close encounters with leopards, sloth bears, gaurs (the Indian bison), the rusty spotted cat, ratels, various species of deer, wild pigs and more.

After an exciting morning, a late breakfast will be served at the Tiger Trails lodge, following which you can relax, view a documentary on wildlife or interact with our naturalist.

Enjoy lunch at the lodge before you return to Chandrapur Station to board the Deccan Odyssey.

Sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender on board, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well-deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.

Overnight on board.

Day 6 Thu: Jalgaon- Ajanta Caves - Nashik

After breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon Station this morning from where you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, a World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art as well as the fusion of Buddhist and Hindu faith.

After exploring Ajanta, return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch as it takes you towards Nashik.

The rest of the day is free time for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.

Relax and watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.

Overnight on board.

Day 7 Fri: Nashik - Mumbai

This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.

After breakfast, disembark and spend the morning walking along the Godavari Ghats observing several important Hindu rituals being performed. Continue on through the lively Wednesday market which sells everything from cow dung cakes to freshly caught catfish and many things in between.

Thereafter drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Be taken through the age old 'method traditionally' used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their fine creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.

After a sumptuous lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Mumbai, the last leg of the journey.

The rest of the day is free time on board.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 8 Sat: Disembark in Mumbai

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Deccan Odyssey Departure Dates
Journey 2016 2017 2018
Maharashtra Splendour
7N/8D
1st Oct, 5th Nov, 26th Nov, 24th Dec, 31st Dec   21st Jan, 11th Feb, 25th Feb, 18th Mar, 15th Apr, 29th Apr, 23th Sept, 30-Sep,4-Nov, 25-Nov,23-Dec, 30-Dec 20-Jan, Feb, 24-Feb,17-Mar, 14-Apr,28-Apr, 22-Sep
Hidden Treasures of Gujarat 7N/8D 29th Oct, 04th Mar, 25th Mar, 28-Oct 3-Mar, 24-Mar
Indian Odyssey 
7N/8D
22nd Oct, 19th Nov, 17th Dec 14th Jan, 04th Feb, 08th Apr, 21-Oct,18-Nov,16-Dec 13-Jan, 3-Feb,  7-Apr
Indian Sojourn
7N/8D
15th Oct, 12th Nov, 10th Dec 07th Jan, 28th Jan, 1st Apr, 14-Oct, 11-Nov, 9-Dec 6-Jan, 27-Jan,  31-Mar
Jewels of the Deccan 7N/8D 08th Oct, 3rd Dec 18th Feb, 11th Mar, 22nd Apr, 7-Oct, 2-Dec 17-Feb, 10-Mar,  21-Apr
Maharashtra Wild trail 7N/8D   6th May , 13th May 5-May, 12-May
Deccan Odyssey Prices

7 Nights / 8 Days Journey

  • Maharashtra Splendor: Mumbai to Mumbai.
  • Indian Sojourn: Mumbai to Delhi.
  • Jewels of the Deccan: Mumbai to Mumbai.
  • Hidden Treasures of Gujarat: Mumbai to Mumbai
  • Indian Odyssey: Delhi to Mumbai.

Valid from Oct 2016 till September 2017
Rooming Single Occupancy Double/Twin Occupancy  02 Children
(Separate Deluxe Cabin)
Deluxe US$ 5,810 US$ 8,386 US$ 6, 290
Presidential Suite US$ 12,579 US$ 12, 579 US$ 6, 290
Valid from Oct 2017 till September 2018
Rooming Single Occupancy Double/Twin Occupancy  02 Children
(Separate Deluxe Cabin)
Deluxe US$ 6,100 US$ 8,750 US$ 6,565
Presidential Suite US$ 13,210 US$ 13,210 US$ 6,565

Note

  • The above rates are per cabin per journey.
  • As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries are subject to change in case of any changes in the routing etc.
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
  • Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children (One child up to 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years of age).
  • Government Service tax is additional, as applicable on date of journey.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en-suite bathrooms.
  • All meals (B, L, D).
  • Soft beverages during the meal hours.
  • 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

  • Laundry, alcoholic beverages, soft beverages during no meal hours.
  • Video and professional still camera fees.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • International and domestic air tickets.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation and tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey.
  • All activities mentioned as 'options' in the itinerary.
  • Taxes, Insurance, Gratuities.

Payment Terms

  1. 20% of the ticket value at the time of booking.
  2. 80% of the ticket value 45 days before the departure date.

Cancellation Terms

  1. Request for cancellation must be made in writing at info@blisstouristic.com & acknowledged by Bliss Touristic.
  2. No cancellation charges if cancelling 60 days prior to the departure date.
  3. Retention of 20% of ticket value on cancelling 59 – 45 days prior to the departure date.
  4. Retention of 50% of ticket Value on cancelling 44 – 30 days prior to the departure date.
  5. Retention of 100% of ticket value on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure date.
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