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Indian Odyssey

A journey of discovery aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey train visiting some of India’s most iconic destinations but with the comfort and luxury of not having to pack and unpack every couple of days. Witness the countryside, be enthralled by India’s cities, monuments and countryside and at the end of each day, return to the luxury of one of India’s finest trains. Relax with a refreshing drink, be pampered with the private butler service and enjoy the wonderful food whilst discovering different facets of India from the storytellers on board and your fellow passengers.

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Destinations Covered

Delhi | Sawai Madhopur | Ranthambore | Agra | Jaipur | Udaipur | Vadodara | Aurangabad | Mumbai

Key Highlights

  • Discover India’s heady metropolis Mumbai!
  • A visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra.
  • Traversing ancient forests as you attempt to sight a tiger, leopard or bear in Ranthambore National Park.
  • The City Palace, Amber Fort, monuments and markets of Rajasthan’s first city, Jaipur.
  • Rajasthan’s most romantic city, Udaipur, famous for its lakes and palaces.
  • Explore the beautiful monuments of Vadodara.
  • Visit the unrivalled Ellora Caves.
  • This is a railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other.

Itinerary

Day 01Arrive Delhi
Board the Deccan Odyssey at Delhi – on to Sawai Madhopur. After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Delhi for Sawai Madhopur.
Day 02Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore Nationl Park
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before you set out for your village safari.Enjoy a leisurely lunch on board before you set out for a game drive in search of one of India’s elusive tigers.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.
The Deccan Odyssey sets off for Agra, the city of the world famous “Taj Mahal
On Board
Day 03Agra
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.  Lunch at a City Hotel.After lunch, your tour of Agra continues as you visit Itmad-ud-Daulah and the Agra Fort. 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 enjoy spa facilities at a hotel. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and your onward journey to Jaipur, The Pink City.
On Board
Day 04Jaipur
After breakfast you drive to Maharaja Mansingh’s 17th century masterpiece, the Amber Fort which overlooks the beautiful Maota Lake. En-route to Amber Fort visit the Palace of Winds, otherwise known as the Hawa Mahal.  Continue onto the famous City Palace of Jaipur, a complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards. Lunch at a City hotel, following which you may choose to participate in an optional tour. Enjoy spa facilities at a palace hotel OR have the opportunity to explore the colorful bazaars of the Pink City.Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner on board as it departs for Udaipur.
On Board
Day 05Udaipur
Visit the famous City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.  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. After lunch, return to Deccan Odyssey for a short rest. Later embark on a Walking Tour through the Old City of Udaipur. Thereafter you return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening and dinner the train departs for Vadodara.
On Board
Day 06Vadodara
After breakfast, visit Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. Return to Deccan Odyssey for lunch.Post lunch, drive to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, originally constructed as a school for the Maharaja’s children. Enjoy high tea at the resplendent Laxmi Vilas Palace, built in 1890, and the residence of the Royal family even today. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as the train starts its journey for Aurangabad.
On Board
Day 07Aurangabad – Ellora Caves
After a leisurely morning, head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site and 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. After exploring Ellora, return to the Deccan Odyssey.This evening relax with a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served
On Board
Day 08Mumbai
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.
Luxury India Train Travel, Indian Odyssey
Luxury India Train Travel, Indian Odyssey
Luxury India Train Travel, Indian Odyssey

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Delhi is a city that bridges many different worlds. It has seen the rise and fall of many empires, that have left behind a plethora of monuments commemorating the glory of bygone ages. Then there is Old Delhi, with its labyrinth of narrow lanes, lined with crumbling Havelis and housing India’s largest mosque; in contrast, New Delhi created by the British Raj comprises spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Then in modern Delhi, you will discover a city of shopping malls, world-class restaurants, fascinating museums and art galleries and a vivacious performing-arts scene. Whether architects or chefs, history buffs or teenagers,
Agra home of the beautiful Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. On a moonlit night, the view of the ethereally white Taj by the silently flowing Yamuna is a sight that can inspire poetry. Yet as a city, it was originally, meticulously planned, built and nurtured by three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan, during the most glorious era of the Mughal Empire and has many other extraordinary monuments to explore once the Taj has been visited. Sikandra, Itmad ud Daula and the impressive Agra Fort an architectural masterpiece, built as a military fort, which was later converted into an opulent palace by Shah Jahan, who was later imprisoned there by his son Aurangzeb.
Surrounded by ancient forts and the rugged Aravali Hills, Jaipur, Rajasthan's Pink City, is one of the most enticing places in India. Every aspect of Jaipur (The story goes that when Queen Victoria visited 1876, the maharaja painted the whole city pink hence its nickname) was originally meticulously planned when it was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Today it is one of India’s fastest-growing cities, showcasing ‘new meets old’, yet even in the most modern parts, ancient traditions remain.
Set amongst rolling hills and shimmering lakes, beautiful views, and large open spaces, Udaipur is considered by many as the most beautiful and romantic city in Rajasthan. It contrasts with the creations of the Moghuls and the fortifications of the other cities of Rajasthan, due to its love of the whimsical and crafted elegance. It is also surprisingly quiet and traffic-free which gives it the atmosphere of a small town where it is easy to stroll around its winding alleyways, bustling bazaars, and tree-lined streets.
Bombay, now known as Mumbai, is a world unto itself, with a unique intensity that hits you the moment you land. Mumbai, India’s greatest port, financial capital, and trend-setting East-West nexus. Perched on the Arabian Sea on an island and separated from the rest of India by a winding creek. Its culture is contemporary, vibrant and often in your face, reflecting both the affluence and poverty of more than 15 million people crowded onto this island. Restaurants, bars, museums, and shops intermingle with shining new skyscrapers, congested streets, bright neon lights, and the glamorous film industry of Bollywood, India’s most prolific film industry.
Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is the perfect place to go in search of India’s mega fauna, including leopard, hyena, deer, sloth bear, wild boar, jungle cat, prolific birdlife and of course, the Royal Bengal Tiger. The region was originally earmarked as the former private hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur, until it was declared a National Park as part of Project Tiger in 1972.  It is made up of dry scrub, deciduous forests, shimmering lakes, undulating meadows, ancient mountains and contains a historic fort – all of which combine to provide a protective home to India’s indigenous wildlife and birdlife as well as the migratory birds which visit during the season.
Most majestic and romantic of all the Indian states is Rajasthan with its royal palaces, forts, and legendary cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur whose majesty and history conjure up images of the opulence synonymous with the region. It combines ancient desert tribes, warring Rajputs and royal Maharajas and features forgotten.