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Indian Sojourn - Deccan Odyssey

Welcome to a spectacular train journey in inimitable royal style and luxury on one of India's iconic trains, the Deccan Odyssey. The Odyssey will take you on an 8-day extravaganza, through the fascinating, ever-changing vistas of a colourful, vibrant and ancient India, from its premier metropolis Mumbai to its capital city Delhi, traversing ancient kingdoms and their historic traditions as you view the beautiful monuments of Vadodara, the lakes and palaces at Udaipur, catch a glimpse of the ancient traditions of the Bishnois of Jodhpur, visit the glorious Taj Mahal at Agra, attempt tiger spotting at Ranthambore and explore the effervescent city of Jaipur. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Price Starting From Rupees3,44,449/-* pp

Highlights:

  • Traditional welcome on-board the Deccan Odyssey.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.
  • High-tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara.
  • Boat ride on the waters of Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  • Village visit and Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur.
  • Explore Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Agra.
  • Wildlife safari inside Ranthambore National Park.
  • Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Amer Fort in Jaipur.
  • Sumptuous meals on-board the train and at special venues.

Best Season:

October

  • Day Wise Itinerary
  • Notes
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

Depart Mumbai * On Tovadodara

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey. This afternoon, assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai and complete your registration and check in formalities for your Indian Odyssey journey as you are given a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink. After completion of all the formalities, you will be shown your delightful cabins and the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Vadodara. Before dinner is served, you can familiarize yourself with the layout of the train and the location of the restaurants, bar and the on board spa.

Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Meals: Dinner will be served onboard.

Vadodara

Arrive at the capital of the Gaekwads - Vadodara, located along the seasonal river Vishwamitri. After breakfast, 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.

Post lunch, 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 Laxmi 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 armory 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 kitchens.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey as it heads for Udaipur.

Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served onboard.

Udaipur

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 Aravali 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. After the dazzling tour of the City Palace Museum and cruise, you return to the train to enjoy a hearty lunch on board.

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, brassware and terracotta sculptures.

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

Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served onboard.

Jodhpur

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 at leisure on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Note: 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 at a hotel. (On your own). Lunch will be served on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Post lunch; 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, pass 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 royal courtyard of Mehrangarh Fort 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 the Deccan Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch will be served onboard & Dinner will be served in a restaurant.

Agra

After a leisurely breakfast on board, visit the Taj Mahal, this 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, 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, another outstanding example of Mughal architecture, and 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-Am, 'Hall of Public Audience and the Royal Pavilions is not to be missed.

Later, 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 at a hotel 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 the Deccan Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner will be served onboard & Lunch will be served in a restaurant.

Sawai Madhopur

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 where a multitude of visitors are likely 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 beer, 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 your train for lunch.

The afternoon is at leisure.

Continue your adventure into the jungle. When you're done with the jungle, feel free to share the spoils (of your photo-shoots!) at high tea at 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 train where you can relax with a drink before dinner on board, as the Deccan Odyssey sets off for Jaipur, famously known as the 'Pink City'.

Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served onboard.

Jaipur

Legendary for the triumphs of its proud Rajputs, Jaipur, the city of victory, is surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills - each crowned by a formidable fort - and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all their splendour, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colorful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. After breakfast, you will drive to Maharaja Mansingh's 17th century masterpiece, the Amber Fort that overlooks the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort is a sprawling complex of courtyards and 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 is the Palace of Winds, otherwise known as the Hawa Mahal, famous for its intricate pink sandstone carving and a beautiful view of the city. Lunch will be served at the City hotel.

In the afternoon, 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 colorful 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 the Deccan Odyssey

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner will be served onboard & Lunch will be served in a restaurant.

Disembark In New Delhi

Early this morning, your train arrives at New Delhi and after breakfast, you will disembark. Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Meals: Breakfast will be served onboard.

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