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Indian Sojourn

Deccan Odyssey

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

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

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

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

History

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

Deccan Odyssey - Indian Sojourn: Mumbai to Delhi

Itinerary

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Cevered: Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park – FridayJaipur - Delhi

Day 01 – Saturday

Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai - on to Vadodara
Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Indian Sojourn journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome 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 Vadodara.

Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 02 – Sunday - Vadodara

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

Breakfast over, 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 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 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 kitchens.

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 03 – Monday -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.

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, brassware and terracotta sculptures.

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

Breakfast on board, Lunch & Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 04 – Tuesday - 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, 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 at a hotel.

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 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

Breakfast & Lunch on board; barbeque at Mehrangarh Fort.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 05 – Wednesday - Agra

Arriving at Agra, you will realize that the Mughals were not just the greatest dynasty to rule India but also its greatest builders. 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, 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, 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 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.

Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City Hotel; Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 06 – Thursday - Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park

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 tribals 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 the Pink City of "Jaipur".

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 07 – Friday Jaipur

Legendary for the triumphs of its proud Rajputs, Jaipur, the City of Victory, 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 Mansingh'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 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.

Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City hotel; Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 08 – Saturday - Disembark in Delhi

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

Breakfast on board

Tour concludes. We thanks you for your patronage and ensures a punctual transfer to the Airport for your onward travel.

Tour Inclusions:-

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Soft Beverages including juices, mineral water and aerated drinks
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off board excursions on SIC basis for Deluxe cabins and private car for Presidential Suites and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide


Tour Exclusions:-

  • Insurance, Gratuities
  • Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours
  • Video and Professional Still Camera fees
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • International and Domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation
  • Tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
  • All activities mentioned as 'options' in the itinerary

Tariff

Season 2019-2020 (September 2019 to May 2020) Per Cabin per Journey Price for 07 Nights/ 08 Days

For International travellers Only
Occupancy Deluxe Cabin Presidential Suite Description
Single US$ 6,734 US$ 14,584 Single Cabin
Double/Twin US$ 9,600 US$ 14,584 TWN Sharing Cabin
2 Children
US$ 7,248 US$ 7,248 In a separate deluxe cabin

For Indian National
Occupancy Deluxe Cabin Presidential Suite Description
Single INR 4,71,380 INR 10,20,880 Single Cabin
Double/Twin INR 6,76,200 INR 10,20,880 TWN Sharing Cabin
2 Children
INR 5,07,360 INR 5,07,360 In a separate deluxe cabin
# 5% GST will be extra as applicable.
# Presidential Suite can accommodate upto 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children ( One child upto 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years)
# The tariff is inclusive of cost of travel, accommodation, all meals, sightseeing tours, entrance fee
(excluding video camera fee) for monuments & palaces and entertainment.
# Tariff does not include liquor, laundry and other items of personal nature.

The above Tariff is subject to change without notice.
Service Tax are subject to change as per the government of India directives.


Reservation / Cancellation - Terms & Conditions

Booking Policy:
  • 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 80% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
  • For USD bookings: The payable amount in INR should be credited in our account as per the rate of exchange
    (ROE) of the previous day of the date (www.rbi.org.in) of transferring the amount by the agent.
Cancellation Policy:
  • No cancellation on cancelling 60 days prior to the departure date.
  • Retention of 20% of ticket value on cancelling 59-45 days prior to the departure date.
  • Retention of 50% of ticket value on cancelling 44-30 days prior to the departure date.
  • Rentention of 100% of ticket value on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure date.
Child Policy:
  1. Deccan Odyssey does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated
    adult atmosphere we endeavor to maintain.
  2. One child up to 5 years of age shall be allowed free of cost in the Deluxe Cabin, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  3. For families, with a child between 6-12 years of age, or, with two children with one child below 5
    years and another between 6-12 years,
    we recommend the Presidential Suite which has a double bed in the bedroom and can be shared with a child below 5 years and a sofa cum bed in the living room which can accommodate the older child. In this case, the child/children will be accommodated free of cost.
  4. In case of two children between 6-12 years of age travelling with their parents, you will have to take 2 cabins.
    The first child pays 25% of the adult fare and the second child will have to pay 50% of the adult fare.
  5. One of the parents will have to be present with the child / children in the cabin.

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:
# No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel
will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
# En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons,
no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour
shall be treated as forfeited.
# Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or
Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to
availability. No refunds are possible and every case will be decided on merits on a case to case
basis. No amendment will be permissible in case of booking of groups or complete train.

Schedule

MONTH Indian Sojourn 7N/8D
Oct 2019 12
Nov 2019 9
Dec 2019 7
Jan 2020 4,25
Feb 2020 29
Mar 2020 28
Sep 2020 19
Oct 2020 10
Nov 2020 7
Dec 2020 19
Jan 2021 2,23
Feb 2021 27
Mar 2021 27

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.

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.

Why Choose Deccan Odyssey?

  • Best Luxury Train in Asia The Deccan Odyssey train has been won again the best luxury train in Asia at the World Travel Awards 2017. Successfully running since 2003, this royal ride is actually a five star hotel on wheels.
  • Six Different Itineraries A traveler would get to the most exotic Indian destinations like New Delhi, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Vadodara, Ellora Caves, Mumbai and the famous south Indian destinations.
  • Beautiful Blue Train The Blue Limousine with its 12 elegant coaches brings back the grand history of Maharashtra. The in-house restaurants named Peshwa-I and Peshwa-II offer a wide range of cuisine.
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