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For Deaparture Date: 11th September 2019


Published Tariff: USD 9660 Per Twin Deluxe Cabin for 02 pax

Welcome to Indian Odyssey, 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 capital Delhi to its premier metropolis Mumbai, traversing ancient kingdoms and their historic traditions as you attempt tiger spotting at Ranthambore, visit the glorious Taj Mahal at Agra, the effervescent city of Jaipur, the lakes and palaces at Udaipur , view the beautiful forts of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Itinerary

Duration: DELHI TO MUMBAI - 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Udaipur – Mumbai


Day 01 : Wednesday

Board the Deccan Odyssey at Delhi – on to Agra

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

This evening assemble at the railway station at approximately 1800 hours 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 welcome drink.

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

Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 02 : Thursday

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 unrivaled 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.

Later, you have the opportunity to visit the local markets to admire the exquisite Pietra Dura (marble inlay) artefacts and Mughal ornaments 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.

Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City Hotel; Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 03 : 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 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 Sawai Madhopur.

Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City hotel; Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan OdysseyJaipur

Day 04 : Saturday

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 a leisurely breakfast before you set out for your 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.

When you’re done with the village safari, return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before you set out for a 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!

After a fulfilling afternoon, proceed for high tea at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur. Feel free to share the spoils (of your photo-shoots!)

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 Jodhpur.

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

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 05 : Sunday

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.

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.
In the evening enjoy a wide array of sumptuous Marwar barbeque 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 Jaisalmer.

Breakfast & Lunch on board; Barbeque at Mehrangarh Fort.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 06 : Monday

Jaisalmer

Early morning, disembark to enjoy a sun rise view of the sand dunes with high tea followed by camel ride.

Return to Deccan Odyssey for breakfast.

Later, disembark to visit Gadisar Lake followed by Forts and Havelis.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for leisurely lunch and rest of the time at leisure while the train departs for Udaipur.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner onboard.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 07 : Tuesday

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.

Later, board a ferry to ride on Lake Pichola to glance out to the lovely views of one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan.

Lunch onboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Later embark on a walking tour through the Old City of Udaipur. On this tour you will explore the Old City’s lively, busy and old fashioned colourful bazar which still retains local charm and feel. As we walk along on the serpentine narrow streets, the place gives us the opportunity to see the shops selling spices, tea, bamboo baskets, flowers, sweets and other household items.
Thereafter you return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening and dinner as we depart for Vadodara.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 08 : Wednesday

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.

Breakfast on board

Detailed Schedule

Day 01 / Wednesday Depart Delhi - 11th Sep 2019
1800 Check in at Delhi Railway Station
1900 Deccan Odyssey departs for Sawaimadhopur
1915 Unpack and enjoy first your first evening familiarising yourself with Deccan Odyssey
and the services on board
1945 Dinner on board
Day 02 / Thursday Agra - 12th Sep 2019
0700 Breakfast on board
Enjoy time at leisure
0900 Disembark and proceed to visit Taj Mahal
1230 Lunch at City hotel
1430 Proceed to visit Itmad ud Daulah and Agra Fort
After the visit there will time to shop for traditional artefacts
1845 Return and board the Deccan Odyssey
1930 Dinner on board
Day 03 / Friday Jaipur - 13th Sep 2019
0630 Breakfast on board
0800 Disembark and proceed to visit Amber Fort. Enroute take a picture stop at Hawa Mahal
Followed by visit of City Palace and Observatory
1315 Buffet Lunch at Jai Mahal Palace
1500 After the lunch there will be time to shop for traditional artefacts
1900 Return to the Deccan Odyssey
1930 Dinner on board
Day 04 / Saturday Sawai Madhopur - 14th Sep 2019
0700 Breakfast on board
0800 Disembark and proceed for the morning village safari
1300 Lunch on board
1400 Disembark for the afternoon game drive in the Park (in canters)
1715 Later in the evening, enjoy a lively Hi -Tea at the Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge
1900 Return to the Deccan Odyssey and it departs for Jodhpur
1930 Dinner on board
Day 05 / Sunday Jodhpur - 15th Sep 2019
0800

Breakfast on board
Morning at leisure to enjoy facilities on board

1230 Lunch on board
1330 Disembark the Deccan Odyssey and proceed for the tour of clock tower market and Meherangarh Fort
1730 Enjoy Barbeque dinner at the ramparts of the Mehrangarh Fort
2000 Return to the Deccan Odyssey
Day 06 / Monday Jaisalmer - 16th Sep 2019
0530 Disembark to Sam dune for Sunrise visit with High Tea, enjoy Camel ride
0900 Return to Deccan Odyssey and breakfast on board
1000 Disembark for Sight Seeing - Visit of Gadsisar Lake, Fort, Havelies
1400 Board Deccan Odyssey - Enjoy Lunch on board
1600 Time at leisure
1930 Dinner on Board
Day 07 / Tuesday Udaipur - 17th Sep 2019
0730 Breakfast on board
1000 Disembark the Deccan Odyssey and proceed for the tour of City Palace and Crystal Gallery followed by boat ride on Lake Pichola
1300 Board the Deccan Odyssey
1330 Lunch on board
1500 Guest shall have an opportunity to embark on a Walking Tour through the Old City of Udaipur
1830 Return and board the Deccan Odyssey
1930 Dinner on board
Day 08 / Wednesday Arrive Mumbai - 18th Sep 2019
0700 Breakfast on board
0830 Check out and bid farewell to the train as your journey comes to an end!
Note : This itinerary is currently a suggested program. This will be subject to confirmation only once we receive approval from Railway Board post submission & confirmation from your end. The process of initiation & acquiring necessary approvals from Railway Board would take about or more than 10-12 weeks

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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