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Deccan Odyssey

The first Indian luxury train 'Deccan Odyssey' showed a huge success and hence inspired the birth of another deluxe rail journey that covers the south western part of India. An invention of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), Deccan Odyssey is an outcome of result of the tireless efforts of the team. A proposal was made to launch a deluxe train tour in Maharashtra in 2001 and following the same, MTDC and the Indian Railway Ministry signed a MOU to convert this idea into a reality.

After all the related discussions and paperwork, Railway Board got a green signal from The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in 2002. The ICF members took around five months to finalize the design of this luxury train. Since it was not a cake walk for the engineers, hence they spent a few more months to give shape to this vision and henceforth the construction began.

Towards the end of 2003, this Blue Limousine was finally on wheels and the final result awe struck everyone as it was placed on the tracks for the first time. Inspired by the best royal trains in the world like the Blue Train of South Africa or Orient Express of Europe; Deccan Odyssey was provided every modern facility. Years of hard work, presented an ultimate luxury train, completely in-line with the Maharashtrian royalty.  

16th January, 2004 opened a new chapter in the history of Maharashtra tourism as the Deccan Odyssey began its regal journey with an inaugural ceremony from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai. An epitome of luxury, Taj Group of Hotels joined hands with Deccan Odyssey to offer a 5 star hotel facility to the onboard guests. Every care was taken to present the guests with the warmest hospitality services and live up to their expectations.

Deccan Odyssey's history is all about what the visionaries had dreamt and the tireless effort of the engineers and craftsman that turned it into a reality. All the 21 coaches of Deccan Odyssey are elegantly decorated to provide an insight view of the luxury travelling style similar to the Maharajas of the bygone era.
All the destinations are covered in a weeklong Maharashtra tour and the guests can witness the vividness of Maharashtra. As they traverse through the diverse landscapes, they will be surprised by the rolling wheels of Deccan Odyssey that transfers them to a world that is royal, stylish and awe-inspiring.

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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