Deccan Odyssey – “Indian Sojourn”
India is home to over a billion people, several hundred dialects, 29 states, and a cultural diversity that baffles the mind. Discovering the soul of this spectacular country is best achieved through the quintessential Indian experience of train travel. And there is no train more encapsulating than the Deccan Odyssey.
The Deccan Odyssey’s luxury accommodation will transport you into an age of romance and royalty. An 8 day trip, in a comfortable cabin, across the mystical and magnificent landscapes between Mumbai, Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur and Delhi.
This package is complete with breakfast, lunch and dinner, airport transfers and deluxe coach transport which will allow you to explore world heritage sites, forts, palaces, including the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and a range of cultural experiences.
Please take a moment to read through this top amazing train journeys.
Flight and Welcome Mumbai.
A representative will transfer you to the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station, show you to your cabin.
Mumbai to the capital of 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.
In the afternoon, 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.
Enjoy high tea at the resplendent Laxmi Vilas Palace, built in 1890, and the residence of the Royal family even today.
Vadodara to Udaipar, a medieval township set on the shores of Lake Pichola.
Enjoy boat cruise on Lake Pichola, which is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD – The picturesque cruise presents some of the most important historical monuments, fine havelis, temples and palaces, including the City Palace dotted along the lakeside.
The cruise stops for a visit the City Palace, standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola and lunch at Jagmandir Palace.
Udaipar to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan and also called the ‘Sun City’.
Visit the Mehrangarh Fort followed by walking tour of the Old Clock Tower Market. Mehrangarh Fort – This spectacular fort made from red sandstone stands on a perpendicular cliff above the skyline of Jodhpur.
The evening is is reserved for Marwar barbeque delicacies that you can savor in the royal courtyard the Mehrangarh Fort.
Jodhpur to Agra, on the banks of the River Yamuna.
Visit to Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A pristine monument of undying love; It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.
Later, visit Itmad-ud-daulah followed by lunch at the city hotel.
Afterwards explore the popular Agra Fort.
Enjoy a private shopping tour or enjoy a spa treatment as optional activities.
Agra to Sawai Madhopur.
A visit is arranged to the Ranthambore National Park, wth ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country’s best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger.
After the game drive, a safari canter will take you back to train for lunch on board.
Later, proceed for a village tour and interact with locals.
Enjoy a high-tea at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge, which served as a royal hunting ground for the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur.
Sawai Madhopur to Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’.
To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to your first stop Amber Fort. With an optional ride on caparisoned elephants.
Visit Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, followed by a visit to Albert Hall and the City Palace, home of the erstwhile royal family.
After lunch, you choose between a a spa session in a city hotel or take a stroll in the colorful markets of Jaipur which are stocked with handicraft, paintings, bangles, lehenga cholis and other knick-knacks.
Jaipur to Delhi and disembark at Delhi Cantt Railway station.
Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.