The Deccan Odyssey - Exclusive
Enjoy the sights and sounds of India on this unique Holidays By Rail tour. Spend 8 days travelling from Delhi to Mumbai, on board the luxury train The Deccan Odyssey.
Spend 8 days travelling from Delhi to Mumbai, on board the luxury train The Deccan Odyssey. You will be visiting Ranthambore, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Vadodara and Aurangabad. Stop off at the world famous Taj Mahal, enjoy a morning game drive in Ranthambore National Park where you may even catch sight of the elusive tiger, visit Jaipur, capital of the desert state of Rajasthan and romantic Udaipur, famed for its lakes and palaces. Both Champaner and Ellora are UNESCO world heritage sites, the former being the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal city in India, the latter are Buddhist caves dating back to the 4th century AD and end this remarkable journey at iconic Victoria Terminus in the heart of bustling and colourful Mumbai.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 7 nights on board the Deccan Odyssey in deluxe cabin with en-suite bathrooms
- 1 night's hotel accommodation in Delhi at Claridges, a 5-star heritage hotel
- All meals on board the train (B,L,D) and Bed and breakfast in Delhi (B)
- All transfers between the airport, the hotel and the train station.
- Soft beverages during meals in Deccan Odyssey
- Valet Service in Deccan Odyssey
- Delhi - Monuments and visits included to India Gate, President House, Jama Mosque, Raj Ghat, Qutub Minar, Birla House & Rail Museum.
- Morning Game drive in Ranthambore and a local village safari
- The Taj Mahal, Itmad-ud-Daullah known as Baby Taj and the imposing Agra Fort
- Jaipur City Palace, Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar Observatory
- Udaipur City Palace, the world famous Crystal Gallery and a cruise on Lake Pichola
- Vadodara - Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park and Jami Masjid
- Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, former home of the Maharaja where guests will enjoy a folk performance whilst tasting delicacies cooked in the royal kitchens
- Ellora - the finest Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cave temples in India
- Opportunities to shop in the lively bazaars of Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur
- Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing in Delhi
- Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary
- Services of Deccan Odyssey tour manager during the journey.
- Inclusive of entrance fees, park fees and transport charges.
- All applicable taxes (including Government service taxes)
Day 1 - Arrive - Delhi By Flight
This morning you will arrive at Delhi's International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a SITA representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Where you will proceed for check-in
India's capital and a major gateway to the country, Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor travelling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks. Remainder of the day will be at leisure.
Day 2 - Delhi - Ranthambore By Luxury Train
Post breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Delhi covering Jama Mosque the largest mosque in India, Drive Past Red Fort, visit to Raj Ghat - scene of Gandhi`s cremation, Qutub Minar complex built by city`s first sultan , India Gate, a war memorial and drive past president house and parliament house. In the afternoon visit Gandhi Smriti (Birla House) followed by a visit to Indian Railway Museum. This evening assemble at the railway station at approximately 1830 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 Sawai Madhopur. Dinner on board. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (B, D)
Day 3 - In Ranthambore
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! When you're done with the jungle, return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey. Feel free to share the spoils (of your photoshoots!) over a leisurely lunch before you set out for a village safari. 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 for an interaction 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 Agra, the city of the world famous “Taj Mahal". Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
Day 4 - 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. 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 Jaipur, The Pink City. Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City Hotel; Dinner on board. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Jaipur
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 Udaipur. Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City hotel; Dinner on board. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
Day 6 - 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 reach Jagmandir, a 17th century Palace located on an island on the picturesque lake, for an exquisite lunch. Allow the sounds of the Tabla and the unique Jal Tarang to soothe your inner rhythm as you glance out to the lovely views of one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan.
After lunch, return to Deccan Odyssey for a short rest. 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 Vadodara. Breakfast on board, Lunch at Jagmandir & Dinner on board. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
Day 7 - 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 pulls out for Aurangabad. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Aurangabad
Today brings a late start, leaving the morning free for you to enjoy a languid breakfast and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Later, as you savour lunch, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. After exploring Ellora, return to the Deccan Odyssey. This evening relax with a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Mumbai - Departure
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. You will be met by our representative at railway station who will assist you and drop at airport to board flight back home. (B)
Holidays By Rail Exclusive Offer receive the following extras for only £50.00 per person.
- Upgrade from Deluxe Room to a Suite at the Claridges hotel New Delhi
- 1 bottle of Indian wine in your room at Claridges hotel New Delhi on Day-1
- 1 cooking demo and dinner with an Indian family at Delhi on Day-1
- Complimentary wifi facilities at the hotel and onboard Deccan Odyssey train
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Deccan Odyssey is fully air conditioned throughout and has two opulent restaurant cars serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu featuring a range of Indian and International cuisine. There is a fully-stocked bar car, lounge car, library and also a spa car, with a steam bath and a small gym. A range of beauty treatments and spa therapies such as Ayurvedic massage and facials are offered in the spa car (payable locally). Complimentary bottled water and soft beverages are available and there is a laundry service and money exchange facilities at selected destinations. The train is formed of 21 carriages, of which 12 guest cars each house four comfortable deluxe cabins and a lounge with a live television and souvenir shop. Deluxe cabins either have twin or double beds, a wardrobe with safe and an en suite bathroom with WC and shower. Each coach has its own butler and 24 hour room service is available.
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: Departs 18th October 2019 (£4,399), 15th November 2019 (£4,399), 13th December 2019 (£4,399)
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