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Indian Odyssey Journey

Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Ellora Caves - Mumbai
Durations: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Fare Starting From: USD 6734

Indian Odyssey Journey offered by the Deccan Odyssey, an Indian luxury train, beguiles you with incredible experiences. Soak-in the untamed wilderness of the Ranthambore National Park, admire the sublime beauty of the Taj Mahal and explore the Ajanta and Ellora Caves inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Come aboard and marvel at the ever-changing vistas from Delhi to Mumbai and Agra to Jaipur. Revel in the luxurious comforts of the train and a royal feeling. Tastefully crafted itinerary presents western and central India like never before.

Rating 3.5

Detail Itinerary


Day 1 New Delhi

Guests assemble at 2015 hours in railway station and complete their formalities related to registrations and check-in, which is followed by a traditional welcome and welcome drink.

You are shown your cabins where you then relax as the train departs for its first destination- Sawai Madhopur.

Dinner and overnight stay onboard.

Day 2 Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park

The train reaches Sawai Madhopur on the second day of Indian Odyssey Journey. Sawai Madhopur is majorly known for Ranthambore National Park which has a dense population of tigers and this is one of the best conserved tiger reserves of India. And this is why you have fair chances of spotting tigers here.

After refreshing breakfast leave for an enthralling game-drive in Ranthambore National Park.

Other than tigers, Ranthambore National Park is home to chital, sambar, nilgai, wild boar, sloth bear, chinkara gazelles, crocodiles, ducks, storks, jungle fowl, serpent eagle, woodpeckers etc.

When done with the game-drive, return to the comforts of your luxury train. Treat your taste-buds with delicious lunch and then proceed for village-safari.

Rajasthani folk and heritage has always fascinated people in India and beyond. What adds on to this already spectacular ethnicity is the friendliness of the locals who are welcoming and are always more than happy to serve the guests. This session of village-safari is meant to give you an insight of what makes Rajasthan one of India's most vibrant states.

Later, a high-tea experience awaits you at Sawai Madhopur Lodge, which indeed served as hunting lodge to Jaipur's royal family in the erstwhile era. Afterwards return to Deccan Odyssey where you can relax and sip a drink before you are served dinner. The train tonight leaves for Agra.

Overnight stay onboard.

Day 3 Agra

On this day the Deccan Odyssey enters the City of Taj, Agra. The city isn't only popular for the Seventh Wonder of the World (Taj Mahal), but its Mughal influence is fascinated by people regardless of their geographical confinements.

You are served breakfast onboard, after which Taj Mahal is scheduled for the visit. Taj Mahal, as everyone knows, is an epitome of love and brilliant architecture. This white marble mausoleum was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, in 1632. It took about 22 years to complete its construction but it was worth it as even a glimpse of this particular edifice fills the heart with awe.

Lunch is arranged in a City Hotel, after which you take a tour to another popular attraction of Agra, Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb. This mausoleum is also known as Baby Taj or Jewel Box and was built years before Taj Mahal, by Nur Jahan for her father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg. Afterwards, visit Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site) erected on the banks of Yamuna River. The fort has been standing at least since 11th century and was built by the Mughals. There are number of structures inside the fort that are worth a visit- such as Diwan-i-aam, Jahangir Palace and Sheesh Mahal, among others.

If the time permits, you are free to take a stroll in the local markets, which are popular for marble inlay (Pietra Dura) artifacts and Mughal ornaments. If not shopping, you can rejuvenate in a spa at a five-star hotel.

Return to the comforts of luxury train by late evening. Dinner is served onboard as the train leaves Stay overnight onboard.

Day 4 Jaipur

Welcome to the Pink City, the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The city is dotted with many architectural and historical structures and this heritage touch is complemented by its bazaars which are stocked with colorful knick-knacks.

After breakfast, proceed to visit Amber Fort which was built by Maharaja Mansingh in the 17th century. This, along with other Hill Forts of Rajasthan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is adorned with carvings, mirror-work, jalis and semi-precious stones.

While on your way to Amber Fort, stop by Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds. The palace features an intricate combination of various windows, which collectively look like a honeycomb. This was made mainly for the ladies of royal household, who wished to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the local market. Another site to visit before Amber Fort is the City Palace, with royal palaces, courtyards, gardens, decorative doorways and a well-stocked museum. Near the Palace is a royal observatory called Jantar Mantar dating back to 18th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site also houses world's largest stone sundial.

Later, have lunch in a city hotel and then either enjoy spa facilities in a five-star hotel or stroll through the colorful markets of the city.

Return to the royal train. Dinner is served as Deccan Odyssey departs for Udaipur.

Overnight stay onboard

Day 5 Udaipur

This morning, the train reaches the City of Lakes, Udaipur. The romantic backdrop of lazy Aravali Mountain range and glistening lakes, have led to the christening of the city as Venice of the East. Savor refreshing breakfast onboard.

After refreshing de-board and proceed for City Palace. This is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan, having fretted balconies, scalloped arches and cupolas. Also, the palace's most popular aspect is its Crystal Gallery. Afterwards, take a ferry ride upon Lake Pichola in order to reach Jagmandir for lunch. Jagmandir is a 17-century palace where the sound of Tabla and Jal Tarang are going to make the views even more spectacular.

Return to the comforts of your luxury train after lunch and take a break. Later, leave for a walking-tour through the Old City of Udaipur. The streets are filled with colorful handicrafts, puppets, wall hangings, cloth lanterns, ornaments, wooden boxes and what not!

Return to the comforts of the luxury train and relax. Dinner is served as the train departs for Vadodra. Overnight stay onboard.

Day 5 Vadodara

Have your breakfast onboard and then proceed to Champaner-Pavagadh Archeological Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This is the only unchanged and complete Islamic city of India. However, existence of Islam is still seen in many of the sites here like the Jami Masjid, which was built in 1513. The mosque represents a blend of both Muslim and Hindu architecture.

Return to Deccan Odyssey for lunch and then leave for Maharaja Fatehpur Singh Museum. The museum originally served as school for kings' kids. This, today, is an art-aficionados' delight as it exhibits paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and other European masters. Other than the paintings, bronze and marble sculptures are also put in display here.

High-tea is arranged in the Laxmi Vilas Palace, the residence of the royal family with its history dating back 1890. As a matter of fact, this is four times the size of Buckingham Palace. You can browse through the collection of sculptures, old armory and terracotta items. To make you feel the essence of the very culture, a folk performance is held accompanied by special delicacies from the royal kitchen.

Return to the train and enjoy your lunch as the train leaves for Aurangabad.

Overnight stay onboard.

Day 7 Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

Welcome to the historic Mughal city, Aurangabad which is named after the great Mughal ruler, Aurangabad. The city is celebrated for its Mughal influence. Another reason why Aurangabad is famed is its close proximity with the world-famous Ellora Caves.

Have an unhurried breakfast onboard and take advantages of the services offered in the train such as spa, lounge and indoor games. The train reaches Aurangabad in the afternoon. Have your lunch and leave for Ellora Caves, roughly 30 km from the city.

Ellora Caves is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising of 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain art. As per the historians, the caves date back to the time between 4th and 5th century AD. As a whole, there are 17 Hindu caves, 12 Buddhist caves and 5 Jain caves. Most notable of all is the Kailash Temple which is believed to represent Mount Kailash, the Adobe of Lord Shiva.

Head back to Deccan Odyssey after exploring Ellora Caves. Savor sun-downers at Mumbai Hi (onboard), followed by dinner.

Stay overnight onboard.

Day 8 Mumbai

Have your breakfast as the train stations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai. After this, the guests bid farewell and continue their onward journey.


Highlights:
  • Visit the architectural galore of Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Vadodara
  • Experience the thrilling safari in Ranthambore
  • Indulge yourself in the delectable Royal Kitchens of Rajasthan and Vadodara
  • Become a shopaholic getting indulge in traditional markets.

Departure Dates for Season 2019 - 20
Month Departure Dates
Oct 2019 19
Nov 2019 16
Dec 2019 14
Jan 2020 11
Feb 2020 1
Mar 2020 7
Apr 2020 4

Per Cabin Per Journey Price for 7 Nights / 8 Days Journey

(FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS ONLY)

Price for Season 2019 - 20
ROOMING SINGLE OCCUPANCY TWIN/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) 02 CHILDREN (in a separate Cabin)
Deluxe Cabin USD 6,734 USD 9,660 USD 7,248
Presidential Suite USD 14,584 USD 14,584 USD 7,248

(FOR INDIAN NATIONALS ONLY)

ROOMING SINGLE OCCUPANCY TWIN/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) 02 CHILDREN (in a separate Cabin)
Deluxe Cabin INR 4,71,380 INR 6,76,200 INR 5,07,360
Presidential Suite INR 10,20,880 INR 10,20,880 INR 5,07,360

Terms & Conditions

  • All Costs are in US Dollars
  • The above costs are per cabin per Journey
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • (Applicable for Children below 12 years)
  • Government Service tax of 5% GST is additional and will be charged extra on the published tariff
  • Prices are subject to change incase of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
  • Child rates are applicable from 6 to 12 years.
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • Soft Beverages during meals (B, L,D)
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
Exclusions:
  • Taxes, 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 and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS

Payment:
  • 20% of the ticket value at the time of booking
  • 80% of the ticket value 45 days before the departure date
Cancellation:
  • Any cancellation must be advised immediately by Email and subsequently confirmed by letter to the Central Reservation Division
  • 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
  • Retention of 100% of ticket value on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure date