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Fay says,"What a lovely thought, a beauty salon in a train; an experience that is not quite of this world. The same could be said of some of the sites visited in Maharashtra."
About The Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey is the air-conditioned Indian train that operates in the State of Maharashtra. The plush interiors are evocative of a bygone era, but with a modern twist, creating a special combination for an unforgettable memory.
With 21 carriages for up to just 80 passengers, the train has a crew of over 30 to oversee a comfortable journey.
There is plenty of space, with only 8 passengers per carriage in Deluxe class, 2 presidential suite carriages with 2 suites per carriage. There is one valet per carriage to attend to your needs..
Various on-board facilities such as the Spa, internet access and laundry service are chargeable. There are daily newspapers, and a foreign exchange service.
Double-Bed Deluxe Cabin
Twin-bed Deluxe Cabin
Cabins and Suites. Private attached bathroom with shower; 4-channel music facility; individual temperature control panel; direct dial telephone; electronic safe & small cupboard; each twin bed is 6' x 3'; the suites have a master bedroom with living area, bathroom & DVD player; personal butler available in each sleeper carriage 24hrs.
Dining Cars. The sumptuously decorated dining cars offer a single-sitting gourmet experience, allowing you to sample a variety of the region's cuisines. Breakfast and dinner are taken on board, with lunch occasionally taken at various destinations.
Lounge and Bar Cars. These beautifully decorated cars allow one to relax and enjoy the passing scenery, whilst enjoying refreshments and the company of other passengers.
Spa Car. The spa car offers massage therapy, a sauna and a beauty parlour offering various treatments, as well as a small gymnasium.
Conference Car. For business meetings, the conference car offers private rooms with internet access and secretarial services. Please contact us if you wish to book the conference car.
The two restaurant cars serve a range of Indian, Continental, Maharashtrian, Goan and Chinese cuisines. Menus are changed seasonally
The selection of journeys listed below offer an opportunity to see the wildlife of India as well as some of the most fabulously beautiful architecture in the world. More journeys not listed are Jewels of the Deccan and Indian Sojourn. Please contact us for details.
The Maharashtra Splendour
Mumbai – Nashik - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Kohlapur - Goa - Ratnagiri – Mumbai
The 7-night/8-day journey covers UNESCO world heritage sites, historical and cultural visits as well as beaches.
Day one. Mumbai. Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey. Assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at around 1530 hours for registration and check in. Enjoy a traditional welcome and later savor a refreshing welcome drink and settle in as the Deccan Odyssey leaves from Mumbai to Nashik. Dinner and overnight onboard
Day two. Nashik. During breakfast onboard one arrives at Nashik, the Vineyard of India. One can then stroll along the Godavari Ghats and observe different Hindu rituals being performed at the Ghat, before wandering the market. Later, drive to Grover Zampa vineyards for a tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing vineyards, before a wine tasting. Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes are used for the ancient methods that are still in use for preparing the best sparkling wines in India. Lunch is served. Deccan Odyssey leaves for Aurangabad. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day three. Aurangabad. Following breakfast on board, disembark for the journey to the Ellora Caves. One of the finest examples of cave temple architecture in India, the site of Ellora Caves has 34 rock-cut shrines that represent Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art that date back to the 4th and 5th centuries AD. Lunch is served back on the train and relaxation time as it travels to Jalgaon. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day four. Ajanta. Travel by road to the Ajanta Caves, home of the world's oldest frescoes, exhibiting the ancient murals and sculptures that depict the life of Buddha. Lunch is served back on the train and then time for a relaxing massage in the spa or just watch the scenery pass. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day five. Kohlapur. Following breakfast, we visit the octagonal New Palace, built in 1884. It houses a collection of memorabilia, as well as being the home of the Maharajah: Bhavani Mandap Mahalaxmi Temple, an historical building situated in the walled city centre of Kohlapur, with architecture typical of the British Raj. Wander the market before being taken to a special venue for tea and Lavanya Sandhya, a folk performance, followed by a martial arts performance. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day six. Goa. Following breakfast we Goa's sightseeing tour. Drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim that has some well-preserved houses built in the Portuguese style of architecture, where we wander around. Afterwards we visit Ribandar, the capital of Goa, allowing us time to walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the St. Augustine tower. Then we drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast which is a meal taking major influence from 400 years Old Portuguese rule, followed by a Goan folk performance and a tour of the spice plantation. Return to the train to go to Ratnagiri, travelling one of the most scenic railway route through the Konkan region. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day seven. Ratnagiri. Breakfast on board as the train passes through breathtaking scenery of the Konkan Coast- Ratnagiri. We then disembark for a visit to the Ganpatiphule temple. A revered temple of Ratnagiri, Ganpatiphule houses a 400 year old idol that is believed to have sprung from the soil. Later relax on the beach or take a stroll around the lovely coastline of the Konkan coast. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and relaxation before a drive to mango and cashew plantations. After a walk through the plantation, explore the 'wadas' or the local Maharashtrian neighborhood. Shop from the local markets of the region. Back on board for dinner as the Deccan Odyssey heads back to Mumbai.
Day eight. Mumbai. After breakfast the train arrives at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus for the end of the journey.
Dates and Prices 2017
2017: January 21. February 11,25. March 18. April 15,29. September 23.
Hidden Treasures Of Gujarat
Mumbai - Vadodara - Palitana - Sasan Gir & Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera & Patan - Nashik – Mumbai
7 nights/8 days. A week-long royal journey through some of the best places in Maharashtra.
Day one. Mumbai. Board the train and begin your journey towards the royal city of the Gaekwads, Vadodara. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day two. Vadodara. Located on the banks of Vishwamitri river, Vadodra is the the cultural epicenter of Gujarat. Following breakfast we go on a sightseeing trip of Vadodra, visiting a world heritage site, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological park. Post that, visit the 15th century Mosque, Jama Masjid, the construction of which is a beautiful blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. Sightseeing plans after lunch will include visit to Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Laxmi Vilas Palace, a royal residence that has intricate mosaic decorations on the windows and walls, and an exquisite collection of armory and sculptures. Enjoy a folk performance in the palacebefore returning to Deccan Odyssey. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day three. Palitana. Palitana is in the state of Gujarat and is a popular pilgrim spot. After breakfast, embark on a visit to the renowned Jain temples, which are in a group of 900 at a hilltop. Later return to the train as it heads towards Sasan Gir. Spend your afternoon at leisure in the comforts of Deccan Odyssey. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day four. Sasan Gir - Somnath. An early morning drive to Sasan Gir (Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary), for a guided tour to see the habitat of majestic Asiatic lions. Later we visit the 4th century Somnath temple. Return to the Deccan Odyssey as it departs for the Little Rann of Kutch. Breakfast on board. Lunch at the Gateway hotel. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day five. Little Rann of Kutch. As dawn breaks the train reaches the Viramgam station where we travel to the marshy salt desert of the Rann of Kutch, a scenic white desert. A jeep safari takes guests to the Wild Ass Sanctuary. After lunch there is a village safari tour of the Rann of Kutch. The region is home to numerous tribes like the Agarias and Rabari tribe. Later return to the train as it leaves for Patan. Breakfast, dinner and overnight on board. Lunch at the Rann Riders Safari Resort.
Day six . Modhera - Patan. Patan is an 8th century fortified town which is renowned for its forts, lakes, holy places and a world heritage site. One visits the sun temple at Modhera. Dedicated to the Sun God, the temple is an architectural masterpiece of sandstone with intricate carvings. Then we visit Rani Ki Vav, an 11th century step well that is one of the biggest in Gujarat and is a beautiful example of subterranean well architecture. Return to the train for lunch as it travels to Nashik. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day seven. Nashik. During breakfast onboard one arrives at Nashik, the Vineyard of India. Following breakfast, embark on a visit to one of the most ancient Jain and Buddhist cave temples in India, Pandu Leni. Some of the caves are as old as 1st century BC. Later, drive to Grover Zampa vineyards for a tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing vineyards, before a wine tasting. Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes are used for the ancient methods- 'méthode traditionnelle' that are still used for preparing the best sparkling wines in India. Lunch is served, following which one can stroll along the Godavari Ghats and observe different Hindu rituals being performed at the Ghat. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day eight. Mumbai. After breakfast the train arrives at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus for the end of the journey.
Dates and Prices 2017
2017: March 4,25.
Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Mumba
7 nights/8 days.
Day one. Delhi. Delhi Cantt Railway Station. Following check-in, board the train and settle in before enjoying a welcoming drink as the train departs for Sawai Madhopur and the Ranthambore National Park. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day two. Ranthambore. Arriving at Sawai Madhopur, one leaves the train to visit the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, now world-popular Ranthambore National Park, known for housing the big cats in great numbers. Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safaris, before returning to the train for dinner and overnight.
Day three. Agra. The Mughal city of Agra is mostly known for being home to the stunning Taj Mahal, an epitome of love and beauty. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Following breakfast we visit this white marble mausoleum followed by the Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, fondly known as the 'Baby Taj'. Then we visit the incredible Agra Fort, built in the 16th century, a mixture of Hindu and Islam architecture. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day four. Jaipur. Arriving in this pretty city known as the Pink City, guests disembark for a sightseeing tour of the 16th century impregnable Amber Fort, with its impressive architecture and intricate carvings. These sights may include the breathtaking red and pink sandstone Hawa Mahal, known as the Palace of the Winds with its unique five-storey exterior, akin to the honeycomb of the beehive, and its 953 small windows decorated with intricate lattice work; a visit to the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar, with its collection of architectural astronomical instruments. There will be time to wander the bazaars, followed by a gala dinner at a special venue. Overnight on the train.
Day five. Udaipur. During breakfast the train arrives in stunning Udaipur, often referred to as Venice of the east. Guests visit the City Palace complex, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles that was built in 1559 in a flamboyant style and considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan. Nearby in the Fateh Prakash Palace is located the Crystal Gallery,with a breathtaking private collection of beautiful crystal along with an exquisite jewel studded carpet. There is free time to wander the old city streets before taking an evening boat trip on Lake Pichola, famous for the romantic Lake Palace Hotel. Overnight on the train.
Day six. Vadodara. The city of the Gaekwads. Following breakfast, guests enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes the beautiful Jama Masjid. There is also a chance to explore the historic city of Gujarat, Champaner, founded in the 8th century. Here you visit the World Heritage site of Pavagadh Archaeological Park. The last visit of the day is to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. City tour is followed by an enthralling folk dance performance at the Laxmi Vilas Palace and then a sumptuous dinner including a wide range of authentic Gujarati dishes from the kitchen of the royalty. Overnight on the train.
Day seven. Aurangabad. Following breakfast on board, disembark for the journey to the Ellora Caves. One of the finest examples of cave temple architecture in India, the site of Ellora Caves has 34 rock-cut shrines that represent Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art that date back to the 4th and 5th centuries AD. Lunch is served back on the train and relaxation time as it travels to Jalgaon. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day eight. Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai the journey is complete.
Dates and Prices 2017
2017: January 7,14. February 4. April 8.
Prices/tax: Service tax @3.09/3.62% has been included in the price as a guide. This can be changed at any time.
Staged payments: 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking. Remaining 80% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure of the tour.
Cancellation Policy: No cancellation fee 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 Please note all bookings confirmed are non-transferable and will invite a cancellation charge as applicable.
Visas: Please check whether you need visas and vaccinations
Dress Code: Dress is smart casual with smart evening attire.
Included: Morning tea, breakfast, lunch & dinner; bottled drinking water; conducted sightseeing tours; entrance fees at monuments & wildlife reserves; cultural programmes. All inclusions in the tour as per the train programme.
Gratuities: The tipping charges are USD127pp for the entire journey (this is a guideline advised by train and not mandatory). The guest need not tip anybody off train i.e, it includes tip for coach drivers/guides etc.
Children: 50% reduction for children between 6 - 12 years of age when sharing cabin with parents.
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