Deccan Odyssey Asia, India
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Deccan Odyssey - Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:
- discount off the published prices of any journey
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. There are 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 Suite
Twin-bed Deluxe Suite
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 suite cabins 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
The 7-night/8-day journey covers UNESCO world heritage sites, historical and cultural visits as well as beaches. The route is Mumbai > Aurangabad > Tadoba > Ajanta > Nashik > Kohlapur > Goa > Mumbai
Day one. Mumbai. Joining the train in Mumbai in the evening, dinner is served with an overnight on the train.
Day two. Aurangabad. The Ellora Caves are a unique artistic creation and exhibits a seamless blend of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain heritage forming an extraordinary complex of temples carved from a single basalt cliff. There is a visit to Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, a 17th century beautiful monument that is a replica of the Taj Mahal, displaying Mughal architecture. Dinner and overnight stay on the train.
Day three. Tadoba Tiger Reserve. Upon your arrival at the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, enjoy the thrill of spotting wildlife in their natural surroundings. Spend an adventurous day with morning and afternoon safaris. Dinner and overnight stay on board the train.
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. Dinner and overnight stay on the train.
Day five. Nashik. Nashik, popularly known as the 'Vineyard of India' is a delight to wander around. Later, there is a Champagne tour followed by lunch. Dinner and overnight stay on board the train.
Day six. Kohlapur. Following breakfast, we visit the 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 Kolhapur, with architecture typical of the British Raj. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day seven. Goa. This is beautiful a area of golden beaches and interesting historical sites. We visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a Portuguese 16th century church: Se Cathedral Church, this beautiful Portuguese-looking building is one of the largest churches in Asia, built in 1562: Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1661 by the Portuguese, emulating Portuguese architecture: Museum of Goan Antiquities, step back in time to mull over Goa's cultural history. Later, enjoy a walking tour to the old Latin quarters known as Fontanhas. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day eight. Mumbai. Return to the at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus for the end of the journey.
Dates and Prices 2015/2016
2015: September 5,26. October 3. November 7,28. December 26. 2016: January 2,23. February 13,27. March 19. April 16,30. September 24.
Hidden Treasures Of Gujarat
7 nights/8 days. Mumbai > Vadodra > Bhavnagar > Sasangir > Little Run of Kutch > Modhera> Ahmedabad > Delhi
A week-long royal journey through some of the best places in Maharashtra namely Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Goa, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ellora, Ajanta and Nasik.
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. On arrival we travel by road to the ancient Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is full of archaeological remains. Later we go to the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace for a high tea. Laxmi Vilas Palace is the erstwhile residence of the Royal Family. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day three. Bhavnagar. Travelling to the precincts of Bhavnagar, we take an excursion to Palitana, a town famous for its spectacular cluster of Jain temples built entirely out of marble. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day four. Sasangir. Here one visits the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for having the only surviving population of Asiatic Lions, with a myriad of birds and other creatures. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day five. Little Runn of Kutch. This is a salty marshland located near the Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. The Little Rann of Kutch is famous as the world's largest refuge of the Indian Wild Ass (Khur). Apart from this, there are villages and settlements renowned for their traditional embroideries and weaving. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day six. Modhera. Early morning we go by road to the 11th century Sun Temple and the fabulous Rani-ka-Vav stepwell, the finest example of cavernous architecture for water management. In the afternoon, there is the opportunity for exploring the Veechar Utensils Museum displaying utensils that date back to the Indus Valley Civilization. The sightseeing tour will be followed by a themed dinner. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day seven. Ahmedabad. Here we visit the beautiful Sabarmati Ashram, which played a pivotal role in India's fight for freedom. Thereafter, stroll through the architectural wonders of the heritage city of Ahmedabad, such as Swaminarayan Temple and Jama Masjid. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day eight. Delhi. After arriving at the Delhi Cantt Railway Station, the journey ends.
Dates and Prices 2015/2016
2015: October 10,31. December 5. 2016: March 5,26.
7 nights/8 days. New Delhi > Sawai Madhopur > Agra > Jaipur > Jodhpur > Udaipur > Vadodra > Mumbai
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. Jodhpur. If you happen to be awake early morning you will have the pleasure of seeing the beautiful structures of Jodhpur come into view. After breakfast, guests will have time to wander the old market of Jodhpur as well as visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, built 400 feet above the city level and affording amazing views of the surrounding areas. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day six. 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 seven. 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 eight. Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai the journey is complete.
Dates and Prices 2015/2016
2015 - September 19. October 24. November 21. December 19. 2016: January 16. February 6. April 9.
- 50% reduction for children between 6 - 12 years of age when sharing cabin with parents - Service tax @3.09% has been included in the price - All inclusions in the tour as per the train programme.
- 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
Tariff are subject to change without notice.
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.
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