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Maharashtra Splendor (Mumbai to Mumbai) || 08 Days

Indian Odyssey (Delhi to Mumbai) || 08 Days

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat (Mumbai to Mumbai) || 08 Days

Indian Sojourn (Mumbai to Delhi) || 08 Days
Jewels of The Deccan (Mumbai to Mumbai) || 08 Days

 
Itineraries


  Maharashtra Splendor (Mumbai to Mumbai) || 08 Days

Mumbai - Nashik - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Kolhapur - Goa - Ratnagiri - Mumbai

Welcome to a fascinating journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey, an 8 day ride through the hinterlands of Maharashtra, the majestic Western Ghats, into the Deccan and Konkan regions of a vast and diverse continent. This itinerary includes visits to some of the most prominent & unexplored destinations of west-central India, with a trip to the holy city of Nashik, now also India's wine capital to the unrivaled Ajanta & Ellora Caves the historical city of Kolhapur with its many experiences,to Goa, India's most popular holiday destination; finishing with a visit to the holy city of Ratnagiri. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Highlights

  • The jewels of ancient Indian architecture - Ajanta & Ellora Caves
  • "Mardani Khel" Martial arts of the Marathas
  • Wine tasting at an Indian vineyard in Nashik
  • Goan Cuisine and an old Portuguese villa - a slice of living history
  • The holy town of Ratnagiri

Day 01, Saturday        Mumbai

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey!
Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hrs to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Maharashtra Splendor 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 Mumbai for Nashik.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 02, Sunday        Nashik

This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.
After breakfast, disembark and spend the morning walking along the Godavari Ghats observing several important Hindu rituals being performed. Continue on through the lively market by the Ghats which sells everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes and many things in between.
Thereafter drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old 'methode traditionnelle' used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.
After a sumptuous lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Aurangabad.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at the vineyard; Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 03, Monday        Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara and the city's 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them.
As you enjoy breakfast, 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 kms 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.
Savor a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape.
In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.
In the evening, enjoy a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner onboard.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 04, Tuesday        Ajanta

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast onboard, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.
Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey as it continues on to the multifaceted city of Kolhapur.
The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available onboard. Watch a movie, learn the rules of 'carrom', a popular Indian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.
In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 05, Wednesday        Kolhapur

Watch the hinterlands of Maharashtra sweep past as you relish breakfast. Enjoy time at leisure as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures, all waiting to be discovered!
After an early lunch on board you will disembark for a tour of the city.
Visit the New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt and sandstone octagonal Palace from the 19th century. Behold its beautiful architecture and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Continue to the Town Hall Museum, a somber neo-Gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs.
Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that you can carry back with you as a souvenir, before you proceed to a special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance.
You will then visit the 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple, also called Shakti Pethas, or place associated with the Goddess Shakti, said to be the consort of Lord Vishnu. Following your temple visit, witness a traditional martial arts performance called 'Mardani Khel' literally translated to mean masculine games.
After your sojourn into Kolhapur, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we depart for India's most happening destination - Goa.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 06, Thursday        Goa

Today you arrive at Goa, India's smallest state, with strong Portuguese influences, having been a colony of Portugal till as late as 1961.
After breakfast, you will disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim which still has some well preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas with its winding alleyways adorned by tiled-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and red.
Continue to Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa, for a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the once lofty St. Augustine tower that continues to valiantly withstand the vagaries of nature.
Drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast, a meal that has Hindu origins but is heavily influenced by 400 years of Portuguese rule and pays ode to the fruits of the Arabian sea - shrimps, kingfish and mackerel washed down with some 'feni', a potent liquor made from cashew. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the plantation.
Complete your day in Goa with a visit to an old Portuguese house and get another peek into Goan life.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Ratnagiri traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hills on the East, a marvelous feat of engineering, that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at the spice plantation; High Tea at Palacio de deao; Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07, Friday        Ratnagiri

The Deccan Odyssey brings you to Ratnagiri this morning - a veritable jewel on the Konkan coast. A land so blessed by sun and fertile alluvial valleys that it is abundant with a bounty of cashew nuts, Alphonso mangoes, coconuts, bananas, jackfruits and rice.
Disembark after breakfast and head to the Ganpatiphule temple - called thus because of a legend about Lord Ganpati who took umbrage at a remark made by a native lady, and moved to Pule (Marathi for a few km ahead of the town) from his original abode of Gule. Thus the region was named Ganpati-pule. The 400 yr old idol here is said to have sprung from the soil.
From here, make your way to beach to enjoy the lovely coastline that the region offers. Have a relaxed morning at the beach.
Make your way back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and to relax a while.
Disembark once more and make your way to a mango and cashew plantation and watch the workers labor at producing the king of all fruits in India. Walk around and soak in the goodness of nature.
Post the farm, take a walk through the town and exploring the 'wadas' or the local Maharashtrian neighborhood and the markets selling the lovely produce of the region.
Head back to Ratnagiri station and board the Deccan Odyssey after a lovely relaxing day.
Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 08, Saturday        Mumbai

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.
Breakfast on board.

  Indian Odyssey (Delhi to Mumbai) || 08 Days

New Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Aurangabad - Mumbai

Welcome to Indian Odyssey, a spectacular train journey in inimitable royal style and luxury on one of India's iconic trains, the Deccan Odyssey. The Odyssey will take you on an 8-day extravaganza, through the fascinating, ever-changing vistas of a colorful, vibrant and ancient India, from its capital Delhi to its premier metropolis Mumbai, traversing ancient kingdoms and their historic traditions as you attempt tiger spotting at Ranthambore, visit the glorious Taj Mahal at Agra, the effervescent city of Jaipur, the lakes and palaces at Udaipur, view the beautiful monuments of Vadodara, and visit some of the most prominent & unexplored destinations of west-central India, with a trip to the unrivaled Ellora Caves. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Highlights

  • India's architectural wonders in Agra, Vadodara, Jaipur, Ranthambore
  • Secret recipes from the Royal kitchens of Gujarat and Rajasthan
  • The thrill of looking for the elusive Tiger at Ranthambore
  • Retail therapy in the bustling bazaars of the Royal cities of Rajasthan
  • The jewels of ancient Indian architecture, the wondrous cave temples of Ellora, along the Western seaboard - a World Heritage Site

Day 01, Saturday        Delhi

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey!
This evening assemble at the railway station at 2015 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.

Day 02, Sunday        Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park

Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan is the alighting point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India’s efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population can be seen here. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to spot one of these majestic animals.
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!
Return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a short rest before your next adventure into the village.
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 colors to offset the drab desert, and most people live in mud huts. Visit a local home and interact 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.

Day 03, Monday        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) artifacts 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.

Day 04, Tuesday        Jaipur

Legendary for the triumphs of its proud Rajputs, Jaipur, the City of Victory, is surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills - crowned by formidable forts - and beautiful palaces, mansions & gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all their splendor, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colorful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people.
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, armory, 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.

Day 05, Wednesday        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

Day 06, Thursday        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 armory and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savor some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchens.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Aurangabad.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07, Friday        Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Makbara and the city's 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them.
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 savor 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 onboard.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 08, Saturday        Mumbai

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.
Breakfast on board.

  Hidden Treasures of Gujarat (Mumbai to Mumbai) || 08 Days

Mumbai - Vadodara - Palitana - Sasan Gir - Somnath - Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera - Patan - Nashik - Mumbai

Welcome to Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, a spellbinding railroad journey on board the iconic Deccan Odyssey, one of India's most luxurious and opulent trains. On this exciting journey through Gujarat, India's most westerly state, explore the medieval capital of Vadodara and the pilgrim town of Palitana. Discover the pugmarks of history at the only sanctuary of Asiatic Lions in the Subcontinent; marvel at the unique featureless landscape of the Little Rann; wander through the architectural wonders of Modhera and visit the holy city of Nashik, before culminating your journey in the financial city, Mumbai.

Highlights
  • World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh
  • Historic monuments at Palitana and Modhera
  • The Asiatic Lions in Sasan Gir
  • Wine tasting and vineyard tour in Nashik
Day 01, Saturday        Mumbai
Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey!
Early this evening, assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Hidden Treasures of Gujarat 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 Mumbai for Vadodara.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 02, Sunaday        Vadodara

As you enjoy breakfast this morning the Deccan Odyssey arrives 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 armory and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savor some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchens.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Palitana.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 03, Monday        Palitana

Rise early this morning and after breakfast head out to explore one of the world's largest temple complexes, Palitana, famed for its spectacular cluster of Jain temples exquisitely carved in marble.
Spend the day exploring the most significant of the over 900 temples located on a hilltop at Palitana - considered to be the most sacred pilgrimage spot of the Jains.
After a full morning with the Jain Tirthankars, return to the Deccan Odyssey for a sumptuous lunch as it makes its way to Sasan Gir, the sole home of the Asiatic Lion.
The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie, learn the rules of 'carrom', a popular Indian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.
Relax and watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 04, Tuesday        Sasan Gir - Somnath

Wake up to a golden dawn and after an early breakfast, disembark for your drive to Sasan Gir - The Gir Forest National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary. A guide will accompany you for your morning game drive into the Gir forest; keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the majestic and extremely rare Asiatic lion! Experience the magic of the wild all around you as you venture deep into this natural habitat, with everything from tiny wild birds, not easily seen, but heard, singing in the forest canopy, to crocodiles sunning themselves in marshy waters.
After the excitement of the morning, enjoy a relaxed lunch followed by a tribal dance at the Gateway hotel before proceeding to the Somnath temple.
Watch the vibrant village panorama unfold as you drive to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (manifestations of Lord Shiva) of India, housed in the beautiful Somnath temple. Located on the shores of Arabian Sea, Somnath, first said to be built in 4th century AD, is positioned such that there is no land mass between it and the Antarctic. The temple has been destroyed, looted and rebuilt several times.
As the afternoon melts into evening, soak in the view of Somnath temple bathed in the hues of the setting sun. Return to the Deccan Odyssey and unwind with a drink before dinner on board, as you set off for the Little Rann of Kutch.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at the Gateway hotel, Gir forest; Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 05, Wednesday        Little Rann of Kutch

Breakfast at the first blush of dawn today as the Deccan Odyssey pulls into the Viramgam station where you will disembark to drive to a stop over point and transfer to jeeps for a safari into the deceptively named Little Rann of Kutch.
The Rann is a seasonal salt marsh, the largest in the world at over 7500 sq. kms., a saline desert where the dry air whips your face, mirages abound and parched earth unfolds as far as the eye can see. During the monsoons, these arid flatlands fill with water creating a still, salty sea.
Explore the Rann on your jeep safari; the Wild Ass Sanctuary here is one of the few places to spot the ghudkar, or Indian wild ass. Other species here include the desert fox, jungle cat, jackal and several birds. Since there is virtually no vegetation for animals to hide behind, they are easy to spot while driving around.
After your visit to the sanctuary, lunch will be at the Rann Riders Resort with time to relax and refresh yourselves. Enjoy the regional specialties of the Maliks of Rann, and delicious Gujarati fare in this charming resort surrounded by the desert.
Spend some time walking around and meeting the other species of the lodge which include the unique to the region Marwari & Kathiawari horses.
Later, drive out for a village safari to meet the varied communities that call the Rann their home. You will find the Agarias, salt-panners, hard at work drying out the salt. Visit the homes of the Rabari tribe and experience their way of life. Another interesting aspect to look out for are the beaded bangles made by the Mirs of Dasada. Continue to a local school where you will be greeted by enthusiastic children eager to share information about themselves and learn about your part of the world.
Having taken in your share of this great white vastness, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and head for Patan.
Breakfast & Dinner on board; Lunch at the Rann Riders Safari Resort.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 06, Thursday        Modhera - Patan

This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Patan, the 8th century fortified town, the capital of Gujarat in medieval times.
Breakfast over, disembark and drive to the Sun Temple at Modhera. This grand, awe-inspiring 11th century sandstone monument was built by the Solanki dynasty and is dedicated to the sun god. The complex is full of elaborate carvings and the resident priest enjoys explaining the legends they depict. A step tank in front of the temple has 108 shrines that lead down to the water.
After visiting the sun temple, drive to Patan to visit the lovely 11th century step well called Rani ki Vav, a fine example of subterranean well architecture. Walk down into the depths of this extravagant step well, one of the biggest in Gujarat, passing hundreds of delicate carvings and statues of Parvati, Shiva, Vishnu and other gods etched into its side walls. It is evident that this well was constructed not just to store water but was also a site for worship and community gatherings.
Thereafter, visit Patola house, the centre of the Salvi family's traditional craft, the creating of exquisite silk Patola sarees. Weavers since the 12th century, the Salvi's have enjoyed the patronage of the royalty of Gujarat as the sarees created by them have gained the reputation of works of art.
Having visited Patola house, drive back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board. The afternoon is at leisure as you proceed towards Nashik.
In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07, Friday        Nashik

This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.
After breakfast, disembark for an active start to your morning as you head to Pandu Leni - considered one of the most ancient Jain & Buddhist Cave temples in India. Some of this set of 24 caves, date back to 1st century BC and others are from a more recent period like 13th century AD. After your climb down from the caves, drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old 'methode traditionnelle' used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey and relax for a while.
In the evening, disembark once more for a walk along the Godavari Ghats; observe the various Hindu rituals related to birth, death and initiation being performed here. Once again, return back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it rolls towards it's ultimate destination - Mumbai.
Breakfast, Lunch at the vineyard, Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 08, Saturday        Mumbai

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.
Breakfast on board.

  Indian Sojourn (Mumbai to Delhi) || 08 Days

Mumbai – Vadodara - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Agra - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Delhi

Welcome to Indian Sojourn, a spectacular train journey in inimitable royal style and luxury on one of India's iconic trains, the Deccan Odyssey. The Odyssey will take you on an 8-day extravaganza, through the fascinating, ever-changing vistas of a colourful, vibrant and ancient India, from its premier metropolis Mumbai to its capital city Delhi, traversing ancient kingdoms and their historic traditions as you view the beautiful monuments of Vadodara, the lakes and palaces at Udaipur, catch a glimpse of the ancient traditions of the Bishnois of Jodhpur, visit the glorious Taj Mahal at Agra, attempt tiger spotting at Ranthambore and explore the effervescent city of Jaipur. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Highlights

  • India's architectural wonders in Agra, Vadodara, Jaipur, Ranthambore
  • Secret recipes from the Royal kitchens of Gujarat and Rajasthan
  • The thrill of looking for the elusive Tiger at Ranthambore
  • Retail therapy in the bustling bazaars of the Royal cities in Rajasthan
Day 01, Saturday        Mumbai
Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey!
Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Indian Sojourn 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 Mumbai for Vadodara.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 02, Sunday        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 armory and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savor some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchens.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Udaipur.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 03, Monday        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. The tour of this magnificent city is completed with a boat cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch.
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 Jodhpur.
Breakfast on board, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 04, Tuesday        Jodhpur

This morning as the Deccan Odyssey travels through the stronghold of the Marwar region, enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you breakfast, unwind and experience the striking panorama of the Thar Desert, arriving at Jodhpur.
The morning is at leisure on board the Deccan Odyssey, but those who wish to step out have the option of visiting a weavers' village, a potters' village as well as a Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi tribe, indigenous to India, follow the 29 principles laid down by their Guru about 540 years ago, to protect trees and wildlife ensuring a healthy eco-friendly social life for the community. Take a peep into their lives where traditions and skills are passed down unchanged through generations OR enjoy spa facilities at a hotel.
Lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Following lunch, set out once again to explore the magnificent city of Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, after the vivid blue-painted houses that surround the Mehrangarh Fort. Set like a pearl amidst the stark desert, this former capital of Marwar boasts some of the finest architecture from the Rajput era, renowned for its superb forts and glorious palaces.
Experience glimpses of the lifestyle of the residents as you explore the city. Walk through the bustle of the Old Clock Tower market, past old havelis and houses, continue to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, the pride of Jodhpur. Marvel at the intricate carvings and expansive courtyards of the several palaces inside as well as the amazing view of palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes and the arts and crafts of a bygone era at the museum.
In the evening enjoy a wide array of sumptuous Marwar barbecue delights served in the royal courtyard of Mehrangarh Fort as you admire the cityscape from atop.
Having taken in your share of the sublime beauty of Jodhpur, return to the Deccan Odyssey and head for Agra.
Breakfast & Lunch on board; barbeque at Mehrangarh Fort.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 05, Wednesday        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) artifacts 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 Sawai Madhopur.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City Hotel; Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 06, Thursday        Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park

Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan is the alighting point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India's efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population can be seen here. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to spot one of these majestic animals.
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!
Return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a short rest before your next adventure into the village.
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 colors to offset the drab desert, and most people live in mud huts. Visit a local home and interact 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 the Pink City of "Jaipur".
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07, Friday        Jaipur

Legendary for the triumphs of its proud Rajputs, Jaipur, the City of Victory, is surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills - crowned by formidable forts - and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all their splendor, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colorful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people.
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, armory, 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 Delhi.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City hotel; Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 08, Saturday        Delhi

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at the Delhi Cantt Railway Station.
Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.
Breakfast on board.

  Jewels of The Deccan (Mumbai to Mumbai) || 08 Days

Mumbai - Bijapur - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hampi - Hyderabad - Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves - Mumbai

Welcome to Jewels of the Deccan, an 8-day journey through India's Deccan plateau on India's premier luxury train, the Deccan Odyssey, that takes you through tales and architectural wonders of the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur to the Chalukyan in Aihole & Pattadakal, onto the powerful Vijayanagara kingdom in Hampi ; to the contrasting styles of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda and the Asaf Jahi, established later in Hyderabad and finally visits to some of the most prominent & unexplored destinations of west-central India, with a trip to the unrivaled Ajanta & Ellora Caves. Sprinkled among these stories and fables, are visits to quaint little towns famed for hand operated looms that weave vast quantities of beautiful fabric, and samplings of some of the best Dakkhani cuisine to be had. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Highlights

  • Iconic symbols and UNESCO World heritage Sites in Aihole - Pattadakal and Hampi
  • Culinary delights of the Nizams in Hyderabad
  • Retail therapy at the bustling bazaars of Hyderabad
  • The wondrous cave temples of Ajanta & Ellora
Day 01, Saturday        Mumbai
Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey!
Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Jewels of the Deccan 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 Mumbai for Bijapur in Karnataka.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 02, Sunday        Bijapur
Relish breakfast this morning as the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Bijapur, the historic Capital of the Sultans of Deccan.
Established between the 10th and 11th centuries by the Kalyani Chalukyas, Bijapur changed hands often, passing into the hands of new conquerors and invaders. In the second half of 16th and early 17th century, under the aegis of the Adil Shahi dynasty, their capital city of Bijapur occupied a prominent place among the celebrated cities of India and even surpassed great cities of Delhi, Agra and Mughal India. Due to the secular nature and liberal patronage of the Adil Shahi Sultans, many scholars, poets, painters, dancers, calligraphers, musicians, Sufi saints and other men of arts flocked to Bijapur which also came to be known as the 'Palmyra of the Deccan'.
After breakfast, disembark and first head to the Gol Gumbaz, literally 'round dome', and the second largest tomb in the world; the mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur, it is a structural triumph of Deccan architecture, with a circular gallery where the tiniest of whispers gets magnified owing to the unique acoustics of the dome.
Next, head to the Jumma Masjid, known as one of the first mosques in India and then onto Malik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world. Don't hesitate to make a wish here as legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true!
Visit Mehtar Mahal, a 17th century ornamental gateway to a mosque. Then, drive to and explore Ibrahim Rouza, considered amongst the most elegant Islamic monuments in India; its 24m high minarets said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board as it departs for Aihole & Pattadakal.
Spend the evening marveling at the subtly changing shades of the formidable granite landscape as the Deccan Odyssey snakes its way through the Deccan plateau.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner onboard.
Overnight on the Deccan Odyssey.

Day 03, Monday        Aihole - Pattadakal

Rise early this morning, and after breakfast head out to explore the temples and ancient settlements of Aihole and Pattadakal, one of the world's largest temple complexes.
Aihole, is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. Explore a few of the over 70 rock cut temples constructed by the Chalukyan kings in a completely experimental style, with each temple different from the others in the complex and even from other temples in India itself.
Continue on to Pattadakal situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River and explore the architectural style here which combines South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) forms. In fact this architecture can be seen to have influenced later architecture commissioned by the Hoysala and other dynasties.
For lunch, head back to the Deccan Odyssey.
Post lunch, you can choose an optional tour to the lovely weaving village of Guledgud, famous for its hand and power looms of ilkal and khann. Observe the process of weaving and head to an outlet where you can pick up lovely souvenirs to carry back home. OR visit the rock cut caves & sculptured temples in Badami.
Head back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it makes its way to Hampi.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 04, Tuesday        Hampi
This morning as you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Hospet. Today you will visit the iconic City of Victory - Hampi, a World Heritage site, famous for its splendid architecture, sculptures and their historical significance.
A short drive quickly changes your landscape from the city bustle to sentient massive boulders as you reach Hampi. Stop at the Narasimha statue and spend some time taking pictures and looking around.
Next head to the mustard Ganesh, located at the base of the Hemkuta hills, and quite a misnomer as the elephant God statue here is anything but small! Take in the breathtaking vistas around the hills with their little caves and alcoves. Walk the banks of the Tungabhadra River as you leave the Virupaksha temple on to the famed Vittala temple, the polar power sites of Hampi, one a living temple, the other a most extravagant architectural showpiece.
Head back to Hospet for lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Post lunch, disembark once more to continue your exploration, reaching the Royal Center at Hampi. This area was the citadel of the Vijayanagara kings and encompasses courtly and military structures. Visit the Queens Bath, the Stepped Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba or great platform, where a ramp is available to reach its summit, the Hazararama Temple, the Queens Enclosure with its Lotus Mahal and the Elephant stables.
After a full day of visiting the wonders of Hampi, return to the Hospet station. Board the Deccan Odyssey for your onward journey to Hyderabad as you sit down at dinner.
Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 05, Wednesday        Hyderabad
This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Royal City of the Nizams, Hyderabad. Legends abound over how this capital of the Asaf Jahi dynasty came to be called Hyderabad. One of the more interesting ones is that it was named after Bhagmati, the Hindu wife of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, who converted to Islam and changed her name to Hyder Mahal.
After an early breakfast this morning, disembark and drive towards the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur, Golconda. Originally a mud fort, it soon acquired impressive proportions after becoming the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a little rest.
Alternately, you could also choose to take an optional shopping tour. Hyderabad is a city known for its pearls, lac bangles and custom made oil based fragrances or "ittars" amongst other specials. Spend your morning shopping and follow it up with lunch comprising the famed Hyderabadi Biryani.
Continue on to Falaknuma Palace, the name means "like the sky", as it stands tall, reaching for the clouds. Take a tour of this beautiful palace followed by a sumptuous high tea.
Thereafter explore the old city area of Charminar and its bustling bazaars.
Standing tall in the centre of the city, Charminar is a global icon for Hyderabad and one of the most recognized structures of India. It was ostensibly built there by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to fulfill his vow of building a mosque if the plague epidemic ravaging the city ceased. It is interesting to walk through and shop in the markets in the Charminar area, a busy bustling area. Walk through Laad Bazaar for the local jewellery, especially exquisite bangles, and to Pather Gatti for the famous Deccan pearls. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and a restful evening as Deccan Odyssey departs Hyderabad for Aurangabad.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at the Falaknuma Palace.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 06, Thursday        Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

Aurangabad - Ellora Caves Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara and the city's 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them.
As you enjoy breakfast, 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 kms 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.
Savor a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape.
In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner onboard.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07, Friday        Ajanta Caves

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast onboard, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.
Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Post lunch, you will disembark once more to visit a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi considered to be one of the most important thought leaders of not just India but the World. One can learn a lot from visiting the Gandhi Teerth which pays ode to the man who quoted "My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him."
In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner as Deccan Odyssey pulls into its last leg of journey to Mumbai.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 08, Saturday        Mumbai

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.
Breakfast on board.

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