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INDIAN ODYSSEY

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INDIAN ODYSSEY

7 Nights/8 Days

New Delhi ⇾ Sawai Madhopur ⇾ Agra ⇾ Jaipur ⇾ Udaipur ⇾ Vadodara ⇾ Mumbai

 Package Cost

Single Room Double Room
340140 INR  484045INR

Itinerary

Day 1

Board the Deccan Odyssey at Delhi – on to Sawai Madhopur

  1. Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

  2. This evening assemble at the railway station at approximately 1700 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.

  3. 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

  4. Dinner on board

  5. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (New Delhi) 1 Night.

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Day 2

Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore National Park

  1. 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.

  2. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you set out for your village safari.

  3. The people of Rajasthan’s villages are mostly tribal who subsist on farming and hunting. This friendly folk is 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.

  4. When you’re done with the village safari, return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before you set out for a game drive.

  5. 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!

  6. After a fulfilling afternoon, proceed for high tea at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur. Feel free to share the spoils (of your photo-shoots!)

  7. 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”

  8. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge

  9. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (Sawai Madhopur) 1 Night(s)

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Day 3

Agra

  1. 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.

  2. Lunch at a City Hotel.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Late evening, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and your onward journey to Jaipur, The Pink City.

  7. Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City Hotel; Dinner on board

  8. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (Agra) 1 Night(s)

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Day 4

Jaipur

  1. 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 splendour, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colourful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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, armor, 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.

  5. Lunch at a City hotel.

  6. 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-center and its outskirts.

  7. 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.

  8. Breakfast on board; Lunch at a City hotel; Dinner on board

  9. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (Jaipur) 1 Night

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Day 5

Udaipur

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Later embark on a walking tour through the Old City of Udaipur. On this tour, you will explore the Old City’s lively, busy and old-fashioned colorful bazar which still retains the local charm and feel. As we walk along on the serpentine narrow streets, the place gives us the opportunity to see the shops selling spices, tea, bamboo baskets, flowers, sweets and other household items.

  5. Thereafter you return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening and dinner as we depart for Vadodara.

  6. Breakfast on board, Lunch at Jagmandir & Dinner on board

  7. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (Udaipur) 1Night

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Day 6

Vadodara

  1. Today you arrive at the capital of the Gaekwads, Vadodara, located along the seasonal river Vishwamitri.

  2. Breakfast on board the Deccan Odyssey.

  3. Post breakfast, 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.

  4. Return to Deccan Odyssey for lunch.

  5. Post lunch, drive to 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.

  6. 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 Fellini. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savor some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchen.

  7. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it pulls out for Aurangabad.

  8. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace

  9. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (Vadodara) 1 Night(s)

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Day 7

Aurangabad – Ellora Caves

  1. 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.

  2. As you enjoy 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 center are 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.

  3. Time at leisure on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape.

  4. 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.

  5. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

  6. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey (Mumbai) 1 Night(s)

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Day 8

Disembark in Mumbai

  1. Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

  2. Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end and get transferred from the train station to the hotel.

  3. Breakfast on board.

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Inclusions

  1. As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries are subject to change in case of any changes in the routing etc.

  2. Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.

  3. Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of a double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of a double bed at the time of booking.

  4. Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children (One child up to 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years of age)

  5. Accommodation in double/twin bedded cabin with en-suite bathrooms

  6. All meals (B, L, D)

  7. Soft beverages during the journey

  8. Valet service

  9. Still camera fees

  10. 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

  11. Pre and Post Train journey stay at Trident Hotel, Nariman point or similar hotel with return transfers for airport and train stations.

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Exclusions

  1. Laundry and Alcoholic Beverages

  2. Video and professional Still camera fees

  3. Arrival and Departure transfers

  4. International and Domestic air tickets

  5. Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey

  6. All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.

  7. Any meals or beverages other than the mentioned in the itinerary.

  8. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

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Terms & Conditions

  1. Deccan Odyssey does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavor to maintain.

  2. One child up to 5 years of age shall be allowed free of cost in the Deluxe Cabin, subject to sharing of a double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of a double bed at the time of booking.

  3. For families, with a child between 6-12 years of age, or, with two children with one child below 5 years and another between 6-12 years, we recommend the Presidential Suite which has a double bed in the bedroom and can be shared with a child below 5 years and a sofa cum bed in the living room which can accommodate the older child. In this case, the child/children will be accommodated free of cost.

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Booking Process & Payment Terms

  1. Payment:

  2. 40% of the ticket value at the time of booking

  3. 90% of the ticket value 60 days before the departure date

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Cancellation Policies

  1. Canceled 75 days prior to arrival: 50% Cancellation charges

  2. Canceled between 74 – 40 days prior to arrival: 80% Cancellation charges

  3. Canceled less than or = 39 days prior to arrival: 100% Cancellation charges

  4. No Show – No Refund

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