Deccan Odyssey or the Blue Train of India is another lavish way to tour the country.
Crafted with utmost artistic décor and opulence dripping from each part, Deccan Odyssey is equipped with exotic amenities.
- 21 luxurious suites, air conditioned and spacious. The rooms are filled with vintage furniture.
- Free internet facility, daily magazines and newspapers are available every day.
- Multi cuisine restaurants which serve both traditional and global dishes.
- A well stocked bar cum lounge where guests can refresh and get high after a long day journey.
- SPA where guests can de-stress with Ayurveda massages and Thai treatments.
- High tech conference cart where guests can organise business meets.
Indian Sojourn (7 nights/ 8 days)
In this 8 day long journey, Deccan Odyssey unravels another magnificent and mysterious terrain of India in front of you.
Day 1: Start of the journey at Mumbai
Today guests begin the wonderful journey on Deccan Odyssey train. The trip starts at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after a warm Indian welcome with garlands, tilak and a refreshing welcome drink.
Day 2: Vadodara – The City of Temples
Deccan Odyssey reaches the city early morning. Located at the banks of River Vishwamitri, this quaint city is known for the below tourist hotspots.
- Jami Masjid, built in 1513, is an amazing example of architecture, exhibiting Muslim and Hindu architectural styles.
- Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was the capital of Mahmud Begda and includes a palace, citadel and several military structures and buildings.
- Maharaja Fateh Singh Museumused to be the school for the kids of the royal family. This museum treasures ancient paintings by great artists like Raja Ravi Varma and several European painters.
After exploring these cultural gems, guests of Deccan Odyssey meet and greet the royal family members over a high tea at the Laxmi Vilas Palace; the palace is grand with Venetian mosaic floors, Belgian stained glass windows and a remarkable collection of old armour, bronze statues, marble and terracotta work.
Day 3: Udaipur – The Lake City
This is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan, encircled by the placid waters of Lake Pichola with the backdrop of the Aravalli Range.
- City Palace, amazingly beautiful with fine designs, hanging Chinese gardens and a Crystal Gallery, sparkling with mirrors.
- Jag Mandir Palace is at the heart of Lake Pichola. This palace is an ideal place to enjoy a candlelight dinner.
- Sail on the mirrored waters, basking in the mesmerising glow of the sunset.
Guests can also go for a heritage walk through the Old city of Udaipur, shopping wall hangings, brassware, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, jewellery and painted wooden boxes,
Day 4: Jodhpur – The Blue City
Today the guests arrive at Jodhpur, a city located at the edge of the Thar Desert.
- Bishnoi Village is a gem in the Indian map. It is a different experience to chitchat with the artisans and watch them make the crafts right in front of you.
- Mehrangarh Fort is a massive fort which is still well maintained. It portrays the bravery of the Rajput clan with symbols of cannon balls on the walls and hand palms of royal ladies who performed Johar to save their honour.
The striking feature of this visit to Jodhpur is the regal barbecue treat which is arranged in the evening.
Day 5: Agra – The City of Wonders
Every part of Agra is dotted with an exquisite piece of Mughal architecture.
- Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a memorial of love. This pure white marble edifice is nestled at the banks of River Yamuna.
- Itmad-ud-Daulah, also called Baby Taj is another sacred marble monument.
- Agra Fort was built by Emperor Akbar and is a nice structure made from red sandstone.
The guests are also taken to the local markets where the marble inlayed small replicas of Taj Mahal are a must buy.
Day 6: Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park) – The City of Tigers
This is one of the best places in India to watch tigers. Special safari rides are arranged for the guests which help them witness tigers, leopards, chinkara gazelles, sloth bear and crocodiles in natural environment.
Day 7: Jaipur – The Pink City
This is the capital city of Rajasthan, encircled by the Aravalli Mountain Range.
- Amber Fort is nestled at the hilltop. Tourists can get to the top riding on a decked up elephant.
- Hawa Mahal, with 983 jharokhas is another architectural wonder. With fine lattice designs and walls embellished with mirror work and semi-precious stones, this Palace of Windows is bound to impress the tourists.
- The City Palace is a majestic example of Rajput royalty. Surrounded with sprawling greenery and a museum filled with arms, armours, costumes, carpets and rare manuscripts reflect the grandeur of Rajasthan.
The markets of Jaipur are vibrant and colourful with boutique apparels, leather shoes, Kundan jewellery and entertainment with folk song and dance programmes.
Day 8: End of Journey at Delhi
The trip winds up at the Delhi Cantonment Railway Station.