Relax in supreme comfort aboard the Deccan Odyssey while visiting some of India’s most iconic landmarks on this Indian Odyssey itinerary, including multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Soak in the beauty of Udaipur, the “City of Lakes,” the colorful city of Jaipur, and search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park. The breadth of India’s culture, history and ineffable spirit come alive as you travel from Delhi to Mumbai. This tour is great for experiencing a large swath of Rajasthan in a relatively short time. For more information about the train itself, click here.
Day 1: Delhi to Sawai Madhopur
Board the Deccan Odyssey at Delhi Cantt station and begin your enchanting journey from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur.
Day 2: Sawai Madhopur to 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.
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you set out for a village tour. The friendly folk who live in the villages of Rajasthan are warm and welcoming, happy to show guests around their villages. 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.
When you’re done with the village visit, return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before you set out for a game drive.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to spot one of these majestic animals. The park is also home to several other species; you can see herds of Chital and Sambhar deer as well as wild boar, Nilgai antelope, chinkara gazelles, sloth bears, a few leopards, and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes jungle fowl, partridges, quail, the crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and more. 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!
Day 3: Agra
This morning, arrive in the Mughal citadel of Agra. Disembark after breakfast to visit the iconic Taj Mahal, the exquisite white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. After lunch at a city hotel, visit the Agra Fort, another outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Later, you will have an opportunity to either visit the local markets to admire the Pietra Dura (marble inlay) artifacts or alternately avail yourself of luxurious spa facilities at a local hotel (optional, at additional cost). In the evening, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner.
Day 4: Jaipur
Arrive in Jaipur, the historic capital of Rajasthan, which is often called the Pink City. Explore the forts and palaces of this beautiful city, including the Palace of Winds, the Amber Fort, and the famous City Palace of Jaipur. After lunch at a city hotel, you may choose to either enjoy spa facilities at a palace hotel or to explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur which offer a wide selection of locally produced handicrafts (spa and shopping visits are optional and at additional cost). Return to the Deccan Odyssey in the evening for dinner.
Day 5: Udaipur
Roll into Udaipur, the romantic City of Lakes, as you enjoy breakfast on the train. Disembark and visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and the home of the spectacular Crystal Gallery. Later, board a ferry to ride across Lake Pichola to the island palace of Jagmandir where you will have lunch. After a brief afternoon rest aboard the train, embark on a walking tour through the old city of Udaipur during which you can sample a wide variety of handicrafts in the markets. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner.
Day 6: Vadodara
Today you arrive at the capital of the Gaekwads, located along the banks of the seasonal Vishwamitri river. After breakfast on board the Deccan Odyssey, disembark for a visit to Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only complete and virtually unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. Marvel at the Jami Masjid (Great Mosque), built in 1513 and representing a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board.
After lunch, drive to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, which contains a collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and other European Masters. Enjoy high tea at the Laxmi Vilas Palace and take in a folk performance before you return to the train for dinner.
Day 7: Aurangabad & Ellora Caves
Today you will have the morning free to enjoy a relaxed breakfast and activities on board the train. As you have lunch, the Deccan Odyssey arrives in Aurangabad, where you will disembark for a visit to the Ellora Caves, the finest example of cave-temple architecture in India. The site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu art dating from the 4th and 5th centuries A.D. After exploring Ellora, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner.
Day 8: Mumbai
After an early breakfast, disembark in Mumbai and bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.
2019 Dates:March 9-16
2020 Dates:January 11-18
|Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Pricing||
Twin / Double
Pricing is per person and do not include tax.
Note: prices are increasing as follows for all departures beginning fall 2019:
Deluxe Cabin: for Double Occupancy, $4,830 per person; for Single Occupancy, $6,734 per person
Presidential Suite: for Double Occupancy, $7,292 per person; for Single Occupancy, $14,584 per person
25% deposit required to book.
All prices are per person.
Rates do not include 5% service tax. (Government tax rate subject to change without notice.)
Medical & evacuation insurance is required for this journey.
An Indian visa is required for U.S. citizens.
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