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Deccan Odessey Luxury Train

Deccan Odessey Luxury Train"A fabulous Indian sojourn that you have always dreamt of waits to cast its magical spell on you! Mythical sculptures, sun-drenched beaches, lush green fields, whitewashed buildings, awe-inspiring fortresses and vast expanses of the incredibly blue Arabian Sea, all escorted with a dash of royalty, invite you to undertake a journey onboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Discover the magical lands of Maharashtra and Goa in style with this luxury train. One of the most luxurious trains in the world, this train is often compared with world class Orient Express of Europe and Blue Train of South Africa. The opulent ride aboard the Deccan Odyssey offers a weeklong journey that starts from Mumbai and weaves through Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Goa, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ellora, Chandrapur, Wardha (Sevagram), Ajanta and Nashik.

Explore the refinement of a luxury sojourn where the journey is more exciting than the destination itself! Step aboard the royal odyssey and you'll step back in time into a more gracious, more splendid and elegant age of travel. "
Deccan Odessey Luxury TrainsAbout : Deccan Odessey Luxury Train
When you close your eyes and fancy a fabulous Indian sojourn of your dreams, what do you see? We can't speak for you, but we conjured up images of mythical sculptures, sun-drenched beaches, lush green fields, whitewashed buildings, awe-inspiring fortresses and vast expanses of impossibly-blue Arabian Sea - all escorted with a dash of royalty. Call it luck or whatever, but that's exactly what awaits you on the fascinating ride onboard the Deccan Odyssey!

Maharashtra may be home to ancient architectural wonders - the spellbinding Ajanta and Ellora caves among them - but there's even more history, culture and opulence to be explored in this wonderland. Discover the magical land of Maharashtra and Goa in style with Deccan Odyssey. The imperial ride is one of the most luxurious trains in the world often compared with world class Orient Express of Europe and Blue Train of South Africa.

Deccan Odyssey is a joint venture of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways. There are 11 passenger carriages, 2 presidential suite cars, 1 conference car, 2 restaurant cars, 1 spa car, 1 bar car and 1 staff carriage aboard this luxury train. The passenger cars have 4 coupes each accommodating 8 passengers each. The Presidential suites are 4 in numbers, that is, 2 in each car. The prime amenities include TV, intercom, art deco interiors, attached washrooms, wardrobes, channel music, foreign exchange, doctor on call and much more.

Deccan Odyssey Luxury TrainThe Deccan Odyssey showcases the best of Maharashtra: its barefoot beauty of Konkan coast, its art and culture, its wildlife, its heritage as well as local culture and cuisine. The opulent ride traverses through the whispering valleys, lush green expanses, echoing tunnels, and urban landscape showcasing the variegated diverse colors of Maharashtra and the gorgeous Goa. The weeklong journey starts its journey from Mumbai - the capital city of Maharashtra state and financial hub of the country - and weaves across Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Goa, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ellora, Chandrapur,, Wardha (Sevagram), Ajanta and Nashik.

Explore the refinement of a luxury cruise where journey is more exciting than destination. Step aboard the royal odyssey and you'll step back in time into a more gracious, more splendid and elegant age of travel.
Deccan Odessey Luxury Trains Facilities : Deccan Odessey Luxury Train
If the Venice Simplon-Orient Express is the style icon for luxury travel in Europe, so is Deccan Odyssey in India. Any description of the royal sojourn would be but an understatement, the taste of real opulence can be had just onboard. Here's a lowdown on the various facilities provided onboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Accommodation :
The Deccan Odyssey has 11 fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons with each having 4 twin-bedded cabins. The cabins are equipped with channel piped music, wall-to-wall carpeting, CD/MP3 player, attached washrooms, intercom, running hot and cold water, showers, and other amenities. Guests can also relish on the complimentary bottle of wine offered in all the guestrooms of the Deccan Odyssey.

Dining :
The two restaurant cars in the Deccan Odyssey - Peshwa I and Peshwa II prepare a wide array of Indian, Goan, Chinese and Continental dishes with special emphasis on Maharashtrian delicacies. The meals are prepared with finest ingredients in very hygienic conditions.

Only bottled mineral water is served all through the journey.

Bar :
A well stocked bar serves wines and spirits of International brands onboard. A complimentary bottle of wine is made available by the Deccan Odyssey in all the cabins.

Health :
There is gymnasium for health buffs and facility for Ayurvedic body massage with steam bath. So workout and rejuvenate your body and mind.

Deccan Odyssey Luxury TrainConference :
Deccan Odyssey is not just about leisure and luxury; it's about business as well. There are conference facilities available onboard with best amenities for smooth run of business seminars and conferences while on the go.

Shopping :
Certain items of handicraft and some special souvenirs can be bought right onboard. You can also obtain a catalogue of Maharashtrian handicrafts.

Other Specifics :
An arrival kit containing stationery items, information brochures, cards etc is provided to each guest. Additional
  items can be asked for any time. An attendant is always at your disposal.
For physically challenged persons, special assistance is available such as crèches, wheel chairs and a special
  attendant.
To cherish and relive these special moments down memory lane, a group photograph of all guests is taken and
  provided as souvenir at the end of the journey.
There is a lounge on each saloon for relaxing, reading or simply feasting on the country side scenery. There is also
  a library fitted in this luxury train.
Your luggage is collected and taken to your salon without you worrying about the transfer.
A mailbox is provided onboard for efficient delivery of your mails onboard.
Doctor can be arranged at the next station and first aid is available onboard.
All the leading dailies and periodicals are offered with the morning cup of tea.
Safety arrangements are made for you and your belongings in the Deccan Odyssey itself.
Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train Special smoking areas are also there for the guests who love to smoke.
There's wide collection of CDs and MP3 on Deccan Odyssey, available on request.
Packaged water will be provided for all guests on board, in the coach, in the hotels, and even during sightseeing
  trips on a complimentary basis.
On the completion of the tour, assistance will be given on travel arrangements.
Voltage available on the train 110/230 V.
Online booking and through agents facilities are available for the Deccan Odyssey.
To take care of all your travel needs, an attendant is available at your disposal throughout the journey.
An electronic safe is provided in each cabin to keep all your valuables. Should you forget your code, please
  contact the General Manager on the Train.
Route : Deccan Odessey Luxury Train
Gate Way Of India, Mumbai Mumbai - bride of cities :
Mumbai draws its legacy mainly from the British Raj. The first "outside" interaction of the city is recorded way back in sixteenth century with the Portuguese in the times of Vasco da Gama. The Portuguese gifted the Bombay islands to England King Charles II on his marriage with the Portuguese princess Catherine. The British impact on the city is still apparent in its architectural heritage. The Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Old Colonial-era buildings, and Elephanta Caves are must visit places.

Ratnagiri - abode of nature :
Located on the southwestern part of Maharashtra also known as Konkan, Ratnagiri is a lovely coastal place surrounded by lush Sahyadri hills to the west. Like many beautiful places in India, Ratnagiri has got its slice of history too. The legend has it, Pandavas of Mahabharata epic settled at Ratnagiri for some time during their exile. In 1670, Shivaji strengthened the Ratnagiri fort built by a Bijapur ruler. The town came under the control of Satara ruler and later of British in nineteenth century. Thebaw Palace, Mandavi, Bhatye beaches, Marleshwar, caves, and Rajapur Ganga are some of the prime attractions at Ratnagiri.

Sindhudurg - citadel afloat
Situated on the Konkan coast and accessible from Goa and Mumbai, Sindhudurg was a strong naval base of Marathas. The serene and spectacular Sindhudurg is rife with relics of the past including temples and forts. Beaches at Sindhudurg, unlike commercialized beaches, are much better, cleaner and lovely. The Sindhudurg Fort bears testimony to the valor and chivalry of the Marathas especially during the rule of Shivaji.

Goa Beach HolidaysGoa - of sun, sand and the sea
Life is a beach, literally, in Goa. With a myriad of unspoilt and clean beaches with serene surroundings and picturesque setting, Goa is invariably the first choice of every nature lover. No wonder, the state is one of the most haunted places in the world. Attractions galore as also the fun time while in Goa. The only problem is choosing from beaches dotted along the 131-km long coastline with each one as alluring as anything. However, for practical purpose here's a convenient popular list of few of them: Anjuna, Arambol, Bogmalo, Candolim, Colva, Varca, Majorca, Vagator and Mandrem.

Pune - cultural capital of Maharashtra
Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai and one of the metro cities in India. Although it is regarded a satellite city of Mumbai, Pune is believed to have existed since tenth century. Shivaji, the founder of Maratha reign, lived here as a boy and witnessed the phenomenal development of the city in the later years. Pune is cultural melting pot of the state and has myriad of educational facilities, museums, research centers, theatres and literary centers. There're more than 100 educational institutes in Pune. Among the attractions of this city include: Raja Kelkar Museum, Aga Khan Palace, Osho meditation resort, Konark Park, Tribal museum and Pataleshwar Caves.

Ellora Caves, AurangabadAurangabad - the city of the throne
Founded by Malik Amber in 1610, Aurangabad was named after Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, the last of great Mughals. The city has a brisk track record of development and has been regarded as the fastest growing cities in the world. Aurangabad is also the gateway to world famous heritage sites of Ellora and Ajanta. The myriad tourist attractions of Aurangabad include: Bibi ka maqbara - the tomb of Aurangzeb's wife, Panchakki - the water mill with an underground water channel, Khuldabad, Daulatabad fort and UNESCO world heritage sites Ellora - situated 30 km northwest of city, and Ajanta lying northeast of Aurangabad.

Nashik - a bite of legend
Legend has it that Rama made Nashik his home during his 14 year exile. From 15th to 19th centuries the city was under Mughal control then known as Gulshanabd, city of gardens. When Peshwas got control of the city in 1818, the city got its present name. Nashik has been on tourist map, especially of religious nature, since ages. There's plenty to see at Nashik: Gangapur Dam - a beautiful site, Dudhsagar fall - a natural fall near Gangapur, Numismatic museum, Pandav Caves, bird sanctuary and vineyards.
Schedule : Deccan Odessey Luxury Train
Months of operation for Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey tour operates from Mumbai on the below mentioned dates from September to April of the following year. This particular itinerary is not available during summer and monsoon months, i.e., May to August.

The luxury train departs from Mumbai; however, it is possible to book any leg of minimum two-night journey, for e.g. Mumbai-Goa (2 nights), subject to availability. The 2010-11 departure schedule of Deccan Odyssey is given below:

Schedule of Deccan Odessey for 2010-2011
Month Date
September, 2010 29
November 3
January, 2011 5, 12
February 16
March 9, 30
April 20

* Note :Please note that owing to global recognition of this prestigious train, it is always advisable to book your space well in advance to avoid any availability problem ahead.

Tariff : Deccan Odessey Luxury Trains
For Lean season September 2010 and April 2011 Departs (per person per night)
upto April 2011
Occupancy Deluxe Cabin Presidential Suite
Single Occupancy USD 500 USD 750
Double occupancy USD 390 USD 650
Triple occupancy USD 315 USD 300 for extra occupancy


For Peak season October 2010 to March 2011 Departs (per person per night)
upto April 2011
Occupancy Deluxe Cabin Presidential Suite
Single Occupancy USD 650 USD 950
Double occupancy USD 500 USD 800
Triple occupancy USD 425 USD 370 for extra occupancy
Please note :-

Terms and Conditions
* Children under 5 years of age will be complimentary guests without bed. Half fare will be levied for Children 5-12 years of age
* 10% Surcharge extra for Christmas and New Year holiday season
* Any leg of minimum 2 nights (subject to availability) will be given at the above tariff. Thus, Goa-Mumbai (5 Nights) and Mumbai-Goa (2 Nights) segments will be sold as per availability. However, if a person undertakes the day program at Goa and Mumbai, an extra USD 130 will be charged
* Service tax @ 2.58% will be charged on the gross ticket value Inclusions
* Tariff is inclusive of travel, catering, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee at monuments, Parks, Palaces, cultural programs, boat ride
* The tariff is not inclusive of video cameras fees, liquor, laundry and other items of personal nature

Booking Policy
* Booking is done at 20% advance deposit
* Balance payment is to be made 30 days prior to departure

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation charges are as follows :
* All cancellation must be informed by Fax/E-mail to the Central Reservation Division at Head Office, Mumbai. A letter of confirmation regarding the same must also be posted to the above mentioned address.
* No interruptions will be entertained through refund or adjustment whatsoever on the commencement of tour.
* If booking cancelled 60 days prior to departure - 5% of ticket value
* If booking cancelled 30-59 days prior to departure - 20% of ticket value
* If booking cancelled 15-29 days prior to departure - 50% of ticket value
* If booking cancelled less than 14 days prior to departure - 100% of ticket value
Deccan Odessey Luxury Train Tour Itinerary

Duration : 7 Nights/8 Days
Destinations Covered : Mumbai - Goa - Kolhapur - Daultabad - Ajanta - Mumbai


Gate Way of India, MumbaiDay 01 : Mumbai
The royal sojourn on Deccan Odyssey starts from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. Dinner and overnight onboard the Odyssey. The Train heads for Sindhudurg.

Day 02 : Sindhudurg
Morning arrive at Sindhudurg Nagari Railway station. Breakfast onboard the train.
Transfer to Malvan Jetty by Air-conditioned bus. Disembark and enjoy a boat ride up to Sindhudurg sea fort, a seventeenth century naval fort of Marathas.
Return to jetty and proceed to Tarkarli beach. Explore silvery beach along the Konkan coast. Relish on lunch at a Tarkarli beach resort. Enjoy some leisure time here.
Later bus ride to Dhamapur village to visit Bhagwati temple. Enroute you will stop to visit a local Cashew Factory.
Dinner and overnight stay onboard the train.

Day 03 : Goa
Morning arrive at Karmali Railway Station.
After breakfast embark on Goa sightseeing trip. Visit attractions like Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and a museum of Goan antiques, St Augustine Church, and Fontanhas - the Latin quarters at Panjim.
Enjoy lunch and leisure time aboard the Deccan Odyssey while it is stationed at the Verna Railway station.
Goa Beach TourDepart for a beach side dinner and cultural night experience.
Post-dinner proceed towards Madgaon Railway Station.
Entrain the Deccan Odyssey and later proceed towards Kolhapur.

Day 04 : Kolhapur
Morning alight at Kolhapur city. Post-breakfast; enjoy a bus ride till the major sightseeing attractions housed here. Visit the New Palace, a royal palace now partly converted into museum, Bhawani Mandap, and Mahalaxmi temple.
Also visit the Shalini Palace and take delight in the traditional martial art performances and cultural programmes and visit the handicraft stalls for an insight into the heritage of the place.
Return to the luxury train to depart for the next destination – Daulatabad.
Enjoy lunch and some leisure time aboard the train.
Dinner to be served onboard.

Day 05 : Daulatabad
In the morning you will reach at the Daulatabad station.
Visit the historical Daulatabad Fort followed by a visit to the famous Ellora caves.
Arrive in Aurangabad for Lunch.
Savor on the sumptuous lunch and take delight in some leisure time at the hotel.
Embark on local sightseeing trips and visit the Bibi-Ka-Maqbara monument.
Visit the local markets for some unique shopping experiences.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey train to move in to the next destination, Chandrapur.
The must-visit attraction here is the Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary.
Dinner will be served onboard the train.

Day 06 : Chandrapur
In the morning, alight at Chandrapur railway station, after enjoying a leisurely breakfast onboard.
Lunch and leisure onboard the luxury train.
Board a bus to reach the Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary, the second largest tiger reserve in India. Guests will be taken across the sanctuary in open jeeps.
Return to the train for rest and a lavish dinner. The train will then proceed towards Bhusawal, the gateway to the Ajanta Caves.

Ajanta CavesDay 07 : Ajanta Caves and Nashik
In the morning, disembark at the Bhusawal railway station.
Board bus to visit the renowned Buddhist caves of Ajanta, where you'll marvel at some of the finest cave paintings and sculptures of 2nd century BC to 7th century AD.
In the afternoon, board the train at Jalgaon railway station. Lunch to be served on board. Later, proceed toward Nashik.
Major sites of attractions in Nashik are the Panchawati Ghat and the medieval temples such as the Kala Ram Temple.
Arrive at the Deolali Railway Station to depart for Mumbai, your port of disembarkation.
Dinner to be served aboard.
Depart for Mumbai.
The luxury train will soon leave for Mumbai.

Day 08 : Mumbai
After breakfast onboard checkout taking with you the memories of weeklong majestic journey * Note : The above mentioned itinerary of the Deccan Odyssey is subject to change without prior information.


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