Deccan Odyssey sets out on a fascinating journey with the Jewels of Deccan tour. Start from Mumbai and come across the true beauty of India's Deccan region. On the tour explore the popular tourist destinations, architectural wonders, World Heritage Sites, and fascinating culture. Walk amid the historic monuments at Bijapur. Seek blessings at holy shrines of Aihole and Pattadakal. Find yourself lost in the glories of the bygone days at Badami. Awe at the architectural marvels of Hampi. Shop for local handcrafts at Hyderabad. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Ajanta and Ellora Caves that are represent the brilliance of craftsmanship few can match to. While you peek into India's glorious history and culture, enjoy a pampering royal stay onboard the leading luxury train.
Early in the evening at 1530 hours, assemble at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to complete
registration and check-in formalities to begin your journey with Deccan Odyssey. After a
traditional Indian welcome by the staff followed by a refreshing drink, check-in to your
Settle and relax onboard, as the train leaves for Bijapur in Karnataka. Dinner and overnight stay onboard.
Start the day with hearty breakfast served onboard. While you treat your taste buds, the
luxury train rolls into Bijapur. The erstwhile capital of the Sultans of Deccan and now a
popular city of Karnataka, Bijapur was established by Kalyani Chalukyas between 10th and
11th centuries. In its days of the Adil Shah dynasty, the city was one among the renowned
cities of India surpassing great cities like that of Agra and Delhi. The generous support of
Adil Shahi Sultans brought flocked scholars, poets, painters, dancers, calligraphers,
musicians and Sufi saints from all over the world. Later, Bijapur was also titled as the
'Palmyra of the Deccan'.
Post breakfast disembark and begin sightseeing. First stop of the day is the Gol Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Adil Shah, the former Sultan of Bijapur. The second largest tomb in the world, it is among the most impressive specimens of Deccan architecture. Particularly of interest is that round-domed circular gallery has an amazing feature of echo, even a little murmur. Next, awe at the Jumma Masjid- one of the first mosques of India, the largest medieval canon in the world- Malik-e-Maidan, Mehtar Mahal- a 17th century ornamental entrance and the Ibrahim Rouza, which is one of the Islamic monuments comprising of a 24 m high minarets. After sightseeing, get back to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey for lunch.
While you savor the mouthwatering spread, the train heads towards the next leg of the journey. Enjoy views of passing landscape from your cabins or the luxuries of the train. Dinner and overnight stay onboard.
Rise and shine early followed by breakfast. Get ready to disembark the luxury train to
explore the historic Aihole and Pattadakal, among the world’s largest temple complexes.
Often called the cradle of Indian architecture, Aihole is a treasure of ancient temples built by Chalukyan kings. One of the world's largest temple complexes, explore over 70 rock-cut temples that have unique designs that are very different from temples in India and elsewhere in the world. Later, head to Pattadakal. In the historic town, marvel at the unique architecture that is a mélange of South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) construction styles.
Post sightseeing, get back onboard to relish sumptuous lunch. Later, take rest and opt for a short trip. One option is the weaving village of Guledgudda. Watch the fascinating process of weaving where you can watch the creation of masterpieces by the hand and power looms of Ilkal and Khan and also take home souvenirs. The other option is to enjoy sightseeing at Badami, popular for its rock-cut caves and beautifully sculptured temples.
Dinner and overnight stay onboard the Deccan Odyssey as the train moves forward to Hampi.
As you have your breakfast, the luxury train reaches Hospet. Disembark and get ready for a
visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site- Hampi.
The 14 th century town set on the banks of the Tungabhadra River was the pride of the Vijaynagara Empire and is extremely popular for the exhibits of the brilliance of architecture of the era. Marvel at the Narasimha statue and other architectural splendors. Walk around the ruins and the river. The highlights of visit include the Virupaksha Temple and the Vittala Temple.
After sightseeing, travel back to Hospet for lunch on the luxury train. Rest for a while and again get ready to explore the Royal Center at Hampi. Marvel at the former citadel of Vijayanagara Kings. Pay a visit to the Queen's Bath (ancient-royal stepped tank), Mahanavami Dibba or great platform, Hazararama Temple, Queens Enclosure along with its Lotus Mahal and the Elephant stables.
Once you are done exploring, be back onboard the Deccan Odyssey. Dinner and overnight stay on the luxury train as it starts for Hyderabad.
On day five, Deccan Odyssey arrives to Hyderabad, the royal city of Nizams. The city’s name
is said to be named after Hyder Mahal, the Hindu turned Muslim wife of Muhammad Quli
Qutb Shah. Post breakfast, deboard and proceed to visit Golconda.
The marvellous epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur, explore the mud fort which was formerly the seat of Qutub Shahi dynasty.
After having your fill of the charming heritage sites, return to the comforts of the luxury train.
Arrive onboard for mouth-watering lunch followed by free time or optional shopping tour. Stroll around the vibrant bazaars of Hyderabad and shop for popular local produce such as pearls, lace bangles and ittars (perfumes). Alternatively, opt for shopping and thereafter a lunch of savory and popular food of Hyderabad, delicious Biryani.
In the evening head to the royal Falaknuma Palace. Explore the beautiful palace followed by a sumptuous high tea. Later, proceed to explore the old city area of Charminar and its bustling bazaars. The iconic landmark is among the most recognized structures of India. Ostensibly built, it is interesting to walk through and shop in the markets. The Laad Bazaar specialize in local jewellery, especially exquisite bangles, while Pather Gatti is famous for Deccan pearls.
After a well-spent day, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and a restful evening. As you settled in bed, the train departs Hyderabad for Aurangabad.
The Deccan Odyssey arrives Aurangabad this morning. The last of the cities of the glorious
Mughal Empire, it shares its name with the Mughal Emperor. Besides its own charms, the
city is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ellora Caves. Have your breakfast
and then leave for sightseeing.
The Ellora caves are rock-cut caves that were carved between the years 4th to 5th century AD. The finest examples of cave-temple architecture in India, there are 34 rock-cut caves that represent Hindu, Buddhist and art that dates back to the. The cave Kailash temple believed to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash is an unmissable beauty.
After sightseeing, get back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch. While you treat your taste buds to sumptuous flavours, enjoy at the passing picture-perfect landscape. The evening is at your own leisure which you spend in company of your favorite cocktail. The luxurious dinner is the right end to your day. Drift off to sleep in your comfy cabins as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon.
Start the day with a healthy breakfast onboard. The train arrives at the Jalgaon station.
Deboard and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site.
The 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves of Ajanta feature sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. These brilliantly-carved caves date back to the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE. A mix of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist faith, marvel at the finesses of the artisans.
Get back to the Deccan Odyssey for a lavish lunch. Once you have had the savory meal, disembark and pay a visit to a Mahatma Gandhi's memorial. Honoring the ‘father of the nation’, the Gandhi Teerth teaches lessons path on truth and non-violence.
Be back aboard the Deccan Odyssey. Sit with a sun downer in the evening while watching the scenic beauty of rural India. Dinner onboard followed by overnight stay.
The Jewels of the Deccan journey ends today. Post breakfast, disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. Bid goodbye with cherished memories of the tour.
|Rooming||Single Occupancy||Double / Twin Occupancy||02 Children in Separate cabin|
|Deluxe Cabin||$ 7,320||$ 10,500||$ 7,878|
|Presidential Suite||$ 15,855||$ 15,855||$ 7,878|
|** Supplement for Booking a Deluxe cabin with a Double Bed instead of a Twin Bed will be USD 525.|
All Costs are in USD
|20% of the ticket value||at the time of booking|
|80% of the ticket value||60 days before the departure date|
|No cancellation||on cancelling 60 days prior to the departure date|
|Retention of 20% of ticket value||on cancelling 59 – 45 days prior to the departure date|
|Retention of 50% of ticket value||on cancelling 44 – 30 days prior to the departure date|
|Retention of 100% of ticket value||on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure date|