The beloved beauty of the Taj Mahal to the thrilling safari of the Ranthambore National Park. The authentic beauty of Udaipur and the ravishing streets of Jaipur are simply mind-boggling. The misty landscape of the Ellora caves to the detailed proportion of Indian history. The Indian Odyssey will take you to a trip of a lifetime with luxury and comforts on the wheels, will make you feel like a Maharaja.
Reporting time at New Delhi Railway station is 20:15 hours for completing all the formalities regarding the reservations and check-in. There is a traditional welcome awaited at the entry to the Indian Odyssey and provided a welcome drink for all the guests and are all guided to their respected cabins. The train leaves for the first destination which is Sawai Madhopur and the guests are provided with dinner and a luxurious overnight stay onboard.
Start your day with an onboard breakfast as the train arrives at Sawai Madhopur, which is famous for its main attraction that is the Ranthambore National Park. The Ranthambore National Park is considered to be one of the biggest, eco diversified and one of the most popular national parks of our country in the northern region. The Ranthambore National Park is also a tiger reserve. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna that exhibits in this National Park. The famous birds and animals include the chinkara gazelles, antelope, leopard, crocodiles, chital, sambhar deer, jungle fowl, partridges, quails, flycatchers, crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers etc. After visit to the adventurous Ranthambore National Park, one needs to come back to the train and have the authentic lunch provided.
After a while, you will need to move out for a village tour where you can even interact with the locals. You will be then guided to the Sawai Madhopur Lodge where you will be served high tea. The Sawai Madhopur Lodge is considered to be the royal hunting ground for the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur. You will need to return to the train by evening as it is scheduled to leave for Agra. Dinner will be provided onboard alongside stay overnight at the luxurious Indian odyssey.
The third day of the tour will take you to the City of Taj, Agra. You will be provided breakfast by morning and will be taken to the magnificent Taj Mahal. The white marble mausoleum is considered to be built by the well known Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Queen Mumtaz Mahal. It stands tall as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is well known for its art and architectural style.
The lunch is then arranged for the guests at a city hotel. Once you complete with your lunch, you will be taken to visit Itimad–ud-Daulah was also known as the Baby Taj. The tomb of Itimad–ud–Daulah was built by Ghiya Beg and his daughter was the so-called commissioner of this beautiful tomb. It was which the Taj Mahal was built as a bigger concept of the Itimad–ud–Daulah.
You will also be traveling to explore one of the brightest forts also known as the Agra Fort. There are also some awful markets in the city of Agra where you will find a variety of souvenirs, local handicrafts especially traditional ethnic wear as well as you have options for a spa massage. After a tiring day, you will head back to the luxury train and have dinner followed by overnight stay.
The Pink City of India – Jaipur and the capital of Rajasthan, welcomes you. After having your breakfast you can move out to visit the Amber Fort. This fort is considered to be one of the star attractions of the city and also one of the UNESCO Heritage sites alongside the other Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is famous for beautiful forts and palaces which are now believed to be the most wonderful creations. The Amber Fort was built by Maharaja Mansingh during the 17th century. Located on the heights of the Aravalli Hills covering a distance of 11 km from the Pink City-Jaipur. This prepossessing structure was built in Akbar’s regime. Built of Redstone it is a harmonious blend of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. It also provides a pleasing glimpse of the Man Sagar Lake and the Nahargarh Hills around it.
Up comes next is the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar which make up the three main attractions in the Old City of Jaipur. City Palace was built between 1727 and 1732 by Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur, who also built the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. A walk through the windy sphere of Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Minds) you will also come across the Albert Hall Museum and Ram Niwas Gardens in the afternoon. It has 593 finely screened windows and balconies. Lunch will be arranged at a city hotel and after completing the lunch session; you can visit the colorful market zones which displays a variety of paintings, bangles, lehenga cholis, handicrafts and also a number of local food stuff. Return back to the luxury train and have your dinner and stay overnight until you reach your next destination, Udaipur.
The train will arrive at the City of Lakes, Udaipur by next morning and the fifth day of the tour. The beautiful city of Udaipur is also known as the Venice of the East and is all famous for its drop-dead gorgeous Aravalli range and the charming lakes. Breakfast will be served onboard. The first site to be covered is the City Palace. There it displays the great show ‘Legacy of Honor’ in English. They also have the show in Hindi, titled Yash ki Darohar, Mr. Arvind Singh Mewar. Through the captivating history of Mewar. The 12 episodes, spanning one hour, showcases the rich past and pride of the House of Mewar — a fantastic cultural experience to discover more about the history of Udaipur. Then a ferry ride is organized in the Lake Pichola to reach the Jagmandir Palace.
Lunch will be served hot with the essence of Tabla and the rhythm of Jal Tarang. The palace was built during the 17th century and displays an exquisite view of the Aravalli range. Return to the luxury train and relax for a while. By evening, you can go out for a heritage walk through the Old City of Udaipur. You will need to board the train by late evening and will be served dinner onboard as it is scheduled to leave for Vadodara. Stay onboard and sleep tight.
After reaching the famous city of Vadodara, you will be provided breakfast and will then be taken out to visit the Champaner- Pavagadh Archeological Park which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city of Vadodara is the only unchanged and complete Islamic city in India which belongs to the Pre- Mughal Era. The site displays a largely unexcavated archeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties which are located in a very beautiful landscape. It also includes prehistoric sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital and also remains of the 16th century capital of the state of Gujarat. The Archaeological Park also includes fortifications, palaces, religious buildings, residential precincts, agricultural structures etc. Later, you will visit the Jama Masjid or the Great Mosque. You will need to return back to the train where lunch will be served.
After the lunch session, you will be taken out to visit the famous Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, which is also known as the erstwhile educational institute for the children of the royal families. The next stoppage is the Laxmi Vilas Palace to be served high tea. The Palace was built in 1890 and is considered to be four times bigger than the Buckingham Palace. Inside the Palace, there is a collection of old armory and sculptures which are made of marble, bronze, and terracotta. You will witness a variety of local street food and also a beautiful cultural show. By late evening you will be served dinner as the train departs for Aurangabad. Stay onboard overnight.
By the seventh day of the tour, Deccan Odyssey reaches Aurangabad, the Mughal City which is named after the Great Emperor Aurangzeb. You will enjoy a delicious and leisured breakfast. The train will arrive at Aurangabad and by the time the lunch will be served. A drive to the Ellora Caves which is also renowned as a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Ellora Caves consists of 30 rock-cut shrines which depicts the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu form of art and is also dated back to the 4th and 5th century AD. After exploring the Ellora Caves you can return back to the luxury train. By evening you can enjoy the sundowner at Mumbai-Hill and after your return, you will be provided an authentic dinner. Overnight stay onboard.
By the 8th day, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station in Mumbai. After serving the breakfast the guests will need to detrain and bid a pleasant farewell to the Deccan Odyssey.