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Deccan Odyssey Tour – An Overwhelming Sojourn with a Regal Touch

Deccan Odyssey Logo
Deccan Odyssey Logo

Travelling on the luxury train is truly a royal journey. I can say it after experiencing such journey when my cousin planned to go by a luxury train. We both were confused to choose suitable luxury train so we browsed the web. After a lot of net surfing, we came across with several options of luxury trains like Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, The Golden Chariot, Deccan Odyssey and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

We decided to board Deccan Odyssey from Mumbai. To our surprise, the tariff and schedule of the train both were quite suitable for us.

The Tariff  Includes:

Occupancy Type

Lean Season
September 2011 &
April  2012

Peak Season
October 2011 to March 2012

Deluxe Cabin
Single occupancy

US $ 500

US $650

Double occupancy

US $ 390

US $500

Triple occupancy

US $ 315

US $425

Presidential suite
Single occupancy

US $ 750

US $ 950

Double occupancy

US $ 650

US $ 800

Presidential Suite-Extra Occupancy

US $ 300

US $ 370

Dates for departure from Mumbai to Delhi

2011 2012
28 Sep – 05 Oct 2011 18 Jan – 25 Jan 2012
12 Oct – 19 Oct 2011 08 Feb – 15 Feb 2012
26 Oct – 02 Nov 2011 22 Feb – 29 Feb 2012
09 Nov- 16 Nov 2011 14 Mar – 21 Mar 2012
23 Nov – 30 Nov 2011 04 Apr – 11 Apr 2012
21 Dec – 28 Dec 2011

Dates for departure from Delhi to Mumbai

2011 2012
05 Oct – 12 Oct 2011 25 Jan – 01 Feb 2012
19 Oct – 26 Oct 2011 15 Feb – 22 Feb 2012
02 Nov – 09 Nov 2011 29 Feb – 07 Mar 2012
16 Nov – 23 Nov 2011 21 Mar – 28 Mar 2012
30 Nov – 07 Dec 2011 11 Apr – 18 Apr 2012
28 Dec – 04 Jan 2012

On our arrival at the Mumbai airport, the representative welcomed us and escorted us to hotel where we got freshen up. Flagging off from Mumbai, this luxury train stops at Ratnagiri to give you an opportunity to visit Jaigad fort and Ganapatiphule beach. In the evening, we went to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station from where our tour started. While enjoying dinner, we reached Sindhudurg.

Next day, we had breakfast on board and we were taken for a visit to the Ocean Fort. Built by Shivaji, the fort covers an area of around 48 acres. Admiring the beauty of architecture of the fort, we returned and then headed towards Tarkarli beach. Rest of the time, we spent at leisure on the same beach. After relishing our lunch, we proceeded to Dhamapur village by bus to visit the Cashew factory. We also visited ancient temple of Goddess Bhagawati and Bharadi Devi situated on the banks of a lovely lake.

Our 2nd day ended with a delicious dinner on board. Here I would like to share the Highlights of Deccan Odyssey Tour which make our journey pleasurable. These include:

  • Exquisitely adorned air-conditioned coaches with Maharashtrian art
  • Mouther-watering cuisiness at restaurants Peshwa I and Peshwa II
  • A well stocked bar, Hi Mumbai to serve  your liquor, wine and various international brands
  • Business center equipped with all the facilities like computers and Internet connectivity
  • Lounge where you can relax and experience a delightful get together
  • Complimentary facilities like Indoor Games, Medical Aid, Library, Mail Box and Shopping Arcade
  • Other important facilities include Sauna bath, Gymnasium, Massage Parlour and Money Exchange
  • A Library and collection of DVDs available to entertain the passengers
    Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train
    Luxury Deccan Odyssey Train

On our third day, we were in a beautiful beach destination of Goa. The tour took us to the ruins of St. Augustine Church, the largest Cathedral in Goa. The Basilica of Bom Jesus and The Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, an archaeological museum for Goan antiques. In the evening, we were enjoying at Goa Beaches. We savored the traditional cuisines at Goa beach hotel and returned.

The day four began with a visit to Kolhapur city where we saw the following places:

  • Kolhapur New Palace Museum
  • Bhavani Mandap
  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • Shalini Palace
  • Shopping at the palace arcade

Next day, which was our 5th day on board, the magnificent train took us to Daulatabad station. After having breakfast, we embarked on a journey in an AC coach to the fort of Daulatabad, located 600 ft above the Deccan plain.

Ekkira Caves was our next destination, which enabled us to visit the 34 caves of the Ellora. The caves are adorned with sculptures of three famous religions- Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Post lunch, we went to explore the Bibi-ka-Maqbara and shopping in the markets of Aurangabad. We enjoyed our dinner on board and slept with the memories of the enjoyable day we spent.

Our 6th day passed in visiting the Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary, where we saw the royal Bengal tiger and Sambar, Nilgai, Wild dog, Chinkara, Pangolin, Gaur, Leopard cat, Spotted deer, Sloth bear, Chausinga, Panther,  Hyena, Indian bison, Jackals and Barking deer.

Deccan Odyssey Train
Deccan Odyssey Train

After enjoying a jungle safari at park, we were back. We had our lunch on board and in the afternoon we headed towards Sevagram. I was too excited to visit the place that has been witnessed of A Gandhian way of life. We got a wonderful opportunity to explore the Gandhi’s Ashram in Sevagram, Prayer Ground, Gandhiji’s Secretariat, Akhari Niwas and Gandhiji’s Exhibits.

Our second last day, the 7th day was in Ajanta and Nashik. After having a scrumptious breakfast, we arrived at the World Heritage Site of Ajanta Caves. We spent some time to explore the marvelous caves here. After lunch, we reached Nashik and visited Panchwati Ghat by bus. Our group of travellers was walking around the ghat and then, we visited Kalaram Temple.

In the evening, we had a Farewell dinner on-board, which was an unforgettable experience. Not only you can visit some fabulous places of India, but you can also enjoy various cultural programmes inside the train itself. The tour came to an end and we could not believe it. Soon, we arrived at CST Mumbai and left for our home.

I must stay that Deccan Odyssey is the perfect way to experience the royalty with its warm hospitality and modern amenities.

 

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels – Rekindle the Charm of Luxury!

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

I was feeling myself fortunate enough when I got an exciting opportunity to travel by a luxury train.  My husband planned this trip on our first wedding anniversary. Initially, we were too confused which train to choose for our trip as there were too many options. The various luxury trains we came across were:

Each of the luxury train has something alluring, but we ended up going by Royal Rajasthan On Wheels. What could be more interesting than this luxury train covers the major destinations of our interest and that too, in a price we could afford for a special occasion.

My joy knew no bounds when we left for seven-day exploration of colourful Rajasthan. On being reached at Safdarjung station, Delhi, we were welcomed in a traditional way. At that very moment, we got an idea how luxurious experience it’s going to be for us! After refreshing ourselves with mock-tails and enjoying Delhi sightseeing, we were ready to see the vibrant cities of Rajasthan.

The rooms on the train are an interesting blend of modern and traditional. The restaurants offer a wide variety of delicious food. A well-stocked bar and lounge are there to treat their guests with variety of drinks. With each passing day, we were introduced with a new surprise that kept us delighted throughout the whole tour.

Enjoying the luxurious experience at train, we reached Jodhpur. Our tour took us to visit the major attractions such as Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. We were also given some time for shopping in Jodhpur and then we enjoyed a scrumptious lunch at 5 star palace hotel where we were served some mouth-watering cuisines.

Cabin of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Cabin of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Our 3rd day of the trip was enjoyable too as were in Udaipur, the City of Lakes. There we visited  City Palace, the Jagdish temple and Jag Mandir. Soon, we were in Chittorgarh, our next destination where we visited the famous Chittorgarh Fort.

In the evening, a cultural program was held on the train where we enjoyed traditional Rajasthani music and dance.

While enjoying our dinner, we came to know about our next destination, Swai Madhopur.

Next day, we visited Ranthambore National Park which is habitat to Bengal tigers. The cool morning ambiance made it a comfortable experience for us. That time, we had our breakfast amidst the wildlife environs which was a unique experience.

Our next halt was in Jaipur, where the charm of Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace kept us delightful for rest of the day.

During our luxurious trip, we also visited Agra. We were very excited to see Taj Mahal. On being reached there, we admired the wonderful architecture of this monument and clicked some pictures as our tour memories.

Besides enjoying a great hospitality on the train, we also experienced great amenities which really made it a lifetime experience for us. Especially, the pampering experience at Spa was really rejuvenating. Enjoying the luxury, we came back to Delhi with delightful moments that we spent on Royal Rajasthan On Wheels.

No doubt, that was the best anniversary gift for me that made me feel really special with a great experience!