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Jewels of the Deccan Journey

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Bijapur - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hampi - Hyderabad - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Mumbai

Deccan Odyssey is all set to take you through the real jewels of India. With Jewels of Deccan, get ready to explore the true beauty of India, that lies in its popular tourist destinations. Visit the historic monuments at Bijapur, seek blessings at holy shrines of Aihole and Pattadakal, enjoy sightseeing at Badami, have a look at the architectural marvels of Hampi, shop for bangles and ittars in Hyderabad and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Get an insight of India's glorious history and rich culture with this royal journey. Welcome to the Deccan Odyssey.

Jewels of the Deccan itinerary

Day 01 Mumbai

Early evening, guests are expected to assemble at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 1530 hours, and complete their registration and check-in formalities. Enjoy the royal and traditional Indian welcome by the staff followed by a refreshing drink. Later, you are taken to your respective cabins. Settle and relax as the Deccan Odyssey as the train leaves for Bijapur in Karnataka. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 02 Bijapur

Today morning enjoy your breakfast, as the luxury train rolls into Bijapur. Established by Kalyani Chalukyas between 10th and 11th centuries, Bijapur is a popular city in Karnataka. It is the historic capital of Sultans of Deccan. When Bijapur was under the support of Adil Shah dynasty, the city was one among the renowned cities of the country surpassing great cities like that of Agra and Delhi. In fact, with the generous support of Adil Shahi Sultans, Bijapur was majorly flocked by scholars, poets, painters, dancers, calligraphers, musicians and Sufi saints. Later, the place was also titled as the 'Palmyra of the Deccan'. Begin your trip with a visit to the first attraction, Gol Gumbaz; the second largest tomb in the world and mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. As the name suggests, the Gol Gumbaz is a round dome, the structure of the dome celebrates the success of Deccan architecture. The dome constitutes of a circular gallery, which has an amazing aspect of echoing, every little murmur. Later, you proceed ahead to Jumma Masjid (one of the first mosques of India), Malik-e-Maidan (the largest medieval canon in the world), Mehtar Mahal (it is a 17th century ornamental entrance to a mosque), Ibrahim Rouza (one of the Islamic monuments comprising of a 24 m high minarets). Get back to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey for lunch. While you savor delicious lunch, enjoy the striking passing landscape from your cabins. The luxury train further heads to Aihole and Pattadakal. Dinner and night stay onboard.

Day 03 Aihole – Pattadakal

Third day is set out to explore the holy shrines and age-old attractions of Aihole and Pattadakal. Here, you get to see temples built by Chalukyan kings. Proceed to Pattadakal, which boasts of a mélange of South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) construction styles. Return back to relish lunch onboard. After lunch, you can opt for a short trip to impressive weaving village of Guledgudda, where you can see hand and power looms of Ilkal and Khan. Get familiarize with the weaving process. If not this, you can enjoy sightseeing at Badami, its rock-cut caves and beautifully sculptured temples. Dinner and night stay onboard Deccan Odyssey and continue your journey to Hampi.

Day 04 Hampi

Today morning, have your breakfast as the train reaches Hospet. Visit the well-known World Heritage Site- Hampi, which is extremely popular for its brilliant constructions of ancient monuments. First you visit the most important attraction of Hampi, Narasimha statue. Later, you head to Mustard Ganesh. Here, you can see an elephant God statue. Enjoy the architectural splendors around and take a long walk along the banks of the Tungabhadra River. After visiting Virupaksha Temple, you proceed to visit Vittala Temple, which exhibits the architecture of Vijayanagara Empire. Travel back to Hospet for lunch on the luxury train. Take rest and again get ready to explore Royal Center at Hampi. The center constitutes of courtly and military structures that were once the citadel of Vijayanagara Kings. Thereafter, you visit 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. As soon as you are done with exploring in and around Hampi, get back to Hospet Station to board Deccan Odyssey. Dinner and overnight stay onboard as Deccan Odyssey progresses for Hyderabad.

Day 05 Hyderabad

On day five, Deccan Odyssey enters Hyderabad, which is famed as the royal city of Nizams. Formerly, Hyderabad was named after Bhagmati, who was the Hindu wife of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, later changed to Islam religion with a name Hyder Mahal. Take your breakfast and proceed to visit Golconda; the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur. It is a mud fort which became the seat of Qutub Shahi dynasty. Return to the comforts of the luxury train for lunch and some rest. You may also stroll around the vibrant bazaars of Hyderabad, where you can put your hands on shopping articles such as pearls, lace bangles and ittars. During lunch time, savor the popular food of Hyderabad, mouth-watering Biryani. Later, you head to explore the Falaknuma Palace.

Day 06 Aurangabad – Ellora Caves

The Deccan Odyssey arrives Aurangabad this morning. The city has been named after the last Great Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. Because of the same, one can spot major Mughal influences in every nook and corner of the city. Aurangabad is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ellora Caves. Have your breakfast and then drive towards the exceptional Ellora Caves. The caves are considered one of the finest examples of cave-temple architecture in India. The site includes 34 rock-cut caves that represent Hindu, Buddhist and art that dates back to the 4th to 5th century AD. There are 12 Buddhist caves to the south, 17 Hindu caves in the center, and the 5 Jain caves to the north. The most important attraction of the caves is the Kailash temple. The temple is believed to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. Get back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch. Have a look at the picture perfect landscape of Maharashtra and its surroundings. Sit back and relax for the evening. Savor your favorite cocktail along with luxurious dinner. Take some rest as Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon. Dinner on board & Overnight stay on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07 Ajanta Caves

As you enjoy your breakfast onboard, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon station. Disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The site of Ajanta Caves includes 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves that have been beautifully carved. All the caves feature sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. Savor lunch onboard the Deccan Odyssey. After having your lunch, disembark and pay a visit to a Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, who was one of the most important leaders of the country. There is much to learn at the Gandhi Teerth that pays honor to the man who walked on the path of non-violence. The man who quoted "My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him." In the evening, enjoy a sun downer while watching the real beauty of rural India. Have dinner onboard the Deccan Odyssey as the train leaves for the last stop, Mumbai.Dinner on board.Overnight stay on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train

Day 08 Mumbai (Departure)

This early morning, have your breakfast and then disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. Say goodbye to the Deccan Odyssey as your luxurious journey comes to an end.


Highlights:

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Aihole, Badami, Hampi and Pattadakal.
  • Experience the culinary delights of the Nizams of Hyderabad.
  • Walk through the bustling bazaars of Hyderabad and pick up souvenirs.


Check in Procedure


In Mumbai, security check will be conducted at the time of check-in at the railway station, whereby, luggage is required to be scanned. Please present your passport at the time of check in to collect ticket voucher and relevant documents.

# Note – Schedule is subject to change in case of any changes in the Security regulations directed by the Government of India



Meeting Point Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai at 1530 hours
Boarding Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai
Departure at 1640 hours
Disembarking at Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai at 0815 hours

    Note:
  • Check-in venue is subject to change with prior intimation.
  • All arrival and departure timings are approximate and subject to change by the Indian Railways.


Departure Dates for Season 2017-18

MONTH DEPARTURE DATES
Dec 2017 2
Feb 2018 17
Apr 2018 21
Oct 2018 6
Dec 2018 1
Feb 2019 16
Apr 2019 20


Tariff for Season 2017-18 & 2018-19

Per Cabin Per Journey Price for 7 Nights / 8 Days Journey

(For International Travellers Only)

ROOM TYPESINGLE OCCUPANCY TWIN/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY 02 CHILDREN
(in a separate Cabin)
Deluxe Cabin $ 6,100 $ 8,750 $ 6,565
Presidential Suite $ 13,210 $ 13,210 $ 6,565

(For Indian Nationals Only)

ROOM TYPESINGLE OCCUPANCY TWIN/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY 02 CHILDREN
(in a separate Cabin)
Deluxe Cabin INR 4,27,000 INR 6,12,500 INR 4,59,550
Presidential Suite INR 9,24,700 INR 9,24,700 INR 4,59,550


Terms & Conditions
  • All Costs are in USD and INR.
  • The above costs are per cabin per Journey.
  • Government Service tax of 5% is additional and will be charged extra on the published tariff.
  • As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries are subject to change incase of any changes in the routing etc.
  • Prices are subject to change incase of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel,taxes etc.
  • Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate upto 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children (One child upto 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years of age) CHILD.
    Payment:
  • 20% of the ticket value at the time of booking
  • 80% of the ticket value 45 days before the departure date

    Cancellation:
  • Any cancellation must be advised immediately by Email and subsequently confirmed by letter to the Central Reservation Division
  • 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


    Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • Soft Beverages during meals(B, L,D)
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide

    Exclusions:
  • Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
  • Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours
  • Video and professional Still Camera fees
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • International and Domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
    Child Policy
  • Deccan Odyssey does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavor to maintain.
  • One child up to 5 years of age shall be allowed free of cost in the Deluxe Cabin, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • For families, with a child between 6-12 years of age, or, with two children with one child below 5 years and another between 6-12 years, we recommend the Presidential Suite which has a double bed in the bedroom and can be shared with a child below 5 years and a sofa cum bed in the living room which can accommodate the older child. In this case, the child/children will be accommodated free of cost.
  • In case of two children between 6-12 years of age travelling with their parents, you will have to take 2 cabins. The first child pays 25% of the adult fare and the second child will have to pay 50% of the adult fare. One of the parents will have to be present with the child / children in the cabin.
  • Please note that we do not have the facility for interconnecting cabins.
  • All applicable taxes will be charged extra.


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