Journey Name: Jewels of The Deccan  |  Journey Duration: Upto 10 days
 
Overview:
Deccan Odyssey takes you through this incredible journey through the true Jewels of the Deccan. Lying between Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the Deccan Region of India is home to abundant and diverse flora and fauna and also an exotic cultural heritage that people from all over the world come to treat their eyes to. The Jewels of the Deccan, spanning over 8 days and 7 nights, begins from Mumbai and takes you on a swift tour across popular destinations in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Get an insight of India’s sublime past and rich heritage.

 
Train Departure Schedule :
2016
January - March
 
 
Journey Dates :

Departure dates for season 2016


Month

Departure Dates

Feb 2016

20

Mar 2016        12       
Apr 2016       23       

 

 

 
Places Covered:
Mumbai – Bijapur – Badami – Hampi – Hyderabad – Aurangabad – Ajanta -- Mumbai
 
Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Mumbai

Upon your arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, the checkin formalities and registration will take place. Enjoy the regal and conventional Indian welcome followed by a refreshing drink. Settle and relax in your cabins as the Deccan Odyssey train leaves for Bijapur in Karnataka. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 02: Bijapur

Relish your delicious breakfast at the train reaches Bijapur, the land of the Sultans. 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. Begin with your trip to the Gol Gumbaz, a round dome like structure that celebrates Deccan architecture. It is the second largest tomb in the world and a mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. The key attraction of the mausoleum is the circular gallery where a even a whisper gets magnified.

Later we head to the Jumma Masjid, Malik-e-Maidan (the largest medieval canon in the world), Mehtar Mahal (a 17th century ornamental entrance to a mosque), Ibrahim Rouza (one of the Islamic monuments comprising of a 24 m high minarets). Later return to the hotel to enjoy a scrumptious lunch on the train while enjoying the beautiful landscapes passing by from your cabin. Overnight and stay onboard the train.

Day 03: Badami (Sightseeing)

In the morning, disembark the train and visit the rock-cut caves and sculpted temples in Badami. Some popular monuments include Badami Fort, Malegatti Shivalaya, The Dattatreya Temple, The Mallikarjuna Temple and the temple of Banashankari. Then return to the comforts of the train which makes its way to Hampi. Overnight dinner and stay onboard the train.

Day 04: Hampi

Today morning, have your breakfast as the train reaches Hospet. After breakfast visit the famous World Heritage Site- Hampi, well-known for its radiant constructions of ancient monuments. First you visit the most significant attraction of Hampi, the Narasimha statue. Later, you head to Mustard Ganesh, where you can see an elephant God statue. Enjoy the architectural brilliance around and take a long walk along the banks of the Tungabhadra River. After visiting Virupaksha Temple, you proceed to visit Vittala Temple, which displays the architecture of Vijayanagara Empire. Travel back to Hospet for lunch on the luxury train. Take rest and again gear yourselves to explore Royal Center at Hampi. 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. After exploring these amazing sights return to the Deccan Odyssey to relax. Dinner and overnight stay onboard as Deccan Odyssey progresses for Hyderabad.

Day 05: Hyderabad

This morning Deccan Odyssey enters into the city of Nizams, Hyderabad. Post a delicious breakfast; head out to see the Golconda Fort, a symbol of Nizami culture and grandeur. It is a mud fort which became the seat of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Then return to the comforts of the train, where in a lunch of steaming hot Biryani waits for you. Relax for while and then you can head out to splurge on shopping articles like pearls, bangles and scented perfumes called ittars. Later you can head to the Falaknuma Palace. Overnight stay and dinner onboard the train.

Day 06: Aurangabad

This morning Deccan Odyssey arrives into the Aurangabad, named after the famous Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. After breakfast, drive up to the exceptional Ellora caves. They are considered to be a fine example of cave architecture. This structure 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, believed to be a replica of the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva in Mt. Kailash. After building an appetite in the morning, head to the Deccan Odyssey to savor a scrumptious lunch as you see the picturesque landscape of Maharashtra pass by.

Day 07: Ajanta Caves

As you enjoy breakfast the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon. Disembak and drive to the Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO world heritage site. The site of Ajanta Caves consists of 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves that have been skillfully carved. All the caves depict sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. Then return to the Deccan Odyssey to savor some mouth-watering lunch. Then head out to visit the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, which pays tribute to the Father of the nation. In the evening, enjoy the sunset as you experience the real beauty of rural India. Have dinner onboard the Deccan Odyssey as the train leaves for the last stop, Mumbai. Overnight stay and dinner onboard the train.

Day 08: Mumbai (Departure)

On the 8th day, you will return back to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, where your journey comes to an end.

 
Price:

Tariff for season 2016

Per cabin per journey price for 7 nights / 8 days journey

Room Type

Single Occupancy

Twin/Double Occupancy

02 Children (separate cabin)

Deluxe Cabin

$ 5810

$  8386

$  6290

Presidential Suite

$  8386

 12579                       

 6290

 
Inclusions:

 

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms.
  • All Meals.
  • Soft Beverages during meals.
  • 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

 

 
Notes – Remarks:

 

  • All Costs are in US Dollar
  • The above costs are per cabin per Journey
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • (Applicable for Children below 12 years)
  • Government Service tax of 3.625% is additional and will be charged extra on the published tariff
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
  • Child rates are applicable from 6 to 12 years.

 

 
Terms and Conditions:

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

 

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:

  • No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited. 
  • En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited. 
  • Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health 
 
Route Map
 

 

  • 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.