The Deccan Odyssey - Indian Odyssey
Route : Delhi Sawai Madhopur Ranthambore Agra Jaipur Udaipur Vadodara Aurangabad Ellora Caves Mumbai
Saturday - Tour Begins Delhi
DELHI: Departure in the evening from Delhi Railway Station.
Sunday - Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore National Park
RANTHAMBORE: Alight at the Sawai Madhopur Railway station early this morning.
Board the bus to reach Ranthambore, one of the finest tiger reserves in the country acclaimed as the most likely place to spot tigers.
Enjoy a morning safari in the national park. Ranthambore is home to several species other than the tiger; you can see herds of Chital, Sambhar deer, wild boar, Nilgai antelope , chinkara gazelles and many more. Extensive bird life includes jungle fowl, partridges, quails, the crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. If it’s your lucky day, you could spot a tiger lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down deer around the lakes.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for breakfast. The rest of the morning is free.
After lunch on board, take another safari in the Ranthambore national park. Alternatively you could choose the option of a village safari in Ranthambore and get a glimpse of the local’s lifestyle.
After the safari enjoy a high tea at Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur.
Return back to the Deccan Odyssey to start your journey to Agra, the city of the world famous “Taj Mahal”
Dinner on board.
Monday - Agra
AGRA: After breakfast, visit the Taj Mahal, the eternal symbol of love built by Emperor Shah Jahan’s as a gift of love to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
After lunch at a city hotel, visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, a marble mausoleum built by Nur Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir, in memory of her father, Ghiyas Beg.
Thereafter visit Agra Fort, the seat of Mughal reign and administration for three generations. The present structure owes its origins to Emperor Akbar who had its first buildings of red sandstone erected on the eastern bank of the river Yamuna. His grandson Shah Jahan, the most artistic and prolific builder of the dynasty, later added the impressive marbled private quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts.
Later, time permitting, you may have the opportunity to visit the local markets to admire the exquisite Pietra Dura (marble inlay) artefacts and Mughal ornaments before completing your tour of this historical city. Alternately, you could choose the option of a massage at a Hotel spa.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as the train proceeds to Jaipur, The Pink City.
Tuesday - Jaipur
JAIPUR: Morning arrive at Jaipur, a colourful oasis in the desert surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills. This city of victory is crowned by formidable forts, beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens.
Board the bus to visit Amber Fort, a sprawling complex of courtyards, halls and rooms adorned with beautiful paintings, precious stones and mirrors. Enroute visit the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, famous for its intricate pink sandstone carving and a beautiful view of the city. Also visit the famous City Palace of Jaipur and Jantar Mantar the astronomical observatory built in the 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh.
Lunch at a city hotel.
In the evening, Return to the Deccan Odyssey as your train sets off for Udaipur.
Dinner on Board.
Wednesday - Udaipur
UDAIPUR: Arrive Udaipur, The City of Lakes surrounded by scenic hills & romantic lakes.
After breakfast visit the famous City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas, which also houses the spectacular Crystal Gallery.
The tour of this magnificent city is completed with a boat cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola.
Lunch at Jagmandir.
This evening embark on a Walking Tour through the Old City of Udaipur. Sample the exquisite variety of handicrafts ranging from toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, jewellery, paintings, etc.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening as the train departs for Vadodara.
Dinner on board.
Thursday - Vadodara
VADODRA: Arrive Vadodara, the capital of the Gaekwads.
After breakfast board the bus to visit Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. This concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties is cradled in an impressive landscape. Marvel at the Jami Masjid (Great Mosque ) built in 1513 representing a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture
Drive back to Vadodara for a leisurely lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.
After lunch, visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, displaying a large number of works of art including a collectionof the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and other renowned European Masters.
Enjoy high tea with a folk performance at the resplendent Laxmi Vilas Palace, the residence of the Royal family of Vadodra. Reputedly four times the size of Buckingham Palace, its overwhelming Durbar Hall boasts a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgian stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it pulls out for Aurangabad.
Friday - Aurangabad – Ellora Caves
AURANGABAD: Morning Arrival at Aurangabad station.
ELLORA CAVES: Proceed by road to visit the Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religion- Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and 11th century AD, the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29).The most imposing excavation is, without doubt, that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world.
In the evening, enjoy a drink at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served.
Saturday - Disembark -Mumbai
MUMBAI: Morning - Arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station. Journey Ends.