Travel across India in style on board the luxurious Deccan Odyssey, witnessing architectural masterpieces, tracking wildlife and exploring vibrant cities. This is the perfect way to see India in style, forgoing the long road journeys for a true bucket list experience.
Suggested route & duration
7 nights Mumbai to Delhi
• Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore)
Departure Dates 2022
January 1, 22
Day 1: MUMBAI Board the Deccan Odyssey following a traditional welcome and drink at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station before settling in as the train departs towards Vadodara.
Day 2: VADODARA This morning the train will roll into the city to Vadodara in the state of Gujarat. In this city, which is rich in history, you’ll visit the incredible UNESCO-listed Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. Return to the train for lunch before visiting the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum where you can enjoy the many works of art from Indian and European masters followed by high tea at the grand Laxmi Vilas Palace which remains the residence of the royal family even today.
Day 3: UDAIPUR Arrive in the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur and embark on a tour which includes a visit to the City Palace - the largest palace complex in Rajasthan - and a cruise on Lake Pichola. This afternoon will be spent on a walking tour of the old town, exploring its serpentine streets and browsing the stalls at an old fashioned but colourful local bazaar.
Day 4: JODHPUR It’s then onwards to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, which sits on the edge of the Thar Desert. Your morning is at leaisure on board the Deccan Odyssey, and after lunch you will set out to explore the magnificent city of Jodhpur. This afternoon’s city tour takes you on a walk through the Old Clock Tower market and past beautiful havelis before continuing to the pride of Jodhpur - the Meharangarh Fort. Today’s dinner is a real highlight of the itinerary – a delicious barbecue in the royal courtyard of the fort overlooking the city.
Day 5: SAWAI MADHOPUR Arrive into Sawai Madhopur, gateway to Ranthambore National Park. Highlights of the day include an afternoon game drive offering you the opportunity to spot not only the famously elusive tigers, but also sambar deer, wild boar and a variety of birds, and a trip to the former hunting lodge of the royal family of Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur Lodge for high tea.
Day 6: AGRA The next stop is the former Mughal capital of Agra, home to what is undoubtedly the country’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Following a morning visit to the Taj Mahal and lunch at a local hotel you’ll head to Itmad-ud-Daulah tomb, also known as the ‘baby Taj’, and the Agra Fort. Before reboarding the Deccan Odyssey, there will be free time to visit a local market or join an optional visit to the spa at a city hotel.
Day 7: JAIPUR In the Pink City of Jaipur you’ll visit the resplendent hill-top Amber Fort, the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal - also known as the Palace of Winds, it is famous for its intricate pink sandstone carvings and beautiful views of the city. This afternoon there’ll be some free time to explore on your own, visit a local hotel spa or explore one of the vibrant city bazaars.
Day 8: DELHI This morning disembark the train in Delhi.
Tailor your tour
This is a fixed itinerary rail journey on the luxurious Deccan Odyssey. All meals are included as well as soft beverages and the service of an English-speaking local guide for the off train excursions and game drives. Each of the elegant and air-conditioned Deluxe Cabins and Presidential Suites feature a flat-screen television, DVD player and en suite bathroom. The Presidential Suites have a living area and guests can enjoy butler service. There's also a spa coach with sauna, small gym and treatment rooms.
We would recommend adding stays before and after the rail journey and we would be happy to create an independent itinerary to complement this train route, just speak to one of our Personal Travel Experts who will create your perfect holiday.
Good to know
Local conditions may necessitate slight variations to the itinerary without notice.