Deccan Odyssey - Golden Treasure

(5 days)

New Delhi, Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, New Delhi

The opulence and grandeur of the royal cities are only matched with an equally lavish train. Your Journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey will take you through the various cities and towns of the fabled north India. Bask like the Mughal royalty in Agra before you have a tryst with some ferocious cats at the Ranthambore National Park, discover artisanal products at local stores in the pink city known as Jaipur or revel in the natural beauty of the scenic routes taken, this itinerary coupled with the renowned Indian hospitality is sure to make it a memorable escape.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Honeymoon
Family

At a Glance

Delhi (1 night), Agra (1 night), Jaipur (1 night), Delhi (1 night), Delhi (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Discover the lanes of Old Delhi with our experienced guide’s person.
  • Experience the grandness of the monuments, artifacts and official World Heritage sites in the main cities.
  • Explore the glorious city of Fatehpur Sikri dominated by red sandstone structures, a place still haunted by the power of the Mughal Dynasty.
  • Seek the elusive cats on a royal safari at the Ranthambore National Park.
  • Survey the sights and browse through shops to find local curios and objects of art to take back home as gifts for the family.
  • Dine as the royalty would in a personal banquet styled dinner arranged especially for our guests in Jaipur.

Detailed Itinerary


Delhi (1 night)

Days  ( 1 - 2 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

Trip to India representative will meet you at the Delhi airport and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Following day proceed for a guided tour of Delhi visiting the narrow lanes of Chandini Chowk, Jama Mosque etc.

Late afternoon transfer to Delhi Cantt station and begin your enchanting journey to the magical city of Agra. Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

This evening assemble at the railway station at approximately 1830 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Golden Treasure journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Delhi for Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal.

Dinner on board and overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Agra (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Agra

Agra

Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, the city of Agra throngs with tourists all year round. Reminiscent of the glory that was once the Mogul Empire, this city is seeping in history and gorgeous architecture.

Activities

Arriving at Agra, you will realize that the Mughals were not just the greatest dynasty to rule India but also its greatest builders. After breakfast this morning, you shall visit the Taj Mahal, which was Emperor Shah Jahan's gift of love to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and is truly the world's most wondrous monument. The making of the Taj Mahal is as much a fable as the edifice itself. It took 20000 men 22 years to build this unrivalled mausoleum and its exquisite white marble was brought from 200 miles away by caravans of elephants and camels.

Thereafter proceed to Agra Fort, another outstanding example of Mughal architecture, and 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. A visit to the Diwan-e-Am, 'Hall of Public Audience' and the Royal Pavilions is not to be missed.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey and enjoy a sumptuous lunch as it departs for Fatehpur Sikri - the city of victory founded by Emperor Akbar as the Mughal capital.

Disembark to explore this deserted red sandstone city, abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and which remains in much the same condition it was over 300 years ago. Complete with palaces and mosques, Fatehpur Sikri was larger than London when it was originally constructed and is an extraordinary place to explore with its remarkably preserved buildings.

Late evening, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and your onward journey to Sawai Madhopur.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board and Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

 

Jaipur (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

Jaipur

Jaipur

The capital city of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is reminiscent of the royal way of life that was once integral to this region. Today it is fondly referred to as the “Pink City” because of the trademark structures that sit here.

Activities

Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan is the alighting point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India's efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population can be seen here. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to spot one of these majestic animals.

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before you set out for a game drive into the park.

Ranthambore is home to several other species as well, you can see herds of Chital and Sambhar deer as well as wild boar, Nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles. There are also sloth bear, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes jungle fowl, partridges, quails, the crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. There are also water birds like storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes. 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!

After your morning adventure return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey and as you unwind and share the spoils (of your photo-shoots!), the Deccan Odyssey departs for Jaipur.

Legendary for the triumphs of its proud Rajputs, the Pink City is surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills - crowned by formidable forts - and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all their splendour, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colourful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people.

Enjoy lunch on board as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Jaipur, after which you disembark to explore this royal city.

Drive past Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, famous for its intricate pink sandstone carving and a beautiful view of the city. Arrive and visit the Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory built in the 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh. A wondrous achievement for its time the observatory gives accurate readings even to this day.

Continue to the vibrant bazaars of the Pink City which offer a wide range of ethnic handicrafts produced in the city-centre and its outskirts.

The evening culminates in a Gala dinner.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey as the pulls out for the last leg of your journey.

Breakfast & Lunch on board, Gala Dinner in the city.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

 

Delhi (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at the Delhi Railway Station.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Breakfast

On arrival meet and transfer to the pre-booked hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

 

Delhi (0 night)

Days  ( 5 - 5 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey.

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Locations & Directions

New Delhi, Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, New Delhi

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"Dear Mr. Dhir, I wish to thank you for coordinating all the arrangements to make our trip to Rajasthan a memorable one. Thank you again for your time and efforts."

-Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz

(Riyadh)