Deccan Odyssey - Indian Odyssey

(9 days)

New Delhi, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur,Udaipur, Vadodara, Mumbai

If you cannot decide on some places to go, hop on board the Deccan Odyssey to visit the most popular destinations of North and West India. Within a week we will ensure you cover all the places of interest and maximize on your trip. Whether you are a foodie trying to find the best places to eat in capital city or an avid nature lover with a passion to travel, with our tour you can meet with the expectations of any traveler. The package not only includes guided access to a number of experiences around India worth doing, but also gives you a chance to experience the famous hospitality India is known for.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Family

At a Glance

Delhi (1 night), Ranthambore National Park (1 night), Agra (1 night), Jaipur (1 night), Jodhpur (1 night), Udaipur (1 night), Vadodra (1 night), Mumbai (1 night), Mumbai (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Tour the meandering lanes of Old Delhi with the help of an experienced guide.
  • Take a quintessential ride in a rickshaw through the capital.
  • Visit the renowned World Heritage sites in Agra, Jaipur and other places to understand the depth and complexity of Indian Architecture.
  • Dine in a royal fashion as our kitchens prepare the best menus with the freshest and most authentic ingredients sourced especially for our esteem guests.
  • Take a thrill jeep safari through the Ranthambore Park as you seek some big bad cats.
  • Skip the malls to find bazaars and artisanal shops around the cities that make some quirky and fun gifts to purchase.
  • Revel in the sights Mumbai has to offer tourists with our guided help.

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 after breakfast proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi.

Late afternoon board the train at the Delhi Cantt station and begin your enchanting journey, heading to the home of Tigers – Ranthambore. 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 Indian Odyssey 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 Sawai Madhopur.

Dinner on board & Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Ranthambore National Park (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

Based in the North Indian state of Rajasthan; Ranthambore National park is aptly named owing to the presence of the notable Ranthambhore fort in the grounds. Extending over 392 square kilometers, the park impresses travelers from the world over with its abundant resident flora and fauna. A much sought after destination for eco-tourism, the park is visited by wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and naturalists all year.

Activities

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 your morning game drive.

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!

Return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a short rest before your next adventure into the jungle.

When you're done with the jungle, feel free to share the spoils (of your photo-shoots!) at high tea at Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur.

After high tea, it is time to head back to the Deccan Odyssey where you can relax with a drink before dinner on board, as the Deccan Odyssey sets off for Agra, the city of the world famous "Taj Mahal".

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board, High tea at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Agra (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

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 a leisurely breakfast on board, you will 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.

Lunch at a City Hotel.

After lunch your tour of Agra continues as you visit Itmad-ud-Daulah, a marble mausoleum built by Nur Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir, in memory of her father, Ghiyas Beg. Sometimes called the 'Baby Taj', it is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic and lattice.

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.

Later, you have the opportunity to visit the local markets to admire the exquisite Pietra Dura (marble inlay) artefacts and Mughal ornaments OR as an optional activity you may avail of spa facilities at a hotel before completing your tour of this historical city.

Late evening, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dine and your onward journey to Jaipur, The Pink City.

Breakfast on board, Lunch at a City Hotel, Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Jaipur (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

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

Legendary for the triumphs of its proud Rajputs, Jaipur, the City of Victory, 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.

After breakfast you drive to Maharaja Mansingh's 17th century masterpiece, the Amber Fort that overlooks the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort is a sprawling complex of courtyards, halls and rooms adorned with beautiful paintings, precious stones and mirrors. Behold the Sheesh Mahal, 'Hall of Mirrors', where a single lamplight reflects in many mirrors, and lights up the entire room, creating a dazzling effect.

En route to Amber Fort visit the Palace of Winds, otherwise known as the Hawa Mahal, famous for its intricate pink sandstone carving and a beautiful view of the city.

Thereafter you will visit the famous City Palace of Jaipur, an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes and carpets. Walk across to the adjacent 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.

Lunch at a City hotel.

Following lunch you may choose to participate in one of the optional tours. Enjoy spa facilities at a palace hotel OR have the opportunity to explore the colorful bazaars of the Pink City which offer a wide range of ethnic handicrafts produced in the city-centre and its outskirts.

After your full day of delving in the royal past of Jaipur you will return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner on board as your train departs for Jodhpur.

Breakfast on board, Lunch at a City hotel, Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Jodhpur (1 night)

Days  ( 5 - 6 )

Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Often referred to as the “Sun City”, it is named so because of the bright sunny weather that continues to bless these lands all year round. This enchanting dessert city was founded by the then chief of the Rathore Clan, Rao Jodha way back in 1459. Formerly referred to as Marwar, this is the second largest city in the state and offers charming experiences through the Old and New parts.

Activities

This morning as the Deccan Odyssey travels through the stronghold of the Marwar region, enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you breakfast, unwind and experience the striking panorama of the Thar Desert, arriving at Jodhpur.

The morning is at leisure on board the Deccan Odyssey, but those who wish to step out have the option of visiting a weavers' village, a potters' village as well as a Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi tribe, indigenous to India, follow the 29 principles laid down by their Guru about 540 years ago, to protect trees and wildlife ensuring a healthy eco-friendly social life for the community. Take a peep into their lives where traditions and skills are passed down unchanged through generations OR enjoy spa facilities at a hotel.

After your village visits, return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch.

Following lunch on board, set out once again to explore the magnificent city of Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, after the vivid blue-painted houses that surround the Meherangarh Fort. Set like a pearl amidst the stark desert, this former capital of Marwar boasts some of the finest architecture from the Rajput era, renowned for its superb forts and glorious palaces.

Experience glimpses of the lifestyle of the residents as you explore the city. Walk through the busy bustle of the Old Clock Tower market, past old havelis and houses, continue to the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, the pride of Jodhpur. Marvel at the intricate carvings and expansive courtyards of the several palaces inside as well as the amazing view of palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes and the arts and crafts of a bygone era at the museum.

In the evening enjoy a wide array of sumptuous Marwar barbecue delights served in the royal courtyard of Meherangarh Fort as you admire the cityscape from a top.

Having taken in your share of the sublime beauty of Jodhpur, return the Deccan Odyssey and head for Udaipur.

Breakfast & Lunch on board, Barbecue at Meherangarh Fort.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Udaipur (1 night)

Days  ( 6 - 7 )

Udaipur

Udaipur

Udaipur is a noted tourist destination in Rajasthan and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in India. The city looks marvelous with Lake Pichola on one side and the Aravalli ranges on the other. Besides, Udaipur is also dotted with beautiful palaces, havelis, and forts that remind us of the wonderful architecture of the past.

Activities

The Deccan Odyssey rolls into Udaipur in the morning. Set on the shores of the placid Lake Pichola, Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes, is easily one of the most romantic cities of India, surrounded by scenic hills. Enjoy your breakfast as you admire the picturesque landscape of the Aravali hills.

You will then disembark to 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.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch.

After lunch, you may relax on board for the afternoon or take the option of visiting a spa at a palace hotel. Later 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, painted wooden boxes, pottery, brassware and terracotta sculptures.

Thereafter you return to the Deccan Odyssey carriages for a relaxed evening and dinner as we depart for Vadodara.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Vadodra (1 night)

Days  ( 7 - 8 )

Vadodra

Vadodra

Vadodra is the state of Gujarat and is located right beside the River Vishwamitri. As per popular legend, the river was named after the famous saint Vishwamitra.

Activities

Today you arrive at the capital of the Gaekwads, Vadodara, located along the seasonal river Vishwamitri.

Breakfast over, you will disembark and proceed 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 which was a model for later mosque architecture in India.

Drive back to Vadodara for a leisurely lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.

After lunch, you will visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, originally constructed as a school for the Maharaja's children. Today, art lovers can view a large number of works of art displayed in the museum including a collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and other renowned European Masters as well as a collection of sculptures in marble and bronze.

Enjoy high tea at the resplendent Laxmi Vilas Palace, built in 1890, and the residence of the Royal family even today. 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. The palace also houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savour some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchens.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it pulls out for the last leg of your journey.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board, High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Mumbai (1 night)

Days  ( 8 - 9 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

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

Breakfast on board
b> Arrive at Mumbai and on arrival Trip to India representative will meet and transfer to the pre-booked hotel.

Later proceed for a guided tour of Mumbai city.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Mumbai (0 night)

Days  ( 9 - 9 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

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

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New Delhi, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur,Udaipur, Vadodara, Mumbai

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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)