Deccan Odyssey - Indian Soiree

(9 days)

Mumbai, Ajanta Caves, Sanchi, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi

As you embark on one of the most majestic trips across India, you can tantalize your senses with the vibrant and complex palette of diversity. From reliving the days of the Royal Maratha Clan to immersing yourself in the colourful culture of India, this trip is one to live all your dreams in. As you tour some of the most magnificent ruins and palaces, and travel through breathtaking scenic backdrops, you can take a moment to appreciate the diverse lives of the locals residing in the various cities. The soul of India cannot be described, but come aboard the Deccan Odyssey and let us help you feel the magic.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Family

At a Glance

Mumbai (1 night), Aurangabad (1 night), Sanchi (1 night), Ranthambore National Park (1 night), Jaipur (1 night), Agra (1 night), Agra (1 night), Delhi (1 night), Delhi (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Travel through the metro city of Mumbai to experience the life of an urban jungle.
  • The tranquil Sanchi and Aurangabad are the perfect place to discover keenness towards Buddhism or pay homage to their traditions.
  • Visit the renowned World Heritage sites and the magnificent architectural structures dotted across various cities in the plan.
  • Seek an adrenaline rush as you ride a thrill jeep into the Ranthambore lands known for the cats who call it home.
  • Let the urge of some retail therapy be fulfilled with the inexpensive and bright bazaars or local shops selling curios and objects of art.
  • Let the gourmand in you be satisfied at Chandni Chowk, popular for the quintessential delicacies make fresh here.

Detailed Itinerary


Mumbai (1 night)

Days  ( 1 - 2 )

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

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

Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast proceed for a guided tour of Mumbai city.

Late afternoon board the train at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and begin your enchanting journey the wondrous cave temples of Ajanta.

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

This evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Indian Soiree 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 Mumbai for Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.

Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Aurangabad (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Aurangabad

Aurangabad

While this city managed to stay out of focus during most part of India’s history, it only made its mark in the map during the rule of Mogul King Aurangzeb, when he made it his capital city between 1653 and 1707. This brief period was sufficient for it to optimize its glory years, witnessing the construction of some of the most fascinating monuments one has seen.

Activities

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon station early this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, a World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.

After exploring Ajanta, return to the Deccan Odyssey as it takes you towards the Buddhist town of Sanchi.

Savour a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterlands of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh sweep past, with their ever-changing colors and landscape.

The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie, learn the rules of 'carrom', a popular Indian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board. In the evening, enjoy a drink at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Sanchi (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

Sanchi

Sanchi

The town of Sanchi is also known as Ashoka’s city and is located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for having a Buddhist influence of architecture, especially in the Buddhist vihara as well as the Great Stupa. People travel from far and wide to appreciate the four gateways in Sanchi that depict scenes from Buddha's life.

Activities

This morning as the Deccan Odyssey travels through the Deccan Plateau in central India, enjoy a relaxing morning over breakfast as the tapestry of India's rural expanse unfurls past your windows, arriving at Sanchi.

Experience the richness of the Buddhist city of Sanchi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the well-preserved Stupas, said to have been built from the 3rd century BC onward till the 12th century AD, an astounding period of over thirteen hundred years. The Great Stupa of Sanchi is the oldest stone structure in India and bears four symbols representing each of the four stages of the Buddha's life: birth, enlightenment, preaching of the first sermon and salvation.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board as it proceeds towards Sawai Madhopur.

The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board.

In the evening, enjoy a sun downer before a lavish dinner is served.

Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Ranthambore National Park (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

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 cats.

The Deccan Odyssey rolls into Sawai Madhopur, at dawn, where you will disembark for an early morning safari into the park.

Ranthambore is home to several species other than the tiger; 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 the excitement of the morning, return to the comfort of the Deccan Odyssey and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The rest of the morning is free for you to relax on board, and after lunch, your next adventure into the jungle begins. Post lunch, you could also choose the option of a village safari in Ranthambore and get a glimpse of how the locals live.

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 it proceeds towards Jaipur, the Pink City.

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

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Jaipur (1 night)

Days  ( 5 - 6 )

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 choose the option of an exclusive shopping tour 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.

In the evening, join in for a Gala Dinner in the Pink City.

After your full day of delving in the royal past of Jaipur you will return to the Deccan Odyssey as it sets off for Agra, the city of the world famous Taj Mahal.

Breakfast on board, Lunch & Dinner off board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Agra (1 night)

Days  ( 6 - 7 )

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

This morning the Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Bharatpur from where, after breakfast on board, you will visit Fatehpur Sikri ,the city of victory founded by Emperor Akbar as the Mughal capital, and Agra, home to the iconic symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal.

Disembark to explore the 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.

Arriving at Agra, you will realize that the Mughals were not just the greatest dynasty to rule India but also its greatest builders. Proceed to 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 is as much a fable as the edifice itself. It took 20000 men 22 years to build this unrivaled mausoleum and its exquisite white marble was brought from 200 miles away by caravans of elephants and camels.

Relish lunch at a city hotel before returning to your carriages on the Deccan Odyssey.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board the Deccan Odyssey, participating in some of the activities on board or visiting the spa. In the evening, enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender on board before dinner is served.

The Deccan Odyssey will be stationed at Agra for the night.

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

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Agra (1 night)

Days  ( 7 - 8 )

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

This morning, after breakfast, 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.


Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and some rest before setting out once again to explore more of Agra.

Disembark and 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, 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 it pulls out for the last leg of your journey.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Delhi (1 night)

Days  ( 8 - 9 )

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.

On arrival Trip to India representative will meet you and transfer to the pre-booked hotel.

Later proceed for a guided tour of Old Delhi including Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Delhi (0 night)

Days  ( 9 - 9 )

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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Mumbai, Ajanta Caves, Sanchi, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Agra, 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)