Deccan Odyssey

Experience the gracious and explore the mysteries of KINGDOM OF MARATHAS - Step aboard one of the most luxurious trains, the Deccan Odyssey and begin a journey to India's most spectacular destinations. It's the one which has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences.

The royal tour on Deccan Odyssey will take you to a journey through ancient mountains and mysterious forts, pristine beaches and charming villages. The majestic landscape of Maharastra seduces all who visit. In its sweeping hills, stunning coastlines, and rugged moorland, the land conjures up irresistible images of romance and enduring legends of Maratha Kingdom.

Built for the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, the 21-coach luxury train has all the facilities of a five-star hotel, except a swimming pool. The train has an air-conditioned suite car (coach), 11 air-conditioned cabin cars, a conference car, two restaurant cars with bar attached, and a health car with a gym, beauty salon and yoga centre. There is also space for ayurvedic treatment and massage.

The two restaurants cum kitchen cars that serves varied local authentic and Continental cuisine. A unique feature about the conference coach is the conference room is designed in such a way that it could also be converted into a disco-cum-pub for evening entertainment. What's more, it has provision for Net surfing, mobile phone connectivity and colour television in all the cabins. The idea is to keep travelers close to their families and friends. Further, during off-season, the train can be hired by corporates to take their employees on a holiday, or even organize meetings on board. Passengers will also be able to enjoy on demand - Foreign Exchange facility on board.

The route has been fixed as Mumbai - Sindhudurg - Goa - Kolhapur - Aurangabad(Ellora) - Chandrapur (Tadoba Wildlife Sancturary)- Wardha (Sevagram)- Jalgaon(Ajanta) - Nashik and Mumbai. It will be a seven days round trip starting on every Wednesday from Mumbai. The seasonal tours will operate every year between October to April month. The itinerary of the tour is as follows:

Detailed daywise Itinerary

The seven day itinerary includes several exotic destinations that offer travelers a unique opportunity to enjoy some of India's most breathtaking scenery.

Day 01- Mumbai
Tour starts from Mumbai, a city of dreams that 300 years ago was an agglomeration of seven islands. Modern, yet preserving its antiquities as a short drive through the city will reveal. Board the train in the evening at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, one of Mumbai¹s most famous gothic landmarks. Wine and dine in comfort as the train sets about its voyage.

Day 02 - Jaigad - Ganapatipule - Ratnagiri - Bhatye
Alight at Ukshi station and enjoy a short ride to Rai jetty. Cut through the backwaters, accompanied by exotic birds, to historical Jaigad Fort, high on a cliffside overlooking the ocean. View Konkan village life, unreachable by road. Travel to Ganapatipule by road, a scenic drive. On arrival feast on a vast spread of ŒKonkan¹ cuisine, spending time with local people. Visit the holy temple shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesh and walk the beach amongst swaying palms. Head out to Ratnagiri by air-conditioned coach. This was the internment home of the last king of Burma. Visit Lokmanya Tilak Smarak, Rtanaburg Fort followed by a swim off Bhatye beach. Depart in the evening on the next stage of our journey.

Day 03 - Sindhuburg - Tarkali – Sawantwadi
Travel to the tip of the Konkan coast arriving at Sudhuburg Nagari station. Travel to Sundhuburg Fort by boat. On arrival walk the two-mile long rampart walls with views of the open sea. Head to Tarkali beach by luxury coach, a virgin beach at the confluence of the River Karli. Enjoy a ŒMalvani¹ lunch at MTDC Beach resort. Take a ferry ride up the Tarkali Creek moving on to Sawantwadi by coach, the entrance point to Goa and home to the Chitar Ali and Jagannathrao Bhosale Garden. You may also visit Shilpa Gram village to watch local craftsmen go about their work. A traditional meal on board the train during the evening as we head for Goa.

Day 04 – Goa
Morning arrival in Goa, home to India¹s finest beaches, jungle clad hills and ancient architecture. Take a walk amongst and amidst the ruins of Old Goa visiting the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assissi, now an archaeological museum. Move on to Priol, home to one of the Mangeshi Temples. A boat cruise down the Mandovi river follows featuring entertainment and Goan delicacies. Visit Fontanhas, the latin quarter of Panjim, Goa¹s capital, followed by Dona Paula, a small palm fringed beach. In the evening head back to the station for wining and dining on board.

Day 05 - Pune
Morning arrival in Pune, former capital of the Marathas and home to poets, writers and artists. Following breakfast the first stop is Phule Mandia, the old central market. We then visit Rajar Kelkar museum, a Rajasthani-style building with some interesting artefacts dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Next is the Iyengar Yoga Institute, famous the world over. After lunch at the Taj Blue Diamond we visit the Osho Ashram commune, focusing on meditation. Next comes the tribal museum and the David synagogue. Board a luxury coach to visit the Aga Khan Palace, an historical monument where Gandhi and his wife were imprisoned. In the evening comes the light and sound show at the Shaniwarwada Palace. A sumptuous meal is prepared on board the train prior to departure for Aurangabad.

Day 06 – Aurangabad
Following breakfast on the train board a luxury coach to visit the fortress of Daulatabad. Next stop is the world famous Ellora Caves, a world heritage site consisting of a series of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist caves originating from the 7th to the 14th centuries. Return to Aurangabad for lunch before visiting the Shivaji museum followed by the Aurangabad Caves and the Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, a replica of the Taj Mahal. Return to the train for an evening meal and departure to our next port of call.

Day 07 - Ajanta – Nashik
After breakfast alight at Jalgaon station for a visit to the Ajanta Caves, which date from the 3rd to the 7th centuries. The caves contain some of the finest buddhist murals and sculptures ever found. We return to Jalgaon station to board the train for Nashik where we depart for the Sula winery at Govardhan park visiting the vineyards along the way. Wine and dine in comfort as the sun sets before heading back to Nashik Road station to board the train to Mumbai.

Day 08 – Mumbai
Enjoy breakfast on board as we arrive in Mumbai, India¹s commercial capital. Alight at Chhatrapati Shivaji rail terminus as the tour draws to its conclusion.

Departure dates

Deccan Odyssey embarks on its journey across the heart of Deccan region each Wednesday from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. Select the date of journey which suits your travel requirement the most from the list of all journeys scheduled for the year 2011-12. Journey run throughout the year except the months of May-July and include all table d'hôte meals, service and off train excursions.

Confirmed Departures

1. 07.12.2011
2. 04.01.2012
3. 11.01.2012
4. 01.02.2012

Provisional Departure Dates, subiect to response

1. 14.12.2011
2. 07.03.2012
3. 28.03.2012

Deccan Odyssey Fare

Details of tariff for the lean season as well as peak season for different type of accommodation are mentioned below.
Foreign Tariff Chart (Per Person Per Night)

Occupancy Type LeanSeason

April 2012 PeakSeason
October 2011 to
March 2012

Deluxe Cabin
Single occupancy US $ 500 US $650
Double occupancy US $ 390 US $500
Triple occupancy US $ 315 US $425

Presidential suite
Single occupancy US $ 750 US $ 950
Double occupancy US $ 650 US $ 800
PresidentialSuite-Extra Occupancy US $ 300 US $ 370

(Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years) Tariff Subject to change without notice.

10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.

  • Any leg of minimum of 3 nights subject to availability will be given at the above-mentioned rates. Thus Mumbai-Goa (3 nights, checkout after breakfast at Goa) and Goa-Mumbai (4 nights, morning check-in at Karmali) sector will be sold as available segments to clients.
  • If the client undertakes the day sightseeing programme at Goa & Mumbai, an extra $ 130 USD per person plus applicable service tax will be charged. This charge includes car, guide, entrance fees, and lunch deluxe restaurant.
  • Service Tax @ of 2.58% is applicable on the gross ticket value.
    This tax is also applicable on day programme at Mumbai & Goa.
  • Tariff is inclusive of travel/catering/conducted sight-seeing/ entrance fee at Monument s / Parks / Palaces / Cultural Programmes / Boat Ride. The guest has to pay for video cameras, liquor, laundry and other items of personal nature.

Note: 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/ New Year. Indian Nationals can pay ticket fare in INR as per current exchange rate displayed on

Inclusions on the tariff comprise of travel, catering, and entrance fees at the monuments, parks, boat rides and palaces. Fees for video cameras, laundry, and liquor etc are not included in the tariff and are available to guests on extra charge.

The booking policy of the Deccan Odyssey is as follows

  • 20% of the train tariff to be paid at the time of booking
  • Remaining 80% of the fare to be paid 60 days prior to departure

The cancellation charges of the Deccan Odyssey are as follows

  • If booking cancelled 60 days prior to departure - 5% of ticket value
  • If booking cancelled 30-59 days prior to departure - 20% of ticket value
  • If booking cancelled 15-29 days prior to departure - 50% of ticket value
  • If booking cancelled less than 14 days prior to departure - 100% of ticket value

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