Indian Maharaja Express - Deccan Odyssey

Introduction

Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra experience aboard the luxurious The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey.

The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train project is a joint venture of the Ministry of Railway, Government of India and MTDC (Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation). The Deccan Odyssey has been benchmarked against the best luxury trains in the world like the Blue Train of South Africa, The Orient Express of Europe and the Eastern and Oriental of South East Asia.

The Deccan Odyssey's sheer luxury is a sight to behold. Everything in the train reflects the ways of Indian Royalty - "Maharaja". The plush interiors, an awesome cuisine and grate sites to see makes the journey memorable. Welcome aboard!


The weeklong The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey tour includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and North India. Covering Mumbai, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Modhopur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi

The train has 21 climate-controlled coaches including 11 aesthetically appointed guest coaches featuring panoramic windows, twin/double cabins with en suite facilities, Conference Room with capacity to host 50 guests with facility for satellite communication, Internet, computer with printer and fax, and telephone exchange.

  • Library
  • Bar
  • Channel Music
  • Ayurvedic Massage Centre
  • Steam Bath
  • Gymnasium
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Business Centre
  • Special Suite for Physically challenged
  • Fully loaded mini pantry in each coach
  • Telephone in each saloon
  • Television in each coach
  • Plasma TV in Lounge Car
  • PA System/ 6 Channel Music System
  • Lounge in each passenger car

Facilities

Dining On-Board
Choose from The Indian Maharaja's two elegantly appointed restaurants serving both Indian and European cuisine freshly prepared each day by the award-winning Taj Hotels and Palaces catering staff.


Bar And Lounge
With its convivial atmosphere and spacious surroundings, the Indian Maharaja Bar & Lounge is a popular gathering place. Relax on the comfortable sofas and share your journey's experiences while enjoying a world-class selection of spirits, fine wines and cocktails.


On-Board Luxury
The Indian Maharaja takes care to make your royal journey as comfortable as possible, all the way.


Porters
Baggage Porters are available at all stations.


Butlers
Each coach has its own butler on call 24 hours to provide guests with whatever they need quickly and efficiently. They take pride in serving you and ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable.


Disabled Passengers
Our railway carriages are unfortunately not designed to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers. Please let us know in advance if you have any special requirements.

Adaptors
Voltage on the Indian Maharaja is 110 volts. International adaptors are available and you are welcome to keep them with you for the duration of the journey.


Spa & Gym
Treat yourself at our on-board spa, where you can choose from a selection of relaxing, rejuvenating treatments, including India's famous Ayurvedic massages, provided by our highly trained team of therapists. Enjoy the steam room after a workout at the well-equipped gym.


Visiting Places Of Interest
Make sure to pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes. We recommend a moderate degree of physical fitness to make the most of our excursions on foot.


Tour Guides
Well-qualified, English-speaking guides are provided on all Indian Maharaja sightseeing excursions, giving invaluable insights into the places you visit. We can also arrange individual guides at select journey stops, subject to availability and at an extra cost. If you would like a personal guide, do inform us when you book.


Medical Assistance
Professional medical facilities are not available on board the train. Our staff has requisite first-aid training and medicines for any basic ailments. In rare cases where a doctor or hospital is required the Indian Maharaja has contacts at each railroad station enabling any ill passenger to receive professional medical attention.


Laundry
A limited laundry service is available at select destinations. Your butler will assist you with your laundry needs.


Business Centre

The Indian Maharaja has a 24-hour business centre complete with Internet, PCs, printer, Fax and telephones.


Telephone Calls

Your cabin has a telephone, and the operator can assist you to make calls. Please note that there will be additional cost for international calls.


On-Board Safe
All cabins are equipped with a personal safe for your valuables. While every precaution is taken, we cannot be held liable for any valuables that you may lose during the journey.

The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey - Mumbai to Delhi
Tour duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Tour 1: Mumbai to Delhi
Mumbai - Ellora - Ajanta - Udaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 - Mumbai (Wednesday)
Board the Train at CST terminus in Mumbai. Train leaves at 16:40 hrs for Aurangabad. Dinner on board.


Day 2 - Aurangabad (Thursday), Visit Ellora Caves
Morning sightseeing of Ellora Caves. Return to Train for Lunch and rest of the day at leisure on board. The Train departs for Jalgaon in the night. Dinner on board.


Day 3 - Aurangabad (Friday), Visit Ajanta Caves
Morning de-board the Train for an excursion to Ajanta Caves. Return to Train for Lunch and rest of the day at leisure on board as the train leaves for Udaipur. Dinner on board.


Day 4 - Udaipur (Saturday)
Morning sightseeing of City Palace followed by boat rides on lake Pichola (subject to water levels). Return to Train for Lunch on board. In the evening de-board the Train for a Gala Dinner at Fateh Prakash Palace hotel. The Train travels to Sawai Madhopur in the night.


Day 5 - Sawai Madhopur (Sunday)
After early breakfast leave for jungle safari. Lunch on board followed by afternoon safari. High-Tea at The Taj Lodge. Dinner on board as the Train leaves for Agra.


Day 6 - Agra (Monday)
Breakfast on board. Proceed for sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri. Lunch at City Hotel. Afternoon visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. The Train departs for Jaipur in the night. Dinner on board.


Day 7 - Jaipur (Tuesday)
Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Lunch at the Jai Mahal Palace hotel. Afternoon Jaipur sightseeing. Dinner on board as the Train proceeds towards Delhi.


Day 8 - Delhi (Wednesday)
After Breakfast, check-out in the morning and de-board the Train at Railway Station in Delhi. End of Journey

* The itineraries are subject to change depending on the Indian Railway's schedule
* Optional return flight from Delhi to Mumbai is also available


The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey - Delhi to Mumbai
Tour Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days
Tour 2: Delhi to Mumbai
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Udaipur - Ellora - Ajanta - Mumbai

Day 1 - Delhi (Wednesday)
Board the Train in the evening. Train leaves at 19:30hrs. Dinner on board and train departs for Agra.


Day 2 - Agra (Thursday)
After Breakfast on board disembark, and proceed to visit Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Lunch at City hotel. Then visit Fatehpur Sikri and board the Train at Bharatpur Railway Station. Train leaves for Jaipur while dinner is served on board.


Day 3 - Jaipur (Friday)
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, Observatory and Hawa Mahal. Lunch at the Jai Mahal Palace hotel. Evening visit City Palace followed by Gala Dinner at the Palace. The Train proceeds towards Sawai Madhopur at night.


Day 4 - Sawai Madhopur (Saturday)
After early breakfast enjoy jungle safari by canter. Lunch on board followed by afternoon safari. High-Tea at The Taj Lodge. Dinner on board as the Train leaves for Udaipur.


Day 5 - Udaipur (Sunday)
Morning sightseeing of Udaipur city followed by boat rides on lake Pichola (subject to water levels). Return to Train for Lunch on board. Rest of the day at leisure. The Train travels to Aurangabad in the afternoon.


Day 6 - Aurangabad (Monday), Visit Ellora Caves
Morning at leisure after breakfast on board. Early lunch on board / packed lunch as we drive to Ellora. After sightseeing of Ellora Caves, drive back to Jalgaon in the evening to board the train. Dinner on board


Day 7 - Aurangabad (Tuesday), Visit Ajanta Caves
Morning de-board the Train for an excursion to Ajanta Caves. Return to Train for Lunch on board. The rest of the day free on board as the train leaves for Mumbai. Dinner on board


Day 8 - Mumbai (Wednesday)
After Breakfast, check-out and de-board the Train at Railway Station in Mumbai.

End of Journey

* The itineraries are subject to change depending on the Indian Railway's schedule
* Optional return flight from Mumbai to Delhi is also available.

The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey - Schedule

Dates for departure from Mumbai to Delhi
* Optional return flight from Delhi to Mumbai is also available.

2011 2012
28 Sep - 05 Oct 2011 18 Jan - 25 Jan 2012
12 Oct - 19 Oct 2011 08 Feb - 15 Feb 2012
26 Oct - 02 Nov 2011 22 Feb - 29 Feb 2012
09 Nov- 16 Nov 2011 14 Mar - 21 Mar 2012
23 Nov - 30 Nov 2011 04 Apr - 11 Apr 2012
21 Dec - 28 Dec 2011  

Dates for departure from Delhi to Mumbai

* Optional return flight from Mumbai to Delhi is also available.

2011 2012
05 Oct - 12 Oct 2011 25 Jan - 01 Feb 2012
19 Oct - 26 Oct 2011 15 Feb - 22 Feb 2012
02 Nov - 09 Nov 2011 29 Feb - 07 Mar 2012
16 Nov - 23 Nov 2011 21 Mar - 28 Mar 2012
30 Nov - 07 Dec 2011 11 Apr - 18 Apr 2012
28 Dec - 04 Jan 2012  


The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey - Tour Tariff *

The rates valid from September 2011 to April 2012
Occupancy Silver Class Gold Class Platinum Class
Single US $ 950. 00 US $ 1110. 00 US $ 1590. 00
Twin US $ 595. 00 US $ 695. 00 US $ 995. 00

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.

Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age.

(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

Please note :

  • The costs are per person per night and are for a minimum of 7 nights package on the train
  • All the costs are excluding Govt Service tax which presently is @ 2.58 % on the total bill. This service tax is to be added to any of these costs.
  • 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.
  • Triple occupancy is not available.

Inclusion & Exclusions:

Silver class: Stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursion by air-conditioned luxury coaches.

Gold Class: Stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned private car with private language failing English speaking local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients, only English Speaking naturalist for jungle safari).

Platinum class: Stay in Presidential suite, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned private car with private language failing English speaking local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients, only English Speaking naturalist for jungle safari).

General inclusions for all the classes of travel:

  • All meals starting from Dinner on Wednesday till Breakfast on day 08 i.e. next Wednesday.
  • Entrances to monuments, National Park and other places of visits as per program.
  • 02 Jungle Safari by canters at Ranthambhore (even for Gold class). Jeep safaris for Platinum class
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to water levels).
  • Gala Dinner at Durbar Hall at Fateh Prakash Palace-Udaipur or Gala Dinner at City Palace-Jaipur
  • Services of English Speaking guides for sightseeing as per booking class.
  • Mineral water, Tea and Coffee throughout the journey.
  • General exclusions for all the classes of travel
  • Any drinks (soft drinks, cocktails or liquor) whether on board the train or at land hotels will be payable directly.
  • Camera/ video camera charges, insurance, any airfare, airport tax
  • Facilities at Conference car, Business centre, Beauty Saloon and Spa.
  • Tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the "inclusions" section above.

Booking Policy

Payment:

  • At the time of booking: USD 1000 per person, non refundable, non-adjustable.
  • Balance payment: 60 days before departure.

Cancellation terms:

  • 30% of ticket value 59-45 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of ticket value 44-30 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value less than 29 days prior to departure.

* Tariff is Subject to change without notice.

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