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India’s Deccan Odyssey – Mumbai to Rajasthan

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13 days From £6,695 per person
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2024 Tour code: DMI24

About the tour

Take a trip back in time to the golden age of travel, on the decadent Deccan Odyssey train, on this once-in-a-lifetime journey through India. Your adventure begins in Mumbai where, after exploring the city, you'll step onboard this luxury train. Relax in the onboard spa and enjoy lavish meals and fine wines, visit the Taj Mahal and other wondrous sites, before you end your journey in Delhi, where you can relax and discover this second city.

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Unforgettable Experiences

Deccan Odyssey
Deccan Odyssey
Travel in luxury aboard the Deccan Odyssey train.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal.
Delhi and Mumbai
Delhi and Mumbai
Explore Delhi and Mumbai.
Visit the Temples and forts of India
Visit the Temples and forts of India
Discover temples and forts.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park
Go on safari to spot big cats.

What’s included

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Outbound Travel

Day 1 – Fly UK to India

Your incredible journey begins today when you take your overnight flight from London to Mumbai.

Exploring Mumbai

Day 3 – Exploring Mumbai

Exploring Mumbai

Today you can enjoy some free time in Mumbai, and get to know the city better. Formerly Bombay, Mumbai is the business centre of India, but it's also where India's Bollywood films are made and where art galleries and museums can be found.

This sprawling city is getting larger and more populated all the time, but you can still sense the essence of Mumbai by strolling its streets, watching the locals go by, and gazing at the incredibly varied architecture.

Or, choose one of our optional excursions, available at a supplement, to get to know the city better.

Deccan Odyssey

Day 4 – The Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey

Today you'll transfer to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus where the luxurious Deccan Odyssey train is waiting for you, and you'll begin your enchanting journey to Vadodara, the Royal city of the Gaekwads.

When you step aboard the Deccan Odyssey, you'll discover the wonders of the golden age of travel, while enjoying every modern amenity you need. As you get to know the train better, you'll discover your cabin, decorated in a way that reflects one of the eras of the Deccan milieu. This train looks and feels like it's from a bygone era, but its maiden journey was in 2004, meaning everything is up to date. There's even a spa coach where you can book treatments and experience total relaxation. Once you've familiarised yourself with your new luxury surroundings, your journey begins.

Vadodara

Day 5 - Vadodara

Vadodara

Following a relaxed breakfast onboard this morning, you'll arrive at Vadodara, the Royal city of the Gaekwads. You'll visit the famous Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, which is a World Heritage Site, where you'll see the magnificent Jami Masjid monument and you'll visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. You'll experience a fascinating folk dance performance, as you enjoy a wide array of delicacies from the royal kitchens at the Lukshmi Villas Palace. You'll return to the train for a lavish dinner onboard and you can then relax with a drink in the bar car and reflect on your first day.

Udaipur

Day 6 – Udaipur and Lake Pichola

Udaipur

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast onboard this morning before arriving at the regal state of Udaipur. You'll take a tour of the City Palace and Crystal Gallery, followed by a magical boat ride on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola. A three-course lunch, including dishes from all over the world, is served back onboard and later in the afternoon you can choose to relax in your cabin or in the bar car, or you can go for a walk through the charming streets of the Old City. Dinner is served onboard the train this evening, after which you can relax and get to know your fellow passengers.

Jodhpur

Day 7 – The Blue City of Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Take your time over your breakfast onboard this morning, as you arrive at Jodhpur, the 'Blue City'. Enjoy the intriguing sights of this colourful city, including Jaswant Thada, the cenotaph that serves as the resting place for the royal Rajput family of Marwar. Following a visit to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, you'll end the day with barbecue delights in the enchanting courtyard of the Mehrangarh Fort. You'll then return to the train to enjoy a drink in the bar car 'Mumbai Hi', or to get cosy in your cabin.

Jaipur

Day 8 – The Pink City of Jaipur

Jaipur

Following your leisurely breakfast onboard the train this morning, you'll arrive at the historic capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, often known as the 'Pink City'. Spend some time exploring the forts and palaces of this fascinating city, and take an intriguing walk through the colourful bazaars, watching the locals go about their day. Then you'll return to the train for a relaxed dinner onboard, enjoying regional and international dishes, paired with fine wines from all over the globe.

The Taj Mahal

Day 9 – The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

This morning, as you enjoy your relaxed breakfast onboard, the Deccan Odyssey takes you to the magical city of Agra. Marvel at the wondrous views of the iconic Taj Mahal as you visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the seven wonders of the world, this unique building is made of white marble with beautiful inlay work and marble screens. You'll then visit other architectural treasures of the Mughal Era like Itmad Ud Daula and the Agra Fort where you can indulge in some artefact shopping. Dinner is served back onboard the train this evening.

Ranthambore National Park

Day 10 – Tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast onboard this morning before you arrive in Ranthambore, where you'll begin the day with a mesmerising village walk in Canters. Lunch is served onboard the train where you can relax for a while and later in the day, you'll enjoy a thrilling Jungle Safari. Feel like a Maharaja as you travel in an open vehicle, trundling through the National Park looking for big cats, wild boars, and hyenas. Dinner is served back onboard the train where you can relax with a drink and reflect on your incredible day.

Delhi

Day 11 - Delhi

Delhi

After an early morning breakfast onboard, you'll arrive in Delhi this morning and you'll disembark the train at the Delhi Cantt Railway Station. As you say goodbye to the Deccan Odyssey and your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end, you can take your incredible memories with you and look forward to getting to know Delhi.

You'll be transferred to your hotel in Delhi. Choose between our handpicked 4* and 5* hotels, on a B&B basis.

Exploring Delhi

Day 12 – Exploring Delhi

Exploring Delhi

Today you can enjoy a free day in Delhi, getting to know the city better. Take a stroll around town and soak up the atmosphere, visit a temple or two and see the magnificent Red Fort. There's no better way to discover a city than through its food and in Delhi you can try out a few local dishes and visit the vibrant and colourful markets. Or, choose one of our optional excursions, available at a supplement.

Inbound Travel

Day 13 – Delhi to the UK

Your epic adventure comes to a close today when you are transferred from your hotel to Delhi airport for your flight back to London.

If you want to continue on you adventure, you can extend your stay with one of our optional extensions.

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