The age old legacy of Indian royalty travelling on princely sojourns in the luxury of their private and customised cabins or saloons across the wilderness, mountains and deserts of the kingdom is now continued by the luxury rail journeys. One such journey is on the Deccan Odyssey. Luxurious living, inspiring excursions, spectacular views, fine dining and convivial company: this is what life aboard the Deccan Odyssey is all about. Experience the charm of the centuries old Deccan kingdom aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey, passing through some world heritage sites, vibrant cities, rural villages, and gleaming palaces, sun kissed beaches, beautiful vineyards, tranquil backwaters, and view some amazing wildlife basking in their natural habitat. The amenities, together with the attentive yet discreet staff ensure your journey to be a smooth, indulgent and relaxing one. The destinations, handpicked and the itineraries, meticulously planned to offer you a perfect combination of adventure and style. Irrespective of which one you choose, all the journeys are intimately bound in that crisscross Indian history and heritage, rolling through sublime scenery to some of the country’s most alluring cities.
Deccan Odyssey was the brainchild of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) who drew their inspiration from the huge success of India’s first luxury train the 'Palace on Wheels'. Armed with the idea of showcasing the south western part of the country through a luxury rail journey MTDC and the Indian Railway Ministry signed a MOU in the year 2001 and work began to turn this vision into a reality.
To match up with the best luxury trains of the world Eg: Orient Express of Europe and the Blue Train of South Africa, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) got down to business in 2002 and in the later part of 2003, the dream began taking the shape of a “Blue Limousine on wheels”. The train received a lot of appreciation both for its design and construction. was and not to mention, the embodiment of the designs stole everyone's vision when it was placed into the tracks. The train was fitted with every modern amenity to make a guest’s stay onboard as comfortable and luxurious as possible. To match up with the amenities, the Taj Group of Hotels was commissioned to offer 5 star hospitality facilities to guests onboard. The Deccan Odyssey was now ready to roll.
The journey of Deccan Odyssey began on 16th January, 2004 from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai and ever since it has been part of many memorable memories for thousands of guests. The destinations covered in the week long journeys were selected with a lot of consideration so that the guests can witness the history, heritage and vividness of the country while traversing through the diverse landscapes. The onboard experience just adds to the experience.
On the Deccan Odyssey, guests are treated to unprecedented pampering in its delightful and luxurious cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively onboard entertainment. All of this along with the insightful off board excursions makes this luxury train journey on this one of the world’s finest travel experiences.
The train consists of 21 luxury coaches, of which 11 coaches are for guest accommodation cabins, 2 restaurant coaches, a lounge cum bar coach, a spa coach and a conference coach. Echoing the opulence of the erstwhile Maharajas of the Deccan provinces, all the 21 coaches of Deccan Odyssey has been done up in elegant upholstery, sophisticated period furniture, and classy décor.
Cabins: Each of the accommodation coaches has 4 coupes or deluxe cabins each while the presidential coach has 2 coupes each. Deccan Odyssey also has a specially equipped accommodation cabin, designed for the comfort of differently-abled guests. Each of the elegant cabins have been done up in décor which highlights the different eras of the Deccan dynasties. The cabins are spacious with large windows and come fitted with all modern amenities like air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with running hot and cold water, showers, personal safe, CD/MP3 player intercom, channel music and even a personal attendant available 24x7.
The Deccan Odyssey has two multi-cuisine gourmet restaurants- " Waavar” and "Utsav”. Guests can choose from a large selection of Indian, oriental and continental delicacies prepared by the master chefs and served by stewards in traditional Maharashtrian attire to add that authentic touch to the dining experience. The Indian fare includes local specialties, which are served in pace with the train's journey, i.e. you get to taste the local food of ever state that the train travels through. The beautiful and brilliantly done up interiors of the restaurants add on to the ambience.
Gateway, the onsite bar of Deccan Odyssey, is well-stocked with some excellent collection of the best varieties of wines and spirits collected from all over the world. For some it is a perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing while for others it is a convivial hub to make some new friends along the way.
For those looking to host an offbeat corporate workshop, the conference car "Pankh" comes equipped with state of the art audio-visual equipment’s, Wi-Fi and other high-tech amenities required for a successful business meeting and can host up to 50 guests at a time. Hospitality services on-board can also be customised in accordance to the needs of the business traveller. Once the corporate meet winds up, the conference car can be redesigned as a dance floor for guests looking to let their hair down after a hard day’s work.
For guests looking for some pampering and indulgence on-board, the well-equipped spa “Ayush” provides therapeutic treatments and massages according to the knowledge drawn from Ayurveda, the treasure trove of ancient Indian science of healing. From rejuvenating massages to relaxing therapies, you can have it all while chugging through the changing landscapes of the last remnants of the bygone era.
For some indigenous or last minute shopping requirement, there is a souvenir shop onboard the Deccan Odyssey which sells a variety of goods ranging from traditional artifacts, handicraft items, curios, knick- knacks and ethnic clothes as well.
Besides all the above amenities, Deccan Odyssey also houses a sitting lounge where guests can choose to simply sit and relax, read or browse through books and magazines and even chat with fellow travellers.
The Golden Chariot was awarded the title of Asia’s Leading Luxury Train at the World Travel Awards Ceremony in 2013. Of greater importance is the graciouslyroyal southern hospitality extended to and duly commended by the guests.
Select from the below journeys suitable for your travel:
|Month||Maharashtra Splendor||Indian Odyssey||Jewels of the Deccan||Maharashtra Wild Trail||Hidden Treasures of Gujarat||Indian Sojourn|