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Comparison Between Golden Chariot and Deccan Odyssey Train

India has beautiful things to offer guests, from around the world. This beauty can be seen in everything and luxury trains are another definition of beauty and culture of India.

With world-class amenities and a luxurious environment, it is very difficult to decide which one is good but with clear cut information it can be helpful to choose which train is best for you.

So here let’s do a concise comparison between Golden Chariot train and Deccan Odyssey Train. On the basis of accommodation, facilities, fare, and itinerary.

Introduction of Train

Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot train is owned by Karnataka state tourism development corporation (KSTDC) under the MOU signed with Indian Railways. The Golden Chariot is the only luxury train in southern India. At least 84 passengers can ride the train at once.

Deccan Odyssey

Whereas the Deccan Odyssey train is run by Maharashtra tourism development corporation (MTDC) and Indian Railways. It started running the tracks on 4 February 2004 but flagged on 17 January 2004.

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The Deccan Odyssey offers 6 itineraries of 8 days and 7 nights. The itineraries are :

1. Maharashtra Splendor

For this itinerary, the train starts from Mumbai and goes to Goa through Nashik, Ajanta Ellora caves, Kolhapur, Sindhudurg and looks back.

2. Indian odyssey

This itinerary takes a wild ride starting from New Delhi and stops at Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Vadodara, Ellora caves and halts at Mumbai in the end.

3. Indian Sojourn

This journey starts from Mumbai and goes via Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, and Delhi.

4. Jewels of the Deccan

Starting from Mumbai and traveling through Bijapur, Aihole, Pattadkal, Hampi, Hyderabad, Ellora caves, and loops back to where it started.

5. Hidden treasure of Gujarat

This beautiful journey starts from Mumbai by exploring the beauty of Gujarat through Vadodara, Palitana, Gir, Little Rann of Kutch, Modhera, Nashik and back to Mumbai.

6. Maharashtra a wild trail

As the name suggests, it let guests enjoy Maharashtra with Destination like Ellora caves, Aurangabad, Pench, Tadoba, Ajanta caves, Nashik and back to Mumbai.

Also read : What is the Route of Deccan Odyssey?

The Golden Chariot offers three itineraries such as :

1. Pride of Karnataka

  • Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Destinations Covered: Bengaluru- Bandipur - Mysore- Halebidu- Chikmagalur - Hampi - Badami- Goa - Bengaluru

2. Jewels of South

  • Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Destinations Covered: Bengaluru- Mysore- Hampi - Mahabalipuram- Thanjavur, and Chettinad Kumarakom- Cochin- Bengaluru

3. Glimpses of Karnataka

  • Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days
  • Destinations Covered: Bengaluru- Bandipur- Mysore- Hampi- Bengaluru

Also read : What is the Route of the Golden Chariot train?

So, as it can be seen the Deccan Odyssey has more itinerary to offer than the Golden Chariot, gives guests more options.

Train Accommodation

The Golden Chariot has 44 cabins in 11 coaches that are named after dynasties that ruled the region: Kadamba, Hoysala, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bahamani, AdilShahi, Sangama, Satavahana, Yadukula, and Vijayanagar. In cabins, the accommodation is provided with air conditioning rooms, LCD television, wardrobes, writing desk, DVD player, and attached bathroom among others.

Meanwhile, the Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches and 11 are used for accommodation. They have 10 fully air conditioning rooms with 4 twin bedded chambers and 2 presidential suite with all living space. Rooms are accommodated with channel music, intercom, player, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, and other amenities.

Ticket Fares

Money also matters when it comes to comparing the prices, the prices of the train totally depends on the itinerary taken among the given options. The Golden Chariot fare starts with USD 1225 for single occupancy per night and the total cost for 7 days is USD 7350.

The fare of Deccan Odyssey starts from USD 6734 per person per journey and ranges from person occupancy, cabin type, and itinerary opted.

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Train Facilities

The Golden Chariot provides two multi-cuisine restaurants - Nala and Ruchi, which serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. They also have an onsite lounge bar, Madira with a range of spirits and wines. They provide all modern amenities like wifi, LCD, attendant, separate safe, and disable friendly services. Check out the Golden Chariot facility.

The Deccan Odyssey offers facilities like multi-cuisine restaurants, sitting lounge, high-tech conference car, and a rejuvenating health spa. Modern facilities like the internet, games, separate case, intercom, attendant, etc are also provided. Check out the Deccan Odyssey facility.


The Golden Chariot has also been having been awarded the title of "Asia's Leading Luxury Train" at World Travel Awards, 2013.

The Deccan Odyssey has been awarded as “Asia's leading luxury train” 5 times in a row from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by World travel awards.

What to Expect?

Both trains are provided with world-class amenities and facilities to make the journey better. Both trains have different destinations. The Deccan Odyssey will take you to destinations like Taj Mahal, Delhi, Jaipur, Ajanta caves, Goa and other parts of Northern India. Meanwhile, the Golden Chariot is devoted to Southern India taking you places like Hampi, Badami, Mysore, Hassan, Goa, and other southern parts.

So the difference between Golden Chariot and Deccan Odyssey is all about the itinerary and fare prices. Other than that both trains are amazing with luxury facilities and amenities.

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