Deccan Odyssey is one of the luxury trains of the country with 21 coaches filled with extraordinary amenities and a royal décor inspired from many bygone dynasties that ruled over India. Started in 2004, Deccan Odyssey focuses on bringing the ethnic beauty of the country by recreating a royal journey.
Itineraries of Deccan Odyssey
1. 7 Nights / 8 Days Indian Odyssey
- Journey Route : Delhi to Mumbai
- Destination Covered : Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Ellora Caves- Mumbai
2. 7 Nights / 8 Days Maharashtra Splendor
- Journey Route : Mumbai to Mumbai
- Destination Covered : Mumbai - Nashik - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur - Goa - Ratnagiri - Mumbai
3. 7 Nights / 8 Days Maharashtra Wild Trail
- Journey Route : Mumbai to Mumbai
- Destination Covered : Mumbai - Ellora Caves - Aurangabad - Pench - Tadoba - Ajanta - Nashik - Mumbai
4. 7 Nights / 8 Days Jewels of the Deccan
- Journey Route : Mumbai to Mumbai
- Destination Covered : Mumbai - Bijapur - Aihole and Pattadakal - Hampi - Hyderabad - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Mumbai
5. 7 Nights / 8 Days Hidden Treasures of Gujarat
- Journey Route : Mumbai to Mumbai
- Destination Covered : Mumbai - Vadodara - Palitana - Sasan Gir - Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera - Patan - Nashik - Mumbai
6. 7 Nights / 8 Days Indian Sojourn
- Journey Route : Mumbai to Delhi
- Destination Covered : Mumbai - Vadodara - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Agra - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Delhi
Route of Deccan Odyssey
To give a gist of the ethnic beauty of the land, Deccan Odyssey chooses the cream of destinations, with unique elements, which showcases the real beauty of India. The itineraries start/end at Mumbai or Delhi. It runs through Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore), Agra, Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Vadodara, Hyderabad, Hampi, Aurangabad, Tadoba, Little Rann of Kutch, Nashik, Sasan Gir, and Somnath.
Delhi, the capital of India is a land of mixture of modern society and traditional rhythms. The New Delhi region is surrounded with technology, interesting and powerful monuments, shopping malls, and much more.
On the other hand, the Old Town region is filled with shopping alleys, cycle rickshaw, heritage monuments, old mansions, and so on. Apart from these, Delhi is also famous for its street food, art, dance, music, and magnificent religious sites.
Main attractions in Delhi are Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, QutubMinar, Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, The Old Fort, Jantar Mantar, National Rail Museum, Crafts Museum, and others.
Note : Delhi is not added to the list of destinations of Deccan Odyssey. But, it is the departure point and arrival point.
Mumbai, the dream city of India and the city of Bollywood is the land of contrast. While it flies high with modernity and technology, the city is also energetic with traditions and heritage. On one hand, it is the land of billionaires. Also, it is the land with Asia’s largest slum.
Starting from 5th century temples of Elephanta Caves to modern metromalls, this city is full of surprises at every nook and corner. The best part of all is the long list of traditional market regions. Starting from Thieves Market to Flower Market, there is a culture of Mumbai residing within these markets, and they are the best places for souvenir hunting, antiquing, and others.
Top attractions to visit in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Dharavi Slum, Marine Drive, Malabar Hills, Bollywood City, Bandra-Worli sea link, Kanheri Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Global peace pagoda, Mani Bhavan museum, Sree Siddivinayak Temple, and others.
Note : Mumbai is not added to the list of destinations of Deccan Odyssey. But, it is the departure point and arrival point.
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If you are looking to enjoy a romantic grandeur vacation in Rajasthan, Udaipur should be your top choice. This is the land with royal structures, shopping arenas, cuisine of impeccable palate, fusion of culture and modernity, and much more. This was once the romantic getaway spot for the royals, and today it is one of the honeymoon destinations of Rajasthan.
May it be a royal vacation with palace accommodation or an adventure backpacking and exploring the lifestyle, Udaipur is the right choice.
Top attractions of Udaipur are Lake Palace and Lake Pichola, Saheliyonki Bari, Shilpgram, Jagat Niwas, FatehSagar Lake, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Kumbhalgarh fort, Monsoon Palace, Bagoreki Haveli, Vintage Car Museum, Karni Mata Temple, and others.
This Pink City of Jaipur is an integral part of Indian tourism and one of the destinations in the Golden Triangle circuit. The city is the capital of Rajasthan, and most importantly a planned royal city by the dynasties before us. The cuisine of the land and the list of festivals make Jaipur more colorful.
Apart from the cultural and natural beauty, Jaipur is the land of market, palaces, and enthralling activities which make a holistic vacation.
Top attractions to enjoy in Jaipur are Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Birla Mandir, Galta Ji, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Amrapali Museum, and others.
Agra is the land of Taj Mahal, the emblematic monument of India. Millions of people come to visit this marble mausoleum, every year. However, Agra is not just about Taj Mahal. Mughal Empire has given a lot more to Agra than just one monument. There are numerous significant Mughal structures in and around Agra.
Apart from those, the old town is busy with markets, drama stages, streetfood shops, and much more. Agra is a wonderful heritage land for sightseeing and basking in the beauty of marbles.
Apart from Taj Mahal, Agra holds numerous attractions like Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Itimad-ud-Daulah, Fatehpur Sikri, Elephant Conservation Center, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Guru ka Tal, and others.
Sawai Madhopur is a beautiful region in Rajasthan surrounded by Aravalli hills and Vindya Ranges. This lush nature allows the land to hold a famous national park, Ranthambore National Park.
Apart from the natural beauty, Sawai Madhopur is famous for heritage beauty temples, craftwork, and history. Deccan Odyssey however, focuses on the wildlife beauty of SawaiMadhopur.
Sawai Madhopur Attractions
Top attractions are Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort, Chauth Mata Temple, Chamatkar Temple, Surwal Lake, Kachida Valley, and others.
Ajanta Caves are group of rock-cut monument belonging to 2nd century AD and earlier. This group of caves is located near Aurangabad. The caves are dedicated to Buddhism religion and were built at different eras.
Today, these basalt rock caves are famous for the carvings, sculptures, and paintings. These caves are important heritage and cultural elements.
Ajanta Caves Attractions
Among the 30 caves, there are numerous interesting structures and tourism elements like Hindu temples, Buddhism viharas, meditation halls, mural paintings, and others.
Ellora cave is a group of rock cut monuments belonging to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The painting and sculptures in the caves are dated back to 600 AD. There are 34 caves and each cave has a unique structure, monuments, temples, and much more.
Apart from carvings, these caves are also famous for paintings and sculptures.
Ellora caves Attractions
Top attractions and important caves of the Ellora group of caves are Kailasha Temple, Dhumar Lena, Dashavatara cave, ChottaKailasha cave, Indra Sabha cave, Jagannath Sabha cave, Rameshwar temple cave, and others.
Vadodara is a heritage city of Gujarat. Vadodara is famous for heritage monuments and interesting architecture. Vadodara is also a prominent place to enjoy Navratri festival. Vadodara is considered as the cultural capital of the state.
Located on the ban of River Vishwamitri, this place was attractive to numerous dynasties, which ruled the region during different eras, providing unique array of architecture in the city.
Top attractions of Vadodara are AjwaNimeta garden, Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park, Vadodara museum, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Nazarbaug Palace, Sayaji Garden, Sursagar Lake, and others.
Today, Hampi is just a site of ruins. Many centuries earlier, Hampi stood as one of the powerful regions flourishing with trade, art, architecture, and agriculture. This prospering reign built numerous temples, palaces, and other structures. Over time, Hampi’s importance faded away and these structures today stand as iconic ruins. The massive structures and temples of this region are today some of the important tourist attractions of the land.
Top places to visit in Hampi areVirupaksha temple, Lotus temple, Vithala Temple, Hampi bazaar, Yantrodharaka Hanuman temple, Queen’s Bath, Hippie Island, Matanga Hill, Zenana Enclosure, Elephant stables, and others.
This City of Nizam is quite famous for biriyani and monuments. Along these specialties, Hyderabad is also the land for shopping, heritage culture, festivals, and most importantly, the land of pearls. Hyderabad has a colorful culture as it was ruled by numerous dynasties with contrasting culture and beliefs. Hyderabad manages to stick with the heritage as it grew modernized.
Today, the old Hyderabad is the one that is attracting tourists. If you are looking for a chaotic beauty and a spectrum of activities to enjoy, Hyderabad is the right destination.
Top attractions of the city are Charminar, Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake, Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Golconda Fort, Birla Mandir, Mecca Masjid, and others.
Aurangabad is a little unknown destination. Although tourists know this city as the gateway to Ajanta and Ellora Caves, not many choose to spend time inside this vibrant city of past. Named after the Aurangzeb of Mughal Empire, this land has an Islamic theme in architecture.
However, you can also find interesting temples too. The best of Aurangabad’s culture is found in its markets. This is the best place to buy handloom garments, silk articles, and other handicraft items.
Top attractions of Aurangabad are Daulatabad Fort, Mausoleum of Aurangzeb, Grishneshwar temple, Bibi ka Maqbara, Aurangabad caves, Bani Begum garden, and others.
Little Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch is very famous for the Rann Utsav. This cultural and natural paradise gets its beauty from the white salt desert. The place is famous for adventure activities like quad biking, parasailing, hot air ballooning, camping and others. The region is also famous among nature lovers. If you wish to enjoy the cultural element of the land, visit the settlements closer to Little Rann of Kutch. You get to watch their lifestyle, enjoy shopping for souvenirs, and try the unique cuisine of the marsh land.
Little Rann of Kutch Attractions
Apart from the salt desert, important attractions closer to Little Rann of Kutch are Kutch desert wildlife sanctuary, Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch Museum, Dholavira, Mandvi beach, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, and others.
GirSomnath district is the destination located at the southern tip of Gujarat. Thanks to the Arabian Sea and the lush forested region, the nature of this land is impeccable. The heritage beauty of the land is enhanced with numerous temples and other monuments. If you love souvenir hunting, visit the bazaars of Somnath to buy beadwork embroidery textiles.
Gir Somnath Attractions
Apart from the iconic Gir Forest (SasanGir) and Somnath Temple, this region is also famous for Ahmedpur Mandvi beach, Ghoghla Beach, Atpadhiyar temple, and others.
Maharashtra is one of the lush places filled with forested regions. Once such forested region is Tadoba, which is famous for Andhari Tiger Reserve. This tiger reserve is one of the largest and oldest national parks of the state.
Apart from the tiger population and natural eco-system, Tadoba is famous for birdwatching too. If you wish to enjoy the natural heritage of Maharashtra, Tadoba is an important destination that you should not miss.
It is true that TadobaAndhari Tiger Reserve is the iconic attraction of Tadoba. Jeep safari in the national park is the main activity to enjoy here. Apart from this, other main attractions of Tadoba are Moharli, Erai Dam, Khosla, Tadoba Lake, and others.
Nashik is a religious destination, which is mentioned in the Ramayana, Epic of Hinduism. So, the place is obviously filled with temples. Apart from the religious sites, the place has quite a lot of vineyards, forts, hill regions, waterfalls, and much more.
Do you know that Nashik is the destination of Kumbh Mela, the festival that takes place once in 12 years and holds the record for having the highest density of pilgrims visiting it?
Top attractions of Nashik are Panchvati, Dudhsagar Falls, Sula Vineyards, Trimbakeshwar temple, Saptashrungi hills, Sita Gufa, Nashik caves, Anjaneri Hills, Gangapur Dam, and others.
Do you wish to enjoy these destinations with Deccan Odyssey? Remember that all these attractions are not covered in one itinerary. There are numerous itineraries with different destinations to choose from. Choose the itinerary of your choice and enjoy a luxurious vacation.
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