Uniquely exhibiting its midas touch, the Deccan Odyssey Train Tour in India flaunts royalty, magnificence and re-discovery with excellence. Embark on the bygone era of primacy and romance with the auspicious journeys mapped by the Deccan Odyssey. Modelled on the tourism initiative of 'Palace on Wheels', it now includes the magical destinations of Mumbai, Nashik, Shirdi, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Vadodara, Kolhapur, Goa, Aurangabad, Tadoba, Ajanta Caves, Little Rann of Kutch, Hampi, Hyderabad and other eminent locations.
Carving its way across the very heart of India, the journey with Deccan Odyssey Train showcases the best sun-kissed beaches of India, exquisite forts and palaces built with indelible accomplishments along with a blend of religious-spiritual aura. The recent addition in the worldly recognized itinerary of Deccan Odyssey includes Spiritual Sahyadri, Soul Quest, Indian Odyssey, Maharashtra Splendour, Indian Sojourn, Indian Soiree, Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Golden Treasure, Jewels of the Deccan and Maharashtra Wild Trail.
Fondly called as 'India's Blue Train, the Deccan Odyssey includes 21 royally appointed coaches. Along with catering to the guests, these coaches are also utilised for innumerable purposes such as health spa, lounge, conference and dining. One can smell the ambience and feel the touch of the imperial carriages used by the Maharajas.
This 'Blue Limousine on Rolling Wheels,' endows a superlative experience, garnering the dreams of many with a touch of magical reality. So be it a UNESCO world heritage site, palatial residence or the vineyard, all these aforementioned destinations are revealed with a majestic touch.
Deccan Odyssey was an initiative of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). It joined hands with the famous Taj Group of Hotels and created the magnificent Deccan Odyssey. Well equipped with all the modern amenities, this luxury train offers a truly wonderful experience.
Though the Railway Ministry signed a MOU for the luxury train with MTDC in February 2001 but it received a green signal by the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) only in May 2002. The design for the train coaches was finalized in five months. It took another five months to complete their construction. Finally this luxury train started its first journey on January 16th, in 2004 from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Mumbai.
The train offers 21 coaches, out of which 13 are for passengers. These coaches are named after the historical monuments and different sites of Maharashtra. The fully air-conditioned deluxe saloons include 4 cabins with each saloon.
There are 4 Luxury Suite Cabins, 24 Twin Bedded Deluxe Cabins, 5 Double Bedded Cabins, 14 Triple Bedded Cabins and 1 Cabin For Physically Challenged. Two-power Generator cars and Three Staff cars for on board staff are also available.
All the saloons are fitted with modern facilities like attached toilets, wall to wall carpeting, running hot and cold water, shower, intercom, channel music and CD/MP3 player.
Personal attendants are available 24 X 7 to take care of you throughout the journey.
The two restaurants Peshwa I and Peshwa II are there which are tastefully adorned. The restaurants serve you mouth-watering Indian, Continental, Maharashtrian, Goa and Chinese cuisines.
A well stocked bar, Mumbai High is available where passengers can taste a variety of drinks, both Indian as well as international.
Each coach is combined with a well-maintained lounge where passengers can relax and make friends with each other.
The conference-cum- business centre with an accommodating capacity of 30 people is available. It has the facilities such as Computers with Internet connectivity, DVD players and television sets.
A variety of beautiful handicrafts like paintings, metal ware, furniture, jewellery and fabrics can be purchased from different destinations while on the Journey.
Other Facilities and Services offered
The conference room of the fascinating train becomes a venue for different cultural programmes held in the evenings. Passengers can enjoy the dance, music and many other cultural programmes reflecting the royal glory of Maharashtra and Goa. These exciting programmes will surely keep you entertained throughout the journey.
Maharashtra represents its rich culture to its visitors in different form of its vibrant music as well as the folk forms like lavnis, gondnals, povadas and bharuds. Many colorful festivals showcase the cultural richness of Maharashtra. On your tour with this luxury train, you get an excellent opportunity to closely see and admire this rich cultural legacy of Maharashtra.
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