Deccan Odyssey: An Unsurpassed Expedition into the Heart of India

Deccan Odyssey: An Unsurpassed Expedition into the Heart of India
Last Updated: December 7, 2018

The slowly chugging elegant Deccan Odyssey takes its passengers through the heritage-wealthy destinations of India. Offering unprecedented luxury on Indian train, Deccan Odyssey is an experience that will change your perspective of Indian Railways the moment you hop on it. This royal ride is the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary and alone can give a run to many luxury trains found all over the globe. Inculcating a great desire in many travellers to see India in the most aristocratic manner, Deccan Odyssey meticulously chooses its destinations to be visited, cuisines to be served and facilities to be rendered throughout the sojourn. If yours’ true wandering soul constantly urges you to indulge into something new each day, then a ride on Deccan Odyssey is a must.

Here is what you need to know about this fancy train in India:


Deccan Odyssey Train

Deccan Odyssey boasts of world class amenities and services. Taking train luxury altogether to a new level, this Indian royalty can be a real charmer with plush cabins, elegant interior, state-of-the-art facilities and traditional hospitality. All through the journey the onboard guests are expected to be at utmost comfort and in a state of thrill with everything that Deccan Odyssey schedules for them.


Deccan Odyssey Cabin

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The luxury train, Deccan Odyssey ensures that its guests get uninterrupted rest and comfort; therefore each cabin has been deliberately designed in a way to make all ends meet. There are 11 coaches in the train that are available to the guests and are tastefully created with elegant décor and the premium facilities like personal safe, attached bathrooms, telephone, and air conditioning. A personal attendant, ‘khidmatgar’ is also appointed in each cabin to look after the comfort of the guests. Services for disabled guests are also provided.


Deccan Odyssey Dining

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The train capacitates two restaurants namely, Peshwa I and Peshwa II that excel in their selection of gourmet. Adorned with chic interior that soothes the eyes and captivates the mind, these two restaurants are perfect places to interact with other onboard guests. The meals are prepared by veteran chefs and the catering staff appointed in the dining car is from prestigious hotel chain- Taj Hotels and Palaces. There is also an onsite bar that is well-equipped with variety of both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.

Conference Car

Deccan Odyssey Conference Car

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For the business class guests, a separate cabin has been allotted. At Deccan Odyssey special attention is paid to people with business priority. Internet access and various other facilities are provided to the guests in the Conference Car.

Health Spa

Luxury Train Spa

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Believe it or not, Deccan Odyssey went one step ahead and introduced Health Spa in a train. The fitness suite of the train is equipped with all necessary modern equipments. Ayurvedic massage and steam bath options are open to the guests.

Journeys on Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey Journey

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There are 6 special journey routes for Deccan Odyssey out of which 5 begin from Mumbai and one from Delhi. These journeys allow one to explore the best parts of India and to learn more about the culture and tradition of the country. In these 6 different expeditions, the guests can witness places like Ajanta, Tadoba, Jaipur, Udaipur, Sasan Gir, Badami and plenty more. Here are the journeys in detail:

Maharashtra Splendor:

  • Duration: 7N/8D
  • Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Aurangabad – Tadoba – Ajanta Caves – Nashik – Kolhapur – Goa – Mumbai
  • Insight: In the Maharashtra Splendor journey, the guests have an opportunity to see the vivid hues of the state. Beginning from Mumbai, Deccan Odyssey takes us to the heritage-rich destinations like Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves and Kolhapur, for a thrilling experience Tadoba has been included in the list. On the other side, the guests will be delighted to visit the sacred town Nashik, where the Kumbh Mela is held every three years. Further, the guests will be headed to the party destination of India, Goa, where a perfect blend of modern culture and ancient traditions is likely to win the hearts of many.

Indian Odyssey:

  • Duration: 7N/8D
  • Destinations Covered: New Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Agra – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Mumbai
  • Insight: Beginning from New Delhi, the Indian Odyssey journey is a way to explore the varied beauty of different states in the country. This journey renders opportunity to witness places that excel either in beauty or heritage. The mighty jungle of Ranthambore, the forts and palaces of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Vadodra and the iconic Taj Mahal are all the prospects of this journey.

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat:

  • Duration: 7N/8D
  • Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Vadodara – Bhavnagar – Sasan Gir -Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera – Ahmedabad – Delhi
  • Insight: A culturally rich state, Gujarat has a lot to offer to the travellers. The luxury train, Deccan Odyssey offers one of the best opportunities to learn more about this colourful and lively state. During the Hidden Treasures of Gujarat journey, the onboard guests can explore the heritage-rich sites like Vadodra, Bhavnagar, Modhera and Ahmedabad. Also during the expedition, the different type of landscape can be seen by the guests at Little Rann of Kutch and Sasan Gir.

Indian Sojourn:

  • Duration: 7N/8D
  • Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Insight: The well-planned itinerary of Indian Sojourn allows the guests to pass through some exotic places in India. During this journey visit some incredible reflections of India’s rich past. Let the forts and palaces of Vadodara, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur take you back in a regal era, whereas get an opportunity to contemplate the unconditional love at Taj Mahal in Agra. The guests can become explorers in the jungle of Ranthambore as well as in the concrete jungle of Delhi.

Jewels of the Deccan:

  • Duration: 7N/8D
  • Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi – Bijapur – Hyderabad – Mumbai
  • Insight: Abiding true to its name, Jewels of Deccan journey on Deccan Odyssey takes the guests to witness the architectural beauty in southern states of India. The guests can enjoy different architecture types and will have the opportunity to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Hampi as well. Apart from the rich architecture, the flavours of Hyderabad and Mumbai are the highlight of this journey.

Indian Soiree:

  • Duration: 7N/8D
  • Destinations Covered: Mumbai – Ajanta Caves – Sanchi – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Agra – New Delhi
  • nsight: Offering the vivid hues of Indian culture, the Indian Soiree journey begins from Mumbai. Covering different states and allowing witnessing the architectural grandeurs of India, this luxurious train journey is one of those which cannot be forgotten. Visit the ancient caves of Ajanta in Maharashtra, the symbol of peace Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh, the dense forest of Ranthambore in Rajasthan and the forts and palaces of Jaipur and Agra.

The Deccan Odyssey is a premium experience that has its close connection to India’s past. Our suggestion would be if there is a possibility that you can afford this journey then you must not miss it.

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Published: 15 Jul, 2015
Nidhi Singh


From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

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