There are so many highlights when travelling across India by train and the accommodation is no exception. Let us introduce you to luxury train travel in India, the Deccan Odyssey. After indulging in this experience, train travel will never be the same…
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) made the Deccan Odyssey dream a reality. In 2001, the initial proposal to launch a luxury train tour in the state of Maharashtra was made. The MTDC and the Indian Railway Ministry signed an agreement the same year to turn this proposal into a reality.
The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) received the green light from the Railway Board to start the work on Deccan Odyssey in 2002. It took ICF members around five months to complete the design of this luxury rail in India. In late 2003 the Deccan Odyssey reached completion. The Deccan Odyssey boasts modern facilities in luxurious surrounds.
The famous Taj Group Hotels partnered with Deccan Odyssey to offer guests the 5 star hotel experience on board.
The Deccan Odyssey features 21 coaches, 12 of which offer guest accommodation. Each cabin is spacious and decorated to recreate the ancient cabins of the countrys’ Kings. Facilities include air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and en-suite bathrooms delivering the utmost comfort during your journey. In addition, each coach has a personal butler and guests have 24/7 customer service. Furthermore, the panoramic windows allow you to experience the magnificence of India from the comfort of you private cabin.
The Deccan Odyssey offers two types of cabins; the presidential suite and the deluxe cabins. The presidential suite is the most luxurious suite of the train and can accommodate up to four guests. The deluxe cabins can accommodate two people and have either queen or twin beds.
The train features two restaurants on board, Peshwa I and Peshwa II that offer a multi-cuisine menu. The restaurant provides traditional Indian cuisine, continental cuisine as well as oriental cuisine, giving guests ample choice of their meals throughout the day.
To further enhance your stay there is a spa carriage offering massage therapy, a sauna and a beauty parlour providing various treatments including Ayurvedic treatments.
The train also features a bar/lounge carriage for guests over 21, who can relax in the lounge room with a drink while watching the scenery through the panoramic windows. The bar/lounge also offers a range of board games, books and other entertainment to pass time. There is also a conference carriage for guests wanting to continue their work while on board.
Each destination featured in the train itineraries are purposely selected to showcase the wonder of India whilst traversing through the diverse landscapes.
The Deccan Odyssey offers a range of 8-day routes journeying across North India and a new 5-day itinerary that travels through Goa. Our favourite journey is the “Indian Odyssey” which includes highlights such as Ranthambore National Park, the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, the gorgeous lakes of Udaipur, the Taj Mahal and the Ellora Caves near Mumbai.
The Deccan Odyssey offers a luxurious journey across some of the most beautiful parts of India. So, why wait, experience this beautiful country on board one of the most exquisite trains in India.
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