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10 day itinerary from
£ 4195 per person

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Journey Through India on the Deccan Odyssey

Journey through India’s breath taking landscapes, spectacular historic sights and wonderful national parks by train.

From filmmakers to authors and everyone in between join the millions of people who have been captivated by the romance of India’s railways. Enjoy the opulent luxury of the Deccan Odyssey as you make your way through the country’s ever changing landscapes. Start your journey in Delhi where you can explore the wonderful sights and architecture India is so famous for. Journey to Sawai Madhopur and Ranthambore National Park which is home to endangered Royal Bengal Tigers. Explore Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and end your journey in luxurious Mumbai.

Explore markets and astrological observatories and enjoy fine dining in a palace set on an island. Your tour of India by train is full of majestic experiences for a once in a lifetime holiday. End in the bustling city of Mumbai or choose to spend an extra three or seven nights relaxing in the laid back region of Goa. 
 

At a glance

  • Explore Ranthambore National Park where you might spot leopards, lions, eagles and woodpeckers
  • Immerse yourself in Indian culture with musical performances, a village tour and visits to bazaars
  • Take in the spectacular architecture of India with its majestic palaces and blend of cultures
  • Experience an extravaganza through the fascinating, ever-changing vistas of a colourful, vibrant and ancient India

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on:

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Suggested Trip Itinerary
Day
Destination
Travel Time (approx.)
Day 1
London to New Dehli
10 hours
Day 2
Board the Deccan Odyssey train
Day 3
Visit the tribal villages of Rajasthan
Day 4
Explore Agra
Day 5
Arrive in Jaipur
Day 6
Arrive at Udaipur
Day 7
Arrive in Vadodara
Day 8
Arrive in Aurangabad
Day 9
Enjoy the luxury of Mumbai
Days 10
Return home from your holiday
10 hours
Day 1 : London to New Dehli
Fly from London to Delhi International Airport.
Sovereign recommended hotel

Le Meridien New Delhi

India, New Delhi

  • Le Meridien offers unparalleled views from its glass fronted building, set in the heart of New Delhi
  • Relax in fresh modern interiors, unwind in the spa or take in the views from the bar
  • Recognised as one of the 100 icons of Delhi
Day 2 : Board the Deccan Odyssey train
Drive to Delhi Railway Station in the evening, from where you will board the luxurious Deccan Odyssey train. Receive a traditional Indian welcome as well as a welcome drink before being shown your cabin. From Delhi the train will depart for Sawai Madhopur. 
Day 3 : Visit the tribal villages of Rajasthan
Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to Ranthambore National Park which is one of the largest in India. Spend the morning visiting the tribal villages of Rajasthan and learn about the daily lives of India’s population. Visit a local family in their mud hut and hear stories of how they subsist on farming and hunting. 

Head back to the Deccan Odyssey where you can enjoy a luxurious lunch before departing for a game drive through Ranthambore National Park. Here you can learn about the conservation efforts of locals and the Indian government to preserve the endangered population of Royal Bengal tigers. Watch out for deer and wild boar, as well as leopards, crocodiles and sloth bears. Bird lovers will find dozens of species here, including quails, eagles, woodpeckers, storks, ducks and geese. 

High tea is served in a former royal hunting lodge, Sawai Madhopur Lodge, before you board your train which will depart for Agra. 
 
Day 4 : Explore Agra
Arrive in Agra in the morning before taking a tour of the city’s top sights. The Taj Mahal is first on your list and offers an insight into the intricate designs and architecture the area is known for. Its spectacular white marble interior is framed by landscaped gardens while the interiors are full of Persian inscriptions and precious mosaics. 

Enjoy lunch at a luxury hotel in the city before departing for Itmad-ud-Daulah, which is also known as the “baby Taj Mahal”. Agra Fort is next on your list. This red sandstone fort contains beautiful palaces and mosques, overlooking the River Yamuna. It’s one of the best examples of Mughal architecture and offers an insight into the area’s history. 

Later in the afternoon choose a visit to Agra’s local markets where you can admire marble artefacts and historic ornaments, as well as immersing yourself in the city’s lively culture. Alternatively, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the spa of a luxury hotel. 
 
Day 5 : Arrive in Jaipur
Arrive in Jaipur in time for a full day spent exploring the iconic architecture of India’s “Pink City”. Your first stop is Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds. Take in its pink sandstone exterior and intricate carvings, as well as views over the unique city of Jaipur. Next you will visit the Amber Fort, which dates back to the 17th Century and was built in the hills overlooking the Maota Lake and surrounding countryside. Wander through peaceful courtyards and ornate rooms filled with mirrors, mosaics and paintings. 

The City Palace of Jaipur is the next stop on your tour and offers beautiful gardens and palaces which are filled with ancient artefacts and a museum. Home to manuscripts, costumes, carpets and armoury learn about India’s past as you walk through the palace. The next stop is the 18th Century royal observatory where you can learn about the ancient art of astronomy. 

Enjoy lunch at one of Jaipur’s luxury hotels before choosing from two tours. Unwind with a range of treatments at a palace hotel spa or explore the bazaars of Jaipur. Pick up handicrafts and homemade items, perfect for souvenirs and gifts. 
 
Day 6 : Arrive at Udaipur

Arrive at Udaipur in the morning. Take in the picturesque landscapes of this “City of Lakes” before departing for your morning tour. Visit Udaipur’s City Palace, which is the largest complex of palaces in Rajasthan and is home to intricately designed architecture and a Crystal Gallery.

Take a ferry ride across Lake Pichola before arriving in Jagmandir. This 17th Century palace is located on an island and provides the perfect setting for a luxurious lunch. After lunch return to the Deccan Odyssey where you can rest before your afternoon tour.

In the afternoon immerse yourself in Udaipur’s atmosphere with a walking tour of the Old Town. Visit a market and pick up gifts and souvenirs such as puppets, cloth lanterns, jewellery, pottery and sculptures.

Day 7 : Arrive in Vadodara
Arrive in Vadodara and depart for a morning tour of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its status as the only unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India, the town will offer you a fascinating insight into India’s history. Explore the architecture of the town and step back into days gone by with historic and living properties dotted throughout the area. The Great Mosque was built in 1513 and perfectly blends Muslim and Hindu design. 

After lunch in the luxurious dining carriage of the train drive to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. A former school for the children of royalty, view sculptures and artworks from both Indian and European artists. Afterward, visit Laxmi Vilas Palace for high tea as you watch a spectacular folk performance. This opulent palace dates back to 1890 is a said to be four times the size of Buckingham Palace. Take in intricate mosaics, Venetian mosaic floors and Belgian stained glass windows as well as an extensive collection of Fellici sculptures. 
 
Day 8 : Arrive in Aurangabad

Enjoy the luxury amenities of the Deccan Odyssey in the morning before departing for your tour after lunch. Arrive in Aurangabad before enjoying a drive through the beautiful scenery of the area on the way to the Ellora Caves.

This is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting 34 shrines to Buddha cut from the rock and Jain and Hindu art dating back to the 4th Century. Widely considered the best example of cave temple architecture in India take in the cultural differences between Buddhist caves in the south, Hindu caves in the centre and Jain caves in the north. 

Day 9 : Enjoy the luxury of Mumbai
Leave the train at the busy Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station in Mumbai. Drive to your hotel before checking in and spending the rest of the afternoon and evening enjoy the luxury facilities. 
Sovereign recommended hotel

Trident Hotel Nariman Point

India, Mumbai

Overlooking Mumbai’s sweeping bay
A choice of two award winning restaurants
Bright, modern rooms with luxury amenities
Days 10 : Return home from your holiday
Fly from Mumbai International Airport to London. 

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on:

01293 762400 Or Make an Enquiry

Extend your tour of India with 3 or 7 nights in Goa

Holiday includes
  • Flights to and from the UK
  • All transfers and as detailed in the itinerary
  • 9 night's accommodation (2 nights bed & breakfast and 7 nights full board with soft drinks)
  • All tours and game drives as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
Holiday does not include
  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)
  • Visa cost (approx. $100 per person)

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on:

01293 762400 Or Make an Enquiry

Places you will visit during your India tour

Delhi
A city made up of two parts, Delhi is the capital of India and home to some of its most spectacular attractions. Intricate mosaics and architecture adorn the temples and palaces of the city, while its bustling streets are home to a riot of colours and cultures stemming from its Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian residents. 

Indian cuisine is enjoyed throughout the world and there’s nowhere better to try a selection of gourmet restaurants and fine dining than in Delhi. Variations in religions, cultures, climates and soils have resulted in each region bringing its own flavours to the delicious cuisine. From street side stalls to elegant five star hotels enjoy Indian cuisine at its very best.
Ranthambore National Park
A former hunting ground for the Maharajahs of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is now one of the best preserved landscapes in India. Take a 4x4 game drive through the scrubby forests and stumble across lakes, ponds and ancient temples. The former hunting lodge can be found in the centre of the park, which is now a protected area of land dedicated to the preservation of India’s endangered Royal Bengal tigers. 

On your drive through the park you can also spot a variety of birds, including eagles, woodpeckers, storks, geese and more. There are beautiful herds of deer which make the park their home, as well as wild boar, sloth bears, jackals and hyena. You may be able to spot shy and elusive tigers or leopards.

Agra

Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, Agra is full of vibrant culture and bustling bazaars where you can immerse yourself in Indian culture. Take in the wonderful architecture of sights such as the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort or spend your time admiring the opulence of the many five star hotels peppered throughout the city. Agra Fort is set on a hill overlooking the town and is home to temples and mosques, as well as offering views over the city and the surrounding landscapes. 

One of the three cities in India’s Golden Triangle, this route offers guests wonderful cultural attractions and a chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the country. Stunning examples of Mughal architecture can be found throughout the city’s narrow lanes and vibrant streets.


Jaipur
Also known as the “Pink City” Jaipur’s architecture is well known for its colourful orange and pink hues and ornate designs. Located in a flat, dried up sea bed it’s surrounded by hills from where you can enjoy beautiful views and a variety of wildlife. 

The “Palace of the Winds” exemplifies the pink architecture of the city and offers striking views of its vibrant streets, filled with colour and activity. An 18th Century observatory offers an insight into this ancient art form, with a variety of futuristic instruments which can still be used to view the night sky today. After a full day of sightseeing you can then choose from a visit.
Vadodara
Formerly the capital of one of the largest states in India, Vadodara is full of a complex history which mingles with its modern culture and growing economy. The royal palace, Laxmi Vilas, is still home to the royal family and boasts fantastic architecture and the chance to see a lived in Indian palace. Dating back to the 19th Century it combines European and Indian styles, including Venetian stained glass windows. 

The College of Fine Art offers an insight into the modern artworks of India, as well as some European artists, helping you to immerse yourself in the contemporary culture of the country and its growing economy. 
Aurangabad
Featuring historic rock-cut caves, Aurangabad is just a short journey from Mumbai while being off India’s beaten tourist track. Explore the city’s fascinating history, with Buddhist and Hindu shrines rubbing shoulders with Muslim temples and a complex, violent history of religious and cultural intolerance to be explored. 

The rock caves of Ellora and Ajanta are the city’s biggest attraction, with Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves full of intricate carvings. Watch stories unfold through the carvings and statues as you soak in the ancient history of the caves. The best time to visit these ancient caverns is in the afternoon, when they enjoy more light.

Udaipur

Also known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is a magical town which appears to be at one with the water and lakes it’s home to. Visit botanical gardens and admire at the many exotic varieties of local flora, have afternoon tea in an island palace on the lake or take a boat trip through the serene waters as you watch the sun come up in the early morning. 

Dating back to the 1700s, wonderful palaces are adorned with white marble and glittering mosaics, while offering spectacular views over the tranquil waters of the lakes. One of the longest standing Hindu cities in India there are plenty of opulent temples and palaces to explore in Udaipur, as you admire its traditional Mewar architecture. 


Mumbai
19 million inhabitants and a rich, vibrant and tangled culture make Mumbai one of the liveliest cities in India. The country’s most important port is home to an interesting and important history, which can be explored through its beautiful architecture and bustling streets and markets. 

Often said to be India’s most cosmopolitan city, head to Mumbai for cultural shows, including art, music and dancing, with the home of Bollywood right on your doorstep. Glamorous restaurants and bars rub shoulders with street stalls, offering a huge range of cuisines and dishes. In the city’s harbour you will find Elephant Island which is full of rock cut temples and carvings dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Goa
A laid back and sleepy region located along India’s west coast, choose to relax in Goa after a full tour spent exploring the majesty of India’s most incredible sights and attractions. Spend your days on the golden sands of the beach, enjoy massages from passing locals and shopping for handicrafts straight from your lounger. Head into the Indian Ocean for water sports and activities, or make the most of the surrounding rainforests and waterfalls if you want to explore. 

Goa’s history combines European and Indian influences, which can be seen in the region’s food, music, architecture and markets. Shop for homemade handicrafts, spices and exotic fruits or relax in an upmarket beach bar. The choices are endless in Goa.

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on:

01293 762400 Or Make an Enquiry
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