Trip Code: BV16JOD
Price: from AU$8,695 per person twin share
Prices valid until 30 September 2024, excluding the Christmas / New Year period.
Please contact us for a detailed itinerary, current prices and departure dates.
- Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
- All meals while on tour
- Soft Beverages during meals (B,L,D)
- Valet Service
- Still Camera fees
- Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
- Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non-meal hours
- Video and professional Still Camera fees
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- International and Domestic air tickets
- Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
- Any expenses of a personal nature eg tips in restaurants or hotels, laundry, drinks, telephone calls, etc
- Any other expense not mentioned as included
- Meals other than specified
Gain an insight into India’s glorious history and rich culture with this royal journey. Starting in Mumbai, this luxury train experience will take you to some of South India’s most impressive historical cities and archaeological sites, its palaces and forts and breathtaking cave-temples; cutting across many different empires that ruled central and south India throughout history. Operated by Deccan Odyssey.
This 8-day rail journey commences in India’s megacity, Mumbai, before heading south to Bijapur to explore its open air museum featuring a multitude of fascinating structures from the Deccan’s islamic era.
This journey will also see you seek blessings at the holy shrines of Aihole and Pattadakal, have the opportunity to explore the impressive rock-cut caves and magnificent temples of Badami, and full days exploration of the architectural marvels of Hampi – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Shop for bangles and ittars in Hyderabad before trying its famous and mouthwatering biryani. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora with its incredible cave structure considered to be one of the finest examples of such in all of india; further north is Aurangabad – located near the famous Ajanta Caves.
Day 1 Mumbai
Welcome aboard! Enjoy a royal and traditional Indian welcome before the train’s attendants take you to your cabin to settle in. Relax as the Deccan Odyssey departs for Bijapur.
Day 2 Bajapur
Bijapur is a fascinating open-air museum dating back to the Deccan’s Islamic era and is blessed with a multitude of mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications. Spend sometime roaming amongst these fascinating structures. Return to the train for a lavish lunch and linger in the dining carriage enjoying the landscape rolling past outside your window as your train continues its journey.
Day 3 Aihole
This morning visit the superlative Chalukyan temples of Aihole and Pattadakal. With over 100 temples, the city of Aihole embodies the early stage of South Indian Hindu architecture. Most evident in the Ladkhan Temple, to the later and more complex buildings, such as the Meguti Temple. At the UNESCO World Heritage temple complex of Pattadakal, take time to learn about the convergence of North Indian Nagara style and South Indian Dravidian style of temple architectures. Later you can opt for a short trip to the impressive weaving village of Guledgudda or visit the town of Badami with its rock-cut caves and beautifully sculptured temples.
Day 4 Hampi
This morning the train will arrive at Hospet, where you disembark to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hampi. Spend the day exploring the ruins of this imperial capital with an expert local guide. The ruins of the capital city of the Vijayanagar Empire are one of the world’s great archaeological sites.
Day 5 Hyderabad
The Deccan Odyssey enters Hyderabad, a city whose wealth was founded on the trade of pearls, gold and diamonds. Visit Golconda Fort; one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India and later stroll the city’s markets with its eye catching bangle sellers. At lunch you will taste Hyderabad’s other treasure – its famous biryani. A mouthwatering preparation of rice and meat that draws visitors to this city. Later, enjoy a visit to the stunning Falaknuma Palace.
Day 6 Aurangabad
In Aurangabad visit the impressive Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and considered to be one of the finest examples of cave-temple architecture in India. The 34 rock-cut caves of Ellora represent Hindu and Buddhist art and feature the Kailash temple – believed to be a replica of Shiva’s celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. Afternoon to enjoy the train’s facilities and atmosphere.
Day 7 Aurangabad
After breakfast, disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Ajanta Caves includes 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves that have been beautifully carved. All the caves feature sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. Enjoy lunch on the train before an afternoon visit to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most important leaders of India.
Day 8 Mumbai
Your journey concludes after breakfast. Disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai.
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