Jewels of The Deccan | 08 Days

Mumbai - Bijapur - Aihole and Pattadakal - Hampi - Hyderabad - Ajanta Caves – Mumbai
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Tour Overview

Get ready for the journey of a lifetime on India's premier luxury train, the Deccan Odyssey! Jewels of the Deccan, takes you through tales and architectural wonders of India's Deccan plateau across a span of 8 wonderful days. On this exquisite holiday, you'll traverse through the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur to the Chalukyan in Aihole & Pattadakal, onto the powerful Vijayanagara kingdom in Hampi. Experience a contrast as you visit the Qutab Shahi dynasty of Golconda and the AsafJahi, established later in Hyderabad. You will also sample the best Dakkhani cuisine, and explore some of the most outstanding & unexplored locations of west-central India, including a trip to the beautiful Ajanta & Ellora Caves. And that's not it.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore UNESCO World heritage Sites in Aihole, Pattadakal and Hampi
  • Sample the cuisine relished by the Nizams of Hyderabad
  • Walk along the colorful and bustling bazaars of Hyderabad, and shop for beautiful Souvenirs
  • Discover the magnificence of Indian architecture as you explore the amazing cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora along the western seaboard, both World Heritage Sites

Day 01 Saturday Mumbai – Bijapur

Board the Deccan Odyssey train at Mumbai - on to Bijapur

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Early in the evening, you will reach theChhatrapati Shivaji Terminusat approximately 15.30 hours to complete the registration process. Once the check in and formalities for your Jewels of the Deccan journey are complete, you will receive a traditional Indian welcome, and a refreshing drink. You will then be guided to your royal Indian cabins. Soon the Deccan Odyssey will begin its journey from Mumbai to Bijapur in Karnataka.

  • Welcome drink and dinner on board
  • Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Day 02 Sunday Bijapur

Relish breakfast this morning as the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Bijapur, the historic capital of the Sultans of Deccan.

Established between the 10th and 11th centuries by the Kalyani Chalukyas, Bijapur changed hands often, passing into the hands of new conquerors and invaders. In the second half of 16th and early 17th century, under the aegis of the Adil Shahi dynasty, their capital city of Bijapur occupied a prominent place among the celebrated cities of India and even surpassed great cities of Delhi, Agra and Mughal India. Due to the secular nature and liberal patronage of the Adil Shahi Sultans, many scholars, poets, painters, dancers, calligraphers, musicians, Sufi saints and other men of arts flocked to Bijapur which also came to be known as the 'Palmyra of the Deccan'

Post lunch, first head to theGol Gumbaz, literally 'round dome', the second largest tomb in the world. The mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur, it is a structural triumph of Deccan architecture, with a circular gallery where the tiniest of whispers gets magnified owing to the unique acoustics of the dome.

Next, head to the Jumma Masjid,known as one of the first mosques in India and then onto Malik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world. Don't hesitate to make a wish here as legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true!

  • Welcome drink and dinner on board
  • Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Day 03 Monday Aihole – Pattadakal

Wake up early this morning, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then head out to discover the ancient settlements and temples of Aihole and Pattadakal, one of the largest temple complexes across the globe.

A trip here will help you understand why Aihole is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. It is home to over 70 rock cut temples, which we constructed by the Chalukyan kings in a completely experimental style. However, the fact that each temple is different from the others in the complex and even from other temples in India itself makes Aihole truly unique.

Continue on to Pattadakal, which is located on the banks of the Malaprabha River. Witness its architectural style that radiates a seamless blend of South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) forms. In fact, it is believed that this form of architecture was the inspiration behind the Hoysala and other dynasties.

Head back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch

Post lunch; opt for an optional tour of the weaving village of Guledgud. This place is famous for hand and power looms of ilkal and khann. Witness the process of weaving, and shop for beautiful souvenirs to take back home. You also have the option to visit Badami's sculptured temples and rock cut caves. Head back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it makes its way to Hampi.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
  • Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Day 04 Tuesday Hampi

Today the Deccan Odyssey reaches Hospet. Visit the iconic City of Victory, Hampi . Explore the sacred and royal centres, palaces and impressive temples.

This morning as you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Hospet. Today you will visit the iconic City of Victory - Hampi, a World Heritage site, famous for its splendid architecture, sculptures and their historical significance.

A short drive quickly changes your landscape from the city bustle to sentient massive boulders as you reach Hampi. Stop at the Narasimha statue and spend some time taking pictures and looking around.

Next head to the mustard Ganesh, located at the base of the Hemkuta hills, and quite a misnomer as the elephant God statue here is anything but small! Take in the breathtaking vistas around the hills with their little caves and alcoves. Walk the banks of the Tungabhadra River as you leave the Virupaksha temple on to the famed Vittala temple, the polar power sites of Hampi, one a living temple, the other a most extravagant architectural showpiece.

Head back to Hospet for lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Post lunch, disembark once more to continue your exploration, reaching the Royal Center at Hampi. This area was the citadel of the Vijayanagara kings and encompasses courtly and military structures. Visit the Queens Bath, the Stepped Tank, the MahanavamiDibba or great platform, where a ramp is available to reach its summit, the Hazararama Temple, the Queens Enclosure with its Lotus Mahal and the Elephant stables.

After a full day of visiting the wonders of Hampi, return to the Hospet station. Board the Deccan Odyssey for your onward journey to Hyderabad as you sit down at dinner.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
  • Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Day 05 Wednesday Hyderabad

Today, Deccan Odyssey will reach the royal city of the Nizams, Hyderabad. According to legends, this capital of the AsafJahi dynasty was originally named after Bhagmati, the Hindu wife of Muhammad QuliQutb Shah. But she later converted to Islam, and changed her name to Hyder Mahal, which have the city its current name.

This morning, enjoy an early breakfast and drive to Golconda - the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur. What was originally a mud fort, soon acquired impressive proportions after it became the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.

Head to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch

Alternately, you can also choose an optional shopping tour. Hyderabad is the perfect place to buy pearls, lac bangles and custom made oil based fragrances or "ittars" amongst other. Follow up this shopping trip with the delectable Hyderabadi Biryani for lunch.

Proceed to Falaknuma Palace, which stands for "like the sky". Akin to its name, this palace stands tall, almost reaching the clouds. Enjoy sumptuous high tea, post the tour of this stunning palace.

Then move on to explore the old city area of Charminar. Filled with bustling bazaars, it stands tall in the centre of the city. One of the most recognized structures of India, it was allegedly built by Muhammad QuliQutb Shah to fulfil his vow of building a mosque if the plague epidemic devastating the city ceased. Walk through the markets in the Charminar area, especially the Laad Bazaar for the local jewellery, and PatherGatti for the celebrated Deccan pearls.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as Deccan Odyssey continues the journey to Aurangabad.

  • Breakfast and lunch on board, High tea at Falaknuma Palace and dinner on board.
  • Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Day 06  Thursday  Aurangabad Ajanta – Ellora

Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; theDaulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Makbaraand the city's 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them.

As you enjoy lunch, the Deccan Odyssey arrives atAurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to theEllora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre are Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

Time at leisure on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape.

In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well-deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisiteAjanta Caves.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
  • Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Day 07 Friday Ajanta Caves

The Deccan Odyssey will arrive at the Jalgaon station this morning. Post breakfast onboard, you will drive to theAjanta Caves, and explore yet another architectural marvel. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves adorned with paintings and sculptures of Buddhist religious art are nothing less than spectacular. Skilfully carved, they depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.

Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Post lunch, you will disembark to visit the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. There are many lessons waiting to be learnt at the Gandhi Teerth, which pays ode to the man who quoted "My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him."

In the evening, the Deccan Odyssey will pull into its last leg of journey back to Mumbai. Take in the views of a rustic India as you sip a sun downer, and enjoy a delicious dinner.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
  • Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey

Day 08 Saturday Disembark in Mumbai

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark atChhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey, and take home with you grand memories this fantastic Deccan sojourn.

  • Breakfast on board

Tariffs Deccan Odyssey Programs – Year 2017 - 18

Per Cabin per Journey Price for 7 Nights / 8 Days Journey

Rooming Single Occupancy Double Occupancy 02 Children in separate Deluxe Cabin
Deluxe Cabin $ 6100 $ 8750 $ 6565
Presidential Suite $ 13210 $ 13210 $ 6565

Deccan Odyssey Programs – Year 2018 - 2019

Per Cabin per Journey Price for 7 Nights / 8 Days Journey

Rooming Single Occupancy Double Occupancy 02 Children in separate Deluxe Cabin
Deluxe Cabin $ 6100 $ 8750 $ 6565
Presidential Suite $ 13210 $ 13210 $ 6565
  • All Costs are in USD
  • The above costs are per cabin per Journey
  • As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries are subject to change in case of any changes in the routing etc.
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
  • Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children (One child up to 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years of age)
  • Service Tax will be charged extra as applicable

Child policy

  • Deccan Odyssey does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavor to maintain.
  • One child up to 5 years of age shall be allowed free of cost in the Deluxe Cabin, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • For families, with a child between 6-12 years of age, or, with two children with one child below 5 years and another between 6-12 years, we recommend the Presidential Suite which has a double bed in the bedroom and can be shared with a child below 5 years and a sofa cum bed in the living room which can accommodate the older child. In this case, the child/children will be accommodated free of cost.
  • In case of two children between 6-12 years of age travelling with their parents, you will have to take 2 cabins. The first child pays 25% of the adult fare and the second child will have to pay 50% of the adult fare. One of the parents will have to be present with the child / children in the cabin.
  • Please note that we do not have the facility for interconnecting cabins.
  • All applicable taxes will be charged extra.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • All meals (B,L,D)
  • Soft beverages during the journey
  • 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

Exclusion

  • Taxes including 5% (subject to change as per Govt. directives) Government Service tax, Insurance , gratuities
  • Laundry and alcoholic Beverages
  • 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
  • All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.

Payment & cancellation

Payment:

  • 20% of the ticket value at the time of booking
  • 80% of the ticket value 45 days before the departure date

Cancellation:

  • Any cancellation must be advised immediately by email (info@luxetrains.com)
  • No cancellation on cancelling 60 days prior to the departure date
  • Retention of 20% of ticket value on cancelling 59 – 45 days prior to the departure date
  • Retention of 50% of ticket Value on cancelling 44 – 30 days prior to the departure date
  • Retention of 100% of ticket value on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure date
Jewels of The Deccan - 7 Nights / 8 Days
Month Saturday
October 2017 07
December 2017 02
February 2018 17
April 2018 21
December 2018 01
February 2019 16
April 2019 20
October 2018 06