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The Indian Maharaja

The Train FOR SEASON 2015 - 16 & 2016 - 17

As the wind whispers through the halo of legends crowning the land of the mighty Marathas, a lone majestic whistle blows its salutation of honour as it gracefully traverses this land of fantastic fantasy. Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra experience aboard the luxurious The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey.

The weeklong The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey tour includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and North India. Covering Mumbai, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Sawai Modhopur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi

The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train project is a joint venture of the Ministry of Railway, Government of India and MTDC (Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation). The Deccan Odyssey has been benchmarked against the best luxury trains in the world like the Blue Train of South Africa, The Orient Express of Europe and the Eastern and Oriental of South East Asia.

The Deccan Odyssey's sheer luxury is a sight to behold. Everything in the train reflects the ways of Indian Royalty - "Maharaja". The plush interiors, an awesome cuisine and grate sites to see makes the journey memorable. Welcome aboard!Â

Coaches

The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coupes each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes per car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car. Apart from the above there are generator cars with luggage store and staff car or spare car.

Presidental Suite Dimensions

Cabin area:
191 sq ft (18sqm)
Cabin length:
27' 7" (8.4m)
Cabin width:
7' 7" (2.3m)
Bed width single:
3' (0.9m)
double:
5' (1.5m)
Bed Length:
6' 5" (2m)
Cabins per car:
2

Deluxe Cabin Dimensions

Cabin area:
95 sq ft (9sqm)
Cabin length:
13' (3.97m)
Cabin width:
7' 7" (2.3m)
Bed width twin:
3' (0.9m)
Bed Length:
6' 5" (2m)
Cabins per car:
4

Dining

Fine Indian and Continental cuisine is served on board in two restaurant cars. The high level of on-board service is delivered by one of the prestigious hotel chain of India.

Facilities

Conference Room with capacity to host 50 guests with facility for satellite communication, Internet, computer with printer and fax, and telephone exchange

  • Library
  • Bar
  • Channel Music
  • Ayurvedic Massage Centre
  • Steam Bath
  • Gymnasium
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Business Centre
  • Special Suite for Physically challenged
  • Fully loaded mini pantry in each coach
  • Telephone in each saloon
  • Television in each coach
  • Plasma TV in Lounge Car
  • PA System/ 6 Channel Music System
  • Lounge in each passenger car
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Tour Tariff
  • Tour Map
  • Tour Schedule
  • Booking

The Indian Maharaja : Tour Itinerary

Tour duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour 2: Delhi to Mumbai

Delhi - Agra and Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Udaipur - Ellora and Aurangabad - Ajanta - Mumbai

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 - Delhi (Wednesday)

16.00
Check in on the train at Safdarjung
18.00
Welcome drink at the bar and get to know each other
1930.
Dinner on board 21.00 departure for Agra

Day 2 - Agra (Thursday)

06.00
Arrival at Agra
08.00
Departure for Taj Mahal
12.00
Lunch at Taj View
13.30
Departure for Fatehpur Sikri
14.30
Visit of Fatehpur Sikri
16.00
Drive to Bharatpur
17.00
Check in on the train
1930
Dinner on the train
2200
Train departs for Jaipur

Day 3 - Jaipur (Friday)

07.00
Arrival at Jaipur
08.30
Departure for Amber sightseeing
12.30
Lunch at Samode Haveli (it is better than crossing the city to Jai Mahal, so people can eat at leisure)
14.00
City tour of Jaipur
18.00
Gala dinner with dances and music at the Spice Court restaurant.
22.30
Boarding of the train
23.00
Train leaves for Sawai Madhopur

Day 4 - Sawai Madhopur (Saturday)

06.00
Arrival at Saxvai Madhopur
07.00
Departure for Safari
10.00
Breakfast on the train
12.30
Lunch on the train
14.30
Departure for Safari
17.00
High tea at Taj Lodge
2000
Dinner on board the train
2200
Train departs for Udaipur

Day 5 - Udaipur (Sunday)

07.00
Arrival at Udaipur
09.00
Visit of Udaipur
12.30
Lunch on the train
14.00
Train departs for Daulatabad

Day 6 - Ellora and Aurangabad (Monday)

06.00
Arrival at Daluatabad
08.00
Departure for Ellora
1200
Lunch at Taj Residency
14.00
Visit of Aurangabad
17.00
Check in back on the train
19.00
Dinner on board
22.00
Train leaves for Jalgaon

Day 7 - Ajanta and departure for Mumbai (Tuesday)

06.00
Arrival at Jalgaon
08.00
Group departs for Ajanta
09.00
Visit of Ajanta
12.30
Return to Jalgaon
13.30
Arrival at Jalgaon
16.00
Train departs for Mumbai

Day 8 - Mumbai (Wednesday)

06.00
Arrival at Mumbai
08.00
Check out from train

The Indian Maharaja : Tour Highlights

Ellora Temple Caves

The cave temples of Ellora were excavated from the solid rock and symbolizes the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period, these finest examples of cave - temple architecture houses detailed facades and exceptionally carved interiors.

The caves opening to the west are equally associated to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Out of total 34 caves, 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are dedicated to Jainism.

From south to north there are about 34 caves here, which corresponds more or less (Cave 21 with some significant exceptions) to the order in which they were constructed. The caves 1 to 12 in southernmost direction, are dedicated to Buddhism and were built in & around 7th & 8th centuries AD. The middle caves 13 to 29 are dedicated to Hindu deities, which dates back from 7th century to 9th century AD. The upper caves are related to Jainism (9th century).

Ajanta Caves

These 3rd-century caves are fine achievements by Buddhist monks and are considered the finest masterpiece of Buddhist art and architecture.The caves are cut from the volcanic lava of the Deccan and are set in beautiful blooming surroundings. These historical manmade caves comprise of beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings that depict the life of the Buddha. At Ajanta, the paintings on the walls, illustrate the events in the life of Gautama Buddha.

Samode Haveli

It has been meticulously restored and integrated into a unique property. This unique atmosphere of the contemporary and the historic gives Samode Haveli a warm & friendly atmosphere enabling guests to relax and treat it as a home away from home! With its understated luxury, antique furniture, furnishings and original work-of-art, the hotel is a celebration of traditional values and gracious living. To be there is to belong.

Rooms and Suites

Each of the 29 well appointed rooms and suites are individually designed and furnished with genuine antiques and fixtures, old family portraits adorn the walls, the ambience and experience is further enhanced due to the presence of state-of-the-art in room amenities. Most of the rooms have a separate dressing area. All rooms are with en-suite bathrooms with shower and tub with hot and cold water, air conditioning, television with cable connection, telephones with international dialing facilities.

Amber Fort

Amber is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur.

The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was finished by his descendant Jai Singh I. The exterior of the Fort is not in the least like its interiors. The outside is very imposing and rugged looking whereas the inside is a comforting and warm interior which is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. On the walls, are paintings depicting various hunting scenes, and there is also a lot of work on walls,

which are covered with intricate carving, mosaic and minute mirror work that make the halls look very majestic and imperial.

The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and look even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort in itself is a beautiful sight to behold but as one looks on the fort with its clear reflection on the lake in the front, one cannot help but wonder if it is a dream or a beautiful illusion.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. On a foggy morning, the visitors experience the Taj as if suspended when viewed from across the Jamuna river.

Taj Mahal was built by a Muslim, Emperor Shah Jahan (died 1666 C.E.) in the memory of his dear wife and queen Mumtaz Mahal at Agra, India. It is an "elegy in marble" or some say an expression of a "dream." Taj Mahal (meaning Crown Palace) is a Mausoleum that houses the grave of queen Mumtaz Mahal at the lower chamber. The grave of Shah Jahan was added to it later. The queen’s real name was Arjumand Banu. In the tradition of the Mughals, important ladies of the royal family were given another name at their marriage or at some other significant event in their lives, and that new name was commonly used by the public. Shah Jahan's real name was Shahab-ud-din, and he was known as Prince Khurram before ascending to the throne in 1628.

Taj Mahal was constructed over a period of twenty-two years, employing twenty thousand workers. It was completed in 1648 C.E. at a cost of 32 Million Rupees. The construction documents show that its master architect was Ustad 'Isa, the renowned Islamic architect of his time. The documents contain names of those employed and the inventory of construction materials and their origin. Expert craftsmen from Delhi, Qannauj, Lahore, and Multan were employed. In addition, many renowned Muslim craftsmen from Baghdad, Shiraz and Bukhara worked on many specialized tasks.

The Taj stands on a raised, square platform (186 x 186 feet) with its four corners truncated, forming an unequal octagon. The architectural design uses the interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and a symmetry of architectural elements.

Its central dome is fifty-eight feet in diameter and rises to a height of 213 feet. It is flanked by four subsidiary domed chambers. The four graceful, slender minarets are 162.5 feet each. The entire mausoleum (inside as well as outside) is decorated with inlaid design of flowers and calligraphy using precious gems such as agate and jasper. The main archways, chiseled with passages from the Holy Qur'an and the bold scroll work of flowery pattern, give a captivating charm to its beauty. The central domed chamber and four adjoining chambers include many walls and panels of Islamic decoration.

The mausoleum is a part of a vast complex comprising of a main gateway, an elaborate garden, a mosque (to the left), a guest house (to the right), and several other palatial buildings. The Taj is at the farthest end of this complex, with the river Jamuna behind it. The large garden contains four reflecting pools dividing it at the center. Each of these four sections is further subdivided into four sections and then each into yet another four sections. Like the Taj, the garden elements serve like Arabesque, standing on their own and also constituting the whole.

The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey - Tour Tariff

Vald till April 2015 & March 2016
Maharajas' Epress
Deluxe Cabin Twin / Double
Junior Suite Twin/Double
Suite Double
Presidential Suite
The Indian Splendour
( 8 Days / 7 Nights ) Adult
$5,980
$9,460
$13,800
$23,700
Single Supplement
$4,510
$8,520
$13,800
$23,700
The Heritage of India
( 8 Days / 7 Nights ) Adult
$6,840
$9,890
$13,800
$23,700
Single Supplement
$5,160
$8,910
$13,800
$23,700
Treasures of India
( 4 Days / 3 Nights ) Adult
$3,850
$4,950
$7,600
$12,900
Single Supplement
$2,910
$4,460
$7,600
$12,900
Gems of India
( 4 Days / 3 Nights ) Adult
$3,850
$4,950
$7,600
$12,900
Single Supplement
$2,910
$9,460
$7,600
$12,900
The Indian Panorama
( 8 Days / 7 Nights ) Adult
$5,980
$9,460
$13,800
$23,700
Single Supplement
$4,510
$8,520
$13,800
$23,700

Please note :

  • The costs are per person per night and are for a minimum of 7 nights package on the train
  • All the costs are excluding Govt Service tax which presently is @ 2.58 % on the total bill. Â Â This service tax is to be added to any of these costs.
  • 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.
  • Triple occupancy is not available.

The Tariff includes :

Tariff is inclusive of travel/ catering/ conducted sightseeing / entrance fee at monuments / parks / palaces / cultural programs / boat ride at Udaipur / rickshaw ride at Bharatpur.

The Tariff does not include:

Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, Spa Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Silver class: Deluxe cabin + group transfers, sightseeing and other excursions.

Gold Class: Deluxe cabin + Individual transfers + Individual Sightseeing and other Excursions + Individual guide for sightseeing.

Platinum class: Presidential suite + Individual transfers, + Individual Sightseeing and other Excursions + Individual guide for sightseeing.

Booking Policy
Payment:

  • At the time of booking: USD 1000 per person, non refundable, non-adjustable.
  • Balance payment: 60 days before departure.

Cancellation terms:

  • 30% of ticket value 59-45 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of ticket value 44-30 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value less than 29 days prior to departure.

The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey - Tour Map

The Indian Maharaja - Deccan Odyssey - Schedule

Dates for departure from Mumbai to Delhi
* Optional return flight from Delhi to Mumbai is also available.

2015
2016
06 Oct, 20 Oct
19 Jan
10 Nov, 24 Nov
02 Feb, 23 Feb
08 Dec, 22 Dec
16 Mar
 
06 Apr

Dates for departure from Delhi to Mumbai
* Optional return flight from Mumbai to Delhi is also available.

2015
2016
13 Oct, 27 Oct
26 Jan
17 Nov
09 Feb
01 Dec, 15 Dec, 29 Dec
02 Mar, 23 Mar
 
13 Apr

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