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Deccan Odyssey, India

Deccan Odyssey

The Deccan Odyssey comprises of 21 coaches, each designed with a different royal era in mind. 11 coaches provide the comfortable accommodation, the remainder being used for dining rooms, lounges and conference car among other things. The guestroom cabins all have an en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and characterful touches which remind you that you're traveling on board one of India's most luxurious trains. After a day exploring, the guest rooms are perfect for a good night's sleep and elsewhere, the spa and multi-cuisine restaurant offer space to unwind and get to know your fellow guests.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

There are 40 cabins in total on board; 36 Deluxe and 4 Presidential Suites. Cabins have air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a safe, television and dressing gowns/slippers for guests. Mobile phones are provided in every cabin, pre-loaded with staff’s numbers and ear plugs as well as eye masks complete the thoughtful touches. Cabins are comfortable and characterful, maintained and cleaned to a very high standard. Presidential Suites have two bathrooms and a sitting area, which can be converted to accommodate children.

Location

There is a choice of six different eight-day itineraries with the Deccan Odyssey, departing from both Delhi and Mumbai. Your specialist will be able to help you decide which might be best for your interests. The tours are: Indian Odyssey, Maharashtra Splendour, Jewels of the Deccan, Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Indian Sojourn and Maharashtra Wild Trail.

Food and drink

The exceptional food served on the Deccan Odyssey is one of its strengths. There are two restaurants, both offering multiple options at each course. Soup is often one of the starters and choices for main courses include Thali dishes and western options as well as both western and traditional Indian desserts. Vegetarians are well catered for too. Soft drinks are complementary throughout your stay.

Facilities and activities

Shared, guided excursions take place in each destination; guests are split into groups of around 20-25 people depending on the occupancy of the train. Whether exploring a city, searching for tigers in a national park or enjoying local markets, guests are accompanied by one of the train’s friendly, experienced guides who have good spoken English. Private guides can be booked in advance for specific days (at extra cost) and guests in Presidential Suites have private excursions throughout. Bottled water and hand wipes are always provided and umbrellas are available to provide protection from the sun. There is also a spa on board to unwind and each guest is offered a complimentary 30 minute massage.

Our opinion

This luxurious train is a fantastic way to explore parts of India that are otherwise hard to reach. The service is fantastic and the food superb.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    • Standard room, Suba Palace, Mumbai (Bombay)

      Suba Palace

      Medium

      The Suba Palace is very well located, only a few minutes walk from India Gate.

    • Taj Mahal, Heritage and Tower wings, Mumbai

      Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

      Deluxe

      This historic five star hotel has welcomed many famous faces over the years and exudes luxury and character in equal measure, offering first-class accommodation and service in a fantastic seafront location.

    • The Leela, Mumbai (Bombay)

      The Leela Mumbai

      First Class

      This hotel is located near the domestic and international airport making it ideal for a stop-off on arrival in or departure from Mumbai.

    • The Oberoi , Mumbai (Bombay)

      The Oberoi Mumbai

      Deluxe

      This first class property offers luxurious, well-furnished rooms and suites and an impressive choice of facilities and restaurants.

    • Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai

      Trident Nariman Point

      First Class

      Overlooking the bay and a thin strip of sand, this hotel has wonderful views especially from the roof top restaurant and the swimming pool.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Elephanta Island, Mumbai

      Elephanta Island & Bombay City Tour

      Mumbai (Bombay)

      You take the launch from the Gateway of India to the caves on Elephanta island, which date from around the 7th century. During the previous few centuries the Gupta empire had been at its height, literature and the arts had flourished and it is thought that the initial impetus for the creation of the caves was derived from this.