Offering an inspiring introduction to Gujarat, this rail journey aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey travels to some of India's hidden gems. A round-trip from Mumbai (Bombay), the pulsating commercial capital of India, it includes visits to the exquisite Jain temples at Palitana, the sun temple at Modhera, the world heritage site of Champaner-Pavagadh dotted with ancient ruins, and the unforgettable opportunity to see some of the last remaining Asiatic lions in their natural habitat.
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Overnight flight from London to Mumbai with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to The LaLiT Mumbai (or similar) for an overnight stay. Remainder of the day at leisure. (N)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to board the Deccan Odyssey for your 7-night journey. Dinner is served on board this evening. (B, D)
On arrival at the ancient royal city of the Gaekwads, formerly known as Baroda, you will be driven to the world heritage site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, an ancient town full of ruins. You will also visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, originally constructed as a school for the maharaja's children. Later today, witness a live folk performance typical of the region while enjoying high tea at the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace - the exquisite residence of the royal family. (B, L, D)
Today the train arrives in the port city of Bhavnagar where there will be an excursion to Palitana, famed for its spectacular cluster of Jain temples exquisitely carved in marble. (B, L, D)
The national park is mostly deciduous forest with rocky hills and deep valleys. An expert naturalist accompanies you into the national park, which is the last habitat in Asia for the Asiatic lion. Later, return to the train and proceed to Somnath. In the afternoon, visit the legendary Somnath Temple, plundered, destroyed and re-built several times, and regarded as one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. (B, L, D)
Enjoy a cross-desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch, a saline wilderness which is home to the wild ass as well as a multitude of water birds. Visit some of the local settlements and villages, renowned for their traditional embroideries and weaving. (B, L, D)
Early this morning the train will arrive in Modhera, known for its sun temple, which dates from the 11th century, and the Rani ki Vav stepwell, one of the finest examples of subterranean architecture for water management. Continue to Patola House, where traditional Patola sarees are made. Overnight journey to Nashik. (B, L, D)
This morning, arrive in the holy city of Nasik, one of the four locations to hold the Kumbh Mela festival and an important pilgrimage site for many Hindus. This morning, visit the fascinating Buddhist Pandav Lena caves that date back to second century BC. Continue to the Grover Zampa vineyards to enjoy a wine tour, followed by lunch before returning to the train. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in Mumbai, where you will disembark. Continue to The LaLiT Mumbai, near the airport, in Mumbai for an overnight stay. (B)
Fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
From London with British Airways on Thursday evenings. Please visit coxandkings.co.uk for details.
Please check the itinerary when you board the train as this is subject to change at the discretion of the operator.
Featuring one of the most luxurious trains in India.
The guideline price quoted is based on a de luxe cabin. Please contact Cox & Kings for a quote based on the
The train operator has made every effort to ensure that the train travels between cities and towns during early mornings and late evenings, allowing guests to see the beautiful and diverse scenery as the train cuts across the Indian countryside; however, on certain days there are overnight journeys to cover the vast distances while on other days some overnight travel is essential to follow the schedule as per the requirements of the Indian Railways.
When on board the train, all transfers and excursions are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
The Deccan Odyssey train comprises 12 air-conditioned deluxe saloons. Guests are accommodated in fully air-conditioned, spacious and comfortably furnished carriages, each carriage featuring four twin- / double-bed cabins complete with modern en suite facilities. The cabins are furnished with essential modern conveniences including a flat-screen television and a telephone.
The bar car provides an ideal setting for a leisurely drink after a day's sightseeing and a comfortable place to relax and meet fellow passengers.
On board, guests can take advantage of the spa car, which has been set aside for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Deccan Odyssey also features two restaurant cars serving an array of superb Indian and international cuisine.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the train. Please check the itinerary when you board the train as this is subject to change, at the...
The Oberoi Mumbai is located in the heart of the city's central business district with Mumbai's main shopping area only a short distance away. The international airport is an hour's drive and the domestic airport a 45-minute drive from the hotel. The nearest railway links are 10-15 minutes away.
The hotel has 333 rooms and suites arranged around a large marble-floored atrium. Each room features a separate dressing area and a bathroom with separate shower. Deluxe rooms overlook the city or the ocean, premier rooms overlook the bay and suites have a view of the Arabian Sea. All rooms have a plasma satellite TV, DVD player, WiFi Internet access, electronic safe, mini bar and personalised butler service.
The hotel's facilities include 2 outdoor swimming pools, 2 fitness centres, 5 restaurants, 2 bars and the largest indoor shopping arcade in India. Guests can also choose from a rang...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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