10-days Indian Sojourn train journey
Spirit Journeys Worldwide welcomes you to join our 10-days Indian Sojourn train journey.
Welcome to Indian Sojourn, a spectacular train journey in inimitable royal style and luxury on one of India’s iconic trains, the Deccan Odyssey. The Odyssey will take you on an 8-day extravaganza, through the fascinating, ever-changing vistas of a colourful, vibrant and ancient India, from its premier metropolis Mumbai to its capital city Delhi, traversing ancient kingdoms and their historic traditions as you view the beautiful monuments of Vadodara, the lakes and palaces at Udaipur, catch a glimpse of the magnificent fort of Jodhpur, visit the glorious Taj Mahal at Agra, attempt tiger spotting at Ranthambore and explore the effervescent city of Jaipur. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.
- Sightseeing Mumbai
- Drive with one of the most exclusive Indian trains
- Visit Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Explore Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes
- Explore Agra and Taj Mahal
- Visit Ranthambore National Park
- Explore Jaipur, the City of Victory
- Enjoy Delhi and its famous places
- Multiple departures
- 10 days/9 nights,
- Price from 7599 pp/double occupancy
- Open to all levels
HOW TO BOOK or Further information
- Mumbai -Trident Nariman Point/Superior City View Room
- Indian Sojourn – Embark Mumbai/ Disembark New Delhi
- Delhi -The Imperial/Heritage Room
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Flights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights|
|INCLUDED|| 2 nights Pre and Post night accommodations as mentioned above|
Private return transfers and sightseeing in Mumbai & Delhi by an air-conditioned large car (Toyota Innova or similar)
Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing in Mumbai & Delhi
Entrance Fees at monuments in Mumbai & Delhi
Assistance of our representative during arrival & departure transfers at airport & railway station.
Road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes, porterage at railway station
All applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
07 nights accommodation per Single/ double or twin bedded cabin per journey with ensuite bathrooms
All Meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) as per itinerary
Soft Beverages during meals in the train only
Still camera fees
Guided off board excursions on seat in coach basis and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide.
Government Services Tax of 5%
|NOT INCLUDE|| Items of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, still/video camera fees at monuments or any items not specified above|
Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary
VISA fees / any international air fares
Any Laundry and Alcoholic Beverages, Insurance and Gratuities
Video and professional still camera fees
All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.
|Additional Information||Single Rooms at a supplement on request|
Day 1: Arrive Mumbai (-/-/-)
Overnight: Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai
Day 2: Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai – on to Vadodara (B/-/D)
Morning: Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai
Your tour begins with a half day’s sightseeing of Mumbai. Drive past the stretch of Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace. Visit the Hanging Gardens, from where you can get an excellent view of the city. Also visit Mani Bhavan – today a museum, this was the residence of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, when he stayed in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. Make quick photo stops at Dhobi Ghat – an open-air laundry, which is still popular with the citizens despite the advent of the modern washing machine and Gateway of India – a huge stone Arch of Triumph, constructed to commemorate the first visit of the British Monarch, King George V & his consort, Queen Mary, to India in 1911.
Check out time at the hotel: 12:00 noon.
Afternoon: You would be picked from your hotel for transfer to the railway station. Arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Indian Sojourn journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.
Deccan Odyssey departs from Mumbai, for its first destination i.e Vadodra.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 3:Vadodara (B/L/D)
Today you arrive at the capital of the Gaekwads – Vadodara, located along the seasonal river Vishwamitri.
After breakfast, you will disembark and proceed to visit Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only complete and unchanged pre-Mughal Islamic city in India. This concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties is cradled in an impressive landscape. Marvel at the Jami Masjid (Great Mosque ) built in 1513 representing a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture which was a model for later mosque architecture in India.
Drive back to Vadodara for a leisurely lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey.
After lunch, you will visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, originally constructed as a school for the Maharaja’s children. Today, art lovers can view a large number of works of art displayed in the museum including a collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and other renowned European Masters as well as a collection of sculptures in marble and bronze.
Enjoy high tea at the resplendent Laxmi Vilas Palace, built in 1890, and the residence of the Royal family even today. Reputedly four times the size of Buckingham Palace, its overwhelming Durbar Hall boasts a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgian stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. The palace also houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. Witness a folk performance typical of the region as you savour some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchens.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey as it heads for Udaipur.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 4: Udaipur (B/L/D)
The Deccan Odyssey rolls into Udaipur in the morning. Set on the shores of the placid Lake Pichola, Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes, is easily one of the most romantic cities of India, surrounded by scenic hills. Enjoy your breakfast as you admire the picturesque landscape of the Aravali hills.
You will then disembark to visit the famous City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas, which also houses the spectacular Crystal Gallery. The tour of this magnificent city is completed with a boat cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch.
Later embark on a Walking Tour through the Old City of Udaipur. Sample the exquisite variety of handicrafts ranging from toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, jewellery, paintings, painted wooden boxes, pottery, brassware and terracotta sculptures.
Thereafter you return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening and dinner as we depart for Jodhpur.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 5: Jodhpur (B/L/D)
This morning as the Deccan Odyssey travels through the stronghold of the Marwar region, enjoy a relaxing morning on board as you breakfast, unwind and experience the striking panorama of the Thar Desert, arriving at Jodhpur.
The morning is at leisure on board the Deccan Odyssey, but those who wish to step out have the option of visiting a weavers’ village, a potters’ village as well as a Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi tribe, indigenous to India, follow the 29 principles laid down by their Guru about 540 years ago, to protect trees and wildlife ensuring a healthy eco-friendly social life for the community. Take a peep into their lives where traditions and skills are passed down unchanged through generations OR enjoy spa facilities at a hotel.
Lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey
Following lunch, set out once again to explore the magnificent city of Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, after the vivid blue-painted houses that surround the Mehrangarh Fort. Set like a pearl amidst the stark desert, this former capital of Marwar boasts some of the finest architecture from the Rajput era, renowned for its superb forts and glorious palaces.
Experience glimpses of the lifestyle of the residents as you explore the city. Walk through the bustle of the Old Clock Tower market, past old havelis and houses, continue to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, the pride of Jodhpur. Marvel at the intricate carvings and expansive courtyards of the several palaces inside as well as the amazing view of palanquins, arms, paintings, costumes and the arts and crafts of a bygone era at the museum.
In the evening enjoy a wide array of sumptuous Marwar barbeque delights served in the royal courtyard of Mehrangarh Fort as you admire the cityscape from atop.
Having taken in your share of the sublime beauty of Jodhpur, return to the Deccan Odyssey and head for Agra
Breakfast & Lunch on board; Barbeque at Mehrangarh Fort.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 6: Agra (B/L/D)
Arriving at Agra, you will realize that the Mughals were not just the greatest dynasty to rule India but also its greatest builders. After a leisurely breakfast on board the Deccan Odyssey, enjoy a relaxed morning availing the different options we have to offer.
After lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey, you will visit the Taj Mahal, which was Emperor Shah Jahan’s gift of love to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and is truly the world’s most wondrous monument. The making of Taj Mahal is as much a fable as the edifice itself. It took 20000 men 22 years to build this unrivalled mausoleum and its exquisite white marble was brought from 200 miles away by caravans of elephants and camels. Thereafter proceed to Agra Fort, another outstanding example of Mughal architecture, and the seat of Mughal reign and administration for three generations. The present structure owes its origins to Emperor Akbar who had its first buildings of red sandstone erected on the eastern bank of the river Yamuna. His grandson Shah Jahan, the most artistic and prolific builder of the dynasty, later added the impressive marbled private quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. A visit to the Diwan-e-Am, ‘Hall of Public Audience’ and the Royal Pavilions is not to be missed.
Later, you have the opportunity to visit the local markets to admire the exquisite Pietra Dura (marble inlay) artefacts and Mughal ornaments OR as an optional activity you may avail of spa facilities at a hotel before completing your tour of this historical city.
Late evening, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and your onward journey to Sawai Madhopur
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 7: Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore National Park (B/L/D)
Sawai Madhopur, in Rajasthan is the alighting point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India’s efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population can be seen here. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and most likely place to spot one of these majestic animals.
Enjoy breakfast before you set out for your morning village safari. The people of Rajasthan’s villages are mostly tribals who subsist on farming and hunting. These friendly folk are warm and welcoming, happy to show guests around their villages, giving deep insights into their daily lives. The women here wear bright colours to offset the drab desert, and most people live in mud huts. Visit a local home for a and interact with the family. Post the village tour head back to the comfort of Deccan Odyssey for a sumptuous lunch.
Post lunch, disembark to head for the afternoon safari. Ranthambore is home to several other species as well; you can see herds of Chital and Sambhar deer as well as wild boar, Nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles. There are also sloth bear, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life includes jungle fowl, partridges, quails, the crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers etc. There are also water birds like storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes. If it’s your lucky day, you could spot a tiger lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down deer around the lakes!
After a fulfilling afternoon, proceed for high tea at the Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur. Feel free to share the spoils (of your photo-shoots!) over a leisurely hi tea .
After high tea, it is time to head back to the Deccan Odyssey where you can relax with a drink before dinner on board, as the Deccan Odyssey sets off for Jaipur, the Pink City.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 8: Jaipur (B/L/D)
Legendary for the triumphs of its proud Rajputs, Jaipur, the City of Victory, is surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills – crowned by formidable forts – and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all their splendour, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colourful oasis in the desert and you will notice a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people.
After breakfast you drive to Maharaja Mansingh’s 17th century masterpiece, the Amber Fort that overlooks the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort is a sprawling complex of courtyards, halls and rooms adorned with beautiful paintings, precious stones and mirrors. Behold the Sheesh Mahal,
‘Hall of Mirrors’, where a single lamplight reflects in many mirrors, and lights up the entire room, creating a dazzling effect.
En-route to Amber Fort visit the Palace of Winds, otherwise known as the Hawa Mahal, famous for its intricate pink sandstone carving and a beautiful view of the city.
Thereafter you will visit the famous City Palace of Jaipur, an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes & carpets. Walk across to Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory built in the 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh. A wondrous achievement for its time the observatory gives accurate readings even to this day.
Lunch at a City hotel.
Following lunch you may choose to participate in one of the optional tours. Enjoy spa facilities at a palace hotel OR have the opportunity to explore the colourful bazaars of the Pink City which offer a wide range of ethnic handicrafts produced in the city-centre and its outskirts.
After your full day of delving in the royal past of Jaipur you will return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner on board as it departs for Delhi.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 9: Disembark in Delhi (B/-/-)
Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at the Delhi Cantt Railway Station.
Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.
Upon disembarkation, you will be met our Cox & King’s representative at the Railway Station who will introduce you to your guide for a Half day Sightseeing of New Delhi.
Drive past the imposing India Gate – a War Memorial Arch, the residence of the President – the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Parliament House and other government buildings. Visit Humayun’s Tomb – the first great example of a new and distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. Also visit the Qutab Minar (Tower of Victory) – a masterpiece built to establish the might of Islam and the onset of the Muslim rule in India.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to The Imperial Hotel for an overnight stay
Breakfast on board
Overnight on The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
Day 10: Depart Delhi (B/-/-)
You will be transferred to the New Delhi airport to board your onwards flight.
- We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance
- Costs are per cabin per journey for Deccan Odyssey and per room for Pre & Post night accommodation
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- Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
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- As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries & timings are subject to change incase of any changes in the routing etc.