10 days
Duration
India
Destination

Spirit of India – Hidden Treasures of Gujarat an Indian Train Journey.

Spirit Journeys Worldwide welcomes you to join our Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Indian Train Journey.

Welcome to Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, a spellbinding railroad journey on board the iconic Deccan Odyssey, one of India’s most luxurious and opulent trains. On this exciting journey through Gujarat, India’s most westerly state, explore the medieval capital of Vadodara and the pilgrim town of Palitana. Discover the pugmarks of history at the only sanctuary of Asiatic Lions in the Subcontinent; marvel at the unique featureless landscape of the Little Rann; wander through the architectural wonders of Modhera and visit the holy city of Nashik, before culminating your journey in the financial city, Mumbai.

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing Mumbai

  • Drive with one of the most exclusive Indian trains

  • Visit Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage

  • Explore the most significant of the over 900 temples located on a hilltop at Palitana

  • Explore The Gir Forest National Park, Wildlife Sanctuary and Little Rann of Kutch

  • Visit Patan, the capital of Gujarat in medieval times.

TOUR DETAILS

  • Multiple departures

  • 10 days/9 nights,

  • Price from £7399 pp/double occupancy

  • Open to all levels

HOW TO BOOK or Further information

  • To book please contact us to reserve your place here

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Hotels: 

  • Mumbai -Trident Nariman Point/Superior City View Room

  • Indian Sojourn – Embark Mumbai/ Disembark Mumbai

  • Mumbai -Trident Nariman Point/Superior City View 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 by an air-conditioned large car (Toyota Innova or similar)
Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing in Mumbai on Day 09

Entrance Fees at monuments in Mumbai (Mani Bhavan)

 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

 Valet service

 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

Additional InformationSingle Rooms at a supplement on request
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Day 1: Arrive Mumbai (-/-/-)

Welcome to Mumbai!!! Our representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building, after which you will be transfer to hotel for 01 night’ stay.

Overnight: Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

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Day 2: Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai – on to Vadodara (B/-/D)

Morning: At leisure on own arrangements

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 journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Early this evening, assemble at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Hidden Treasures of Gujarat journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Vadodara.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 3: Vadodara (B/L/D)

As you enjoy breakfast this morning the Deccan Odyssey arrives at the capital of the Gaekwads – Vadodara, located along the seasonal river Vishwamitri.

Breakfast over, 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 for dinner as it departs for Palitana.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner onboard; High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 4: Palitana (B/L/D)

Rise early this morning, and after breakfast head out to explore one of the world’s largest temple complexes, Palitana, famed for its spectacular cluster of Jain temples exquisitely carved in marble.

Spend the day exploring the most significant of the over 900 temples located on a hilltop at Palitana – considered to be the most sacred pilgrimage of the Jains.

After a full morning with the Jain Tirthankars, return to the Deccan Odyssey for a sumptuous lunch as it makes its way to Sasan Gir, the sole home of the Asiatic Lion.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie, learn the rules of ‘carrom’, a popular Indian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.

Relax and watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 5: Sasan Gir (B/L/D)

Wake up to a golden dawn and after an early breakfast, disembark for your drive to Sasan Gir – The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. A guide will accompany you for your morning game drive into the Gir forest; keep your fingers crossed for a sighting of the majestic and extremely rare Asiatic lion! Experience the magic of the wild all around you as you venture deep into this natural habitat, with everything from tiny wild birds, not easily seen, but heard, singing in the forest canopy, to crocodiles sunning themselves in marshy waters.

After the excitement of the morning, enjoy a relaxed lunch followed by a tribal dance at the Gateway hotel.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey and unwind with a drink before dinner on board, as you set off for the Little Rann of Kutch.

Breakfast on board; Lunch at the Gateway hotel, Gir forest; Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 6: Little Rann of Kutch (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the first blush of dawn today as the Deccan Odyssey pulls into the Viramgam station where you will disembark to drive to a stopover point and transfer to jeeps for a safari into the deceptively named Little Rann of Kutch.

The Rann is a seasonal salt marsh, the largest in the world at over 7500 sq. km, a saline desert where the dry air whips your face, mirages abound and parched earth unfolds as far as the eye can see. During the monsoons, these arid flatlands fill with water creating a still, salty sea.

Explore the Rann on your jeep safari; the Wild Ass Sanctuary here is one of the few places to spot the ghudkar, or Indian wild ass. Other species here include the desert fox, jungle cat, jackal and several birds. Since there is virtually no vegetation for animals to hide behind, they are easy to spot while driving around.

After your visit to the sanctuary, lunch will be at the Rann Riders Resort with time to relax and refresh yourselves. Enjoy the regional specialties of the Maliks of Rann, and delicious Gujarati fare in this charming resort surrounded by the desert.

Spend some time walking around and meeting the other species of the lodge which include the unique to the region Marwari and Kathiawari horses.

Later, drive out for a village safari to meet the varied communities that call the Rann their home. You will find the Agarias, salt-panners, hard at work drying out the salt. Visit the homes of the Rabari tribe and experience their way of life. Another interesting aspect to look out for are the beaded bangles made by the Mirs of Dasada. Continue to a local school where you will be greeted by enthusiastic children eager to share information about themselves and learn about your part of the world.

Having taken in your share of this great white vastness, return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and head for Patan.

Breakfast & Dinner on board; Lunch at the Rann Riders Safari Resort.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 7:Modhera - Patan(B/L/D)

This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Patan, the 8th century fortified town, the capital of Gujarat in medieval times.

Breakfast over, disembark and drive to sun temple at Modhera. This grand, awe-inspiring 11th century sandstone monument was built by the Solanki dynasty and is dedicated to the sun god. The complex is full of elaborate carvings and the resident priest enjoys explaining the legends they depict. A step tank in front of the temple has 108 shrines that lead down to the water.

After visiting the sun temple, drive to Patan to visit the lovely 11th century step well called Rani ki Vav, a fine example of subterranean well architecture. Walk down into the depths of this extravagant step well, one of the biggest in Gujarat, passing hundreds of delicate carvings and statues of Parvati, Shiva, Vishnu and other gods etched into its side walls. It is evident that this well was constructed not just to store water but was also a site for worship and community gatherings.

Thereafter, visit Patola house, the centre of the Salvi family’s traditional craft, the creating of exquisite silk Patola sarees. Weavers since the 12th century, the Salvi’s have enjoyed the patronage of the royalty of Gujarat as the sarees created by them have gained the reputation of works of art.

Having visited Patola house, drive back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board. The afternoon is at leisure as you proceed towards Nashik.

In the evening watch, the tapestry of rural India unfolds as you sip a sundowner before dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 8: Nashik (B/L/D)

This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast on-board the Deccan Odyssey and avail the various options the Deccan Odyssey has to offer.

Disembark post lunch and drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old ‘méthode traditionnelle’ used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.

In the evening, head for a walk along the Godavari Ghats; observe the various Hindu rituals related to birth, death and initiation being performed here.

Return back to Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it rolls towards it’s ultimate destination – Mumbai

Breakfast, Lunch at the vineyard, Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 9: Disembark in Mumbai (B/-/-)

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

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 Mumbai.

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.

Breakfast on board
Overnight: Trident Nariman Point Hotel, Mumbai

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Day 10: Depart Mumbai (B/-/-)

You will be transferred to Mumbai airport to board your onward 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.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar services (s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc
  • 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.
  • The above costs are per cabin per journey for Deccan Odyssey and per room for Pre & Post night accommodation
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc
  • 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.
Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Indian Train Journey
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