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The Indian Maharaja - A Deccan Odyssey Train


Duration : 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destinations : Mumbai – Delhi and

Destinations : Delhi - Mumbai

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The Indian Maharaja is a new and a more luxurious version of the Deccan Odyssey luxury train, illustrating the heritage of this country with its pan-India itineraries. One can discover a mix of heritage, history and royalty belonging to the different kings and their existence on this equably different route. From Mumbai in Maharashtra, the tour enters the prominent cities in the history of India.

The train’s exclusively handpicked experiences revolve around making a passenger feel like a Maharaja with an extremely royal treatment in the iconic royal cities of the country. The eight day voyage, instead of returning to the origin city, i.e. Mumbai, takes perfectionist passengers through a royal route of Rajputana and Mughal influences and eventually concludes in a delightful city of Delhi.

From Delhi, the illustrious Indian Maharaja journey takes a reverse route through Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Jaipur, Udaipur to reach the majestic Maharashtra’s heritage hubs in Aurangabad, Ajanta-Ellora Caves and meets an exhilarating conclusion at Mumbai. The twin itineraries lend a distinctive edge to this Deccan Odyssey train and allow this super indulgent train to traverse beyond the state’s boundaries.

Maintained by the hospitality giant, Taj Group, the train assures the global hospitality standards dynamically laced with the tradition Indian reception. The train has a Mumbai Hi Bar, gymnasium, parlour, spa, two royal restaurants and a business conference coach as well, giving this train a global edge over other contemporaries.

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Itinerary - The Indian Maharaja - 08 Days / 07 Nights
Tour 1 - Mumbai to Delhi Tour 2 - Delhi to Mumbai
Mumbai – Delhi

Day 1. Wednesday Mumbai

Following a traditional welcome at CST terminus in Mumbai, board the Indian Maharaja train to settle into the exclusive royal suite as the train departs for Aurangabad. Dinner is served as you travel through the night in this pan India luxury train.

Highlights of Day 1 - Experience the marvel in itself as you board the most indulgent luxury presentation of the Deccan Odyssey, The Indian Maharaja.

Day 2. Thursday Aurangabad – Ellora Caves

The first morning aboard the Indian Maharaja Luxury train, you will be served a hearty breakfast before leaving for the morning sightseeing tour to Ellora Caves. Here, the conglomeration of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves rests along with the epic colossal Hindu Kailash temple, carved from a spectacular volcanic crest of the Deccan plateau. The unique assortment of three important religions here depicts the characteristic spirit of tolerance in ancient India. Here, the amazing sculptural wealth belonging to the ancient era is put to display. Post sightseeing session, return to the train for lunch and rest of the day is at leisure inside the plush setting and numerous options of the Indian Maharaja. At night, depart aboard the Indian Maharaja for Jalgaon, which holds close proximity to the next most ancient cave complex of peaceful Ajanta caves. Dinner on board.

Highlights of Day 2 - Visit the world heritage site of Ellora caves, the pride of the Deccan aboard the Indian Maharaja.

Day 3. Friday Aurangabad – Ajanta Caves

Begin another morning with an enriching dose of heritage at the Ajanta Cave complex. This is the ancient cave complex is bestowed with extraordinarily splendid murals and paintings of 2nd century chiseled with perfection upon the basalt cliffs. All of them are dedicated to Lord Buddha and other Bodhisattvas. These caves served as the ancient chaitya grihas and monastic cells for monks as the rainy shelters. After the visit to the exemplary caves is done, return to the Train for Lunch and rest of the day at leisure on board as the train leaves for Udaipur. Dinner on board.

Highlights of Day 3 - Marvel at the ancient murals and frescoes of Ajanta Caves.

Day 4. Saturday – Udaipur

As you dream of how graciously the royals lived and enjoyed the life with opulence in the plush coupe of the Indian Maharaja; you are transported to the most romantic city of India, Udaipur. Here, ornate Rajput palaces float in the middle of lakes and present the most surreal picture of the Rajput India. After breakfast, step on to the ultimate royal city of Udaipur. Visit the iconic City Palace belonging to the flamboyant Rajput era. This will be followed by a mesmerizing boat ride on the luscious Lake Pichola (subject to water levels). Also, visit the Crystal Gallery where an exquisite private crystal selection of Maharana Sajjan Singh is displayed. Return to Train for Lunch on board. In the evening, alight the Indian Maharaja for a Gala Dinner at Palace Hotel. In night, transfer to the Sawai Madhopur for the next attraction of the tour, the game drive in the land of tigers, Ranthambore.

Highlights of Day 4 - Live the surreal ecstasy of ultimate setting in Udaipur.

Day 5. Sunday Sawai Madhopur - Ranthambore National Park

After early breakfast, begin the jungle safari into the national park famous as a tiger reserve. Lunch on board, followed by afternoon safari. High-Tea session at The Taj Lodge; the former hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Dinner on board as the Train leaves for Jaipur.

Highlights of Day 5 - Indulge in the game drives, a favourite royal pastime at Ranthambore.

Day 6. Monday Jaipur

Await the moment of ultimate royalty as you prepare yourself to enter the capital royale, Jaipur. Draped in pink hues of sandstone and rich chivalry and romance of classic Rajput legends, this city is known for its impressive citadels and intricate carvings. In the morning, alight the luxury train for a morning excursion to the hilltop fort Amber Fort atop the royal festooned elephants. Visit the Hawa Mahal, the palace of the winds, akin to the bee's honeycomb. Followed by this is the visit to the Royal Observatory of Jantar Mantar. Enjoy the colourful meal at Taj Jai Mahal Palace hotel. After the lunch, rest inside the train and refresh yourselves for the Dinner inside the train as the train proceeds for Agra.

Highlights of Day 6 - Experience the fervour of the most colourful city of its kind, Jaipur.

Day 7. Tuesday Agra

The last glimpse of the Indian Maharajas belongs to Agra, the majestic Mughal capital known for its repertoire of monuments including the Taj Mahal. On the route to Agra, visit Fatehpur Sikri, another marvellous Mughal city, still in excellent state of preservation. Lunch at the city hotel. In the noon, reach Agra, and visit the Red Fort here and ultimately pay a visit to the Taj Mahal. Leave for Delhi in the night. Dinner on board.

Highlights of Day 7 - Visit the majestic Mughal heritage at Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.

Day 8. Wednesday Delhi

After Breakfast, check-out in the morning and de-board the Indian Maharaja at Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi.

Highlights of Day 8 - Bid adieu to the regal experience aboard the Indian Maharaja Train.
Delhi to Mumbai (Return Journey)

This is a reverse journey from Delhi to Mumbai, scheduled to accommodate new passengers boarding the Indian Maharaja – The Deccan Odyssey.

Day 1. Wednesday - Delhi – Depart the Indian Maharaja Luxury train

Following a traditional welcome at Delhi's Safdarjung Railway Station, board the Indian Maharaja Train and acquaint yourself with the exclusive suite which will be accompanying you for the seven forthcoming days in this one of a kind Pan-India journey. Dinner is served as we travel through the night to Agra.

Highlights of Day 1 - 1 Board the Indian Maharaja in the fond memory and glory of the revered kings here.

Day 2. Thursday - Agra and Fatehpur Sikri

Wake up to the surreal morning in Agra on Day 2 and witness the foundations of the royal Mughal Empire here. Here, the icon of the Taj Mahal gazes the city in its splendour and offers visitors a glimpse of the lavish royal love, eternal in nature and appeal. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, this mausoleum monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a recognized World Heritage Site.

Besides the Taj, a scheduled visit to the Agra Fort which was the mighty epicenter of the Mughal Empire for the five generations in continuity, approx. 150 years. After the visit, we travel via coach towards the 16th century marvel, Fatehpur Sikri. This is a dream city etched in stone. A brainchild of Emperor Akbar, this is a city in red sandstone, immaculately preserved and later abandoned due to the scarcity of water. Within the periphery of the city, one can witness various monuments that picturize the wonderful architecture remains of the Mughal times. Return back on the Indian Maharaja train as you continue overnight journey to Jaipur.

Highlights of Day 2 - Gaze in splendour the mighty Mughal foundations of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

Day 3. Friday - Jaipur

Start up your weekend with an amazing flavour of Rajput royalty in the city of royals, Jaipur. This city is amazingly bedecked with castles, forts, palaces and a richly hospitable Rajasthani culture. Here, you disembark the luxury train for an equally exclusive excursion to the the 16th century Amber Fort. Located atop a hill, this fort requires a royal way to reach here, which is via an ascending journey on the royal elephants or a Jeep Safari.

Then, enjoy a photo-stopover at the latticed Hawa Mahal, shaped as a traditional five storeyed crown. This is one of the most photographed attractions of the city. Following this is a visit to the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar, many of its architectural astronomical instruments are still in working condition. After lunch at the Jai Mahal Palace hotel, a Taj owned heritage property, we return to rest in the train and get ready for a Gala Dinner at the 18th century City Palace, painted pink in honour of the visiting British royal family. Board the train in the overnight as you are transported to Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to Ranthambore National Park.

Highlights of Day 3 - Visit the royal city, Jaipur and discover its royal architectural legacy and fabled rich hospitality.

Day 4. Saturday - Ranthambhore

Wake up to the roar of wildlife adventure in Ranthambore where early morning and post lunch jungle safaris await you inside this National Park and tiger reserve. After the final safari, there is high tea session at the Maharaja of Jaipur's former hunting reserve, before returning to the luxury train for dinner. Overnight transfer to Udaipur aboard the stylish luxury train.

Highlights of Day 4 - Rise up in Ranthambore and devote a day towards indulgent game drives here.

Day 5. Sunday - Udaipur

Rise up in the most exotic and indisputably the most romantic city of India, Udaipur. The surreal city approaches you as you complete your breakfast. Udaipur, the luxury capital of Rajasthan opens up its heritage chapters with a visit to the 16th century City Palace complex. Built in a flamboyant style, this palace is considered the largest in Rajasthan. Also, visit to the famous Crystal Gallery of Udaipur is scheduled, wherein the breathtaking private collection of Maharana Sajjan Singh is displayed. The highlight here is the exquisite jewel studded carpet. Further to this, we return for a boat trip on mesmerizing Lake Pichola, famous for the romantic Lake Palace Hotel. Return to the train for lunch and dinner, as the train leaves Rajasthan to travel overnight to Maharashtra, the pride of the Deccan.

Highlights of Day 5 - Explore the ultimate royal city of Udaipur and its luxuriant essence this day.

Day 6. Monday - Ellora Caves

In the morning, open up your eyes in Maharashtra, the Deccan Plateau's most dynamic state. Following a leisurely morning, move ahead for an excursion to the Ellora Caves. These caves comprise 34 monasteries and temples sculpted out of hills between 8th and 12th century. This is a world heritage site, bringing the ancient side of Indian civilization to life. The monasteries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism here illustrate the spirit of tolerance that was and still is a characteristic of India. Return to the train. Rest of the day is at leisure inside the train.

Highlights of Day 6 - Visit the world heritage cave complex of Ellora.

Day 7. Tuesday - Ajanta Caves

On the second last day, begin a morning excursion towards 2nd century Ajanta Caves, featuring 30 caves. Five of them are chaitya-grihas or prayer halls and the rest are monasteries. These caves were carved in the 2nd century and exhibit the tempera technique wall frescoes and murals dedicated to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas; scenes from Buddha's life and Jataka Tales. The mud plaster tempera technique is the reason why these illustrated caves are still intact and display the artistic and scientific feat of the painters. The afternoon is spent at leisure, enjoying the rest of the time on the train, which travels to Mumbai overnight.

Highlights of Day 7 - Discover the artistic acumen and Buddhist brilliance at Ajanta Cave complex.

Day 8. Wednesday - Mumbai

Arrival in Mumbai and disembark the Indian Maharaja for a befitting end of this wonderful pan-India luxury train experience.

Highlights of Day 8 - Leave the Indian Maharaja Train with fond memories of an exclusive journey.

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Highlights - Mumbai to Delhi
  • Day 1 – Experience the marvel in itself as you board the most indulgent luxury presentation of the Deccan Odyssey, The Indian Maharaja.
  • Day 2 – Visit the world heritage site of Ellora caves, the pride of the Deccan aboard the Indian Maharaja.
  • Day 3 – Marvel at the ancient murals and frescoes of Ajanta Caves.
  • Day 4 – Live the surreal ecstasy of ultimate setting in Udaipur.
  • Day 5 – Indulge in the game drives, a favourite royal pastime at Ranthambore.
  • Day 6 – Experience the fervour of the most colourful city of its kind, Jaipur.
  • Day 7 – Visit the majestic Mughal heritage at Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.
  • Day 8 – Bid adieu to the regal experience aboard the Indian Maharaja Train.

Highlights - Delhi to Mumbai (Return Journey)
  • Day 1 – Board the Indian Maharaja in the fond memory and glory of the revered kings here. 
  • Day 2 – Gaze in splendour the mighty Mughal foundations of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Day 3 – Visit the royal city, Jaipur and discover its royal architectural legacy and fabled rich hospitality.
  • Day 4 – Rise up in Ranthambore and devote a day towards indulgent game drives here.
  • Day 5 – Explore the ultimate royal city of Udaipur and its luxuriant essence this day.
  • Day 6 – Visit the world heritage cave complex of Ellora.
  • Day 7 – Discover the artistic acumen and Buddhist brilliance at Ajanta Cave complex.
  • Day 8 – Leave the Indian Maharaja Train with fond memories of an exclusive journey.

Highlights of the Indian Maharaja

Accommodation - The train offers 21 carriages accommodating 80 passengers in total and employs over 30 staff to make sure every aspect of the journey is covered with great ease and comforts. 10 fully air-conditioned Deluxe Cabin saloons, each with combination of 4 twin bedded chambers and 2 fully air-conditioned Presidential Suite saloons each with 2 suites with combination of living room & bed room.

Features of Dining Car - The Dining car here is managed by the best of the chefs employed by Taj Group. These chefs offer a single sitting gourmet experience, allowing passengers to relish the finest Indian and continental cuisine. Breakfast and dinner are served onboard, whereas lunch is served occasionally at various Taj heritage properties. 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.

Lounge and Bar Cars - these are meant to provide passengers leisure time to relax and enjoy the passing scenery, whilst enjoying refreshments and the company of other passengers, or just quiet reading.

Health and Recreation - Guests can rejuvenate themselves at the gymnasium, which has the latest workout equipment, a changing room, a steam bath and two shower rooms. For those who wish to indulge in a little pampering, Deccan Odyssey also features the spa that offers a relaxing Ayurvedic massage and steam bath. It offers two massage rooms for discovering age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.

Samwaad or Business Conferencing - This modern coach seats 40 guests and offers all facilities, to facilitate business communication requirements. There are computers with printers, fax and internet connectivity, to keep in touch with the outside world. Complete conference facilities are available, including a Plasma TV, Podium and high end audio conferencing facilities. The pantry serves hot and cold snacks & beverages, for the small breaks between meetings. If guests want to celebrate after a long day’s work, the sound and light system converts the conference area to a dance floor.

BAR-Mumbai Hi - A well stocked bar serves wine, liquor and spirits of Indian and International Brands, to keep you in `high spirits’.


Highlights - Individual Facilities

On-board facilities include: TV, cell/mobile phones upon request, central CD player, internet access, foreign exchange facilities, laundry service, 24 hour room service, valet attendant, luggage collection facility, vanity packs, newspapers, packaged water

For physically challenged persons: Special assistance of wheel chairs, crèches and a special attendant for manual assistance to physically challenged persons.

Luggage collection: Your luggage is picked up and escorted to your respective saloon without you worrying about it.

Attendant : An attendant is always available at your service, to take care of all your travel needs.

Security: Adequate safety arrangements are made for you as well as your personal belongings in the train itself.

Toiletries: All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc. Are provided in the train.

Group photograph: To cherish these special moments of rendezvous with the indian maharaja, a group photograph session is organized which is given to you as a souvenir.

Lounge: A lounge for relaxing, interacting, making friends getting together.

Mail box - a mailbox is provided on board, which discharges your mail with utmost care and efficiency.

Medical aid - first aid is available on the train, whereas a doctor can be arranged on call at the next approaching station.

Smoking : The deccan odyssey has exclusive non-smoking suite cars and separate bar car mumbai hi for the guests who love to smoke.


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Schedule

Details of the scheduled departure of the Indian Maharaja train have been mentioned below for your perusal. Plan your journey as per the scheduled dates of departure for the season 2017.


Dates of Departure from Mumbai to Delhi
* Optional return flight from Delhi to Mumbai is also available.
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Dates of Departure from Delhi to Mumbai
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Tariff
Occupancy Type (per person per night) Silver Class Gold Class Platinum Class
Single occupancy US$ 950 US$ 1110 US$ 1590
Twin occupancy US$ 595 US$ 695 US$ 995

10% of the tariff for the children up to 5 years of age.

(Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years)

(Age proof of children needs to be presented, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)


Please note:

The costs are per person per night and are for a minimum of 7 night’s package on the train

All the costs are excluding Govt. Service tax which presently is @3.09 % on the total bill. 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.


Inclusion & Exclusions

Silver Class: Tariffs include stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned luxury coaches.

Gold Class: Tariffs comprise stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned private car with private language local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients)

Platinum class: Payment for platinum stay includes a Presidential suite accommodation, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned private car with private language local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients)


General inclusions for all the classes of travel:

  • All meals starting from Dinner on Wednesday till Breakfast on day 08 i.e. next Wednesday.
  • Entrances to monuments, National Park and other places of visits as per program.
  • 02 Jungle Safari by canters at Ranthambhore (even for Gold class). Jeep safaris for Platinum class.
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to water levels).
  • Gala Dinner at Durbar Hall at Fateh Prakash Palace-Udaipur or Gala Dinner at City Palace-Jaipur
  • Services of English Speaking guides for sightseeing as per booking class.
  • Mineral water, Tea and Coffee throughout the journey.

General exclusions for all the classes of travel

  • Any drinks (soft drinks, cocktails or liquor) whether on board the train or at land hotels will be payable directly.
  • Camera/ video camera charges, insurance, any airfare, airport tax
  • Facilities at Conference Car, Business Centre, Beauty Saloon and Spa.
  • Tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the “inclusions” section above.

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.

Note: - * Tariff is Subject to change without notice.


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Mumbai to Delhi

Mumbai - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Udaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur – Agra – Delhi

This pan-India itinerary connects two prominent cities of the countries and offers a plentiful share of heritage aboard the Indian Maharaja Luxury train. During the course of the journey, the train takes a u turn towards the ancient heritage cave complexes at Ellora and Ajanta, with an aim to provide serenity and calm to the passenger. The next destination, Udaipur is totally opposite to the rustic and earthy essence of the caves and presents the luxuriant spirit of India’s most romantic city. From there, the guests are taken for another favourite pastime of the royals i.e. game drives to the royal hunting grounds at Ranthambore National Reserve. Here, the guests get to see the meandering wildlife in the grounds easily, especially tigers. Following this is the city royale, Jaipur known for its royal essence. The last exciting destination of this first itinerary is Agra, known for housing numerous Mughal monuments, including Taj. After the seven days of diversified discovery, this indulgent Deccan Odyssey version comes to a befitting conclusion in Delhi.


Delhi to Mumbai

Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Udaipur – Ajanta Caves – Ellora Caves – Mumbai

The second itinerary rolls back in reverse motion and presents its diversified showcase from the most awaited experience of travelling inside this indulgent luxury train. From Delhi, the guests are taken to Agra, the splendid Mughal city known to house the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and nearby excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Next in the series is Jaipur, city of royal past where the passengers visit the world heritage site of Amber Fort, apt for a royal excursion. On the fifth day, the guests are taken to the gorgeous city ever, Udaipur and indulge in royal escapades. The rest of the days are devoted in discovering the ancient Buddhist cave complex depicting wall frescoes, murals and tempera art technique at Ajanta. The next cave complex enroute presents an assimilation of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temple cave complex at Ellora caves, which forms the surprising last stop-over of the Indian Maharaja Train. Thereon, the journey receives a befitting conclusion in the city of dreams at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which is another world heritage site enroute the luxury train of the Indian Maharaja.


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