Trip Type : Private Guided
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Indian Odyssey Onboard the Deccan Odyssey

Cox & Kings
4.7 . Excellent
96%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
12 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • See the Mughal sites in Delhi, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun
  • Go on safari through the verdant forests of Ranthambore in search of the elusive tiger as well as leopards, crocodiles and monkeys
  • Visit India's architectural wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Agra, Vadodara, Jaipur and Ranthambore
  • Relish secret recipes from the royal kitchens of Vadodara and Rajasthan
  • Shop for treasures in the colorful and bustling bazaars of the royal cities of Rajasthan

Short Description

Experience the marvels of India as you embark on a luxurious railway journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey from Delhi to Rajasthan and then south to Mumbai. Begin with an exploration of Delhi's Mughal monuments. Then, search for tigers, crocodiles and leopards in the jungles of Ranthambore National Park. Immerse yourself in the pageantry of Rajasthan's cities, palaces and forts before exploring the sights of the royal city of Vadodara.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Delhi
End City Mumbai

Trip Includes

  • All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing as described in itinerary including entrance fees and services of professional local guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Accommodation: The Leela Palace

Welcome to India! Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to your luxury hotel and rest up from your travels in anticipation of more adventures tomorrow.

Day 2: Delhi

Meals :Breakfast

Accommodation: The Leela Palace

After breakfast, drive through India's capital city, New Delhi, and get acquainted with the red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar, which was constructed to commemorate the rise of the Mughal Empire and the onset of Muslim rule over India. Then, soak up the atmosphere at the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun and admire the imposing India Gate.

Day 3 & 4: Delhi to Ranthambore

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the past as you explore Old Delhi's Red Fort, an opulent bastion of the Mughal Empire. Later this evening, you will be transferred to the station where you will board your train, your home for the next 10 days, and begin your journey, heading east to Ranthambore, the former hunting grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur and one of India's largest and most impressive national parks. Spend an unforgettable day amid the verdant vegetation of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Embark on morning and afternoon safari adventures in search of macaques, sloth bears, leopards, hyenas, deer, foxes, crocodiles and the famed yet elusive tigers, which call the park home. As you travel through the park, try to spot some of the many crumbling ruins and temples that dot the landscape. Particularly evocative of a bygone era is the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, where the echoes tell of grimly fought battles and the rise and fall of monarchs.

Day 5: To Agra

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, arrive in the Mughal citadel of Agra. When you arrive in the former capital of Hindustan, disembark to visit the exquisite white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, which Emperor Shah Jahan built as a shrine to his everlasting love for his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Then, discover the palaces, mosques and halls of audience of magnificent Agra Fort, a walled city built out of red sandstone in the 16th century. Pass through the monumental Delhi Gate to explore the Golden Pavilions, extensive gardens and grand towers of the fort. In this once-impregnable fortress, discover the many hidden rooms and immerse yourself in the grand legacy of the Mughals in India.

Day 6: To Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Arrive in the historic capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, which is often called the Pink City. Explore the forts and palaces of this beautiful city, and a guided walk through the colorful bazaars. This evening, celebrate your arrival in the regal lands of Rajasthan with a special dinner.

Day 7: To Jodhpur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your journey to the edge of the Thar Desert and the Blue City of Jodhpur. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Market and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, famous for its several palaces with fabulous views of the city.

Day 8: To Udaipur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, arrive in the Lake City of Udaipur. Visit the famous City Palace and its spectacular Crystal Gallery followed by an enthralling walk through the quaint streets of the Old City. Complete your guided exploration with a boat cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola.

Day 9: To Vadodara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your journey to the royal city of the Gaekwads, Vadodara. Visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, the magnificent Jama Masjid and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. On your journey's final evening, sample a wide variety of local delicacies from the royal kitchens at the Laxmi Vilas Palace as you marvel at a mesmerizing folk dance performance.

Day 10: To Mumbai

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal and  Palace Hotel

This morning, arrive in Mumbai and bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end. Later, proceed for a visit of the Jain Temple, Banganga and Dhobi Ghat.

Day 11: Mumbai

Meals:Breakfast

Accommodation: The Taj Mahal And  Palace Hotel

Set sail to visit the spectacular sculptures of the caves on Elephanta Island. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 12: Depart Mumbai

Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to India as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

  • If Days Before Departure is 90 days or longer,  then Cancellation Charge is $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)
  • If Days Before Departure is 89 to 61,  then Cancellation Charge is 20% of total land program price
  • If Days Before Departure is 60 to 31,  then Cancellation Charge is 50% of total land program price
  • If Days Before Departure is 30 to Day of Departure,  then Cancellation Charge is 100% of total land program price

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  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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