Deccan Odyssey India Luxury Train : Hidden Treasures of Gujarat Journey: Tour Itinerary

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Highlights:
The 8 day Hidden treasures of Gujarat tour is meant to explore the spectacular vistas of this vibrant land in one of India's most luxurious trains, the Deccan Odyssey. On the royal journey, we wish to take you across the spell binding destinations of Gujarat that include the medieval capital of Vadodra, the holy city of Nashik, the wild sojourn of the Little Rann and pilgrim spots of Palitana.

Coaches
The Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coupes each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes each car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car. Apart from the above there are generator cars with luggage store and staff car or spare car.
 

Facilities
Conference Room with capacity to host 50 guests with facility for Internet, telephone exchange satellite communication and computer with printer and fax and Library.
Bar
Channel Music
Ayurvedic Massage Centre
Steam Bath
Gymnasium
Beauty Parlour
Business Centre
Special Suite for Physically challenged
Fully loaded mini pantry in each coach
Telephone in each saloon
Television in each coach
Plasma TV in Lounge Car
PA System/ 6 Channel Music System
Lounge in each passenger car

 

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat Journey: Tour Itinerary
8 Days / 7 Nights
(Mumbai - Vadodara - Palitana - Sasan Gir & Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera & Patan - Nashik Mumbai)

Day 01: Mumbai (Arrival)
You would be starting with your wonderful journey from Mumbai. Gather at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 1530 hours. Upon arrival, guests would be greeted with a warm traditional Indian welcome, accompanied with a refreshing drink. Post registration, you will be escorted to your luxury cabins. With that, Deccan Odyssey will depart from Mumbai, for its first destination i.e Vadodra. Dinner on board. Overnight stay on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 02: Vadodara
Located on the banks of Vishwamitri river, Vadodra is the the cultural epicenter of Gujarat. After you would be done relishing your morning breakfast, embark on a sightseeing trip of Vadodra. First, you would be visiting a world heritage site, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological park. The park is renowned for its historic and cultural heritage properties, which are dotted all over its lush green landscape. Post that, visit the 15th century Mosque, Jama Masjid, the construction of which is a beautiful blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. Sightseeing plans after lunch will include visit to Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and Laxmi Vilas Palace. Laxmi Vilas Palace is a royal residence, which is even more sprawling than the Buckingham Palace. Plus, the intricate mosaic decorations on the windows and walls, exquisite collection of armory and sculptures are the prime highlights of Laxmi Vilas Palace. Enjoy a folk performance in the palace and after that, head back to Deccan Odyssey as it leaves for Vadodra. Dinner on board. High tea at Laxmi Vilas Palace. Overnight stay at Deccan Odyssey.

Day 03: Palitana
Palitana in the state of Gujarat is a popular pilgrim spot. Right after your breakfast, embark on a visit to the renowned Jain temples, which are in a group of 900 at a hilltop. The first half of your day would be spend in the company of Jain Tirthankaras at the temples. Post that, return back to Deccan Odyssey as it churns its wheels towards Sasan Gir. Spend your afternoon at leisure in the comforts of Deccan Odyssey. Watch a movie, play board games or enjoy a relaxing massage in the onboard spa. Dinner on board. Overnight stay at Deccan Odyssey.

Day 04: Sasan Gir - Somnath
Start your day with an early morning drive to Sasan Gir (Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary). The wildlife sanctuary is a lone habitat of majestic Asiatic lions in India. A guide would be accompanying you in the wildlife tour. Sasan Gir is also suitable for bird watching. As you would be done with the sanctuary tour, head towards Somnath temple. But before that, enjoy a tribal dance show at the Gateway hotel. The 4th century Somnath temple is amongst the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. Enjoy the setting sun as it washes away the corners of Somnath temple with its golden hues. Post that, return to Deccan Odyssey as it sets off for the Little Rann of Kutch. Breakfast on board. Lunch at the Gateway hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Deccan Odyssey.

Day 05: Little Rann of Kutch
With the break of the dawn, Deccan Odyssey would be reaching the Viramgam station. Post breakfast, you would be heading towards the marshy salt desert of the Rann of Kutch. The Little Rann of Kutch is one of its kind tourist attraction in the world, as it is not defined as a lush green paradise, or a place of exotic beaches. Rather, it is a scenic white desert. As part of the desert jeep safari, guests would be visiting the Wild Ass Sanctuary. The habitat is known for its huge population of Indian Wild Asses. Besides, it is also a perfect place to spot exquisite variety of birds in large numbers. Post lunch, you would be embarking on a village safari tour of the Rann of Kutch. The region is home to numerous tribes like the Agarias and Rabari tribe. After that, return to your luxury train as it leaves for Patan. Breakfast and dinner on board. Lunch at the Rann Riders Safari Resort. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 06: Modhera - Patan
Patan is an 8th century fortified town which is renowned for its forts, lakes, holy places and a world heritage site. Deccan Odyssey would be reaching this historic town by the morning. After having a sumptuous breakfast, head onto a drive to the sun temple at Modhera. Dedicated to the Sun God, the temple is an architectural masterpiece of sandstone. Besides the intricate carvings, the temple complex has a total of more than 108 shrines. After that, you would be visiting the world heritage site of Rani Ki Vav. This 11th century step well is one of the biggest in Gujarat and is a beautiful example of subterranean well architecture. Guests would also be visiting the traditional home of Patola sarees in Gujarat. Then, return back to Deccan Odyssey for lunch. Spend your evenings watching the tapestry of rural India as the luxury train makes it run towards Nashik. Overnight stay on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07: Nashik
Dedicate this day to explore the whereabouts of Nashik. By the break of the dawn, Deccan Odyssey would be reaching the city. As you are done with your breakfast, embark on a visit to one of the most ancient Jain and Buddhist cave temples in India, Pandu Leni. Some of the caves are as old as 1st century BC, while the others belong to the period around 13th century. Nashik is also one of the largest wine producing states in India. Thus, guests would be taken to a visit to Grover Zampa vineyards, which is the finest wine facility in Nashik. Savor different wines of Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes, brewed from traditional old methods. In the evenings, feel free to walk along the sacred Godavari Ghats. Post that, return to Deccan Odyssey as it makes it's runway back home to Mumbai Lunch at vineyard, Dinner on board.

Day 08: Mumbai (Departure)
Bid farewell to Deccan Odyssey as it reaches Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway station in Mumbai. This marks the end of the wonderful Gujarat tour.

 

Tour Reservation (2017-2018)
   
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Hidden Treasures of Gujarat Journey Tour Tariff:

 

Deluxe Cabin

Per Night 7 Nights Per Person

Single occupancy

US$ 830

US$ 5810

Double occupancy

US$ 1198

US$ 8386

2 Children (in a separate Cabin)

 

US$ 6290

 
Presidential Suite

Per Night

7 Nights Per Person

Single occupancy

US$ 1797

US$ 12579

Double occupancy

US$ 1797

US$ 12579

2 Children (in a separate Cabin)

 

US$ 6290

 

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat Journey: Tour Schedule

Month Departure dates
October 2017 28
March 2018 3, 24
 
10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is necessary at the time of issuance of tickets)

Any leg of minimum of 3 nights subject to availability will be given at the above-mentioned rates. Thus Mumbai-Goa and Goa-Mumbai sector will be sold as available segments to clients.
If however, the client undertakes the day programme at Goa & Mumbai, an extra $ 100 USD per person will be charged.
Indian passengers can pay in equivalent Rupee amount against US$ at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment.

The Tariff includes:
Tariff is inclusive of travel/catering/conducted sight-seeing/ entrance fee at Monuments / Parks / Palaces / Cultural Programmes / Boat Ride.
The Tariff does not include:
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Note:
10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.
@ 9% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Deccan Odyssey.
Tariff Subject to change without notice.
Passenger reservations/cancellation on the Deccan Odyssey may be done as per the following terms and conditions :

Booking Policy
In case of FIT:
20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to The Luxury Trains. On cancellation, refund will be made. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows.

In case of FIT
5% of the Ticket Value if the cancellation request is received before 60 days from the scheduled date of departure.
20% of Ticket Value if cancellation request is received within a period of 30-59 days from the scheduled date of departure.
50% of ticket value if cancellation request is received within the period of 15-29 days from the scheduled date of departure.
100% of ticket value if cancellation request is received within the period of 14 days or before the scheduled date of departure.

In case of Group
10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.
 
We always look forward for any changes in the itinerary as wished by you for your individual trip.

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Group Departure dates are available !
If you are  group over 15 people please e-mail us with the number of participants and the wished dates to enable us to workout the tour cost !
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