It was common practice for the British aristocracy and Indian Royalty to travel in the luxury of their private palaces on wheels, to go on a shikaar or to attend celebrations. This legacy of princely sojourns across the wilderness, mountains and deserts of India is now continued by the Deccan Odyssey. Deccan Odyssey comprises of 21 luxuriously appointed coaches. Out of these 21 coaches, 11 are to accommodate guests and the rest are used for different purposes such as dining, lounge, conference car and health spa.
History[ edit ] After noticing the success of Palace on Wheels, the Maharashtra state decided to have such a train, in order to develop the tourism industry in the state and surrounding regions.
The train kicked off its maiden commercial journey on 4 February At that time MTDC has appointed the Taj group of Hotels to manage the food and beverage and housekeeping on the luxury train. The train had 36 Taj staffers on board. The Deccan Odyssey planned to operate for 35 weeks each year.
Inthe Maharashtra government stopped its run of the Deccan Odyssey, citing poor response, but restarted it after the monsoon season.
Later MTDC started giving the train on lease to tour operators like Luxury Train, Thomson Cook Indiawhich changed the name of the train to Indian Maharaja and resulted in a petition filed by Harshad Gawade, a local tour operator from Sindhudurg in the Bombay high court. From DecemberThe Deccan Odyssey train, taken on charter from Government of Maharashtra started with an aim to have a journey across four Sikh takhts, with a flight by devout and sightseers to the fifth Takht Takht Sri Patna Sahib.
Presently Cox and Kings Pvt. Ltdoperates the train. About the Train[ edit ].Deccan Odyssey.
Board Deccan Odyssey to embark on a journey back in times where the past meets the present. This firsthand experience while exploring the history of Marathas which unfolds through cultural excursion, architectural wonders sprinkled along the length and breadth of Maharashtra.
It was a great and unforgettable 7 night stay on deccan odyssey. Comfortable rooms with all the aminities one needs during a journey with attached bath.
Food on the train was really palatable and served with a prompt service.4/4(5). The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train Each journey on the Deccan Odyssey is an exploration of India's diversity, exotic locales and discovery of her timeless traditions; where you breathe in the vibrancy, sounds and colours of India's cities and her countryside.
Deccan Odyssey Train India is a country of fairy tales with numerous royal palaces, mighty forts and breathtaking scenic beauty. To bask in the beauty and classic lifestyle of ancient India, you must enjoy a regal travel on Asia's leading luxury train - Deccan Odyssey.
The Deccan Odyssey | Luxury Train Travel Welcome to luxury train travel in India! Embark on a voyage across the magnificent landscapes and territories of India. The Deccan Odyssey train has been won again the best luxury train in Asia at the World Travel Awards Six Different Itineraries Deccan Odyssey offers six itineraries where you can discover the most modern India to the oldest.