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  Places Visited: Delhi, Agra, Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore), Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Delhi

The Heritage Odyssey is one of the world's most opulent rail journeys, traversing the culturally rich and colourful royal state of Rajasthan. You delve deep into the vibrant heritage and arts of the state's majestic forts and palaces of Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Jaipur, spot the elusive Tiger in Ranthambore, visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra.

Starting and ending in Delhi, you spend a night in luxurious 5-star accommodation at either end in Delhi and enjoy seven incredible nights onboard the Deccan Odyssey train in specially commissioned carriages that reflect the splendours of the Deccan Rule. 

Recently refurbished, the train offers all the modern comforts of luxury accommodation, including climate control, an onboard gymnasium, a health spa, and a well-equipped lounge with entertainment, books, and games. The onboard bar is the ideal place to relax after a hard day's excursion, while the two restaurant cars offer gourmet cuisine from across the world, freshly prepared onboard by celebrated chefs in state-of-the-art kitchens. The luxurious and spacious personal cabins come with ensuite bathrooms and 24-hour valet service, ensure your every comfort.

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1
UK, to Delhi

Board your International Flight from Heathrow to Delhi (economy class).

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Day 2

On arrival at New Delhi Airport, you will be met and escorted to your luxurious hotel in the heart of New Delhi. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your luxurious hotel.

Delhi, India’s capital, is a compelling mix of the ancient and modern. It holds the vestiges of at least seven great centres, with crumbling Afghan mausolea adorning traffic roundabouts; millennia-old fort walls stand next to eight-lane expressways; and Sufi shrines the huddle beside concrete flyovers.

More impressive still is the fact that so many cultural transmissions from Delhi’s past eras endure. Five-star hotels host recitals by ghazal singers, sarod players and kathak dancers whose arts have been painstakingly preserved since the days of the Mughals. Echoes of the British Raj abound, too, from the 1930s elegance of the Imperial Hotel to the uniforms of the sentries strutting down Raj Path.

The most evocative place to get one’s bearings has to be the Jama Masjid, the magnificent sandstone and white-marble ‘Friday Mosque’ constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in Old Delhi. Climb one of its minarets for a matchless view over the surrounding roofscape to the ramparts of the Red Fort, where the Mughals held court in a hidden world of cusp-arched pavilions and pillared audience halls. You may want to make the most of the city’s clean, efficient metro to travel across town to the National Museum, with its priceless collection of antiquities, or go onto Delhi’s southern fringes, where the exquisitely carved Qutub Minar has dominated the skyline since 1202 AD.

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Day 3

This afternoon you will be transferred to Delhi railway station to board the Deccan Odyssey and begin your enchanting journey. Settle in to your cabin as the train begins its journey to your first destination.

You’ll be pampered by porters and the smiling staff of the Deccan Odyssey train from the moment of your arrival. Once checked in, guests are treated to a ‘Welcome Aboard’ drink in the restaurant car and shown to their luxury cabins. Settle in as the train makes its way out of Delhi.

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Day 4

Arriving at Agra Station this morning, you’ll disembark for a visit to The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Arriving at Agra Station, you disembark for a tour of the city in the company of a local specialist guide. The tour will start with the Taj Mahal, the Jewel of India and one of the world's great architectural wonders.  Among the first to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, the mausoleum was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1632. Crafted entirely of white marble and decorated in elaborate geometric forms, screens cut out of solid marble and delicate pietre dure inlay work showcasing elaborate plants, flowers and fruit, so admired by the Empress, the Taj Mahal is so perfect in its geometry and artistically accomplished that it took 22 years and over 20,000 craftsmen to complete.

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Day 5
Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park)

Arrive into Sawai Madhopur this morning and transfer to Ranthambore National Park where you’ll spend the day with a wildlife safari and village visit.

Ranthambore National Park was created in the 1970s to spearhead 'The Save the Tiger Project' and remains a shining example of conservation. As a result of this and several subsequent National Parks, India's Tiger population in the wild has grown from under 1000 in 1970 to over 4,500 today.   

The park lies on the margins of the Aravalli range of hills amid a tract of dry deciduous forests and grassland and offers the perfect terrain for these magnificent animals. Close to the park entrance sits a long flight of stone steps that winds up to the ramparts of a medieval fort, affording fine views over the reserve and its much-photographed lake. On your search for the Tiger, you will also get to see several other animals, including Sambar deer, Chital, Hyena and wild Boar and the elusive Nilgai, a blue-hued cow.  Around eighty Tigers currently survive in reserve, and your chances of spotting one here are better than average.

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Day 6

Today you’ll arrive into the Lake City of Udaipur. Visit the resplendent City Palace, housing the spectacular Crystal Gallery, followed by a walk through the Old City. A lavish lunch will be served off the train today, at a spectacular venue.

The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, once spent a dreamy sojourn in one of the summer palaces in Udaipur, and it is said he was so taken with the beauty of the architecture that he used it as a blueprint for the Taj Mahal. Spread around the shores of shimmering Lake Pichola; the city remains an undeniably romantic spectacle, its ghats (sacred steps), whitewashed havelis and temple towers overlooked by the pale-ochre walls and domes of the exquisite City Palace.

Aside from the views over the water, the highlight for most is the palace interiors, where treasures from the royal collection are displayed amid a backdrop of ornate Rajput murals, mirrorwork and mosaics.

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Day 7

After another comfortable night onboard, you’ll today find yourself in the Blue City of Jodhpur. Spend the day exploring the city with visits to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada.

Mehrangarh Fort rises from the top of a sheer-sided escarpment overlooking one of the greatest spectacles in Asia: the blue-painted patchwork of rooftops and courtyards comprising Jodhpur’s old city. After a guided tour of the fort’s royal apartments and museum, you’ll be led to Jaswant Thada, a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and a wonderfully peaceful spot with spectacular views of the fort and city.

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Day 8

Your journey takes you to Jaisalmer next, in the heart of the Thar Desert, where you’ll have the day to explore the narrow alleyways, walled havelis and medieval Jain temples of Jaisalmer Fort.

Begin your tour of Jaisalmer with a wander around the narrow, stone-paved alleyways of the citadel, which wind through a series of small squares to elaborately carved temples and fortified gateways, eventually converging on the main Chowk, where the Palace of the Maharawal is adorned with some of the finest carved stonework in the region. More painstakingly sculpted jarokha balconies and windows line the streets of the town below, where some of Jaisalmer’s wealthiest merchant families erected their havelis (courtyard mansions).

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Day 9

The final stop on your journey today, before returning to Delhi, is the Pink City of Jaipur. Explore the forts and palaces with a walk through the colourful bazaars of this beautiful city.

Jaipur is a swirl of life and colour, and its numerous monuments and markets provide the focus for the day. You’ll visit the famous City Palace complex, which includes the much photographed ‘Hawa Mahal’, or ‘Palace of Winds’, a five-storey façade of elaborately screened windows from where the women of the royal household used to watch processions in the streets below.

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Day 10

This morning the train arrives back in Delhi and it is time to disembark. You’ll be met off the train by a Transindus representative who will transfer you to a hotel in Delhi for the night.

Disembark at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station, where a Transindus representative will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of your day will be at leisure, to relax, visit museums, or secure a last-minute bargain.

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Day 11
Delhi, UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving back the same day.

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Tailor-made Tour 11 days from £5225 per person

What's included

✓  International flights in economy class.

✓  02 nights’ luxury accommodation in Delhi at the start and end of the journey.

✓   07 nights' on Board The Deccan Odyssey in a double cabin.

✓  All internal transportation and transfers.

✓  Expert English-speaking guides throughout.

✓  Entrance fees to sites and monuments featured.

✓  Meal Plan: Full board a la carte service on the train. Bed & Breakfast in city hotels.

Supplements: We will happily quote a supplement to arrange upper-class flights for international travel.

Departure Dates and Prices | Heritage Odyssey

Departure Date Day of Departure Usual Price Discount offer Price after discount
23 November 2024 Saturday £5,995 £770 £5,225
19 April 2025 Saturday £5,995 £770 £5,225
22 November 2025 Saturday £6,725 £930 £5,795
3 January 2026 Saturday £6,725 £930 £5,795
28 February 2026 Saturday £6,725 £930 £5,795
18 April 2026 Saturday £6,725 £930 £5,795


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