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A Journey across India by Private Train aboard the Deccan Odyssey

  • 5 February 2020
  • 3 February 2021
  • History and Culture

"From the warmheartedness of the people to the colourful scenery and wonderful sights, a private rail journey though India is a truly memorable experience."

  • Tea Plantation

We are delighted to have joined forces with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains in offering a selection of cabins aboard this fascinating private train journey from Mumbai to Kolkata. The railway arrived in India in 1853 and the country now has one of the world’s biggest and busiest railway networks - almost 40,000 miles in all. It is said that trains created modern India more than anything else. What is certain is that today’s India couldn’t exist without the railways and that travelling by train is by far the best way to see the country as it really is. From the warm-heartedness of the people to the colourful scenery and wonderful sights, a private rail journey through India is a truly memorable experience.

For thousands of years India has undergone many social and religious invasions and yet has managed to withstand them all. With a history dating back 5000 years, it is home to an amazing array of sacred monuments, ancient ruins, Jain Temples and Buddhist stupas making it an extremely rewarding land to explore. Local guides will enhance our stops along the way as we explore the region’s history and culture visiting some truly magnificent sites: the bustling city of Mumbai; the sprawling City Palace in Udaipur; fascinating Jaipur with its Palace of the Winds and spiritual Varanasi. Our private train, the Deccan Odyssey, also winds its way through some extraordinary beautiful landscapes and from the hill station of Darjeeling, at the foothills of the Himalayas, we will board the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway for incredible views of Mount Kanchenchunga. However, the undoubted highlight for many will be the incomparable beauty of the Taj Mahal and a full day is dedicated to visiting this exquisite marble structure that was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife.

 

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Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey

To travel aboard the Deccan Odyssey is to experience the finest traditions of rail travel and it is the perfect way to experience the colour, character and amazing diversity of India in comfort and style. We are delighted to be working with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains in offering a selection of cabins aboard this private train which was specially built to cater for the demands of today’s most discerning traveller, accommodating a maximum of 62 guests in modern, air-conditioned sleeping carriages. On board, the spacious and comfortable cabins, the exceptionally high-quality dining and the attention to detail of the staff combine to create what is effectively a rolling luxury hotel.

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Itinerary

  • Lake Palace & Pichola Lake
  • Gateway of India

Day 1 - London to Mumbai, India.

Fly by scheduled flight.

Day 2 - Mumbai.

Arrive today and transfer to the iconic five-star Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel for a luxurious two-night stay. This flagship Taj hotel offers you splendid views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India, alongside refined century-old hospitality. The hotel has hosted kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. Deluxe Class guests will stay in the Tower Wing, Presidential Suite guests reside in the Palace Wing.

Day 3 - Mumbai.

This morning we take a short cruise, weather permitting, to Elephanta Island, a lush island densely wooded with palm, mango and tamarind trees. The atmospheric and fascinating cave complex, which dates back to the 3rd to 5th centuries, was designed to honour the life of Lord Shiva, one of the most auspicious Hindu gods and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return to the city for lunch at the famous Trishna seafood restaurant and in the afternoon you are free to explore Mumbai independently or visit one of the colourful local markets. This evening a welcome drinks reception is followed by dinner at the hotel where you can get to know your fellow travellers who will be joining you for this Indian odyssey.

Day 4 - Mumbai.

The compelling city of Mumbai is rich in culture and history. Today we visit the ‘Dhobi Ghats’, an intriguing outdoor laundry. The dhobi is a traditional laundryman who collects your dirty linen, washes it and returns it neatly pressed. The Ghats are the laundries where they practice this historic tradition. Our tour then takes in Fort Bombay and Gandhi’s House, which is a fascinating museum depicting his inspirational life. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant and later this afternoon we will board our private train, the Deccan Odyssey. Settle into your beautifully appointed cabin and enjoy the hospitable atmosphere of the stylish Bar Lounge Car before experiencing fine Indian or western cuisine prepared by the onboard chefs.

Day 5 - Udaipur.

We spend a leisurely morning on board as the landscape and spirit of India unfolds before us. We then have the opportunity to listen to a talk on Indian culture before arriving at Udaipur, known as the ‘City of Lakes’ or ‘Venice of the East’. A beguiling tapestry of breathtaking lakes and opulently majestic palaces from the Rajput era await your discovery. This afternoon admire the awe-inspiring beauty of the Lake Palace constructed entirely of marble, which sits on its own island in the shimmering waters of Pichola Lake and visiting the Medieval grandeur of City Palace.

Day 6 - Jaipur

With a breakfast arrival into the capital of Rajasthan, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur overwhelms the senses as we embrace its rich and colourful past. This morning we visit the Amber Fort and explore its breathtaking and ornate majesty, including the magnificent Hall of Mirrors. After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue our exploration with a tour of the Jantar Mantar Observatory, the imposing and vast City Palace and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds. This delicately stunning, yet enduring monument is constructed entirely of pink sandstone and was built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to discreetly observe everyday life. Finally, if time permits, we explore a famous fabric market before returning to our train to refresh. This evening we dine in the elegant Rambagh Palace Hotel, originally built in 1835 and once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with handcarved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Ladies in Rajasthani costumes perform the traditional garlanding ‘aarti’ and ‘tikka’ ceremonies while the music of the “Shenai” welcomes you. A delightful display of fireworks is followed by a barbeque with the illuminated palace as a stunning backdrop. Tonight’s dinner will be served outdoors on one of the lawns of the palace; a truly memorable end to a fantastic day in the Pink City.

Day 7 - Delhi.

One of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi is a bustling and vibrant city, famous for its traditional bazaars and street markets. Today’s fascinating city tour in this pulsating metropolis will include the Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb, the first example of Mughal architecture in India, and the towering Indo-Islamic Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world at 238 feet (73 metres) which dates from 1368. Tonight, we enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board our private train as we continue our journey across India.

Day 8 - Fatehpur Sikri.

After breakfast, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri. Known as a ‘ghost city’ this red sandstone town was abandoned only shortly after being built due to lack of water in 1585. This afternoon our journey takes us to Agra Fort, a magnificent structure that dominates the skyline and acted as the main residence for emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. Its red sandstone walls run for 2.5 kilometres and contain many fairy tale palaces and two beautifully preserved mosques.

Day 9 - Taj Mahal (Agra).

Today is devoted to visiting the impossibly beautiful Taj Mahal, built entirely of white marble on the south bank of the Yamuna river and indisputably the most famous building in the world. Completed in 1648 by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 22 years and 20,000 artisan workers to complete. Nowhere else on the planet will you experience such a poignant architectural statement dedicated to the enduring nature of human love.

Day 10 - Varanasi.

Varanasi simply has to be experienced to be understood. Our early morning arrival at Varanasi, one of India’s most sacred and spiritual places, offers the opportunity to discover what is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Situated on the banks of the River Ganges this cultural and religious centre, known as the City of Light and established between 3 - 5,000 years ago, is a focus for Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges and perform funeral rites. We are privileged to witness these time-honoured ceremonies before departing for a private river cruise. Our exploration of Varanasi is completed with a guided walk through the winding ancient streets, home to some 2000 temples, of this remarkable city.

Day 11 - Darjeeling.

Today we leave the Deccan Odyssey and embark on a spectacular journey to the hill station of Darjeeling. Choose to travel either by bus (3-4 hours) or embark on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, itself listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which takes about six hours from Tindharia. Also known as the ‘Toy Train’ it is a two feet (610 mile metre) narrow-gauge railway. Travelling through awe-inspiring scenery our locomotive zigzags and loops gaining height to reach the cooler air of India’s most famous hill station. We climb to Ghum, which situated at 7407 feet (2,258 metres) is the highest railway station in India, where snow-covered Mount Kanchenchunga (third highest in the world) dominates the skyline, before dropping into Darjeeling itself, first crossing the graceful loop at Batasia. A packed lunch is served on board the train before our arrival into colonial Darjeeling. We will have dinner in the Hotel Mayfair (or similar), where we will stay for three nights. Perched on a picturesque hill with beautiful views of the valley, the Mayfair is a heritage hotel that exudes oldworld charm and quiet elegance.

Day 12 - Darjeeling.

We awaken to the breathtaking scenery of Mount Kanchenchunga and this morning we can ride the DHR up to Batasia Loop and Ghum, climbing over 600 feet during its eight kilometre journey. The senses reel as we experience the chaotic nature of roadside life, passing within inches of colourful shops, houses and enthralling monasteries. Our afternoon tour of Darjeeling provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the elegant grandeur of colonial life, as well as the contrasting culture of a Tibetan refugee centre and an absorbing visit to the Himalayan Institute where we learn about some of the famous mountaineering expeditions.

Day 13 - Darjeeling.

This morning, weather permitting, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the sun rising over the snow-capped Himalayas, with Mount Everest rising majestically 200 miles away on the horizon. Your early morning trip to Tiger Hill is a quintessential experience that captures the very character of one of our planet’s most overwhelming natural sights. This afternoon we visit a local tea plantation and sample the freshest cup of tea most of us are ever likely to taste.

Day 14 - Darjeeling to Kolkata.

After an English breakfast, we leave this tranquil haven to embark on a private transfer from Darjeeling to Bagdogra airport for a short commercial flight to Kolkata. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the extensive tea plantations that unfurl around us. On arrival we transfer to the five-star Taj Bengal hotel for a two night stay, a landmark five-star hotel in downtown Kolkata. Prominent landmarks - Victoria Memorial, Royal Calcutta Race Course, Horticultural Gardens, National Library, Eden Gardens and the Alipore Zoological Gardens - are all within walking distance.

Day 15 - Kolkata.

Kolkata is a sensory delight and cultural extravaganza that is constantly evolving. After breakfast, we spend the day exploring and absorbing the many sights that comprise this enthralling city that was once India’s capital. Our tour includes a visit to the Victoria Memorial, one of the finest and most prominent buildings in Kolkata which houses a museum dedicated to the history of India. We then move on to Dalhousie Square, the bustling hub of English colonial power and trade during the two centuries of British rule. Our final stop is South Park Cemetery, an atmospheric and still space within the clamour of modern day Kolkata.This evening we say goodbye to our fellow travelling companions who have shared this remarkable journey with us at our farewell dinner.

Day 16 - Kolkata to London.

In the early morning transfer to Kolkata airport for the scheduled flight to London.

  • Varanasi
  • Amber Fort
  • Tea Plantation

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
5 to 20 February 2020
Category Price
Deluxe Class £12795
Presidential Suite £24595
Deluxe Class for sole use £18695
3 to 18 February 2021
Category Price
Deluxe Class £12895
Presidential Suite £24595
Deluxe Class for sole use £18795

Tour Reference Code: TRDO050220

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel • Internal flight from Bagdogra (Darjeeling) to Kolkata • Two nights hotel accommodation in Mumbai • Seven nights aboard the Deccan Odyssey • Three nights hotel accommodation in Darjeeling • Two nights hotel accommodation in Kolkata • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily except on days 2 & 16 • Wine with lunch & dinner • Transfer on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway • Excursions • Services of a Train Tour Manager • Gratuities • Transfers • Airport taxes • Porterage.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas, lunch & dinner on days 2 & 16.

NB. Please note that a 20% deposit is required for this tour.

Deccan Odyssey

To travel aboard the Deccan Odyssey is to experience the finest traditions of rail travel and it is the perfect way to experience the colour, character and amazing diversity of India in comfort and style. We are delighted to be working with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains in offering a selection of cabins aboard this private train which was specially built to cater for the demands of today’s most discerning traveller, accommodating a maximum of 62 guests in modern, air-conditioned sleeping carriages. On board, the spacious and comfortable cabins, the exceptionally high-quality dining and the attention to detail of the staff combine to create what is effectively a rolling luxury hotel.

 
  • Lounge
    Deccan Odyssey Train - Lounge
  • Deluxe Class Twin
    Deccan Odyssey Train - Deluxe Class Twin
  • Presidential Suite Lounge
    Deccan Odyssey Train - Presidential Suite Lounge
  • Presidential Suite
    Deccan Odyssey Train - Presidential Suites
  • Deluxe Class
    Deccan Odyssey Train - Deluxe Class
  • Spa
    Deccan Odyssey Train - Spa
  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The well-appointed Bar Lounge Car offers the perfect surroundings for a quiet drink with your fellow passengers. A wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks is served, with the bar staying open until the last guest leaves. There is also a dedicated Spa Car where you can enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic massage, work out in the gym, visit the onboard hairdressing salon or enjoy the heat of the sauna while the train is underway. Alternatively, you can utilise the facilities in the Reception Car which has a library and reading area, and a fully-equipped business centre.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Your private train includes two splendid Restaurant Cars, offering a wonderful variety of international cuisine. Prepared and served in one sitting with the highest attention to detail, the Indian and international food offered is to the highest culinary standard. For lunch and dinner, you will be served by the restaurant staff in traditional Maharashtrian attire and accompanying both meals will be a selection of complimentary local wines and beer. Traditionally decorated, these beautifully designed cars offer a superb and relaxed setting in which to enjoy your meals and watch India’s remarkable scenery unfold.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    The Deccan Odyssey is designed with inspiration taken from the imperial carriages used by the Maharajas when travelling through India and throughout your tour you can expect a service which is attentive, friendly and discreet. Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services and your Train Tour Manager is there to coordinate all of the elements, ensuring a personal service and informative tour. On board there is a Wi-Fi box in each cabin to provide internet connection though coverage may be limited when travelling through more remote locations. For your comfort, the dress code on board is casual.

  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Suite/Cabin

    There are two categories of compartment on board the Deccan Odyssey, the Presidential Suites and Deluxe Class Cabins, and facilities in both include air-conditioning, television screen with USB and HDMI ports, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water and a hairdryer. A laundry service is also available throughout the tour for a fee. All of the accommodation is relatively spacious, thanks to the generous proportions of the country’s broad-gauge railway.

    Presidential Suites: These are the most spacious cabins available, measuring 191 square feet and benefiting from a large and luxurious king-size bed, separate lounge/seating area with writing desk and two private en-suite bathrooms with shower.

    Deluxe Class Cabins: These cabins measure 95 square feet and are well proportioned with a twin or a queen-size bed and a private en-suite bathroom with shower.

     

  • Train Directory

    Train Directory

    Deccan Odyssey

    Please find below further details pertaining to the train or click on the booklet to download. 

    Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are a leader in exclusive private train tours and we are delighted to offer a selection of cabins aboard their luxury train, the Deccan Odyssey for your Indian adventure. The train is designed with inspiration taken from the imperial carriages used by the Maharajas when travelling through India and features two categories of accommodation, Presidential Suites and Deluxe Class Cabins, each of which provides private en-suite bathrooms and modern facilities. The public areas include two traditionally decorated Restaurant Cars, offering a variety of Indian and international cuisine, and the Bar Lounge Car which is the perfect place to relax and socialise with your fellow passengers. Step aboard and recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era whilst travelling between destinations, and, after a day of exploration, you can return to the train and relax amid comfortable surroundings, enjoying fine cuisine and discreetly attentive service.

    ACCOMMODATION

    The train offers two categories of sleeping compartment, each with private en-suite facilities. These spacious cabins are all equipped with air-conditioning, television screen with USB and HDMI ports, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water, a selection of toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. A laundry service is also available throughout the tour for a fee.

    Presidential Suites: These are the most spacious cabins available, measuring 191 square feet and benefiting from a large and luxurious king-size bed, separate lounge/seating area with writing desk and two private en-suite bathrooms with shower.

    Deluxe Class Cabins: These cabins measure 95 square feet and are well proportioned with a twin or a queen-size bed and a private en-suite bathroom with shower.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The train is fully air-conditioned throughout. Each cabin/suite has individually controlled air-conditioning.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Passengers will receive printed daily itineraries throughout the tour detailing train arrival and departure times, the latest weather forecasts for the next destination and information on the following day’s excursions and activities.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten-free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. Once on board, please speak with the Chef on arrival to reconfirm your requirements. The onboard staff will endeavour to accommodate your needs but we regret that these requests cannot be guaranteed.

    DINING

    Meals are skilfully prepared by the Executive Chef and his onboard restaurant team using the very best of ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible.

    To start the day, there is an extensive choice of breakfast options of both Indian and international cuisine. Cold plates, cereals and juices are available as well as hot dishes to order. For lunch and dinner, you will be served by the restaurant staff in traditional Maharashtrian attire, in the surroundings of a beautifully decorated restaurant car. A variety of Indian and international dishes are served for each meal, accompanied by choice of local wines and beers, along with juices, soft drinks and mineral water. Meals on board are a relaxed affair. The restaurant cars can accommodate all guests in a single sitting and with the open seating policy you can dine wherever, and with whomever, you please.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board is informal.

    ELECTRICITY

    The sockets on the train, and in your compartment, accept standard round Indian plugs, with electricity operating on 230 volts. We recommend that you bring a universal adaptor with you.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your journey, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the train staff. The train will be brought to a halt for any required action. Do not jump from a moving train.

    GRATUITIES

    All gratuities are included in the tour price and the operator asks passengers to refrain from offering gratuities to crew/hoteliers/drivers etc. Please inform the train management or Noble Caledonia of any exceptional service received and the operator will reward accordingly.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    Laundry service is available at an additional charge. Most items (except heavy materials, such as jeans) are delivered to your cabin within 24 hours.

    LUGGAGE STORAGE

    Luggage storage is available in your cabin/suite. However, since space on board is limited, we do recommend taking soft-sided luggage rather than hard-side cases.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you leave the train, please check your compartment carefully to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    A Doctor is available 24 hours a day.

    ONBOARD ACCOUNT

    Any extra expenses can be settled directly on board the train. All major credit cards are accepted on the train.

    PASSPORTS

    All passports are collected by the Train Manager upon embarkation. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities between borders. If required, your Train Manager will also provide the necessary forms for you to fill out.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Unwind in the comfortable surroundings of the Bar Lounge Car and watch the world go by. Perhaps read a novel from the library to pass away the time or make use of the spa facilities by enjoying a massage or using the onboard gym equipment.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us, therefore, we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve our tours and in order to do this, we request feedback from our guests.

    SECURITY & SAFE

    Each car has two car attendants, one of whom is always on duty. All cabins on the Deccan Odyssey have an electronic safe. The attendants remain with the train during the excursions.

    SERVICE

    You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services (bed linen is changed every third day) and service your car with complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Smoking is banned on board the train and in all public areas in India. Smoking is allowed off the train during stops only at designated smoking areas.

    TRAIN TOUR MANAGER

    The Train Tour Manager is there to coordinate all elements of the tour and if you encounter any problems you should approach him/her directly and they will do their best to assist. They are selected for their travel knowledge, and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail journey.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    There is no telephone system on board.

    TELEVISION

    An LCD screen is provided in each cabin with USB and HDMI port access.

    TOILETRIES

    All cabins and suites are supplied with the following complimentary amenities:

    • Shower gel • Conditioning Shampoo • Body Lotion • Soap • Shower caps • Tissues / Cotton buds

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested via your Tour Manager.

    WI-FI

    Wi-Fi connection is available on board the train and a Wi-Fi box is provided in each cabin. Coverage may be limited when travelling through more remote locations. On touring days off the train internet access will be provided at a local hotel or restaurant when possible. The Tour Manager will keep you informed of all opportunities to use Wi-Fi and provide password access when necessary.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

     

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  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The well-appointed Bar Lounge Car offers the perfect surroundings for a quiet drink with your fellow passengers. A wide selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks is served, with the bar staying open until the last guest leaves. There is also a dedicated Spa Car where you can enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic massage, work out in the gym, visit the onboard hairdressing salon or enjoy the heat of the sauna while the train is underway. Alternatively, you can utilise the facilities in the Reception Car which has a library and reading area, and a fully-equipped business centre.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Your private train includes two splendid Restaurant Cars, offering a wonderful variety of international cuisine. Prepared and served in one sitting with the highest attention to detail, the Indian and international food offered is to the highest culinary standard. For lunch and dinner, you will be served by the restaurant staff in traditional Maharashtrian attire and accompanying both meals will be a selection of complimentary local wines and beer. Traditionally decorated, these beautifully designed cars offer a superb and relaxed setting in which to enjoy your meals and watch India’s remarkable scenery unfold.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    The Deccan Odyssey is designed with inspiration taken from the imperial carriages used by the Maharajas when travelling through India and throughout your tour you can expect a service which is attentive, friendly and discreet. Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services and your Train Tour Manager is there to coordinate all of the elements, ensuring a personal service and informative tour. On board there is a Wi-Fi box in each cabin to provide internet connection though coverage may be limited when travelling through more remote locations. For your comfort, the dress code on board is casual.

  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Suite/Cabin

    There are two categories of compartment on board the Deccan Odyssey, the Presidential Suites and Deluxe Class Cabins, and facilities in both include air-conditioning, television screen with USB and HDMI ports, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water and a hairdryer. A laundry service is also available throughout the tour for a fee. All of the accommodation is relatively spacious, thanks to the generous proportions of the country’s broad-gauge railway.

    Presidential Suites: These are the most spacious cabins available, measuring 191 square feet and benefiting from a large and luxurious king-size bed, separate lounge/seating area with writing desk and two private en-suite bathrooms with shower.

    Deluxe Class Cabins: These cabins measure 95 square feet and are well proportioned with a twin or a queen-size bed and a private en-suite bathroom with shower.

     

  • Train Directory

    Train Directory

    Deccan Odyssey

    Please find below further details pertaining to the train or click on the booklet to download. 

    Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are a leader in exclusive private train tours and we are delighted to offer a selection of cabins aboard their luxury train, the Deccan Odyssey for your Indian adventure. The train is designed with inspiration taken from the imperial carriages used by the Maharajas when travelling through India and features two categories of accommodation, Presidential Suites and Deluxe Class Cabins, each of which provides private en-suite bathrooms and modern facilities. The public areas include two traditionally decorated Restaurant Cars, offering a variety of Indian and international cuisine, and the Bar Lounge Car which is the perfect place to relax and socialise with your fellow passengers. Step aboard and recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era whilst travelling between destinations, and, after a day of exploration, you can return to the train and relax amid comfortable surroundings, enjoying fine cuisine and discreetly attentive service.

    ACCOMMODATION

    The train offers two categories of sleeping compartment, each with private en-suite facilities. These spacious cabins are all equipped with air-conditioning, television screen with USB and HDMI ports, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water, a selection of toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. A laundry service is also available throughout the tour for a fee.

    Presidential Suites: These are the most spacious cabins available, measuring 191 square feet and benefiting from a large and luxurious king-size bed, separate lounge/seating area with writing desk and two private en-suite bathrooms with shower.

    Deluxe Class Cabins: These cabins measure 95 square feet and are well proportioned with a twin or a queen-size bed and a private en-suite bathroom with shower.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The train is fully air-conditioned throughout. Each cabin/suite has individually controlled air-conditioning.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Passengers will receive printed daily itineraries throughout the tour detailing train arrival and departure times, the latest weather forecasts for the next destination and information on the following day’s excursions and activities.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten-free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. Once on board, please speak with the Chef on arrival to reconfirm your requirements. The onboard staff will endeavour to accommodate your needs but we regret that these requests cannot be guaranteed.

    DINING

    Meals are skilfully prepared by the Executive Chef and his onboard restaurant team using the very best of ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible.

    To start the day, there is an extensive choice of breakfast options of both Indian and international cuisine. Cold plates, cereals and juices are available as well as hot dishes to order. For lunch and dinner, you will be served by the restaurant staff in traditional Maharashtrian attire, in the surroundings of a beautifully decorated restaurant car. A variety of Indian and international dishes are served for each meal, accompanied by choice of local wines and beers, along with juices, soft drinks and mineral water. Meals on board are a relaxed affair. The restaurant cars can accommodate all guests in a single sitting and with the open seating policy you can dine wherever, and with whomever, you please.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code on board is informal.

    ELECTRICITY

    The sockets on the train, and in your compartment, accept standard round Indian plugs, with electricity operating on 230 volts. We recommend that you bring a universal adaptor with you.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your journey, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the train staff. The train will be brought to a halt for any required action. Do not jump from a moving train.

    GRATUITIES

    All gratuities are included in the tour price and the operator asks passengers to refrain from offering gratuities to crew/hoteliers/drivers etc. Please inform the train management or Noble Caledonia of any exceptional service received and the operator will reward accordingly.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    Laundry service is available at an additional charge. Most items (except heavy materials, such as jeans) are delivered to your cabin within 24 hours.

    LUGGAGE STORAGE

    Luggage storage is available in your cabin/suite. However, since space on board is limited, we do recommend taking soft-sided luggage rather than hard-side cases.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you leave the train, please check your compartment carefully to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    A Doctor is available 24 hours a day.

    ONBOARD ACCOUNT

    Any extra expenses can be settled directly on board the train. All major credit cards are accepted on the train.

    PASSPORTS

    All passports are collected by the Train Manager upon embarkation. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities between borders. If required, your Train Manager will also provide the necessary forms for you to fill out.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Unwind in the comfortable surroundings of the Bar Lounge Car and watch the world go by. Perhaps read a novel from the library to pass away the time or make use of the spa facilities by enjoying a massage or using the onboard gym equipment.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us, therefore, we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve our tours and in order to do this, we request feedback from our guests.

    SECURITY & SAFE

    Each car has two car attendants, one of whom is always on duty. All cabins on the Deccan Odyssey have an electronic safe. The attendants remain with the train during the excursions.

    SERVICE

    You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and unintrusive. Your car attendants provide housekeeping and bedding turndown services (bed linen is changed every third day) and service your car with complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Smoking is banned on board the train and in all public areas in India. Smoking is allowed off the train during stops only at designated smoking areas.

    TRAIN TOUR MANAGER

    The Train Tour Manager is there to coordinate all elements of the tour and if you encounter any problems you should approach him/her directly and they will do their best to assist. They are selected for their travel knowledge, and their linguistic and organisational abilities allowing you to relax and enjoy your rail journey.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    There is no telephone system on board.

    TELEVISION

    An LCD screen is provided in each cabin with USB and HDMI port access.

    TOILETRIES

    All cabins and suites are supplied with the following complimentary amenities:

    • Shower gel • Conditioning Shampoo • Body Lotion • Soap • Shower caps • Tissues / Cotton buds

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested via your Tour Manager.

    WI-FI

    Wi-Fi connection is available on board the train and a Wi-Fi box is provided in each cabin. Coverage may be limited when travelling through more remote locations. On touring days off the train internet access will be provided at a local hotel or restaurant when possible. The Tour Manager will keep you informed of all opportunities to use Wi-Fi and provide password access when necessary.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

     

Charitable Trust Project

It is our vision to use the Noble Caledonia framework to improve economic, social and environmental conditions in the areas we work and visit. To this end, in 2013 we established the Noble Caledonia Charitable Trust (NCCT): Registered Charity No. 1153281.

Noble Caledonia Ltd cover the costs of administering the NCCT so that 100% of your donation will go directly to the beneficiaries. Money is raised from a percentage of Noble Caledonia’s profits and through fundraising by staff and donations from our travellers and business partners.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Future Hope KolkataFuture Hope Kolkata

Since 2014 the NCCT have helped fund raising for Future Hope, an inspirational charity that aims to give the most vulnerable street and slum children of Kolkata and its surroundings a stable environment to reach their full potential and become independent, self-sufficient and socially responsible young adults.

Future Hope provides opportunity through its homes, medical programme, school and skills training centre to over 350 children and young people. A small charity, Future Hope has a strong family ethos, which extends not only to the staff and children at the homes and school but also to the local community, its supporters, donors and volunteers.

Future Hope Kolkata

In 2018 the NCCT committed to provide education for 10 children per year at Future Hope. The annual cost of educating a child is £675 and we aim to increase the number of children we help from 10 to 20 per year through donations and fundraising.

If you would like to make a donation you may do so by sending a cheque made payable to NCCT to 2 Chester Close, London SW1X 7BE.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                

Noble Caledonia Charitable Trust

DONATING

If you would like to make a donation by cheque please make it payable to ‘NCCT’ and send it to NCCT, 2 Chester Close, London, SW1X 7BE, stating the name of the project you wish to donate to. Or  Click to play video

                                                                                                                                                                               

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