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“What an adventure!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Ranked #65 of 262 Attractions in Mumbai (Bombay)
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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Owner description: This luxury train goes on an 8-day roundtrip around the country from Mumbai.
Bath, United Kingdom
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“What an adventure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We had been looking forward to this trip and it didnt let us down on any level. Yes the outside paint finish is not the best but you dont see it when travelling and the staff more than make up for dull paintwork! The cabins are comfortable and the shower and bathroom excellent with lovely toiletries. The gifts from the company were lovely and unexpected, the food was delicious and our butler, Harish, was a perfect gentleman and nothing was too much trouble. The beds were firm but an extra duvet on top of the matress sorted that out for me.All in all a real treat and I am happy to add more detail if any travellers want to contact me.

Visited March 2013
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Nailsea
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“More like the Hogwarts Express than the Orient Express.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Traveling on this train is an experience which in some respects takes a lot of forgetting. We traveled from New Delhi to Mumbai and my first impression on seeing the train was one of disappointment. The outside of it is not the gleaming dark blue coachwork as portrayed on the website. It looked as if it had been hand painted and then allowed to fade as its finish was quite matt. Certain areas which had had a few bumps and scratches were painted over and the finish was poor as you could still see the brush strokes. Other than the restaurant cars and bar, which are maintained to a high standard, the sleeping compartments are dated and tired. The train does move around a lot when traveling, but surprisingly, one does get used to the rocking motion and sleeping is not the problem it might first appear. The bunks however are a bit on the firm side. Although the bathroom within the cabin is small, the shower is very good with an endless supply of hot water. There is however very limited hanging space, and we made the decision to use soft holdall type cases which we used as additional storage and just put them under the bunk beds. The plus points however do outweigh the negatives. It would be difficult to find a more attentive staff. Our butler, Kenal was an absolute treasure and kept our cabin spotlessly clean. In similar fashion, the food and service in the restaurant cars was first class. There is no doubt that this train is well managed, its just a pity that the owners are seemingly unwilling to keep the fabric of the train up to an acceptable standard. It could have been truly spectacular, especially if it could have been pulled by a Great Western Castle Class locomotive from the grand age of steam. (But thats another story).

Visited February 2013
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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“Deccan odyssey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Deccan Odyssey has received some fantastic reviews on various international travel forums and is already quite popular with luxury travel aficionados. The train has also been nominated for the World Trade Awards in the best Asian Luxury Train category. Deccan Odyssey is a 7 night 8 day journey plying between 7 destinations in Maharashtra and Goa.As far as the feature list is concerned, the train comes absolutely loaded, even by luxury trains’ standards. Pumped with state of the art features for ensuring maximum comfort and convenience for its guests, the train offers services such as Spa and Gym, Electronic Safe, Individual Climate Control for each cabin, Public Address system, Wi-Fi and dedicated services of a personal attendant.

Visited January 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Great trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

We undertook the journey from Delhi to Mumbai having stayed 2 nights in delhi prior to joining the train. On arrival at the station we were seated on the platform awaiting the train's arrival.Entertainment was provided although this was of a rather poor standard and it was rather chilly with no proper waiting room!
On boarding the train our butler,Javed escorted us to our cabin and then offered us a welcome drink. On this occasion the train was about 80% full consisting of a large group from Riviera travel with the remaining few couples like ourselves being independant travellers.Our group consisted of about 7 couples which was nice and small unlike Riviera's which was large .
The cabin itself was adequate with twin beds,desk,small wardrobe,srorage under beds and a decent sized shower room with good shower,considering this was a train!
All the food we had on board was of a high standard, with a choice of international or Indian cuisine.
The staff were all friendly and helpful at all times and the drinks on board were of a reasonable price with a very attentive barman.
Our first night's sleep was somewhat disturbed with passing trains and the motion of the train, however after that we sleapt reasonably well.Some people may find that ear plugs/sleeping pills may useful
All the trips were good although the first 3 days were quite hectic and at times i think we all had "information overload".On some days there were the end of excursion visits to high priced shops selling marble,carpets etc which we felt were a waste of time!
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The highlights of the tour for us were the Taj Mahal, gala dinner and the 2 game drives where
we were lucky enough to see 4 tigers, a leopard and an eagle capturing a snake!
Overall the trip was a great experience, made better by being in a small group with really nice people.Some previous reveiws compare this trip with Rovos Rail in South Africa, however Rovos Rail is a much more formal trip where one has to dress for dinner and if spread over seven nights would cost considerably more than this trip. Having done both we've enjoyed both equally as much.
The tour can be quite tiring and we had 3 nights chill out in Mumbai which was about right
We would recommend this tour to anyone

Visited November 2012
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High Wycombe
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“Great Mumbai to Delhi Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The blue train set that carries the Deccan Odyssey logo does duty on the both the Mumbai - Delhi - Mumbai and Mumbai - Goa - Mumbai tourist routes. The former is sold as the Maharaja's Express and the organiser is Thomas Cook India; the latter is sold as the Deccan Odyssey and the organiser is the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). At the time of writing (Dec 2012) the train is just finishing a series of Mumbai - Delhi trips, and is about to start Mumbai - Goa, reverting back to Northern India in Feb 2013. Note that this trip isn't really suitable for anyone with reduced mobility - Indian stations don't generally have passenger lifts, and there's lots of stairs at all the attractions. The train itself has fairly narrow corridors and lots of doors.

We travelled Mumbai - Delhi in late November 2012. In general the train interior is in very good condition, and we were quite impressed. There is a bar coach, two restaurant coaches each seating 32, a lounge coach, and a spa coach. All the other coaches house the sleeping accommodation.

Our double cabin was in the Verul coach, next to the bar coach. This was a "standard" cabin; you could pay more and get a suite that had both sitting room and bedroom, but we felt that our cabin was comfortable, and more than fit for purpose, given the limited amount of time that we spent in it! We had a large double bed that took my 6ft 4in height comfortably. The mattress IS thin, but that helps you to not bounce around madly when the train is moving. The marble-lined ensuite bathroom is to a hotel standard, with a large walk-in shower. The hot water supply was adequate for two consecutive showers. Wardrobe space is limited, but you're on a train, and don't have to hang everything that's in your suitcase up on the rack. Each cabin has its own AC control - its a bit noisy but you get used to it. There's an in-wardrobe safe; suitcases can fit under the bed. The entire hotel operation is sub-contracted out to the Taj Group. As a result its well organised, with well-trained and very helpful staff who really try to make the trip special. The food is superb, with a small team of chefs working miracles from two small galley kitchens. There is a choice of both European and Indian food for both lunch and dinner, with the menu changing for each meal. Water is included; small bottles of Kingfisher are R230 each, and a bottle of reasonable Sula (local) red wine is just under R2000. The onboard spa is good, and you can get a great massage for R2000.

All off-train tours are included, with very good guides who are on the train with you for the whole journey. During the seven day trip we visited the Ellora and Ajanta Caves, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur for a tiger safari, Jaipur, and the highlight of the trip was Agra and the Taj Mahal. A Gala Dinner at the Oberoi in Udaipur was also included. In general, we thought that the whole trip was well organised and executed. Its fairly intensive, but fun. Yes, the train moves at night just as you'd expect, and off the main line it does bounce around quite a bit. Horns from passing trains can wake you up, but overall we slept quite well.

We had some minor delays, getting into Udaipur an hour late for example, and some of our fellow travellers got a bit upset. The key problem is that Indian Railways, perhaps not unreasonably, treat luxury trains as being low priority. This does mean that the train gets some indirect routings, and periodic stops and starts. The on-board train manager for Thomas Cook is Sachin Bhargava, who does an excellent job of coping with whatever delays the system throws at him!

UK package sales are through Great Rail, Riviera Travel, and VJV, who can all offer a package that includes flights. We booked train only direct with Sachin (sachin.bhargava@in.thomascook.com) who was 11/10 in terms of helpfulness and professionalism. He also booked The Imperial in Delhi for us, a full day Delhi tour with car, guide and driver, and an airport transfer. All were brilliant!!

In summary, a great trip. Approach it with an open mind - its India and things don't always run to time, but everyone is very friendly. Have fun!

Visited December 2012
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