Hidden Treasures of Gujarat - 7Nights/ 8Days)
(: 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
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.
- Face off with history at the world heritage Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
- Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum
- Folk performances at Laxmi Vilas Palace
- Wildlife safari at Sasan Gir
- Shrines at Modhera
- Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
- Soft Beverages during meals(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Still Camera fees, Valet Service
- Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
Departure Dates for Season 2020-21 & 2021-22
arrival and departure timings are approximate and subject to change by the
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai at 1530 hours
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai at 0800 hours
- Insurance, Gratuities, Taxes
- Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours
- Video and professional Still Camera fees
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
- The above costs are per cabin per Journey.
- GST of 5% is additional and will be charged extra on the published tariff.
- As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries are subject to change incase of any changes in the routing etc.
- Prices are subject to change incase of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel,taxes etc.
- Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
- Presidential Suite can accommodate upto 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children (One child upto 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years of age) CHILD