Mumbai - Vadodra - Palitana - Sasan Gir - Somnath - Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera - Patan - Nashik - Mumbai
Our 8 day ‘Hidden Treasures of Gujarat’ tour is an excellent opportunity to explore some of the most significant destinations in Gujarat. It involves traveling through the hinterlands of the state in the royal comforts of Deccan Odyssey.
The itinerary is an interesting mix of touring the medieval as well as the fast growing urban cities of Gujarat. Thus, it offers a great chance to get upfront with the traditional and cultural heritage of the state. Plus, journey in the royal Deccan Odyssey itself is a real delight.
Gather at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai at 03:30 in the evening to complete the registration process for your onward tour. On arrival at the station, you would be given a royal welcome. After being done with all the check-in formalities, guests would be boarding the Deccan Odyssey. As you will wind at your deluxe cabins, the train will proceed towards its first destination, Vadodra.
Dinner and overnight stay onboard.
Located on the banks of Vishwamitri river is the historic city of Vadodra. Being ruled by the royal Gaekwad dynasty of the Marathas in the past, the city has numerous heritage attractions built all over its soils.
Deccan Odyssey would be reaching Vadodra in the morning. After a sumptuous breakfast embark on a city tour, starting with Champaner. A pre-Mughal Islamic city in this part of Gujarat, Champaner has various architectural attractions to boast of. You would be first heading to the UNESCO world heritage site of Pavagadh Archaeological Park. The site is famous for its numerous magnificent structures that include mosques, tombs, palaces, residential complexes and entrance gates & arches. Post this, you would be making your way towards Jami Masjid. Built in the 15th century, Jami Masjid is a beautiful amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim style of architecture.
Post lunch at Deccan Odyssey, guests would be visiting the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum in Vadodra. This renowned museum was first built as a school for Maharaja Fateh Singh's children. The museum today is known for the exhibition of world-class paintings by Raja Ravi Verma and various European artists. There are also sculptures of marble and bronze to admire.
By tea time, guests would be at the highly renowned and grand, the Laxmi Vilas Palace. Built in the year 1890, this residential palace of the royal family is believed to be four times the size of Buckingham Palace. The magnificence of its architecture speaks greatly about the mosaic designs, which can be clearly seen on the walls of its Durbar Hall. It has Belgian-stained huge glass windows to complement its beauty. Along with the afternoon tea, guests would be relishing the dishes, straight from the royal kitchen. This would be followed by a folk performance in the lawns of the Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Post this, return to Deccan Odyssey as it whistles away for Palitana.
Dinner and overnight stay onboard
As you would be gorging on your yummy breakfast, Deccan Odyssey would be making its entry in Palitana. Palitana in the state of Gujarat is highly unique for the cluster of Jain temples it has in its complex. There are a total of 900 temples all situated on a hilltop. The first half of the day would be dedicated to the visit of these religious sites in Palitana. Post lunch, the luxury train will be heading to Sasan Gir, leaving you free for the rest of the day. You can choose to spend your time relaxing in your cabins, catch any movie or play the traditional Indian board game of Carom. One can also go for the onboard rejuvenating massage in our spa section.
Dinner and overnight stay at Deccan Odyssey.
Post breakfast, set off for a 233 kilometers’ drive (4 hours approx.) from the city of Agra to the Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. En-route, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Fatehpur Sikri which was built in the early 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It houses several palaces, structures and fascinating gardens and monuments. A stop is also made at Abhaneri, a quaint little Rajasthani village located on the Jaipur-Agra highway. Later leave for ‘Pink City’ Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. After arriving in Jaipur, check in to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
In the second half of the day, guests would be heading to the revered site of Somnath temple. Firstly constructed in 4th century AD, the temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. Despite being disheveled and looted a lot of times in the past, the shrine still possess a holy stature and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Post this religious trip, come back to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy a refreshing drink as the train heads towards the Little Rann of Kutch.
Dinner and overnight stay onboard.
Little Rann of Kutch
As you would be relishing your morning meal, Deccan Odyssey would be chugging on the tracks to Viramgam railway station. From here, you would be escorted to a particular point. From there, guests would be embarking on a jeep safari to the Little Rann of Kutch. Spread over an area of 7500 sq km, the Little Rann is a seasonal salt marsh that gets converted into a salty sea during the monsoons. The place is famous for the large population of Indian wild asses, which takes refuge in the Wild Ass sanctuary. To spot them in the sprawling Rann, is certainly a matter of luck. The sanctuary is also noted for being a natural habitat to endangered species like jackal, jungle cat and desert fox.
Lunch would be served at the Rann Riders resort. Menu would be none other than the regional specialties of the Maliks of Rann and the other delicious Gujarati cuisines.
Post lunch, a village safari would be organized that will let you get acquaint with the different tribes of the region (Agarias, Mirs, Rabari and Dasada). Get a sneak peek into the life of these tribes and learn how they get along in their daily indulgences. After this call it a day and return back to Deccan Odyssey. Dinner and overnight stay onboard as it heads towards Patan.
At the hit of the dawn, the luxury train would be making its touch down at the medieval city of Patan. But first you would be exploring the sun temple at Modhera, which is only half an hour away from Patan. After your breakfast, head to the 11th century Sun temple. This holy shrine is dedicated to the Sun God and is known to be built by the Solanki dynasty. The temple complex is famous for its 108 shrines that are all built in a tank, right at the forefront.
Post that, guests would be heading towards Patan. On arrival, trip to Rani Ki Vav would be the first in the schedule. The step well is a prime example of subterranean well architecture and is a UNESCO heritage site. The walls of it have beautiful carvings and statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses like Shiva, Parvati and Vishnu. After that, our tour guide will escort you to Patola House, where the designing of traditional Patola sarees takes place.
By lunch time, you would be back to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey as it heads to its next destination, Nashik. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay on the luxury train.
The day starts with the arrival of Deccan Odyssey at Nashik. Located in the north-western region of Maharashtra, Nashik is an ancient city that is famous from religious point of view. Keeping this thing in mind, the first visit of the day has been scheduled to the Jain and Buddhist cave temples in the Pandu Leni region. These cave temples are known to be built in 13th century AD. While some of them are as ancient as the 1st century BC.
Nashik is also on a run to be the wine capital of India. To understand this better, guests would be taken on a tour of Grover Zampa vineyards. Here you can visit the exotic vineyards of Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Also learn why this world renowned wine producing facility still adhere to the traditional methods of wine brewing. Post that, guests would be heading to the religious Godavari Ghats, where various Hindu rituals linked with birth, life and death are performed.
After this, call it a day and return to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey as it proceeds back to Mumbai. Dinner and overnight stay on board.
This day brings the end of the wonderful Gujarat tour. Guests would be disembarking at the Chattrapati Shivaji terminus railway station in Mumbai. Bid farewell to Deccan Odyssey and carry on with your onward journey back home.
Breakfast at Deccan Odyssey.
Hidden Treasures of Gujarat Tariff for Season 2018 - 19
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Deccan Odyssey embarks on its journey across the heart of Deccan region each Wednesday from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. Select the date of journey which suits your travel requirement the most from the list of all journeys scheduled for the year 2017-18. Journey run throughout the year except the months of May-July and include all table d'hôte meals, service and off train excursions.
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