Deccan Odyssey

The third luxury train is Deccan Odyssey in India. It takes passengers on seven-day-long journeys in the north of the subcontinent, in the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The escapades are organised by the Ministry of Railways and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. The class of train matches that of the Orient Express in Europe or the Blue Train in RSA. It travels from Bombay to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Belgaum, Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad and Ajanta-Ellora.

 

The train consists of 21 individually air-conditioned carriages manufactured by Integral Coach in Chennai. Eleven have four compartments (9 m2 each). Two carriages containing a presidential suite have two compartments (17 m2 each). Passengers have private toilets, intercoms, and TV sets at their disposal. One carriage houses a conference room that can be easily transformed into a dance hall. It is also a mobile business centre where 50 people can access satellite communications, Internet, use a PC with a printer and a telephone switchboard. Meals are served in two restaurant carriages, Peshwa I and Peshwa II; one lounge carriage is arranged as a bar. The menu contains Indian, oriental and continental specialty foods served by stewards wearing traditional Maharshtrian clothes.

As befits a luxury train it also has a spa carriage offering body health services. In addition, there are carriages equipped with current generators, luggage room and staff compartments. Facilities to allow disabled passengers to travel comfortably are an important feature.

 

The prices for travelling on Deccan Odyssey were calculated at a level similar to other, equally luxurious trains. 

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