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Deccan Odyssey’s Grand Heritage

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Colourful and chaotic, India oozes culture and passion, overflows with history and intrigue, and bursts with natural beauty and wildlife. And what better way to discover the sights, sounds and scents of this vibrant country than by rail?

On our 14-day Deccan Odyssey’s Grand Heritage tour, you’ll experience an enchanting way to travel and many magical moments on a cross country railway adventure.

Our journey begins in Delhi, the country’s captivating capital. From here, we board the Deccan Odyssey which takes passengers on an unforgettable journey through the highlights of northwest India.

From the majestic Taj Mahal and magnificent Agra Fort to beautiful Ranthambore National Park – once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur and home to the famous Bengal tiger.

You’ll also visit Rajasthan’s enchanted towns of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur, with their picture-book settings, amazing temples and palaces, and jaw dropping architecture. The ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer in the heart of the Thar Desert also awaits, and our adventure draws to a close by taking in the fresh air and natural beauty of the city of Shimla, before returning to Delhi with wide smiles and full hearts.

Day 1

Depart UK

Depart with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow for our overnight flight to Delhi.

Alternative airline – Emirates
If you prefer, you may fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham for a supplement, from £295 per person return.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Delhi, Overnight

On arrival into Delhi, our waiting coach will transfer us to the stately Heritage Maidens Hotel. This evening, we meet our Tour Guide and fellow travellers for a welcome drink so we may become better acquainted ahead of our forthcoming adventures.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks and dinner

Day 3

Deccan Odyssey, 7 nights

Delhi, the captivating capital city of India, is a mesmerising fusion of old and new, making it the ideal starting point for our journey.
Following breakfast this morning, we’ll take a rickshaw ride to explore the narrow alleys of Old Delhi, shaped by the influence of past empires. We’ll drive via the Red Fort, famous for its enchanting history and dazzling architecture, and visit Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and the Chandni Chowk market, with its lively atmosphere bursting with exotic sights, sounds, and scents.
This afternoon, we’ll view some of the iconic landmarks of New Delhi, including India Gate and Parliament House. We also visit Humayun’s Tomb, the 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Mughal Emperor lies.

Tour Highlight
Following our sightseeing, we transfer to Delhi railway station to join the magnificent Deccan Odyssey for our cross-country railway adventure. Inside, each of the train’s cabins is inspired by a different royal era of Maharashtra. Its two excellent restaurants, Waavar and Utsav, are authentically designed and in keeping with the style and grace of Indian royalty.

Once on board, we will be accompanied to our suites, a serene sanctuary where we can refresh and rejuvenate as we pass through the captivating landscapes. Enjoy the charm of the Deccan Odyssey, and be captivated by the unique blend of experiences that await at each destination.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4


Tour Highlight
Where else could our visit to Agra begin than with the majestic Taj Mahal. A symbol of love built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, it took 20,000 workers over 20 years to complete. Witnessing first-hand the symmetrical columns crafted from white marble, which were transported across the country on caravans of elephants and camels, is simply breathtaking. This afternoon, we’ll explore the magnificent Agra Fort, a seat of power for three generations of the Mughal Empire, and a fascinating glimpse into the rich history and architectural brilliance of the era. Later, as evening falls, we’ll reconvene on the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and continue our journey towards Sawai Madhopur.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

Sawai Madhopur & Ranthambore

Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park. Once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve now showcases India’s tiger conservation efforts. We start our day with an exhilarating jungle safari, with an opportunity to spot tigers, deer, gazelle, wild boar, antelope, sloth bear, leopard and crocodiles. The park also abounds with diverse birdlife, including jungle fowl, eagles and woodpeckers.

Later in the day, we take a village safari to experience rural life in Rajasthan. These villages are home to friendly tribal communities whose livelihoods depend on farming and hunting. We will learn about their traditions, admire the colourful attire of the women against the desert backdrop, and engage with a welcoming local family in their home.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6


This morning, we arrive at our next stop, Udaipur, nestled beside the serene waters of Lake Pichola. Enjoy breakfast whilst taking in the view of the surrounding Aravali Hills. Explore the famous City Palace, Rajasthan’s largest, and marvel at the architecture adorned with gracefully curved arches, intricately carved balconies and beautiful domed roofs. Be sure to visit the stunning collection in the Crystal Gallery.

Later, we take a scenic ferry ride to Jagmandir, a 17th-century palace on a picturesque island. Enjoy lunch serenaded by Tabla and Jal Tarang music and admire the dreamy views of Udaipur, one of Rajasthan’s most enchanting cities. As the day winds down, we’ll gather back on board Deccan Odyssey for dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7


Jaisalmer is a captivating desert town, conjuring up dreams of mysterious lanterns and magic carpets. We begin our day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort. This 15th-century fort stands tall at 100 metres over the town and glows golden in the Indian sun. Next, we visit Patwon ki Haveli, an impressive five-story mansion renowned for its elaborate carvings. Admire the nearby 15th Century Jain temples, adorned with beautiful sculptures, and the library housing ancient manuscripts. This afternoon, take a camel ride across the Thar Desert and capture stunning sunset photos against the backdrop of sand dunes. Later in the day we return to the Deccan Odyssey, for dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8


Today we arrive into the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Known for its blue-painted houses, Jodhpur is a magnificent fort town with exceptional Rajput-era architecture. Today we shall explore the formidable 16th-century Mehrangarh Fort, towering 125 metres above the city. Marvel at its strategic gateways and beautiful palatial apartments overlooking vast courtyards. Next, we visit the Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in pristine white marble from the late 19th Century. Following lunch today, we visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace. Discover personal artifacts belonging to the H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur and witness the local cultures as we explore the city on foot. As the day draws to a close, we return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed evening and dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9


This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into the historic capital of Rajasthan, also known as the Pink City. We shall explore Jaipur’s attractive forts, majestic palaces, and vibrant bazaars. Jaipur, the ‘City of Victory’, is a charming destination known for the heroic achievements of its Rajputs. Surrounded by the rugged Aravali Hills, it boasts exquisite palaces, grand mansions, and beautiful gardens. We visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, with its intricate pink sandstone carvings and breathtaking views of the city. Later, enjoy a visit to the City Palace of Jaipur. This elaborate complex features opulent palaces, serene gardens and stunning courtyards adorned with decorative art. We return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and our final night on board this spectacular train.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Shimla, 3 nights

As we arrive into Delhi, our remarkable journey on the Deccan Odyssey comes to an end. Upon arrival, we shall transfer to the airport for our short flight to Chandigarh, where we continue our travels to the enchanting city of Shimla. Home for the next three nights is the exquisite Oberoi Cecil Hotel, a truly iconic hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 11


Enjoy an unforgettable day with a leisurely walking tour of Shimla, admiring the many heritage buildings including the enchanting Gaiety Theatre. Our tour also includes visits to the General Post Office and the iconic Viceregal Lodge, the most historically significant colonial building in the region. The rest of the day is ours to explore. Immerse yourself in the charm of Shimla, meander through its narrow streets and soak up the unique atmosphere that makes Shimla so special. Uncover the hidden gems, indulge in the local cuisine or simply relax.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 12


Our morning begins with a ride on the Toy Train, a one of-a-kind experience that promises enchantment and nostalgia. The train departs from Shimla railway station, taking us on scenic journey to Kandaghat, where we disembark. Take in the stunning landscapes and delight in the serene atmosphere as we make our way back to the city of Shimla by coach. The remainder of our day is free to spend as we please.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Delhi, Overnight

After a leisurely morning, we take a scenic drive from Shimla to Chandigarh. Upon arrival we make our way to the railway station for our onward train journey to Delhi. Sit back and relax, as we make our way back to the bustling capital city and transfer to the Heritage Maidens Hotel, where we stay overnight.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 14

Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

This morning, we bid farewell to Delhi as we return to Delhi Airport for our morning flight with Virgin Atlantic. Our flight arrives into London Heathrow later today and it’s time to say goodbye to our new found friends, bringing to a conclusion our fabulous Indian adventure.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Departure dates & prices

At Distant Journeys we believe in delivering exceptional value for money, and a smaller group with a maximum of 24 guests will help you to really engage with this fascinating country.

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 21 November£6,425AVAILABLE
 17 April£6,425AVAILABLE

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement

£500 per person if travelling Economy Class, £1,000 per person if travelling Premium Economy and £1,500 per person for Business Class.

Flight upgrades
Virgin Atlantic upgrade to Premium Economy from £995 per person return, or Business Class from £2,895 per person return. Emirates upgrade to Premium Economy from £1,895 per person return, or Business Class from £3,895 per person return.

Visa information
A Tourist visa is required for travel to India. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to our FAQ’s page.

Important information
Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

Please note, alternative airlines may be considered or further supplements may apply in certain periods when international flight prices are higher.

So much included

Our escorted holidays to India are designed to offer superb value for money and our Deccan Odyssey’s Grand Heritage tour is no exception. So much of what you will do and see is already included in the price.

Small group touring

  • Maximum only 24 passengers

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals worth £567 per person

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Eight lunches
  • Dinner each evening

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jaisalmer,
    Jodhpur, Jaipur and Shimla
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Safari in Ranthambore National Park
  • Explore a traditional Rajasthani village
  • Discover Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur
  • Join a Thar Desert Camel Ride
  • Travel on board the UNESCO Toy Train from Shimla

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

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  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

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