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INDEX

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1. INTRODUCTION :LUXURY TRAINS OF INDIA 2. HISTORY 3. THE 3 LUXURY TRAINS IN INDIA 4. PALACE ON WHEELS i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi.

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History Facilities Coaches Detailed Itinerary Tariff Relevant Information

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ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEELS


i. ii. iii. iv. v.

Introduction Facilities Coaches Detailed Itinerary Tariff

6. DECCAN ODYSSEY i. ii. iii. iv.

Introduction Facilities Detailed Itinerary Tariff

LUXURY TRAINS INTRODUCTION

Luxury trains are special trains designed specifically to offer a sumptuous yet elegant train ride, and evoke a strong sense of association as in history, heritage and decadence of a leisure ride. Luxury trains operate in several countries and offer a luxurious and comfortable traveling option to the luxury travelers. Whereas some luxury trains offer whirlwind tour across major destinations of a country/area other trains take the guest on a long leisure ride, cutting across state borders. Nowadays there is an increase in the trend of luxury train travel around the world. Luxury train travel has several advantages over travel on airplanes. Whereas during air travel the monotony of the journey is occasionally broken by the view of clouds, hovering here and there, through the plane's window, a winding luxury ride on board the trains provides ample opportunity to the guests to witness the myriad colors of the places they are traveling to. There are a number of reasons for the growing popularity of the luxury trains over air travel, which includes ample space, restaurants and bars, spacious and comfortable sleeping and seating area and even wash/bath rooms. Since the time of introduction of Pioneer in 1864 by American industrialist George Mortimer Pullman, luxury train travel has come a long way.

HISTORY

In the past, train travel was quite an uncomfortable experience. Without sleeping and dining cars, long distance traveling used to be a harrowing experience. Things changed when Pioneer was introduced by Pullman in 1864. In 1867, "Hotel Cars" were introduced. Pioneer was the first railway carriage to introduce dining cars and sleeping cars in train leading to more comfort during travelling especially a long distance journey. Pullman Car Company was founded in 1880 and was one of the leading luxury passenger railroad car providers. Another person credited with the beginning of the luxury train travel was Georges Nagelmackers, founder of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons - Lits. Inspired by the Pullman trains during his America visit, Nagelmackers returned to Europe and built a fleet of over 30 luxury trains which offered luxury train travel across several destinations in Europe. He is credited with the beginning of the age of luxury trains and grand hotels. Since the dawn of the age of luxury trains, the most famous and revered luxury train is perhaps the legendary Orient Express immortalized by Agatha Christie in her book Murder on the Orient Express. Orient Express happens to be the first luxury train in Europe. It embarked on its maiden journey on 5 June 1883 from Paris Gare de l'Est across Europe. Today the Orient Express not only provides luxury train travel across Europe but several destinations around the globe. Besides Orient Express a number of private operators as well as joint ventures between government parties and private tour operators are providing luxury train travel options in several countries.

THE 3 LUXURY TRAINS IN INDIA Palace on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Deccan Odyssey

PALACE ON WHEELS

Palace on Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the visitor to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last but not the least the Royal Treat for the passengers on board include saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as well as restaurant and organized shopping facilities. It is difficult to describe the magic of being on the Palace on Wheels. Traversing through the rugged and rough landscape of Rajasthan, enjoying the sight of amazing forts and out of the world palaces coupled with the royal ambience and services offered on board makes this journey truly a lifetime experience. Get going on this great train that gives you a chance to enjoy the legendary traditional hospitality of India and in particular, Rajasthan. Cherish the sight and sound of royal India, savor the taste of celebrated Indian food, and enjoy the views of charming Taj Mahal. If India is what you are planning to visit this year, Palace on Wheels is the best way to see India of your dreams.

HISTORY
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The Palace On Wheels started as a unique holiday train hauled by a steam engine with its inaugural trip on 26th January, 1982. It started to roll on its regular operations from October 1982. It was in the eighties when Indian Railway and Rajasthan Tourism decided to work together on a project to resurrect some of these forgotten symbols of its historic heritage. Thirteen carriages from different princely states were brought together and refurbished, and the Palace on Wheels was launched. A superb train that evoked the past with modern facilities and created a journey that was on offer to people around the world-wannabe princes who could be royals for their week of the journey. For, along with the restored carriages-some still glowing with their original teakwood panels intact-came liveried attendants, royal repasts from the attached kitchen, a lounge, and a dining car. The Palace on Wheels had become so popular and there is and would always be resistance to any move to discontinue it. The result was a spanking new train that faithfully recreated the old one, but much more comfortable, and intended to provide a smoother ride.

Facilities of Palace on Wheels:


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Common Facilities:
Coaches on the Palace of Wheels

You'll be delighted you chose to see Rajasthan by the Palace-On-Wheels. On board, you'll feel like an erstwhile monarch, travelling in regal splendour. Each Coach named after the erstwhile princely state. It has 4 twin-bedded chambers, thoughtfully decorated in ethnic Rajasthani dcor. Channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower and wall-to-wall carpeting are some of the facilities to make you feel at home. Each saloon has personal attendants or Khidmatgars, who are at your beck and call to extend a courteous helping hand, should you need anything. The Saloons

The names of the saloons are based on the princely states of Rajasthan - Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar, Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Dholpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer, Sirohi, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kishangarh. The decor of each saloon has highlighted the cultural ethos of the state, represented through the use of furniture, handicrafts, paintings and furnishings. The ceiling in the lounge is of particular interest. Each coupe is different but the over all ambience of the decor of the saloons has been taken care of to provide continuity. Each saloon has cream yellow color on its exterior walls and bears the Coat of Arms (logo) of the erstwhile princely states. 8

Each saloon has 4 coupes (sleeping rooms) with attached bath and toilet. In every saloon, there is one saloon captain and 2 attendants to look after the personal needs of its guests. Each saloon has a mini pantry properly equipped to provide ready tea/coffee and snacks. The Dining Cars

There are two dining cars in Palace on Wheels, that have been tastefully decorated in the authentic Rajasthani style in this heritage train of Rajasthan. The Maharaja and Maharani restaurants have seating arrangement in groups of two and four near the windows. Continental and Indian cuisine are prepared by the master chef. Mouth-watering Rajasthani specialities are also served. The finger-licking food, together with the excellent hospitality, yields a perfect meal. Traveling by Palace on Wheels India is a delight that would surely fascinate you. Lounge

At the end of each coach is a separate lounge where passengers can relax when they wish to move out of their bedrooms. Here they can unwind with a book or magazine, engage in conversation, or simply watch the panoramic vista of the great Indian country side.

The Bar

The Bar-cum-Lounge in Palace on Wheels, is furnished with period furniture to create the royal ambience. It is spacious and beautifully decorated. The bar is stocked with a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You can select from the finest collection of spirits and wines. From scotch to cocktails, Palace on wheels serves them all. Bed Room

Each coach has four coups, done in colors reminiscent of the state, and highlighted by its royal emblem. Two of the Coupes feature double beds while the other two have train beds. A third bed, for an additional person, or an accompanying child, is in the form of a foldaway bed on a higher tier. Each compartment has an attached bath with running hot/cold water and showers, built-in wardrobes, overhead and night lights, piped music, reading lights etc.

Restaurants

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Two lavish and beautifully done restaurants; "The Maharaja" and "The Maharani" serve mount - watering Continental, Indian and Rajasthani cuisine that would definitely make way to your heart through your stomach. Shopping Certain handicrafts and other special items of Rajasthani origin can be bought while you visit the places covered by the Palace - on - Wheels and a Catalogue of typical Rajasthani items is also available on board. Group Photograph

To cherish these special moments of glory and to remind you of these times when you walk down memory lane a few years from now, we take a group photograph which is given to you as a souvenir. Mail Box

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A mail box is provided on board, which discharges your mail with utmost care and efficiency.

Medical Aid Your health, obviously tops the chart of our priority list. First aid is available on the train, whereas a doctor can be arranged on call at the very next station. Indoor Games Chess, Playing Cards, Chinese Checkers, Carrom Board and Crossword Puzzles are available.

Individual Facilities
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Accommodation 14 fully air conditioned deluxe salons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities. Arrival Kit Each guest is provided with an arrival kit consisting of stationery items, brochures, cards etc. Anything additional can be asked for, from the attendant, always available at your service. Attendant Khidmatgar An attendant or 'Khidmatgar' is always available at your service, to take care of your travel needs. Meals An exotic array of dishes to choose from - Continental, Chinese, Indian and Rajasthani cuisines are available on the Palace-On-Wheels. Mineral Water We make sure, the greatest gift of nature bestowed on us i.e. Water is made available to you in its purest form. Mineral water is made available to you all through the journey. Newspapers/Magazines The leading dailies and newspapers greet you every morning over a simmering hot cup of tea or beverage of your choice. Also available for you is a large collection of magazines. Security Adequate safety arrangements are made for you as well as your personal belongings in the train itself. Toiletries All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturizers etc. are provided in the train. Wine A complimentary bottle of fine Indian wine to the royal guests (per cabin), courtesy Palace-On-Wheels.

For Disabled Persons There is special assistance available in the form of wheel chairs, crches and a special attendant for manual assistance.

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COACHES OF PALACE ON WHEELS


There are 14 Coaches on Palace on Wheels each Coach named after the erstwhile princely state The 14 Coaches are : Alwar Bharatpur Bikaner Bundi Dholpur Dungarpur Jaisalmer Jaipur Jhalawar Jodhpur Kishangarh Kota Sirohi Udaipur

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DETAILED ITINERARY OF PALACE ON WHEELS

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day4 Day 5 Day 7 Day 8

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New Delhi Jaipur Jaisalmer Jodhpur S Madhopur Bharatpur Agra Arrive Delhi

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DAY 1 Delhi - Journey of A Lifetime Begins ......... 1600 Hours: Report Delhi Cantonment Railway Station and board on Palace On Wheels, The Maharaja train tour. 1830 Hours:Departure for a Week in Wonderland Tour.. 2000 Hours: Dinner on board The journey of a lifetime begins at the Delhi cantonment station where the guests are accorded a warm, traditional welcome before the palace-on-wheels pull out into the night. For a week long luxury cruise through fascinating Rajasthan. DAY 2 Attraction- Jaipur 0200 Hours: Arrival in Jaipur. 1930 Hours: Departure The first stop of the Palace-on-Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of the world of its time. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink city. To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is remarkable five storeyed building along the main street of the old city spelndour with semi-octagonal and delicate honey combed sandstone windows. This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort, eight kms. away, where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambience. Shop for Jaipur's famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, blue pottery and textiles. Near Ajmeri Gate is located Rajasthali-the only Rajasthan Govt. Emporium selling genuine handicrafts at fixed prices. After lunch at a Palace Hotel, you are off to the City Palace, home of the erstwhile royal family. Right across the road from the City Palace is the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II. The Luxury coaches will take you back to Palace-on-Wheels around 6.30 pm. Dinner on Board. DAY 3 Attraction - Jaisalmer 0815 Hours: Arrival in Jaisalmer. 2300 Hours: Departure In the heart of the Thar desert lies Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal, in 1156 A.D. Here the yellow sandstone fort is an imposing sight, towering magnificently over the city. Discover the painstakingly latticed havelis or mansions with their grand facades. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwan-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli are line examples of the stone carver's skill. Shop at Rajasthali-the only Rajasthan Govt. emporium, for the pattu 16

shawls, mirror work & embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios. After lunch on board, go for an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes of Sam, before sipping a refreshing cup of tea. Enjoy the dinner and the cultural programmmes at a hotel in Jaisalmer. The train leaves for Jodhpur at Night. DAY 4 Attraction - Jodhpur 0700 Hours: Arrival in Jodhpur. 1530 Hours: Departure. Next morning the Palace-on-Wheels is in Jodhpur, a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. is known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort.The grand palaces within Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are impressive examples of architectural excellence. Near the fort complex lies Jaswant Thada, and a group of royal cenotaphs made of white marble. After lunch at a Palace hotel, return to the Palace-on-Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop for exquisite handcrafted articles including the famous breeches, embroidered shoes, metal curios, silverware, paintings and ties and dye fabrics. DAY 5 Attraction Sawai Madhopur Morning: Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary 0400 Hours: Arrival in Sawai Madhopur. 1030 Hours: Departure. One can almost sense a life of the wilderness, as the Palace-on-Wheels arrives in Sawai Madhopur, a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. After breakfast a visit is arranged to the Ranthambhore National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country's best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area of 392 sq. Kms. is home to more that 300 species of birds. The tiger, hyena, ratel, jackal and fox are among those constituting the carnivorous populations here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes. Upon return to the Palace-on-Wheels, you leave for Chittaurgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colourful countryside passing by in daylight. 1600 Hours: Arrival at Chittaurgarh. After lunch on board you are in Chittaurgarh. Images of love and valour, scars of battles lost and won..........thrice-beseiged, Chittaurgarh fort is all this and more. Moving legends of honour and pride will echo in your mind as you proceed to Udaipur.

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DAY 6 Attraction - Udaipur 2000 Hours:Departure from Chittaurgarh. The luxury coach will take you to Udaipur, the Lake City, the next morning. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar, after the Sisodia dynasty was driven away by the Mughals, in 1559 A.D. Perhaps the two most beautiful sites of Udaipur are the dream like marble palaces - The Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and The Jag Mandir, which appear to rise from the blue waters of Lake Pichhola. After lunch at Lake Palace Hotel, a visit to the City palace is exhilarating. The luxury coach then takes you back to thePalace-onWheels at Chittaurgarh, thus winding up a day full of delights. DAY 7 Attraction Bharatpur, Agra 0630 Hours Arrival 1145 Hours Departure Bharatpur Early next morning, the Palace arrives in Bharatpur, the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. After breakfast pay a visit to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, The nesting place for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds. Lunch : On Board Attraction Agra (Taj Mahal ) 1430 Hours Arrival 2300 Hours Departure Arrive at Fatehpur Sikri athe red sandstone Mughal Palatial complex. Within the enclosure is a mosque built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and dedicated to Sheikh Salim Chisti, a muslim Sufi saint who blessed him with a son. After lunch move on from the Red Fort and arrive at the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. A pristine monuments of undying love. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is known for its splendid marble inlay work like the pietra Dura Work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery.After dinner on board and a good night's sleep. DAY 8 Delhi - The Memories For A Lifetime Begins ............. 0600 Hours Arrival at Delhi Cantt 18

The next morning and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time.

Tarrifs
Validity Occupancy Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy Sept 2011 & April 2012 Amount in US$ US$ 500 US$ 375 US$ 340 Oct 2011 to March 2012 Amount in US$ US$ 670 US$ 500 US$ 450 Tariff Detail Per Person Per Night Per Person Per Night Per Person Per Night

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50% of tariff for children between 5 years and 12 years of age. Service tax @2.58% and commerical tax US$ 15 per person extra as applicable. 10% of tariff for infant upto 5 years of age. There will be a 10% surcharge levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year.

Tariff is inclusive of cost of travel and accommodation, catering (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner), conducted sightseeing tours in deluxe coaches, entrance fee for monuments and palaces and cultural entertainment. Tariff does not include liquor, laundry, video camera and other item of personal nature.
Departure Dates 2011-2012 Month Jan-12 Feb-12 Mar-12 Apr-12 Dates 4, 11, 18, 25 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 7, 14, 21, 28 4, 11, 18, 25

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Booking Policy: a) In case of FITs:

20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking. Remaining 80% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure of the tour.

b) In case of Group and Charter:

50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking. Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure of the tour.

Cancellation Policy: a) In case of FITs:

5% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure. 20% of ticket value between 30 to 59 days prior to departure. 100% of ticket value less than 30 days prior to departure.

b) In case of Group and Charter:

10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure. 100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:


No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited. En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited. Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.

For Indian Travelers : Indian passengers can pay in equivalent Rupee (INR) amount, at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment. Amendment :

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No charges will be levied for amended dates of tour of Palace on Wheels and amendment will be allowed only once depending on the availability.

Relevant Information
Meals The two restaurant cars, The Maharaja and The Maharani, serve a range of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. Menus are changed seasonally. Climate Varies from 8C to 25C between October to March. Clothing Recommended Light tropical / light woolens. Other Facilities Doctor on call at the next station. Money exchange facility/All credit cards accepted. Adequate safety and security arrangements. Complimentary mineral water on board the coach, during sightseeing and at hotels. Assistance for travel arrangements on completion of the tour.

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ROYAL RAJASTHAN ON WHEEL

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, the train launched after the resounding of Palace on wheels, endeavors to bring you the best of the heritage, splendor and diversity of Rajasthan. This train is an upgraded version of world famous Palace on Wheels. After the huge success of Palace on Wheels, this new train was launched in January 2009.This train is much more luxurious and the cabins as more spacious than Palace on wheels.

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FACILITIES
SALOONS: Super Deluxe Saloon The Bravura Suite:

This princely salon offers a spacious living with complete comfort of royal suite. The suites have been named after the two precious stones, Emerald and Diamond. The bed in the cabin is large and comfortable with colour coordinates draperies. The finely carved wooden furniture in the super deluxe suite adds to your experience. Deluxe Saloon The Extraordinary Suite:

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The saloon has been designed to live up to the grandeur of contemporary princely living with elegant silk furnishings for a befitting aesthetic appeal. These saloons have been thematically designed with co-ordinated colour schemes and textures to augment their splendour. The chamber offers luxuries with meticulously chosen bedding and upholstery, writing-table and chair to make your stay more comfortable. Your furnished saloon gives you sufficient mobility within the coupe. The saloons have been created in three different themes in hues of exquisite jewels, Ruby, Sapphire and Pearl.

DINNING AND CUISINE : Sheesh Mahal and Swarn Mahal, are the two Resto Lounges (Restaurants). Indulge in mouth-watering delicacies from Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines here. SHEESH MAHAL:

Sheesh Mahal has been adorned with splendid floor lamps and crystal pelmets; the entire restro-lounge is made of wood and crystal.

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SWARN MAHAL :

The Swarn Mahal, has been planned around a theme of gold and brass. Dinning at both the restro-lounges will add to your pleasure. SOUVENIRS: The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels has souvenirs, to provide you with knickknacks and keepsakes that you would love to pick up. These include products and apparels specially designed to suit your interest like:

Beer Mug Emboss Leather Jewellery Box Leather Photo Frame Cruet Set Old Paper Notebook with Train Painting T-shirt, Caps, etc.

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OTHER FACILITIES: Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a no smoking train. The Royal train is Wi-Fi enabled. The windows in the Royal Train are the largest in any train running on tracks in India and have been made especially for enjoying the visual treat on your royal escapade. The super deluxe saloons have an individual temperature control facility. Channel music system and public address system. Get engrossed with a range of board-games and a variety of books on the train. Various national dailies and magazines are available aboard. Laundry service is available on board to serve you better. A separate safe is provided in your cabin to store your valuables. 110/120 V sockets in Train. Mailbox is provided on board. Foreign exchange counters are available at hotel counters.

TRANSPORT: For a comfortable sightseeing experience, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels will provide modified Volvo buses for the passengers in deluxe saloons and cars for passengers in super-deluxe saloon.

COACHES
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are 14 coaches in Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. The 13 coaches have three deluxe saloons on each coach and 14th coach has 2 super deluxe saloons. Each deluxe saloon has different colour theme of exquisite jewels like Ruby and Sapphire. Each coach is named after the famous palaces of rajasthan: Hawa Mahal Chandra Mahal Surya Mahal Moti Mahal Sukh Mahal Jal Mahal Padmini Mahal Kishori Mahal Phool Mahal Jogi Mahal Kumbha Palace Lalgarh Palace 26

DETAILED ITINERARY

Tour Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days Departure Day: Every Wednesday DAY 01: DEPART DELHI Welcome on board at Delhi with the ceremonial greetings at the Safdarjung station at 21:00 hrs with traditional garlanding. After check in, you would be escorted to the respective cabins. Feel the difference of the World in the moving Palace which empowers luxury and tradition hand to hand.

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DAY 02: ARRIVAL SAWAI MADHOPUR SAWAI MADHOPUR - UDAIPUR Early morning proceed for safari at Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore is most famous for its large tiger population.In 2005, there were 26 tigers living in Ranthambore. This was significantly lower than the recorded tiger population of the reserve in 1982, which then stood at 44. In 2008, more than 14 tiger cubs were recorded. This was largely attributed to sustained efforts by forest officials to curb poaching. Villagers in the region were being given incentives to stay out of the park and surveillance cameras were also fitted across the reserve. The Indian government also committed US$153 million for the efforts. These efforts have been successful with Ranthambore having enough tigers to participate in the Sariska Tiger Reserve relocation efforts. Back to train for Breakfast. After the Lunch you will proceed for afternoon safari at Ranthambore National Park. After the safaris return backtrain for onboard journey DAY 03 ARRIVE UDAIPUR After breakfast at train you will proceed to visit the vast and exquisite CityPalace, a wellfortified, majestic white monument. The main entrance, a triple-arched gate named the Tripolia, was built in 1725 and is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is also a fascinating sight. Later visit the Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. Drive past Fateh Sagar Lake and visit Sahelion-ki-Bari, the Garden of the Maids-of-Honor, which has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. The garden brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens Later in the afternoon, take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace by common boat, which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. Youll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city. After the sightseeing tour proceed to the train for onboard journey.

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complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, but he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in "Table. In the afternoon after lunch proceed for capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbars most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. Jeeps will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. En-route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. After the sightseeing tour proceed to the train for onboard journey.

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the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition. Arrive Agra and visit Red Fort. After lunch, move on to pay a visit to Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. A pristine monument of undying love; It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Agra is also known for its splendid marble inlay work like the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery. Later return back to the train, have your dinner on board. DAY 06: ARRIVE KHAJURAHO Today morning after breakfast at the Train, later proceed to visit the Chandela Temple Complex. The tour of Khajuraho this morning concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven. They were built during the mighty Chandela dynasty; the majority was constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the eighty-five original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. You visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture. Later return to the train, onboard journey. DAY 07: ARRIVE VARANASI IN Varanasi - Very early in the morning you will take a boat ride along the bathing ghats on the Holy River Ganges. At sunrise the Hindu faithful flock to the river to cleanse themselves of their sins. You see the cremation ghats and the Deswameedha ghats. To die in Varanasi is to end the Hindu cycle of re-birth, thereby making it a popular place to end one's life. After sunrise you will visit some of the temples in the surrounding area. After buffet breakfast at the hotel, visit "Bharat Kala Bhavan" which lies within the sprawling grounds of Banaras Hindu University. Its outstanding collection of sculpture, paintings and textiles began with the private collection of the enlightened Rai Krishnadasa. The sculpture collection includes terracotta and clay objects, stone and bronze and cast

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metal objects. Ancient terracotta varying from ritual icons to toys to utilitarian objects date to the Indus Valley Civilization, Mauryan, Sunga and Gupta period. In the afternoon, you will proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, a major Buddhist center in the world. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha, the 'Awakened One', delivered his first sermon here. It was the sixth century then, when he also set in motion the wheel of law, the Dharmachakra. This dwelling place of the rishis, it was also known as 'Rishipatana' (the place of the Rishis or sages). Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park where he initiated his first five disciples into Buddhist monkshood. Buddhism found its roots in Sarnath, the birthplace of this way of life. Later return to the train for onboard journey DAY 08: ARRIVE DELHI Upon arrival at Delhi railway station, deboard from the train.

TARRIFF
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Category Deluxe Cabin per person per night (Twin Sharing) Deluxe Cabin Single per night Super Deluxe Suite per cabin per night

Prices USD 590 USD 825 USD 1600

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age. Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age. (Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets) Please note : Government of India service tax of 2.58% shall be levied on the tariff. US$ 15 per pax per trip shall be charged against the payment of commercial taxes in addition to the tariff. 10% surcharge will be levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year. $ 54 Luxury Tax per night for Super Deluxe Cabin. $ 24 Luxury Tax per night for Deluxe Cabin. Please note : Government of India service tax of 2.58% shall be levied on the tariff. US$ 15 per pax per trip shall be charged against the payment of commercial taxes in addition to the tariff. 10% surcharge will be levied on the tariff for the trips falling during Christmas and New Year. $ 54 Luxury Tax per night for Super Deluxe Cabin. $ 24 Luxury Tax per night for Deluxe Cabin. Inclusions: Deluxe cabin with attached bath All meals, including tea, coffee and mineral water Safari into the Jungles of Ranthambore by Canter Jeep or Elephant ride at Amber Fort of Jaipur Cultural program followed by dinner at Jaipur Transport for sightseeing with Deluxe Coaches Entrance fee to monuments and museums English speaking guides Exclusions: Liquor, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, Spa Car Facilities and other items of personal nature 32

Booking Policy In case of FITs: 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking. Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure. In case of Group: 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking. Remaining 50% of ticket value 75 days prior to departure. Cancellation Policy Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to The Luxury Trains. On cancellation, refund will be made. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows. In case of FITs 5% of ticket value 60 days or more prior to departure. 20% of ticket value between 45 to 59 days prior to departure. 50% of ticket value between 30 to 44 days prior to departure. 100% of ticket value between 30 days prior to departure. In case of Group 20% of ticket value 89 days prior to departure. 50% of ticket value between 88 to 31 days. 100% of ticket value between 30 days prior to departure. * Train tariff / Tour Itinerary subject to change without notice.

DECCAN ODYSSEY
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As the wind whispers through the halo of legends crowning the land of the mighty Marathas, a lone majestic whistle blows its salutation of honour as it gracefully traverses this land of fantastic fantasy. Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra experience aboard the luxurious DECCAN ODYSSEY. If Europe is all-hearts for the Orient Express and Rajasthan is graced by the royal Palace on Wheels, Maharasthra echoes majestically with the Deccan Odyssey. Deccan Odyssey offers a train journey adorned in luxury, the luxury train Deccan Odyssey transports its guests on an unforgettable sojourn of a land shining in legions grandeur - serene beaches, magnificent forts & palaces, and experiencing heavenly tales etched in colossal rocks. The weeklong Deccan Odyssey tour includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and a pinch of Goa - Mumbai, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora. Experience the finest and the best of rail / train journeys of the world. The Deccan Odyssey is much more than a mere luxury train cruise. It's a 'classical odyssey' of time beyond the realms of the present. Welcome aboard!

FACILITIES Individual facilities


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ACCOMMODATION 13 fully airconditioned deluxe saloons, each a combination of 4 twin bedded chambers with channel music, intercom, CD/MP3 player, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall to wall carpeting and other amenities. FOR PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS Special assistance is available in the form of wheel chairs, creches and a special attendant for manual assistance. LUGGAGE COLLECTION Your luggage is picked up and taken to your respective Saloon without your worrying about it. ARRIVAL KIT Each guest is provided with an arrival kit consisting of stationery items, brochures, cards, etc. Anything additional can be asked for, from the attendant, always available at your service. ATTENDANT An attendant is always available at your service, to take care of all your travel needs. MEALS An exotic array of dishes to choose from various cuisines, which are available on the Deccan Odyssey. MINERAL WATER We make sure, the greatest gift of nature bestowed on us i.e. water is made available to you in its purest form. Mineral water is made available to you all through the journey. NEWS PAPERS/MAGAZINES The leading dailies and newspapers greet you every morning over a simmering hot cup of tea or beverage of your choice. Also available for you is a large collection of magazines. SECURITY Adequate safety arrangements are made for you as well as your personal belongings in the train itself. TOILETRIES All essential toiletries like soaps, shampoos, moisturisers etc. are provided in the train. 35

WINE/BEER A complimentary bottle of wine courtesy the Deccan Odyssey in all the rooms.

COMMON FACILITIES OF DECCAN ODYSSEY LUXURY


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A well stocked bar serves wine, liquor and spirits of Indian and International Brands, to keep you in `high spirits. GROUP PHOTOGRAPH To cherish these special moments of glory and to remind you of these items when you walk down memory lane a few years from now, we take a group photograph, which is given to you as a souvenir. LOUNGE

A lounge for relaxing, interacting, making friends getting together. MAIL BOX A mailbox is provided on board, which discharges your mail with utmost care and efficiency. MEDICAL AID Your health, obviously tops the chart of our priority list. First aid is available on the train, whereas a doctor can be arranged on call at the very next station. RESTAURANT 37

Two lavish and beautifully done restaurants: Serve mouth watering Indian cuisines that would definitely make way to your heart through your stomach. SHOPPING Certain handicrafts and other special items of Maharashtrian origin can be bought while you visit the places covered by the Deccan Odyssey and a Catalogue of typical Maharashtrian items is also available on board. SMOKING The Deccan Odyssey has exclusive non-smoking suite cars and separate suite cars for the guests who love to smoke. CONFERENCE Conference car with all amenities and connectivity designed to match the best if you wish to have conference on board. HEALTH

The famous Ayurvedic Body Massage with Steam bath is available to rejuvenate you. A Gymnasium is also there for your routine workouts.

COACHES
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The Deccan Odyssey rail has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coups each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes each car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car. Apart from the above there are generator cars with luggage store and staff car or spare car.

DETAILED ITINERARY
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The time has come for you to undertake a journey way back in time. Welcome to Mumbai, a city of dreams that 300 years ago was an agglomeration of seven islands. Modern, yet preserving its antiquities, a short drive through the city will reveal this inherent truth. Board the train in the evening at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, undoubtedly one of the famous Gothic buildings and an integral part of Mumbai's skyline. Wine and dine in the luxurious comforts of this train and whistle off on your royal voyage.

DAY-1 MUMBAI

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Departure from C.S.T. for Sindhudurg Railway Station Dinner on Board DAY-2 SINDHUDURG NAGARI

16.40 hrs. 20.00 hrs.Onwards

Breakfast on Board Arrive at Sindhudurg Rly. station Detrain to reach Malvan Jetty by A/c. Coach On way walk through Local market known as Katta Visit to Sindhudurg Fort by boat Return to depart for the Tarkarli Resort Arrive at Tarkarli Beach Resort Lunch & Leisure time up to

06.30 hrs. Onwards 07.30 hrs. 08.00 hrs. 09.30 hrs. 11.30 hrs. 12.00 hrs. 15.30 hrs.

Depart for Dhamapur village by A/c coach On way visit to 15.45 hrs Cashew factory. Arrive at Dhamapur Village. Visit to Ancient Temple of Goddess Bhagawati and Bharadi Devi And Dhamapur lake. Depart by coach to Kudal Rly.Stn. 17.45 41 16.45 hrs. 16.45 to 17.30 hrs

Return to Deccan Odyssey train Depart for Goa. Dinner on board.

18.15 18.30 hrs 20.00 hrs

DAY - 3 GOA

Breakfast on board Arrive at Karmali Railway Station

07.00 hrs. onwards 07.30 hrs.

Detrain for sightseeing by A/c. coach for Old Goa visit to St. Augustine Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, Se Cathedral 08.00 hrs. Church, St.Francis of Assissi a Museum of Goan antiques and visit to Fontanhas the Latin Quarters at Panjim. Return to Deccan Odyssey at Verna Rly.Station for Lunch and leisure time. Leave for Beach Side Hotel for Cultural Night and Dinner. After dinner Depart for Madgaon Rly.Stn. Return to Deccan Odyssey Departure for Kolhapur 12.45 hrs. To 16.00 hrs. 16.15 hrs. to 20.30 hrs. 20.45 hrs. 21.15 hrs. 22.00 hrs.

DAY 4 KOLHAPUR

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Breakfast on Board Arrive at Kolhapur Railway Station

07.00 hrs. onwards 07.30 hrs.

Detrain for Sightseeing by A/c. Coach - Visit to New Palace, Museum, Bhawani Mandap, Mahalaxmi Temple & Shalini Palace- 08.00 hrs. To Watch marshal arts and cultural Programmes & Visit to Handicraft 12.30 hrs. Stalls. Depart to Kolhapur Railway Stn. Return to Deccan Odyssey Depart for Daulatabad/Aurangabad via Pune Lunch & Leisure time on Board Dinner on Board. Halt for detraining and entraining at Pune Rly.Stn. Depart for Daulatabad/Aurangabad 12.45 hrs. 13.00 hrs. 13.15 hrs. 13.15 hrs to 20.00 hrs 20.00 hrs. 20.30 to 21.45 hrs. 21.45 hrs.

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Arrival at Daulatabad Station Breakfast on board

06.45 hrs. 07.00 hrs. Onwards

Detrain for Local Sightseeing by A/c.Coach. Visit Daulatabad 07.45 hrs. Fort and Ellora Caves, A World Heritage Site. Depart for Aurangabad for Lunch Lunch and free time at the hotel Depart for local Sightseeing Visit to Bibi-Ka-Maqbara and free time for shopping. Return to Deccan Odyssey Departure for Chandrapur (Via Nanded) For Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary Dinner on board Halt for detraining and entraining at Nanded 12.30 hrs. 13.00 to 15.00 hrs. 15.15 hrs. 15.30 hrs. to 17.00 hrs. 17.30 hrs. 18.00 hrs. 20.00 hrs. Onwards 23.15 to 23.20 hrs.

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CHANDRAPUR (TADOBA) & WARDHA

Breakfast onboard Arrival at Chandrapur Railway Station Leave for Tadoba National Park by jeep Return to Deccan Odyssey Train departs to Wardha Lunch onboard and Leisure time onboard. Arrival at Wardha Railway Station Detrain for sightseeing Visit to Mahatma Gandhis Ashram at Sevagram by AC bus. Return to Deccan Odyssey Train Departs for Bhusawal for Ajanta caves Dinner onboard

07.00 hrs onwards 08.00 hrs. 08.10 hrs. To 11.30 hrs. 12.00 hrs 12.30 hrs. 13.00 hrs onwards 13.50 hrs 16.15 hrs 16.30 hrs to 18.00 hrs. 18.30 hrs. 19.00 hrs 20.00 hrs.

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DAY 7 AJANTA CAVES / NASIK

Early Breakfast on Board Arrival at Bhusawal Rly station

06.30 hrs. Onwards 07.00 hrs.

Detrain to visit Ajanta Caves A World Heritage Monument 07.30 hrs. by A/c.Coach Return to Deccan Odyssey at Jalgaon Rly. Stn. Depart for Nasik Lunch & Leisure time on Board Arrive at Nasik station & depart to Visit Panchwati Ghats and ancient Temples. Return to the Deccan Odyssey at Deolali Rly Station and Dinner on board. Depart for Mumbai 12.45 hrs. 13.15 hrs. 13.30 hrs. Onwards 17.00 hrs. 19.30 hrs. 22.30 hrs.

Enjoy the breakfast on board as the sun rises over the commercial capital of India. Alight at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the morning enriched with the rich legacy of this land. The royal journey is over, but the memory of which, will live on forever.

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MUMBAI

Breakfast on Board Arrive at Mumbai CST Check-out latest by

07.00 hrs. 07.30 hrs. 08.15 hrs.

TARRIF
The rates valid from September 2011 to April 2012 Occupancy Silver Class Gold Class Single US $ 950. 00 US $ 1110. 00 Double US $ 595. 00 US $ 695. 00 Platinum Class US $ 1590. 00 US $ 995. 00

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age. (Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years) (Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets) Please note : The costs are per person per night and are for a minimum of 7 nights package on the train All the costs are excluding Govt Service tax which presently is @ 2.58 % on the total bill. This service tax is to be added to any of these costs. 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year. Triple occupancy is not available.

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INCLUSION & EXCLUSIONS: Silver class: Stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursion by air-conditioned luxury coaches. Gold Class: Stay in deluxe cabins, all transfers, tours and excursions by air-conditioned private car with private language failing English speaking local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients, only English Speaking naturalist for jungle safari). Platinum class: Stay in Presidential suite, all transfers, tours and excursions by airconditioned private car with private language failing English speaking local guides (different guides in different cities, guide not staying on the Train with clients, only English Speaking naturalist for jungle safari). General inclusions for all the classes of travel:

All meals starting from Dinner on Wednesday till Breakfast on day 08 i.e. next Wednesday. Entrances to monuments, National Park and other places of visits as per program. 02 Jungle Safari by canters at Ranthambhore (even for Gold class). Jeep safaris for Platinum class Boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to water levels). Gala Dinner at Durbar Hall at Fateh Prakash Palace-Udaipur or Gala Dinner at City Palace-Jaipur Services of English Speaking guides for sightseeing as per booking class. Mineral water, Tea and Coffee throughout the journey.

General exclusions for all the classes of travel


Any drinks (soft drinks, cocktails or liquor) whether on board the train or at land hotels will be payable directly. Camera/ video camera charges, insurance, any airfare, airport tax Facilities at Conference car, Business centre, Beauty Saloon and Spa. Tips, laundry, telephone calls etc. Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

Booking Policy Payment:


At the time of booking: USD 1000 per person, non refundable, non-adjustable. Balance payment: 60 days before departure

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