Royal Journey of India

Royal Journey of India

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Embark on a voyage across the magnificent landscapes of India and experience the best that India has to offer. Travel into an age of romance and royalty and discover the soul of this incredible country. 

Take a spellbinding seven-night rail journey through Gujarat on board the iconic Deccan Odyssey, one of India's most luxurious and opulent trains. Witness mysteries unfold as Deccan Odyssey snakes her way through royal cities showcasing the extravagance of the palaces, the traditions and culinary wonders of cities and villages well protected from the sands of time. 

Discover our 20-night tour including a Singapore stopover and staying exclusively at Oberoi Hotels throughout India. 

For sale until: 20 March 2018

Destinations: India

Commencing: Mumbai, India

Duration: 20 nights

Departure Date: 20 March 2018

 

Highlights

  • Please click here to watch our tour video
  • Small group limited to 22 guests, fully hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host 
  • Accompanying local Tour Manager from Udaipur to Delhi 
  • 7 nights on board Deccan Odyssey - one of India's most luxurious trains 
  • 11 night Golden Triangle land tour staying exclusively at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts 
  • Discover spell-binding destinations of Gujarat including the medieval capital of Vadodra, the holy city of Nashik, the wild sojourn of the Little Rann and pilgrim spots of Palitana
  • Walk around the World Heritage site of Champaner-Pavagadh
  • Explore the historic monuments at Palitana and Modhera
  • Watch the Asiatic lions in Sasan Gir
  • Embark on a winery tour in Nashik
  • Visit the romantic city of Udaipur, also known as the "City of Sunrise" and the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur 
  • Explore the Jain temples of Palitana and the Sun temple at Modhera
  • All sightseeing and transfers in private chauffeur driven air-conditioned deluxe coach
  • All tips and gratuities including for the accompanying tour manager (in India)
 

Full Itinerary

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    Day 01

    Tuesday 20 Mar 2018

    Singapore, Singapore

    On arrival in Singapore, you are met and transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure. 

    Shangri-La Hotel 

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    Day 02

    Wednesday 21 Mar 2018

    Singapore, Singapore

    Explore Singapore at your own leisure. Enjoy your afternoon or evening at the Champagne bar located in the lobby of The Valley Wing, with free flow of Champagne, wines and exquisite canapés, available all day. 

    Shangri-La Hotel (B)

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    Day 03

    Thursday 22 Mar 2018

    Mumbai, India

    Welcome to India! Your flight lands at Mumbai International Airport in the evening. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. 

    Oberoi Mumbai (B)

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    Day 04

    Friday 23 Mar 2018

    Mumbai, India

    Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is the largest metropolis in India. This morning, you will visit Fort Mumbai, the Prince of Wales Museum and a number of cafes, restaurants, fine shops and boutiques. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to see the famed 'dabbawallas' or 'lunch box carriers' in action. 

    Oberoi Mumbai (B) 

  • Deccan Odyssey Traditional Welcome

    Day 05

    Saturday 24 Mar 2018

    Mumbai, India

    Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station where a traditional Indian welcome awaits you. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey will begin its journey from Mumbai to Vadodara. 

    Embark Deccan Odyssey (B, D)

  • Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara

    Day 06

    Sunday 25 Mar 2018

    Vadodara, India

    The train enters the royal city of Gaekwards. Step into the pages of history as you explore a town full of ruins in Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, make your way towards the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, a paradise for art lovers. Enjoy high tea at the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace - the exquisite residence of the Royal family.  

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)

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    Day 07

    Monday 26 Mar 2018

    Palitana, India

    Today, the Deccan Odyssey will halt at the holy town of Palitana, a popular pilgrim spot in the state of Gujarat to witness the world's largest temple complexes. Admire the spectacular cluster of Jain temples exquisitely carved in marble as you spend your day exploring. The afternoon will be spent indulging in various facilities on board; learn to play carom or indulge yourself to a spa. In the evening, watch the rural scene unfold as you sip on sun downer.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)

  • Asiatic Lion Gir Forest National Park

    Day 08

    Tuesday 27 Mar 2018

    Sasan Gir / Somnath

    Today, a guide will greet you for an exciting adventure at the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. As you set your foot inside the national park, send a prayer upwards for a sighting of the majestic and extremely rare Asiatic lion. After lunch, drive towards one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (manifestations of Lord Shiva) of India, located in the beautiful Somnath temple.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)

     

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    Day 09

    Wednesday 28 Mar 2018

    Little Rann of Kutch

    Indulge in a cross-dessert safari across the exotic Little Rann of Kutch. Contrary to its name, Rann is the world's largest salt marsh spread over at a distance of 7500 sq km. Your jeep safari will take you across the Wild Ass Sanctuary where you will get a chance to spot the ghudkar, or Indian wild ass and other species like the desert fox, jungle cat, jackal and several birds. Keep your camera ready at all times as there is virtually no vegetation for animals to hide behind! Later, you will also get a chance to visit the settlements and villages. Meet up with the Agarias, salt-panners, who are responsible for drying out the salts, then head towards the homes of the Rabari tribe for a glance into their world and learn the tricks of the trade from the Mirs of Dasada who make the beaded bangles. 

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)

  • Modhera Sun Temple

    Day 10

    Thursday 29 Mar 2018

    Modhera / Patan

    Today, we visit the medieval capital of Gujarat, Patan, the 8th century fortified town. Today will be spent exploring the Sun temple and the famous 11th century step well Rani ki Vav. This step well is renowned for being the finest example of subterranean architecture for water management. Patan is an 8th century fortified town which is renowned for its forts, lakes, holy places and a world heritage site. In the afternoon, head towards the Patola house for some exquisite Patola sarees. 

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)

  • Traditional Indian Thali

    Day 11

    Friday 30 Mar 2018

    Nashik

    Today, the Deccan Odyssey will halt at the holy city of Nashik also known as the wine capital of the country. Make your way towards Pandu Leni, to explore one of the most ancient Jain and Buddhist cave temples in India. After exploring, drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards, where an exclusive tour of India's finest wine producing facilities awaits you. Reserve your evening for a trip to the Godavari ghats, where you will witness the various Hindu rituals related to birth, death and initiation.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)

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    Day 12

    Saturday 31 Mar 2018

    Mumbai / Udaipur

    After breakfast, bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Udaipur. Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola with lush green hills of the Aravalli surroundings, Udaipur, the "City of Sunrise" is often described as the most romantic city in India. Enjoy a sunset cruise this evening on Lake Pichola followed by a special welcome dinner. 

    Oberoi Udaivilas (B, D) 

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    Day 13

    Sunday 01 Apr 2018

    Udaipur, India

    Today's tour will begin at the City Palace. This sprawling palace was built over three centuries and is a series of four interconnecting palaces, illustrative of various architectural styles. You will also walk through the Crystal Gallery with a rather eclectic collection. Later in the afternoon you will visit the Old City. You will also see the very rare and ephemeral art of Jal Sanjhi, a religious art that involves drawing with colored powder on water.

    Oberoi Udaivilas (B) 

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    Day 14

    Monday 02 Apr 2018

    Udaipur, India

    This morning we drive you to the Delwara region of Rajasthan, which houses the beautiful temples of Nagda and Eklingji. Tonight, you will participate in a culinary experience conducted by the noble family of Bedla. They have hosted Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy and the first Prime Minister of India. The secret age-old recipes of the Bedla family have been passed along generations

    Oberoi Udaivilas (B, D) 

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    Day 15

    Tuesday 03 Apr 2018

    Udaipur / Jaipur

    Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Jaipur, the "Pink City". Head to the City Palace and enjoy a private tour of the residential areas of the Palace (not open to the general public), followed by a glass of Champagne in the royal living room. From the City Palace you will enter the extraordinary Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory built in 1827 followed by a visit to the iconic Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds' with its ornate pink facade. 

    Oberoi Rajvilas (B) 

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    Day 16

    Wednesday 04 Apr 2018

    Jaipur, India

    The morning will be at leisure. Alternatively, you have the option of exploring the bazaars of the old city - colorful, aromatic, happily chaotic and offering anything from the famous Jaipur jewelry to ordinary household goods. After lunch, visit the excellent Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing and the fort palace at Amber. A surprise dinner awaits this evening. 

    Oberoi Rajvilas (B, D) 

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    Day 17

    Thursday 05 Apr 2018

    Jaipur / Agra

    Today we drive to Agra stopping by Fatehpur Sikri en route, a UNESCO World Heritage Site structure constructed entirely in vibrant red sandstone. Your guide will meet you again late afternoon and take you to the Taj Mahal, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal is best seen at different times of the day when the white marble reflects the nuances of the changing light from the sun. 

    Oberoi Amarvilas (B, L) 

     

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    Day 18

    Friday 06 Apr 2018

    Agra, India

    After a leisurely breakfast, you will visit one of the great monuments of the city - the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the day will be at leisure. 

    Oberoi Amarvilas (B) 

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    Day 19

    Saturday 07 Apr 2018

    Agra / Delhi

    You will have the option of returning to the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast you will drive to Delhi with sightseeing stops along the way. On arrival, you will check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

    Oberoi Gurgaon (B) 

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    Day 20

    Sunday 08 Apr 2018

    Delhi, India

    After a leisurely morning, visit one of the architectural triumphs of the Mughal Empire – Humayun’s Tomb (the design of the Taj Mahal is based on this tomb). Return to the hotel driving past Rajpath, or "King's Way", passing by the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan), and India Gate. Tonight a special farewell dinner will be arranged. 

    Oberoi Gurgaon (B, D) 

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    Day 21

    Monday 09 Apr 2018

    Delhi, India

    After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight home. 

    Check-out (B)

Royal Journey of India Map
 

Inclusions

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01. FLIGHTS

Inclusive of: 

  • Return airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • Return International Economy Class airfares from Australia 
  • See flight upgrade options below (subject to availability) 
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  • 006-The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra - View of Taj Mahal
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02. ACCOMMODATION

Inclusive of: 

  • Doorman
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  • Valley Wing Champagne Bar
  • Valley Wing Champagne Bar Seating 40cm X 50 cm
  • Restaurant - The Waterfall - Alfresco - 1
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03. SHANGRI-LA SINGAPORE

Your two night stay in a Valley Wing Deluxe Room includes: 

  • Complimentary breakfast in the private Summit Room
  • Complimentary 3-tier English afternoon tea
  • Complimentary champagne, wine, juices and canapés at the Champagne Bar
  • Complimentary minibar beverages, excluding alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Thoughtfully selected fabrics for room furnishing, including the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen
  • Pillow menu
  • Wedgwood tea sets with a selection of tea leaves
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Concierge service
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Personalised stationery
  • Premium L'Occitane toiletries
  • LCD television facing bathtub
  • Choice of mood lighting in bathroom
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04. OBEROI HOTELS & RESORTS

Serene surroundings. Luxurious rooms. And legendary service. A stay at Oberoi Hotels promises all of these benefits and more. 

  • Voted "World's Best Hotel Brand" for the second consecutive year by the readers of Travel & Leisure, USA in the 2016 World's Best Awards. 
  • Voted World's Leading Luxury Hotel Brand in the 2015 World Travel Awards.
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05. DECCAN ODYSSEY

Inclusive of: 

  • Accommodation in Deluxe Cabin 
  • All meals, soft beverages including juices, mineral water and soft drinks
  • Guided off-train excursions as per itinerary 
  • Entrance fees, park fees, still camera fees and transport
  • Services of an English-speaking local guide throughout