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India's Premier Luxury Train Experience: The Deccan Odyssey

India's Premier Luxury Train Experience: The Deccan Odyssey
photo: The Society of International Railway Travelers/India's Premier Luxury Train Experience: The Deccan Odyssey
23 / 06 / 2023

The Deccan Odyssey is one of the most luxurious trains on the subcontinent. It has comfortable cabins, lounges, and even an elegant spa car. Thus, passengers can explore Rajasthan in the comfort of a tour aboard the Darjeeling Mail or venture to the western and southern coasts of India aboard the Madras Mail.

"The Deccan Odyssey…is a class act. The staff is excellent; very capable and ready to please. The food is incredible, all cooked fresh on board. The excursions are well-planned and guided," reviewed Owen Hardy, founder of IRT (The Society of International Railway Travelers).


The train has 12 air-conditioned sleeper cars with two types of suites: Deluxe and Presidential. The train can accommodate a maximum of 88 people. Each sleeping car has a small lounge at one end, where the car attendants welcome guests with cold drinks and towels for refreshment after each day of travel.

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Deluxe cabins

Deluxe cabins are 95 square metres with four per car. They are equipped with two twin beds or a large double bed with a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.

Presidential Suite

Four Presidential Suites (205 square meters) occupy half of each car. These suites have a large double bed, a separate living room with a sofa and desk, and two bathrooms. Guests who book Presidential Suites have access to a private car and guide on many off-train excursions, and drinks from the bar car, laundry service and hotel room upgrades are also included.

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Two dining rooms serve delicious meals with a selection of continental and Indian cuisine prepared and served by the staff of the world-renowned Taj Hotel Group. Outside the train, only Indian cuisine is often served.


Public areas are plentiful: a bar car with a full-time bartender, a conference car with plasma TV, a library and a business centre. The spa car is particularly unique, with two massage rooms, a sauna, a beauty salon, and even a small gym.