In March this year, I joined the Deccan Odyssey Luxury Rail Journey from Delhi to Mumbai, as a guest of Travel 2 and Cox & Kings.
We enjoyed a very comfortable flight in Business Class with Jet Airways, experiencing attentive service from the excellent cabin crew.
Arrival in Delhi was just how I imagined it to be with all types of vehicles including tuk tuks, cycles, motorbikes, cars and lorries vying for their bit of the road! All with the odd cow wandering across it to add to the mayhem!
Following an overnight stay, we enjoyed a coach tour of the major sights of Delhi, before heading to the railway station to join the Deccan Odyssey for our 7 night journey to Mumbai. We were greeted by the train crew, who were serving tea, with traditional music and dancing while we awaited the arrival of our train, feeling very excited about our forthcoming Indian adventure.
Once on board we settled into our comfortable cabins, lacking in space but well equipped with an ensuite shower and toilet and a very attentive service from our cabin steward. A delicious dinner served in one of the two restaurants followed. The service was what you would normally expect on a cruise with fine dining cuisine, both international and Indian.
And so our journey began. Sleeping on a train, not a particularly smooth ride, was going to take some getting used to, along with the station announcements which can happen any time of the night!
We woke up at Rathambore, home of the Rathambore Tiger Reserve and after breakfast and a red carpet greeting from the locals, we boarded our safari vehicle for our first safari of the day to try and spot the elusive tigers. We spotted monkeys, antelopes and crocodiles but no tigers. After lunch, we headed off on another route but unfortunately still no luck with the tigers although we did spot a leopard, which apparently is very rare.
Another delicious dinner on board our train followed by drinks in the bar as we set off for Agra.
Upon arrival in Agra, and after breakfast and another red carpet greeting from the locals, we set off to visit the iconic Taj Mahal. It didn’t disappoint and there is something very magical about the setting and the building itself, which is amazing.