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The Deccan Odyssey is a special luxury train based on the model of Palace on Wheels to boost tourism on the Maharashtra route of the Indian Railways. The route starts in Mumbai and travels to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Kolhapur, Belgaon, Solapur, Nanded, Aurangabad, Ajanta-Ellora Nasik, Puneand then back to Mumbai.
It is a venture of the Maharashtra Government and the Ministry of Railways, Government of India. In addition to being a train that touches tourist spots, this aims to be a complete 5-star hotel on wheels, with two restaurants and a bar, a sauna, business centre and other such amenities on board. The coaches fitted with special amenities were manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.
In 2004, the Maharashtra government stopped its run of the Deccan Odyssey, citing poor response, but restarted it after the monsoon season.
From December 2010, The Deccan Odyssey train, taken on charter from Government of Maharashtra started with aim to have a journey across four Sikh takhts, with a flight by devout and sightseers to the fifth takht ( Takht Sri Patna Sahib). The duration of the tour is 7 nights, starting every Wednesday from Mumbai.
10 fully air-conditioned Deluxe Cabin saloons, each with combination of 4 twin bedded chambers and 2 fully air-conditioned Presidential Suite saloons each with 2 suites with combination of living room & bed room. Saloons are equipped with channel music, intercom, player, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall-to-wall carpeting and other amenities.
Other Tourism Trains
- INDIAN MAHARAJA
- The Golden Chariot
- Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
- Palace on Wheels
- India on Wheels
- Maharaja Express
- Fairy Queen
- Mahaparinirvan Express
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- "Deccan Odyssey - The Official Website of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation". Maharashtratourism.gov.in. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "A luxury train trip across Sikh takhts".