TCI launches its luxury train journey ‘The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey’ in the Indian Market

The Indian Maharaja– Deccan Odyssey, winner of The World Travel Award for

Asia’s leading luxury train, opens sale for the Indian Market at a special price


Mumbai, Sept 13, 2011: Travel Corporation (India) Limited [TCI], the premier destination management company for India, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Nepal, today announced the launch of its luxury train journeys - The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey- offering Indian travelers unparalleled opulence and exclusivity via a unique and regal rail travel experience of India.


The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey, winner of Asia’s Leading Luxury Train, 2010, and nominated for 2011, has been included in the ‘World’s Top 25 Trains’ by The Society of International Railway Travelers.


The exclusive itinerary includes some of the best monuments of the Indian sub-continent: the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and the like. Halts at Ranthambore, Udaipur and Jaipur in the royal state of Rajasthan, offer a delightful melange of culture, history and wildlife.


Commenting on the launch Mr. Madhavan Menon, Director, Travel Corporation (India) Ltd. said, “This is a key initiative in the hugely potential Indian domestic market; in sync with TCI’s considerable equity in luxury leisure travel. The Indian Maharaja- Deccan Odyssey is a perfect blend of heritage, opulence and hospitality making for a truly exotic experience for the discerning Indian traveler at a price specially launched for the Indian domestic market.”


With 7 day all-inclusive itineraries, guests could chose from Silver, Gold or Platinum class travel, each with a host of distinctive facilities. Sight-seeing is conducted via private chauffeur-driven cars for Gold and Platinum guests or on a luxury coach for Silver guests, assisted by English speaking guides.


The internationally awarded and lauded train has 21 climate-controlled suites including 11 aesthetically appointed guest coaches featuring panoramic windows, twin/double cabins, with en suite facilities, channel music, telephone and round the clock dedicated valet service. An array of activities and facilities include a world class spa, functional gymnasium, all day dining, courtesy a Master chef, and a well stocked bar.


A key highlight is that onboard guest services, food & beverage, housekeeping and a world-class butler service are provided by the internationally renowned Taj Group of Hotels and Palaces.


The Indian Maharaja- Deccan Odyssey is akin to a luxury hotel on wheels; travelling at night while you sleep, so you awaken to a new destination each day. This unique journey is sans the hassle of airport security checks and hotel check-in queues, transfers, packing and unpacking- a welcome element of comfort and stress free travel.


Thanks to the all-inclusive fare, The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey offers exceptional value for money and is the most convenient way to visit multiple destinations in India- in regal style!


About Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI):

Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) is India’s premier inbound travel organization. Maintaining its position as the “Best Inbound Tour Operator”, TCI has further consolidated its presence in the inbound industry with offices across 80 cities in India and 7 overseas at New York, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo and Kathmandu.


TCI works closely with tour operators worldwide and with over 2100 professionals, the company offers expert and creative guidance whilst taking care of every small requirement of the guest to give a distinctive experience of India. Besides tours to popular destinations in India and neighboring countries – Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Bhutan, Tibet, Maldives, etc – the company specializes in special interest and incentive tours, conferences and air charter and cruise ship ground operations, while investing in eco responsible and socially aware tourism.


TCI also markets exclusively India’s leading luxury Train – The Indian Maharaja, Deccan Odyssey – which has won numerous awards including the Asia’s leading luxury train, 2010.


The Company has the distinction of winning the National Tourism Award for “Excellence in the Tourism Industry” in Category I several times since 1976, besides other annual awards and recognitions.