Experience the Wonders of the Great Indian Plateau
Published: November 22, 2016
FIRMLY HOLDING the Deccan Odyssey brochure in my hand, I walk down a carpeted path to the entrance of platform no. 18 of Mumbai's historic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The train aboard which I would be spending the next 7 days to rediscover the art of sophisticated travelling has already arrived.
As the train chugs along at a slow pace over the tracks, I spot performers dressed in flamboyant outfits, waving at us. They start performing the folk dance form Lezim with revelry in tune with the traditional music playing. As the song picks up momentum, so does their performance. Their foot movements work in consonance with the jingling cymbals. A warm traditional welcome marks the beginning of the royal adventure. The crew puts a tilak on my forehead, and garlands me amidst beating of drums.
To step aboard The Deccan Odyssey is to enter a totally different world. This is where luxury, opulence and hospitality come together to remind you of a bygone era. The experience of traversing the mountains, glens and villages to reach the ultimate destination is as incredible as the journey itself.
I settle into the leisurely pace of life on board, and enjoy the lush landscape as the train chugs along and weaves through different towns. Soon I am requested by a staffer to take a tour of the train. Stress fades quickly and I am enthused with the idea to understand how every coach is designed to an incredibly high standard.