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August 30, 2014 Corporate, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Cox & Kings will manage Maharashtra’s luxury tourist train Deccan Odyssey from October. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has partnered with the global travel company to cover full management of on-board and off-board services, sales, marketing and operational activities.

Dr Jagdish Patil, Managing Director, MTDC said, “Deccan Odyssey is a prestigious product of MTDC and a big attraction for international tourists. We have won several accolades for this luxurious train and our priority is to maintain its quality services and facilities. Cox & Kings will assure the desiredunnamed (16) level of professionalism to manage services that also need flexible itineraries suiting variety customers.” He added: “Based on recommendations of our consultants and after arranging highly complex logistics we are Ajanta Cavesoffering 10 different itineraries for Deccan Odyssey.”

New itineraries range between two nights to seven nights and cover varied destinations and packages.

Deccan Odyssey had a fixed itinerary of a week, from Mumbai to Goa, since its launch in 2004.

Mr Arup Sen, director, special projects, Cox & Kings, said: “Luxury trains in India are icons and brand ambassadors for the destination. We’re incorporating new technology and will showcase Maharashtra in a unique way. Travelers onboard can experience 700 year old history at Ajanta and Ellora caves on one day and have a chance of sighting the elusive tiger in its less disturbed home at Tadoba and Pench forests on the next day. The tour ends at vineyards of Nasik that also has luxury French brand Moët Hennessy making its sparkling wines.”

A new deviation from the earlier itineraries include the train extending its tours into other Indian states like Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana, Delhi and Rajasthan, covering almost a quarter of India.Vineyard visit is part of the Maharashtra Splendor train tour

The agreement between the state NTO and C&K requires that 40 percent of tours be within Maharashtra. Arup Sen, Director, Special Projects, Cox & Kings_ Satish Soni, Joint MD & Director of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra_ Dr. Jagdish Patil, Managing Director, MTDC & Kishori Gadre, GM, MTDCThe agreement is for a period of 5 years with the scope of extension for another 5 years.

The train has 21 coaches, out of which 12 are passenger cars accommodating 8 people per coach (10 passenger Cars with 4 coupes per coach and 2 Presidential Suite cars with 2 coupes per coach), 1 Conference car, 2 Dinning cars, 2 generator cars with luggage store, 2 Staff cars, 1 Spa car and 1 Bar car. The train has on-board facilities like television, cable connection with central audio disc player, cell phones, channel music and foreign exchange facility. The train can take 88 passengers.

MTDC is providing with exclusive new luxury buses at Tadoba and Pench National Parks for the train tourists.

Mr Sen said: “It’ll be an affordable luxury product.  Short return tours between Mumbai and Shirdi and another one with wildlife and Shirdi will make the tours accessible to many more enthusiasts.”

India has one of the largest railway networks in the world. It also has five, the highest number of luxury tourist trains.

The first package on Deccan Odyssey, beginning on 4 October will be the ‘Maharashtra Splendor’ with eight days and seven night’s itinerary. There’ll be nine runs of this particular package in the next one year.

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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