Multi-Day Tour

Jewels of the Deccan Odyssey (11 days)

Cox and Kings

Mumbai, India To Mumbai, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Jewels of the Deccan Odyssey (11 days)

Day 3

To Bijapur

Day 4


Day 5

Aihole and Pattadakal

Day 6

To Hampi

Day 9

Ajanta Caves


Day 1
Mumbai, India
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai - 2 Nights None
Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Day 2
Mumbai, India
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai Breakfast
Explore Mumbai's kaleidoscopic past and vibrant present as you see some of the landmarks today. Visit India's largest open-air laundry and stroll through a bustling Crawford Market. Mumbai carries the flavor of its long association with the British and there is an old-world charm in its Indo-Saracenic, Gothic and Muslim buildings.
Day 3
To Bijapur
Deccan Odyssey - 7 Nights Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast this morning, set sail to visit the spectacular 6th-century city of caves on Elephanta Island, which display an incredible collection of rock art dedicated to Shiva. This evening, you will be transferred to Mumbai's Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus to board your train.
Day 4
Deccan Odyssey Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, discover the beautiful mausoleum of Adil Shah. Next, visit the Jumma Masjid, one of the first mosques in India. Continue to Fort Bijapur to see the Malik-e- Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world. Explore Ibrahim Rouza, whose soaring minarets are said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal.
Day 5
Aihole and Pattadakal
Deccan Odyssey Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rise early this morning to explore Aihole, which is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. Explore a few of the over 70 rock-cut temples - all of them different - constructed by the Chalukyan kings. Continue to Pattadakal and marvel at the architectural fusion of South Indian and North Indian forms, which resulted in some stunning temples. After lunch on the train, choose to embark on an optional tour to the weaving village of Guledgud or a visit to the rock-hewn caves of Badami.
Day 6
To Hampi
Deccan Odyssey Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Disembark to visit the iconic City of Victory, Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its splendid architecture and sculptures. See several massive statues this morning, gaze at the breathtaking vistas, and explore the Virupaksha and Vittala temples. After lunch on board the train, continue your exploration of Hampi with a visit to the Royal Center, which was the citadel of the Vijayanagara kings.
Day 7
Hyderabad, India
Deccan Odyssey Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After an early breakfast this morning, disembark and drive toward the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur, the Golconda Fort. Originally a mud fort, it soon acquired impressive proportions after becoming the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and to rest. Alternatively, embark an optional shopping tour this morning in Hyderabad, which is known for its pearls and jewelry. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and to rest. Enjoy lunch in the city, have high tea in Falaknuma Palace, and explore the bustling bazaars of the Old City.
Day 8
Aurangabad, India
Deccan Odyssey Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Arrive in Aurangabad, the gateway to the exceptional Ellora Caves, where, in the seventh and eighth centuries, sacred Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cave temples were hewn from the rock. One of the masterpieces of this site is undoubtedly the 90-foot-tall Kailasa temple, which was meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash.
Day 9
Ajanta Caves
Deccan Odyssey Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ajanta Caves, home to exquisite ancient murals and sculptures that depict the life of Buddha. Carved out of the solid rock with little more than a hammer and a chisel, artisans excavated chapels and monasteries where the Buddhist monks lived and taught. Following lunch on board the train, disembark to visit a stirring memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Day 10
Mumbai, India
The Leela Mumbai Breakfast
This morning, arrive back in Mumbai where your journey comes to an end. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Day 11
Mumbai, India
None Breakfast
Today you will be escorted to Mumbai International Airport for your onward flight.

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Journey through the Deccan plateau on India's premier train, the Deccan Odyssey. Explore the architectural wonders of the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur and the legacy of the Chalukyan kings in Aihole and Pattadakal. Delve into the powerful Vijayanagara Kingdom in Hampi, see the contrasting styles of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda and the Asaf Jahi in Hyderabad, and visit the fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the sacred Ajanta and Ellora Caves.

About Us

For over 250 years, Cox & Kings, as a luxury travel company, has listened to the needs and aspirations of passionate travelers, and has consistently delivered journeys full of wonder, surprise and unforgettable moments. With Cox & Kings, travelers are immersed in the heart of the action, experiencing authentic moments on far-flung adventures across the globe. Cox & Kings offers exquisite cultural & wildlife adventures designed for individuals, small groups, and families seeking to experience the grandeur of India & The Subcontinent, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Antarctica and Asia & The Pacific.

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Terms & Conditions

Booking Procedures

Please read the conditions of travel as your booking is subject to the terms listed below. A contract is entered into once your travel agent or Cox & Kings (East India Travel Company, Inc.) receives your signed booking form and deposit and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Cox & Kings.


An appropriate deposit for each program chosen will be your only obligation until 90 days prior to departure. Additional deposits may be required. The balance of the cost must be paid 90 days before you travel. Payment must be made to Cox & Kings in Los Angeles, California. If the final balance is not received on time Cox & Kings reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and to levy cancellation charges. If you book your travel within 90 days of departure, the full amount must be paid when you make the booking.

Alterations by You

If you request any amendments to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, an amendment fee of $150 per alteration will be charged. If after the commencement of your travel you request any amendment to your arrangements or accommodation, Cox & Kings and their agents will do their best to implement it, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such an amendment being made you will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by Cox & Kings and their agents in attempting to secure any revised arrangement.

Cancellation by You

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are non-refundable. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt of your letter, since we can only act on receipt. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. If notification of cancellation is received more than 90 days before departure you will only lose your deposit(s). For notification received within 90 days of departure, cancellation charges are as follows:

Days Before Departure Total Travel Program Cost Lost

Before 90 your deposit

90 to 61 20%

60 to 31 50%

30 to Day of Departure 100%

Cancellations received Fridays for tour departures that weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) will be treated as a day of departure cancellation. We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. not taken, when these are included in the price of the program. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers. Certain departures may have higher penalty for cancellation, please contact your travel consultant for details. Any air tickets issued at any time are subject to the terms of the airline. Protect your travel investment, buy travel insurance.

Alterations Made to the Scheduled Program

Our tours are planned in advance and changes may be unavoidable, some may be due to circumstances amounting to “force majeure” or similar reasons beyond our control, such as delays in departures on travel booking or closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, natural occurrences, decisions by State Governments or Tourist Organizations altering the itinerary, the duration of time spent in a city or even omitting a city or part of the itinerary due to the local situation. In such cases we will offer comparable alternative arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the tour, we reserve the right to alter the scheduled itinerary accordingly and no compensation will be paid. We will make every reasonable effort to provide you with the booked tour arrangements but minor changes may occur. If they are significant we shall, if possible, inform you or your travel agent before departure. In the event of such an amendment being made, you will be liable for any cancellation / retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by Cox & Kings and their agents in attempting to secure any revised arrangement. Please note that Cox & Kings will not be liable to reimburse additional expenses undertaken by the client in preparation for the tour. These include and are not limited to international tickets, used mileage awards and fees, cost of visas, immunizations, shots, etc.

Tour Prices

Tours prices are based on U.S. dollars (unless otherwise noted) and exchange rates in effect Summer 2012. They are subject to variation if there are increases due to governmental action, additional taxes, exchange rates, increases in scheduled airfare or increases in fuel surcharges. Any increase in the original tour price will be notified to you at least 90 days before departure. If you make your booking within 90 days of departure the surcharge will be included in your invoice. Cox & Kings will absorb an amount equivalent to two percent of the tour price. Any surcharge will not exceed 10 percent of the listed tour price. If you settle the final balance by the due date we will absorb any price increases after that due date. In return for this commitment, we are unable to make any refund or reduce any other costs should the value of the U.S. dollar improve against the currencies used. For scheduled group departures, it may be necessary to re-cost your tour due to a low number of participants. You will be contacted 90 days prior to your departure date and advised should a supplementary fee apply. If all group members accept the increased cost the tour will operate as scheduled. However, if the supplement is not accepted by you then you will be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid or a transfer to another tour.

Visas and Your Responsibilities

All Travelers require a passport with at least six months validity beyond completion of travel. Visas may be required and for U.S. Citizens we will furnish the relevant details after receipt of your booking deposit and confirmation of your booking. Non U.S. citizens should consult with the appropriate Consulates and Embassies. It is the responsibility of the individual traveler to secure the proper documentation prior to joining the tour.

It is the responsibility of The Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department's travel website at or by phone at 1-888-407-4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location/s of the trip, should The Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, The Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.

What Your Tour Price Generally Includes

    Economy class on inter-tour flights as listed in this brochure.

    Standard class on rail, road and other transportation as described in our brochure.

    In-flight meals and/or refreshments according to flight timings.

    44 lbs. or 20 kg baggage allowance, or as specified on your air tickets/itinerary.

    Transfers between the appropriate overseas airports /stations/ports and your hotels according to each itinerary unless otherwise stated.

    Twin sharing standard room accommodation with private bath or shower and toilet in each room where available.

    Excursions and tours where specifically detailed.

    Meals as described.

    Services of professional guides and/or a Tour Escort.

    For luxury group tours, gratuities for services included in the itinerary.

Your Tour Price Generally Excludes

    International airfare, unless otherwise stated.

    The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, incidentals, etc.

    Airport security charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements.

    Airport departure taxes.

    Optional excursions.

    Cost of visas and passports where necessary.

    Transport between your home and home airport/port/station.

    Gratuities for services provided on a personal basis.

    Meals other than those specified.

    The sole traveler supplement payable on all bookings where only one person is traveling.

    Gratuities for services on all individual tours and gratuities to your Tour Escort.

    Still, video, film and camera fees.

Our Responsibilities

Cox & Kings makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide you with the travel services you purchase. We do not own or operate any of the accommodation, transport or other facilities used in connection with our tours. We therefore cannot accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations. These parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct control. Cox & Kings is not liable in the event of any failure by any person or company to render any transportation, accommodation or other travel service to be provided on the journeys, or for expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, flight delays, government actions, mechanical failures or any acts of God.

Cox & Kings cannot assume any responsibility for flight delays, cancellations or missed connections and is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting therefrom, and such expenses shall be borne by the client. When you travel with an airline the Conditions of Carriage of that airline will apply. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements and may limit or exclude liability. Your travel agent or airline can advise you of these conditions. The participant waives any claim against Cox & Kings for any damage to, or loss of, property, or injury to, or death of, due to any act, or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation companies, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible for any claim, losses, damages for delay of baggage or other properties, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset and disappointment, distress or frustrations, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party providing services.

We do take all reasonable steps to insure that organizations providing services maintain standards, which are acceptable within the norm in each locality. The participant assumes the risks and understands that all travel has inherent risk that may result in injury or death and that participation in activities, including but not limited to, driving, hiking, walking, touring, visiting archeological sites, walking on uneven surfaces, riding on rough roads, rafting, boating, canoeing riding in helicopters, on trains, in boats, swimming, surfing, horseback or camel riding, and any other activities. The information contained in this brochure has been compiled with all reasonable care, is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is given in good faith.

All services are subject to the laws of the countries in which these services are rendered.

Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A., whose courts, using California Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Cox & Kings shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Cox & Kings assumes responsibility for representations it makes, but not for those made by others and including, but not limited to, any employee of Cox & Kings or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Cox & Kings travel arrangements shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the Booking Terms & Conditions published herein and is binding on all travel participants.

United States Tour Operators Association

$1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Cox & Kings, The Americas, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Cox & Kings, The Americas' customers in the unlikely event of Cox & Kings, The Americas bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by Cox & Kings, The Americas may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Cox & Kings, The Americas. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to or by visiting their website at

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highly recommended

By: rebecca

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2013

Cox and Kings coordinated a complicated itinerary with many different air segments and they were very detailed and thorough. Their guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and very accomodating to the needs and interests of their clients
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger
Not Recommended

missed some key things

By: travelgal

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

1) hospital not be open on moon day wasted time 2) misinformation about internal connecting flight 3) already had visa and they got duplicate 4) no idea about what time living goddess would appear wasted time again 5) no one reconfirmed departure times, would have been sitting around the airport for hours 6) didn't need as many days as recommended
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overall was fine but could have better

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

the agency used too many different companies and out sourced the trips and guides to different areas that it was difficult to find who was responsible and who to contact in case of an issue. People will be better served if the same company was consistently used. Also if they have booked a room in a hotel, not to book the lowest category of the room in the hotel but give guests an option to book a room with a balcony or overlooking the water
Travel Advisor:  Cassandra Bookholder
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Not Recommended

Never again

By: Johnstew

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2014

I have a major issue with Cox and Kings as a “luxury supplier”.There is more to the term than booking expensive hotels and tours. A well planned, informative experience that ensures client satisfaction must occur. Communication with Cox and Kings was almost nil. There was virtually no information provided to us once they had payment. The final delivery of documents was nothing more than a copy of the original booking marked final. These documents (such as they were) came late. Cox and Kings excuse was they “were waiting on ‘final’ confirmation from suppliers”. Based on the start of our trip, it’s not clear that they were communicating with them any better than they were talking to us.  They failed to tell us that the in country flight could only accomodate 25lbs of luggage, great fun repacking. They screwed up the excursions planned at our first stop and we missed one. Another listed tour stop did not happen and several were not as described. GO ELSEWHERE!
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By: Fellow Traveler

Reviewed on: 27 May 2014

Eva was an excellent guide in Prague.  Enjoyed the tours and would recommend again.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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By: LC47

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

As a single traveler I thought their services were good but too expensive. The tour operators seemed competent.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Recommended, but with a caveat

By: Jean

Reviewed on: 22 May 2014

Our travel agent used Cox and Kings for our group's three-day stay in Prague. The hotel, Hotel Paris, was wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional.  We had a wonderful time while we were there.  The only disappointment was the Hungarian folk dancing show/dinner.  The local singer and dancers did a very nice job, but the meal was not just bad, it was inedible.  Two slices of gristle in cold, gelatinous gravy, followed by cake so dry it was like sawdust.  Have a glorious time in Prague, but skip that dinner!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Excellent trip thanks to Cox And Kings

By: Barrett

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

The safari experience at three camps was unbelievable. External well planned and executed. Absolutely no flaws. Ready to go back and do it all over again. They know what they are doing. One can have high confidence in their work.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Incan Peru Done Perfectly

By: JohnSt2

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

My wife and I just completed an ideal week in Peru arranged by Cox and Kings, America. The itinerary they planned was executed flawlessly. All the hotels, tours, meals and guides exceeded our high expectations. We stayed in Belmond hotels in Lima, Cusco, Urubamba & Machu Picchu. They are all exceptional; immaculate and well situated; large and well appointed rooms. The staffs are welcoming and couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our package included breakfast and lunch. Hotel breakfasts had many choices both North & South American dishes; all tastefully prepared. Lunches at upscale restaurants with a great selection of Peruvian dishes. You’ll love Peruvian cooking & you will get plenty of it. You won't need dinner. Our guide, Henry Coavoy Goongora (we called him Henry), was excellent; able comprehend the subtleties of our questions. He went above & beyond to personalize our experience, e.g. arranging for my wife to ride a Peruvian Paso horse. We had a fantastic time.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Prague One on One

By: Pat and Lee

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of Prague. It was one of the best experiences of our trip. Professional and well versed guide who was sensitive to our needs. Made Prague come alive for us. Could not have been better.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Land assistance

By: David

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2016

Cox and kings land packages, and their guides were absolutely excellent as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson

Well managed operation

By: JRobert

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Cox and Kings spare no effort or cost on every detail of the trip ensuring complete satisfaction in every detail.Particularly impressed by the quality of all the people and the seamless teamwork.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Cox & Kings - India 2017

By: K.Bueso

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

As a tour operator, I would definitely recommend Cox & Kings but I would make mention of certain concerning items which I have not seen with other tour operators such as G Adventures. The Good Cox & Kings made us feel welcomed since the day we arrived in India. A very friendly representative met us at the airport in India with our names on a board. This made us feel welcomed and safe. Also the representative was very helpful in some inquiries we had such as ATM withdrawal and purchase of a SIM Card at the airport. He was very friendly and conversational on the trip to the airport. At every step of the way, Cox & Kings had a representative to meet us and explain the process. We visited four different cities in India and they had several representatives assisting us to make sure the trip was great. The drivers were very professional and on time. The Kind of Bad Not sure if it was Cox & Kings or individual guides, but they push their "trusted" stores on to us for purchasing souvenirs
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Scenic Cruise river tour April 2017

By: sue

Reviewed on: 13 May 2017

We are fans for life .An excellent ship, plus everything was first class...., comfort, wonderful quality, very professional staff. .Excursions, (all choices prepaid with 3 choices) were the best we have experienced , above all others. The entertainment at all venues ,including on board the ship, was top quality. Accommodations for inclement weather ( not too warm and or sunny) were thoughtful and efficient.
Travel Advisor:  Sherry Wilczewski

Great planning.

By: High Altitude

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2017

Trip planning and documentation were thorough and complete. Follow-through after trip completion also very good.
Not Recommended

Inconsistency in Trip Planning

By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

There were many inconsistencies in the planning and execution of this recent trip. Turns out we could have gotten our China Visas in the States and could have bypassed Nepal which was our preference. Receiving other pertainent documents was also done at the last minute. Some of the hotel accommodations (in the countryside in Tibet) were not up to the standards of a trip of this caliber. The service and food at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu was also not up to par. The room at the Uma Paro was tiny and cramped. There was a very long day driving to Gantey, fours hours each way that could have been handled differently, by having us sleep overnight at the Gantey Lodge and returning the next day. Had we known It was a National Holiday in China for 8 days, we would have bypassed the one day in Chendu to see the Pandas; the crowds were horrific and made it very unenjoyable and impossible to see the Pandas even though we got up very early that day.
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Excellent drivers and guides

By: Penny

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

We would recommend Cox and Kings to anyone. Our guide Michele inPrague was excellent. She knows and loves Prague, and it was great to talk with her about so many different aspects of Czech life. All Cox and Kings services were professionally and flawlessly executed.
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Tolson
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Cox & Kings tour operators were awesome

By: Humphrey

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

The contact I had with Cox & Kings was great. Dania in the US was really helpful and provided me with all of the information and help I needed. Their representative in Tanzania was very helpful too. Our guide, John was great. He was so knowledgeable about the animals and the parks, and he knew where to look for the animals. We really enjoyed having him as our guide. He was very professional and took very good care of us.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmitz
Not Recommended

Great guides but didn't listen to clients

By: Travel with Granny

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2018

We had a difficult time getting what we wanted with this company. They wanted to fill every minute and we wanted lots of time to wander and explore. Also, my physical limitations made so much public transportation very difficult. The two guides we had were absolutely marvelous and tried to make up for some of the scheduling over programming. I cannot praise our guides enough for their kindness, competence, and knowledge.