The Deccan Odyssey Luxury tourist Train is one of the famous 4 royal trains in the country and the prestigious project of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, The Train is very popular globally , post Pandemic the train has undergoes major refurbishment and its now rejuvenated and ready to run in its new form. It will be inaugurated on September 21, 2023 under the chairmanship of Hon. Assembly Speaker Dr. Rahul Narvekar and at the hands of Hon. Tourism Minister Shri. Girish Mahajan and in the presence of Hon. School Education and Marathi Language Minister Shri. Deepak Kesarkar, Principal Secretary Smt. Radhika Rastogi (Tourism), Managing Director Smt. Shraddha Joshi (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) and officials of Indian Railway Department will also be present.
Following is brief information about the Deccan Odyssey train which gives Maharashtra a unique identity.
Deccan Odyssey luxury train was built in the year 2003 at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, after getting the approval of the Central and State Governments for the Deccan Odyssey project. In the year 2004, the then Hon. Prime Minister Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji inaugurated the Deccan Odyssey train and flagged off the train.
The main objective of the Deccan Odyssey luxury train was to introduce the tourist destinations of Maharashtra to the national and international tourists in a delightful way and also to promote the tourist destinations, cultural art-splendours and food cultures of Maharashtra. In this train, MTDC has provided world class interior facilities and services for the tourists.
2004-2020 Deccan Odyssey luxury train received a huge response. But due to the corona epidemic in the year 2020-21, the service of Deccan Odyssey was also stopped like other railways.
Travelers to the Deccan are mainly foreign tourists. Foreign tourists could not come to India due to the suspension of international flights for several days. Now the tourism sector has revitalized and from 21st September 2023 MTDC is all set to resume the Deccan Odyssey train operations. For this MTDC has carefully appointed an operator to look after this enter project on turnkey basis. 40 % tours in Maharashtra mandatorily and then covers other premium tourist destinations PAN India.