Mumbai: The Deccan Odyssey luxury train
service, operated by the Maharashtra Tourism Development
Corporation, resumed operations in a new look on Wednesday.
Tourism minister Chhagan Bhujbal joined passengers on
the maiden journey of the renovated luxury train, from the
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus here.
The train was launched in January 2004 and travelled
mostly within the state, catering mainly to foreign tourists.
However, after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, the
"After the terror attacks, we had around 1,000 to
1200 bookings cancelled," MTDC Joint Managing Director Avinash
Today, it carried about 80 passengers, including
tourists from the US, Britain, Switzerland, Holland and
The train today embarked on a weeklong journey to New
Delhi, where another batch of tourists will board the train
for the return journey.
The MTDC decided to fully renovate the train and
re-launch it on a pan-India basis.
The train boasts regal interiors, the best of food and
drinks, conference rooms, televisions in each suite, dining
rooms, lounges, a fully-equipped gym with massage and spa, a
library, and the full range of executive services.
Besides the Mumbai-New Delhi-Mumbai trip which would
take a fortnight, the train will also play within the state.
"We are eyeing destinations like Shirdi and are planning a
special package for it," Dhakne said.