Luxury tourism is presently at the forefront of India’s travel and tourism plans, citing a booming economy and a steadily expanding middle class. It has also proved to be a key driver both in the domestic and international tourism front.
India is currently showcasing a stable annual growth in terms of luxury travel market which is reportedly developing at an exponential rate citing the expanding popularity of cruise tourism, destination weddings, experiential tourism and luxury on wheels tourism alongside booming infrastructure and improving travel, trade policies.
A senior tour operator stated, “India is a happening market for luxury tourism presently given the fact that newer opportunities are cropping up, both for domestic and international tourists. Social media is also at play for the sudden emergence of luxury tourism in India. Everyone wants to go to an extravagant destination and click good pictures.”
The Odyssey and tourism
The Deccan Odyssey is one of ‘Asia’s leading luxury trains’ that has set the ball rolling with its early bird announcement. A spokesperson of the Odyssey stated, “As of now, we have got a positive response to the Early Bird Offer. It will be a seven nights journey at the cost of five nights. The offer is applicable on bookings made before July, 31 for journeys starting October, 2017. The cost will be INR 4, 37,500 per couple per journey instead of INR 6, 12,500 per couple per journey in a Deluxe cabin.”
— The Deccan Odyssey (@Odyssey_Deccan) April 22, 2017
In 2017, Deccan Odyssey was named as Asia’s Leading Luxury Train for the seventh time. The ‘luxury on wheels’ can accommodate up to 88 patrons and halts at selective stops. Its itinerary include Maharashtra Splendour, Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, Jewels of the Deccan and Maharashtra Wild Trail alongside Indian Odyssey: Delhi to Mumbai and Indian Sojourn: Mumbai to Delhi. These cover iconic destinations, the likes of Hampi, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Sasan Gir, Rann of Kutch.
The Deccan Odyssey has also attracted honeymooners in terms of domestic and foreign tourists, who indulge in the extravaganza of the premium luxury train. Neha, who celebrated her honeymoon on-board the Odyssey stated, “It was a beautiful experience to say the least, from the Deluxe cabin to the gourmet restaurant, everything seemed so perfect! They even throw a grand welcoming to the visitors, with garlands, music and much more.” Discount tour packages, like the Deccan’s Early Bird Offer makes it lucrative for the potential tourists. “Me and my husband got a honeymoon discount package and decided to grab the opportunity,” she concluded.