The famously lavish Delhi-to-Rajasthan Palace on Wheels finally got some competition last year with the Deccan Odyssey, a new 21-car luxury train with all the trimmings. Leaving from Mumbai every Wednesday, the train traverses Maharashtra's colorful coastal region, then hits the beaches of Goa. Its weeklong itinerary includes visits to the Ajanta caveshome to ancient Buddhist paintings and sculptures dating to the second century b.c.and ashrams in the historic city of Pune. But the onboard facilities are all 21st-century fabulous: Forty-eight cabins have private bathrooms and 24-hour room service, with separate dining cars and a business center with Internet access. Looking for a little om away from home? Rest easythere's even a gym and Ayurvedic health spa.
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» INDIA: On the Deccan Odyssey (888-463-4299, www.thedeccanodyssey.com), prices include sightseeing packages and start at $2,450 per person, double occupancy, for eight days, including all meals.