THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
This 8 day ride will take you across the spectacular side of Maharashtra, Deccan and the Konkan regions. Be prepared to encounter diverse terrains and wonderful experiences. This includes delicious wine in Nashik, marvel at the astounding architecture of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, step back in time with the historical city of Kolhapur, visit the party state of Goa and finally explore the holy city of Sindhudurg! In simple words, this rail journey is like none other, in a land like no other.Great opportunity to enjoy the luxurious journey onboard Deccan Odyssey and visit the prominent tourist destinations in India. All the destinations and their attractions are well-planned for those who are looking for some memorable outing. While you tour, enjoy the luxurious amenities provided onboard such as spa, delectable and delicious cuisines and other interesting activities.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
Discover the jewels of ancient Indian architecture as you visit the spectacular Ajanta and Ellora Caves, both World Heritage sites
Tour the New Palace and marvel at the martial arts of the Marathas, "Mardani Khel"
Relish the spicy Goan cuisine and step inside a 400 years old Portuguese villa, a slice of living history
Explore the holy town of Sindhudurg, Pinguli village and Sawantwadi Palace
Enjoy mouth-watering lunch with some of their finest wines.in Nashik
This UNESCO World Heritage site showcases the spirit of tolerance of ancient India in Ellora
Witness the grand spectacle of 'Mardani Khel' (a traditional martial arts performance).
Observe Hindu rituals at Godavari Ghat.
Take a tour of the one of the finest Indian wine producing vineyards, Grover Zampa vineyards, Nashik .
Visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore Kolhapur's history with a visit to New Palace Museum.
Seek blessings at Mahalakshmi temple.
Savor traditional Goan feast.
Enjoy a stroll at the beautiful Konkan coast- Ratnagiri.
Embarkation & Disembarkation (Maharashtra Splendor)
Check-in Venue & Timing – Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai / 1530 hours
Departure Station & Timing – Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai / 1640 hours
Arrival Station & Timing – Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai / 0815 hours
In Mumbai, security check will be conducted at the time of check-in at the railway station, whereby, luggage is required to be scanned. Please present your passport at the time of check in to collect ticket voucher and relevant documents
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Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalitiesfor your Maharashtra Splendor journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Nashik.Dinner on board
Day 2 of the wonderful Maharashtra tour starts with the first halt in the jubilant city of Nashik. After having a sumptuous breakfast on board, head towards the sacred Godavari ghats, which are known for carrying out several Hindu rituals.
The ghats are also flooded by various markets, which offer very good buys. Completely traditional, these shops sell everything, from dried seafood and vegetables to cow dung cakes.
Post that, visit the Grover Zampa vineyards, which is one of the finest wine producing facilities In Nashik. The facility has numerous vineyards of Chenin, Shiraz grapes and Chardonnay. Explore these vineyards and watch how they make use of traditional methods to make some of the best wines in the country.
Lunch will be arranged at the vineyard, where guests would be savoring these exotic wines as well. After having this lovely treat, return back to Deccan Odyssey for the onward journey to Aurangabad.
Breakfast, lunch on board and dinner at a city hotel.
Ellora Caves is on the Agenda today! To get to this UNESCO world heritage site, disembark at the industrial town of Aurangabad. Named after, the last great Mughal Aurangazeb, the entire town and its monuments showcase deep Mughal influences! The must- visit monuments are the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara and the city's 52 gates.
While, you are enjoying a succulent breakfast, the train will arrive at Aurangabad! From Aurangabad, a scenic drive will take you to the much anticipated Ellora caves! Carved into a side of a Baltic hill, the caves are situated just 30 kms away from the city. Ellora caves are regarded as the finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India. With over 34 rock-cut shrines, each cave represents Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. Remember, the 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. Don't miss out on the Kailash temple! An engineering marvel, the temple is meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash.
After a busy morning, savour a relaxed lunch on board as you watch the landscape change. Evening will be a grand affair as you mingle with your fellow passengers and unwind over a few drinks prepared by our bartender. Dinner aboard the deccan Odyssey as the train proceeds to Jalgaon.
The Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves,another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and areadorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist andHindu faith.Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey as it continues on to the multifaceted city of Kolhapur.The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie, learn the rules of ‘carrom’, a popularIndian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.
In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.
Enjoy the colourful vistas of Maharashtra as the Deccan Odyssey zooms past the hinterlands to reach the city of hidden treasures, Kolhapur! Enjoy time at leisure as you indulge in a succulent breakfast. An early lunch is on the cards today after which you will disembark for a tour of the city!
Admire the architecture as you visit the New Palace museum, formerly a 19th octagonal palace. Made out of basalt and sandstone, this museum houses epic memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Town Hall Museum is next up on the list! This sombre neo-Gothic building is famed for its front porch that is flanked by towers that have steeply pyramidal metal roofs.
It's shopping time, walk around the local markets looking for beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that act as perfect take back home present. Later, enjoy tea at a special venue with Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance.
Lastly, visit the 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple, also called Shakti Pethas, or place associated with the Goddess Shakti, the companion of Lord Vishnu. After a traditional martial art performance called 'Mardani Khel' (Masculine games), head to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner.
Say hello to India's smallest and the most happening state as your train halts at Goa. Since, it was Portuguese colony till 1961; Goa still shows strong traces of the Portuguese culture.
Admire the Portuguese style architecture as you visit Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim! Embark on UNESCO World Heritage Walk around the winding alleyways of Fontainhas characterised by brightly coloured tiled-roofed Portuguese houses. Next up on the list is Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa. When in Ribandar, walk through the ancient churches and admire the ruins of the once sky- touching St. Augustine tower.
Thereafter, drive to the Sahakari spice plantation where a traditional Goan feat awaits! The 400 years of Portuguese rule clearly reflects in this Hindu origin meal that pays respect to the fruits of the Arabian Sea. Savour the shrimps, kingfish and mackerel and wash them down with some 'feni', a potent liquor made from cashew.
Last but not the least; get an insight to the Goan way of living with a visit to an old Portuguese house. It's time to return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we bid adieu to Goa and depart for Ratnagiri.
It is said that the railway route through Konkan is one of the most scenic routes with the Arabian Sea glittering in the west and Sayadri hills looming in the east. On this journey, you will encounter quite a few tunnels as the tracks pass through the seemingly insurmountable Sayadri hills; an engineering marvel indeed!
Breakfast on board, lunch at the spice plantation, high tea at Palacio de deao and dinner on board.
Today, as you enjoy breakfast, the luxury train Deccan Odyssey enters, Sindhudurg, once under the ruler of Maratha dynasty. This place lies just off the coast of Malvan, on a rocky island. Disembark for partaking in exploring the holy town of Sindhudurg.
After lunch on-board, the second half of sightseeing takes place. In the evening, return to the train for dinner. Deccan Odyssey starts its journey back to Mumbai.
Head back to Deccan Odyssey for night stay as the train leaves back to Mumbai.
Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.Breakfast on board
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Total 07 night’s accommodation on Maharastra Splendor (Deccan Odyssey)
- Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with attached bathrooms
- All meals including tea, coffee and mineral water and house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits during Deccan Odyssey
- Guided off train tours as included in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
- Butler service, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
- Porter charges at stations
- Entrance fee to monuments and museums
- All local tax and service tax, as applicable at present.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- Airfare and airport taxes.
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Liquor, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car
- Facilities, Spa Car Facilities and other items of personal nature
- No charter can be booked during X-Mas & New Year period.
- Tariff Subject to change without notice
- Video and professional still camera fees.
- All activities mentioned as 'options' in the itinerary.
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks, personal insurance, tips, and telephone calls.
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or misconnection of flight or last minute change of timings etc.
- Any other service, which has not been specified as "included".
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