Maharashtra Wild Trail
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
Maharashtra is known for being home to a good population of the big cats along with other exotic flora and fauna variety. Opt for Maharashtra Wild Trail, one of the journeys of the luxury Deccan Odyssey Train.Deccan Odyssey’s Maharashtra Wild Trail journey offers memorable moments at the amazing destinations. Meticulously designed itinerary help you soak-in the comforts of the Indian luxury train and take you to the vineyards of Nashik, enthralling Pench National park and historic Ajanta and Ellora caves. Come close to nature by embarking on a journey like no other! Feel the thrill to spot Royal Bengal Tigers at the Tadoba Tiger Reserve. The 8 days long tour help you make the most out of your luxurious holidays. A bliss for wildlife and photography lovers, the Maharashtra Wild Trail journey is a superb way to create memories of a lifetime.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
Witness the remains of Ajanta Caves; the World Heritage sites.
Have a wildlife safari in Tadoba and Pench National Park .
Explore lofty Daulatabad Fort and Bibi-Ka-Maqbara
An exclusive tour of a popular vineyard of Nashik.
Explore World Heritage site - Ellora Caves
Witness the weaving of Himroo fabric
A thrilling game drive at Pench National Park
Tour of the Tadoba Tiger Reserve
Enjoy lunch at the forest lodge, and be a part of the interesting conversations with the naturalists in Tadoba
Wine tasting at an Indian vineyard in Nashik
Enjoy a pleasant walk along the Godavari ghats in Nashik
Embarkation & Disembarkation (Maharashtra Wild Trail)
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 formalities for your Maharashtra Wild Trail 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 Ellora Caves. Dinner on board
While you enjoy your delicious breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey reaches the first destination, Aurangabad.
Named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is the gateway to the World Heritage Site, Ellora Caves. The city is dotted with a number of historic monuments which speak of the Mughal era. Spend the morning at leisure, lay back and relax onboard or enjoy a relaxing massage at the hotel spa. Savor an early lunch and disembark to enjoy a beautiful drive to the Ellora Caves.
An epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture, Ellora Caves is well-known for its 34 monumental caves that were excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. While the 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, 17 in the centre are Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. All the caves represent different forms of art from Hindu, Jain and Buddhist culture. The star attraction of the cave is the Kailash temple, which is believed to be a replica of Lord Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash.
After sightseeing around Ellora Caves, visit the Daulatabad fort. Here, explore the remains of Buddhist Caves that are similar to Ajanta and Ellora Caves. The fort dates back to 100 BCE and is a major tourist attraction of Aurangabad.
Return to the World of class and luxury, Deccan Odyssey and freshen up. Enjoy your dinner at a city hotel.
Breakfast, lunch on board and dinner at a city hotel.
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out to the Old City of Aurangabad. Spend the morning visiting Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the mausoleum of Dilras Banu, Aurangzeb’s wife, and a replica of the Taj Mahal at Agra. Built between 1651 and 1661 by her son, Prince Azam Shah, the monument is also called the ‘Taj of the Deccan’ and was intended to rival the splendor of the Taj Mahal, but unfortunately fell short.
Next visit a facility that specialises in the weaving of Himroo fabric. The fabric of choice for the royalty of that age, Himroo has been associated with Aurangabad since the 14th century, when Muhammad Tughlaq made it his capital. Himroo features Persian designs woven with gold and silver threads and takes its name from Hum-ruh, which means ‘similar’ in Persian, as it is a replica of the Kum Khwab fabric that was popular in royal courts before Himroo gained precedence.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board after which you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon indulging in the recreational activities on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape making its way to Ramtek for Pench National Park.
In the evening, enjoy a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served.
Today the Deccan Odyssey will halt at Ramtek, for your rendezvous with nature's beautiful creations at the Pench National Park. It is named after the Pench river, which wanders through it like a python, splitting it into almost equal halves. The park is vastly rich in biodiversity, its terrain defined by hills, valleys and the occasional precipitous slope. This important ecosystem supports an abundance of flora and fauna, which includes a rich diversity of aquatic life.
After an exciting game drive, return to the Deccan Odyssey for a relaxed brunch on board.
In the afternoon, get ready for your second adventure into the wild. For the uninitiated, the Pench National Park combines four different forest regions in one. It features an extravagance of trees, shrubs, grasses, climbers, weeds and herbs, with teak being the most prominent of the tree species. The birdlife here is equally abundant with both resident and migratory birds like Malabar pied hornbills, Indian pittas, ospreys and grey-headed fishing eagles. The park is also home to white-eyed buzzards, storks, waterfowls, four endangered vulture species, and the green pigeon, which is the state bird of Maharashtra.
After a thrilling day at Pench, drive back to Ramtek station to board the Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy a lavish dinner as the Deccan Odyssey departs for Tadoba.
Get up very early this morning as the Deccan Odyssey takes you to Chandrapur station. Disembark for your early morning safari into the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, also known as the Land of Tigers. You will get a number of opportunities to spot tigers, wild dogs, leopards, sloth bears, gaurs (the Indian bison), ratels, and various species of deer, wild pigs and more.
After this thrilling morning safari, enjoy your breakfast at the Tiger Trails lodge and then watch a documentary on wildlife or get to know more about wildlife with a conversation with our naturalist.
Savor your lunch at the lodge and then drive back to Chandrapur station to board the Deccan Odyssey.
It is time to unwind onboard with your favorite cocktails fixed by our bartender. Have your dinner and take some rest. Deccan Odyssey leaves for Jalgaon.
Breakfast and Lunch at the Tiger Trails lodge; Dinner on board.
This morning, the Deccan Odyssey will arrive at the Jalgaon station. From here you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves. This World Heritage site is an architectural wonder of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been expertly carved and are ornamented with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. It impeccably presents a universal pictorial art as well as the fusion of Buddhist and Hindu faith.
After your trip to Ajanta, return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch as it makes its way to Nashik.
The rest of the day is at leisure. Relax and enjoy some of the recreational activities available on board. Indulge in relaxing massage in our spa or you can watch a movie, and learn the rules of 'carrom', a popular Indian board game from a Deccan Odyssey team member.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Today, the Deccan Odyssey will halt at the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining popularity as the wine capital of the country.
Post breakfast spend the morning walking along the Godavari ghats and witness several important Hindu rituals being performed. Then proceed to the lively Wednesday market, which sells everything from freshly caught catfish to cow dung cakes and many things in between.
Then drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for a special tour of one of the finest wine producing facilities of India. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Explore the age old 'methode traditionnelle' used to make one of the best known Indian brands of sparkling wines. Let the sommelier introduce your taste buds to their most exquisite creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards. After a lavish lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Mumbai, the last leg of the journey. The rest of the day is at leisure on board.
Breakfast on board, lunch at the Grover Zampa vineyard and dinner on board.
Today is the last day when the train arrives back in Mumbai. Enjoy your last sumptuous meal on-board the train. After completing the check-out formalities, de-board as the journey comes to an end here.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Total 07 night’s accommodation on Maharastra Wild Trail (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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