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Welcome to a fascinating journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey, an 8 day ride through the hinterlands of Maharashtra, the majestic Western Ghats, into the Deccan and Konkan regions of a vast and diverse continent. This itinerary includes visits to some of the most prominent & unexplored destinations of west-central India, with a trip to the holy city of Nashik, now also India’s wine capital; to the unrivaled Ajanta & Ellora Caves; the historical city of Kolhapur with its many experiences , to Goa, India’s most popular holiday destination; finishing with a visit to the holy city of Sindhudurg. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.
The Deccan Odyssey treats each guest to unprecedented luxury on wheels, including spacious luxury guest cabins well-equipped with modern amenities including Internet access. Your experience will be complete with two (2) multi-cuisine gourmet restaurants, as well as the onsite bar Mumbai Hi fully stocked with the very best wines and spirits the world offers. For casual moments you can enjoy the Sitting Lounge, and if you have a business appointment that you cannot miss, you have full use of the Conference Car fully equipped for the corporate global voyager. Do not miss the Royal Spa, a health center offering pampering spa an massage therapies.
Deluxe Double luxury cabins are outfitted with cozy furniture and personalized guest amenities. Complemented by the very best of personal services, travelling on the private cabins of this deluxe rail is a unique rail tour experience in India. When you travel in these elegant class cabins of the train, you can feel that the inside décor reflects several moods to suit the outside views of the landscape. All the cabins are spacious enough where guests can roam freely. The decoration of each coach reflects a particular era of the Deccan milieu and is creatively outfitted with facilities like personal safe, telephone, attached bathroom, air-conditioning and a personal attendant on the round the clock service of the guests.
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Please see itinerary below, complete with important notes below.
Saturday Day 1: Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai
Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey! Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours (2:30PM local time) to complete the registration process and check in formalities for 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 – Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Sunday Day 2: Nashik
This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country. After breakfast, disembark and spend the morning walking along the Godavari Ghats observing several important Hindu rituals being performed. Continue on through the lively market by the Ghats which sells everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes and many things in between. Thereafter drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old ‘méthode traditionnelle’ used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards. After a sumptuous lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Aurangabad.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at Vineyard; Dinner onboard – Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Monday Day 3: Aurangabad, Ellora Caves
Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Makbara and the city’s 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them. As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the center Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva’s celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.
Savour a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape. In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board – Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Tuesday Day 4: Ajanta Caves
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 are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu 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 popular Indian 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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board – Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Wednesday Day 5: Kolhapur
Watch the hinterlands of Maharashtra sweep past as you relish breakfast. Enjoy time at leisure as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures, all waiting to be discovered! After an early lunch on board you will disembark for a tour of the city. Visit the New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt and sandstone octagonal Palace from the 19th century. Behold its beautiful architecture and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Continue to the Town Hall Museum, a somber neo-Gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs. Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that you can carry back with you as a souvenir, before you proceed to a
special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance.
You will then visit the 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple, also called Shakti Pethas, or place associated with the Goddess Shakti, said to be the consort of Lord Vishnu. Following your temple visit, witness a traditional martial arts performance called ‘Mardani Khel’ literally translated to mean masculine games. After your sojourn into Kolhapur, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we depart for India’s most happening destination – Goa.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board – Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Thursday Day 6: Goa
Today you arrive at Goa, India’s smallest state, with strong Portuguese influences, having been a colony of Portugal till as late as 1961. After breakfast, you will disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim which still has some well preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas with its winding alleyways adorned by tiled-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and red. Continue to Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa, for a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the once lofty St. Augustine tower that continues to valiantly withstand the vagaries of nature. Drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast, a meal that has Hindu origins but is heavily influenced by 400 years of Portuguese rule and pays ode to the fruits of the Arabian sea – shrimps, kingfish and mackerel washed down with some ‘feni’, a potent liquor made from cashew. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the plantation.
Complete your day in Goa with a visit to an old Portuguese house and get another peek into Goan life. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Sindhudurg traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hills on the East, a marvelous feat of engineering, that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at the Spice Plantation; High Tea at Palacio de Deao; Dinner on board – Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Friday Day 7: Sindhudurg
Arrive in Sindhudurg which lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan. A visit to Sindhudurg’s Pinguli village and Sawantwadi Palace is on the cards today. Get a glimpse of the traditional Thakar folk arts and crafts at the local museum, then head towards the Sawantwadi Palace for a delicious luncheon. Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai.
Breakfast & Dinner on board, Lunch at a city palace – Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Saturday Day 8: Disembark in 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 – Followed by Departure
- Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms; Children below five (5) years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing double accommodations with parents.
- Presidential Suite can accommodate 3 Adults, or 2 Adults with 2 Children (maximum age 12).
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- Soft beverages including juices, mineral water and aerated drinks during the journey.
- Valet service.
- Still camera fees.
- Guided off board excursions on SIC basis for Deluxe cabins and private car for Presidential suites and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide.
- Game viewing by using deluxe canter on sharing basis with service of a naturalist.
Current Government service tax (subject to change as per Govt. directives) is additional and will be charged extra on the invoiced amount.
- Laundry, alcoholic beverages.
- Video and professional still camera fees.
- Arrival and departure transfers.
- International and domestic air tickets.
- Pre and Post tour accommodation.
- Tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey.
- All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.
- Insurance & gratuities
Above price is only for the train journeys.
Above train price does not include any transfers to and from railway train station in Mumbai/Delhi or pre or post night hotel accommodation.
Transfers and hotel accommodation can be arranged on request on an additional price.
Credit card or bank remittance charges are not included.
The right to vary, amend, alter or withdraw any particular itinerary, departure or excursion rests entirely with Deccan Odyssey.
As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways; the itineraries are subject to change incase of any changes in the routing etc.
As a policy of Deccan Odyssey, the train company reserves the right to change or cancel the operations of any departure on Deccan Odyssey which shall be informed 45 days in advance to the departure date.