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Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

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7 Nights and 8 Days
Availability : Sep, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Mumbai
Mumbai
Introduction
An exclusive rail tour of a land rich in history, filled with tales of royal dynasties, exotic bejeweled palaces, desert sands, and exquisite wildlife. The Deccan Odyssey luxury train is the pride of the grand state of Maharashtra. The Deccan Odyssey Train has been voted as the best luxury train in Asia at the ‘World Luxury Travel Awards’ 3 times in a row. On the Deccan Odyssey luxury train journey, you travel overnight in comfort of richly furnished A/C cabins with ensuite bathrooms. In the daytime you enjoy pre-arranged sightseeing tours in diverse tourist destinations.

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 and 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 and 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 Ratnagiri. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

About the Train

Onboard the Deccan Odyssey train, there are 21 luxurious coaches, which are comprised of 12 passenger saloons, two dining cars, one bar lounge, a conference saloon with business center, a mini gym, and an ayurvedic spa facility. The entire train is interconnected with common passageway and dining cars are located in the center of the train with six passenger saloons on either side. You have an option to book a Deluxe cabin or a Presidential Suite. The major difference between the two is the space allocation per cabin.

The decoration of the train reflects a particular era of the Deccan milieu and each cabin is creatively outfitted with facilities like small wardrobe, personal safe, telephone, attached bathroom with toiletries, air-conditioning, and a personal attendant. 

Price and Schedule
Cabins and Suites
Price
Dates
Room Type Deluxe Cabins Presidential Suite
Cabin Area 95 sq. ft 191 sq. ft
Cabin Length 13.02 ft 27.5 ft
Cabin Width 7.5 ft 7.5 ft
Bed Width 2.9 ft 2.9 ft
Room Type

Single Occupancy

Double Occupancy

Deluxe Cabin $ 6,734.00 $ 6,263.00 (7% Off) $ 9,660.00 $ 8,984.00 (7% Off)
Presidential Suite $ 14,584.00 $ 13,564.00 (7% Off) $ 14,584.00 $ 13,564.00 (7% Off)

 

Months

Days

September 2019 21, 28
November 2019 02, 23
December 2019 21
January 2020 18
February 2020 08, 22
March 2020 14
April 2020 11, 25

 

Tour Information

Meeting Location and Time

Meeting point in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 3:30 p.m. for a royal welcome.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation on board
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with packaged drinking water, tea/coffee, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Valet service
  • Monument and wild life reserve entrance fees along with still camera fees
  • Off board sightseeing tours in AC Buses (except Ranthambhore excursion) as per itinerary, with english speaking guide
  • For Guests in Presidential Suite, sightseeing is by private AC car (except Ranthambhore excursion)

Price Excludes

  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Spa Facility and Laundry services
  • Gratuities, souvenirs, or any other item of personal interest
  • Any service that is not specified as included in the itinerary
  • Admission tickets to excursions that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Government Taxes as applicable on date of journey
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Video and Professional Camera fee at monuments and wild life parks
  • Airport/Railway Station transfers at the time of check-in or check-out
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
Itinerary

DAY 1: SATURDAYBOARD THE DECCAN ODYSSEY AT MUMBAI - ON TO NASHIK

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 3:30 p.m. 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

DAY 2 SUNDAYNASHIK

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 the vineyard; Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

DAY 3 MONDAYAURANGABAD - 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 centre 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

DAY 4 TUESDAYAJANTA 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, and Dinner on board.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

DAY 5 WEDNESDAYKOLHAPUR

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 roof

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

DAY 6 THURSDAYGOA

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 Ratnagiri 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

DAY 7 FRIDAYRATNAGIRI

The Deccan Odyssey brings you to Ratnagiri this morning – a veritable jewel on the Konkan coast. A land so blessed by sun and fertile alluvial valleys that it is abundant with a bounty of cashew nuts, Alphonso mangoes, coconuts, bananas, jackfruits and rice.

Disembark after breakfast and head to the Ganpatiphule temple – called thus because of a legend about Lord Ganpati who took umbrage at a remark made by a native lady, and moved to Pulé (Marathi for a few km ahead of the town) from his original abode of Gulé. Thus the region was named Ganpati-pulé. The 400 yr old idol here is said to have sprung from the soil.

From here, make your way to beach to enjoy the lovely coastline that the region offers. Have a relaxed morning at the beach.

Make your way back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and to relax a while

Disembark once more and make your way to a mango and cashew plantation and watch the workers labour at producing the king of all fruits in India. Walk around and soak in the goodness of nature.

Post the farm, take a walk through the town and exploring the ‘wadas’ or the local Maharashtrian neighborhood and the markets selling the lovely produce of the region.

Head back to Ratnagiri station and board the Deccan Odyssey after a lovely relaxing day.

Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumba

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

DAY 8 SATURDAYDISEMBARK 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

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