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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 50 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Sightseeing  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2575 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2575 US Dollar (USD)

The Deccan Odyssey is a joint venture between the Indian Railways and the Government of Maharashtra represented by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (Mtdc) following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of February 7, 2001. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee flagged off this beauty on January 16, 2004 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.

The train showcases the tourism assets of Maharashtra, the grandeur of Konkan coast, the art, the culture, the heritage of Maharashtra as well as local arts, crafts and cuisine of the state during the journey. It will take 80 passengers on a tour of the Konkan region, including Goa, and northwestern Maharashtra. It will halt at Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, (for Ajanta and Ellora) and Nashik. On the itinerary will be visits to forts, other historical places, museums, beaches and boat rides in the backwaters.

Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra experience aboard the luxurious Deccan Odyssey. The weeklong Deccan Odyssey tour includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and a pinch of Goa. Experience the finest and the best of train journeys of the world. The Deccan Odyssey is much more than a mere luxury train cruise. It's a 'classical odyssey' of time beyond the realms of the present. Welcome aboard!

Deccan Odyssey:
-Days: 07 nights / 08 days
-Route: Mumbai – Sindhudurg - Tarkarli - Goa – Kolhapur - Ellora - Aurangabad - Ajanta & Nashik- Mumbai
-Period: October to March
-Departure: Every Wednesday

Deccan Odyssey – Tour map

Day 1: Wednesday Tour Begins 16:40 Hrs. The Train starts its journey from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai at 1640 Hrs.

Mumbai: Welcome to Mumbai, a city of dreams that 300 years ago was an agglomeration of seven islands. Modern, yet preserving its antiquities, a short drive through the city will reveal this inherent truth. Board the train in the evening at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, undoubtedly one of the famous Gothic buildings and an integral part of Mumbai's skyline. Wine and dine in the luxurious comforts of this train and whistle off on your royal voyage...

Day 2: Thursday Arrival 07:00 Hrs - Departure 20:00 Hrs

Sindhudurg: Morning – Alight the train at the Sindhudurg Nagari Railway station. Drive to Malvan Jetty in an air conditioned coach. From Jetty take a boat ride up to Sindhudurg., the Ocean Fort and one time naval base of Maratha empire

Sindhudurg fort stands on a rocky island, known as Kurte, barely a kilometer, from the Malvan Town. Sindhudurg Fort was built in 1664-67 AD by King Shivaji. One of the best preserved forts of the Marathas, the 48 acre Sindhudurg fort has a four kms long zigzag line of 9 meters high and 3 meters wide rampart with 42 bastions. Apart from the huge stones, the building material involved 2000 khandis (72,576 k.g) of iron erecting the massive curtain wall and bastions. A notable feature is that the foundation stones were laid down firmly in molten lead. It also houses some twenty Hindu-Muslim hereditary families.

Tarkali: Return to The jetty and proceed to Tarkarli beach resort. Tarkali is a virgin beach at the confluence of river Karli and Arabian Sea. The major attraction here is the long and narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine water. On a clear day, you can see the sea bed through a depth of 20 ft. Have lunch at the Tarkarli beach resort.

Dhampur: Later drive to Dhamapur village. On way visit the Cashew factory. At Dhamapur visit ancient temple of Goddess Bhagawati and Bharadi Devi situated on banks of beautiful lake. After this visit proceed by coach to board the train at Kudal Railway Station.
Dinner on board.

Day 3: Friday Arrival 07:00 Hrs - Departure 22:00 Hrs. Goa: Morning arrival at Karmali – Goa. The most frequented tourist spots in India.
You will be transferred to Old Goa. At Old Goa visit the ruins of St. Augustine Church once largest cathedral in Goa. Also visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, a 16th Century Church which contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier , The Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assissi that began as a mosque but now is an archaeological museum for Goan antiques. Visit to Fontanhas the Latin quarters at Panjim. Transfer to Verne Railway Station to board the train. Lunch & Free time onboard. Evening you will be transferred by bus to beach hotel to enjoy Goan culture and traditional meals. Board the train from Madgaon railway station.

Day 4: Saturday Arrival 07:00 Hrs – Departure 20:00 Hrs. Kolhapur: Arrival at Kolhapur City. Situated on the banks of river Panchaganga, Kolhapur is also known as Karveer or Dakshin Kashi of Maharashtra.

Enjoy a sightseeing of Kolhapur in an ac bus. The sightseeing includes a visit of the New Palace, a royal palace partly converted into museum which houses rare paintings and artifacts used by the royal family. Also visit the Bhawani Mandap (The Town Hall), The Mahalaxmi Temple - a temple of goddess Ambabai visited by millions of pilgrims and Shalini Palace built of intricately carved black stone & Italian Marble.
Witness traditional Martial Art locally known as “Mardani Khel” at Palace and Cultural Programme. Kolhapur is well known for its textiles and cottons, in particular Kolhapuri saris. But it is of course most famous for its jewellery and leather sandals and Kolhapuri chappals. The selected and famous items would be displayed in the stalls at the Palace so one can leisurely do shopping. At noon board the train at Kolhapur station. Lunch and Leisure time onboard. Dinner onboard.

Day 5: Sunday Arrival 06:45 Hrs - Departure 20:00 Hrs

Daulatabad: Morning Arrive at Daulatabad station. Proceed by road to visit the Majestic fort Daulatabad. Rising dramatically over 600 ft above the Deccan plain is the arresting sight of Daulatabad. Once known as Devgiri, this fort served as the head quarters of the powerful Yadava rulers. In the 13th century, Mohammed bin Tughlak, the Sultan of Delhi, made it his capital and renamed it Daulatabad, or City of Fortune.

Ellora caves: Your next stop is Ellora caves, a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religion - Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and 11th century AD, the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29).The most imposing excavation is, without doubt, that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world.
Lunch & free time.

Aurangabad: After lunch visit the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of Taj Mahal and a grand piece of Moghul architecture. Free time for shopping Paithani, Himroo, Bidriwork from showrooms for a perfect memorabilia. Evening board the train from Aurangabad railway station. Dinner onboard.

Day 6: Monday Arrival 07:00 Hrs – Departure 22:00 Hrs

Tadoba wild life park: Morning arrive at Chandrapur Railway station. After breakfast leave by jeeps for visit to Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary.
Tadoba Wildlife sanctuary is among the most attractive sanctuary in the country.The park was established in 1935 and declared as a National Park in 1955 and since 1995, the area comprising the Tadoba National Park and Andhari wildlife Santuary together was designated as Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. It is the second Tiger Reserve project in the State. The park consists around 50 Bengal Tigers. Along with this other frequently spotted wildlife are Sambar, Gaur, Chinkara, Leopard cat, Pangolin, Panther, Spotted deer, Sloth bear, Chausinga, Nilgai, Barking deer, Indian bison, Wild dog, Hyena, Jackals etc. Tadoba National Park also an ornithologist's paradise with a varied diversity of Migratory birds and Water Birds. Python, Bengal monitor lizard and crocodiles are other inhabitants of this park. Before noon return on Deccan Odyssey. Lunch onboard. Free Time.

Sevagarm : Late afternoon alight the train at Wardha Railway Station.
Proceed by Bus to Sevagram. Sevagarm or the 'Village of Service' is a small and unpretentious village symbolizing the Gandhian way of life. Gandhiji made this his home in later years and many momentous political decisions taken during India's freedom struggle were made here. Today Gandhiji's Ashram in Sevagram is a National Institution and his cottage, where his personal belongings are preserved, has become place of pilgrimage. At Sevagram Ashram one can see Adi Nivas (First Residence), Prayer Ground, Bapu Kuti, Ba Kuti, Gandhiji's Secretariat, Bapu's Kitchen, Akhari Niwas (Last Abode) and Gandhiji's Exhibits. Evening return on Deccan Odyssey. Dinner onboard.

Day 07: Tuesday Arrival 06:30Hrs - Departure 22:30 Hrs

Ajanta :Morning arrive at Bhusawal railway station. Board the bus to reach Ajanta Caves. Renowned Buddhist caves of Ajanta are World Heritage Site. Witness some of the finest paintings and sculptures of the second century AD. 'Bodhisattva Padmapani', 'Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara', The Birth of the Buddha' & 'Thousand Buddha's are a few amongst the many fine murals & sculptures. At noon board train at Jalgaon railway station. Proceed to Nashik. Lunch on-board. Leisure Time onboard till evening.

Nashik : Alight at Nashik Road railway station to board the bus for departure to Panchawati Ghat a holy place known for Kumbh Mela. Next, visit to Kala Ram Temple built in 1794. Evening board the train at Deolali railway station. Farewell dinner on-board.

Day 8: Wednesday Arrival 07:30 Hrs. Mumbai : Morning Arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai and bid goodbye to the Deccan Odyssey

About the Deccan Odyssey

Coaches:

The train has 21 coaches, out of which 13 are passenger cars accommodating 8 people per coach (11 passenger Cars, 4 coupes per coach - 2 Presidential Suite Cars, 2 coupes per coach), 1 Conference Car, 2 Dinning Cars, 2 Generator Cars with Luggage Store, 1 Staff, spare Car, 1 Spa Car, 1 Bar Car.

Rooms:

11 fully air-conditioned Deluxe Cabin saloons, each with combination of 4 twin bedded chambers and 2 fully air-conditioned Presidential Suite saloons each with 2 suites with combination of living room & bed room. Saloons are equipped with channel music, intercom, player, attached toilets, running hot and cold water, shower, wall-to-wall carpeting and other amenities

Restaurants: The Train has two lavish and beautifully done restaurants Peshwa I and Peshwa II which serves mouth watering Indian cuisines that would definitely make way to your heart through your stomach.

Bar: A well stocked bar, Mumbai Hi serves wine, liquor and spirits of Indian and International Brands, to keep you in `high spirits'

Facilities:

The Deccan Odyssey is well furnished with modern facilities like Conference Room with satellite communication, Internet, computer with printer and fax, and telephone exchange ,Library,Channel Music , Ayurveda Massage Centre ,Steam Bath, Gymnasium ,Beauty Parlour ,pecial Suite for Physically challenged etc

Deccan Odyssey: Tariff

Price Inclusions:
-All meals (morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, dinner)
-Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guide
-Entrance fee at monuments, parks, palaces, cultural programs
-All taxes included
Price Exclusions:
-Tips & gratuities
-Laundry facilities
-Telephone calls
-Camera and Video camera fees at monuments
-Business Car Facilities
-Liquor and soft drinks
-Other items of personal nature and anything not included in price inclusions above

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Special Notes
-Tariff is subject to change, without notice
-10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year
-Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets
-No charter can be booked during Christmas & New Year period *Tariff subject to change without notice.

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