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The Deccan Odyssey

Mumbai • Sindhudurg • Goa • Kolhapur • Aurangabad • Chandrapur • Ajanta Caves • Nasik • Mumbai


As the wind whispers through the halo of legends crowning the land of the mighty Marathas, a lone majestic whistle blows gracefully traversing through this land of fantastic fantasy.

Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra and experience aboard the luxurious DECCAN ODYSSEY.

Travel through time and cultures! The weeklong Deccan Odyssey travels through exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and a pinch of Goa. Visit the heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora, the handicraft village of Shilpa Gram, Pilgrim places at Nasik, the bustling cities of Mumbai, Goa, Kolhapur and Aurangabad, and more. Savor the cuisines, worship at shrines or just relax on beach and let the beauty wash over you. Highlights of the trip

A boat trip to Jaigadh Jetty

You will be taken from Rai Bhatgaon Jetty to experience succulent green scenery. This original region is still undisturbed by either road or train track.

Goa's Paradise Beaches

Goa is India's smallest state and makes a perfect holiday destination with its palm beaches and crystal-clear lakes.

The Ellora Temple Caves, the Ajanta Caves

On this trip, you can visit the famous Ellora Temple Caves and the Ajanta Caves. The former caves are listed as UNESCO world heritage. They are of Hindu, Jainist and Buddhist origin and count among the most beautiful caves in India.

Coaches

The Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coupes each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes each car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car. Apart from the above there are generator cars with luggage store and staff car or spare car.

Facilities

Conference Room with capacity to host 50 guests with facility for satellite communication, Internet, computer with printer and fax, and telephone exchange
Library
Bar
Channel Music
Ayurvedic Massage Centre
Steam Bath
Gymnasium
Beauty Parlour
Business Centre
Special Suite for physically challenged
Fully loaded mini pantry in each coach
Telephone in each saloon
Television in each coach
Plasma TV in Lounge Car
PA system/ 6 Channel Music System
Lounge in each passenger car


Day 1, Wed : Mumbai

16:40 hrs - departure from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus for Sindhudurg Railway station

20:00 hrs - dinner on board

Meals included: dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 2, Thu : Sindhudurg Nagari

06:30 hrs - breakfast on board

07:30 hrs - arrive at Sindhudurg

08:00 hrs - disembark to reach Malvan Jetty by an air-conditioned coach

09:30 hrs - visit to Sindhudurg fort by boat

Sindhudurg the Ocean Fort & one time naval base of Maratha empire. Sindhudurg fort stands on a rocky island, known as Kurte, barely a km, 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 metres high and 3 metres 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.

11:30 hrs - return to depart for the Tarkarli Beach Resort

12:00 hrs - arrive at Tarkarli Beach Resort. Later enjoy lunch followed by some time for leisure.

15:45 hrs - depart for Dhamapur village by an air-conditioned coach. On the way, visit to Cashew factory.

16:45 hrs - arrive at Dhamapur village

16:45 to 17:30 hrs: visit to ancient temple of Goddess Bhagwati, Sateri Devi and Dhamapur Lake.

17:45 hrs - depart for Kudal Railway station

18:15 hrs - arrive on board

18:30 hrs - depart for Goa

20:00 hrs - dinner on board

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 3, Fri : Goa

07:00 hrs - breakfast on board, arrive at Karmali Railway station

08:00 hrs - leave for sightseeing tour of Old Goa visiting St. Augustine Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, Se Cathedral Church, St.Francis of Assissi a Museum of Goan antiques and visit to Fontanhas the Latin Quarters at Panjim

12:45 hrs - return on board at Verna Railway station and enjoy lunch

16:15 hrs - drive to beach side hotel for cultural night and dinner

20:45 hrs - depart for Madgaon railway station

21:15 hrs - arrive at Madgaon railway station and embark on board

22:00 hrs - depart for Kolhapur

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 4, Sat : Kolhapur

07:00 hrs - breakfast on board

07:30 hrs - arrive at Kolhapur Railway station

08:00-12:30hrs - enjoy sightseeing tour of the city visiting New Palace, Museum, Bhawani Mandap, Mahalaxmi Temple & Shalini Palace- witness marshal arts performance and cultural program followed by a visit to Handicraft Stalls

12:45 hrs - return on-board

13:15 hrs - depart to Aurangabad via Pune. Lunch on board. Remaining time will be at leisure on board

20:00 hrs - dinner on board

20:30 to 21:45 hrs - halt for detraining and entraining at Pune Railway Station Halt for detraining and entraining at Pune Railway Station

21:45 hrs - depart for Aurangabad

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 5, Sun : Aurangabad

06:45 hrs - arrive at Aurangabad

07:00 hrs - breakfast on board

07:45 hrs - leave for an orientation tour of the city visiting Daulatabad Fort and Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site

12:30 hrs - depart for hotel for lunch

13:00 - 15:00 hrs - lunch and free time at the hotel

15:15 hrs - continue for local sightseeing.

15:30 - 17:00 hrs - visit to Bibi-Ka-Maqbara.and free time for shopping

17:30 hrs - return on-board

18:00 hrs - departure for Chandrapur (Via Nanded) for Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary

20:00 hrs - dinner on board

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 6, Mon : Chandrapur (Tadoba)

Breakfast on board

10:00hrs - arrival at Chandrapur railway station. Free time and Lunch on board

14:45 hrs - leave for Tadoba National Park by bus

15:45 hrs - arrival at Moharli gate at Tadoba

16:00 to 18:00 hrs - visit to sanctuary by open jeeps

19:15 hrs - return on board

19:30 hrs - train departs for Bhusawal

20:00 hrs - dinner on board

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 7, Tue : Ajanta Caves/Nasik

06:30 hrs - breakfast on board

07:00 hrs - arrival at Bhusawal Railway station

07:30 hrs - visit to Ajanta caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site

12:45 hrs - return on-board at Jalgaon railway station

13:15 hrs - depart for Nasik

13:30 hrs - lunch on board. Remainder of the day will be at leisure

17:00 hrs - arrive at Nasik station & depart to visit Panchwati ghats and temples

19:30 hrs - return on-board at Deolali railway station and dinner on board

22:30 hrs - depart for Mumbai

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 8, Wed : Mumbai

07:00 hrs - breakfast on board

07:30 hrs - arrive in Mumbai CST

08:15 hrs - disembark from the train


         
       
         


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