Package Description The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train
08 Days 07 Nights
Book Now! Mumbai – Sindhudurg Nagari – Goa – Kohlapur – Aurangabad – Chandrapur & Wardha – Nasik – Mumbai
Day 01 Arrival in Mumbai
Each Wednesday, from October till April, the royal blue super deluxe luxury train, The Deccan Odyssey, chugs out of the stately Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The well-appointed train has luxury saloons, restaurants, a well stocked bar and lounge, spa facilities as well as a gymnasium to ensure it's a home away from home. Spend the first night getting acquainted to the rhythmic movement of the train and its hidden treasures as The Deccan Odyssey weaves its way through the virgin Konkan Coast.
Day 02 Discover Sindhudurg and Tarkali
Today discover the naval prowess of the mighty Marathas! After breakfast take a boat from Malvan Jetty to Sindhudurg and sail to Sindhudurg Fortress – the awe-inspiring naval fort and base of the Maratha Empire, built by the great King, Shivaji. The well preserved fortress is spread over 48 acres boasts 42 bastions. Did you know that its foundation stones were laid down in molten lead? Bidding goodbye to the fort, it's time to head to the pristine beach of Tarkali. Sink your toes in the powdery sand while sipping on sweet coconut water at the lovely beach resort. On a clear day you can see nearly twenty feet deep in water, and perhaps catch a dolphin or two gamboling in the sea! After a hearty lunch, you will make your way to a cashew nut factory, a perfect gift for loved one's back home. Also visit the graceful temples of Goddess Bhagawati and Bharadi Devi. Explore this verdant region before coming on board for the grand meal prepared by the chefs.
Day 03 Discover Goa
Pomp, gaiety and cheer awaits you in the former Portuguese Colony of Goa. India's most popular beach leisure destination is speckled with ancient churches, beautiful heritage mansions, quaint flea markets, and innumerable dining options. Last, but not least, Goa has been blessed with pristine beaches, each different from the other.
Wander through old Goa by foot on a heritage trail. A must visit includes the holy Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Marvel at the vividly colorful Latin Quarter Fontainhas where you can pick up traditional tiles and souvenirs with designs of the famed local cartoonist, Mario Miranda. After a decadent traditional Goan meal with dishes that tantalize your taste buds – sorpotel, vindaloo, local wine and bebinca, you can set off to explore the beaches of Goa. Indulge in water sports or just take a stroll on the beach until it is time to depart, leaving nothing behind but footsteps in sand.
Day 04 Discover Kolhapur
On the fourth day of this great railway journey, the train trundles into a city renowned the world over for its slippers – the inimitable Kolhapuri chappals. Also known as Dakshin Kashi, Kolhapur is located on the shores of the lilting River Panchaganga. Your first stop is the opulent New Palace, a former royal palace that's been converted into a museum. It houses fascinating memorabilia from Maharaja Shivaji's life. Get a glimpse of local martial arts at the Bhawani Mandap, or Town Hall. Lose yourself in the legend of demons and goddesses at the bewitching Mahalakshmi Temple.
Don't forget to try the jaggery and the Kolhapuri Misal, a tasty savory snack before you catch the train for the next halt – Pune, a bustling metropolis. In Pune, visit the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum that's home to 21,000 artifacts. Marvel at his extensive collection of textiles, paintings, armory, woodwork, lamps and more. Spend a delightful evening enjoying the luxury of the train and prepare for the marvelous dinner onboard.
Day 05 Discover Kolhapur
Today you shall behold the splendor of three glorious faiths – Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism at 34 breathtaking cave temples - the Ellora Caves located outside the city of Aurangabad. Ellora showcases the spirit of tolerance that prevails in India. Our first stop in the city of Aurangabad is however, the impregnable Daulatabad Fort, known for its underground network of tunnels and towering perimeter embracing the city. From here we head to the Ellora Caves. This uninterrupted sequence of caves has been carved intricately out of basalt rocks.
After soaking the splendor of the monuments, including the mini Taj Mahal or Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, a tiny replica of the monument of Love, the Taj Mahal, indulge in a spot of shopping. Aurangabad is famous for its textiles, especially Paithani saris and its exquisite himroo work. The city is also famous for Bidriwork - gold and silver inlay work on copper, an ancient Persian tradition. Pick up a trinkets, bowls, plates, and jewelry done in this art form, perfect as souvenirs and presents.
Day 06 Discover Tadoba, Chandrapur, and Sevagram, Wardha
Leave early morning for a short journey on the life line of India: the railways. From the Agra Railway Station depart at 8 AM to arrive at the city of Jhansi, famous for the valiant Queen Lakshmi Bai, at 11AM. From Jhansi leave by road for the hamlet of Orchha. Built by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, from afar you can see its towering spires and beautiful chattris or umbrellas. Lose yourself in the breathtaking temple complex and fortress. Did you know the only temple in India where Lord Ram is worshipped as a King, the Ram Raja Temple, is found here? Explore the ornamental gardens, the rich trellis work, and the exquisite ornamentation. Check into a beautiful heritage hotel for the remainder of the stay in Orchha.
Day 07 From Orchha leave for Khajuraho (178 kms / 4 hrs)
On the seventh day your journey will take you to magnificent Ajanta Caves located in the inspiring Waghora Valley. Etched out of volcanic lava of the Deccan Trap, these crescent shaped caves are older than the Ellora Caves. Rediscovered accidentally by British officer John Smith who was hunting, the enchanting frescoes and paintings freshly painted, as if they were made just yesterday, and not centuries ago! The caves have been beautifully lit up during the restoration process. Marvel at the many paintings that depict scenes from the Jataka Tales, narratives from the previous births of Lord Buddha. After lunch, depart for Nasik, a city that is a religious center as well as India's flourishing Napa Valley; Nasik's a well established wine district. Make your way for the Panchwati Ghats and the holy land of the Kumbh Mela, the holiest Hindu pilgrimage, which attracts millions of devotees from the world over. It is time now to return to Mumbai, as this royal rail journey has come to an end.
Day 08 Discover the Ajanta Caves and Nasik
After a wonderful journey through the heart of western India, the Indigo blue Deccan Odyssey rolls into Mumbai. Our representative will assist you in transfers for your onward travels, bidding you a warm farewell from the Deccan.