Journey Name: Maharshtra Splendour  |  Journey Duration: Upto 10 days
 
Overview:
One of the leading luxury trains offers a truly royal journey through the most breathtaking destinations of India. Visit the wine capital of India- Nashik, explore the vibrant city of Kolhapur, groove to the beats of the party capital of India- Goa, experience spirituality in the holy city of Ratnagiri and marvel at the Ajanta and Ellora caves-a UNESCO World Heritage site. With so much to see and explore in such a luxurious train, this royal journey will leave you asking for more! Welcome to Deccan Odyssey. 
 
Train Departure Schedule :
2015
July - September
October - December
2016
January - March
April - June
July - September
 
 
Journey Dates :

Departure dates for season 2015 - 16

Month

Departure Dates

 


Oct 2015

3

Nov 2015      

7, 28      

Dec 2015      

26      

Jan 2016      

2, 23

Feb 2016      

13, 27

Mar 2016

19

Apr 2016       

16, 30       

Sep 2016

24      

 
Places Covered:
Mumbai – Aurangabad - Tadoba - Jalgoan – Nashik - Kolhapur - Goa - Mumbai
 
Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Mumbai (Arrival)

Today we start the journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey. Assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to complete the check in formalities, as you enjoy a welcome drink. After completing the formalities, settle in as the train leaves for its next destination- Nashik. Overnight stay and Dinner onboard the train. 

Day 02: Nashik

Today as you relish your breakfast the train reaches Nashik. Then disembark to enjoy a stroll along the Godavari Ghats. Here you get the opportunity to observe different Hindu rituals being performed at the Ghat. Further, walk through the market set by the Ghats. Right from vegetables to cow dung cakes, lentils to dried seafood, everything is sold in the market. Then drive towards Grover Zampa vineyards and take a tour into the one of the best Indian wine producing vineyards. Have a look at the vines lined up with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. The tour gives you an insight of the ancient methods that are still used for preparing the best sparkling wines in India. You will be served from the finest collections of white, red, rose and sparkling wines. You can pair your favorite wine with some scrumptious food. After enjoying your afternoon at the vineyard, return to the Deccan Odyssey to rest for the day as the train moves to the next destination-Aurangabad.

Day 03: Aurangabad – Ellora Caves

This morning, as you savour your breakfast, Deccan Odyssey enters Aurangabad, the industrial town of Maharashtra. Taking its name from the last Great Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, the city features Mughal culture in every nook and corner. After breakfast, disembark to start driving towards Ellora Caves - UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction. There are 12 Buddhist caves to the south, 17 Hindu caves in the center and 5 Jain caves to the north. There is also a Kailash temple which is believed to be the replica of the abode of Lord Shiva. Later return to the Deccan Odyssey to savour some delicacies for lunch as the train passes through the picturesque landscape of Maharashtra. Overnight stay and dinner onboard the Deccan Odyssey as the train makes its way to Jalgaon.

Day 04: Ajanta Caves

As you indulge yourself with delicious breakfast onboard, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon station. Disembark after having your breakfast to see the Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The site has 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves that are marvelously carved with sculptures and paintings depicting Buddhist art. Then return to the train to savor some lunch and relax as the train moves to its next destination- Kolhapur. Take some rest in the afternoon or indulge in some recreational activities- like watch a movie, play carom or take a rejuvenating massage in the spa section.

Day 05: Kolhapur

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Maharashtra pass by as you enjoy your breakfast. Then you will have some time at leisure as the train arrives at Kolhapur. Nestled in the tranquil laps of the Sahyadri, Kolhapur is a gem in the crown of Maharashtra.  Disembark for a city tour of Kolhapur after having your lunch onboard. Visit the New Palace Museum, a stunning octagonal Palace that dates back to the 19th century. Discover the history of Kolhapur with the architecture of the palace. Visit the Town Hall Museum, which is a solemn neo-Gothic building. Then you can head out to indulge in some shopping at the local markets. Buy yourself a pair of the famous Kolhapuri chappals. Leave for your special venue where tea will be served. Enjoy a folk performance- the Lavanya Sandhya as you sip your tea. Seek blessings at a 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti, the companion of Lord Vishnu. Post this, witness a traditional martial arts performance called ‘Mardani Khel’. Return to the Deccan Odyssey to relax as the train moves to India’s very own party pad- Goa. Overnight stay and dinner onboard the train.

Day 06: Goa

Today, as you have your breakfast, we arrive in the most happening state of India- Goa.  Then drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim that has some well-preserved houses built in complete Portuguese style of architecture. Observe that there is still a great presence of the Portuguese culture, with UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas. Thereafter, leave for Ribandar, the former capital of Goa. Take a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the St. Augustine tower which was once a major attraction of Goa. Enjoy the scenery as you drive towards the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast which has taken its influence from the Portuguese cuisine. The meals are complimented by Feni- popular Goan liquor made from cashew. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the spice plantation. Get a taste of the Goan life with a visit to an Old Portuguese house. Return to the Deccan Odyssey and enjoy the enchanting landscape of Konkan, surrounded by the Sahyadri hills on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other as the train makes its way to Ratnagiri.

Day 07: Ratnagiri

You enter the most spectacular destination of the Konkan Coast- Ratnagiri. After having your breakfast onboard, disembark and leave for Ganpati Pule temple. An honored temple of Ratnagiri, Ganpati Pule temple is hugely popular among both locals and tourists. The temple houses a 400 year old idol that is believed to have emerged from the soil. After visiting the temple you can relax and take a stroll along the Konkan beach. After building up an appetite, return to the train for some delicious lunch. Relax for some time. Later get down and drive to the mango and cashew plantations. Take a walk through the plantations and enjoy the beauty of nature. Then explore the traditional ‘wadas’ of Maharashtra or visit the local markets. Head back to the comforts of the train to relax. Savor dinner onboard as the Deccan Odyssey heads back to Mumbai. Dinner and overnight stay onboard the train.

Day 08: Mumbai (Departure)

This early morning, have your breakfast and disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai, as this memorable journey comes to an end.

 
Price:

Tariff for season 2015 - 16

Per cabin per journey price for 7 nights / 8 days journey

Room Type

Single Occupancy

Twin/Double Occupancy

02 Children (Separate Cabin)

Deluxe Cabin

$5810

$8386          

$ 6290

Presidential Suite

$ 8386

 $ 12579                  

$ 6290             

 

 
Inclusions:

 

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms.
  • All meals.
  • Soft Beverages during meals.
  • Valet Service.
  • Still Camera fees.
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide.

 

 
Exclusions:
  • Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities.
  • Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours.
  • Video and professional Still Camera fees.
  • Arrival and Departure transfers.
  • International and Domestic air tickets.
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey

 

 
Notes – Remarks:

 

  • All Costs are in US Dollars
  • The above costs are per cabin per Journey
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
  • (Applicable for Children below 12 years)
  • Government Service tax of 3.625% is additional and will be charged extra on the published tariff
  • Prices are subject to change incase of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
  • Child rates are applicable from 6 to 12 years.

 

 
Terms and Conditions:

Booking Policy:

  • 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 80% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure of the tour. 

Cancellation Policy:
  • No cancellation on cancelling 60 days prior to departure.
  • Retention of 20% of ticket value between 45 to 59 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of ticket value between 44-30 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of ticket value 29 or less days prior to the departure.

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:
  • No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited. 
  • En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited. 
  • Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.  
 
Route Map
 

 

  • Explore the caves of Ajanta and Ellora, famous for their rock-cut architecture and sculptures.
  • Enjoy two game drives at the Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary, where you'll get to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger and other species
  • Sightseeing tour of Kolhapur: New Palace, Mahalaxmi Temple and Town Hall Museum. Also, witness the 'Mardani Khel' martial art of the Marathas.
  • Wine Tour of Nashik
  • Old Goa Tour