8 days
Duration
2018 – 29 Sept, 03 Nov, 24 Nov and 22 Dec, 2019 -19 Jan, 16 Mar and 27 Apr
Dates
India
Destination

Maharashtra Splendor- Luxury train journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey

Spirit Journeys Worldwide is all set to take you on an 8-day Luxury train journey through the most beautiful destinations in India aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

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

HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Explore the jewels of ancient Indian architecture, the wondrous cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora along the western seaboard, both World Heritage Sites
  • Visit the New Palace, witness the “Mardani Kehl” martial art of the Marathas
  • A Wine Tour of Nashik
  • Taste spicy Goan cuisine and visit a 400-year-old Portuguese villa, a slice of living history
  • Visit the holy town of Sindhudur

2018 departures: 29 Sept, 03 Nov, 24 Nov & 22 Dec journey.
2019 departures: 19 Jan, 16 Mar & 27 Apr journey.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
DEPARTURE TIME TBA
INCLUDED Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
All meals (B, L and D).
Soft beverages including juices, bottled water and aerated drinks during the journey.
Valet service.
 Valet service.
 Still camera fees.
 Guided off board excursions on SIC basis for Deluxe cabins, inclusive of entrance fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide.
Current Government service tax. 
NOT INCLUDED Laundry, alcoholic beverages.
 Video and professional still camera fees.
 Arrival and departure transfers.
 International and domestic air tickets.
 Pre and Post tour accommodation.
 Tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey.
 All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.
 Insurance, gratuities.

Additional information

Pre and Post tour extensionsPost and pre tour extensions available – Please contact us for further information
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This evening, arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and board your train on mesmerizing voyage through the Maratha heartland. Overnight train journey to Nashik.

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Day 2: Nashik (B/L/D)

Arrive in Nashik today and take a tour of a vineyard that produces fine Indian wines from the Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz variety of grapes. Enjoy a wine tasting session accompanied by lunch before returning to the train.

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Day 3: Ellora Cave Temples (B/L/D)

In the morning, arrive in Aurangabad and proceed to visit the Ellora Cave Temples. These caves are a spectacular culmination of Deccan rock-cut architecture. Over five centuries, generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks carved monasteries, chapels and temples from a 2-kilometre-long escarpment and decorated them with a profusion of sculptures of remarkable imagination and detail.

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Day 4: Ajanta Caves (B/L/D)

Arrive in Jalgaon and proceed to visit the spectacular caves at Ajanta. These Buddhist cave temples date from around 200BC and continued to be added to until 650AD, predating those at nearby Ellora. As Ellora developed and Buddhism gradually declined, the Ajanta Caves were abandoned and eventually forgotten. But in 1819, a British hunting party stumbled upon them, and their remote beauty was soon unveiled. Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation in which some of their remarkable paintings remain to this day. Ajanta is listed as a world heritage site by Unesco.

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Day 5: Kolhapur (B/L/D)

Arrive into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures. After an early lunch prepare for city sightseeing. Visit the New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt and sandstone octagonal Palace from the 19th century. Continue to the Town Hall Museum, a sombre neo-Gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs. Later, explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals. Visit the 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’.

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Day 6: Goa (B/L/D)

In the morning arrive in Goa, known for its beaches, churches, and temples. Take a tour of Old Goa, visiting the ruins of St. Augustine Church and the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Walk through the old Latin Quarters known as Fontainhas.

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Day 7: Sindhudurg (B/L/D)

Today arrive in town Sindhudurg, placed on a rugged island, just off the coast of Malvan. Savor breakfast onboard the train. Later, disembark the Deccan Odyssey for exploring the holy town of Sindhudurg. Back to the luxury train for lunch, followed by the second leg of sightseeing. Return to the train in the evening. As the train starts its journey back to Mumbai, enjoy dinner.

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Day 8: Mumbai (B/-/-)

Arrive at Mumbai, where your journey comes to an end.

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges. Please contact us for trips over this period
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  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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