10 days
Duration
India
Destination

Maharashtra Splendor – Indian Train Journey

Spirit Journeys Worldwide welcomes you to join our Maharashtra Splendor – Indian Train Journey.

Welcome to a fascinating journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey, an 10-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:

  • Sightseeing Mumbai
  • Drive with one of the most exclusive Indian trains
  • Explore Nashik, the wine capital of India
  • Visit the exceptional Ellora Caves and Ajanta Caves, a World Heritage sites
  •  Discover Latin Quarters in Panjim, Goa and
  • Explore Visit to Sindhudurg’s Pinguli village and Sawantwadi Palace

TOUR DETAILS

  • Multiple departures
  • 10 days/9 nights,
  • Price from £7399 pp/double occupancy
  • Open to all levels

HOW TO BOOK or Further information

  • To book please contact us to reserve your place here
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Hotels: 

  • Mumbai -Trident Nariman Point/Superior City View Room
  • Indian Sojourn – Embark Mumbai/ Disembark Mumbai
  • Mumbai -Trident Nariman Point/Superior City View Room

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
INCLUDED 2 nights Pre and Post night accommodations as mentioned above
 Private return transfers and sightseeing in Mumbai by an air-conditioned large car (Toyota Innova or similar)
Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing in Mumbai on Day 09
Entrance Fees at monuments in Mumbai (Mani Bhavan)
 Assistance of our representative during arrival & departure transfers at airport & railway station.
 Road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes, porterage at railway station
 All applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
 07 nights accommodation per Single/ double or twin bedded cabin per journey with ensuite bathrooms
 All Meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) as per itinerary
 Soft Beverages during meals in the train only
 Valet service
 Still camera fees
 Guided off board excursions on seat in coach basis and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide.
 Government Services Tax of 5%
NOT INCLUDE Items of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, still/video camera fees at monuments or any items not specified above
 Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary
 VISA fees / any international air fares
 Any Laundry and Alcoholic Beverages, Insurance and Gratuities
 Video and professional still camera fees
 All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.

 

Additional information

Additional InformationSingle Rooms at a supplement on request
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Day 1: Arrive Mumbai (-/-/-)

Welcome to Mumbai!!! Our representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building, after which you will be transfer to hotel for 01 night’ stay.

Overnight: Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

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Day 2: Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai – on to Nashik (B/-/D)

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Maharashtra Splendor journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Nashik.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 3: Nashik (B/L/D)

This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.

After breakfast, disembark & spend the morning walking along the Godavari Ghats observing several important Hindu rituals being performed. Continue on through the lively market by the Ghats which sells everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes & many things in between.

Thereafter drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old ‘méthode traditionnelle’ used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.

After a sumptuous lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Aurangabad.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 4: Aurangabad – Ellora Caves (B/L/D)

Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Makbara and the city’s 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them.

As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva’s celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

Savour a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape.

Evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 5: Ajanta Caves (B/L/D)

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.

Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey as it continues on to the multifaceted city of Kolhapur.

The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie, learn the rules of ‘carrom’, a popular Indian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.

In the evening watch, the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sundowner before dinner.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 6: Kolhapur (B/L/D)

Watch the hinterlands of Maharashtra sweep past as you relish breakfast. Enjoy time at leisure as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures, all waiting to be discovered!

After an early lunch on board you will disembark for a tour of the city.

Visit New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt & sandstone octagonal Palace from the 19th century. Behold its beautiful architecture and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Continue to Town Hall Museum, a somber neo-Gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs

Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that you can carry back with you as a souvenir, before you proceed to a special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance.

You will then visit the 1300-year-old 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’ literally translated to mean masculine games.

After your sojourn into Kolhapur, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we depart for India’s most happening destination – Goa

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 7: Goa (B/L/D)

Today you arrive at Goa, India’s smallest state, with strong Portuguese influences, having been a colony of Portugal till as late as 1961.

After breakfast, you will disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim which still has some well preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas with its winding alleyways adorned by tiled-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and red.

Continue to Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa, for a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the once lofty St. Augustine tower that continues to valiantly withstand the vagaries of nature.

Drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast, a meal that has Hindu origins but is heavily influenced by 400 years of Portuguese rule and pays ode to the fruits of the Arabian sea – shrimps, kingfish and mackerel washed down with some ‘feni’, a potent liquor made from cashew.

After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the plantation. Complete your day in Goa with a visit to an old Portuguese house and get another peek into Goan life.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Sindhudurg traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hills on the East, a marvelous feat of engineering, that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills.

Breakfast on board; Lunch at the spice plantation; High Tea at Palacio de Deao; Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 8: Sindhudurg (B/L/D)

Arrive in Sindhudurg which lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan.

A visit to Sindhudurg’s Pinguli village and Sawantwadi Palace is on the cards today. Get a glimpse of the traditional Thakar folk arts and crafts at the local museum, then head towards the Sawantwadi Palace for a delicious luncheon.

Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

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Day 9: Disembark in Mumbai (B/-/-)

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Upon disembarkation, you will be met our Cox & King’s representative at the Railway Station who will introduce you to your guide for a Half day Sightseeing of Mumbai.

Morning: Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai

Your tour begins with a half day’s sightseeing of Mumbai. Drive past the stretch of Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace. Visit the Hanging Gardens, from where you can get an excellent view of the city. Also visit Mani Bhavan – today a museum, this was the residence of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, when he stayed in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. Make quick photo stops at Dhobi Ghat – an open-air laundry, which is still popular with the citizens despite the advent of the modern washing machine and Gateway of India – a huge stone Arch of Triumph, constructed to commemorate the first visit of the British Monarch, King George V & his consort, Queen Mary, to India in 1911.

Overnight: Trident Nariman Point Hotel, Mumbai

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Day 10: Depart Mumbai (B/-/-)

You will be transferred to Mumbai airport to board your onward flight.

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance
  •  Costs are per cabin per journey for Deccan Odyssey and per room for Pre & Post night accommodation
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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 services (s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc
  • As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries & timings are subject to change incase of any changes in the routing etc.
  • The above costs are per cabin per journey for Deccan Odyssey and per room for Pre & Post night accommodation
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc
  • As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries & timings are subject to change incase of any changes in the routing etc.
Maharashtra Splendor - Indian Train Journey
Deccan Odyssey dining room
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Deccan Odyssey inside train
Deccan Odyssey inside room
Sindhudurg
Goa
Ellora Caves

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