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The Deccan Odyssey

9 Days / 8 Nights (Tour Code: PI-054)
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As the wind whispers through the halo of legends crowning the land of the mighty Marathas, a lone majestic whistle blows its salutation of honour as it gracefully traverses this land of fantasy. Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra. Experience aboard the luxurious DECCAN ODYSSEY. A train journey adorned in luxury, the Deccan Odyssey transports its guests on an unforgettable sojourn of a land shining in legions grandeur - serene beaches, magnificent forts palaces, and experiencing heavenly tales etched in colossal rocks.Experience the finest and the best of train journeys of the world. The Deccan Odyssey is much more than a mere luxury train cruise. It''s a ''classical odyssey'' of time beyond the realms of the present. Welcome aboard!

Day 1: Mumbai - Ratnagiri

After araival at Mumbai airport directly transferred to CST Railway Station(formerly called VT) to board the Deccan Odyssey Maharaja train & depart by 1630 hrs.Hi-Tea & Dinner on board. Train travels through the Night to Ratnagiri.

Overnight train stationary at Ratnagiri Station.

Day 2: Ratnagiri

After early breakfast, greeted to warm Konkani welcome at Bhoke Railway Station. Drive through the agriculturally rich Ratnagiri district to board local Fishing trawler & enjoy backwater cruise on Shastri River from Rai Jetty to Jaigarh jetty.

Later drive to virgin beach of Ganpatiphule,next to the famous 14 centuries old Lord Ganesha Temple,dedicated to Hindu Elephant God of Good fortune. Enjoy sea-side out-door lunch & leisurely swim on the virgin beach. In the afternoon drive to Ratanagiri town & briefly visit the well preserved house of great intellectual & Indian freedom fighter Lokmmanya Tilak.
Board back the Royal Train at Ratanagiri Railway station. After some rest,proceed for onboard dinner. Overnight Train stationary at Ratnagiri Station.

Day 3: Jaigadh

Early morning the train moves to Sindhunagari Railway station. After early breakfast, board Air Conditioned Bus to Malvan jetty. Enroute enjoy optional walk through weekly local village bazaar(market). Later board small canoe to visit 17th century built Sea Fort of Sindhudurg ,also famous for it's Shivaji's temple. Drive to Tarkarli beach on Arabian Sea to enjoy sumptuous lunch & leisurely swim.

In the afternoon board small motorboats to cruise backwaters of Karli river. Visit ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu & Sawantwadi Cultural Centre. After dusk return to Deccan Odyssey train at Sawantwadi Railway Station. Dinner on board. Overnight Train Stationary outside the town.

Day 4: Ganapatipule - Ratnagiri

Early morning the Royal train moves to Karmali railway station & the guests are greeted to a warm welcome by Goan musicians. Morning Visit the world Heritage site of 16th century Old Portuguese built churches. Time free to visit Panjim (Panaji) & walk through the living streets of this former Portuguese Colonial town.

Later drive to south Goa for lunch at beach-side Luxury Resort.Option to enjoy adventure water-sports activity at Extra cost. Late afternoon return to the Deccan Odyssey Maharaja train at Madgoan Railway Station. Immediately depart for Pune. High-Tea & Dinner on board. Journey through the Night.

Day 5: Ratnagiri

This former capital of Peshwa Empire,in 18th century is now fast emerging as the latest Information Technology Hub in Western India. After breakfast on board,visit campus of famous Pune University & drive past Jewish Synagogue. Discover to your taste,the personal collections of a single person-related to Indian arts & crafts at <a class="PIInfosoft-placeName" onclick="openAttractionDescriptionPopup('en', 'ALT','PNQ','IND','India');" data-target="#PopUp5" href="javascript:void(0)" data-toggle="modal">Kelkar Museum</a>. Also visit ruins of 18th century built Shaniwar-Wada Fort from where the Peshwa Brahmin rulers controlled most of Central India, before loosing in battle to British colonial army in early 19th century. Later,walk through the extensive grounds of Agha Khan palace,where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned during most of Second World war by the British Rulers.

Lunch at local Deluxe Hotel & return to the Royal train. Immediately depart for Aurangabad. High Tea & Dinner on board. The train travels through most of the night.

Day 6: Sindhudurg - Tarkarli

After early breakfast, greeted by local dancers at Aurangabad Railway Station. Proceed to visit the quaint & interesting <a class="PIInfosoft-placeName" onclick="openAttractionDescriptionPopup('en', 'A87','IXU','IND','India');" data-target="#PopUp5" href="javascript:void(0)" data-toggle="modal">Daulatabad Fort</a>,which was initially built in 12th century by a Yadava King on a small hill.This Fort was later fortified by Mohammed-Bin-Tuglaq, who briefly shifted the capital of his Muslim sultanate from Delhi to Aurangabad area in 14th century. Nearby are located the World Heritage Cave murals of Ellora,dating between 6th century to 12th century A.D. Out of these 34 caves,most interesting are Cave No. 16(Hindu Kailasha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva);Cave No.10 (Buddhist Mahayana sect);Cave No.32(Jain sculptures).

Drive back to Aurangabad Deluxe Hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit Bibi-Ka-Makbara(poor man's Taj Mahal) & time free for shopping. Late afternoon return to Aurangabad Railway Station to board the train & depart for Jalgaon. High tea & Dinner on board. Train travels through most of the night.

Day 7: Tarkarli - Sawantwadi

After early breakfast drive 2 hrs to reach Ajanta Caves T-point & board recently introduced eco-friendly buses to reach base of World Heritage site of Ajanta Buddhist caves. Start climb of 100 steps to discover the 30 Buddhist cave murals of Hinyana & Mahayana sect. Most interesting to visit are the 6th century Frescoes in Cave No 1 & 2; Oldest cave No.10 dating back to 2nd century BC; cave No.17 & 19. Return to Jalgaon Railway Station & depart for Nasik Town. Lunch & Hi-tea on board.

Late afternoon reach Nasik Town & visit the Ghat areas of Godavari river(locally called South Ganges), where once in 12 years the world-famous Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela is organised. Return to the Royal Train for Farewell Dinner. Train journeys through the night for Mumbai.

Day 8: Sawantwadi

Deccan Odyssey Train arrives at World Heritage Site of CST Station(formerly called VT) by 0800 hrs. you can bid adieu to your hosts & fellow-passengers after early breakfast. Upon arrival at railway station assistance & transfer to hotel. Evening free or sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Goa

Transfer to airport, catch flight for onward destination.

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