Places Visited: Mumbai, Nasik, Ellora Caves, Ajanta Caves, Tadoba tiger reserve, Pench tiger reserve
A luxury rail journey of Maharashtra, India's magnificent west coast
Experience the unique landscapes, wildlife and wondrous historic sites of northern Maharashtra in regal style, travelling on one of the world’s most opulent rail journeys. The undisputed highlights of our ‘Deccan Odyssey’ tour are the great cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta, but the trip also offers the chance of sighting tigers in the wild, and experiencing the unique atmosphere of an authentic Hindu pilgrimage site – all in the space of a week.
The tour begins with a two-night stay at the legendary Taj Mahal Hotel overlooking Mumbai harbour and the Gateway of India. Thereafter, you’ll sleep and eat on a specially constructed luxury train, with your own cabin and gourmet meals served by liveried staff in a restaurant car, as the rugged scenery of the Deccan slips past outside your window.
The intention of this tour is to re-create the romantic feel of a royal ‘shikhar’ expedition, as undertaken by the rulers of the region’s princely states in British times. Today’s rolling stock incorporates more mod cons and comforts, including air-conditioning, a gym and spa, but the landscape of the northern Deccan remains as epic as it did a century ago, and a vivid sense of remoteness endures in the forests of Pench and Tadoba, where tiger and leopard roam free.