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  Places Visited: Mumbai, Nashik, Ellora & Ajanta Caves, Kolhapur, Goa, Sindhudurg, Mumbai

Another of the Deccan Odyssey's marvellous off-track tours that connect a host of experiences into a short space, which standard air/road journeys simply cannot achieve. The route includes visit to the Wine capital of India- Nashik, colourful Kolhapur, India’s party capital- Goa, Aurangabad, known for its Islamic architecture, the holy city of Ratnagiri where the last King of Burma was interned in exile, and of course the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites Ajanta & Ellora Caves.  

You spend a night in luxurious 5-star accommodation and enjoy seven wonderful nights onboard the Deccan Odyssey train in specially commissioned carriages that reflect the splendours of the Deccan Rule. 

Recently refurbished, the train offers all the modern comforts of luxury accommodation, including climate control, an onboard gymnasium, a health spa, and a well-equipped lounge with entertainment, books, and games. The onboard bar is the ideal place to relax after a hard day's excursion, while the two restaurant cars offer gourmet cuisine from across the world, freshly prepared onboard by celebrated chefs in state-of-the-art kitchens. The luxurious and spacious personal cabins come with ensuite bathrooms and 24-hour valet service, ensuring your every comfort.

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1
UK, to Mumbai

Board your international flight from the UK for Mumbai (economy class)

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Day 2

On arrival in Mumbai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, in the heart of the city. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your luxurious hotel. Around 16:30, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to board the Deccan Odyssey train.

Mumbai has been India’s busiest port and industrial centre since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1969. As famous today for its traffic jams as its record-breaking movie industry, the Maharashtrian capital tends not to feature high up most visitors’ ‘must see’ list, but as a point of arrival has a lot to recommend it.

Before the last British troops garrisoned in the country slow-marched past it to board their ships back to Blighty in 1947, the Gateway of India – a huge triumphal arch in the colonial Indo-Saracenic style – was the first landmark most new arrivals from Britain set eyes on. The second was the famous Taj Mahal Hotel beside it. Both still stand tall on the waterfront, as emblematic of the city today as they were in Victorian times.

Still, more impressive monuments of the empire dominate the Kala Godha and Fort districts beyond the Gateway, among them Victoria Terminus, the world’s grandest railway station, and the white-domed Prince of Wales Museum (both nowadays renamed after the 17th century Maharashtrian warlord, Shivaji). Nearby, the vast High Court and University buildings line the palm-fringed Maidans, where cricketers in their whites play through the afternoons as commuters stream home through Churchgate Station.

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Day 3

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 and 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 and 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.

As one of the four sites of the Kumbh Mela bathing festival, Nasik ranks among India’s most visited pilgrimage sites. Even outside festival times, however, its sacred ghats on the banks of the Godavari River attract a steady stream of worshippers. You’ll be guided on a walk around the temples and markets surrounding Ram Kund, where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed, and visit sites associated with famous episodes from the Ramayana.

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Day 4
Ellora Caves

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. Return to the train and enjoy lunch onboard as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past as you continue towards Jalgaon.

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.

The Ellora Cave site, the finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, 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.

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Day 5
Ajanta Caves

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. 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, or book yourself a relaxing massage in the onboard spa.

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.

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Day 6

Watch the landscapes of Maharashtra sweep past as you enjoy breakfast this morning. Spend time at leisure as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur. After an early lunch onboard you will disembark for a tour of the city. 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. Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals, before you proceed to a special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance. After tea visit the 1300 year-old Mahalakshmi temple, and witness a traditional martial arts performance called ‘Mardani Khel’ literally translated to mean masculine games.

The beautiful and ancient holy city of Kolhapur on the banks of the Panchganga River has been considered home to the Goddess Mahalakshmi, where worshipers flock daily seeking her blessings. Legend says the Goddess was given refuge in the city after she quarrelled with her consort, Lord Vishnu over the slaying of a demon. Ironically, in far more recent times, the city offered refuge to Russian Prisoners of War rescued by allied forces and absorbed many of them into the community. 

Kolhapur is also known for its rich varied Kolhapuri cuisine which includes a variety of snacks food that are prepared for special occasions and celebrations, like the Ukadiche Modak, pictured above, prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi and the Sabudana Vada, prepared for Navratri.

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Day 7

Today you arrive at Goa, India’s smallest state. After breakfast, disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim which still has some well-preserved houses built in Portuguese style. 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.

The journey forth from Goa, traversing through the Konkan, is 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 marvellous feat of engineering, that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills. 

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Day 8

Arrive in Sindhudurg which lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan. Visit the holy town of Sindhudurg. Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai.

Shivaji created a chain of coastal defences in order to dominate trade along India’s southwestern seaboard (which was being siphoned off by European colonial powers in the 17th century), and Sindhudurg Fort was its lynchpin and most impressive element. Built of resilient laterite rock, the citadel encompasses 30 acres and is ringed by massive walls designed to withstand attack by naval artillery. Local fisherman ferry visitors out in their outriggers. Expect to spot dolphins riding the bow waves.

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Day 9

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai. Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end. A TransIndus representative will receive you and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 10
Mumbai, UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £4325 per person

What's included

✓  International flights in economy class

✓  02 nights’ luxury accommodation in Mumbai and Delhi at the start and end of the journey

✓  07 nights' on Board The Deccan Odyssey in a deluxe cabin

✓  All internal transportation and transfers

✓  Expert English-speaking guides throughout

✓  Entrance fees to sites and monuments featured

✓  Meal Plan: Full board a la carte service on the train. Bed & Breakfast in city hotels.

Supplements: We will happily quote a supplement to arrange upper-class flights for international travel.

Departure Dates & Prices: Maharastra Splendour 

Departure Date Day of Departure Usual Price Discount offer Price after discount
21 September 2024 Saturday £6,325 £2,000 £4,325
12 October 2024 Saturday £6,325 £2,000 £4,325
9 November 2024 Saturday £6,325 £830 £5,495
14 December 2024 Saturday £6,325 £830 £5,495
22 March 2025 Saturday £6,325 £830 £5,495
3 May 2025 Saturday £6,325 £830 £5,495
13 September 2025 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995
20 September 2025 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995
8 November 2025 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995
13 December 2025 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995
17 January 2026 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995
21 March 2026 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995
2 May 2026 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995

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