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  Places Visited: Mumbai, Aurungabad (Ellora), Ramek (Pench Tiger Park), Tadoba Tiger Park, Jalgaon (Ajanta), Nasik, Mumbai

Jam-packed with incredible experiences, this unique tour weaves through some of India's most culturally and historically significant sites that are otherwise difficult to connect. The undisputed highlights have to be the ancient and illustrious UNESCO world Heritage Cave Temples of Ajanta and Ellora, which showcase the pinnacle of India's architectural and artistic prowess, while the great Tiger Parks of Central India add adventure to the journey. Visiting the Islamic city of Aurangabad, the ancient Hindu pilgrimage at Nasik, and the nearby vineyards brings opportunities to experience the depth and breadth of the country's varied culture, customs, cuisine, arts, textiles and crafts.

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 to 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
Mumbai–Aurangabad- Ellora and Daulatabad Fort

After a sumptuous breakfast on board your can either relax board the train or head out into Aurungabad for a pre-arrange spa session in the city. After lunch onboard, you will travel by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves, a fine example of India's cave –temple architecture and later visit the imposing 12 century Daulatabad Fort, atop a hill with it's fascinating Elephant Tank, Jami Masjid, Chini Mahal, Chand Minar and more. Your return to the train item freshen up and enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

Nowhere else in India does the distant past feel closer to the surface than the rock-cut complexes of Ellora and Ajanta, a day’s journey northeast of Mumbai. Carved from the mountains of the Deccan Plateau between the 2nd century BC and the 11th century AD, these temples, monasteries, and shrines hold a wealth of exquisite sculpture and painting, miraculously preserved in their remote settings – and guaranteed to induce goosebumps. In their day, the sites lay on busy trade and pilgrimage routes.

Ellora’s crowning glory, rising from the centre of a 2-km-long escarpment, is the Kailashnath Temple. The towering edifice looks as if it was built in blocks but was a megalith scraped laboriously from the bare rock over several decades. Unlike the other caves that honeycomb the surrounding cliffs, the carvers started from the top and cut downwards, sculpting the myriad deities, creatures, mythological scenes and complex ornamentation that adorns the great shrine as they progressed. Even today, the scale of the undertaking bewilders. In its time, Kailashnath must have inspired awe and spiritual ecstasy in the pilgrims that travelled across India to see it.

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Day 4

Today will be devoted to explorations of the monuments and famous handloom workshops of Aurangabad, northern Maharashtra’s largest city. In the evening, the train will then start its journey northeast to Ramtek, deep in the interior of Central India.

Aurangabad takes its name from the last great Mughal, Aurangzeb, who made this his capital at the end of the 18th century. The latter years of Aurangzeb’s rule were dominated by conflict with the Maratha warlords further south, and the town, which he expanded and fortified with imposing battlements, made a better forward base from which to command his armies. Aurangzeb’s son, Prince Azam Shah, was responsible for the grand tomb on the outskirts, the Bibi-ka-Makbara – dedicated to his mother, Begum Rabi’a Daurani. Originally intended to rival the Taj Mahal but lacking the graceful proportions of its predecessor, the mausoleum ended up becoming a poor cousin. For all that, its Persian-style gardens offer a glorious place for a stroll in the late afternoon light. Other sights you’ll cover in today’s guided tour include an ancient cave complex, on a hill overlooking the city, a Mughal-era water mill and Sufi tomb, and a workshop where traditional, Persian-inspired ‘Himroo’ fabric is woven. The technique, which blends silk and cotton to sublime effect, was originally brought to the region when Mohammed Tuqluq, Sultan of Delhi, moved his capital here in the 13th century.

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Day 5
Pench National Park

Ramtek, where you’ll arrive in the morning of day five of your tour, serves as the jumping-off place for Pench National Park, just across the border in neighbouring Madya Pradesh state, where you’ll embark on tiger safaris by Jeep in the morning and afternoon.

With its miles of teak and bamboo forests, and open meadows of tall, bleached grass, the landscape of Pench National Park is straight off the pages of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. The reserve flanks the southern border of Madhya Pradesh and northern border of Maharashtra, encompassing a wild, uninhabited zone bisected by the Pench River.

The tiger population is stable and sightings occur daily here. Touring the park’s pot-holed roads in Jeeps, you’re also likely to come across packs of wild dogs and striped hyena, and herds of deer and antelope as well as the odd gaur (bison) or two lumbering through the forest.

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Day 6
Tadoba National Park

Arrive in Chandrapur and set out for a morning safari in Tadoba National Park, followed by lunch in a forest lodge before returning to the train in the afternoon.

The Taboba Tiger Reserve is the largest and oldest national park in Maharashtra, and sufficiently off-the-beaten track to have escaped the attention of the hordes, despite boasting one of the highest tiger density figures in the country. Nearly 87% of the reserve is covered in beautiful dry deciduous forest  – a renowned storehouse of rare trees and medicinal plants. Over 60 tigers live within and around the park borders, along with leopard, wild dog, striped hyena, gaur, nilgai, sambar, chital, civet cats, marsh crocodiles and nearly 200 species of birds.

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Day 7
Ajanta Caves

After another overnight journey, the Deccan Odyssey will arrive at the rail hub of Jalgoan, where you’ll transfer to a luxury coach for the 1hr-45-min journey to the Ajanta Caves – the cultural highpoint of your tour. At the end of the day the train will continue overnight to Nasik.

Ajanta’s wonders are a more modest in scale than those of Ellora, but no less thrilling. Cut from the flanks of a horseshoe-shaped ravine, its caves are renowned above all for their ancient murals. The tempura paintings, created between 150 BC and 650 AD, depict a rich cross-section of life in the ancient world, from court scenes to processions, markets, great rituals, battles and boudoirs.


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Day 8

A guided tour of Nasik’s sacred Hindu sites, on the banks of the Godavari River takes up the morning. After lunch, you’ll visit a beautiful vineyard in the countryside outside the city, and have the chance to taste some of India’s exceptionally good wines!

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 9

Arrive back in Mumbai in the morning, where you’ll disembark from the Deccan Odyssey. 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, arriving the same day.

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Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £6495 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 Wild Trail

Departure Date Day of Departure Usual Price Discount offer Price after discount
19 October 2024 Saturday £6,325 £2,000 £4,325
10 May 2025 Saturday £6,325 £830 £5,495
17 May 2025 Saturday £6,325 £830 £5,495
9 May 2026 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995
16 May 2026 Saturday £6,995 £1,000 £5,995


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