The most developed and prosperous states, Maharashtra is situated in the western region of India. This state has a treasure trove of multi-hued heritage sites. From Ashtavinayak temple to the Ajanta and Ellora caves of Buddhist era, from the Mother Mary Church at Mahim to the Haji Ali mosque of Mumbai, this state is perfect example of “Unity in Diversity” concept.
Maharashtra with Deccan Odyssey
Thanks to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, with Deccan Odyssey one can explore the following places of Maharashtra.
1. Ajanta Caves
A total of 800 Buddhist caves are there in Maharashtra and 32 among them is situated in Ajanta. 107 km away from Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves is famous for the paintings based on Buddhist theme and painted inscription narrating the stories of different monks and kings.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was related with many schools of ancient periods like the famous Gandhara and Mathura school of art of the Kushana Period, the Sarnath School of art of Gupta Period and the Amravati school of art of the late Satavahana Period.
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2. Ellora Caves
The epitome of Indian rock cut architecture, Ellora is a combination of 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. Intricate carvings of Vishvakarma cave, the huge Buddha image, rock cut balcony, Don Taal and Teen Taal caves, Hindu sculptures of cave 14, multi storied temple Kailasa and the famous beautiful sculptures of Rameshwar cave are the major attractions of Ellora.
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The City of Gates, Aurangabad was named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Declared as the Tourism Capital of Maharashtra, this city is the fifth largest city in Maharashtra. The last or the 12th ‘Jyotirlinga’, Grishneshwar Temple is placed near this city.
Apart from this, one can also visit the glorious Daulatabad Fort, Aurangzeb's Himayat Bagh and the burial place of Dilras Banu Begum, wife of Aurangzeb, Bibi ka Maqbara.
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Surrounded by nine hills, nourished by the river Godavari, Nashik is world famous for “Kumbh Mela” which occurs in every 12 years. With a wonderful weather ranged between 12ºc to 28ºc, this city has become the “Wine Capital of India”. Mentioned in the Indian epic ‘Ramayana’, Nashik is very popular among the Hindu and Jain pilgrimage.
Tourists across the world visit Nashik for one of the 12 Jyotirlinga at Trimbakeshwar Temple, the most sacred place Panchavati, Pandav Caves, Panchdhatu idol of Bhagwan Mahavir and may more.
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Kolhapur or Colapore, is a small town which is renowned for beautiful landscape, historical monuments and ancient temples. Mahalaxmi Temple, famous for magnificent carving and sculptures, Ancient Rankala Lake, build by Chattrapati Shivaji, Chattrapati Sahu Museum, decorated by jewels, stones carving and sculptures and Emperor Bhoja's Panhala Fort are the most visited places of Kolhapur.
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The capital city of Maharashtra, the City of Dreams and the home of Bollywood, Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast of India. Amazing night life, fantastic foods and fashionable markets are some of the traits of this Global City.
Mumbai has some of the wonderful architectural structures like UNESCO World Heritage Site Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Bandra Worli Sea Link, and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport etc. Haji Ali Dargah, Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Gateway of India, Nariman Point and Juhu Beach are the most famous places of Mumbai.
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About Deccan Odyssey
Based on the model of Palace on Wheels, the Maharashtra Government and the Ministry of Railways introduced the Deccan Odyssey. Manufactured by the Integral Coach factory in Chennai, this express has 21 luxuriously appointed coaches. Fully equipped with the modern amenities like air conditioning room, internet, mini gym, multi cuisine restaurant, well stocked bar this express promises to offer an experience of a five star hotel.
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Itineraries of Deccan Odyssey
With 6 meticulously designed itineraries, Deccan Odyssey train covers the major heritage sites of the majestic Western Ghat. These 6 different itineraries are:
Destination covered: Mumbai-Nashik-Ellora Caves-Ajanta Caves-Kolhapur-Goa-Sindhudurg-Mumbai
Destination covered: New Delhi-Sawai Madhopur-Agra-Jaipur-Udaipur-Vadodara-Ellora Caves-Mumbai
Destination covered: Mumbai-Bijapur-Aihole-Pattadakal-Hampi-Hyderabad-Ellora Caves-Ajanta Caves-Mumbai
Destination covered: Mumbai-Ellora Caves-Aurangabad-Pench-Tadoba-Ajanta-Nashik–Mumbai
Destination covered: Mumbai-Vadodara-Palitana-Sasan Gir & Somnath-Littile Rann of Kutch-Modhera & Patan-Nashik –Mumbai
Destination covered: Mumbai-Vadodara-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Agra-Sawai Madhopur-Jaipur-Delhi.
A trip to this land of diversity in Deccan Odyssey will definitely enrich your holiday experience.
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