Maharashtra Splendor (Deccan Odyssey)
Want to experience the luxurious train journey embarking on the Deccan Odyssey Train? The itinerary has a comprehensive plan for you comprising of 8 days and 7 nights. It inculcates the most alluring tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra. It also includes the land of sea, sand and sun-Goa. Hospitality, affluence, state-of-the-art amenities! You name it and the Deccan Odyssey luxury train will provide you with!
And, this is not it. The journey encompasses the most amazing experience with delicious cuisine served in the train along with a plethora of interesting activities, to enjoy the ride!
- Ellora Caves
- Ajanta Caves
Timings for Check In and Check Out
Timing : 15:30 PM
Station : Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Timing : 12:00 PM
Station : Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station
Itinerary Details - Day Wise
The travelers are required to assemble at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 15:30 hours. In here you will be required to pursue the check-in formalities. You will be greeted by the staff in the royal Indian manner.
After which you will be served the refreshing drink. Then, you are escorted to your respective cabins. The train then leaves for the city of Nashik.
Dinner will be served onboard the train.
Overnight Stay onboard the Deccan Odyssey.
On day 2, the train will reach its first destination, Nashik. It is a pious city and also known as the Wine Capital of the Country. You will be served breakfast, followed by a visit to the beautiful Godavari Ghat. At the ghat many ceremonies continue to take place throughout the day, which you can witness.
There are many markets along the Ghat which includes fresh vegetables, cow dung cakes, lentils and seafood.
This will be followed by a drive to the Grover Zampa Vineyards. They are known for ace wine producing facilities. Have a look at the vines lined up with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. You will be provided here with the knowledge of making of the wine with the traditional method.
You will be served lunch in the vineyards, where you can enjoy the wine of your choice with some white, red, rose and sparkling wines.
Dinner will be served on-board. By night recline in the train as it leaves for the city of Aurangabad.
Aurangabad Ellora Caves
On day 3, you will be experiencing the splendor of the city of Aurangabad. It is an industrial city, nestled in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city was coined, this name to pay tribute to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The tourist attractions including Bibi-ka-Makbara, City’s 52 gates and Daulatabad Fort are amazing and alluring.
Have breakfast on the train. You will be awestruck with the magnificent Ellora Caves. Ellora Caves is also the UNESCO World Heritage Site. 12 Buddhists, 5 Jain and 17 Hindu caves make the Ellora. There is a beautiful shrine of Lord Shiva in here. The Kailash temple dates back to 757-783 CE. It reflects the Dravidian style of architecture.
You will be driven to the Deccan Odyssey to enjoy a delectable lunch as the train crosses the pastoral landscape of Maharashtra. In the evening you will be served cocktails in your cabins. This is followed by dinner on board by night as the train rolls towards the city of Jalgaon.
Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves
On Day 4, the Deccan Odyssey will reach the Jalgaon station. You will be served breakfast, after which you will be driven to the Ajanta Caves. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves are an epitome of architectural splendor. The caves are ornate with the paintings and sculptures of Buddha. The amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist faith is easily witnessed in here.
Post the sightseeing you will be required to return back to the luxurious train, for a scrumptious lunch. The train will proceed towards the city of Kolhapur. The day is left for you to watch a movie, enjoy carom (an Indian board game) or rejuvenate yourself at the spa.
You will be served dinner on-board. Recline in your cabin by night to refresh yourself for the next day.
The journey of day 5, starts in the city of Kolhapur. Relish breakfast onboard and spend some time at leisure. You are bound to be amazed by the scenic view as you reach the city. It is a city which is an epitome of rich, ancient, mythical and cultural past. You will be served an early lunch, after which you will leave for visiting the tourist attractions in the city of Kolhapur.
Proceed to visit the New Palace Museum, fabricated in the 19th century, is renowned for its architecture. It houses memorials of the kings which ruled in the city.
Hence, make sure to visit this. The Town Hall Museum is another must visit attraction. The neo-Gothic style associated with a pyramidal metal roof comprises of the exquisite architecture of the place. Do not obliterate to take a walk in the bustling markets of the city. You can definitely purchase the renowned Kolhapuri chappals from here.
Relish the evening tea with a folk dance performance of Lavanya Sandhya.
This is followed by a visit to the Mahalaxmi shrine. The shrine dates back to 1300 years and is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. You will also be able to witness the traditional martial art performance, Mardani Khel in the city.
Dinner will be served on-board in the train. This is followed by your journey to Goa!
Overnight stay onboard the train.
The train reaches Goa, on the 6th day. The attractions, the architecture and the way of living of the inhabitants reflect the impact of the Portuguese culture.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you are driven to the Fontain. It is the abode to establishments which are an epitome of the Portuguese style architecture. The pathways and intricately designed red and blue buildings make it a cherished memory. Take a walk and enjoy the beauty.
You will proceed to Ribandar, the former capital of the state. Here you will witness historical churches and the reminiscent of the St. Augustine Tower. Then you are driven to Sahakari spice farm for the delectable Goan feast. The feast has the most unique and delicious blend of Indian origin with Portuguese touch. You will also get to taste the Goan drink Feni. It is a liquor made from cashew.
Post lunch you will witness a Goan folk performance. Pursue a visit to a plantation followed by visiting a historical Portuguese establishment to avail a glimpse of the culture and tradition of Goa.
Return to Deccan Odyssey proceeding towards Ratnagiri.
On the way to the city of Ratnagiri, you will pass through the captivating railway route, Konkan. Sahayadri hill on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, make the route one of the most beautiful scenic and panoramic view.
Dinner is served on-board. At night recline in your cabins of the luxurious train.
Day 7 marks the entry to the city of Ratnagiri. It is renowned for its fertile valleys. It bears the finest jackfruits, bananas, rice, coconuts, cashew nuts and mangoes.
You will be served breakfast onboard the train. Later, disembark the Deccan Odyssey for exploring the holy town of Sindhudurg.
The lunch will be served on-board. Take a rest on the train.
Dinner will be served in the train. By night recline in your cabin as the train proceeds to the city of Mumbai.
On this final day of the tour, you are served breakfast.
After, a delicious breakfast you detrain at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station. Bid farewell to the luxury train Deccan Odyssey, as reaching Mumbai marks the end of your 7 nights 8 days Maharashtra Splendor tour.