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Mumbai to Mumbai - Deccan Odyssey
Maharashtra - it has, for five thousand years, seen various
dynasties beyond Vindhya ruling over the Deccan Plateau from the days of
Rashtrakutas, Vakatakas, Satvahanas, Shilaharas, Chalukyas, Yadavas,
Marathas, Portuguese and English. All these dynasties have left behind their
marks in the forms of monument and heritage sites, the wadas, the palaces,
the churches, the temples, the synagogues, the mosques. The State with 27
wild life sanctuaries, 4 National Parks, numerous religious sites, places of
scenic beauty, scores of beaches, thousands of forts and unique culture
depicted in its folk arts, the colourful festivals, its cuisine, handicraft.
A tourist will get a glimpse of all these just in seven days, a capsule of
Maharashtra - the Great State.
- The Train Tour is a joint venture between Indian Railways &
Tourism Department of Maharashtra.
- The off board logistics & sightseeing are handled by MTDC &
onboard services are managed by dedicated
- Professional Team from Taj Group of Hotel
The 7 Nights /8 Days sojourn across The Deccan Plateau & Konkan Coast,
highlights the best tourist places around Mumbai & in former Kingdom of
Peshwas The detailed program is as follows
DAY 1: WED: MUMBAI Depart
Report by 330 p.m. at Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Rail Terminus a World
Heritage Site. This is undoubtedly one of the famous Gothic buildings and an
integral part of Mumbai's skyline. After check-in formalities & tour
brief, train departs by 430 p.m. from Mumbai. Wine and dine in the luxurious
comforts of this train and whistle off on your royal voyage. Traditional
Day 2 Morning : Thurs: SINDHUDURG Sea Fort
Next day the train chugs in to the tip of the Konkan coast, Sindhudurg
Nagari Railway station. A luxury AC bus transfers you to Malvan Jetty from
the station. Settle in a comfortable boat, arranged just for you, and enjoy
the mesmerizing view of flora, birds and caressing waves on the ride to
Sindhudurg Fort a onetime naval base, stubbornly guarded, till today by the
unconquered Ocean Fort of Sindhudurg. As you approach the fort from Malvan
jetty past a rocky reef, marvel at the hard work of over 6000 skilled hands
that worked round the clock for 3 years. Within its premises are temples
dedicated to Bhavani, Mahadeo, Jarimari, Mahapurush and Shivaji. Walk on the
two- mile long rampart walls and watch the breathtaking view of the vast
open sea as it fires a volley of spray 30 ft. below. And at times even 30
feet high, an amazing experience indeed.
Day 2 Noon : Thurs: TARKARLI Virgin Beach
Head towards Tarkarli by luxury AC coach. A virgin beach at the confluence
of river Karli and Arabian Sea with silver soft sands and pristine clear
waters. The wide river, the beautiful sailboats, the tiny islands, the
hamlets at the riverbank, all contributes to the picture-postcard beauty of
Tarkarli. Enjoy a relaxed lunch at the well-appointed MTDC beach resort,
complete with twenty 'Konkani' style cottages. Indeed a perfect place to
enjoy the mouth- watering 'Malvani' cuisine and then unwind. Afternoon
depart for Kudal Railway Station, on way visit to Dhamapur a village
situated on the banks of the lake. Dinner onboard.
DAY 3 : Fri: GOA Beaches & Churches
As the train pulls in to Goa, get ready to explore an exotic destination
frequented by tourists from all corners of the globe. Brilliant lush green
fields surrounding village and hamlets, white washed churches standing out
against occasional empty patches of startling red soil. Welcome to Goa, the
land of India's finest golden sand beaches, jungle clad hills, imposing
ancient churches and elegant mansions, splashed with colour of
bougainvillea. Goa is indeed a great collage of sights, experiences and
Once in Goa, you can start off with Old Goa. Take a walk amid the ruins,
ramble in the vast gardens and grounds of the old church buildings. Basilica
of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, that
began as a mosque but now is an archaeological museum for Goan antiques.
You get, free time for a short walk in the city of Panjim a Capital of Goa.
City is built on the left bank of the Mandovi river contains archbishop
palaces, a modern port, churches and long winding streets lined with
remarkably well preserved old houses. Visit Fontanas, the Latin
quarters at Panjim. One can do some shopping to carry memories of this
Drive past the St. Merry Immaculate Church.
It's time for an afternoon finger licking Goan delicacies, onboard the
Evening proceed to Beach side hotel for cultural program and dinner.
The day has ended, but in Goa, it is just the beginning. Nonstop fun,
virgin beaches, ancient sites and caves,
religious icons and shrines are set deep in your mind as you head back to
the Madgaon station. Wine and dine on board the royal train. Night halt at
Vasco Station for yet another day in Goa.
Day 4:Sat : GOA Temples, Spice Farm & Traditional Home
Morning detrain at Vasco station and board the bus to visit Mhalsa and
Mangeshi, a Hindu Temples of God Shiva revealing typical architecture of old
From here proceed to one of the biggest and finest Spice Farm in the
Country a "Sahakari Spice Farm" at Ponda village. Situated among
the lush green surroundings of Ponda place is extremely popular among
international tourist. Visitors are traditionally welcomed at the entrance.
After brief halt in the restaurant for welcome drink and snacks, a guided
tour of the farm starts. This organic spice farm has variety of herbal and
medicinal trees. The guide explains different spices and their medical
values during tour which is about 45 minutes.
Typical Goan lunch is served here.
Option of Elephant joy ride on direct payment.
From farm house proceed to one of the finest heritage house of 16th century
know as "Menezes Braganza House". It is one of the last remaining
structures that date back to the pre-Portuguese era in Goa. The architecture
and the interiors of the house make you feel as if you are going back in
history. The structure welcomes the tourists and motivates them to explore
this two storied marvelous structure in detail. It is one of the oldest
heritage houses of Goa. This has been the traditional family home of the
Braganzas for many than four centuries. Even today, the lady of the
house, Mrs Braganza, an octogenarian, still lives in the house and takes the
visitors to a tour of the house herself. From Braganza House proceed to
Madgaon Railway Station to board the train for next destination - Kolhapur.
Enjoy the dinner onboard.
It's true, no matter how much time you have in Goa, it will always seem too
DAY 5 Morning : SUN: KOLHAPUR Princely Town
Next day on the itinerary is Kolhapur, a city of many great attractions.
This city is a unique blend of culture, history, nature & industry. A
journey through the past reveals that Kolhapur has lived through the regimes
of various rulers from the mythical past to the modern age. The Hindu era
lasted till 1347, followed by the Muslim rule which was from 1347-1700. The
magnificent temples of Kolhapur were built during the glorious periods of
the Satavahana kings and the Shilaharas. The Marathas controlled this area
from 1700 to 1849. In 1849, the British took over and Chhatrapati Sahu
Maharaj was installed as the ruler of Kolhapur.
Most of the venues Bhavani Mandap, Mahalaxmi Temple, Shalini Palace, New
Palace, Museum etc. reflect their own significance as major attractions.
By noon drive back to Kolhapur station, to board the train & depart.
Afternoon & Evening at leisure ,on board the train, travelling along
the rolling hills and picturesque ruins of the past, you travel way back in
time to Aurangabad.
DAY 6: MON: AURANGABAD & ELLORA Caves
Founded by Aurangzeb, Aurangabad's heritage is rich and diversified.
After breakfast in the train, a luxury coach takes you to the majestic
fortress of Daulatabad. An impregnable defense in its day, it still stands
tall and proud. Walk around the ruins, which tell you extraordinary stories
of bravery and valor. Next stop is the world famous Ellora Caves. Just 30
kms. from Aurangabad the historical Ellora caves is now a World Heritage
Site. The Hindu, Jain and Buddhist caves at Ellora are among the finest in
India. Lying on the ancient trade route, the caves are thought to be the
work of priests and pilgrims who used the route. Abandoned and forgotten for
a few centuries, the 34 caves were cut out of volcanic rocks of the Deccan
trap. 12 are Buddhist (600 to 700 AD), 17 Hindus (800-1000 AD) and five Jain
(1000 -1300 AD). The Buddhist caves belong to the Vajrayana sect of the
Mahayana School. The caves include 'viharas' (monasteries) and 'chaityas'
(chapels) where the monks worshipped. The Hindu caves lie in the centre of
the group. The most famous of them being the Kailasanatha Temple (8th
century). It is the most magnificent of all the rock-cut structures at
Ellora. Completely open to the elements, it is the only building that was
begun from the top. The Jain caves, less grand in comparison to the others
are richly carved with lotus, elephant, lions and 'tirthankaras' of Lord
Mahavira. They offer an aura of peace and simplicity. Return to Aurangabad 5
star Hotel for lunch..
Afternoon, visit Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of Taj Mahal is a grand piece
of Moghul architecture.
Time Free to shop for Paithani, Himroo, Bidriwork clothing for a perfect
Soon, it's time to go back to the station for a mouth-watering feast in the
train and then to travel even further back in time.
DAY 7 Morning: TUE: AJANTA Caves
Alight at Jalgaon railway station and travel to Fardapur resort. After a
royal breakfast depart for T-Junction in a luxury AC bus. Board the
eco-friendly bus and it's time to travel back in time. Soon, you will find
yourself surrounded by dramatic views of the Wadhera valley where the Ajanta
Caves are located. Older than the Ellora caves and dating back to 2nd
century B.C, ,the caves are also cut from the volcanic lava of the Deccan
Trapped in a steep crescent shaped hillside & lost to the world after
the 7th century ,this UNESCO World Heritage site was re-discovered in 1819,
by a party of British officers on a hunting expedition.
At Ajanta, the Mahayana group, Hiragana group and the later Mahayana group,
complete the spectrum of Buddhist development in India. 'Bodhisattva
Padmapani', 'Boddhisattva Avalokitesvara', '17 Jatakas'. 'The Birth of the
Buddha' and 'The Thousand Buddhas' are amongst the finest murals and
sculptures ever found. The paintings on the ceiling, particularly the
elephant scattering the lotus, charging bull, the black princess and the row
of dancers with musicians mesmerize tourists from all over the world.
After a quick shopping break for artifacts and souvenirs, back track to
Jalgaon Station in the same luxury AC bus.
Train departs for Nasik
DAY 7 Afternoon: TUE: NASIK Pilgrimage town
Alight at Nasik Road station with a traditional welcome of garlands,
'aarti' and 'kumkum tilak'. Depart for Panchavati Ghats. Finally, when you
head back to the Nasik Road Station, it's time for the Deccan Odyssey train
to move from the past to the future. Get ready to alight at the most
advanced business capital of India, Mumbai.
DAY 8 Morning: MUMBAI Return
Enjoy the breakfast on board as the sun rises over the commercial capital
of India. Alight at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the morning enriched
with the rich legacy of this land. The royal journey is over, but the memory
of which, will live on forever.