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Day 1 - (Wednesday) Mumbai
Departure in the evening from Chhatrapati Shivaji
time has come for you to undertake a journey way back in time. Welcome
to Mumbai, a city of dreams that 300 years ago was an agglomeration of
seven islands. Modern, yet preserving its antiquities, a short drive
through the city will reveal this inherent truth. Board the train in the
evening at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, undoubtedly one of the famous
Gothic buildings and an integral part of Mumbai's skyline. Wine and dine
in the luxurious comforts of this train and whistle off on your royal
voyage. Contact Deccan-Odyssey-India.com - Exclusive Online Sales Agent
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Day 2 - (Thursday) Jaigadh, Ganapatipule,
Ratnagiri and Bhatye Beach.
Morning - Arrival at Bhoke Railway Station. Reach
Rai Bhatgaon Jetty by AC bus for Backwater Cruise up to historical fort Jaigad.
Board the bus to explore finest beach along the Konkan coast.
Enjoy free time & lunch at Ganapatipule Beach Resort. At Noon board the bus
for sight seeing tour of Ratnagiri town.
Visit Ratnadurg Fort, Lokmanya Tilak Smarak and shop in Ratnagiri Bazar. Board
the train at Ratnagiri Railway station.
Alight in the morning at the Bhoke Station nestled amidst majestic
mountains and scenic backwaters. Enjoy the short ride in a AC luxury bus
to Rai Bhatgaon Jetty. Cut through the mesmerizing silence of the scenic
backwater accompanied by an impressive number of exotic birds on the way
to the historical Jaigad Fort. Relish an almost unique view of Konkan
village life, impossible to get either from road or the rail. This
romantic journey brings you to Jaigad Jetty, situated at the foothills
of the Jaigad Fort. And at a short distance stands the legendary Jaigad
Fort, high and proud on a cliff with a spectacular view of the ocean and
Ganapatipule, the next destination.
After Jaigad Fort, it's time to travel to Ganapatipule by road, an
experience by itself. The vast 'Konkan' stretch abounds with scenic
greenery, red earth and the roofed houses with clean courtyards add a
quaint touch to the panorama.
Ganapatipule is bathed in the golden sunshine and silver moonlight,
lapped by gentle foam-flecked waves from the expanse of the Arabian Sea.
It's laced with the unforgettable aroma of fruits, flowers and
mangroves. And the timid whispers of swaying coconut trees carry you
away into a land, that's serene, sedate and unspoilt.
Feast your taste buds over a vast spread of 'Konkan' cuisine and spend
some time to witness cultural programme. Mingle in the company of the
locals, who are as warm and cheerful as their surroundings. Ever ready
to chat with you and make you feel at home. Visit the holy temple shrine
dedicated to Lord Ganesh, flocked by millions every year. Walk down the
beach to the tune of the splashing waves. Head out towards Ratnagiri,
the land of the world famous 'Alphonso' mangoes, in the comforts of the
luxury AC bus.
Ratnagiri is the birthplace of Lokmanya Tilak and the internment home
for the last king of Burma, King Thibaw. Visit the Lokmanya Tilak Smarak
and Ratnadurga Fort.
Temples, forts and virgin beaches, you would wish you could stay a
little longer. But the train whistles and you are off to yet another
beautiful destination feasting over a royal spread served on board.
Day 3 - (Friday) Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Sawantwadi
Morning - Arrival at Sindhudurg Nagari Railway
Departure by AC Bus to Malvan Jetty to witness Sindhudurg Sea Fort. From Jetty
proceed to Tarkarli Beach Resort for lunch. After lunch proceed for Backwater
Cruise through the Tarkarli. Creek up to Kalse Jetty followed by a visit to
Sawantwadi town by bus to witness fabulous lacquer handicrafts, paintings and
furniture at the “Shilpagrama” in the town. Late in the evening board the
train at Sawantwadi railway station.
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
Next stop the one time 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.
Head out to Tarkarli by luxury AC bus. 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.
Next stop, Tarkarli Jetty, for a romantic boat ride through the Tarkarli
creek up to Kalse Jetty. Move on to Sawantwadi by AC luxury bus,
situated on the southernmost point of Sindhudurg. This elite heritage
destination is the entry point to Goa. The colourful town, once an
estate capital, is home to the Chitar Ali and Jagannathrao Bhosale
Garden. Shilpa Gram is yet another place you must visit. A craft
village, where you can watch local craftsmen manufacturing handicrafts
and what's more, you can buy some mementos too.
The evening promises a traditional meal in the train. As the train heads
to Goa from Sawantwadi, you will leave behind this coastal paradise rich
in history and natural splendour.
Day 4 - (Saturday) Goa
Morning - Arrival at Karmali, Goa, the most
frequented tourist spots in India.
Board the bus to reach Old Goa to witness Basilica De Born Jesus, Se
Cathedral, and the Church of St. Francis of Assissi, that began as a mosque
but now is an archaeological museum for Goan antiques. Proceed to Panjim by
Free time for short walk in city and bazaar followed by lunch at Fort Aguada
Beach Resort. After lunch visits Dona Paula & 250 years old House.
Late in the evening board the train from Madgaon railway station.
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 history.
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
Assissi, that began as a mosque but now is an archaeological museum for
Next, free time for a short walk in the city of Panjim a Capital of Goa.
City is built on the left bank of of the Mandovi river contains
archbishop palaces, a modern port, churches and long winding streets
lined with remarkably well preserved old houses. One can do some
shopping to carry memories of this beautiful State.
It's time for an afternoon finger licking Goan delicacies.
Next stop is Dona Paula, a small palm fringed beach with casuarinas
groves and tranquility. Visit Fontanhas, the Latin quarters at Panjim.
The day has ended, but in Goa, it is just the beginning. Non stop 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. It's true, no matter how much time you
have in Goa, it will always seem too little.
Day 5 - (Sunday) Pune
Morning - Arrival at Pune,
the Erstwhile Capital of Maharashtra.
Board the bus to visit Mahatma Phule Mandai, the old central market. Move on
to Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum that houses variety of artifacts of the 17th,
18th & 19th Centuries. Also visit the David Synagogue, believed to be one of
the largest in the world; built by a Jewish merchant, Sir David Sassoon in
1867. After a quick lunch break at the Hotel Le Meridian, next stop is the
Tribal Museum with an impressive collection of nearly 2000 rare and precious
articles related to the tribal life of Maharashtra.
Aga Khan Palace, a place where Mahatma Gandhi was incarcerated during freedom
struggle presently converted in to a Museum dedicated to Gandhi family.
After witnessing an enchanting Sound and Light Show at Shaniwarwada late in
the evening, board the train from Pune railway station.
morning, the royal train pulls into Pune, the erstwhile capital of
Maratha. Also known as the cultural capital of the state, it is hometown
of famous poets, writers, singers
and artists. After a royal breakfast in the train, step out to discover
this early home of Shivaji, the great Maratha warrior.
First stop is Phule Mandai, the old central market, named after the
great social reformer Mahatma Jotiba Phule. It consists of a large
octagonal central tower with Gothic features and arms radiating from it.
A reminder of the day’s gone by. Move on to the Raja Kelkar Museum, a
quaint Rajasthani-styled building with an interesting personal
collection of artifacts and antiques belonging to the 17th, 18th and the
19th century. Move on to the David Synagogue, believed to be one of the
largest in the world. Built by a Jewish merchant, Sir David Sassoon in
1867, it is one of the finest synagogues in India.
It is time to move on to the world famous Rajneesh Ashram. Commonly
known as Osho Ashram, the lushly landscaped 24-acre commune offers
numerous programmes with an emphasis on meditation. Thousands alight
here every day in search of spiritual meanings.
After a quick lunch break at the Hotel Le Meridian, next stop is the
Tribal Museum with an impressive collection of nearly 2000 rare and
precious articles related to the tribal life of Maharashtra. The 12
sections include domestic life, agriculture, weapons and woodcarving.
Now, the luxury bus takes you to the Aga Khan Palace. A historical
monument where Mahatma Gandhi and his wife were imprisoned along with
other national leaders after he started the Quit India movement. Listen
to the magic of hymns and devotional songs presented by a small group of
artistes near the memorial of Smt. Kasturba Gandhi.
Before you realise it, the day has ended. And it's time for the famous
light and sound show at the Shaniwarwada Palace, built in 1732 by the
Peshwas. Traditional 'tutari', 'sanai', 'chaughada', garlands and 'kumkum
tilak' welcome you at the entrance. While the daring story of the
erstwhile Maratha Empire enacted by light and sound capture your
After a sumptuous meal on board the royal train, your next destination
is the 6th century.
Day 6 - (Monday) Aurangabad
Morning Arrival at Aurangabad station. Travelling
along the picturesque ruins of Aurangabad proceed by road to the Historical
fort Daulatabad. Stop next at the Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site, having
34 cave temples dedicated to three different religions - Hinduism, Buddhism &
Lunch and Cultural programme at Hotel Taj. After lunch visit Shivaji Museum
with weapons and antiques from the great Maratha Empire.
Move on to view the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of Taj Mahal, a grand piece of
Moghul architecture, built as a tribute from the Emperor Son to his Mother.
Enjoy free time shopping at Paithani, Himroo, Bidriwork for a perfect
memorabilia. Late in the evening board the train from Aurangabad railway
morning, travelling along the rolling hills and picturesque ruins of the
past, you travel way back in time to Aurangabad. Founded by Aurangzeb,
Aurangabad's heritage is rich and varied.
After breakfast in the train, a luxury bus 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 valour.
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.
Come back to Aurangabad for lunch at the Taj hotel with live cultural
Next stop is the Shivaji Museum with weapons and antiques from the great
Maratha Empire. Just beyond the city, lies the Aurangabad Caves with
highly ornate and strikingly detailed sculptures and architecture.
Dating from the Vakataka and the succeeding Kalachuri dynasties (2nd and
6th centuries AD), these 10 caves, five in each group are also a World
Move on to the Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, a tribute of the Emperor's son to his
mother. A replica of Taj Mahal, the fairy tale Maqbara stands out as the
only piece of Moghul architecture on the Deccan Plateau. Spend some time
browsing through Paithani and Himroo showrooms 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 - (Tuesday) Ajanta and Nasik
Morning - Arrival at Jalgaon railway station.
Board the bus to reach Fardapur Resort. After break fast proceed to visit
renowned Buddhist caves of Ajanta a World Heritage Site to witness some of the
finest paintings and sculptures of the second century AD.
At noon board the train at Bhusalwal railway station. Proceed to Nashik. Lunch
Arrival at Nashik railway station Departure to visit Panchawati Ghat and Sula
Winery Yard. Wine and dine at the Winery Yard. Late in the night board the
train at Nashik railway station.
Alight at Jalgaon railway
station and travel to Fardapur resort. After a royal break fast depart
for T-Junction in a luxury AC bus. Board the MSRTC eco-friendly bus and
it's time to travel back in time. Soon, you will find yourself
surrounded by dramatic views of
the Waghora valley where the Ajanta Caves are located. Older than the
Ellora caves (200 BC to 650 AD) they are also cut from the volcanic lava
of the Deccan Trap in a steep crescent shaped hillside. Lost to the
world after the 7th century it was discovered by accident in 1819, by a
party of British officers on a hunting expedition.
At Ajanta, the Mahayana group, Hinayana 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 mesmerise tourists from
all over the world.
After a quick shopping break for artifacts and souvenirs, back track to
Bhusawal Station in the same luxury AC bus. Travel along to Nashik in
the royal comforts of the train while the magnificent images of the
ancient caves linger on in your mind. Enjoy the mouth-watering spread on
board of the royal train.
Alight at Nashik Road station with a traditional welcome of garlands, 'arti'
and 'kumkum tilak'. Depart for Sula Winery at Govardhan Park in the
comforts of a luxury AC bus, enjoying the view of a bustling township
that's an interesting blend of the ancient and the modern.
Stop on the way at the grape farms of the Winery. Walk through the green
paradise as rows and rows of grape meet your eye in every direction.
After watching the breathtaking view from the Gangapur dam site move on
to the Sula Winery. The air, heavy with the heady aroma of wine,
welcomes you to the Winery. Wine and dine in royal comfort as the sun
sets in the horizon. Finally, when you head back to the Nashik 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
Day 8 - (Wednesday) Mumbai
Morning - Arrival at CST, Mumbai. Journey Ends.
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.