Maharashtra Splendor

Tour Description

One of the leading luxury trains, Deccan Odyssey is all set to take you on an 8-day royal journey through the most beautiful destinations of India. The itinerary includes visit to the Wine capital of India- Nashik, colorful Kolhapur, India's party capital- Goa, Aurangabad and Jalgaon known for housing UNESCO World Heritage Sites Ajanta & Ellora Caves and the holy city of Ratnagiri. Get ready to travel through the most colorful side of India in a royal passage.

Destination : Mumbai - Nashik - Aurangabad - Ellora Caves - Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur - Goa - Sindhudurg

Maharashtra Splendor - Day Wise Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrive Mumbai

    Assemble at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 1530 hrs, and complete the registration and check-in formalities. Enjoy the royal and traditional Indian welcome by the staff followed by a refreshing drink. Later, you are taken to your respective cabins. Settle in your impressive cabins as the train leaves for Nashik.
    Dinner and overnight on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.

    Day 2 : Nashik

    Arrive Nashik; a religious city which is gaining the reputation of being Wine Capital of the Country. Post unhurried breakfasts proceed to visit Godavari Ghat. Take a long walk along the ghat and you can see holy rituals being performed. There are various markets along the ghat which have everything including fresh vegetables, cow dung cakes, lentils and seafood.
    Later drive to Grover Zampa Vineyards, which serve the best Indian wine producing facilities. Get to know how finest brands of wine are made through 'méthode traditionnelle'. Take a long walk along the vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Later, Wine lovers can also enjoy variety of wines such as white, rose, red and sparkling wines served with their lunch at vineyards.
    Dinner and overnight on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.

    Day 3 : Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

    On the third day of Maharashtra Splendor tour explore Aurangabad. Aurangabad is an important industrial city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and reflects a deep Mughal power. Aurangabad houses numerous remarkable tourist attractions such as Bibi-ka-Makbara, Daulatabad Fort and City's 52 gates.
    After breakfast on the Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train, leave for Ellora Caves. The caves are around 30 km away from the city, placed on the side of basaltic hill. Within Ellora there are 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. One of the most important attractions of Ellora is a holy shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, Kailasa temple. The temple dates back to a time between 757-783 CE and is a testimony of Dravidian architecture. As per the beliefs, the structure of the temple represents Mount Kailash, the Abode of Lord Shiva.
    Return to Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train for your lunch.
    Dinner and overnight on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.

    Day 4 : Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves

    Arrive Jalgaon station. After your breakfast head towards Ajanta Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves are known for their architectural brilliance. Inside Ajanta you can see 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves which are amazingly decorated with impressive sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. The designs also depict a blend of Hindu and Buddhist faith.
    Later, return back to the Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train for lunch as it departs for Kolhapur. Rest of the time at leisure.
    Dinner and overnight on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.

    Day 5 : Kolhapur

    On fifth day, the train enters the city of Kolhapur. Enjoy the striking passing scenery. Kolhapur is a multifaceted city that boasts of rich cultural, historical and mythical past. Post early lunch, leave for sightseeing in Kolhapur.
    Make a visit to New Palace Museum; a 19th century palace, which is well-known for its notable construction and comprises of memorials of Kolhapur rulers. Next, you head to Town Hall Museum. The museum showcases neo-Gothic styles with a pyramidal metal roof and the front space bordered by towers. Later, stroll around the lively markets of the city. Kolhapuri Chappals are very popular in India and hence it is a recommended buy. Afterwards, while you enjoy your tea watch the special folk performance Lavanya Sandhya.
    Then, you visit another popular tourist site, Mahalaxmi temple. It is a 1300-year-old temple, dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The temple is also referred to as Shakti Pethas. Continue to visit Mardani Khel, a traditional martial art performance.
    Return to Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.
    Dinner and overnight on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.

    Day 6 : Goa

    Arrive Goa. Through its attractions, you can see the state still reflects the presence of Portuguese culture, as it had been a colony of Portugal. Post breakfast drive to Fontainhas, which is home to some well-preserved buildings constructed in Portuguese style. Enjoy a UNESCO World heritage walk around the Fontainhas, through its airy pathways which are beautifully designed with red and blue buildings with tiled roof.
    Next you head to the former capital of the state, Ribandar, where you get to see ancient churches and the ruins of St. Augustine Tower. Continue and travel to Sahakari Spice Farm for Goan feast. Traditional Goan feast however have Indian origin but have Portuguese touch and that's what make it special. The meals are complemented by the popular Goan drink Feni, liquor prepared from cashew.
    After lunch, watch a Goan folk performance, make a plantation-visit and later, visit an ancient Portuguese building to get the glimpse of Goan culture and tradition. Then, return back to Deccan Odyssey as it progresses for Ratnagiri. You make your way through one of the enchanting railway routes in India, Konkan, which is surrounded by Sahyadri Hill on East and Arabian Sea on west.
    Dinner and overnight on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.

    Day 7 : Sindhudurg

    After breakfast on the luxury train Deccan Odyssey, visit Sindhudurg, once under the ruler of Maratha dynasty. This place lies just off the coast of Malvan, on a rocky island. Disembark for partaking in exploring the holy town of Sindhudurg.
    After lunch on-board, the second half of sightseeing takes place. In the evening, return to the train for dinner. Deccan Odyssey starts its journey back to Mumbai.
    Dinner and overnight on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train.

    Day 8 : Mumbai

    On the last day of your The Maharashtra Splendor Tour, have breakfast on Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train and disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station. Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train, as reaching Mumbai marks the end of your Maharashtra Splendor tour.

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