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Maharashtra Splendor

Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Goa

Maharashtra Splendor

$5000 per person
11 Days / 10 Nights
12+ Age

Deccan Odyssey continues this legacy of princely sojourns by introducing fascinating journeys covering the length and breadth of the exotic and enchanting landscape of India. The train journeys showcase the opulence and extravagance of the palaces, the traditions and culinary wonders of cities and villages, untouched by the sands of time. Ripe with romance, adventure and style, each luxury rail journey on the Deccan Odyssey is a one-in-a-lifetime experience.

This 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. Welcome to the Deccan Odyssey.

Day 1 The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Mumbai 2 nights B&B
Day 3 The Deccan Odyssey Train 5 nights FB
Day 3 Mumbai day stop Mumbai day
Day 4 Nashik day stop Nashik day
Day 5 Aurangabad day stop Aurangabad day
Day 6 Kolhapur day stop Kolhapur day
Day 7 Goa day stop Goa day
Day 8 The Leela Goa Goa 3 nights B&B


B&B:Bed and Breakfast

FB:Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Tour Plan

Welcome to Mumbai, India! Mumbai,  is the financial capital of India and the home of India's Bollywood film industry. Also called India's "maximum city", Mumbai is known for its extreme standards of living, fast paced lifestyle, and the making  of dreams. It's a cosmopolitan and increasingly westernized city that's an important base for industry and foreign trade. You will be met on arrival at the international airport by our representative and escorted by private vehicle to the hotel. While the room keys and check-in are organized, our representative will brief you about the tour program and hand over the documents to you. Overnight Stay.
Today we will enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai , where you will discover the fascinating Dhobi Ghat. Each morning laundry from all over Mumbai is brought here soaped, soaked, boiled, beaten, and thrashed. The next day, after being aired, pressed, folded and wrapped, the bundles are returned from where they came. The secret that keeps the operation running smoothly is the coded symbol that each dhobi-wallah places on every item. Then visit the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays). Housing many interesting artefacts, the museum structure itself is a work of art. Designed by architect George Wittet, who also designed the Gateway of India, the museum is crowned by an impressive white dome. During your visit, admire displays of jade work, weapons from the Mughal Empire, and clay and terracotta figures from the 3rd century BC. The main sculpture room contains excellent Greek influence 4th and 5th century heads and figures from the Buddhist state of Gandhara, a former colony of Alexander the Great. The main attraction, however, is a superb collection of Indian paintings, including manuscripts and miniatures. Continue to Mani Bhawan, the Gandhi Museum, for an intriguing visit. Serving as Mahatma Gandhi's Bombay base between 1917 and 1934, Mani Bhawan now serves as a museum and memorial. A series of tiny dioramas tell Gandhi's life story; photos covering the walls capture historic events; a sitting room and bedroom preserved behind glass take you back through time; and personal artifacts offer insights into Gandhi's hopes and struggles. One letter is addressed to Hitler, asking him to refrain from war. Gandhi also corresponded with Roosevelt, Tolstoy and Einstein. End the tour on Marine Drive dubbed as the Queen’s Necklace, Mumbai’s most popular promenade and a favorite sunset watching spot. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Stay.
This afternoon, you will be transferred to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to board your train Deccan Odyssey. Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey. The check in will be approximately at 15:30 hours at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus where you will complete the registration process and check in formalities. Thereafter, you will receive a traditional Indian welcome and a complementary drink. You will then be guided to your charming cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey will begin its journey from Mumbai to Nasik. Welcome drink and dinner on board. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Today, the Deccan Odyssey will halt at the holy city of Nashik also known as the wine capital of the country. Enjoy an early breakfast and take a walk along the serene Godavari ghats where you will witness the various Hindu rituals related to birth, death and initiation. Continue walking forward till you reach the lively markets by the ghats. The hustle and bustle here will sweep you off your feet with vendors selling everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes and many things in between. Later, drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards, where an exclusive tour of India's finest wine producing facilities awaits you! Take a relaxing stroll through the vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes and get acquainted with the age old 'methode traditionnelle' used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Thereafter, treat your taste buds with some delicious white, red, rose and sparkling wines in the company of a sommelier and try experimenting with wines as you pair them with your lunch. Head back to the Deccan Odyssey as the train moves forth to Aurangabad. Lunch will be served at the vineyard. Dinner & Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Ellora Caves is on the Agenda today! To get to this UNESCO world heritage site, disembark at the industrial town of Aurangabad. Named after, the last great Mughal Aurangazeb, the entire town and its monuments showcase deep Mughal influences! The must- visit monuments are the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara and the city's 52 gates. While, you are enjoying a succulent breakfast, the train will arrive at Aurangabad! From Aurangabad, a scenic drive will take you to the much anticipated Ellora caves! Carved into a side of a Baltic hill, the caves are situated just 30 kms away from the city. Ellora caves are regarded as the finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India. With over 34 rock-cut shrines, each cave represents Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. Remember, the 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. Don't miss out on the Kailash temple! An engineering marvel, the temple is meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. After a busy morning, savour a relaxed lunch on board as you watch the landscape change. Evening will be a grand affair as you mingle with your fellow passengers and unwind over a few drinks prepared by our bartender. Dinner aboard the deccan Odyssey as the train proceeds to Jalgaon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Today, we will be visiting another World Heritage Site. After breakfast on board, disembark at Jalgaon station and drive to the Ajanta Caves. A collection of 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves, the Ajanta caves are simply an architectural marvel of its time! Each cave is masterfully carved and adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art that showcase the universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith. After an exploring session, lunch will be served aboard the Deccan Odyssey as the train continues on to Kolhapur. The rest of the day will be spent indulging in various facilities offered on board; watch a movie, learn to play carom or just simply relax at a spa. In the evening, watch the rural scene unfold as you sip on sun downer. Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Arrive at Kolhapur, a multifaceted city with a mythical past. Visit the New Palace, the Mahalaxmi Temple and the Town Hall museum. Witness a traditional martial arts performance known as ‘Mardani Khel’.  Breakfast, lunch & dinner on board. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Today after breakfast, disembark  from the Deccan Odyssey Train at Goa Dabolim Railway Station. You will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight Stay.
Day free at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight Stay.  
DAY 10 : GOA
Day free at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight Stay.
Morning transfer to Goa International airport to connect flight for your onward destination.

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