Maharashtra Splendour

Valid Till 25 Apr 2020

07 Nights - 08 Days

From Mumbai

Starts from $ 6,734 per Person


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Maharashtra Splendour

Maharashtra Splendor is a week-long journey traversing through Maharashtra and Goa aboard the Deccan Odyssey. The leading Indian luxury train makes sure of a memorable holiday covering the ‘City of Dreams’, India’s Wine Capital –Nashik, the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora Caves, India’s most famous beach destination Goa and more. Step on board the Deccan Odyssey and be a witness of the splendor of Maharashtra with the week-long journey.

  • Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Places Covered: Mumbai – Nashik – Aurangabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Sindhudurg – Mumbai

  • Day 1 - Saturday – Mumbai

    Your Deccan Odyssey begins at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai, where the guests will be received with a warm and traditional welcome, before the journey pulls out for a week long journey to the Western Indian states- Maharashtra and Goa. The Deccan Odyssey departs Mumbai for Nashik.

    Dinner on board. Overnight on board.

  • Day 2 - Sunday – Nashik

    This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country.

    After breakfast, disembark and spend the morning walking along the Godavari Ghats observing several important Hindu rituals being performed. Continue on through the lively market by the Ghats which sells everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes and many things in between.

    Thereafter drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old ‘méthode traditionnelle’ used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards.

    After a sumptuous lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Aurangabad Overnight onboard Deccan Odyssey.

  • Day 3 - Monday - Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

    Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Makbara and the city’s 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them.

    As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva’s celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

    Savour a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape.

    In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well-deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.

    Overnight onboard Deccan Odyssey.

  • Day 4 - Tuesday - Ajanta Caves

    The Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.

    Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey as it continues on to the multifaceted city of Kolhapur.

    The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie, learn the rules of ‘carrom’, a popular Indian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.

    In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sundowner before dinner.

    Overnight onboard Deccan Odyssey.

  • Day 5– Wednesday - Kolhapur

    Watch the hinterlands of Maharashtra sweep past as you relish breakfast. Enjoy time at leisure as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures, all waiting to be discovered!

    After an early lunch on board you will disembark for a tour of the city.

    Visit the New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt and sandstone octagonal Palace from the 19th century. Behold its beautiful architecture and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Continue to the Town Hall Museum, a somber neo-Gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs.

    Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that you can carry back with you as a souvenir, before you proceed to a special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance.

    You will then visit the 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple, also called Shakti Pethas, or place associated with the Goddess Shakti, said to be the consort of Lord Vishnu. Following your temple visit, witness a traditional martial arts performance called ‘Mardani Khel’ literally translated to mean masculine games.

    After your sojourn into Kolhapur, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we depart for India’s most happening destination - Goa.

    Overnight onboard.

  • Day 6 - Thursday - Goa

    Goa, Deccan Odyssey Tours Today you arrive at Goa, India's smallest state, with strong Portuguese influences, having been a colony of Portugal till as late as 1961.

    After breakfast, you will disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim which still has some well preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas with its winding alleyways adorned by tiled-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and red.

    Continue to Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa, for a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the once lofty St. Augustine tower that continues to valiantly withstand the vagaries of nature.

    Drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast, a meal that has Hindu origins but is heavily influenced by 400 years of Portuguese rule and pays ode to the fruits of the Arabian sea - shrimps, kingfish and mackerel washed down with some ‘feni’, a potent liquor made from cashew. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the plantation.

    Complete your day in Goa with a visit to an old Portuguese house and get another peek into Goan life.

    Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Sindhudurg traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hills on the East, a marvelous feat of engineering, that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills.

    Overnight onboard Deccan Odyssey.

  • Day 7 - Friday – Sindhudurg

    Arrive in Sindhudurg which lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan. Visit the holy town of Sindhudurg.

    Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai.

    Overnight onboard Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendor

  • Day 8 - Saturday - Mumbai

    Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

    Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

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Deccan Odyssey: Tour Tariff 2019-2020


Rooming Single Occupancy Double / Twin Occupancy 02 Children in Separate cabin
Deluxe Cabin $ 6,734 $ 9,660 $ 7,248
Presidential Suite $ 14,584 $ 14,584 $ 7,248

Departure Dates for Deccan Odyssey-- “Maharashtra Splendor” - 2019-2020
MONTH DEPARTURE DATES
Sep 2019 21 28
Nov 2019 2 23
Dec 2019 21
Jan 2020 18
Mar 2020 14
Apr 2020 11 25

All Costs are in USD

  • The above costs are per cabin per Journey
  • As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries are subject to change in case of any changes in the routing etc.
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
  • Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • Presidential Suite can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children (One child up to 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years of age)
  • Government Service tax of 5.00% (subject to change as per Govt. directives) is additional and will be charged extra on the published tariff.

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • All meals (B,L,D)
  • Soft beverages during the journey
  • Valet service
  • Still camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide


Exclusions:
  • Taxes including 5.00% (subject to change as per Govt. directives) Government Service tax, Insurance , gratuities
  • Laundry and alcoholic Beverages
  • Video and professional Still camera fees
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • International and Domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
  • All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary.

Terms & Conditions


Child Policy
  • Deccan Odyssey does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavor to maintain.
  • One child up to 5 years of age shall be allowed free of cost in the Deluxe Cabin, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • For families, with a child between 6-12 years of age, or, with two children with one child below 5 years and another between 6-12 years, we recommend the Presidential Suite which has a double bed in the bedroom and can be shared with a child below 5 years and a sofa cum bed in the living room which can accommodate the older child. In this case, the child/children will be accommodated free of cost.
  • In case of two children between 6-12 years of age travelling with their parents, you will have to take 2 cabins. The first child pays 25% of the adult fare and the second child will have to pay 50% of the adult fare. One of the parents will have to be present with the child / children in the cabin.
  • Please note that we do not have the facility for interconnecting cabins.
  • All applicable taxes will be charged extra.
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS
Payment
20% of the ticket value at the time of booking
80% of the ticket value 60 days before the departure date
Cancellation
No cancellation on cancelling 60 days prior to the departure date
Retention of 20% of ticket value on cancelling 59 – 45 days prior to the departure date
Retention of 50% of ticket value on cancelling 44 – 30 days prior to the departure date
Retention of 100% of ticket value on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure date

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