Indian Luxury Train Tour with Deccan Odyssey  - Maharashtra Splendor Journey

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Highlights:
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. Welcome to the Deccan Odyssey.

Coaches
The Deccan Odyssey has 21 coaches out of which 11 are passenger cars with 4 coupes each. There are 2 Presidential Suite Cars with 2 coupes each car. The train also has a conference car (can be redesigned as dance floor in the night) and two restaurant cars. There is also a lounge/bar car and one surprising addition is a Spa Car. Apart from the above there are generator cars with luggage store and staff car or spare car.
 

Facilities
Conference Room with capacity to host 50 guests with facility for Internet, telephone exchange satellite communication and computer with printer and fax and Library.
• Bar
• Channel Music
• Ayurvedic Massage Centre
• Steam Bath
• Gymnasium
• Beauty Parlour
• Business Centre
• Special Suite for Physically challenged
• Fully loaded mini pantry in each coach
• Telephone in each saloon
• Television in each coach
• Plasma TV in Lounge Car
• PA System/ 6 Channel Music System
• Lounge in each passenger car

 

Maharashtra Splendor Journey: Tour Itinerary
8 Days / 7 Nights
(Mumbai – Nashik - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur - Goa - Sindhudurg – Mumbai)

Day 01: Mumbai (Arrival)
Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.Assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at around 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for the Maharashtra Splendor journey. Enjoy a traditional welcome and later savor a refreshing welcome drink.

After completing all the formalities, settle in as the Deccan Odyssey leaves from Mumbai to Nashik. Enjoy dinner onboard and stay overnight.

Day 02: Nashik
Deccan Odyssey reaches the holy city of Nashik this morning. Munch your breakfast onboard and then disembark to enjoy a stroll along the Godavari Ghats. Observe different Hindu rituals being performed at the Ghat.
Further, walk through the market set by the Ghats. Right from vegetables to cow dung cakes, lentils to dried seafood, everything is sold in the market.
Later, drive towards Grover Zampa vineyards and take a tour into the one of the finest Indian wine producing vineyards. Have a look at the vines lined up with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes.
The tour gives you an insight of the ancient methods- 'mιthode traditionnelle' that are still used for preparing the best sparkling wines in India. The sommelier at the vineyard will serve you from the finest collections of white, red, rose and sparkling wines. Pair your favorite wine with some delicious food.
After enjoying your lunch, get back to the Deccan Odyssey. Deccan Odyssey leaves for Aurangabad.Dinner on board & Stay overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 03: Aurangabad – Ellora Caves
This morning, Deccan Odyssey enters Aurangabad, the industrial town of Maharashtra. Taking its name from the last Great Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, the city features Mughal culture in every nook and corner. Savor your breakfast onboard and then disembark. Start driving towards Ellora Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the star attraction of Aurangabad. One of the finest examples of cave temple architecture in India, the site of Ellora Caves has 34 rock-cut shrines that represent Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art that date back to the 4th and 5th centuries AD. There 12 Buddhist caves to the south, 17 Hindu caves in the center and 5 Jain caves to the north. The star attraction of the caves is Kailash temple, which is believed to be a replica of Lord Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. Enjoy lunch onboard as the Deccan Odyssey. Lay back and relax with your favorite cocktails from the bar onboard. Follow this by some delicious food and take rest. Deccan Odyssey leaves for Jalgaon where you get to visit the spectacular Ajanta Caves.Dinner on board & Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 04: Ajanta Caves
As you treat yourself with delicious breakfast onboard, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon station. Disembark after having your breakfast and start driving to Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The site has 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves that are beautifully carved and feature sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. These paintings and sculptures depict universal pictorial art. Savor lunch onboard the Deccan Odyssey as it leaves for the colorful city of Kolhapur. Take some rest for the day and enjoy recreational activities onboard. Watch a movie or enjoy a game of carrom or get a relaxing massage in the spa on board. In the evening, enjoy your favorite drink with dinner. Dinner on board & Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 05: Kolhapur
Have a look at the surroundings of Maharashtra as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into the city of Kolhapur. Relish breakfast onboard and spend some time at leisure. Disembark for a city tour of Kolhapur after having your lunch onboard. Pay a visit to the New Palace Museum, a beautiful octagonal Palace that dates back to the 19th century. Flip back the pages of Kolhapur's history with the architecture of the palace. Visit the Town Hall Museum, which is a somber neo-Gothic building. Go for some shopping at the local market of Kolhapur. Buy yourself a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals, the main attraction of the city. Leave for your special venue where you will be served tea. Enjoy Lavanya Sandhya, a folk performance. Seek blessings at Mahalakshmi temple, 1300 year old temple, also known as Shakti Pethas. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti, the consort of Lord Vishnu. Post this, witness a traditional martial arts performance called 'Mardani Khel'. Return back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner. The Deccan Odyssey departs for India's party capital, Goa. Dinner on board & Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 06: Goa
Today, you arrive in India's most happening state, Goa. Have your breakfast and then get down and begin with Goa's sightseeing tour. Drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim that has some well-preserved houses built in complete Portuguese style of architecture. Explore the culture and architecture of the Portuguese with UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas. Thereafter, leave for Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa. Take a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the St. Augustine tower which was once the pride of Goa. Enjoy a drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast which is a meal taking major influence from 400 years Old Portuguese rule. Feni, shrimps, kingfish and mackerel are most important portions of the meal. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the spice plantation. Take a sneak peek into Goan life with a visit to an Old Portuguese house. Go back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs leaves for Ratnagiri. Have a look at one of the most scenic railway route as the Deccan Odyssey transverses through the Konkan region. Dinner on board.Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 07: Sindhudurg
On day 7 of the journey, the train enters Sindhudurg, placed on a rugged island, just off the coast of Malvan. Savor breakfast on-board the train. Later, disembark the Deccan Odyssey for exploring the holy town of Sindhudurg. Back to the luxury train for lunch, followed by second leg of sightseeing. Return to the train in the evening. As the train starts its journey back to Mumbai, enjoy dinner.Overnight stay on Deccan Odyssey.

Day 08: Mumbai (Departure)
This early morning, have your breakfast and disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai. Say goodbye to your royal passage the Deccan Odyssey as your beautiful journey comes to an end.

 

Tour Reservation (2017-2018)
   
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Maharashtra Splendor Journey Tour Tariff:

 

Deluxe Cabin

Per Night 7 Nights Per Person

Single occupancy

US$ 830

US$ 5810

Double occupancy

US$ 1198

US$ 8386

2 Children (in a separate Cabin)

 

US$ 6290

 
Presidential Suite

Per Night

7 Nights Per Person

Single occupancy

US$ 1797

US$ 12579

Double occupancy

US$ 1797

US$ 12579

2 Children (in a separate Cabin)

 

US$ 6290

 

Maharashtra Splendor Journey: Tour Schedule

Month Departure dates
April 2017 15, 29
September 2017 23, 30
November 2017 4, 25
December 2017 23, 30
January 2018 20
February 2018 10, 24
March 2018 17
April 2018 14, 28
September 2018 22
 
10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is necessary at the time of issuance of tickets)

Any leg of minimum of 3 nights subject to availability will be given at the above-mentioned rates. Thus Mumbai-Goa and Goa-Mumbai sector will be sold as available segments to clients.
If however, the client undertakes the day programme at Goa & Mumbai, an extra $ 100 USD per person will be charged.
Indian passengers can pay in equivalent Rupee amount against US$ at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment.

The Tariff includes:
Tariff is inclusive of travel/catering/conducted sight-seeing/ entrance fee at Monuments / Parks / Palaces / Cultural Programmes / Boat Ride.
The Tariff does not include:
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Note:
10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year.
@ 9% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Deccan Odyssey.
Tariff Subject to change without notice.
Passenger reservations/cancellation on the Deccan Odyssey may be done as per the following terms and conditions :

Booking Policy
In case of FIT:
• 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
• 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation must be advised by Fax/E-mail/Letter to The Luxury Trains. On cancellation, refund will be made. Certain amount of the ticket value will be deducted as follows.

In case of FIT
• 5% of the Ticket Value if the cancellation request is received before 60 days from the scheduled date of departure.
• 20% of Ticket Value if cancellation request is received within a period of 30-59 days from the scheduled date of departure.
• 50% of ticket value if cancellation request is received within the period of 15-29 days from the scheduled date of departure.
• 100% of ticket value if cancellation request is received within the period of 14 days or before the scheduled date of departure.

In case of Group
• 10% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.
• 100% of ticket value between 0 to 59 days prior to departure.
 
We always look forward for any changes in the itinerary as wished by you for your individual trip.

If you are willing to travel in a group - the
Group Departure dates are available !
If you are  group over 15 people please e-mail us with the number of participants and the wished dates to enable us to workout the tour cost !
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