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Deccan Odyssey
Heritage on Wheels
As the wind whispers through the halo of legends crowning the land of the mighty Marathas, a lone majestic whistle blows its salutation of honour as it gracefully traverses this land of fantastic fantasy. Welcome to the mesmerizing Maharashtra experience aboard the luxurious DECCAN ODYSSEY. The weeklong Deccan Odyssey tour includes several exotic destinations covering the vast expanse of Maharashtra and a pinch of Goa - Mumbai, Ganpatipule, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora.

Experience the finest and the best of train journeys of the world. The Deccan Odyssey is much more than a mere luxury train cruise. It's a 'classical odyssey' of time beyond the realms of the present. Welcome aboard!

Tour Details
Day 1
- (Wednesday) Mumbai
Day 2 - (Thursday) Jaigadh, Ganapatipule, Ratangiri
Day 3 - (Friday) Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Sawantwadi
Day 4 - (Saturday) Goa
Day 5 - (Sunday) Kolhapur, Pune
Day 6 - (Monday) Aurangabad
Day 7 - (Tuesday) Ajanta & Nashik
Day 8 - (Wednesday) Mumbai



Day 1 - Wednesday - Mumbai
- Deccan Odyssey
Heritage on Wheels

Departure in the evening from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai... The 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...


Time Programme
16.40 hrs
Departure from C.S.T (Mumbai) for Bhoke Rly.station.
Wine and dine in the luxurious comforts of this train and whistle off on your royal voyage.





Day 2 - Thursday - Jaigadh, Ganapatipule, Ratangiri
- Deccan Odyssey
Heritage on Wheels


Morning - Arrival at Bhoke Railway Station.

Reach Rai Bhatgaon Jetty by AC bus for Back Water Cruise up to historical fort Jaigad.

Board the bus to explore finest beach along the Konkan coast. Free time & lunch at Ganapatipule beach resort. Noon board the bus for sight seeing tour of Ratnagiri town.

Visit to Ratnadurg Fort, Lokmanya Tilak Smarak and free time in Ratnagiri Bazar. Board the train at Ratnagiri Railway station....



Time Programme
Arri. 07.40 hrs
Break fast on board. Arrival at Bhoke Rly. Stn. and departure for Rai Jetty. by A.C. vehicle
Arri. 07.40 hrs Arrival at Rai Jetty.
09.00 to 11.30 hrs Boat ride from Rai Jetty to Jaigad jetty.
11.30 to 12.30 hrs Departure for Ganpatipule along Sea side Road
12.30 hrs Arrival at Ganpatipule Resort.
12.30 to 14.30 hrs Cultural Programme, Lunch & free time at Ganapatipule
14.45 hrs Departure for Ratanagiri by Lux. Bus
15.45 hrs. Arrival at Ratanagiri
16.00 hrs Board the train. Dinner on board




Day 3 - Friday - Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Sawantwadi
- Deccan Odyssey
Heritage on Wheels

Morning - Arrival at Sindhudurg Nagari Railway station.

Departure by AC Bus to Malvan Jetty to witness Sindhudurg Sea Fort. From jetty proceed to Tarkarli beach resort for lunch & free time.

After lunch Back Water Cruise through the Tarkarli creek up to Kalse Jetty followed by 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.


Time Programme
08.25 hrs
Break fast on board. Arrival at Sindhudurg Nagari.
08.30 hrs Departure for Malvan Jetty by A.C coach.
09.30 hrs Arrival at Malvan Jetty
09.30 to 11.00 hrs Visit to Sindhudurg Fort by Boat
11.15 to 11.45 hrs Malvan Jetty to Tarkarli - By Bus
11.45 to 14.30 hrs Cultural Programme, Lunch & Free time at Tarkarli Beach.
14.45 to 15.00 hrs At Tarkarli Jetty
15.15 to 16.15 hrs Boat Cruise in Tarkarli Creek. Journey upto Walaval.
16.30 hrs Arrival at Walaval Jetty - By Bus to Sawantwadi
16.30 to 17.30 hrs Arrival at Sawantwadi City
17.30 to 18.30 hrs Visit to Shilpagram an art & craft bazar.
18.45 hrs Arrival at Sawantwadi Railway Station
20.00 hrs. Departure for Goa and Dinner on board.




Day 4 - Saturday - Goa
- Deccan Odyssey
Heritage on Wheels

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, 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 bus.

Free time for short walk in city and bazaar followed by lunch at Fort Aguada Beach Resort. After lunch visits to;

Dona Paula & 250 years old House.

Late in the evening board the train from Madgaon railway station.


Time Programme
07.30 hrs
Arrival at Karmali Railway Station. Break fast on board.
08.00 to 12.30 hrs Departure by A.C coach for Old Goa visit to (1) Basilica of Bom Jesus Church (2) Se Cathedral Church (3) St. Francis of Assissi a museum for Goan antiques and visit to Fontanhas the Latin quarters at Panjim.
12.30 hrs Departure for Hotel.
13.30 to 16.00 hrs Lunch and free time at beach.
16.15 hrs. Departure for Madgaon Railway Station.
17.15 hrs. Departure for Kolhapur. Dinner on board.




Day 5 - Sunday- Kolhapur, Pune
Heritage on Wheels

Morning - Arrival at Kolhapur City, known as Karveer or Dakshin Kashi of Maharashtra. Situated on the banks of river Panchaganga.

Board the bus to visit; New Palace, a royal palace partly converted into museum, Bhawani Mandap (The Town Hall) witness traditional Martial Art locally known as "Mardani Khel", An exquisitely carved Mahalaxmi Temple a temple of goddess Ambabai visited by millions pilgrims, Shalini Palace built of intricately carved black stone & Italian Marble stands on the west side of lake Rankala, watch cultural programme and visit to handicraft stalls for perfect memorabilia.

At noon board the train at Kolhapur station to depart for Pune. Lunch onboard. Leisure time till evening.

Evening arrive at Pune. Board the bus to visit Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, houses variety of artifacts of the 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries. Board the train from Pune railway station. Dinner onboard.


Time Programme
07.00 hrs.
Onwards Breakfast on Board
08.00 hrs Arrive at Kolhapur Rly. Station
08.30 hrs Depart for Sightseeing by A/c. Coach - Visit New Palace, Museum, Bhavani Mandap Mahalaxmi Temple & Shalini Palace- Watch cultural Programmes & Visit to Handicraft Stalls .
11.30 hrs Depart to Kolhapur Railway Stn.
11.45 hrs Return to Deccan Odyssey
12.00 hrs Depart for Pune
13.00 hrs to 19.30 hrs Lunch & Leisure time on Board
19.30 hrs Arrive at Pune Rly.Station.
19.45 hrs Depart by A/c. Coach Visit Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
21.15 hrs Depart to Railway Stn. Pune
21.30 hrs Return to Deccan Odyssey
21.45 hrs Depart for Aurangabad.
22.00 hrs Dinner on Board




Day 6 - Monday - Aurangabad
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MorninMorning Arrival at Aurangabad station. Proceed by road to witness; Historical fort Daulatabad.

Ellora caves, a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religion- Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism.

Lunch and Cultural programme at Hotel Taj. After lunch visit to;

Shivaji Museum with weapons and antiques from the great Maratha Empire.

Aurangabad Caves No. 7 & 8

Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of Taj Mahal is a grand piece of Moghul architecture.

Free time for shopping Paithani, Himroo, Bidriwork from showrooms for a perfect memorabilia.

Late in the evening board the train from Aurangabad railway station.


Time Programme
08.30 hrs
Break fast on board. Arrival at Aurangabad Railway Station.
08.30 to 10.00 hrs. Departure by A.C coach. Visit to Daulatabad Fort
10.00 to 10.30 hrs Departure for Ellora Caves.
10.30 to 12.30 hrs Visit to Ellora Caves
12.30 to 13.15 hrs Departure for Aurangabad.
13.15 to 15.00 hrs Lunch and cultural programme at Aurangabad
15.15 to 16.00 hrs Visit to Bibi-ka- Maqbara.
Optional: Back to train.
16.15 to 17.15 hrs Free time for shopping.
17.15 to 17.30 Departure for Aurangabad Railway Station.
18.00 hrs Train Departs for Jalgaon. Dinner on board.




Day 7 - Tuesday - Ajanta & Nashik
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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 on-board.

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.


Time Programme
08.00 hrs
Break fast on board. Arrival at Jalgaon.
08.15 to 09.15 hrs Departure by A.C coach for Ajanta Caves.
09.30 to 10.30 hrs Visit to Ajanta Caves.
10.45 to 12.00 hrs Departure for Jalgoan Railway Station.
13.15 hrs Departure for Nasik. Lunch on Board.
17.00 hrs Arrival at Nasik
17.15 to 18.00 hrs Visit to Panchavati Ghat.
18.15 to 18.30 hrs Departure for Nasik & on board the train.
18.30 to 22.30 hrs Farewell Dinner on board the train.
22.30 hrs. Departure for Mumbai.




Day 8 - Wednesday - Mumbai
Home - Deccan Odyssey
Heritage on Wheels


Morning - Arrival at CST - Mumbai. Journey Ends. Enjoy 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.


Time Programme
08.15 hrs Break fast on board. Arrival at Mumbai CST & TOUR ENDS





Schedule

Deccan Odyssey Departure Schedule 2012-2013
October 2013 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
November 2013 20, 27
December 2013 18, 25
January 2014 01, 08





Tariff

COST PER PERSON PER DAY
Occupancy October 2013 to March 2014
DELUXE CABIN  
Single Occupancy US $ 750
Deluxe Cabin US $ 575
Triple Occupancy US $ 500
PRESIDENTIAL SUITE  
Single Occupancy US $ 1100
Deluxe Cabin US $ 920
Extra Occupancy US $ 425

Children below 5 years old can travel at 10% of the total journey cost.
Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years.
10% Surcharge shall be levied on departure during Christmas/New Year Departure.

Any leg of minimum of 3 nights subject to availability will be given at the above-mentioned rates. Thus Mumbai-Goa (3 nights, checkout after breakfast at Goa) and Goa-Mumbai (4 nights, morning check-in at Karmali) sector will be sold as available segments to clients.

If the client undertakes the day sightseeing programme at Goa & Mumbai, an extra $ 130 USD per person plus applicable service tax will be charged. This charge includes car, guide, entrance fees, and lunch deluxe restaurant.

Service Tax @ of 3.09% is applicable on the gross ticket value of the Deccan Odyssey.

This tax is also applicable on day programme at Mumbai & Goa.

Tariff is inclusive of travel/catering/conducted sight-seeing/ entrance fee at Monuments/Parks/Palaces/Cultural Programmes/ Boat Ride. The guest has to pay for video cameras, liquor, laundry and other items of personal nature.



Booking
(i) 20% of ticket value at the time of booking

(ii) 80% of ticket value 30 days before departure of the tour


Cancellation
i) Any cancellation must be advised immediately by Fax / E-mail & subsequently confirmed by letter to the Central Reservation Division at Head Office, Mumbai.

ii) Value of Ticket to be retained by MTDC on cancellation will be as follows:

a) 5% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

b) 20% of Ticket Value 30 - 59 days prior to departure.

c) 50% of ticket value 15 - 29 days prior to departure.

d) 100% of ticket value 14 or less days prior to the departure.

iii) No refund or adjustment will be made in the event of interruption of journey by a tourist on his own after the commencement of the tour

Other Info

CLIMATE
Varies from 8oC to 30oC between September to March and in April it is from 26oC to 35o C.

CLOTHING RECOMMENDED
Light tropical/light woollens. 

OTHER FACILITIES
Doctor on call at the next station. Money exchange facility/credit cards.

Adequate safety and security arrangements.

Complimentary mineral water on board/in the coach during sightseeing/ and at hotels.

Assistance for travel arrangements on completion of the tour.

Voltage available on the train 110/230 V.

Booking can be made through agent/on Internet.


MEALS
The two restaurant cars, serve a range of Indian, Continental, Maharashtrian, Goa and Chinese cuisines. Menus are changed seasonally.








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