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Maharashtra Wild Trail

Deccan Odyssey

Summer Special Offer
"FLAT 35% OFF ON CABIN"

Departure Date 2020: 2-May / 9-May

Itinerary

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations Cevered: Mumbai – Ellora Caves – Aurangabad – Pench (Ramtek) – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik - Mumbai

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey, on the Maharashtra Wild Trail, an 8 day ride through the hinterlands of Maharashtra, the majestic Western Ghats, into the Deccan region of the vast and diverse expanse of central India. This exciting journey includes the thrill of chasing tigers at two of the highest tiger density reserves of Maharashtra, the awe inspiring beauty of the art of Ajanta and exquisite sculptures in Ellora – a World heritage Site; the holy city of Nashik, now also India's wine capital. A railroad journey like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

Day 1 Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai – Ellora Caves

Saturday
Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.
Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and
check in formalities for your Maharashtra Wild Trail journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing drink.
After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart
Mumbai for Ellora Caves – a World Heritage Site.
Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 2 Aurangabad – Ellora Caves

Sunday
As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, today industrial
town in Maharashtra and the stop from where you 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-Maqbara and the city’s 52
gates, each with its own history.
The morning on board is at leisure or you may choose the option of enjoying a relaxing massage at a spa. Post an early lunch,
disembark for a scenic drive that 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, this 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.
Next climb up to explore the lofty Daulatabad fort, occupied since at least 100 BC, and which houses the remains of Buddhist caves
similar to those at Ajanta and Ellora.
You will then return to the Deccan Odyssey to freshen up before heading back to the city for dinner.
Breakfast and Lunch on board and Dinner at a city hotel
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 3 Aurangabad

Monday
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out to the Old City of Aurangabad.
Spend the morning visiting Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the mausoleum of Dilras Banu, Aurangzeb’s wife and a replica of the famous Taj Mahal.
Built between 1651 and 1661 by her son, Prince Azam Shah, the monument is also called the ‘Taj of the Deccan’ and was intended to
rival the splendor of the Taj Mahal, but unfortunately fell short.
Next visit a facility that specialises in the weaving of Himroo fabric. The fabric of choice for the royalty of that age, Himroo has been
associated with Aurangabad since the 14th century, when Muhammad Tughlaq made it his capital. Himroo features Persian designs
woven with gold and silver threads and takes its name from Hum-ruh, which means ‘similar’ in Persian, as it is a replica of the Kum
Khwab fabric that was popular in royal courts before Himroo gained precedence.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board after which you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon indulging in the recreational
activities on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape making its way to
Ramtek for Pench National Park.
In the evening, enjoy a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 4 Pench National Park (Ramtek)

Tuesday
Awaken before sunrise today as the Deccan Odyssey pulls into Ramtek, for your date with nature’s beautiful creations at the Pench
National Park. Named after the Pench River, which meanders through it like a mammoth python, splitting it into almost equal halves,
the park is immensely rich in biodiversity, its terrain defined by hills, valleys and the occasional precipitous slope, an important
ecosystem supporting an abundance of flora and fauna, including a rich variety of aquatic life.
After an exhilarating game drive, return to the Deccan Odyssey for a leisurely brunch on board.
Disembark again in the afternoon for your second adventure into the wild. The Pench National Park is four different forest regions in
one, an extravagance of trees, shrubs, grasses, climbers, weeds and herbs, with teak being the most prominent of the tree species.
Birdlife here is equally bountiful, the feathered denizens of Pench including both resident and migratory birds like Malabar pied
hornbills, Indian pittas, ospreys, grey-headed fishing eagles, white-eyed buzzards, storks, waterfowls, four endangered vulture species,
and the green pigeon, which is the State Bird of Maharashtra.
After an exciting day at Pench, drive back to Ramtek station to board the Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as the Deccan
Odyssey departs for Tadoba, the land of the mighty tigers.
Brunch and Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 5 Tadoba

Wednesday
Wake up before the sun this morning as the Deccan Odyssey rolls back into Chandrapur station, for your early morning safari into
the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, also called the Land of Tigers, for its high tiger density. It is not uncommon to spot tigers and wild dogs
here, with plenty of opportunities for close encounters with leopards, sloth bears, gaurs (the Indian bison), the rusty spotted cat, ratels,
various species of deer, wild pigs and more.
After an exciting morning, a late breakfast will be served at the Tiger Trails lodge, following which you can relax, view a documentary
on wildlife or interact with our naturalist.
Enjoy lunch at the lodge before you drive back to Chandrapur station to board the Deccan Odyssey.
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.
Breakfast on board, Lunch at the Tiger Trails lodge and Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 6 Jalgaon – Ajanta Caves

Thursday
After breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon station this morning from where you will disembark and drive to the
Ajanta Caves, a 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 as well as
the fusion of Buddhist and Hindu faith.
After exploring Ajanta, return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch as it takes you towards Nashik.
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.
Relax and watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 7 Nashik

Friday
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 Wednesday market which sells everything from cow dung cakes to freshly caught catfish
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 Pinot Noir 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 fine 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 Mumbai, the last leg of the journey.
The rest of the day is at leisure on board.
Breakfast on board, Lunch at the Grover Zampa vineyard and Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Day 8 Disembark in Mumbai

Saturday
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.
Breakfast on board

Tariff:

CABIN CATEGORY DELUXE CABIN DELUXE CABIN PRESIDENTIAL SUITE 02 CHILDREN
SINGLE
OCCUPANCY
TWIN/DOUBLE
OCCUPANCY
SINGLE/DOUBLE/TRIPPLE (in a separate deluxe cabin)
Published Tariff $ 6,734 $ 9,660 $ 14,584 $ 7,248
Offered Tariff # $ 4,377 $ 6,279 $ 9,480 $ 4,711

#Premium of USD 500 will be applicable on pre booking of a double bedded deluxe cabin. This amount is net non commissionable.

  • Offer is applicable for fresh bookings made for the above mentioned journeys only (Not applicable on existing bookings).
  • Valid for FIT bookings with passenger passport copies only.
  • Valid for bookings made before 6th March 2019 with 100% advance.
  • GST of 5% will be charged extra on total invoice cost.
    • This offer is valid only for the above mentioned departure dates
    • As a policy of Deccan Odyssey, we reserve the right to change or cancel the operations of any departure on Deccan Odyssey which shall be informed 45 days in advance to the departure date.
    • As per policy, once a booking is done with the passenger names, name change or any amendment is not allowed. It is taken as cancelled and retention shall be charged as applicable

Validity:

  • Booking to be confirmed with advances from 01st March 2019 to 30th April 2019.

Payment & Cancellation Terms

  • Payment:
  • 50% advance to be paid with the confirmed booking before 30th April 2019 (Non-Refundable under this offer)
  • 50% balance to be paid 45 days prior to the departure date

Cancellation:

  • Any cancellation must be advised immediately by email (trains@deccanodyssey.in) and subsequently confirmed by letter to the Central Reservation Division
  • Retention of 50% of ticket value on cancelling post booking
  • Retention of 75% 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

Why Choose Deccan Odyssey?

  • Best Luxury Train in Asia The Deccan Odyssey train has been won again the best luxury train in Asia at the World Travel Awards 2017. Successfully running since 2003, this royal ride is actually a five star hotel on wheels.
  • Six Different Itineraries A traveler would get to the most exotic Indian destinations like New Delhi, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Vadodara, Ellora Caves, Mumbai and the famous south Indian destinations.
  • Beautiful Blue Train The Blue Limousine with its 12 elegant coaches brings back the grand history of Maharashtra. The in-house restaurants named Peshwa-I and Peshwa-II offer a wide range of cuisine.
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