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Deccan Odyssey Asia, India
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Deccan Odyssey - Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:
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Fay says,”What a lovely thought, a beauty salon in a luxury train; an experience that is not quite of this world. The same could be said of some of the sites visited in Maharashtra.”
ABOUT THE TRAIN
The Deccan Odyssey is the air-conditioned luxury Indian train that operates in the State of Maharashtra. The plush interiors are evocative of a bygone era, but with a modern twist, creating an extraordinary luxury that forms an unforgettable memory.
The week long journey starts and ends in Mumbai, travelling through magnificent scenery that includes hills and beaches, and visiting some of the greatest cultural destinations with their incredible buildings.
With 21 carriages taking just 80 passengers in total, the train includes over 30 staff to oversee a comfortable journey.
There is plenty of space with just 8 passengers per carriage in Deluxe class. There are 2 presidential suite carriages with 2 suites per carriage. There is one valet per carriage to attend to your needs.
Various on-board facilities such as the Spa, internet access and laundry service are chargeable. There are daily newspapers, and a foreign exchange service.
Double-Bed Deluxe Suite
Twin-bed Deluxe Suite
Suites. Private attached bathroom with shower; 4-channel music facility; individual temperature control panel; direct dial telephone; electronic safe & small cupboard; each twin bed is 6′ X 3′; the suite cabins have a master bedroom with living area, bathroom & DVD player; personal butler available in each sleeper carriage 24hrs
Dining Car. The sumptuously decorated dining cars offer a single-sitting gourmet experience, allowing you to sample a variety of the region’s cuisines. Breakfast and dinner are taken on board, with lunch occasionally taken at various destinations.
Lounge and Bar Cars. These beautifully decorated cars allow one to relax and enjoy the passing scenery, whilst enjoying refreshments and the company of other passengers.
Spa Car. The spa car offers massage therapy, a sauna and a beauty parlour offering various treatments, as well as a small gymnasium.
Conference Car. For business meetings, the conference car offers private rooms with internet access and secretarial services. Please contact us if you wish to book the conference car.
The two restaurant cars serve a range of Indian, Continental, Maharashtrian, Goan and Chinese cuisines. Menus are changed seasonally
Itinerary - The Maharashtra Splendor
The 7-night / 8-day journey covers UNESCO world heritage sites, historical and cultural visits as well as beaches. The route is Mumbai – Sindhudurg – Tarkarli – Goa – Kolhapur – Aurangabad – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai.
Day one. Mumbai. Joining the train in Mumbai, dinner is served whilst travelling to Sindhudurg.
Day two. Sindhudurg to Tarkarli Beach. Following a visit to the Sindhudurg fort, an impressive coastal fort built by the great Maratha warrior king Chattrapati Shivaji in 1664, one returns to the Tarkarli Beach resort for lunch and leisure time. We depart by coach to the Dhamapur village, which is alongside one of the largest lakes in the region and home to the Ancient Temple of Goddess Bhagwati and Sateri Devi. Returning to the train, dinner is served onboard and our overnight journey continues to Goa.
Day three and four. Goa. Two days are spent in this beautiful area of golden beaches and interesting historical sites. We visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a Portuguese 16th century church: Se Cathedral Church, this beautiful Portuguese-looking building is one of the largest churches in Asia, built in 1562: Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1661 by the Portuguese, emulating Portuguese architecture: Museum of Goan Antiquities, step back in time to mull over Goa’s cultural history. After dinner and overnighting on the train, we travel to the Mangeshi Hindu Temple, one of the largest, most enchanting temples in Goa. Then there is a visit to the Safa Masjid, a prominent Islamic shrine in Ponda, commonly regarded the citadel of Hindu pilgrimages in Goa. Built in 1560 by Ibrahim Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. A visit to the Sahakari Spice Farm growing spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom, followed by a visit to a 16th century heritage house known as Menezes Braganza House at Chandor village, completed our time in Goa.
Day five. Kolhapur. Following breakfast, we visit the New Palace, built in 1884, it houses a collection of memorabilia, as well as being the home of the Maharajah: Bhavani Mandap Mahalaxmi Temple, an historical building situated in the walled city centre of Kolhapur, with architecture typical of the British Raj: Shalini Palace, sitting by the Rankala Lake, this beautiful building is built of intricately carved black stone and Italian marble, its decorative wooden doorways fitted with etched Belgium glass and black stone arches forming verandahs.
Day six. Aurangabad. After breakfast, we visit the 14th century Daulatabad Fort followed by the beautiful Ellora Caves, an extraordinary complex of temples carved from a single basalt cliff. After lunch and free time, we visit Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, a 17th century beautiful monument showing Mughal architecture. Dinner is served back on the train as it travels to Ajanta.
Day seven. Ajanta to Nasik. Travel to the Ajanta Caves, home of the world’s oldest frescoes. Following this visit, we return to the train for lunch as we travel to Nasik to visit the historic Panchwati Ghats and ancient Temples, with holy water. Back on board, dinner is served as we travel to Mumbai.
Day eight. Mumbai. Breakfast on board before arrival in Mumbai at around 07.30hrs.
Dates and Prices 2014
To be advised
Deluxe Suites: Price on application
Presidential Suites: Price on application
Visas: Please check whether you need visas and vaccinations
Dress Code: Dress is smart casual with smart evening attire.
Included: Morning tea, breakfast, lunch & dinner; bottled drinking water; conducted sightseeing tours; entrance fees at monuments & wildlife reserves; cultural programmes.
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