Mumbai - Ellora caves - Aurangabad - Pench - Tadoba - Ajanta - Nashik - Mumbai
The 8 day ‘Deccan Odyssey Maharashtra Wild Trail’ offers you a chance to explore the amazing hinterlands of the state. This region in the west of India is a unique mix of modernity, culture, religion and nature (wildlife). Keeping all this in mind, this Maharashtra tour via the highly luxurious Deccan Odyssey sets a perfect example for travelers, wishing to explore this part of India.
Deccan Odyssey being the tour guide, provides the best-in-class comfort for its travelers. Filled with luxury and royalty, the journey itself is a blissful affair.
Arrival in Mumbai-Ellora caves
The wonderful tour of Maharashtra starts from Mumbai. Guests have to assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus around 03:30 hours in the afternoon. You would be welcomed in a traditional Indian style, followed by a refreshing drink. As you would be done with the check-in formalities and registration process, board the luxurious Deccan Odyssey. Make yourself comfortable at your deluxe cabins while the train leaves for Ellora caves (Aurangabad)..
Dinner and overnight stay onboard.
Chugging on the tracks, Deccan Odyssey would be reaching Aurangabad by breakfast time. The historic city of Aurangabad was named after the great Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. Today the city is undergoing a significant transformation that has given it an industrial city status also. However, amidst all these transformations, the city still manages to draw large tourists all because of its heritage structures and monuments. Prominent amongst them are the Daulatabad fort and Bibi Ka Maqbara.
Once in Aurangabad, feel free to explore the whereabouts of the city. You can also choose to relax at the spa facility onboard. After having an early lunch, guests would be embarking on a drive to Ellora caves, just 30 km away.
Being a fine example of Indian rock-cut architecture, these caves are UNSECO approved world heritage sites. A total of 34 monumental caves together form the Ellora site. Out of these, 12 are Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu and 5 caves belong to the religion of Jain. The designing of all the three types of caves differentiate from each other. The most prominent among them is the Kailash temple, which resembles a lot to the celestial abode of Lord Shiva on Mount Kailash.
By tea time, guests would be at the highly renowned and grand, the Laxmi Vilas Palace. Built in the year 1890, this residential palace of the royal family is believed to be four times the size of Buckingham Palace. The magnificence of its architecture speaks greatly about the mosaic designs, which can be clearly seen on the walls of its Durbar Hall. It has Belgian-stained huge glass windows to complement its beauty. Along with the afternoon tea, guests would be relishing the dishes, straight from the royal kitchen. This would be followed by a folk performance in the lawns of the Laxmi Vilas Palace.
On returning back to Aurangabad, explore the ancient remains of Buddhist caves at the Daulatabad fort. These remains resemble a lot to the Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora.
Post that, relax and freshen up at the Deccan Odyssey. Later on, guests would be checking in to the city hotel.
Lunch and overnight stay onboard.
This day is strictly dedicated for the sightseeing tour of Aurangabad which you happen to miss a day before. First in the list would be the very majestic and popular, Bibi-Ka-Maqbara. It is a mausoleum that was built in memory of the founder of the city, Aurangzeb's beloved wife, Dilras Banu. This monument was built by Emperor Aurangzeb's son, Prince Azam. Owing to its similarity with that of the Taj Mahal in Agra, Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is also known as the 'Taj of the Deccan'.
Post that, guests would be taken to a weaving center, which is particularly known for Himroo fabrics. It is a special type of fabric and has been in the limelight since the time of Aurangzeb in the 14th century. These fabrics are woven with threads of gold and silver, which inturn make beautiful Persian designs.
After this, you would be returning to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey for lunch. Rest of the day is meant to be spent at leisure. You can choose to relax or get involved in recreational activities on board, while the train speeds up towards its next destination. In the evening, enjoy the beautiful sunset with a nice drink.
Dinner and overnight stay at Deccan Odyssey.
Pench National Park (Ramtek)
Crossing the colorful Maharashtra Pass, Deccan Odyssey would be reaching Pench National Park in the very early hours of the morning. Spread over a vast expanse of 758 sq.km, the national park is the home of the Indian tiger and various other fascinating species of wild animals. Besides the yellow-striped big cat, wildlife at Pench National Park talks about leopard, wolves, striped hyena, jackal, sambar, gaur, barking deer and Nilgai.
After having your breakfast, you would be heading for a wildlife safari at the national park. If are lucky enough, you would catch the sight of the tiger in action or simply lazing under the shade of a tree.
Take a break in the noon and return back to Deccan Odyssey for lunch. Post that, embark on a bird watching tour at the National park. Pench offers a great variety when it comes to bird species. The national park offers a suitable habitat for domestic as well as migratory birds. Prominent amongst these are species like the grey headed fishing eagle, waterfowl, Malabar pied hornbill, stork, green pigeon, Indian pittas and white-eyed buzzards.
After this call it a day and return to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy your sumptuous dinner as the train leaves for the next Tiger destination in Maharashtra, Tadoba.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey.
Tadoba tiger reserve
Guests will have to wake up early in the morning as Deccan Odyssey would be reaching the Chandrapur railway station before the dawn. From here, guests would be embarking on a wildlife safari to the tiger lands of Tadoba.
One of the largest protected wildlife habitats in Maharashtra, Tadoba is famous for its growing population of the Bengal tigers. The amazing fauna of Tadoba also includes other fascinating wildlife creatures like the Indian Leopard, Gaur, Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted deer, barking deer and jungle cats. Guests would be heading for the wildlife reserve after having their breakfast at the Deccan Odyssey.
Post the wildlife safari, lunch would be served at the Tiger Trails lodge. This would be followed by a documentary watching on wildlife and talks with our naturalist.
Spend your evenings savoring delightful cocktails at the onboard bar. After this, have your dinner and retire into the comforts of your cabins.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey as it leaves for Jalgaon.
Located in the northern part of Maharashtra, Jalgaon is majorly known as the gateway to the world renowned Ajanta caves. Deccan Odyssey would be reaching Jalgaon railway station in the morning of day 6. Post breakfast, guests would be embarking on a drive to the Ajanta caves.
Ajanta caves are a collection of 30 rock-cut cave Buddhist cave monuments. These ancient caves from the 2nd century BC have also found a significant place in the world heritage sites of UNESCO. The cave monuments of Ajanta are best known for their Buddhist paintings and sculptures. Some of them also have the origins of Hinduism.
Post this visit, return back to Deccan Odyssey for lunch. Rest of the day is meant to be spent in leisure. You can spend your time playing the traditional Indian board game of carom, watch a movie, or simply enjoy a relaxing spa onboard. Watch the panoramic landscapes of Maharashtra as the train moves to Nashik. Savor an exotic cocktail in the evening.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Deccan Odyssey.
This is the last day of our Maharashtra and is meant to explore the wine capital of India, Nashik. In the morning, the train would be reaching this amazing city and just after breakfast, guests would be heading on its sightseeing tour. First in the schedule would be the sacred ghats at the Godavari River. These Ghats are famous for carrying out Hindu rituals that belong to the circle of life and death. Post that, visit the Wednesday market near the ghats. From here, you can buy a lot of items, ranging from cow dung cakes, handicrafts to a freshly caught catfish.
After this, head to one of the finest wine producing facilities in Nashik, Grover Zampa vineyards. At the facility, you would be indulging in lots of wine tasting as you walk through its vineyards of Chardonnay, Chenin and Pinot Noir. Lunch would be served at the facility.
Post that, return to Deccan Odyssey as it leaves for Mumbai. The other half of the day would be spent at leisure onboard.
Dinner and overnight stay at the luxury train.
Our wonderful tour ends at Mumbai. Guests would be deboarding at the Chhatrapati Shivji railway station in Mumbai. Breakfast would be served at Deccan Odyssey.
Maharashtra Wild Trail Tariff for Season 2018 - 19
(Price in USD For International Travellers)
|Room Type||Single Occupancy||Twin/Double Occupancy||2 Children (Separate Cabin)|
Details of the scheduled departure of the Maharashtra Wild Trail train have been mentioned below for your perusal. Plan your journey as per the scheduled dates of departure for the season 2018-19.
Departure Dates from Maharashtra Wild Trail 2018-19
|MAY, 2019||4, 11|
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