A Five Star Train Tour through Goa and Maharashtra!
Deccan Odyssey is a five star hotel on wheels, a joint venture of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways. The train itself was built at a cost of over Rs. 320 million (aprox US$ 100 million).
The train begin its journy from Mumbai and move all the way to Goa and travel through the hotspots of Goa and Maharashtra to return to Mumbai over a period of one week. The train tour is ideal for honeymooners as well as others who wish to explore the beaches, ancient shrines and churches as well as Forts. The train has 5 star facilities, with a presidential suite (US$ 750 per day) and the passenger saloon (approximately US$ 400 per day).
The train is equipped with a health spa, gym, beauty parlor, and massage center. A reading and meeting room is also available for the use of the guests.
The train pass through various hotspots in Pune such as Shaniwarwada, Daulatabad Fort, Ajanta and Ellora Caves along with guided tours to these spots and beaches in Panaji (Dona Paula and Ganapatipule beach). The food is served mostly on board which has 2 restaurants (Peshwa I and Peshwa II) and a bar which all are of five star standards.
The 7 day trip normally starts from Mumbai and in day-1, a bus trip from Bhoke station to nearby villages and Rai Bhatgaon jetty is arranged. The centuries old Jaigad fort is also visited along with Ganapatipule beach.
Second day will cover conducted tours to Lokmanya Tilak Samarak, Ratnagiri and Ratnadurg Fort.
The highlight of the third day is the visits to Sindhdurg, a cruise from malvan jetty to the 17th centaury fort, visit to tarkarli beach, Sawantwadi Bhonsles palace and its handicraft center, etc.
Forth day is touring old Goa from Karmali station and the major touristic attractions are the Church of St Francis of Assisi of 16 century, Basilica of Bom Jesus of 1642 (largest cathedral in Asia), St Augsutine Church, Dona Paula at Panaji, Benaulim beach at Margao, Goa.
The Fifth day will bring you back to the Pune and Shaniwarwada, the city of Peshwas along with the option to visit the Osho International Commune, tribal museum.
The sixth day will bring the train to Aurangabad where the Ellora caves are situated. Bus trips to the Fort of Daulatabad and the ellora caves presents the heritage dating back to 600AD with temples of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. There is a Shivaji Museum which displays cannons and other artifacts. Mausoleum of wife of Aurangazeb (Bibika-Maqbara) which is a replica of Taj Mahal is also a place of visit.
The seventh day starts from Jalgaon. A visit to the Ajanta caves is the highlight of this day. Later that day, visits to some winery in Nasik is arranged and the guest will return to the train for the return journey to Mumbai. The tour will conclude upon the arrival of the train back at the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai (Bombay) in the next day morning.
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