8 Days / 7 Nights

Mumbai – Nashik - Ellora Caves - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur - Goa – Sindhudurg - Mumbai

Saturday Day 1 : Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai – on to Nashik

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 Splendor journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome 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 Nashik. Dinner on board Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Sunday Day 2: Nashik

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 market by the Ghats which sells everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes 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 Shiraz 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 finest 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 Aurangabad Breakfast on board; Lunch at the vineyard; Dinner on board Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Monday Day 3 : Aurangabad – Ellora Caves

Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to 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-Makbara and the city’s 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them. As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive 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, the 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. Savour a leisurely lunch on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape In the evening, 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, Lunch & Dinner on board Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Tuesday Day 4 : Ajanta Caves

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another 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 and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith. Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey as it continues on to the multifaceted city of Kolhapur. 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. In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Wednesday Day 5 : Kolhapur

Watch the hinterlands of Maharashtra sweep past as you relish breakfast. Enjoy time at leisure as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures, all waiting to be discovered! After an early lunch on board you will disembark for a tour of the city. Visit the New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt and sandstone octagonal Palace from the 19th century. Behold its beautiful architecture and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Continue to the Town Hall Museum, a somber neo-Gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs. Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that you can carry back with you as a souvenir, before you proceed to a special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance. You will then visit the 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple, also called Shakti Pethas, or place associated with the Goddess Shakti, said to be the consort of Lord Vishnu. Following your temple visit, witness a traditional martial arts performance called ‘Mardani Khel’ literally translated to mean masculine games. After your sojourn into Kolhapur, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we depart for India’s most happening destination - Goa Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Thursday Day 06 : Goa

Today you arrive at Goa, India's smallest state, with strong Portuguese influences, having been a colony of Portugal till as late as 1961. After breakfast, you will disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters in Panjim which still has some well preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas with its winding alleyways adorned by tiled-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and red. Continue to Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa, for a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the once lofty St. Augustine tower that continues to valiantly withstand the vagaries of nature. Drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast, a meal that has Hindu origins but is heavily influenced by 400 years of Portuguese rule and pays ode to the fruits of the Arabian sea - shrimps, kingfish and mackerel washed down with some ‘feni’, a potent liquor made from cashew. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the plantation. Complete your day in Goa with a visit to an old Portuguese house and get another peek into Goan life. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Sindhudurg traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hills on the East, a marvelous feat of engineering, that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills. Breakfast on board; Lunch at the spice plantation; High Tea at Palacio de deao; Dinner on board Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Friday Day 07 : Sindhudurg

Arrive in Sindhudurg which lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan. A visit to Sindhudurg’s Pinguli village and Sawantwadi Palace is on the cards today. Get a glimpse of the traditional Thakar folk arts and crafts at the local museum, then head towards the Sawantwadi Palace for a delicious luncheon. Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai Breakfast & Dinner on board, Lunch at a city palace. Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

Saturday Day 08 : Disembark in Mumbai

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

Season 2019-20

Prices in US$

Occupancy Sept 2019 & Apr 2020 Oct 2019 to March 2020 Description
Single US$ 650 per night US$ 865 per night Single Cabin
Double/Twin US$ 500 per person per night US$ 650 per person per night Twin Sharing Cabin
Super Deluxe US$ 1800 per cabin per night US$ 1800 per cabin per night Double Super Deluxe Cabin

Season 2019-20

Prices in INR for Indian National

Occupancy Sept 2019 & Apr 2020 Oct 2019 to March 2020 Description
Single INR 39000 per night INR 51900 per night Single Cabin
Double/Twin INR 30000 per person per night INR 39000 per person per night Twin Sharing Cabin
Super Deluxe INR 108000 per cabin per night INR 108000 per cabin per night Double Super Deluxe Cabin

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  • 50% of the prevailing tariff will be charged for the children between 05-12 years of age
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Honeymooners /Silver & Golden wedding Jubliee

  • A bottle of Sparkling wine & a Fruit Basket.

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Birthdays

  • Cake & Bottle of wine

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  • Gail Hogg
    We really enjoyed our trip to Darjeeling & Sikkim with my sister & her husband. Sunil was an excellent guide, who got the balance right of giving relevant information in a interesting manner. I didn’t realise he would be with us the whole time, but this was fine as he was such relaxed company. Ramesh was an excellent & safe driver too, with whom we felt completely safe – so thanks for organising. The hotels in Darjeeling & Gangtok were truly excellent & just the style we like! Real old world charm with impeccable service. The Chumbak & Sinclair’s retreat were ok, but fairly typical of modern Indian mid-range hotels.......good enough facilities, but not matching the service or whole experience we got elsewhere. It’s a shame the other two Elgin hotels were full, but we appreciate it was the busiest time of year. I will say that the Chumbak had the most amazing views & luckily the skies cleared briefly for sight of the snow capped mountains. One other comment to make is regarding the itinerary.....in that it was a bit Monastery heavy! Having been to Ladakh, the monasteries in Sikkim are less impressive & so just to visit one in each town would have sufficed, with maybe other historic buildings to add variety. Thank you so much for arranging so many fantastic tours for us & our family & friends over the last 3 years! We are truly sad to be leaving such an amazing country, but very appreciative for all your efforts assisting us in discovering the best parts!!
    Gail Hogg
    Germany
  • Shakeela
    Thank you for an excellent planned trip.
    The agent Manik must also be thanked for the meticulous way his drivers and guides executed their tasks.
    We throughly enjoyed our holiday.
    All the hotels were superb .
    Once again thank you and God bless.
    Shakeela
    South Africa
  • Fatima
    We have arrived back safely in South Africa so I thought that I should write to you. Thank you for a wonderful tour in India and Kashmir. My parents and I had a wonderful time. We found the service of Travlogue India to be exceptionally professional and we were most pleased with the drivers and the tour guides who were assigned to us throughout our stay in the respective cities. In Jaipur, we were met at the airport by Mr. Kanhiya Lal, the driver, who accompanied us all the way to Delhi. We could not have asked for a better person! Mr. Lal was exceptionally professional - from his attire to his demeanour - and we felt very comfortable with him. He was soft spoken and respectful to us at all times, ensuring that we were happy and that we would see everything within good time during our stay. He is also an excellent driver! Considering the chaotic traffic in India, at no point were we afraid to be on the road. We also enjoyed the long drives between the cities because he shared many anecdotes and historical information with us about the places that we passed. The 5 days that we spent in his company were most memorable. We were very sad to say goodbye to him because it felt like he had become a part of our family! Overall, we had wonderful time in India . I will be sure to book again with Travlogue India should I return to India. Say a prayer that I have the opportunity to do so again soon, please. :) Thanks again.
    Fatima
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    We are back from India and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you for all the arrangements.
    Everything went very smoothly.
    Please express a special word of thanks to our allotted driver, Rajed Singh. He really took good care of us.
    Pieter de Klerk
    USA
  • KOGIE GOVENDER
    I trust that you are well.
    I would like to thank you for the wonderful service you provided to me. It was a pleasure dealing with you, you are professional and efficient.
    The trip was amazing. All the places and hotels were amazing, except the Kanyakumari one. But you advised me it was the best you could get.
    Overall it was great and memorable trip till my next trip:)
    KOGIE GOVENDER
  •  Mahomed Essop Jhatham
    As promised, some feedback on our recent trip to India.
    Overall, the trip went off quite well, meeting our objectives of getting an interesting glimpse of India, notably the parts visited: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Mumbai.
    There were no significant logistical problems as to punctuality and transport. Finally, I would like to thank you, Sunil, and your regional representatives for responding timeously to any problems raised and solving them satisfactorily. We can certainly recommend Travlogue to our friends and families.
    With best wishes for all your future endeavours.
    Mahomed Essop Jhatham
  • Heidi Smit
    Yes we are safely back home. Indeed we had a wonderful time in India.We learned a lot in all the five cities. It was very remarkable to be informed and to actually be so close to the honorable Mahatma Gandhi through being to his grave. We also enjoyed the market and purchase of the different Indian spices, Indian outfits the art work in all its forms. The Mosques, temples and churches divulged the diversity of Indian religious beliefs.
    The Taj Mahal was the most spectacular of the wonderful historic places we visited. The Pink city was lovely too. While it was such a marathon to see all the beautiful architecture, it was very relaxing to get to Goa and Mumbai where we enjoyed India differently.
    We feel greatly indebted for all the hospitality and friendliness of the whole team that attended to us, from the company representatives, the guides, the drivers, the porters at the hotels, at the train station and at the airports, everyone was so useful and friendly to us.
    Thank you very much for a well organised holiday.
    Heidi Smit
    Australia
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