Maharashtra Splendor: Mumbai to Mumbai
8 days / 7 nights from 4,71,380 per cabin in Deluxe Cabin
Mumbai, Nashik, Ellora Caves, Ajanta Caves, Kolhapur, Goa, Sindhudurg
Welcome to a fascinating journey aboard the Deccan Odyssey, the 8 day ride will take you across the spectacular side of Maharashtra, Deccan and the Konkan regions. Be prepared to encounter diverse terrains and wonderful experiences. This includes delicious wine in Nashik, marvel at the astounding architecture of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, step back in time with the historical city of Kolhapur, visit the party state of Goa and finally explore theholy city of, Sindhudurg! In simple words, this rail journey is like none other, in a land like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.
- Detailed Itinerary
- Inclusions / Exclusions
- Departure Dates
- Terms & Conditions
- Discover the jewels of ancient Indian architecture as you visit the spectacular Ajanta and Ellora Caves, both World Heritage sites
- Tour the New Palace and marvel at the martial arts of the Marathas, "Mardani Khel"
- Embark on a Wine Tour in Nashik
- Relish the spicy Goan cuisine and step inside a 400 years old Portuguese villa, a slice of living history
- Explore the holy town of Sindhudurg
Itinerary in Brief
- Day 01 : Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai - on to Nashik
- Day 02 : Nashik
- Day 03 : Aurangabad - Ellora Caves
- Day 04 : Ajanta Caves
- Day 05 : Kolhapur
- Day 06 : Goa
- Day 07 : Sindhudurg
- Day 08 : Mumbai
- Day 01
– ThursdayBoard 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.
After the process is complete, a traditional Indian welcome awaits you! Sip on refreshing drink as you are guided to your cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey will begin its journey from Mumbai to Nashik.Welcome drink and dinner on board.
Overnight on board Deccan Odyssey
- Day 02
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 'methode 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 and dinner on board.
Overnight on board Deccan Odyssey
- Day 03
– SaturdayAurangabad - 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.Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Overnight on board Deccan Odyssey
- Day 04
– SundayAjanta 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.Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on board Deccan Odyssey
- Day 05
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, 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 and dinner on board.
Overnight on board Deccan Odyssey
- Day 06
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 and Dinner on board.
Overnight on board Deccan Odyssey
- Day 07
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 on board, lunch at a city palace and dinner on board.
Overnight on board Deccan Odyssey
- Day 08
Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai.
Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.Breakfast on board.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms.
- Meals as per itinerary.
- Soft beverages including juices, mineral water and aerated drinks during the journey.
- Valet service at train stations.
- Still camera fees.
- Guided off board excursions on seat in coach basis for deluxe cabins and private car for presidential suites (Except game drives where the client has to share vehicle with other guests).
- Entrance fees, park fees.
- Services of an English speaking local guide.
- Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
- Travel insurance.
- Laundry and alcoholic beverages.
- Video and professional Still camera fees.
- Arrival and departure transfers.
- International and domestic air tickets.
- Pre and post tour accommodation.
- Tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey.
- All activities mentioned as 'options' in the itinerary.
Departure Dates - Ex Mumbai
Price - Per Cabin Per Journey
|Rooming||Single Occupancy||Twin/Double Occupancy||2 Children
(in a separate deluxe cabin)
|Deluxe Cabin||4,71,380||6,76,200||5,07,360||Book Now|
|Presidential Suite||10,20,880||10,20,880||5,07,360||Book Now|
- Costs are in USD, Euro, GBP or INR as per your currency selection.
- The above costs are per cabin per Journey.
- 5.00% Goods and Service Tax is additional and will be charged extra.
- Prices are subject to change incase of any amendment in the routing or other hikes such as fuel, taxes etc.
- As the train runs on the tracks of the Indian Railways, the itineraries are subject to change in case of any changes in the routing etc.
- Children below 5 years of age shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
- Presidential Suite can accommodate upto 3 adults or 2 Adults and 2 children (One child upto 5 years of age and second child up to 12 years of age).
- Premium of USD 500 will be applicable on pre booking of a double bedded deluxe cabin.
* Above policy is valid till booking for maximum 6 passengers.
* For group policy please contact the sales office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES IN THE BROCHURE / ON THE WEBSITE
We print the brochures several months in advance. Naturally, the brochure / website describe the available services as of this date as accurately as possible.
We reserve the absolute right to alter, amend, change or modify the tour package & itineraries (including but not limited to the cancellation and or substitution of guest speakers & signature departures). This may be necessitated due to factors beyond our control such as 'force majeure' events, strikes, fairs, festivals, sport events, weather conditions, traffic problems, overbooking of hotels / flights, cancellation / re-routing of flights or railway, closure of / restricted entry at a place of sightseeing. Where we may know of these sufficiently in advance we will notify you, otherwise our Train Manager or DECCAN ODYSSEY representatives would inform you of the changes on the tour.
There are many itineraries covered by Deccan Odyssey.
The right to vary, amend, alter or withdraw any particular itinerary, departure or excursion rests entirely with the company. Services however, will remain unchanged.
You have read and understood the Tour Brochure / itinerary and the 'Terms and Conditions' and accordingly signed the Booking Form and the Terms & Conditions which will be binding on the parties and shall constitute a contract between the parties upon your signing the same and making payment towards the prescribed booking amount.
Booking By One of the Co-Travellers
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Booking through Travel Agent
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Gender - the male shall include the female.
Number - the singular shall include the plural.
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Step 3: Once you have chosen the journey please print out the Booking form with an acknowledgement of the Terms and Conditions and duly sign the same.
Step 4: On completion of the booking form, you have the option of scanning and emailing it to email@example.com or faxing it to Cox and Kings Ltd. at +91-11-26177373.
Note: You can book the pre-tour night and post tour accommodation, flights, extension programmes shortly online at www.thedeccanodyssey.com
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You have a choice of making the entire payment in one go or pay a booking amount of 20% of the tour cost at the time of booking and the balance latest by 45 days prior to the departure of the tour. If a booking is made 45 days or less prior to the departure of the tour, then the full 100% payment has to be made.
If this is not done, then the request will not be actioned and the booking will be treated as cancelled and relevant cancellation charges will be applied following deduction for services rendered.
On completion of the booking and payment formalities, a confirmation will be sent to you or your travel agent. It is your / travel agent's responsibility to check the confirmation and advise us immediately in case of any errors. The final documentation containing the itinerary and voucher will be dispatched to you 14 days prior to date of departure.
On payment of the booking amount and the documentation amount / full payment, you will receive an acknowledgement for the amount paid.
You will have to pay all bank charges.
The prevailing rate of exchange on the date of the transaction would be applicable.
The Company reserves the right to decline your booking/ s for any Tour or to cancel your booking without assigning any reason.
Any changes requested to your confirmed bookings must be made in writing to CNK at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. The requested changes, be it name change or date change will be treated as a fresh booking where confirmation will be subject to availability. Please note all bookings confirmed are non-transferable and will invite a cancellation charge as applicable.
59 - 45 days prior to departure date 20% of the published tour cost
44 - 30 days prior to departure date 50% of the published tour cost
29 - 0 days prior to departure date 100% of the published tour cost
No Show 100% of the published tour cost
Any amendment to the services would be treated as a cancellation of the original services and any new arrangements will be regarded as an entirely new booking. Cancellation charges will be applied as per the chart above.
If you wish to make any amendments to your booking (for example, change in departure date or the journey chosen by you) you must inform Cox and Kings Ltd. by email at email@example.com and fax a signed copy of the email to our processing office at +91-11-26177373.
The printout of the email faxed to us for any amendments must be signed by the person who signed the Booking Form and / or your Travel Agent. It may not always be possible to make these requested changes and confirmation on the revised details will be subject to availability.
In case any amendment is made by the client 59 days prior to the date of departure, there would be a loss of booking amount towards cancellation charges.
In case any amendment is made by the client 59 days or less prior to the date of departure, the same would be treated as cancellation of the original booking and the cancellation charges specified below would apply.
b) Cancellation by you
Should you wish to cancel your booking, you must communicate the cancellation by e-mail to CNK at firstname.lastname@example.org and fax a copy of the same to DECCAN ODYSSEY's processing office at +91-11-26177373.
Such a faxed communication should be signed by the person who signed the Booking Form and / or by your Travel Agent. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt of your email / fax, since we can only act once we have received the same. The computation of the period of notice of cancellation shall commence only from the time the signed fax copy reaches CNK on facsimile number +91-11-26177373 on working days within working hours. A cancellation charge is applicable to compensate us for making the booking and the possibility that we will be unable to resell your place in the time available. The cancellation policy above will apply.
c) Changes and Cancellation by CNK prior to your departure
The journeys are planned well in advance. We reserve the right to make changes to the programme if necessary at any point of time. Should the minimum number of passengers not be met or due to certain operational reasons and conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the departure or amend the same. Most changes made by us would be minor, but on certain occasions there could be a possibility of making a significant change. A change is defined as significant if it involves a change of destination or date of departure. In such an eventuality, we would inform you as soon as possible and provide you with the following solutions:
Accepting the changed arrangements or
Purchasing alternative arrangements from us, similar in standard as originally booked if available with the applicable cost adjustment or
Cancelling or accepting the cancellation where you will receive a refund of the payment remitted to us. However, there will be no refund for any service such as pre / post accommodation, airline tickets, excursions, extensions etc. that have been booked by you and / or your Travel Agent.
In case of a 'force majeure' (please refer to details mentioned below) situation due to which a departure has to be cancelled, we regret there would be no refund of the monies paid to us or reimbursement of any additional expenses incurred by you as a result of our cancellation / change.
The prices shown are based on known costs and exchange rates at the time of being published and CNK does not expect to have to make any changes.
In case of unforeseen increase in national or local taxation or adverse fluctuation in currency exchange rates, affecting the cost structures of your journey, the company reserves the right to impose a surcharge or revise the tour cost.
TRAIN SCHEDULES AND FLEXIBILITY
Please note that our train operates within the constraints of the Indian Railways Network and the timing agreed upon by them. We require you to abide by timings suggested by your guides, escorts, etc. enabling us to adhere to the schedules. Certain departures would be operating in reverse with minor changes in timings and flow of destinations.
COMPLAINT AND PROBLEMS
Should you or your clients have any complaints or face any problem during your journey, please bring it to the attention of the General Manager / Guest Relations Officer on the train immediately, so that appropriate remedial action can be taken during your stay. Failing to do this, any right to compensation, which you may have, will be extinguished or reduced. However if the you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the stay, you may log on to the website www.thedeccanodyssey.com or email to us at email@example.com and register your feedback and / or complaints within 3 weeks of your return from the journey, providing CNK with the details of your booking reference and complaint. Any delay beyond the stipulated time may affect CNK's ability to investigate the complaint and may impact the way that the complaint is dealt with.
LAW AND JURISDICTION
Any dispute or differences between the parties pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall if not amicably resolved within 30 days be referred to arbitration to be conducted in accordance with provisions of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 by a Sole Arbitrator to be appointed by CNK. The seat of arbitration shall be at Mumbai, India and the decision of the Arbitrator shall be final and binding upon both the parties. Arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English language.
Your relationship with CNK or with any third party supplier or any disputes or other matters arising from it shall be interpreted as per Indian Laws and Courts in Mumbai, India alone would have exclusive jurisdiction. By signing the Booking Form, you are accepting these Terms and Conditions.
In these booking conditions, ‘Force Majeure' means any event which Deccan Odyssey/ CNK / the supplier of the service(s) in question / the third party supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include but not limited to acts of God, Civil or military authority, acts of the public enemy, threat of war, declared war, undeclared war, war riots, actual or threatened terrorist activity, acts of terrorism, terrorism, hostilities civil disturbances, insurrections, industrial dispute, strikes, accidents, explosions, fires, earthquakes, volcanic ashes, floods, transportation embargoes, epidemics, diseases, acts of government, its agencies or officers, or any other legitimate cause beyond the reasonable control of the parties.
OUR LIABILITY TO YOU
We assure you that all arrangements for your holiday will be made, and provided with utmost skill and care. This means that we will accept responsibility if, for example, your contracted arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure on our part, our employees or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making and providing your arrangements. Further, we will be responsible for what our employees and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment or carrying out work we had asked them to do.
We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description whatsoever which results from:
the act(s) and / or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party; or
the act(s) and / or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your arrangements and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
any service or facility not arranged by us as part of our contract with you; or
'force majeure' as defined above.
Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited to that provided under:
public liability insurance taken by CNK.
any relevant international conventions or regulation which apply to the travel arrangements in question.
We do not accept liability for:
any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description which, based on the information you gave us at the time of booking, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you;
any business losses;
excursions or other tours or any other travel services taken and paid for by you which have not been provided by us whilst you are on our tour. In such instances, your contract will be with the operator / supplier of the excursion or tour or travel services and not with us.
PRIVACY OF INFORMATION
CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL
You will have to strictly follow the tour program. There would be no refund if you fail to join the group at the commencement of the tour, or join the group later or leave the group before culmination of the tour for any reasons whatsoever. You are responsible to register with the representative of the Company at the appointed date, place and time and you would be treated as a no-show if you fail to do so. Under no circumstances would any refund be given for any unutilized services. You shall not behave in a manner which may cause distress or annoyance to other co-travellers or which may create the risk of danger or damage to property of the Company, co-travellers or others. In this event, you may be asked to leave the tour immediately. The Company shall be under no liability to any such person.
The communication transmitted to your mailing address / email address on record shall be deemed to have been communicated to you. All communication from you to the Company has to be in writing, not orally. Where a booking is made directly by you with the Company, communications will be sent to you at your mailing address or e-mail address given in the Booking Form. Where a booking is made through a travel agent, communications from the Company will be sent to your agent through whom such booking has been received on your behalf and the agent would be responsible for transmitting such communication to you. All monies paid to the travel agent shall not constitute payment to us unless deposited by your agent with the Company. In case of publication of any travel scheme offering any discount or benefit by the Company, it shall have the sole right to withdraw such a scheme or discount at any time unless a specific assurance to the contrary is published.
PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE
At Deccan Odyssey, guest safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. Therefore, travel insurance is essential; indeed it is a condition of booking with us that passengers have adequate travel insurance cover from the country of domicile for injury, illness, death, accident, loss of effects or luggage and holiday cancellation.
SAFARI FOR ALL THE GUESTS INCLUDING PRESIDENTIAL SUITE GUESTS WILL BE PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS:
Ranthambore : Canters
Gir : Jeeps
Pench : Canters
Tadoba : Canters
Indian Tourist (from India):
Indian tourists should carry a photo-id proof (passport, driving license, etc.) or any other identification proof provided while booking.
Foreign Tourist (Outside India including NRI, OCI / PIO card holders):
Foreign tourists should carry their passports for identification. Id-proof to be required for booking and to be submitted at the time of entry. For foreign nationals, only passports can be used as an id-proof.
Still camera Fees is included for Safari however video Camera is not included. For professional video and movie camera or for feature films - permit in advance is required with applicable charges. All the zones and vehicle is allotted by the forest department at the time of getting boarding pass and the same are at the discretion of the authorities. Change in the zones or vehicle is not allowed on tourist's demand. There is no guarantee that all the family members or couple gets the seats in the same vehicle. The seats or vehicle are allocated by authorities on first come first serve basis. If anyone wants to book an exclusive jeep, they have to pay supplement charges over the canter cost and is subject to availability at the time of booking. The above information is furnished based on the present information and subject to change by the authorities.
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