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Maharashtra Splendor

Mumbai – Nashik - Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur - Goa - Sindhudurg – Mumbai
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Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Day 1 - Arrival in Mumbai
Day 1 - Arrival in Mumbai

Guests are expected to assemble at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 1530 hours, and complete their registration and check-in formalities. Enjoy the royal and traditional Indian welcome by the staff followed by a refreshing drink. Later, you are taken to your respective cabins. Settle in your impressive cabins as the train leaves for Nashik.

Dinner and night stay onboard Deccan Odyssey.

Day 2 - Nashik
Day 2 - Nashik

On second day, the luxury train reaches Nashik; a religious city which is gaining the reputation of being Wine Capital of the Country. Post unhurried breakfasts proceed to visit Godavari Ghat. Take a long walk along the ghat and you can see holy rituals being performed. There are various markets along the ghat which have everything including fresh vegetables, cow dung cakes, lentils and seafood.

Next, drive to Grover Zampa Vineyards, which serve the best Indian wine producing facilities. Get to know how finest brands of wine are made through 'méthode traditionnelle'. Take a long walk along the vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Later, Wine lovers can also enjoy variety of wines such as white, rose, red and sparkling wines served with their lunch at vineyards.

Dinner and night stay onboard as Deccan Odyssey leaves for Aurangabad.

Day 3 - Aurangabad - Ellora Caves
Day 3 - Aurangabad - Ellora Caves

Third day of Maharashtra Splendor Tour is set-out for exploring Aurangabad. Aurangabad is an important industrial city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and reflects a deep Mughal power. Aurangabad houses numerous remarkable tourist attractions such as Bibi-ka-Makbara, Daulatabad Fort and City's 52 gates.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast as the luxury train rolls into Aurangabad. Adore the passing landscape, while you travel to Ellora Caves (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The caves are around 30 km away from the city, placed on the side of basaltic hill. Within Ellora there are 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. One of the most important attractions of Ellora is a holy shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, Kailasa temple. The temple dates back to a time between 757-783 CE and is a testimony of Dravidian architecture. As per the beliefs, the structure of the temple represents Mount Kailash, the Abode of Lord Shiva.

Get back to the comforts of Deccan Odyssey and savor scrumptious lunch onboard as the luxury train passes through the rural landscapes of Maharashtra. Thereafter, in the evening relax and loosen-up in your cabins and enjoy the cocktails. Dinner is served onboard followed by overnight stay as the train proceeds for Jalgaon (Ajanta Caves).

Day 4 - Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves
Day 4 - Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves

Today, Deccan Odyssey reaches Jalgaon station. Take your breakfast and straight away drive to Ajanta Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves are known for their architectural brilliance. Inside Ajanta you can see 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves which are amazingly decorated with impressive sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art. The designs also depict a blend of Hindu and Buddhist faith.

Afterwards, return back to the luxury train for delicious lunch as Deccan Odyssey progresses towards the next city, Kolhapur. Rest of the time is free for you. Either enjoy the amenities of the luxury train or watch a movie or you can learn the rules of carom, a popular Indian board game. You may also indulge in rejuvenating massage in the spa section of the train.

Dinner and overnight stay onboard Deccan Odyssey.

Day 5 - Kolhapur
Day 5 - Kolhapur

On fifth day, the train enters the city of Kolhapur. Enjoy the striking passing scenery. Kolhapur is a multifaceted city that boasts of rich cultural, historical and mythical past. Post early lunch, leave for sightseeing in Kolhapur.

Make a visit to New Palace Museum; a 19th century palace, which is well-known for its notable construction and comprises of memorials of Kolhapur rulers. Next, you head to Town Hall Museum. The museum showcases neo-Gothic styles with a pyramidal metal roof and the front space bordered by towers. Later, stroll around the lively markets of the city. Kolhapuri Chappals are very popular in India and hence it is a recommended buy. Afterwards, while you enjoy your tea watch the special folk performance Lavanya Sandhya.

Then, you visit another popular tourist site, Mahalaxmi temple. It is a 1300-year-old temple, dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The temple is also referred to as Shakti Pethas. Continue to visit Mardani Khel, a traditional martial art performance.

After a fun-filled day return back to the luxury train. Dinner and night stay onboard Deccan Odyssey and continue your journey to Goa.

Day 6 - Goa
Day 6 - Goa

On sixth day of your Maharashtra Splendor Tour, the train reaches Goa. Through its attractions, you can see the state still reflects the presence of Portuguese culture, as it had been a colony of Portugal. Post breakfast drive to Fontainhas, which is home to some well-preserved buildings constructed in Portuguese style. Enjoy a UNESCO World heritage walk around the Fontainhas, through its airy pathways which are beautifully designed with red and blue buildings with tiled roof.

Next you head to the former capital of the state, Ribandar, where you get to see ancient churches and the ruins of St. Augustine Tower. Continue and travel to Sahakari Spice Farm for Goan feast. Traditional Goan feast however have Indian origin but have Portuguese touch and that's what make it special. The meals are complemented by the popular Goan drink Feni, liquor prepared from cashew.

As soon as you are done with lunch, watch a Goan folk performance, make a plantation-visit and later, visit an ancient Portuguese building to get the glimpse of Goan culture and tradition. Then, return back to Deccan Odyssey as it progresses for Ratnagiri. You make your way through one of the enchanting railway routes in India, Konkan, which is surrounded by Sahyadri Hill on East and Arabian Sea on west.

Dinner and overnight stay on the luxury train.

Day 7 - Sindhudurg
Day 7 - Sindhudurg

Today, as you enjoy breakfast, the luxury train Deccan Odyssey enters, Sindhudurg, once under the ruler of Maratha dynasty. This place lies just off the coast of Malvan, on a rocky island. Disembark for partaking in exploring the holy town of Sindhudurg.

After lunch on-board, the second half of sightseeing takes place. In the evening, return to the train for dinner. Deccan Odyssey starts its journey back to Mumbai.

Head back to Deccan Odyssey for night stay as the train leaves back to Mumbai.

Day 8 - Mumbai Departure
Day 8 - Mumbai Departure

On eighth and last day, have breakfast and disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station. Bid farewell to the luxury train Deccan Odyssey, as reaching Mumbai marks the end of your Maharashtra Splendor tour.


Price Table

Maharashtra Splendor Tariff for Season 2024-25

Room Type

Single Occupancy

Twin/Double Occupancy

02 Children (in a separate Cabin)

Deluxe Cabin

USD 8,330

USD 11,900

Price on Request

Presidential Suite

USD 17,850

USD 17,850

Price on Request

Maharashtra Splendor Tariff for Season 2025-26

Room Type

Single Occupancy

Twin/Double Occupancy

02 Children

(in a separate Cabin)

Deluxe Cabin

USD 9,330

USD 13,300

Price on Request

Presidential Suite

USD 20,000

USD 20,000

Price on Request

Schedule

Maharashtra Splendor Schedule for Season 2024-25 & 2025-26

Month

Departure Dates

September, 2024

21

October, 2024

12

November, 2024

09

December, 2024

14

March, 2025

22

May, 2025

03

September, 2025

06, 13, 20

November, 2025

08

December, 2025

13

January, 2026

17

March, 2026

21

May, 2026

02

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • Soft Beverages during meals(B, L, D)
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary - inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
  • Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
  • Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours
  • Video and professional Still Camera fees
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • International and Domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey




Tour's Location

Mumbai – Nashik - Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) - Ajanta Caves - Kolhapur - Goa - Sindhudurg – Mumbai

FAQs

What attractions are covered in the Maharashtra Splendor tour?
Ans : Starting and ending from Mumbai, the Maharashtra Splendor journeys through Nashik, also known as the wine capital of the country to Ellora and Ajanta Caves, which are intricately carved Buddhist caves. The train then heads to Kolhapur, famous for its chappals. It continues its journey to Goa, the party and beach capital of India to Sindhudurg, a holy town in Maharashtra, before it ends in Mumbai.
What is the Maharashtra Splendor ticket price?
Ans : The train ticket for the Maharashtra Splendor tour depends on the type of room - single occupancy, twin/double occupancy, and 02 children (in a separate cabin). There is also a choice for Deluxe Cabin or Presidential Suite. For international travelers, the price starts at USD 8,380 and can go up to USD 17,850. For Indian nationals, it starts at INR 5,49,000 and can go up to INR 14,75,311.
What are the experiences offered on the Maharashtra Splendor luxury tour?
Ans : Some of the highlights of the Maharashtra Splendor tour include the following -

Visiting the vineyards to taste the finest Indian wines.
Exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Mumbai.
Observing Hindu rituals at Godavari Ghat.
Learning about Kolhapur’s history.
Relishing a traditional Goan feast and exploring Goa.
Seek blessings at the Mahalakshmi Temple.
Treating eyes to the beautiful Konkan coast.
How can I book a Maharashtra Splendor train ticket?
Ans : Indian Luxury Trains make booking luxury train tickets easy. Click the link and fill in your details. Then, hit ‘Submit’, and our travel experts will soon contact you to confirm your luxury train tour.

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Jennifer Campbell, Canada
10/05/2023

A most fulfilling journey

My hubby and I took this journey in October last year. Its a nice cozy train with excellent facilities. A wonderful journey on board the train is equally well supported by the choice of the attractions and destinations. The main attraction of the Indian Maharaja journey is various forts and palaces in Rajasthan along with the desert safari in Thar and the Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad. Service offered by the staff is worth mentioning and so is off tour excursion facilities which are a welcome relief from the usual travel experience in India. I think the train is up to mark and don’t disappoint, and the service and hospitality - which are being managed by the Taj group – add to the luxury and efficiency. Just as a reminder, on the day you check in, it is likely you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Delhi which includes lunch. So keep your touring essentials like camera etc. handy prior to boarding the train rather than putting them in your suitcase. And well you wouldn’t believe but there is a spa on board as well!
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