This is an exciting round trip from Mumbai (Bombay), known as the Gateway of India since the royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The journey combines a visit to the Maratha heartlands with the opportunity to visit the vineyards of Nasik (India's very own Napa valley), taking you past the dramatic Western Ghats to Goa, the seaside town that was colonised by the Portuguese for nearly 450 years. The historical Ajanta and Ellora caves are also visited, as well as the vibrant city of Kolhapur.
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From October 2015.
Overnight flight from London to Mumbai with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to The LaLiT Mumbai (or similar) for an overnight stay. Remainder of the day at leisure. (N)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to board the Deccan Odyssey, which departs on its 7-night journey in the late evening. Dinner is served on board. (B, D)
This morning, arrive in the holy city of Nasik, one of the four locations to hold the Kumbh Mela festival and an important pilgrimage site for many Hindus. Continue your journey to the Grover Zampa vineyards to enjoy a wine tour and lunch before returning to the train. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in Daulatabad, gateway to Aurangabad and the Ellora cave temples. This morning, visit the world heritage-listed cave temples of Ellora. These caves are a spectacular culmination of Deccan rock-cut architecture. Over five centuries, generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks carved monasteries, chapels and temples from a 2-kilometre-long escarpment and decorated them with a profusion of sculptures of remarkable imagination and detail. (B, L, D)
Today, visit the spectacular caves at Ajanta. These Buddhist cave temples date from around 200BC, and continued to be added to until 650AD, predating those at nearby Ellora. As Ellora developed and Buddhism gradually declined, the Ajanta caves were abandoned and eventually forgotten. In 1819, a British hunting party stumbled upon them, and their remote beauty was soon unveiled. Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation in which some of their remarkable paintings remain to this day. Ajanta is listed as a world heritage site by Unesco. (B, L, D)
Located along the banks of the Panchganga river, Kolhapur is a multifaceted city with a mythical past linked to Shakti, the goddess of power. Visit the New Palace Museum, a basalt and sandstone octagonal palace from the 19th century, and the Town Hall museum. Proceed to the vibrant market, where the main attractions are the beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals, before having tea whilst watching a traditional folk performance. Return to visit the 1,300-year-old Mahalakshmi temple and finish the day with a traditional martial arts performance known as Mardani Khel. (B, L, D)
Arrive in the city of Goa, which was colonised by the Portuguese for 450 years. Known for its beaches, churches and temples, the tour will visit Old Goa, including the Latin quarter, known as Fontainhas, and the site of the ruins of St Augustine Church. After your tour of Old Goa, visit Sahakari spice farm for a traditional Goan feast and folk performance. Before returning to the train, visit an old Portuguese house for an insight into Goan life. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Ratnagiri and visit the renowned temple of Ganpatipule, named after Lord Ganpati, who took offence at a remark made by a native lady, moving to Pulé from his native Gulé. Return to the Deccan Odyssey via the coastline to see the beautiful beaches nearby. After lunch on the train, visit a traditional mango and cashew plantation and take a walk through the town, exploring the local Maharashtrian neighbourhood and the markets. Return to the train for dinner. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival in Mumbai, where you will disembark. Continue to The LaLiT Mumbai, near the airport, in Mumbai for an overnight stay. (B)
Fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
From London with British Airways on Thursday evenings. Please visit coxandkings.co.uk for details.
Please check the itinerary when you board the train as this is subject to change at the discretion of the operator.
Featuring one of the most luxurious trains in India.
The guideline price quoted is based on a Deluxe cabin. Please contact Cox & Kings for a quote based on the Presidential suite.
The train operator has made every effort to ensure that the train travels between cities and towns during early mornings and late evenings, allowing guests to see the beautiful and diverse scenery as the train cuts across the Indian countryside; however, on certain days there are overnight journeys to cover the vast distances while on other days some overnight travel is essential to follow the schedule as per the requirements of the Indian Railways.
When on board the train, all transfers and excursions are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Located approximately 10 minutes drive from Sahar International airport, the The Lalit Mumbai offers first-class accommodation in its 369 comfortably furnished rooms and suites. The rooms are spacious and combine traditional features with contemporary style. The hotel offers a variety of dining options and leisure facilities include a holistic health centre and an outdoor swimming...
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