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Deccan OdysseyIntroduction
Welcome to the land of mighty Marathas! Maratha people, who inhabit the beautiful state of Maharashtra, are known for their bravery. The legendary king Shivaji is their most famous face. A trip to Maharashtra is a wonderful way to explore the rich heritage of the royal Marathas. Travellers can travel on their own, however, a more interesting, comfortable and luxurious way to do so is by booking themselves a seat on the royal Deccan Odyssey train.

One of the most famous luxury trains of India, Deccan Odyssey takes you to places that are significant in Maratha history. You can also enjoy the majestic landscape of Deccan plateau and sublime coastline of Maharashtra which is extremely refreshing and soothing. Apart from Maharashtra, the train also zooms through the scintillating state of Goa

Deccan Odyssey first came into existence after a memorandum of understanding was signed between Railway ministry and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in the year 2001. Following approval by the railway board, integral coach factory ( ICF) took almost ten months to complete the construction of Deccan Odyssey. Trial run started in the year 2003 but it was on 16th January 2004 that Deccan Odyssey took its maiden journey.

Every Wednesday, this train start its journey from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai and through the next eight days and seven nights, takes its passenger on a beautiful journey.

Facilities on board
There are 21 coaches in this train, of which 13 are meant for the passengers. 11 coaches have 4 twin bedded chambers, while rest two presidential suites have two twin bedded coupe. All the saloons have attached bathroom along with hot and cold water facilities. Each saloon has music channel, intercom and CD/MP3 player for passengers entertainment. Saloons have been splendidly designed with wall to wall carpetings. At the end of each saloon, there is lounge where passengers can chill out, watch television and interact with the co-passengers. There are two restaurants - Peshwa I and Peshwa II - in the train, serving guests with delicious food. A well stocked bar is always available for the passengers.

This train has special conference cum business centre, which at time can accommodate thirty people. This room is well equipped with television sets, DVD players and Internet enable computers. Specially for business class passengers this centre is very useful. There is also an ayurvedic body massage centre and gymnasiums where passengers can completely relax. Other facilities include beauty parlour, a well maintained library, money exchange/credit card facility and variety of collection of CD's and MP3. Exclusive smoking and non-smoking suite cars are also the star attraction of Deccan Odyssey.

Destination covered
Deccan Odyssey InsideIt covers some of the most beautiful areas of Maharashtra and few strips of Goa. Various destinations covered by Deccan Odyssey are-

Mumbai, Ratnagiri, Ganapatiphule, Jaigadh, Sindhudung, Tarkarli backwaters, Sawantwadi, Goa, Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad, Ellora caves, Jalgaon, Ajanta Caves, Nashik and back to Mumbai.

Day 1: Mumbai
16.40hrs: Train departs from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 2: Ratnagiri – Ganapatiphule - Jaigadh
Arrival: 07.40 hrs. Departure :16.00 hrs

Early morning, the train arrives at Bhoke railway station. After having breakfast, passengers will be taken by AC bus to the Rai Bhatgaon Jetty to experience backwater cruise in Jaigarh fort. After that, the bus will take tourists to Ganapatiphule. Here visitors can enjoy in the best beach along the Konkan coast. Have fun in the beach and then go for lunch at any of the beach resorts. Again board the bus and move towards Ratnagiri town. Once there, visitors can check out Ratnadurg fort, Lokmanya Tilak Smarak and Ratnagiri bazaar. Dinner will be served on board and overnight stay in train.

Day 3: Sindudurg
Arrival: 08.25 hrs. Departure: 20.00 hrs.

Day begins with arrival at Sindudurg Nagari railway station in the morning. After breakfast passengers will board air-conditioned bus and proceed towards Malvan Jetty to visit Sindhudurg sea fort by boat. Lunch at a beach resort and to have fun in the beach of Tarkali resort will be the next activity of day. Boat cruise from Tarkali Creek to Kalsa Jetty will be awesome experience for the visitors.

Those interested in checking out rural handicrafts will surely love shopping at 'Shilpagrama' crafts village at Sawantwadi. Passengers will be served on board and stay overnight in the train.

Day 4: Goa
Arrival: 07.30 hrs. Departure :17.15 hrs.

As the train arrives in the Karmakali railway station early morning, passengers will board bus and will be taken around the old Goa area. There are many beautiful old churches in the area like Basilica of Born Jesus Church, Se Cathedral Church and the Church of St. Franciss of Assisi, which will mesmerize the tourists. After a while, the bus will take you to Panjim city, where you will have lunch at Fort Aguada Beach resort. After lunch visitors will be taken to Dona Paula, a lovely small palm fringed beach. This beach is famous for its casuarinas grooves and serene tranquility.

Visit to Fontanhas, a famous Latin quarters at Panjim is also part of schedule. Then tourists will head towards Madgaon railway station.

Day 5: Pune City
Waiter outside the Deccan Odyssy Train Arrival: 08.15 hrs. Departure :15 hrs.

Train reaches Pune early in the morning. This cultural capital of Maharashtra is today one of the fastest developing cities. In Pune tourists will be taken around in air-conditioned buses to various important tourists spots. Kelkar museum which has large collection of artifacts from 17th century is big tourist attraction of city. This city is world famous for Osho Ashram, which is one of the largest centre for meditation and spirituality. Lunch will be served at Le Meridian Hotel and then visitors will be taken to tribal museum which possess 1980 rare and precious articles related to tribal life. Agha Khan Palace is special museum dedicated to the Gandhi family. Then tourists can enjoy sound and light show at Shaniwarwada.

In the evening, again you will board the train from Pune Railway station.

Day 6: Aurangabad
Arrival: 08.30 hrs. Departure: 18.00 hrs.

Historical Daulatabad Fort is a very important part of this diverse city of Maharashtra. World famous Ellora caves will be the next tourist spot of Aurangabad. This world famous heritage site, houses 34 different cave temples dedicated to various religion like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. After having lunch at Hotel Taj, guest will be taken to Shivaji museum which has large collection of weapons and antiques of the past Maratha kingdom. Some other tourist spots of city include Aurangabad cave no.7 and 8, Bibi Ka Maqbara ( a replica of Taj Mahal). In the evening guest will board the train from Aurangabad railway station.

Day 7: Ajanta Cave and Nashik
Arrival : 08.00 hrs. Departure: 22.30 hrs

You will reach Jalgaon railway station in the morning and board a bus to proceed towards Ajanta caves, a world renowned heritage. Here visitors can see some of finest paintings and sculptures from 2nd century BC to 7th century AD. Ajanta cave welcomes large number of visitors every year from all over the world. After boarding train at Bhusawal railway station, the journey moves towards Nashik. At Nashik guests will be taken to Panchawati Ghat and famous Sula wine yard. Later in the night, you will board the train and start journey towards Mumbai.

Day 8: Mumbai
Arrival : 08.15 hrs.

While returning back to Mumbai you will have your breakfast on board. Finally when train reach Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus your memorable journey will end and you can take beautiful memories along with you.
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