Deccan Odyssey

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Duration: 8 days | 7 nights

Location: Mumbai - Sindhudurg - Malvan - Tarkali - Dhamapur - Goa - Kolhâpur - Aurangabad - Daulatabad - Ellora - Ajanta

Highlights of the programme :
  • One of the most luxurious trains in the world, often compared to the Orient Express
  • Royal treatment provided
  • Discovering magical lands of Maharashtra, its beautiful beaches, hills, forts, palaces and legendary caves

Composed, there are 300 years of seven islands, Mumbai is now the financial capital of India. Board the “Deccan Odyssey” in the afternoon at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, undoubtedly one of the most famous Bombay Gothic buildings and an integral part of the city.

Malvan is a small historic town in Sindhudurg district known for the Fort of the same name built on a rocky island. Dating from 1664, it has a structure made of stone, iron and lead which lookinnovative. Tarkali, nearby, is famous for its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. The creeks are home to many species of resident and migratory birds and a rich and diverse aquatic life. After lunch, free time to enjoy this idyllic place. The next stop is the village of Dhamapur for a tour of cashews plants. Then the ancient temple of Goddess Bhagawati Devi and Bharadi located on the shores of a lake. This is Kudal which is reached by train for the night. Dinner on board.

Welcome to Goa, the land of the most beautiful sandy beaches of India, lush hills, imposing churches and elegant mansions, illuminated by the bright colors of bougainvillea. In the distant past, Goa was ruled by the Portuguese, who reigned the city for nearly four and a half centuries, their influence is still visible in the civil and religious architecture and culture of this city also became endormie.Goa an attractive destination for tourists seeking beaches and culture and for professionals who combine seminars, workshops and relaxation. Visit Goa and Panaji the capital. Back on board for lunch. Afternoon rest and relaxation. Dinner at a restaurant by the sea and return to the train for the night.

Visit Mahalasa temple, one of the most popular temples of Goa. In the center is a pillar surrounded by rings where 150 lamps that are lit with wicks soaked in oil for the holidays. There you can also see a magic show. Then the temple of Mangesh amid pleasant surroundings which attracts hundreds of tourists from all over India and abroad. Then the spice farm in Ponda Villa, one of the largest firm of its kind in the country. Discover hundreds of grasses and shrubs used in both cooking and in traditional medicine varieties. Typical lunch in the farm. Visit the  Branganza Meneses house, a 16th century not far from the farm. Return to the train for dinner.

Arrival at Kolhapur, a city that has many facets located on the banks of the river Panchaganga. The city, from it’s mythical past,  has survived various legendary rulers: Satavahana kings, the Shilaharas, the Marathas and the British have left their mark here. First Stop in the New Palace, an architectural wonder built in 1881 which houses the Chhatrapati Shahu Museum. You can see the property of the former Maharaja. Bhavani Mandap and the (City Hall) followed by a visit to the Mahalakshmi Mandir, a complex of temples artfully assembled. Road to Shalini Palace, on the shore of Lake Rankala to attend a performance of locally known as traditional martial arts “Mardani Khel.” Kolhapur is known for its textiles and saris in particular, but is most famous for its jewelry. Return to the train for lunch and afternoon on board as the train goes to Aurangabad via Pune.

After breakfast on the train, drive to the majestic fortress of Daulatabad. An impregnable defense in its time that still stands tall and proud above the plain of the Deccan head. In the 13th century, Mohammed bin Tughlak, the Sultan of Delhi, made it his capital and renamed it Daulatabad or the “City of Fortune.” On to the Ellora caves, a World Heritage Site by Unesco located only 26 km from Aurangabad. It is believed that caves were the work of priests and pilgrims traveling on this trade route. Abandoned and forgotten for several centuries, the 34 rock caves were dug in the vertical part of an escarpment and are among the finest in India. Return to Aurangabad for lunch and then on to the Bibi Ka Maqbara, built in the late 17th century by the son of Emperor Aurangzeb in honor of his mother. It is a replica of the Taj Mahal, the only piece of Mughal architecture in the Deccan Plateau. Back to train at Aurangabad station and dinner on board.

Arrival at Bhusawal and drive to the Ajanta caves in the valley of Waghora. Older than those of Ellora, 200 BC. BC and 650 AD, they were Tillered in volcanic rocks. Lost sight since the 7th century, they were discovered by accident during a hunt organized by British officers in 1819. The Buddhist nature, caves celebrating “the birth of Buddha” and “the thousand Buddhas” are among the most sensitive never found. The ceiling paintings leave blissful admiration of visitors. Back to the train journey to Jalgaon and Nashik. Welcome with garlands at the station and transfer to the ancient temples located on the Panchvati Ghats. Fervor assured. After the visit, return to the train and travel to the future and the modern world in Mumbai, a city of contrasts.

Sunrise over Mumbai and its bay. After breakfast, arrive at the station Chhatrapati Shivaji and landing.


You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.


You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.


Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it’s a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.


Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of “pranayama” (breathing), “asanas” (positions) and ‘dhyana’ (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage on the eye helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.