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If the regality of the mighty Rajput unfolds itself on board the Palace on Wheels, can the royalty of the Marathas be far behind? The Deccan Odyssey takes tourists on a trip to the land of Marathas, complete with the royal splendour that characterised their lives. It is one journey that will not come down from the minds of the tourists for a long time. The comforts offered on board matches with the best in the Five star hotel industry. And, amidst all the luxury and comforts, tourists are taken to enjoy some magnificent as well as soothing sights.

The Deccan Odyssey came into being after an MOU was signed between the Railway Ministry and the MTDC in Feb 2001. After a green signal was obtained from the Railway board, the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) took nearly ten months to finally constrct the Deccan Odyssey. The train made its trial run in the year 2003, and finally on 16th January, 2004, the train rolled out on its very first journey.

The train begins its journey every Wednesday from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.

Destinations Covered
Mumbai - Ganapatiphule- Sindhudurg - Tarkarli Backwaters - Sawantwadi - Goa - Kolhapur - Pune - Aurangabad - Ellora Caves - Jalgaon - Ajanta Caves - Nasik- Mumbai.

Facilities Offered
There are all together 21 coaches in the Deccan Odyssey Train. Out of these, 13 are meant for passengers. 11 of these have 4 twin bedded chambers, while the rest two, the Presidential Suite have two twin bedded coupe. Each of the saloons have attached bathroom with running hot and cold water and shower. There are also channel music, intercom and CD/MP3 player in every saloon. The saloons are all tastefully designed with wall to wall carpeting. At the end of every saloon, there is a lounge where passengers can sit, relax, watch television and interact with fellow passengers. The train has two restaurant, Peshwa I and Peshwa II, serving delicious dishes. There is also a well stocked bar for the passengers.

Apart from these facilities, there is a conference-cum-business center, which can accommodate nearly 30 people. It is equipped with television sets, DVD players and Computers with Internet connectivity. This section is highly useful for the business class. Quiet a few faclities are also provided on board Deccan Odyssey like an Ayurvedic Body Massage center, A Gymnasium, A beauty Parlor, Exclusive smoking and non-smoking suite cars, a well maintained Library, Money exchange facility/credit cards and wide collection of CD's/MP3.

Day 01 (Wed) : Depart Bombay Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train

  • Board "Deccan Odyssey" from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the train departs at 16:40 hrs. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 02 (Thu) : Ratnagiri Ganapatiphule Jaigadh

  • Morning - Alight at Ratnagiri Railway Station.

  • Departure by AC bus for Ratnagiri Town excursion.

  • Over view of Thibaw Palace.

  • he next stop is Bhatye view point to watch scenic beauty of Bhatye coast.

  • Pass through the landmarks of town, local markets.

  • Proceed to Ganapatipule Beach.

  • Ratnagiri is a land of Alphonso mango. On way visit to see Mango, Cashew Nut, Mud Apple and Coconut plantation.

  • Lunch & free time at Ganapatiphule beach resort.

  • Noon (Optional): Tuk-Tuk ride in and around Malgund a small typical coastal village and the native place of the famous poet, Keshav Sut.

  • Visit to memorial of poet; see traditional houses.

  • Late in the afternoon proceed to Jaigadh Jetty for backwater cruise around the 17th century historical fort Jaigadh and Konkan villages alongside of the fort.

  • Board the bus for Ratnagiri railway station.

  • Arrive in Train. Dinner onboard.

Day 03 (Fri) : Sindhudurg Tarkarli Backwaters Sawantwadi

  • Morning - Alight at the Sindhudurg Nagari Railway station.

  • Departure by AC Bus to Malvan Jetty to witness Sindhudurg the Ocean Fort & one time naval base of Maratha empire.

  • From jetty proceed to Tarkarli beach resort.

  • Lunch & free time at Tarkarli beach resort.

  • Next, romantic Back Water Cruise through the Tarkarli creek up to Walaval Jetty.

  • Visit to ancient village temple of Laxmi Narayana, followed by visit to Sawantwadi town by A.C bus to witness fabulous lacquer handicrafts, paintings and furniture at the "Shilpagrama" the art & craft centre in the town.

  •  Watch cultural programme performed by local artist. Late in the evening board the train at Sawantwadi railway station. Dinner on board.

Day 04 (Sat) : Goa

  • Morning arrival at Karmali - Goa. The most frequented tourist spots in India.

  • Board the bus to reach Old Goa to witness; the ruins of St. Augustine Church once largest cathedral in Goa.

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus, this is 16th Century Church, the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is enshrined here.

  • Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assissi that began as a mosque but now is an archaeological museum for Goan antiques.

  • Visit to Fontanhas the Latin quarters at Panjim.

  • Departure to Hotel. Lunch & Free time on the beach.

  • Evening board the train from Madgaon railway station.

  • Dinner on board.

Day 05 (Sun) : Kolhapur Pune

  • Morning - Arrival at Kolhapur City, known as Karveer or Dakshin Kashi of Maharashtra.

  • Board the bus to visit;

  • New Palace, a royal palace partly converted into museum.

  • Leisure time till evening.

  • Evening arrive at Pune.

  • Board the bus to visit Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, houses variety of artifacts of the 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries.

  • Board the train from Pune railway station.

  • Dinner on board.

Day 06 (Mon) : Aurangabad Ellora Caves

  • Morning Arrival at Daulatabad station.

  • Proceed by road to visit; Majestic fort Daulatabad.

  • Next stop is Ellora caves, a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religion - Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism.

  • Lunch & free time.

  • After lunch move on to see; Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of Taj Mahal is a grand piece of Moghul architecture.

  • Optional: Back to train. Free time for shopping Paithani, Himroo, Bidriwork from showrooms for a perfect memorabilia.

  • Evening board the train from Aurangabad railway station. Dinner on board.

Day 07 (Tue) : Jalgaon Ajanta Caves Nasik

  • \Morning - Arrival at Jalgaon railway station.

  • Board the bus to reach Ajanta Caves.

  • At noon board train at Jalgaon railway station. Proceed to Nashik.

  • Lunch on board. Leisure Time onboard till evening.

  • Alight at Nashik Road railway station to board the bus for departure to Panchawati Ghat a holy place known for Kumbh Mela.

  • Next, visit to Kala Ram Temple built in 1794.

  • Evening board the train at Nasik railway station.

  • Farewell dinner on-board.

Day 08 (Wed) : Mumbai

  • Morning - Arrival at CST - at around 07.30 hrs

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