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The Deccan Odyssey Train (The Palace on Wheels)



History of The Deccan Odyssey Train (The Palace on Wheels):

The Deccan Odyssey Train is the joint venture of Indian Railway and MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation). Indian railway has created a complete 5-star hotel on wheels (The Palace on Wheels), with two restaurants and a bar, a sauna, business centre and other such amenities on board, in collaborations with the famous Taj Group of hotels. It offers you the best services and comforts available presently on any luxury train all over the world. This Luxury Train Travel/Tour takes you to most fascinating tourist destinations of Maharashtra.

Commencing its journey from Mumbai, The Deccan Odyssey train travels to Sindhudurg – Goa – Kolhapur – Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) – Chandrapur (Tadoba Wildlife Sancturary)- Wardha (Sevagram)- Jalgaon(Ajanta caves) – Nashik and then back to aamachi Mumbai.

It is a seven days round trip starting on every Wednesday from Mumbai CST. The seasonal tours operate every year between October to April month.

This beautiful blue Limousine on rails is the discovery of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) promotes and maintains this train and the Indian Railways operates it between month of October-March. The train is a reference point against the world’s most luxurious trains like the Blue Train of South Africa, The Orient Express of Europe and Eastern and Oriental of South East Asia. The coaches of this train are constructed by the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) in May 2002. On January 16th, 2004 the Deccan Odyssey  train started its maiden journey from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Mumbai.

Comfortable Coaches the Deccan Odyssey Train:

The train performs its journey mostly at night for passengers to relax and arrive fresh next morning at the next destination. The train has 21 coaches, out of which 13 are passenger cars accommodating 8 people per coach, 1 Conference Car, 2 Dinning Cars, 2 Generator Cars with Luggage Store, 1 Staff, spare Car, 1 Spa Car, 1 Bar Car. The train has on-board facilities like T.V., Channel Music, cell phones, Cable connection with central audio disc player, Foreign exchange facilities, etc. There is a personal assistant in each sleeper available around the clock.

Pure luxury of the Deccan Odyssey is a delight. All the train reflects the ways of Indian Royalty. Luxurious interiors & amazing sites make a memorable journey. This luxurious train transports its guests to stay in the country’s amazing bright legions grandeur – serene beaches, magnificent castles – chateaux experiencing divine tales etched in huge rocks.

The purpose of running “The Deccan Odyssey train” is primarily to showcase the best of the tourism assets of Maharashtra as pristine beauty of Konkan coast, art, culture, wildlife, cultural heritage (including the Unesco World Heritage Sites of Ajanta – Ellora) of Maharashtra and Maharashtra is local arts, crafts and cuisine.

The Deccan Odyssey Train Itinerary:

The Royal week long trip is through some of the best places in Maharashtra, namely Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Tarkarli, Goa, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Ellora caves, Chandrapur (Tadoba wildlife), Wardha (Sevagram), Ajanta caves and Nasik.

The itinerary of the tour is broadly as follows:

1st Day- Mumbai
2nd Day- Sindhudurg Nagari
3rd Day- Goa- Visit to St. Augustine Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus Church, Se Cathedral Church, St.Francis of Assissi a Museum of Goan antiques and visit to Fontanhas the Latin Quarters

at Panjim.
4th Day- Goa- Visit to Mhalsa and Mangeshi a Hindu Temples, Sahakari Spice Farm, Menezes Braganza House at Chandoli village.
5th Day- Kolhapur- New Palace, Museum, Bhavani Mandap Mahalaxmi Temple – Shalini Palace.
6th Day- Aurangabad-Daulatabad- Ellora Caves-Bibi-ka-Maqbara
7th Day- Ajanta Caves / Nasik
8th Day- Mumbai.

 No matter what you see, it’s an unforgettable journey in life that will be one of the best of your treasures.

How to Reach Deccan Odyssey Train, Mumbai:

By Air: GM_Air_S

Mumbai is the nearest airport.

By Rail: GM_Railway_S

Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is the nearest railway station.

By Road: GM_Bus_S

From Dadar: A taxi may be hired to reach Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

From Mumbai Central: A taxi may be hired to reach Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

Other Interesting Places you may wish to visit

Ajanta Caves – ArticlesEllora Caves – Articles:Forts of Maharashtra:Arts of Maharashtra:
Ajanta Caves IntroductionEllora-IntroductionDaulatabad FortPaithani Saree
Ajanta Caves 1Ellora-Cave 1Lingana FortWarli Paintings
Ajanta Caves 2Ellora-Cave 2Lohgad Fort
Ajanta Caves 3Ellora-Cave 3Murud Janjira Fort
Ajanta Caves 4Ellora-Cave 4Panhala Fort
Ajanta Caves 5Ellora-Cave 5Raigad Fort
Ajanta Caves 6Ellora-Cave 6Sindhudurg Fort
Ajanta Caves 7Ellora-Cave 7Vijaydurg Fort
Ajanta Caves 8Ellora-Cave 10
Ajanta Caves 9Ellora-Cave 11
Ajanta Caves 10Ellora-Cave 12
Ajanta Caves 11Ellora-Cave 13
Ajanta Caves 16Ellora-Cave 14
Ajanta Caves 17Ellora-Cave 15
Ajanta Caves 18Ellora-Cave 16
Ajanta Caves 19Ellora-Cave 21
Ajanta Caves 20Ellora-Cave 29
Ajanta Caves 21Ellora-Cave 30
Ajanta Caves 24Ellora-Cave 32
Ajanta Caves 26Ellora-Cave 34

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