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Falcon Tours and TravelsA heritage train tour on the Deccan Odyssey through the kingdom of the Marathas - Maharashtra. Travel through time and cultures. Taking in the heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora, the handicraft village of Shilpa Gram, Pilgrim places at Nasik, the bustling cities of Mumbai, Goa, Kolhapur and Aurangabad, and more. Savour the cuisines, worship at the shrines, or just relax on beach and let the beauty wash over you

 

DAY 01: Mumbai / Sindhudurg Nagari Railway station

Evening departure from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai and overnight in the Train.

DAY 02: Morning arrival at the Sindhudurg Nagari Railway Station

Falcon Tours and TravelsOn arrival, transfer to AC Bus to Malvan Jetty. From Jetty boat ride up to Sindhudurg the Ocean Fort & one time naval base of Maratha Empire. Sindhudurg fort - stands on a rocky island, known as Kurte, barely a km, from the Malvan Town. Sindhudurg Fort was built in 1664-67 AD by King Shivaji. One of the best preserved forts of the Marathas, the 48 acre Sindhudurg fort has a four kms long zigzag line of 9 meters high and 3 meters wide rampart with 42 bastions. Apart from the huge stones, the building material involved 2000 khandis (72,576 K. G) of iron erecting the massive curtain wall and bastions. A notable feature is that the foundation stones were laid down firmly in molten lead. It also houses some twenty Hindu-Muslim hereditary families. Return to jetty and proceed to Tarkarli beach resort.
Tarkarli - a virgin beach at the confluence of river Karli and Arabian Sea. The major attraction here is the long and narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine water. On a clear day, you can see the sea bed through a depth of 20 ft.
Lunch & free time at Tarkarli Beach Resort.
Later on visit to Dhamapur village by bus. On way visit to Cashew factory. At Dhamapur visit ancient temple of Goddess Bhagawati and Bharadi Devi situated on banks of beautiful lake. After this visit proceed by bus to board the train at Kudal Railway Station. Dinner on Board and overnight in train.

DAY 03: Morning arrival at Karmali - Goa

Falcon Tours and TravelsThe most frequented tourist spots in India. Transfer to bus to reach Old Goa. Visit to 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. Later on after sightseeing, transfer to Verne Railway Station to board the train. Lunch & Free time onboard. Evening depart by bus to beach hotel and enjoy Goan culture and traditional meals. Board the train from Madgaon Railway Station and overnight in Train

DAY 04: Morning arrival at Kolhapur City

Falcon Tours and TravelsKolhapur - known as Karveer or Dakshin Kashi of Maharashtra. Situated on the banks of River Panchaganga. Transfer to bus for Sightseeing, visit to New Palace - a royal palace partly converted into museum, The museum houses rare paintings and artifacts used by the royal family. Royal weapons and a tableau depicting court life of the last century create an aristocratic ambience. Bhawani Mandap - (The Town Hall). An exquisitely carved Mahalakshmi Temple a temple of goddess Ambabai visited by millions of pilgrims, Shalini Palace - built of intricately carved black stone & Italian Marble stands on the west side of lake Rankala, Witness traditional Martial Art locally known as "Mardani Khel" at Palace and Cultural Programme.

Kolhapur is well known for its textiles and cottons, in particular Kolhapuri saris. But it is of course most famous for its Jewellery and leather sandals and Kolhapuri chappals. The selected and famous items would be displayed in the stalls at the Palace so one can leisurely do shopping.
Transfer back to the train at Kolhapur station. Lunch and Leisure time onboard. Dinner onboard.

DAY 05: Morning arrival at Daulatabad station

Falcon Tours and TravelsOn arrival, transfer to bus for sightseeing, visit to Majestic fort Daulatabad - Rising dramatically over 600 ft above the Deccan plain is the arresting sight of Daulatabad. Once known as Devgiri, this fort served as the head quarters of the powerful Yadava rulers. In the 13th century, Mohammed bin Tughlak, the Sultan of Delhi, made it his capital and renamed it Daulatabad or City of Fortune. Later on visit to Ellora caves - a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religion- Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and 11th century AD, the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29).The most imposing excavation is, without doubt, that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world. Later on free time for lunch and relax. Later on visit to Bibi-ka-Maqbara - a replica of Taj Mahal is a grand piece of Moghul architecture. Free time for shopping Paithani, Himroo, Bidriwork from showrooms for a perfect memorabilia. Evening board the train from Aurangabad railway station and dinner served in the train and overnight

DAY 06: Arrival at noon in Chandrapur Railway Station

Falcon Tours and TravelsOn arrival, transfer to bus to visit Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary - Sanctuary tours by open jeeps. Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary is among the most attractive sanctuary in the country.

The park was established in 1935 and declared as a National Park in 1955 and since 1995, the area comprising the Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary together was designated as Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. It is the second Tiger Reserve project in the State. The park consists around 50 Bengal Tigers. Along with this other frequently spotted wildlife are Sambar, Gaur, Chinkara, Leopard cat, Pangolin, Panther, Spotted deer, Sloth bear, Chausinga, Nilgai, Barking deer, Indian bison, Wild dog, Hyena, Jackals etc.

Tadoba National Park also an ornithologist's paradise with a varied diversity of Migratory birds and Water Birds. Python, Bengal monitor lizard and crocodiles are other inhabitants of this park.

Evening transfer to Deccan Odyssey, dinner onboard and overnight.

DAY 07: Morning arrival at Bhusawal Railway Station

Falcon Tours and TravelsOn arrival, transfer to bus and visit to Ajanta Caves - Renowned Buddhist caves of Ajanta are World Heritage Site. Witness some of the finest paintings and sculptures of the second century AD. 'Bodhisattva Padmapani', 'Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara', The Birth of the Buddha' & 'Thousand Buddha's are a few amongst the many fine murals & sculptures. Return back to train at Jalgaon Railway Station and Proceed to Nasik. Lunch on-board. Leisure Time onboard till evening. On arrival at Nasik Road Railway Station, transfer to bus for sightseeing, visit to Panchawati Ghat - a holy place known for Kumbh Mela. Next, visit to Kala Ram Temple built in 1794. Evening Transfer to train at Deolali Railway Station and farewell Dinner on Boar and overnight.

DAY 08: Mumbai

Morning arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. Tour Ends.

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