The Deccan Odyssey - Maharashtra Wild Trail

(9 days)

Mumbai, Ajanta, Pench,Tadoba, Aurangabad, Mumbai

Although the bustling city of Mumbai makes a wonderful urban territory to explore, Maharashtra is dotted with hidden troves and places that make for a wonderful escape. For the lovers of nature and explorers, there are a number of famous sanctuaries and reserves as well. You can view numerous rare and precious species of flora and fauna in the spectacular reserves and national parks around. The exciting plan is designed to stimulate your mind, body and soul by way of experiences. The Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Tadoba Tiger Reserve are the perfect destinations to explore and discover yourself at. The mystical Ajanta and Ellora Caves with their enchanting temple are bound to take your breath away. From accessing UNESCO World Heritage sites to taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of the nature that surrounds you, on this trip you can do it all.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Wildlife
Family

At a Glance

Mumbai (1 night), Aurangabad (1 night), Pench Tiger Reserve (1 night), Tadoba National Park (1 night), Tadoba National Park (1 night), Aurangabad (1 night), Aurangabad (1 night), Mumbai (1 night), Mumbai (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Discover the versatile Mumbai where you will be surrounded by dreamers and dreams in our guided tour.
  • Visit monumental World Heritage sites and marvel at the skilled workmanship of many artists.
  • The wonderful Ajanta and Ellora caves are the perfect example of how when a man is given some stone and a chisel, he is bound to create art for posterity.
  • Get up close to the nature and wildlife at the Tadoba Tiger Reserve and Nagzira wildlife sanctuary as you are surrounded not by throngs of people by some majestic Royal Bengal Tigers.

Detailed Itinerary


Mumbai (1 night)

Days  ( 1 - 2 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

On arrival Trip to India representative will meet and transfer to the pre-booked hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Following day morning proceed for a guided tour of city.

Later afternoon transfer to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to board your train on a mesmerizing voyage through the Maratha heartland.

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.

Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Maharashtra Wild Trail journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Ajanta Caves.

Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Aurangabad (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Aurangabad

Aurangabad

While this city managed to stay out of focus during most part of India’s history, it only made its mark in the map during the rule of Mogul King Aurangzeb, when he made it his capital city between 1653 and 1707. This brief period was sufficient for it to optimize its glory years, witnessing the construction of some of the most fascinating monuments one has seen.

Activities

The Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, a World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist caves at Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depicting universal pictorial art as well as the fusion of Buddhist and Hindu faith.

After exploring Ajanta, return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch as it takes you towards Pench National Park, Nagpur.

The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and enjoy some of the activities available on board. Watch a movie, learn the rules of 'carrom', a popular Indian board game, from a Deccan Odyssey team member or book yourself a relaxing massage in our spa on board.

Relax and watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board.

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Pench Tiger Reserve (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

Pench Tiger Reserve

Pench Tiger Reserve

Central India’s leading Project Tiger refuge; The Pench Tiger Reserve Project is situated in the Seoni District. Named after the Pench River that crosses through the region; the park covers a total of 292.85 square kilometers. It is one of the foremost centers for eco-tourism in Madhya Pradesh and sees continuous tourist traffic for many months of the year.

Activities

Awaken before sunrise today as the Deccan Odyssey pulls into Nagpur, for your date with nature's beautiful creations at the Pench National Park. Named after the Pench River, which meanders through it like a mammoth python, splitting it into almost equal halves, the park is immensely rich in biodiversity, its terrain defined by hills, valleys and the occasional precipitous slope, an important ecosystem supporting an abundance of flora and fauna, including a rich variety of aquatic life.

After an exhilarating game drive, return to the Deccan Odyssey for a leisurely brunch on board.

Disembark again in the afternoon for your second adventure into the wild. The Pench National Park is four different forest regions in one, an extravagance of trees, shrubs, grasses, climbers, weeds and herbs, with teak being the most prominent of the tree species. Birdlife here is equally bountiful, the feathered denizens of Pench including both resident and migratory birds like Malabar pied hornbills, Indian pittas, ospreys, grey-headed fishing eagles, white-eyed buzzards, storks, waterfowls, four endangered vulture species, and the green pigeon, which is the State Bird of Maharashtra.

After an exciting day at Pench drive back to Nagpur station to board the Deccan Odyssey. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as the Deccan Odyssey departs for Tadoba, the land of the mighty tigers.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Tadoba National Park (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National Park is located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and is one of the biggest and the oldest national parks in the state.

Activities

Disembark from the Deccan Odyssey and drive to Tadoba Tiger Reserve to indulge in some unique experiences this morning.

Explore Tadoba by canoe on a boat safari over Lake Irai. This beautiful water body stretches about 30 sq. Km with inlets, islands and bays providing mesmerizing vistas, enhanced by the presence of birds and wildlife along its shoreline, a wonderful way of bird watching and wildlife viewing.

Alternatively you may choose to explore the Reserve on foot, leaving behind your 4x4's and accompanying our naturalist on a walking safari. Experience the sounds and calls of the forest, amplified and distinct, as our expert points out to you elements in the beautiful tapestry of nature that are often missed when driving through the reserve.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax.

Dinner is served on board and we recommend turning in early tonight as your adventure starts very early tomorrow.

The Deccan Odyssey will be stationed at Chandrapur for the night.

Brunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Tadoba National Park (1 night)

Days  ( 5 - 6 )

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National Park is located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and is one of the biggest and the oldest national parks in the state.

Activities

Wake up before the sun this morning as the Deccan Odyssey rolls back into Chandrapur station, for your early morning safari into the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, also called the Land of Tigers, for its high tiger density. It is not uncommon to spot tigers and wild dogs here, with plenty of opportunities for close encounters with leopards, sloth bears, gaurs (the Indian bison), the rusty spotted cat, ratels, various species of deer, wild pigs and more.

After an exciting morning, a late breakfast will be served at the Tiger Trails lodge, following which you can relax, view a documentary on wildlife or interact with our naturalist.

Enjoy lunch at the lodge before venturing back into the Reserve for an afternoon safari. Apart from the big game, also keep a look out for birds, including the crested serpent eagle, honey buzzard, paradise flycatcher, grey-headed fishing eagle, the shy jungle fowl and many others.

After a full day of big game spotting, drive back to Chandrapur station to board the Deccan Odyssey.

Sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a well deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Aurangabad to visit the exquisite Ellora Caves.

Breakfast and Lunch at the Tiger Trails lodge, Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Aurangabad (1 night)

Days  ( 6 - 7 )

Aurangabad

Aurangabad

While this city managed to stay out of focus during most part of India’s history, it only made its mark in the map during the rule of Mogul King Aurangzeb, when he made it his capital city between 1653 and 1707. This brief period was sufficient for it to optimize its glory years, witnessing the construction of some of the most fascinating monuments one has seen.

Activities

As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there are several monuments of note here; the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Maqbara and the city's 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them.

The morning is at leisure on board or you could choose the option of enjoying a relaxing massage at a hotel spa. Post an early lunch, disembark for a scenic drive that takes you to the Ellora Caves, carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the site encompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre Hindu, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain. The most remarkable is the Kailash temple, meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash. It is the best example of rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel.

Next climb up to explore the lofty Daulatabad fort, occupied since at least 100 BCE, and which houses the remains of Buddhist caves similar to those at Ajanta and Ellora.

You will then return to the Deccan Odyssey to freshen up before heading back to the city for dinner.

Breakfast & Lunch on board, Dinner at a city hotel

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Aurangabad (1 night)

Days  ( 7 - 8 )

Aurangabad

Aurangabad

While this city managed to stay out of focus during most part of India’s history, it only made its mark in the map during the rule of Mogul King Aurangzeb, when he made it his capital city between 1653 and 1707. This brief period was sufficient for it to optimize its glory years, witnessing the construction of some of the most fascinating monuments one has seen.

Activities

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out to the Old City of Aurangabad.

Spend the morning visiting Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the mausoleum of Dilras Banu, Aurangzeb's wife, and a replica of the Taj Mahal at Agra. Built between 1651 and 1661 by her son, Prince Azam Shah, the monument is also called the 'Taj of the Deccan' and was intended to rival the splendor of the Taj Mahal, but unfortunately fell short.

Next visit a facility that specialises in the weaving of Himroo fabric. The fabric of choice for the royalty of that age, Himroo has been associated with Aurangabad since the 14th century, when Muhammad Tughlaq made it his capital. Himroo features Persian designs woven with gold and silver threads and takes its name from Hum-ruh, which means 'similar' in Persian, as it is a replica of the Kum Khwab fabric that was popular in royal courts before Himroo gained precedence.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board after which you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon indulging in the recreational activities on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape.

In the evening, enjoy a sun downer at the Mumbai-Hi before dinner is served as you head to Mumbai, the last leg of your journey.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Mumbai (1 night)

Days  ( 8 - 9 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Breakfast on board

On arrival meet and transfer to the pre-booked hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Mumbai (0 night)

Days  ( 9 - 9 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey.

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Mumbai, Ajanta, Pench,Tadoba, Aurangabad, Mumbai

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