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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Mumbai, included transfer to hotel.
Mumbai or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains India’s city of dreams. Today we embark on a glittering city tour, with a morning visit to the cave temples of Elephanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. In the afternoon visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple.
This morning take a guided heritage walking tour, visiting the main buildings in South Mumbai, which form an integral part of the cities architectural heritage. Late this afternoon embark upon further exploration of the city, visiting the Afghani Church and the holy Banganga Tank - an ancient water tank built over a freshwater spring under the Silhara dynasty in the 14th century. This evening enjoy a leisurely horse and buggy ride along Marine Drive toward Chowpatty beach.
Flying south to the former Portuguese enclave of Goa we enjoy some fun in the sun. Goa is renowned for palm-fringed sandy beaches, exotic cuisine and heavy Portuguese influence in the form of white-washed, terracotta tile-clad architecture and Catholicism. Goa can be explored at ease with long sandy beaches in the south and Panaji - the old city in the north.
Mid morning embark upon the old city sightseeing tour of the Convent and Church of St Francis of Assisi built in 1661 and the Basilica of Bom Jesus which is famous throughout the Roman Catholic world. Late this afternoon, all aboard as you journey north on the exclusive Deccan Odyssey - an opulent train comprising 10 luxurious carriages, each with approximately 4 themed cabins. There are lounge carriages, a dining carriage, bar, laundry and maid service, staffed to the highest standard to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime.
Enjoy breakfast as your wagon pulls into Kolhapur to visit the New Palace, Museum, Bhawani Mandap, Mahalaxmi Temple and Shalini Palace. Late evening departure for Aurangabad.
Our morning is spent touring the majestic 12th century Fort Daulatabad one of the world’s best preserved forts of medieval times. Later explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ellora caves comprising of 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Visit caves No 7 and 8. The last stop is Bibi-ka-Maqbara - a 17th century mausoleum similar in style to that of the Taj Mahal.
Morning at leisure, afternoon jeep safari through Tadoba National Park.
Older than the Ellora caves (200 BC to 650 AD) the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Buddhist caves of Ajanta are also cut from the volcanic lava. Returning to the Odyssey, lunch is served onboard. As the wagon strikes west you arrive at Nasik - located on the Godavari River. Visit the riverbanks, lined with temples and colourful bathing ghats witnessing the countless pilgrims, beggars, sadhus, traders and religious specialists performing their daily rituals. This evening marks your last night on board as you continue travelling westward arriving in Mumbai in the early hours of the morning.
Breakfast on board and onward transfer and hotel check in. Free day at leisure, perhaps a final walk along Chowpatty Beach or a spot of shopping in the popular Kalbadevi and Bhuleshwar bazaars.
Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.