Mumbai & the Taj Hotel, Local markets, silks and beautiful handicrafts, Deccan Odyssey, your Palace on Wheels, Traditional Folk shows & entertainment, Indian style, Wineries and High Tea, Incredible culinary experiences and fully guided tours, Caves, Ghats, Temples and Palaces
Day 1 – Thursday (ARRIVE INTO MUMBAI-PRE TOUR)
Welcome to Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay.
On arrival, you will be met by a TYW representative who will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Check-in at Taj Mahal Tower Hotel (Deluxe Room Sea view)
“Bombay” was once a group of seven islands whose inhabitants, the Kolis, gave the city its Indian name, Mumbai, after their goddess, Mother Mumbai. It is a city of paradoxes: renowned as the country’s financial nerve center, it is also an important center of theater, art, music and classical dance. A city steeped in tradition, and a rich historical past, it is also a city where contemporary scientific and business practices flourish. (No Meals Included)
Day 2 – Friday (MUMBAI-PRE TOUR)
This morning proceed for heritage walking tour of Fort area followed by visit to the Dabbawalas. Explore some of the city’s kaleidoscope past that has filtered into the present. Walking down any street in the heart of Mumbai, one can decipher the layers of history hidden behind the dusty facades and crowded signboards. The city’s architecture stands as a testimony to this change. The city’s long association with the British is reflected in the old world charm of its buildings made in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture that combined Gothic-like flamboyance with Muslim-Indian architectural features. Start the tour by walking towards the Asiatic Library (Town Hall), walking past the Horniman Circle, the Cathedral Church of St. Thomas, Central Telegraph Office, the High Court – whose viewing chambers are surrounded by Venetian style galleries decorated with exuberant carvings, the Mumbai University – built in Italian & Gothic fusion style of architecture and the famous Rajabai Clock Tower 280 ft. in height commanding a fine view of the city. Under the clock tower is the Library that has undoubtedly some of the most exquisite stained glass windows in Asia. At the end of the tour, drive to the hotel en route visiting the Dabbawalas. The Mumbai dabbawala has been heralded in film, song and Harvard Business Review case study. The Hindi film The Lunchbox has brought the much-feted dabbawalas or tiffin carriers of Mumbai into the reckoning once again. They are a unique feature of the city, as they go about their task of delivering food from point A to point B. They have had loyal (or should that be royal) admirers in the likes of Prince Charles (as per the folklore: of the four people from India invited to his recent wedding, two were dabbawalas), Virgin Group’s Richard Branson and the renowned management guru CK Prahalad.
The dabbawalas originated when India was under the british rule, many British people who came to the colony disliked the local food, so the service was set up to bring lunch to them in their workplace straight from their home. It is actually a highly specialized trade which has become integral to Mumbai’s culture. Every day, battling the traffic and crowds of Mumbai city, they, unfailingly deliver lakhs of dabbas to people & later return the empty boxes to where they came from. Dabbawalas are not available on weekends and public holidays. (B)
*Dabbawala activity may not be witnessed on the pre tour for 02 Nov’19 Deccan Odyssey departure as the Dabbawala leave for their home-town during Diwali festival and start returning back to work a week later to Diwali. Diwali in 2019 is on 27 Oct’19. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 – Saturday (DECCAN ODYSSEY)
After breakfast depart on your sightseeing tour of Mumbai city. A photo stop at the Gateway of India, which was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 is followed by a drive through the business districts of South Mumbai with a visit to the Victoria Terminus. Also, drive past the Jain Temple and Parsi Tower of Silence; Also a photo stop at the largest open-air laundry – Dhobi Ghat. Continue to visit Mani Bhawan the veritable memoir of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. It is a two-storied structure, which has a reference library with over 20,000 books and a photo display of Gandhi’s life. Thereafter visit the Crawford market also known as the Jyotiba Phule Market, a blend of Flemish and Norman architecture with a bas-relief depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields just above the main entrance (visit the fruit & vegetable market only).
Continue to visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (earlier known as Prince of Wales Museum), which is one of the main attractions in the city. Later transfer to the railway station for boarding Deccan Odyssey train. After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey will depart Mumbai for Nasik. (B,D)
Overnight: Deccan Odyssey
Day 4 – Sunday (NASHIK)
This morning the Deccan Odyssey brings you to the holy city of Nashik, which is rapidly gaining the status of being the wine capital of the country. After breakfast, disembark and spend the morning walking along the Godavari Ghats observing several
important Hindu rituals being performed. Continue on through the lively market by the Ghats which sells everything from vegetables to lentils, dried seafood to cow dung cakes and many things in between. Thereafter drive to the Grover Zampa vineyards for an exclusive tour of one of the finest Indian wine producing facilities. Walk through vines laden with Chenin, Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes. Be taken through the age old ‘méthode traditionnelle’ used to make one of the best known brands of sparkling wines in India. Allow the sommelier to acquaint your taste buds with their finest creations of white, red, rose and sparkling wines and experiment pairing them with your meal at the vineyards. After a sumptuous lunch, return to the Deccan Odyssey and set forth for Aurangabad. (B,L,D)
Overnight: Deccan Odyssey
Day 5 – Monday (AURANGABAD – ELLORA CAVES)
Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to 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-Makbara and the city’s 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them. As you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive takes you to the Ellora Caves, 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 05 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. In the evening, 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 Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves. (B, L, D)
Overnight: Deccan Odyssey
Day 6 – Tuesday (AJANTA CAVES)
The Deccan Odyssey arrives at Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark and drive to the Ajanta Caves, another 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 known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith. Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey as it continues on to the multifaceted city of Kolhapur. 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. In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sundowner before dinner. (B,L,D)
Overnight: Deccan Odyssey
Day 7 – Wednesday (KOLHAPUR)
Watch the hinterlands of Maharashtra sweep past as you relish breakfast. Enjoy time at leisure as the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Kolhapur, a city of many hidden treasures, all waiting to be discovered! After an early lunch on board you will disembark for a tour of the city. Visit the New Palace Museum, a lovely basalt and sandstone octagonal Palace from the 19th century.
Behold its beautiful architecture and memorabilia of the Kolhapur rulers. Continue to the Town Hall Museum, a somber neo-Gothic building, its front porch flanked by towers with steeply pyramidal metal roofs. Explore the local markets for a pair of beautifully handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals that you can carry with you as a souvenir, before you proceed to a special venue for tea followed by Lavanya Sandhya, a vibrant folk performance.
You will then visit the 1300 year old Mahalakshmi temple, also called Shakti Pethas, or place associated with the Goddess Shakti, said to be the consort of Lord Vishnu. Following your temple visit, witness a traditional martial arts performance called ‘Mardani Khel’ literally translated to mean masculine games. After your sojourn into Kolhapur, you return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as we depart for India’s most happening destination ~ Goa. (B, L, D)
Overnight: Deccan Odyssey
Day 8 – Thursday (GOA)
Today you arrive at Goa, India’s smallest state, previously a colony of Portugal until as late as 1961. After breakfast, you will disembark and drive to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter in Panjim which still has some well preserved houses built in Portuguese style architecture. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Walk around Fontainhas with its winding alleyways adorned by tiled-roofed houses in spectacular shades of blue and red. Continue to Ribandar, the erstwhile capital of Goa, for a walk through ancient churches and the ruins of the once lofty St. Augustine tower that continues to valiantly withstand the vagaries of nature. Drive to the Sahakari spice plantation for a traditional Goan feast, a meal that has Hindu origins but is heavily influenced by 400 years of Portuguese rule and pays ode to the fruits of the Arabian sea – shrimp, kingfish and mackerel washed down with some ‘feni’, a potent liqueur made from cashew. After lunch, enjoy a Goan folk performance and a tour of the plantation. Complete your day in Goa with a visit to an old Portuguese house and get another peek into Goan life. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it departs for Sindhudurg traversing through the Konkan, one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, bound by the Arabian Sea on the West and Sahyadri hills on the East, a marvellous feat of engineering that made it possible to tunnel the tracks through the seemingly insurmountable hills. Enjoy your lunch at Spice plantations and High Tea at Palacio de deao. (B, L, D)
Overnight: Deccan Odyssey
Day 9 – Friday (SINDHUDURG)
Arrive in Sindhudurg which lies on a rocky island just off the coast of Malvan. A visit to Sindhudurg’s Pinguli village and Sawantwadi Palace is in the cards today. Get a glimpse of the traditional Thakar folk arts and crafts at the local museum, then head towards the Sawantwadi Palace for a delicious luncheon at the City Palace. Enjoy dinner on board as the Deccan Odyssey makes its way back to Mumbai. (B, L, D)
Overnight: Deccan Odyssey
Day 10 – Saturday (DISEMBARK IN MUMBAI)
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.End your incredible adventure with a private transfer to Taj Mahal Tower Hotel, Deluxe Room sea view. (B)
Overnight: Taj Mahal Tower Hotel
Optional Tour: Bollywood Dance workshop $95.00 pp USD
Bollywood dance, a mixture of numerous styles, can be explained best as beautiful storytelling. This workshop is an insight into how India celebrates. You’ll shake a leg with our instructors for a duration of one hour and fuse bhangra, hip hop, salsa and many more dance styles creatively to some popular Bollywood songs. The workshop will leave you a bit exhausted but definitely asking for more!
DAY 11 – Sunday (International flight)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Mumbai International Airport
B – Breakfast • L – Lunch • D – Dinner
Tour Inclusions for Pre and Post tour in Mumbai
- 3 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast.
- All land transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per itinerary by private air-conditioned Toyota Innova.
- Entrances to monuments as per itinerary (one visit per monument)
- English speaking local guides for sightseeing at all venues.
- 2 half litre bottles of packaged drinking water per person per day.
- Services of an English speaking TYW representative to assist on arrival and departure in Mumbai.
- All road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes.
Tour Inclusions for Deccan Odyssey Journey
- Accommodation in double/twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms.
- All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Soft beverages during the journey
- Valet service and Still camera fees
- Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide and 5% GST
* Note: Single occupancy is not available on this train tour special
Cost exclusions for Pre/Post tours in Mumbai and the Deccan Odyssey Journey
- Travel Insurance (mandatory)
- All gratuities – a guideline will be supplied
- Laundry and alcoholic beverages
- Video and professional still camera fees
- International and Domestic air tickets
- All activities mentioned as ‘options’ in the itinerary
- Lunches and Dinners in Mumbai
Travel Visa: Indian Visa is required. More information to follow
Vaccinations: Please check with your pharmacist or travel health unit
Luggage Allowance: This will depend on your airline carrier
TOUR PACKAGE PRICE
$6,735.00 USD per person
November 2, 2019 tour
Based on twin occupancy
Includes all taxes
$525.00 USD pp for an upgrade double bed deluxe cabin
$1735.00 USD per two passengers in a separate van with an english speaking guide while touring on the Deccan Odyssey
This is a quotation only and neither reservations for services nor hotel bookings have been made. Availability of all services is guaranteed upon confirmation of first deposit. Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and hotel availability and the number of travelling participants. Therefore, quoted rates might change accordingly.
Applications and Confirmation: ALL required documents must be completed in full and reach TYW by the due date in order to allow adequate time to confirm availability and your participation in the tour. Such documents include:
2) Signed waiver
3) Insurance waiver and/or confirmation of adequate travel insurance
4) Payment Agreement
5) Full deposit payment
6) Colour copy of valid passport
NOTE: Train cabin & hotel room availability and selection are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. It is highly recommended that interested parties submit their full Application well in advance of the final deadline.
Application Deadline: May 27, 2019
First Deposit Payment: $3000.00 USD (nonrefundable) due with Application submission
Final Payment: $3735.00 USD due August 30, 2019
Retention of 50% of tour value on cancelling post booking
Retention of 75% of tour value on cancelling 44 – 30 days prior to the departure date
Retention of 100% of tour value on cancelling 29 days prior to the departure
Travel Insurance is not included in your quoted tour package, however, is mandatory for all TYW customized tours.