15:30hrs Register for Jewels Board the Deccan Odyssey train at Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Receive a traditional Indian welcome, and a refreshing drink on the Deccan Odyssey. Deccan Odyssey will begin its journey from Mumbai to Bijapur in Karnataka.
Welcome drink and dinner on board, overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey
Relish breakfast this morning as the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Bijapur, the historic capital of the Sultans of Deccan. Established between the 10th and 11th centuries by the Kalyani Chalukyas, Bijapur changed hands often, passing into the hands of new conquerors and invaders. Post lunch on board, first head to the Gol Gumbaz, literally 'round dome', the second largest tomb in the world. The mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur, it is a structural triumph of Deccan architecture, with a circular gallery where the tiniest of whispers gets magnified owing to the unique acoustics of the dome. Next, head to the Jumma Masjid, known as one of the first mosques in India and then onto Malik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world. Don't hesitate to make a wish here as legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true! In the evening Dinner on board, overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey
Wake up early this morning, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then head out to discover the ancient settlements and temples of Aihole and Pattadakal, one of the largest temple complexes across the globe. A trip here will help you understand why Aihole is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. It is home to over 70 rock cut temples, which we constructed by the Chalukyan kings in a completely experimental style. Continue to Pattadakal, which is located on the banks of the Malaprabha River. Witness its architectural style that radiates a seamless blend of South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) forms. In fact, it is believed that this form of architecture was the inspiration behind the Hoysala and other dynasties. Head back to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch.
Post lunch, opt for an optional tour of the weaving village of Guledgud. This place is famous for hand and power looms of ilkal and khann. Witness the process of weaving, and shop for beautiful souvenirs to take back home. You also have the option to visit Badami's sculptured temples and rock cut caves. Return to Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it makes its way to Hampi. Overnight on board.
Today the Deccan Odyssey reaches Hospet. Visit the iconic City of Victory, Hampi. Explore the sacred and royal centres, palaces and impressive temples. This morning as you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Hospet. Today you will visit the iconic City of Victory - Hampi, a World Heritage site, famous for its splendid architecture, sculptures and their historical significance. Next head to the mustard Ganesh, located at the base of the Hemkuta hills, and quite a misnomer as the elephant God statue here is anything but small! Take in the breathtaking vistas around the hills with their little caves and alcoves. Walk the banks of the Tungabhadra River as you leave the Virupaksha temple on to the famed Vittala temple. Head back to Hospet for lunch on board the Deccan Odyssey. Post lunch, disembark once more to continue your exploration, reaching the Royal Center at Hampi. This area was the citadel of the Vijayanagara kings and encompasses courtly and military structures. Visit the Queens Bath, the Stepped Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba or great platform, where a ramp is available to reach its summit, the Hazararama Temple, the Queens Enclosure with its Lotus Mahal and the Elephant stables. In the evening the Deccan Odyssey for your onward journey to Hyderabad as you sit down at dinner. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Today, Deccan Odyssey will reach the royal city of the Nizams, Hyderabad. This capital of the Asaf Jahi dynasty was originally named after Bhagmati, the Hindu wife of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. But she later converted to Islam, and changed her name to Hyder Mahal, which have the city its current name. This morning, enjoy an early breakfast and drive to Golconda - the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur. Head to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch. Alternately, you can also choose an optional shopping tour. Hyderabad is the perfect place to buy pearls, lac bangles and custom made oil based fragrances or "ittars" amongst other. Follow up this shopping trip with the delectable Hyderabadi Biryani for lunch. Proceed to Falaknuma Palace, which stands for "like the sky". Akin to its name, this palace stands tall, almost reaching the clouds. Enjoy sumptuous high tea, post the tour of this stunning palace. Then to explore the old city area of Charminar. Filled with bustling bazaars. Walk through the markets in the Charminar area, especially the Laad Bazaar for the local jewellery, and Pather Gatti for the celebrated Deccan pearls. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as Deccan Odyssey continues the journey to Aurangabad. Breakfast and lunch on board High tea at Falaknuma Palace and dinner on board. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where to head out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. There are several monuments: the Daulatabad Fort, Bibi-ka-Makbara and the city's 52 gates, each with its own history, amongst them. As you enjoy lunch, the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Aurangabad, from where a scenic drive 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. Time at leisure on board as the hinterland of Maharashtra sweeps past, with its ever-changing colors and landscape. In the evening, sit back, unwind and enjoy cocktails fixed by our bartender onboard, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves. Dinner on board. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
The Deccan Odyssey will arrive at the Jalgaon station this morning. Post breakfast onboard, you will drive to the Ajanta Caves, and explore yet another architectural marvel. Skilfully carved, they depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith. Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey. Post lunch, you will disembark to visit the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. In the evening, the Deccan Odyssey will pull into its last leg of journey back to Mumbai. Take in the views of a rustic India as you sip a sun downer, and enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight on board the Deccan Odyssey.
After breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.
Disclaimer: Above is a standard itinerary. Final tour may vary depending upon the exact air, rail, road schedule and passenger requirement.
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