Evening board the Deccan Odyssey. Dinner & overnight on board
Arrive Nagari. Depart to Malvan Jetty. On way walk through local weekly Market at Katta Village. From Jetty boat ride up to Sindhudurg the Ocean Fort & one time naval base of Maratha Empire. Sindhudurg fort which was built in 1664-67 AD by King Shivaji, stands on a rocky island, known as Kurte, barely a km, from the Malvan Town. Return to jetty and proceed to Tarkarli beach resort – a virgin beach at the confluence of River Karli and Arabian Sea. Lunch & free time at Tarkarli beach resort. Drive to Dhamapur village, en route visit Cashew factory. At Dhamapur visit ancient temple of Goddess Bhagawati and Bharadi Devi situated on banks of beautiful lake. Board the train at Kudal Railway Station. Dinner & overnight on board.
Morning arrival at Karmali – Goa. The most frequented tourist spots in India. Board the bus to reach Old Goa to witness; 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. Walk through Fontanhas, the Latin quarters at Panjim. Departure to Verna Railway Station for typical Goan lunch on board the train. Free time onboard. Evening depart by bus to beach hotel and enjoy Goan culture and traditional meals. Board the train from Madgaon railway station. Train halts at Vasco-Goa.
Morning – After breakfast proceed for sightseeing. Visit Mhalsa and Mangeshi, a Hindu Temples of God Shiva revealing typical architecture of old temples. From here proceed to one of the biggest and finest Spice Farm in the Country a “Sahakari Spice Farm” at Ponda village. Situated among the lush green surroundings of Ponda place is extremely popular among international tourist. Visitors are traditionally welcomed at the entrance. After brief halt in the restaurant for welcome drink and snacks, a guided tour of the farm starts. This organic spice farm has variety of herbal and medicinal trees. The guide explains different spices and their medical values during tour which is about 45 minutes. Typical Goan lunch is served here. In free time one can also take Elephant ride at own cost. From farm house proceed to one of the finest heritage house of 16th century know as “Menezes Braganza House”. It is one of the last remaining structures that date back to the pre-Portuguese era in Goa. The architecture and the interiors of the house make you feel as if you are going back in history. The structure has a very inviting feel to it and tourists feel like exploring this two storied structure in detail. It is one of the oldest heritage houses of Goa. This has been the traditional family home of the Braganzas for many than four centuries. Even today, the lady of the house, Mrs Braganza, an octogenarian, still lives in the house and takes the visitors to a tour of the house herself. From Braganza House proceed to Madgaon Railway Station to board the train.
Next destination – Kolhapur. Dinner onboard.
Morning arrive at Kolhapur City, known as Karveer or Dakshin Kashi of Maharashtra, situated on the banks of River Panchaganga. Visit New Palace, a royal palace partly converted into museum. Next visit to Bhawani Mandap (The Town Hall). Visit an exquisitely carved Mahalaxmi Temple, a temple of goddess Ambabai visited by millions of pilgrims. From temple proceed to 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. Dinner & overnight onboard.
Morning arrive at Daulatabad station. Visit the historical fort Daulatabad, Ellora caves, a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religions – 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. After lunch visit Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of Taj Mahal is a grand piece of Moghul architecture. Dinner & overnight onboard.
Morning – Arrival at Bhusawal railway station. Thereafter visit renowned Buddhist caves of Ajanta, a World Heritage site to witness some of the finest paintings and sculptures of the second century AD. At noon board the train at Jalgaon railway station. Proceed to Nasik. Lunch-on-board. Arrival at Nasik railway station. Departure to visit Panchawati Ghat and Kala Ram Temple. Evening board the train at Deolali railway station. Farewell Dinner & overnight on board.
Arrival at Mumbai railway station.