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Jewels of the Deccan – Itinerary
Day 1 Thursday
Board the Deccan Odyssey at Mumbai – on to Bijapur
|Day Summary||Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration processand check in formalities for your Jewels of the Deccan journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshingwelcome drink.After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall departMumbai for Bijapur in Karnataka.|
Day 2 Friday
|Day Summary||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 ofnew conquerors and invaders. In the second half of 16th and early 17th century, under the aegis of the Adil Shahi dynasty, theircapital city of Bijapur occupied a prominent place among the celebrated cities of India and even surpassed great cities of Delhi,Agra and Mughal India. Due to the secular nature and liberal patronage of the Adil Shahi Sultans, many scholars, poets, painters,dancers, calligraphers, musicians, Sufi saints and other men of arts flocked to Bijapur which also came to be known as the‘Palmyra of the Deccan’After breakfast, disembark and first head to the Gol Gumbaz, literally ‘round dome’, and 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
Visit Mehtar Mahal, a 17th century ornamental gateway to a mosque. Then, drive to and explore Ibrahim Rouza, considered
amongst the most elegant Islamic monuments in India; its 24m high minarets said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board as it departs for Aihole & Pattadakal.
Spend the evening marveling at the subtly changing shades of the formidable granite landscape as the Deccan Odyssey snakes its
way through the Deccan plateau.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner onboard
Overnight on the Deccan Odyssey
Day 3 Saturday
Aihole – Pattadakal
|Day Summary||Rise early this morning, and after breakfast head out to explore the temples and ancient settlements of Aihole and Pattadakal, oneof the world’s largest temple complexes.Aihole, is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. Explore a few of the over 70 rock cut temples constructed by theChalukyan kings in a completely experimental style, with each temple different from the others in the complex and even fromother temples in India itself.Continue on to Pattadakal situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River and explore the architectural style here which combinesSouth Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) forms. In fact this architecture can be seen to have influenced laterarchitecture commissioned by the Hoysala and other dynasties.
For lunch, head back to the Deccan Odyssey
Post lunch, you can choose an optional tour to the lovely weaving village of Guledgud, famous for its hand and power looms of
ilkal and khann. Observe the process of weaving and head to an outlet where you can pick up lovely souvenirs to carry back
home. OR visit the rock cut caves and sculptured temples in Badami
Head back to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner as it makes its way to Hampi
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 4 Sunday
|Day Summary||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.A short drive quickly changes your landscape from the city bustle to sentient massive boulders as you reach Hampi. Stop at theNarasimha statue and spend some time taking pictures and looking around.Next head to the mustard Ganesh, located at the base of the Hemkuta hills, and quite a misnomer as the elephant God statuehere is anything but small! Take in the breathtaking vistas around the hills with their little caves and alcoves. Walk the banks ofthe Tungabhadra River as you leave the Virupaksha temple on to the famed Vittala temple, the polar power sites of Hampi, one aliving temple, the other a most extravagant architectural showpiece.
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.
After a full day of visiting the wonders of Hampi, return to the Hospet station. Board the Deccan Odyssey for your onward
journey to Hyderabad as you sit down at dinner.
Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 5 Monday
|Day Summary||This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into royal city of the Nizams, Hyderabad. Legends abound over how this capital of theAsaf Jahi dynasty came to be called Hyderabad. One of the more interesting ones is that it was named after Bhagmati, the Hinduwife of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, who converted to Islam and changed her name to Hyder Mahal.After an early breakfast this morning, disembark and drive towards the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur, Golconda.Originally a mud fort, it soon acquired impressive proportions after becoming the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a little rest.Alternately, you could also choose to take an optional shopping tour. Hyderabad is a city known for its pearls, lac bangles andcustom made oil based fragrances or “ittars” amongst other specials. Spend your morning shopping and follow it up with lunch
comprising the famed Hyderabadi Biryani.
Continue on to Falaknuma Palace, the name means “like the sky”, as it stands tall, reaching for the clouds. Take a tour of this
beautiful palace followed by a sumptuous high tea.
Thereafter explore the old city area of Charminar and its bustling bazaars.
Standing tall in the centre of the city, Charminar is a global icon for Hyderabad and one of the most recognized structures of
India. It was ostensibly built there by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to fulfill his vow of building a mosque if the plague epidemic
ravaging the city ceased. It is interesting to walk through and shop in the markets in the Charminar area, a busy bustling area.
Walk through Laad Bazaar for the local jewellery, especially exquisite bangles, and to Pather Gatti for the famous Deccan pearls.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and a restful evening as Deccan Odyssey departs Hyderabad for Aurangabad.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board; High tea at the Falaknuma Palace
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 6 Tuesday
Aurangabad – Ellora Caves
|Day Summary||Aurangabad, named after the last Great Mughal Aurangzeb, is an industrial town in Maharashtra and the stop from where tohead out to visit the exceptional Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site. The city itself has deep Mughal influences and there areseveral 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,carved into the side of a basaltic hill 30 km from the city. The finest specimen of cave-temple architecture in India, the siteencompasses 34 rock-cut shrines representing Buddhist, Jain and Hindu art dating from the 4th to 5th century AD. The 12 cavesto 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
Savour a leisurely lunch 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 well
deserved rest as the Deccan Odyssey proceeds towards Jalgaon to visit the exquisite Ajanta Caves.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 7 Wednesday
|Day Summary||The Deccan Odyssey arrives at the Jalgaon station this morning from where, after breakfast on board, you will disembark anddrive to the Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage site and an architectural marvel of its time. The 30 rock-hewn Buddhist cavesat Ajanta have been masterfully carved and are adorned with sculptures and paintings of Buddhist religious art, depictinguniversal pictorial art and are known to depict the fusion between Buddhist and Hindu faith.Lunch will be on board the Deccan Odyssey.Post lunch, you will disembark once more to visit a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi considered to be one of the most importantthought leaders of not just India but the World. One can learn a lot from visiting the Gandhi Teerth which pays ode to the manwho quoted “My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God.Non-violence is the means of realising Him.”
In the evening watch the tapestry of rural India unfold as you sip a sun downer before dinner as Deccan Odyssey pulls into its
last leg of journey to Mumbai.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey
Day 8 Thursday
Disembark in Mumbai
|Day Summary||Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai.Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.Breakfast on board|
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- One child up to 5 years of age shall be allowed free of cost in the Deluxe Cabin, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
- For families, with a child between 6-12 years of age, or, with two children with one child below 5 years and another between 6-12 years, we recommend the Presidential Suite which has a double bed in the bedroom and can be shared with a child below 5 years and a sofa cum bed in the living room which can accommodate the older child. In this case, the child/children will be accommodated free of cost.
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