Delhi, India (PressExposure) December 19, 2009 -- What the name Deccan Odyssey conjures up in your mind? Well, we can't tell about you, but it sends to mind the images of dreamy hamlets, lush paddy fields, silvery beaches, impossibly Blue Ocean, whitewashed homes, vibrant peoples, rich history, colorful monuments and, of course, a royal setting with luxurious chambers, attentive concierge, lip-smacking cuisine, and unending world of breathtaking vistas that unfolds beyond the windows! Yes, it's true. The Deccan Odyssey, world's one of the most widely acclaimed luxury trains offers it all and much more which defies expression.
Here are those seven destinations that together complete a heavenly experience which is unforgettable with time.
Mumbai - the colonial bliss Mumbai is purely a colonial bliss which was gifted to English King Charles II on his marriage to Portuguese princess Catherine. Not surprisingly, the British impact is still visible in Mumbai's monuments such as Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Prince of Wales Museum and other colonial-era structures.
Sindhudurg - the sea fort afloat Sitting on the Konkan coast, Sindhudurg houses an impregnable fort which was constructed by Shivaji. It is said that 4000 mounds of iron were used to cast the foundations of the citadel. Within the premises of the fort are a number of temples dedicated to Maruti, Mahadeo, Bhavani and other Hindu deities. The beach at the Sindhudurg is much more pristine and tranquil than other beaches in Maharashtra and Goa.
Goa - the beach capital of India Abundant with natureâs endowments, Goa is rightly the tourists' hotspot round the year. Its sun-drenched palm laced beaches are justly renowned as is its pulsating nightlife. The 131 km long coastline with beaches unspoilt and serene makes Goa the big draw among tourists from all quarters. The unique architectural legacy, which the state mainly draws from its Portuguese past, lures many to this paradise.
Kolhapur - the city of legends Kolhapur was once the capital of an important Maratha state, but now it is more famous for its leather sandals, wrestlers, cuisine and jewelry. The culture of Maharashtra can be witnessed in full bloom in Kolhapur. The relics of the past include Mahalaxmi Temple and Chhatrapati Shahu Museum.
Aurangabad - the city of throne Owing its fast paced growth, Aurangabad is regarded as worlds' one of the fastest growing cities. The city was named after Aurangzeb, the son of Shah Jahan and last of great Mughals. The city is gateway to world famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Other sights of interest include Pan Chakki, Bibi ka Maqbara, the tomb of Aurangzeb's wife and Daulatabad Fort which you'll be witnessing on a journey with the Deccan Odyssey.
Wardha - the ashram of simplicity The significance of this place is owing to Gandhi Ashram in Sevagram. The fascinating story of establishing the Ashram and the simplicity of the Ashram itself will surely move you. Ashram Huts, Bapu Kuti, Three Monkeys of Gandhi are main attractions here.
Nashik - the abode of gods Legend says Lord Rama stayed at Nashik during his fourteen year exile. Under Mughal rein, the city was called Gulshanabd, i.e., the city of gardens. It was under Peshwas, when the city got its present name. Among the attractions of this beautiful city include Dudhsagar fall, Gangapur Dam, bird sanctuary, Pandav Caves and vineyards. There are several ways to rediscover the popular Indian legacies. Deccan Odyssey [http://www.thedeccanodysseyindia.com] offers to you just another option. Come and embark on this journey and relive those royal eras, yet another time!