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The Rickshaw Challenge DECCAN ODYSSEY is a ride on a remarkable sojourn of a land shining in legions grandeur – serene beaches, magnificent forts – palaces and experiencing divine tales etched in colossal rocks.This week-long journey is through some of the best places in Maharashtra and Karnataka starting from Goa . One can experience the best of tourism assets such as pristine beauty of Konkan coast, the art, the culture, the wildlife, the heritage (including world heritage sites of Ajanta – Ellora), local arts, crafts and cuisine.

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Highlights

1/ We kick off at Panaji, the “Paradise of India” and the capital city of the State of Goa to Belgaum in the State of Karnataka that is famous for its temples. The old stone fort, built in 12th century, is an important spot, the premises of which also hosts the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. Belgaum’s Watchtower and Sunset Point are for those who like to savor the scenic beauty surrounding this small town.

2/ We set our foot next on to the City of Kolhapur, a blend of ancient tradition and modern influences. The most noteworthy attraction of Kolhapur is the New Palace or Chhatrapati Museum surrounded by a large park. It houses rare paintings and artefacts owned by the royal family. Other displays are weapons, swords and guns, including a sword belonging to Aurangzeb.

3/ The next day we move into what was once the Capital of “The Maratha Empire”, Pune, the eighth largest city in India. With a name that descends from the Sanskrit word ‘Punya’, meaning ‘Virtue’, the city leads as the ‘veritable heartland’ of cultural Maharashtra. Pune also has made its mark the educational epicenter of the country, winning itself the sobriquet, ‘The Oxford of the East’.

4/ From Pune we dwell deep into Cultural India as we enter Aurangabad which is known for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage. It was the seat of the Mughal Empire for a short period. The city boasts of Bibi-ka-Makbara, a tomb that has some resemblance to the Taj Mahal. The importance of Aurangabad is great, owing to its proximity with world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora.

5/ Accordingly, we will spend close to a day visiting Ellora Caves.  Founded in the period between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back. They serve as the epitome of rock-cut architecture in India. The total number of caves at Ellora is 34 and they represent the three different religions of the world – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Surely been a fun and learning trip indeed, aye? But its not over yet.

6/ Step on the gas, as we get into a delightful town, Nasik, a classic mélange of the past and the present. It paves way to many fascinating forts and royally graceful temples that possess an aura of exuberance. It plays abode to most of the industries located in Maharashtra, including the Security Printing Press of the government, the nation’s currency printer.

7/ From Nasik its Cocktail time… Measure out: one part Hollywood; six parts traffic; a bunch of rich power-moguls; stir in half a dozen colonial relics (use big ones); pour in six heaped cups of poverty; add a smattering of swish bars and restaurants (don’t skimp on quality here for best results); equal parts of mayhem and order; as many ancient bazaars as you have lying around; a handful of Hinduism; a dash of Islam; fold in your mixture with equal parts India; throw it all in a blender on high (adding generous helpings of pollution to taste) and presto: “Mumbai”.

Overview

Duration:

9 days

Route:

Panaji to Mumbai, 1,110 km

Price:

from € 1,375 (team of two)

Trip dates:

14/06/2014 to 22/06/2014

Group size:

Max. 25 teams

Cities visited:

Panaji, Belgaon, Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Nasik, Mumbai

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Itinerary

Day # Date Start Loc End Loc Distance (km)
Day1 14-June-14 Practice in Panaji
Day2 15-June-14 Events in Panaji
Day3 16-June-14 Panaji Belgaum 160
Day4 17-June-14 Belgaum Kolhapur 100
Day5 18-June-14 Kolhapur Pune 230
Day6 19-June-14 Pune Aurangabad 210
Day7 20-June-14 Stay to visit Ellora caves
Day8 21-June-14 Aurangabad Nasik 220
Day9 22-June-14 Nasik Mumbai 190

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