Itinerary Deccan Odyssey
June 8, 2019
Registration, rickshaw training (part 1), welcome party
June 9, 2019
Rickshaw training (part 2), Meet the press, Mini Challenge
June 10, 2019
Panaji to Belgaum, 114 km
Belgaum Fort: located in the heart of the city, the Belgaum Fort towers over the Belgaum landscape with its elliptical layout. One of the oldest forts of Karnataka, the Belgaum Fort is unique for a myriad of religious shrines within its ramparts. At the entrance, two shrines devoted to Ganapathi and Durga exist in harmony with the two ancient mosques, the Safa Masjid and the Jamia Masjid.
St. Mary’s Church: the St. Mary’s church in Belgaum boasts of an awe-inspiring architecture. Built in 1869, the gothic stone structure of the church features imposing stained glass windows. Biblical drawings adorn the walls of the church. Other prominent churches are: St. Xavier’s church, St. Anthony’s church, the Cathedral of Our Lady and Methodist church.
June 11, 2019
Belgaum to Kolhapur, 112 km
Mahalaxmi Temple: this beautifully architect temple attracts huge devotees from in and around Kolhapur. Goddess Mahalaxmi also known, as Amba Bai is the presiding deity of this temple.
New Palace and Chhatrapati Sahu Museum: built in 1884, it is also known as the Maharaja’s New Place. Major Mant designed the palace. The architecture of the palace is a combination of Jain and Hindu influences from Gujarat and Rajasthan, and local Rajwada style.
Town Hall Museum: old sculptures, filigree work in sandalwood and ivory, old coins and paintings of master artists of the region are displayed in the museum, which were found during the excavations at Brahmagiri.
Old Palace: old Palace has a temple of the goddess Bhawani as well. This magnificent structure has an impressive marqee with filigree work in stone. This palace is located behind the temple of Mahalaxmi Temple.
Rankala Lake: said to be the oldest of all lakes in Maharashtra. There is the Rankabhairav temple at the center of the lake. Its name is derived from this temple.
June 12, 2019
Kolhapur to Pune, 228 km
The Aga Khan’s Palace: this palace boasts of Italianate arches, a gracious building having salons and suites and spacious lawns. The place has a historical landmark. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, the Britishers interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. Later a memorial was erected here, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.
Osho Commune: Pune has become an international tourist spot because of the Osho Commune International. Spread over 31 acres of flush green surroundings, it is the meditation resort to people from over 60-70 different countries. The Osho Commune offers over 100 different meditation techniques to all the participants. It has become a must-visit to all the tourists over the world who are on a spiritual journey.
Pashan Lake: situated 12 Kms off the road to National Defence Academy (NDA). It is an Orinthologists delight, as it is the favourite haunt of a number of migratory and residential birds. For birdwatching, head towards this little lake.
June 13, 2019
Pune to Aurangabad, 235 km
The Aurangabad caves are quite similar to their more famous counterparts in Ajanta and Ellora. These caves are located 3 kilometers from the city. The ten caves are divided into two sections, the east and the west, each having a group of five caves in them. Beautiful Buddhist statues in different postures and elegantly carved pillars are the chief attractions in these caves.
The Panchakki is another tourist attraction in Aurangabad. This is a marvelous example of the engineering achievements in the later mughal period. The machine was used to grind grain for the pilgrims to the shrine of Baba Shah Muzaffar, a Sufi saint revered by Aurangzeb. It is powered by water from a nearby spring flowing through the mill. The mill is still operational and entertains scores of tourists every day. The nearby shrine of Baba Shah Muzaffar is also among the prominent tourist spots in Aurangabad.
The Bibi ka Maqbara is a mausoleum built in the memory of Rabia Durrani , the beloved wife of emperor Aurangzeb. The structure is strikingly similar to the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra, but devoid of the grandeur usually associated with mughal buildings. Due to the simple design and resemblance to the Taj, it is also called the duplicate Taj Mahal. After sunset the structure is floodlit and looks very attractive.
June 14, 2019
Visit Ellora Caves (Stay in Aurangabad), 0 km
At 30 kms from Aurangabad are located the Ellora caves, 34 in number. They are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill. The facades and finely designed interiors are some of the finest examples of cave – temple architecture. Carved during 350 AD to 700 AD, these structures depict the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The 17 in the centre are dedicated to Hinduism, 12 caves to the south are Buddhist and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.
It was only in the 19th century, that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahyadri hills, cut into the curved mountain side, above the Waghora river, were discovered. They depict the story of Buddhism, spanning a period from 200 BC to 650 AD. The 29 caves were built as secluded retreats of the Buddhist monks, who taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning, and nerve – centers of the Buddhist cultural movement. Using simple tools like hammer and chisel, the monks carved out the impressive figures adorning the walls of these structures. Images of nymphs and princesses amongst others, are also elaborately portrayed.
June 15, 2019
Aurangabad to Nasik, 203 km
Dada Saheb Phalke Smarak: The Dada Saheb Phalke is the legendary figure who was the progressive spirit behind the century old Indian Cinema. A memorial to this great visionary, Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak is committed towards edifying, devout and rational development. The building contains a place for meditation, a main conference hall and an exhibition center. The Samarak also displays with an eloquent version of the works of the Dadasaheb Phalke.
Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak spread across a vast extend of 29 acres, and it holds a pretty garden in its courtyard. Placed in the pretty surroundings of a majestic Pandava caves, Dada Saheb Phalke Smarak is one among the busiest attractions in Nasik. Lawns, musical fountains, and museums that display Phalke’s works are the other major attractions.
Pandav Leni Caves: these are a group of caves, on a tableland, atop the Trivashmi Hill in Maharashtra. Situated 8 km south of Nasik, these 2000-year-old caves house the idols of Buddha and Bodhisattvas. These caves were also the abode of Jain saints and the interiors were used as a popular meeting place for sermons.
June 16, 2019
Nasik to Mumbai, 173 km
Gateway of India: is the landmark of Mumbai city. The monument is situated on the waterfront in the southern part of the city. The gateway is an arch with a height of 26 meters and is made up of yellow basalt and reinforced concrete.
Marine Drive: a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a ‘C’-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. This picturesque landmark connects Nariman Point with Malabar Hills. Situated over domesticated land, facing west-south-west, its coastline forms the part of the Arabian Sea. What draws attention to this avenue is the striking esplanade next to the road, where scores of people come to breathe fresh air and view sunset.
Churchgate: a downtown business district in South Mumbai. Imbibing its name from Churchgate Railway Station, the city center is crammed with several offices and banks. However, the railway station is a big hit in the transportation market of Mumbai.