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Wine tour may soon become luxury train feature

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Wine tours could soon become an integral part of Maharashtra’s tourism and also find a place on the itinerary of the famous luxury train Deccan Odyssey. The advisory committee formed by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is of the opinion that a wine tour will appeal to overseas visitors aboard the luxury train.

Deccan Odyssey is a special luxury train modelled on the Palace on Wheels to boost tourism on the Konkan route. The route starts in Mumbai and covers Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Goa, Belgaum, Kolhapur, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Ajanta-Ellora. The train has several overseas visitors wanting to explore and get a taste of Indian culture.

Manoj Jagtap, coordinator, All India Wine Producers Association ( AIWPA) and a wine tour operator in Nashik who is also part of the committee, says the move could boost wine tourism and also make the world familiar with Indian wines.The committee has suggested that MTDC run a special bus to Nashik only for wine tourism from Mumbai and Pune. Once the bus tour catches on, it could become a regular feature, its members said.

Full report here Financial Express

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