Day 01:Arrive- Mumbai
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the airport, & transferred to you hotel for Check-in.
The area occupied by Mumbai three hundred years ago was 7 islands inhabited by Kali fisherman and their families. With land reclamation the islands were connected, so that now Bombay occupies a thin isthmus. The British acquired these marshy islands for a pittance. Mumbadevi or Mumbai was part of Catherine of Braganza’s marriage dowry when she married Charles II in 1661. Four years later, the British took possession of the remaining islands and neighboring mainland area and in 1668 the East India Company leased the whole area for 10 pounds per year.Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 02: Mumbai
Morning proceed for, half day excursion to Elephanta caves by ferry.Elephanta caves(closed on Mondays) – Across the Mumbai Harbour, lie the seventh-century rock-cut temples of Elephanta. Once known as Gharapuri, or the Fortress City, the Caves are now designated as a World Heritage Site and visited by hundreds of tourists both for their art historical and scenic value. The Portuguese renamed this island Elephanta after a large stone elephant found near the shore (the elephant sculpture collapsed in 1814, when the British relocated it to the Victoria Gardens now Mumbai’s zoo, where it still stands).
Afternoon we proceed for Mumbai city sightseeing – visit Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat and Gandhi Museum. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 03 :Mumbai-Nashik( 163 kms 3 ¼ hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Nasik.
Having many temples and pilgrimage sites, Nashik is known to be a holy city for Hindus in India. Nashik has always been the centre of commerce and trade in India since historical past. Many historic events of the Indian freedom struggle too had been occurred in this place. Ramkund, Muktidham Temple, Coin Museum and Pandavleni Caves are some of the important tourist sites of Nashik.On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Later proceed for the sightseeing of Nasik.
The temple is of pure white; the colour signifies holiness and peace. Muktidham is just 7 km away from the city. The Temple is built with white makrana marble. The architecture of this temple is known to be very unusual. 18 chapters of the Gita are inscribed on the walls, which is a very unique style of this temple. A visit to this temple by Hindus is considered as a visit to the 4 dhams or holy centres.
The museum has a fine collection of research and well-documented history of Indian currencies. Coin Museum was established in 1980 under the Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies. This museum is the only museum of its kind in Asia. The environment of the museum is so cool, as it is located in the backdrop of the enthralling Ajneri Hill of Nashik.
Pandavleni caves are 2000-year-old, and it was built by the Jain Kings. It is a group of 24 Hinayana Buddhist Caves, which date back between 1st century BC and 2nd century AD. These caves are at a distance of 8 km from Nasik. Amongst all, cave number 3 and 10 are the best. Cave number 3 has a large Vihara with fascinating sculptures, cave number 10 is also a Vihara, but it is much older and finer than the cave number 3. It is believed to be as old as the Karla Cave near Lonavala.Overnight in Nasik.
Day 04:Nashik- Aurangabad -Ellora Caves
Morning after breakfast, drive to Aurangabad. On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Aurangabad city was founded as a vice regal capital in the Deccan by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The fort wall surrounding the city is a poignant reminder of its ancient history. Though the splendor of the 16th and 17th centuries found its finest expressions in the royal monuments of Delhi and Agra, there is enough in Aurangabad to reward the curious visitor.
Later proceed for the visit to Ellora Caves ( closed on Monday)
Ellora Caves:-The finest examples of cave temples, these 34 caves have intricate interiors and ornamental facades. Carved during the 350 AD and 700 AD the rock temples and monasteries represent three faiths – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
The Vishvakarma Cave of the Buddhists, the Kailasa Hindu Temple and the Jain Indrasabha present a captivating sight. These were carved out of a solid rock to provide sanctuaries to Buddhist monks. The Kailasa Temple in cave 16 is a masterpiece in itself. The entire structure was etched out of a monolith and took over 100 years to complete. The temple itself is decorated with themes and incidents from the puranas in a manner that leaves one in rapturous delight.
Vishvakarma cave is both a Chaitya and a Vihara with a seated Buddha in the stupa. Its double – storied structure has dwarfs, dancing playing musical instruments.
Daulatabad Fort was one of the most powerful forts during the medieval period. Built on a 200-metre-high conical hill, the fort was defended by moat and glacis running around the hill at its foot besides the most complex and intricate defense system. The fortifications comprise three encircling walls with bastions.Overnight in Aurangabad.
Day 05: Aurangabad – Ajanta Caves
After breakfast, Later proceed for the visit to Ajanta Caves.
In the early 19th century (year 1819) some British soldiers were out hunting in the Deccan plateau. One of them suddenly saw, from a height, a horseshoe rock; His curiosity aroused by the entrance of a cave. The hunting party ventured across the ravine of the Waghur River. And they discovered several caves, against which bush, shrubs earth and stones had piled up. Goatherds for shelter were using a few.
The Government was informed about this finding and soon the Archaeologists began excavate them. Many experts have been restoring them during the last fifty years. The shock of discovery was worldwide.
All the rock-cut caves had paintings on verandahs, inner walls and ceilings, these revealed some of the most beautiful masterpieces of world art.
In the grottos were also symbolic Buddhist mounds called Stupas, and cells for monks called viharas. There were giant sculptures of Buddha’s, Bodhisattvas (potential Buddha’s), or Taras (female Buddhist divinities), as also dwarapalas (doorkeepers).Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06: Aurangabad – Pune( 235kms5hrs)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Pune.
Pune : Surrounded with green hills and placid lakes and having a salubrious climate, Pune is known as the Queen of the Deccan and Oxford of the East. This cultural capital of Maharashtra is among the greenest urban areas in India. Being witnessed the ups and downs of the Maratha Empire and its great ruler Shivaji, Pune has lot to narrate about its historic past.
Pune is now a center for Marathi theatre, education, crafts, culture and art. The city has one of the India’s oldest universities that attract students both from India and abroad. In coarse of time, Pune is becoming a commercial hub for Maharashtra state next to Mumbai with the investors and MNCs showing interest to this city.
Later proceed for the sightseeing of Pune.
Shaniwar Wada is a royal residence built by the second Peshwa, Bajirao-I Shaniwar Wada, which is located in Pune. Construction of Shaniwar Wada began on 10th of January 1730. It is said that BajiraoPeshwa-I laid the foundation by collecting handful of mud from the nearby LalMahal. Shaniwar Wada today is left with only with an imposing outer wall. It is visible that the ruins can translate the glory of the Maratha power. The doors of the palace are so strong that it had been designed to dissuade huge enemy attacks.
Raja DinkarKelkar Museum
The museum has nearly 20,000 collections of objects paintings, handicrafts, armour-suits, musical instruments and many other objects of art and artifacts collected from all over the world. The building has been designed in a Rajasthani-style, but the galleries give a clear depiction of the life and culture of the Marathas. DinkarKelkar spent almost 60 years traveling and purchasing objects from the remote areas and towns of India. Dividing into 36 sections, the collections are confined mostly to everyday life like pots, lamps, containers, nutcrackers, pen stands. ‘MastaniMahal’ is regarded to be the masterpiece to this museum, which was erected here in its original form.
Gandhi National Memorial / Aga Khan Palace
Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi, Shri Mahadeobhai Desai, Dr. Sarojini Naidu and others were kept under imprisonment in the Agakhan Palace during 1942- Quit India movement. Shri Mahadeobhai Desai and Kasturba Gandhi breathed their last breath in this Palace. Marble memorials of these two great leaders are there. Agakhan Palace is known for its architectural excellence. Spreading on a 19-acre land, the picturesque beauty of the palace captivates the eye of every onlooker; with its magnificent structure. Mahatma Gandhi’s items like his bed, writing desk, Kasturba’s saree and other clothes; her Chappals (slippers) are maintained properly at their place. Overnight in Pune.
Day 07:Pune-Goa -Flight
Morning after breakfast, take a flight to Goa.
On arrival check-in at the hotel.
The land of Goa is covered with paddy fields and groves of cashew, mango and coconut. Strung along the 100 km. The coastline is golden stretches of beaches with picturesque names like Arambol, Vagator, Baga, Anjuna, Calangute in the north, and the raw beauty of Colva, Betul and Palolem in the South.
Goa’s Portuguese history, which began in 1510 and ended in 1961, makes for a fabulous amalgam of Iberian and Indian, Christian and Hindu lifestyles. “Golden Goa” was the capital of the Portuguese Empire in the east and they imposed upon its essentially Hindu environment their own architectural styles. Goa still has the look of the Iberian coast, with its tiled houses, imposing baroque churches, eternal carnivals and a skirt clad, mantilla-wearing women. The Portuguese were not able to entirely obliterate Goa’s Hindu ancestry, and some fine temples can be seen, built in an architectural style quite different to those elsewhere in India. If Hindu traditionally influenced the Old Catholic churches, Catholic tradition has permeated the new Hindu temples. It exemplifies the strange correspondence and amity between the two religions, which exist in Goa. Remaining day at leisure.Overnight in Goa.
Day 08: Goa
Morning after breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of Goa.
Goa trip will acquaint you with the rich Portuguese culture and heritage of this tiny Indian state. There are several remnants in Old Goa in the form of century old cathedrals such as Basilica of Bom Jesus and Chapel of St. Francis Xavier. Goa is also known for its massive forts which were built by Indian rulers and Portuguese colonies which settled in Goa in the 15th century. Besides, you can visit the famous ‘Fort Aguada’. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in Goa.
Day 09: Goa
Day free at leisure (No transport or guide service)
Overnight in Goa.
DAY 10 – Goa- Mumbai -Departure -Flight
Breakfast at the hotel. Later in time transfer to the international airport to connect flight to onward destination.
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Supplement for economy class air ticket for Travel from Pune-Goa & Goa -Mumbai was given as above.
Note: Accommodation is subject to availability. If the listed properties are fully booked, alternatives will be offered.
Hotels Used or similar:-
|Aurangabad||Vits Hotel or similar||2|
|Pune||Lemon Tree City Centre||1|
|Goa||Whispering Palms -Goa||3|
- Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure as per program.
- Transfer from Airport to Hotel and vice-versa and surface transportation by
Air conditioned Vehicle as per program , including transfer of luggage.
- Sightseeing /excursion as per program by air conditioned vehicle with Local English speaking guide and group will be provided escorted English speaking guide up to Pune.
- Accommodation based on twin sharing for total 9 nights on Room + breakfast
- Supplement will apply for clients required single rooms.
- Entrance fees at monument of visit as per program.
- All currently prevailing taxes on the hotels, transport and Govt. Service tax.
- Professional charges for the location of the tour arrangements.
- Any Domestic or International Airfare
- Travel insurance/Health insurance etc..
- Any early check in, late check- out will be subject to room occupancy of the day, at any of the hotel.
- Any personal expenses – phone calls, laundry, shopping, table drinks.
- Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the trip due to circumstances beyond our control such as airline & railway delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions (mechanical breakdown) and other conditions like sickness, natural disasters, wars etc.
- Liability for insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents, damage or loss of goods.
- Any services / meals other than specified above.
- Airfare quoted is only indicative and actual fare will be known only at the time of the booking and may vary at the time of booking. Group fare will be higher than the FIT fare
- In case accommodation is not available at the time of booking, shall book next best available hotel and shall advise you the supplement / reduction applicable accordingly.
- Compulsory meals may be applicable during some festival period for which rates will be advised to you once we receive same from the hotels / vendors.