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Glimpses of Maharashtra Tour


01 Day: Arrive Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai and transfer to South Mumbai Hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized. You will be briefed about the tour and services. After relaxation if time permit visit Iskcon Temple: dedicated to Lord Krishna, The architectural splendour of the ISKCON Temple is adorned with murals and sculptures. Also visit the Juhu Chowpatty, nearby the temple, one of the famous beach of Mumbai at Juhu. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

02 Day: Mumbai
After breakfast , proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mumbai with a drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboat to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is located. The caves house large pillars that hold the ceiling. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvellous sculptured panels set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch at the hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. The sightseeing tour continue visiting Prince of Wales Museum: is a heritage museum comprises of a number of ancient artifacts, Dhobhi Ghat: to see the city's famous open-air laundry in action, Parliament House: The Maharashtra State Assembly, Marine Drive: is one of the most beautifully laid boulevards in the city, Hanging Garden: provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea, Taraporewala Aquarium: There are 100 species of marine and fresh water fish including seven types of coral fish from the Lakshadweep Islands. The large tanks have sharks, octopus, kite fish, and the smaller ones display corals, worms, sea flowers and sea horses. Mani Bhawan: Known also Gandhi Museum, here Gandhi laid the foundation for many independence movements; The three storied building has now converted into a museum in honour of Father of Nation. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.

03 Day: Mumbai - Aurangabad (By Air)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Aurangabad. On arrival, transfer into hotel. After relaxation visit to Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the Queen of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument rises majestically in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra and Panchakki - An engineering feat of the time is the Panchakki, or the water mill built by Malik Ambar in 1695. The water, channeled from a spring on a distant hill was used to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims. Rest of the evening is free to enjoy city atmosphere. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Aurangabad - Ellora (30 kms: ½ hr)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Ellora, one of the highly visited World heritage sites in India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism and Buddhism. The architectural marvel of the monolithic Kailasa Temple, the Buddhist Vishvakarma Chaitya and Vihara the famous Jain cave number 32 is famous for a magnificent Yakshi statue and ceiling paintings. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After your visit return to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Note: The Ajanta Caves is closed to public on all Mondays and Ellora caves on Tuesdays.

05 Day: Aurangabad - Ajanta (105 kms: 2 hrs)
After breakfast,excursion to famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognized as the World Heritage Site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a Tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. Ajanta's wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge at the head of which is a waterfall that drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below.Deep inside the mountain is the Buddhist chaitya – vihara prayer and monastery caves. It covers a span of 800 years where under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties and professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations while simultaneously creating a painted record of the panorama of life in ancient India. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylized beauty and magical eloquence. After visit return to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.

06 Day: Aurangabad - Mumbai (By Air)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for shopping in the local markets of Mumbai. Overnight at the hotel.

07 Day: Mumbai - Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast morning is free for individual activities. Later transfer to the airport to board the flight to your hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

 

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