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Maharashtra with Beaches of Goa Tour


01 Day: Arrival Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai and escort you by a private car and transfer to the 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 visiting the Juhu Chowpatty, nearby to the temple, one of the famous beach of Mumbai at Juhu. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

02 Day: Mumbai
Today morning after breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Mumbai with a drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling, which is made, have crossbeams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous 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) - Ajanta (105 kms: 2 hrs)
Early morning check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Aurangabad. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take an excursion to the 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 are the Buddhist chaitya – vihara prayer and monastery caves. They cover a span of 800 years where under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties, 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. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.

04 Day: Aurangabad - Ellora Caves (30 kms: ½ hr)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Ellora, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of 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. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After visit return back to Aurangabad. Overnight at the hotel. Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.

05 Day: Aurangabad - Mumbai (By Air) – Goa (By Air)
Early morning check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Goa. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Goa
After breakfast, the day is free to enjoy the beaches and amenities available at the resort. You can take a sightseeing tour of Old Goa -10 km from Panjim, the basilica of Bom Jesus, and the 16th century church dedicated to infant Jesus and enshrining the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, is one of the most important sight ofGoa. The other Churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of our Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese commands the mouth of the Mondovi River and houses a lighthouse. And in the evening enjoy Cruise over Mondovi River. Overnight stay at hotel.

07 Day: Goa
Morning after breakfast rest of the day is free to explore the beaches of Goa, today explore the famous beaches of Goa like Anjuna Beach, Colva Beach & Calangute Beach. Later return to the hotel for overnight at the resort.

08 Day: Goa – Mahabaleshwar (405 kms: 9 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Mahabaleshwar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest and relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

09 Day: Mahabaleshwar
Today morning, after breakfast, explore this beautiful hill station. It has pleasant walks & good lookouts, and the area has interesting historical connections with Shivaji, visitingvarious Eco Points to see the panoramic view of the hills and valleys, you may opt to visit Mount Malcolm, a building of olden days with architectural skills, Catholic Church, Mahabaleshwar club, Morarji Castel etc., later take an excursion Panchgani (20 kms) visiting table land and do the fruits and squash shopping at the mall. Nestled in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges, the hill station is known for its unpolluted air and it is believed that the oxygen content in atmosphere is more here compared to other regions. Due to this many people select this for convalescing from diseases. The ambience is very cool and calm and the exquisite environment is a perfect background for rejuvenation. Later drive back to Mahabaleshwar for dinner and overnight.

10 Day: Mahabaleshwar - Mumbai (270 kms: 7 hrs) – Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the airport to board the flight for hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

 

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