Cultural & Cave Tour of Maharashtra
Mumbai – Nashik – Aurangabad – Pune - Goa
Maharashtra is the majestic land of caves, shrines, hill stations, sanctuaries, beaches, forts, etc. Ajanta & Ellora near Aurangabad are two architectural marvels which has been carved out of rock with the use of hammers and chisels. Besides, you will get to visit Aurangabad Caves and Elephanta Caves among others. Get best of Maharashtrian culture, beauty and beautiful beaches.
Arrive at Mumbai international airport, meet – greet with our office representative & transfer to your pre booked hotel. Our representative will hand over travel documents and brief you about entire tour program. Overnight stay at hotel.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country's first harbor landmark. The recently trademarked flagship hotel overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. Each of the rooms, 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. For those who would like to experience fine dining in style, we host 9 of the city's most acclaimed restaurants and bars, renowned for delectable cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Relish authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Dine all day at Shamiana and choose from the exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie. Unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant; and visit the stylish Harbour Bar. Signature experiences such as the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge and private dining at the Chef's Studio make your stay with us truly memorable.
Morning after breakfast start your sightseeing of Mumbai. We start with the famous monument, the main tourist attraction in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is decked with four turrets and its yellow basalt stone structure has delicate latticework carved in it. Stands the rich and famous Royal Taj Mahal Hotel. Then after board a ferry to Elephanta Island. This 1-hour cruise will afford you picturesque seaside views. With your guide, explore all seven caves on the island, some of which are so small and hidden that they're often easily missed. Enter the main cave, an impressive sprawling structure with high ceilings and towering support beams, columns and pillars. On each wall, admire the complex and astoundingly detailed reliefs and carvings depicting narratives of the Lords Shiva. You will also visit the esteemed Gandhi Memorial Museum (Mani Bhavan) and the religious Jain Temple. Stay overnight at hotel in Mumbai.
Morning after breakfast visit Prince of Wales Museum (Closed on Monday). Then, you will catch a glimpse of the other famous buildings of Mumbai as we drive you past the University of Bombay, High Court of Bombay and Crawford Market. Recognized as the world's largest outdoor laundry, the Dhobi Ghat is exclusive to the city of Mumbai. Evening around 4 – 5 PM we will take you to the beautiful Marine Drive, popularly known as the Queen's Necklace. Here, you can sit and relax (30 – 60 Minutes) taking in the spellbinding view the Arabian Sea offers. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive by surface to Nashik (approx. 185 km / 4 hrs. drive). The town of Nashik is one of India's most holy sites: notably famous for Kumbh Mela. Legend says that Rama, hero of the Ramayana, lived here during his 14-year exile. Afternoon arrive and check-into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel. The Gateway Hotel Ambad, Nashik: The Gateway Hotel Nashik in Ambad is surrounded by 20 acres of lush, landscaped gardens. Our facilities and amenities are designed to give modern travellers a new-age experience that resonates with their upbeat lifestyle. At close proximity from the bustling city, The Gateway Hotel Nashik is the most preferred choice of stay among both business and leisure travellers.
Morning after leisurely breakfast proceed to Sula Vineyard- From humble beginnings in 1999, Sula Vineyard has developed into a world class Winery that dominates the industries 65% market in India. Thereafter drive to visit Trimbakeshwar Temple- One of the holiest temple in India, it houses 12 Jyotirlingas. The fascinating feature of the Jyotirlinga is its three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. Built in the 18th century by Maratha ruler, Peshwa Nana Saheb, the temple is a perfect epitome of classic architecture. At Trimbakeshwar there is a huge 'Kund' (water tank) called the 'Kushavarta', it is symbolic of the origin of Godavari and hence considered a sacred bathing place for the Hindus. Every year millions of devotees come here for pilgrims. Later back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive by surface to Aurangabad (approx. 210 km / 5 hrs. drive). Aurangabad - the most convenient place to visit the world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, as well as the famous Mughal monument Bibi-Ka-Maqbara. Afternoon arrive and check-into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Vivanta, Aurangabad: A palace style hotel, it is set in the midst of five acres of landscaped gardens. Discover a multi-cuisine fare at Latitude or indulge in Chinese teaand delicacies at The Tea House. Discover a wide range of drinks at the Tease Bar, and enjoy the best grills in town at Garden Cafe. As for business, choose from our well-furnished conferencing andbanqueting centers that are suitable for hosting business events and meetings.
After breakfast city tour of Aurangabad, visit the famous Daulatabad Fort (Devgiri Fort). Often hailed as one of the 'seven wonders of Maharashtra', this architectural marvel is believed to have been built in the 12th century. It is s an impressive monument, founded by the Yadavas of Deogiri in 11thcentury AD. Excursion to Ellora (closed on Tuesday): Ellora caves; the site of finest examples of rock-cut caves in all India. It is the meeting point of three faiths, Jain and Hindu structures having risen alongside each other as the original Buddhist impetus slowly tailed off. Also visit the Bibi Ka Maqbara: Built in 1679 A.D., Having striking resemblance to Taj mahal burial place of Aurangzeb wife- Rabia-Durrani. It was constructed by Aurangzeb in 1661. The main inspiration for building design was from Taj mahal & it is often referred as Taj of the Deccan. After visit return back to hotel. It is also one of the largest structure to have been built during Aurangzeb's reign. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast full day excursion to Ajanta Caves (closed on Monday) (approx110 km / 3 hrs. drive). The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta dates back to 1st Century B.C. Many more decorated caves were added to the original group during the Gupta period (5th to 6th centuries A.D.). The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence. After visit return back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive by surface to Pune (approx. 250 km / 5 hrs. drive) (The 8th largest city in India). Afternoon arrive and check-into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Conrad, Pune: Immerse yourself in inspired moments at the Hilton brand's first luxury hotel in India, Conrad Pune. This striking hotel is only minutes from the airport and in Pune's central business district. Conrad Pune is moments away from the finest shopping destinations, dining, and entertainment. The hotel's location easily connects to key business parks such as Business Bay, Commerzone, Eon IT Park Kharadi, WTC Kharadi, and Magarpatta SEZ. Nearby Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwar Wada, and Pataleshwar Caves provide options for exploring the city's rich cultural heritage.
After breakfast city tour of Pune visiting The Aga Khan's Palace- Built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892, it is one of the most important landmarks in Indian history. Bund Garden- deemed as one of the most beautiful garden in city, one of the major attraction here is the Fitzgerald Bridge, which garners as many tourists as the Bund Garden itself. Parvati Hill- Built by Peshwa Bajirao in 17th century, it rises over 2000 feet. It have shrines of Hindu Gods, but mainly it is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum- Established by Baba Dinkar Kelkar in the year of 1962. It have collection of almost 20000 articles, belonging to different parts of world. He had built this museum in the remembrance of his son, who died at young age of seven. Shaniwarwada- Shaniwarwada, once the seat of the Peshwa governance in Pune is a 286-year-old mansion and is one of the finest examples of architecture in the city. It is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra. After visit return back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, timely transfer to Pune airport for flight to Goa. Meet on arrival & transfer to the hotel. Evening at your leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at hotel.
Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa: Romantic, Charming, Vibrant. It has history woven in its walls. This is where royalty, heads of government agencies and the biggest celebrities are known to frequent. The first luxury hotel in Goa. The picturesque settings create a fantastic backdrop for the entire experience along with the nouvelle restaurants and the Jiva spa. Soak in a space that showcases the spirit of Goa. Explore the horizon as you look over the waters of the pool, beyond the 16th century ramparts of the Portuguese Fort, and wave back to the tide as it works its way across the Arabian Sea, to greet the Sinquerim beach. Expect the best in world cuisine. The nouvelle restaurants showcase the master crafts manship of our seasoned Chefs who would tease your palate with their epicurean delights.
Morning after breakfast at your leisure. Afternoon City tour of North Goa. Places of interest includes Saligao Church- Stark and stern, the church has fine Gothic architecture which will mesmerize you completely. Calangute Beach- much famed as the "Queen of Beaches", Calangute beach happens to be one of the best places to explore when in Goa. Anjuma Beach- The beach nests between the Aravalli hills. It is famous for its flea market that is set on every Wednesday and the awe-inspiring view it renders. Enjoy staying near the beach and watch the spectacular sunsets this beach has to offer. Evening proceed to enjoy Boat cruise on River Mandovi. Enjoy the beautiful sites of Panjim from the river. Overnight stay at hotel
Morning after breakfast city tour of South Goa. Visit Dona Paula- With full of romance in the air, the Dona Paula beach is quite bustling with plenty of activities round the year, Bom Jesus of Basilica- The Basilica of Bom Jesus church is one of a kind in India and is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. Spread across a vast expanse, it is one of the largest churches in India. Mangueshi Temple- the Mangueshi temple or the Manguesh Devasthan is perhaps the most famous of all Goan temples. The temple architecture is a mix of Hindu, Christian and Muslim influences. Evening at your leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at hotel
Morning after breakfast at your leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at hotel
Morning after breakfast timely transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.
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