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Maharashtra with Goa
Mumbai - Lonavala - Pune - Ellora - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Shirdi - Nasik - Mumbai - Goa - Mumbai
12 Nights / 13 Days

01 Day: Arrival Mumbai:
Welcome to the mesmerizing land of India. As per your scheduled flight, our representative will met, assist and escort you to the booked hotel. All documents will be handed over to you with traveling brief and interaction for any query in terms of tour and services. Rest of the time is for leisure and overnight at the hotel.

02 Day: Mumbai:
After breakfast take a city tour covering Parliament House, CST, Flora Fountain. Halt at Gateway of India an architectural marvel that scores over other buildings in Mumbai. From there opt for a pleasant half an hour motor-boat ride to the vicinities of the famous Elephanta caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. This island is home to a series of seven magnificent rock cut caves which show various incidents in the life of lord Siva and other dramatic moments from Hindu mythology. These are chiselled with immense artistic finesse. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India. After lunch (on your own), visit to Dhobi Ghat, a unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. Almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation. In the evening pass by Marine Drive fondly dubbed as the Queen's Necklace, because of the dramatic curve of its streetlights at night. You may halt at Chowpatty Beach one of Mumbai's most popular promenades and a favourite sunset-watching spot. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: Elephanta Caves is closed on every Monday.

03 Day: Mumbai - Lonavala (120 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Lonavala. Lonavala is the famous hill station of Maharashtra, also known as the jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure exploring the markets to shop for the famous Lonavala Chikie. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Lonavala:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Lonavala visiting the famous, ancient Buddhist rock cut caves of Karla & Bhaja Caves. Then visit the famous Bhushi Dam, the most visited place of Lonavala during monsoons. Rest of the evening is free for relaxation and to enjoy the various facilities at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

05 Day: Lonavala - Pune (70 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Pune, a mix of potpourri and culture which makes it a fascinating and young city. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later visit Osho ashram, the undoubted highlight of the city. The Osho Ashram with it's its green and soothing surroundings creates the most suitable environment for meditation and introspection for its visitors. Also visit certain historic sites of the city like the Raja Kelkar, with an enthralling collection of artifacts' from the Mughal and Maratha period. Agha Khan Palace built by Aga Khan III, in the year 1892 to provide employment to the people of the nearby areas, who were hit by famine. Shaniwarwada, the stately mansion built as the residence of the Peshwas. The Tribal Museum, which showcases the culture of Maharashtra's tribal communities. The Parvati Temples, located on top of a hillock is one of the oldest heritage structures of Pune and offers a panoramic view of the city. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Pune - Ellora - Aurangabad (226 kms: 6 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Aurangabad. Enroute visit Ellora, carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. Ellora is also world famous for the largest single monolithic excavation in the world, the great Kailasa. The finest specimens of cave - temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, were carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After visit proceed to Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

07 Day: Aurangabad - Ajanta (Excursion: 105 kms: 1 ½ hrs):
After breakfast take an excursion to the famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is world's greatest historical monument recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Ajanta Caves were carved in the 2nd century BC out of a horseshoe-shaped cliff along the Waghora River. They were used by Buddhist monks as prayer halls (chaitya grihas) and monasteries (viharas) for about nine centuries, then abruptly abandoned. They fell into oblivion until they were rediscovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. 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. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

08 Day: Aurangabad - Shirdi (130 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Aurangabad a historical city, named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Later 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. Due to its similar design standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument is popularly known as the mini Taj of the Deccan and Panchakki - which literally means 'Water Mill' by Malik Ambar in 1695. It receives water from an underground channel, with its source being 6 km away in the mountains. An artificial waterfall has been created near the mill, through which this water is discharged on to the wheel to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims. After visit proceed to Shirdi. Shirdi was the abode of the saint Sai Baba, who lived here for eighty years - and died here over eighty years ago. It is said that Sai Baba himself calls his devotees to Shirdi and that his blessings can heal even the deepest wound. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

09 Day: Shirdi - Nashik (90 kms: 2 hrs)

After breakfast proceed to "The Temple of Sai Baba of Shirdi". Spend your time at the sacred atmosphere of Shirdi. Roam around in the spiritual atmosphere. Later drive to Nashik. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Nashik: A delightful town, usually bustling with fervent crowds. It paves way to many fascinating forts and royally graceful temples that possess an aura of exuberance. Later explore the holy city visiting Kala Ram Temple, the city's holiest temple with black stone deities of Rama; Sita and Lakshman, Ram Kund (pool) said to have been used by Rama and Sita during their exile. Its holy water is believed to provide Moksha (liberation of the soul). More interestingly, the water has the ability to dissolve bones and the remains of famous Indians have ended up here, followed by visit to Rameshwar or Naro Shankar Temple with its white marble structure is the richest and the most elaborate, the ornamental Sunder Narayan Temple is rich in carvings and domed porticoes, the Kapaleeswara Temple, Balaji Temple built on the confluence of the Godavari and the Saraswati (a mythical river that flows underground) houses copper images of Balaji. Overnight at the hotel.

10 Day: Nashik - Mumbai (180 kms: 4 hrs) - Goa (By Air):
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Goa. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

11 Day: Goa:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Goa. Famously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise". Goa is famous for its magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses. Visit Old Goa -10 km from Panjim, the basilica of Bom Jesus, the 16th century church dedicated to infant Jesus and housing the tomb of St. Francis Xavier, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other Churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of Our Lady of Miracles, 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 on the fort stands a 4-storey Portuguese lighthouse and the oldest of its kind in Asia. In the evening enjoy Cruise over Mondovi River. Overnight stay at resort.

12 Day: Goa:
After breakfast rest of the day is free to activities at the beach. Overnight stay at resort.

13 Day: Goa - Onwards Journey (By Air):
After breakfast check out from the resort and drive to Mumbai airport to board your flight for onwards journey with happy memories of your holiday to India.  
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