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Best of Maharashtra Tour

Duration : 11 Nights - 12 Days
Destination : Mumbai - Lonavala - Matheran - Nasik - Shirdi - Aurangabad Ajanta - Ellora - Pune - Mumbai

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.

Mumbai is a cluster of Seven Islands and derives its name from Mumba Devi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Mumbai pulsates with activity. It is a city that is disciplined by nos time frame neither day nor night. It is also the country's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland, and its economic nerve center. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre & music, gourmet restaurants and interesting sightseeing. It offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.

02 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.

03 Day: Mumbai - Lonavala (120 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Lonavala, The Ultimate Tourist Destination. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After rest and relaxation evening is free to enjoy the local weather of the hill station. Overnight at the hotel.

Lonavala: is a Hill station in Maharashtra. Also known as the jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains. This Hill Station is also a popular Health Resort in the western ranges on the Sahyadri, It Is situated on a height of 625 mtrs. above sea level and is a popular gateway from Mumbai and Pune. It also serves as a starting point for tourists interested in visiting the famous, ancient Buddhist rock cut caves of Bhaja and Karla, which are located near this hill station.

04 Day: Lonavala
After breakfast Day free to explore the beautiful surroundings of Lonavala and Khandala (10 kms from Lonavala). Khandala is smaller than Lonavala and relatively calmer. It is known to be the pride of the Sahyadri Mountains. Beautiful waterfall amidst green environment is really splendid to see. Today visiting various eco points Lonavala Lake, which is panoramic during the Monsoon season, built in 1876, at Khandala Ghat you can visit to Amrutanjan point very famous picturesque spot a bird's eyes view of entire mountain range and valley and Dukes Nose. Visiting also Bushi dam, which is one of the fabulous spot. Visiting local market to enjoy local food and shopping of famous "Chikki" Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Khandala is quite a tempting location for rock climbing. Khandala has scenic grassy hills, enchanting valleys and beautiful lakes. During the monsoon season, the natural beauty of the region gets accentuated and the place appears as a natural paradise. Khandala is a beautiful hill station that offers picturesque view of the landscape, meandering waterways and sparkling lakes.

05 Day: Lonavala - Matheran (108 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Matheran. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later take a sightseeing tour of Matheran visiting the famous Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, Alexander Point, King George Point, Monkey Point, Honeymoon Hill, Lords Point, One-tree Hill. In the evening visit the Sunset/Porcupine Point, this point is famous for its views of the setting sun. This point offer views of a dark forest below. Overnight at the hotel.

Matheran is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees , that sprawls languidly at an altitude of 800 m. The journey involves an adventurous two-hour ascent in a toy train, with food and drink vendors and monkeys jumping on and off as the valley glides by sedately. Alternatively, a tough 11 km hike through thick and shady forests or a winding car drive can get you there just as well. Matheran's cliffs, with incredibely steep drops to the plains below, create stunning viewing points. These panoramic vistas, by day or by night, leave you feeling light headed. On a clear night you can even see the lights of Mumbai from Hart Point. In fact, all of Matheran is a series of such quixotically named points that are popular if isolated site for picnics and fireside revelry at night. Charlotte Lake, the Panther's Caves and Paymaster Park are Leisure, especially for children.

06 Day: Matheran - Nasik (100 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Nashik. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later explore the holy city visiting; the ornamental Sunder Narayan Temple is rich in carvings and domed porticoes. the Kapaleeswara Temple, The Kapaleeswara Temple, Rameshwar or Naro Shankar Temple with its white marble structure is the richest and the most elaborate., Balaji Temple built on the confluence of the Godavari and the Saraswati (a mythical river that flows underground) houses copper images of Balaji, 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. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Nasik: A delightful town, usually bustling with fervent crowds, Nasik is a classic mélange of the past and the present. It paves way to many fascinating forts and royally graceful temples that possess an aura of exuberance. This part of the terra firma is more than a dream destination for zealous lovers of glorious travel. It plays abode to most of the industries located in Maharashtra, including the Security Printing Press of the government, the nation's currency printer. The core of commerce and trade, it was earlier the country's largest market arena.

07 Day: Nasik - Trimbakeshwar - Shirdi (110 kms: 2 -3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Shirdi, Enroute stop over at Trimbakeshwar(30 kms from Nasik) is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and as the source of the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva and this one is considered to be the main jyotirlinga. After darshan and prayers continue drive to Shirdi, upon arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxationand visit one of holiest temple in Maharashtra, "The Temple of Sai Baba of Shirdi". Spend your day at the sacred atmosphere of Shirdi. Roam around in the spiritual atmosphere. Overnight at Shirdi.

Shirdi is a small village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, a hustling pilgrimage center of India. Here devotees throng from all over the world. This small town was the home of pious saint Sai Baba, he came to this town when he was 16 years old and he lived around 50 years over here. His wholly mission was to upliftment of the poor and suffering people. . He is believed to be a personification of lord Shiva. Sai Baba left for heavenly abode in 1918 and his Holy Samadhi is worshiped by lacs of tourists visit to Shirdi for prayers and rituals.

Trimbakeshwar is a religious center having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. The Lingas are covered by a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones.

08 Day: Shirdi - Shanisinghnapur - Aurangabad (150 kms: 2- 3 hrs)
Today early morning you may opt to attend the morning Aarti at Sai Baba Temple. Later return to the hotel and after breakfast, check out and take an excursion to Shanisinghnapur 70 kms from Shirdi, after performing pooja and rituals to Lord Shani; this is one of the most popular places of God Shani, this is one of unique town where all the houses are kept without any lock, because no one can stole anything because of blessing of Lord Shani. After sightseeing drive to Aurangabad, upon arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take a short sightseeing tour of the Aurangabad city, visiting: 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: 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. Overnight at the hotel.

Shanisinghnapur: is a village that is the holy seat Lord Shani. Another important pilgrim spot near to Shirdi, Here the devotees themselves can perform pooja and abhishek on any day at Shari Shaneshvar tirtha. Amavasya or the no moon day, which falls on a Saturday, is considered to be most auspicious. On such a day lakhs of devotees from all corners of the country come to receive blessings of Shri Shanidev. On every Shani Amavasya a yatra is held with great fanfare. One unique quality about this village is that there are no doorframes or locks in any of the houses. It is said that it's because of Lord Shani's blessings that there is no fear of crime in the village.

09 Day: Aurangabad - Ajanta (105 kms: 2 hrs)
After breakfast for 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 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. Overnight at the hotel.

Ajanta: It was only in the 19th century, that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahyadri hills, cut into the curved mountain side, above the Waghora river, were discovered. A group of British officers on a tiger hunt, stumbled on these ancient works of art. They depict the story of Buddhism, spanning the period from 200 BC to 650 AD. The 29 caves were built as secluded retreats of the Buddhist monks, who taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning, and nerve - centres of the Buddhist cultural movement.

10 Day: Aurangabad - Ellora - Pune (226 kms: 6 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Pune. Enroute take a sight seeing 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. A particular interest are the architectural marvel of the monolithic Kailasa Temple, the Buddhist Vishvakarma Chaitya and Vihara, the famous Jain cave number 32 famous for a magnificent Yakshi statue and ceiling paintings. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. Later drive to Pune. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Ellora: The Ellora caves, 34 in number, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, 30 kms from Aurangabad. 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. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.

11 Day: Pune
After breakfast, take sightseeing tour of the city visiting Lal Deval (Synagogue) The red-brick-and-stone structure built in the English Gothic style, The Osho International Commune is in Koregaon Park, attracting thousands of foreigners wishing to take part in the meditation courses organized by the Ashram. Aga Khan Palace True to its name this place boasts of Italianate arches and spacious lawns, Shindyanchi Chhatri, amongst the architectural prides of Pune, the memorial to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, Pataleshwar Cave Temples lies in the heart of the city, at Shivaji Nagar . This 8th century rock-cut temple, hewn from a massive single rock, has huge pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. Kesari Wada, Museum of Arthropoda, museum of Natural History. Vishrambaug Wada was a three storied mansion of the Peshwas. Kirti Mandir - a museum of historical glory with antique material. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is housed in a quaint Rajasthani-style building, Saras Baug. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.

12 Day: Pune - Mumbai (170 kms: 4 hrs) - Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the airport to board your flight to hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

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