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Maharashtra Culture and Spiritual Tour

Duration : 07 Nights - 08 Days
Destination : Mumbai - Nashik - Shirdi - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Ellora - 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.

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. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

03 Day: Mumbai - Nasik (185 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Nasik. 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 Kapaleeswarar Temple, The Kapaleeswara Temple, Rameshwaram 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 Lakashman, 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). Overnight at the hotel in Nasik.

04 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.

05 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. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Aurangabad - Ajanta (105 kms: 2 hrs)
After breakfast explore 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. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

07 Day: Aurangabad - Ellora - Shirdi (130 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast take an excursion to explore caves of Ellora, 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.

08 Day: Aurangabad - Mumbai - Home Town ( By Air)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival board the scheduled flight from the International Airport for home town/onwards journey, on departure the tour concludes with happy memories.

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