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Maharashtra Temple Trail & Cave Excursion

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Duration

10 Nights / 11 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a transformative journey through Maharashtra’s spiritual and cultural heritage with our “Maharashtra Temple Trail & Cave Excursion” tour. Begin in Mumbai, exploring the ancient Elephanta Caves dedicated to Lord Shiva and soaking in the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Journey to Nashik for the revered Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple and a scenic vineyard tour. Discover the ancient wonders of Ellora and Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, showcasing intricate Buddhist art and architectural grandeur. Immerse yourself in the historical richness of Nanded and Ahmednagar before concluding at Bhimashankar’s tranquil Jyotirlinga Temple and wildlife sanctuary. This tour promises a profound exploration of Maharashtra’s sacred sites and cultural treasures.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

Upon arrival at Mumbai airport, our representative will greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel. Check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring the vibrant city. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 2: Mumbai

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full day of exploration in Mumbai. Elephanta Caves: Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site known for its rock-cut temples dedicated to Lord Shiva on Elephanta Island. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST): Visit the iconic railway station, a UNESCO-listed Victorian Gothic masterpiece. Mani Bhawan: Formerly Gandhi's residence, now a museum showcasing his life and teachings. Dhobi Ghat: Witness Mumbai's massive outdoor laundry, bustling with washermen (dhobis). Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 3: Mumbai - Nashik (170kms)

After breakfast, depart for Nashik, known for its historical and mythological significance. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Visit this sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, renowned for its architecture and spiritual importance. Brahmagiri Fort: Enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings from this ancient fort. Gangadwar: Visit the spot where the Godavari River emerges from the Brahmagiri hills. Nashik Vineyard Tour: Experience the scenic vineyards and indulge in wine tasting amidst picturesque settings. Check-in at the hotel in Nashik for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Nashik - Aurangabad (170kms)

After breakfast, proceed to Aurangabad, stopping at various sites along the way. Panchavati Temple Complex: Explore sites associated with the Ramayana, including Tapovan where Lord Ram, Sita, and Laxman stayed during their exile. Ram Kund: Visit the sacred tank where Lord Ram and Sita are said to have bathed. Kalaram Temple: Admire the striking black stone idol of Lord Rama. Sita Gufaa: Discover the cave where Sita is believed to have stayed during exile. En route, visit Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, a revered pilgrimage site. Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 5: Aurangabad - Ajanta (210kms round)

After breakfast, embark on a full-day excursion to Ajanta Caves, famous for their Buddhist rock-cut cave temples and ancient paintings depicting the life of Buddha. Marvel at the intricate carvings and vibrant murals that have survived for centuries. Return to Aurangabad for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6: Aurangabad

After breakfast, explore the historical and architectural wonders of Aurangabad. Ellora Caves: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rock-cut temples spanning Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain faiths. Explore the Kailasa Temple, carved from a single rock, and marvel at the intricate sculptures. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Visit the sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its spiritual significance and beautiful architecture. Daulatabad Fort: Explore this ancient hill fortress with its steeply inclined ramps and fortified gates offering panoramic views. Bibi ka Maqbara: Visit the mausoleum resembling the Taj Mahal, and Aurangabad Caves showcasing Buddhist artworks. Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 7: Aurangabad - Nanded (265kms)

After breakfast, depart for Nanded, a significant Sikh pilgrimage site. Hazur Sahib Gurudwara: Visit the holy shrine where Guru Gobind Singh spent his last days. Experience the spiritual ambiance and learn about Sikh history and culture. Overnight stay at the hotel in Nanded.

Day 8: Nanded - Ahmednagar (325kms)

After breakfast, proceed to Ahmednagar. Ahmednagar Fort: Explore the historic fort known for its robust architecture and historical significance during the Nizam era. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ahmednagar.

Day 9: Ahmednagar - Bhimashankar (170kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to Bhimashankar. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple: Visit this sacred temple nestled in the Sahyadri Mountains, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary: Explore the sanctuary known for its diverse flora and fauna, including the Indian Giant Squirrel. Enjoy trekking amidst the serene natural surroundings. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bhimashankar.

Day 10: Bhimashankar - Mumbai (200kms)

After breakfast, start your return journey to Mumbai. En route, visit Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves, ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves near Lonavala dating back to 160 BC. Admire the intricate carvings and serene landscapes. Explore Lohagad Fort, offering historical insights and panoramic views. Visit Bhushi Dam, known for its tranquil atmosphere and scenic waterfalls. Continue driving to Mumbai and check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Mumbai - Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to Mumbai airport for your onward journey. Depart with cherished memories of Maharashtra's holy temples, ancient caves, vineyards, and rich cultural heritage.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 11 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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