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Sacred Temples of Maharashtra: Jyotirlinga Circuit

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Duration

4 Nights / 5 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a soul-stirring journey through the “Sacred Temples of Maharashtra: Jyotirlinga Circuit” tour. Begin in Mumbai, where the spiritual odyssey unfolds with a visit to the revered Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Continue to Aurangabad, where the ancient Grishneshwar Temple and the awe-inspiring Ellora Caves await, showcasing extraordinary rock-cut architecture and spiritual heritage. Explore the Ajanta Caves, adorned with intricate Buddhist paintings, and pay homage at the Taj Mahal-inspired Bibi Ka Maqbara. Conclude your pilgrimage at Bhimashankar, nestled in the Sahyadri Mountains, home to the serene Bhimashankar Temple and vibrant wildlife sanctuary. This journey offers profound insights into Maharashtra’s spiritual richness and cultural heritage.

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: Mumbai - Nashik (170kms)

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel in Mumbai, gearing up for a spiritual journey. Travel to Nashik, a city known for its deep-rooted spirituality and vibrant culture, surrounded by vineyards and temples. Visit Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Marvel at its intricate architecture, featuring ornate carvings and sculptures that reflect centuries of devotion and craftsmanship.

Day 2: Nashik - Aurangabad (170kms)

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel in Nashik before continuing your pilgrimage to Aurangabad. Visit Grishneshwar Temple, another significant Jyotirlinga shrine revered by devotees for its spiritual sanctity and historical significance. Explore Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rock-cut temples and monasteries dating back to the 5th to 8th centuries. Admire the impressive Kailasa Temple, carved from a single rock, and explore the intricate sculptures depicting Hindu mythology. Discover Daulatabad Fort, an ancient hill fortress strategically perched atop a hill. Explore its intricate defense systems, including steeply inclined ramps and fortified gates, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Day 3: Aurangabad

After a fulfilling breakfast, embark on an excursion to Ajanta Caves, renowned for their exquisite Buddhist cave temples and frescoes dating from the 2nd century BCE to the 6th century CE. Marvel at the detailed carvings and vibrant murals depicting the life of Buddha and various Jataka tales. Return to Aurangabad and visit Bibi Ka Maqbara, often referred to as the "Taj of the Deccan." Built in the 17th century by Emperor Aurangzeb, this mausoleum bears striking similarities to the Taj Mahal with its Mughal architecture, including delicate marble lattice work and serene garden settings.

Day 4: Aurangabad - Bhimashankar (280kms)

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Aurangabad, preparing for a scenic drive to Bhimashankar. Arrive in Bhimashankar, nestled amidst the lush Sahyadri Mountains, known for Bhimashankar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Experience the serene ambiance and spiritual energy of this sacred pilgrimage site, surrounded by thick forests and serene waterfalls. Explore Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected area renowned for its rich biodiversity. Trek through dense forests, spotting diverse flora and fauna, including the Malabar giant squirrel and rare orchids, amidst the tranquil natural surroundings.

Day 5: Bhimashankar - Mumbai (200kms)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel in Bhimashankar. Begin your return journey to Mumbai, savoring the scenic landscapes and peaceful moments that Maharashtra offers. Conclude your tour upon arrival in Mumbai, filled with cherished memories of exploring the sacred Jyotirlinga temples and experiencing the rich cultural heritage of Maharashtra.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 4 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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