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Maharashtra Marvels: Temples, Caves & History

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Duration

10 Nights / 11 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Maharashtra’s rich heritage on our ‘Maharashtra Marvels’ tour. Explore ancient temples, delve into intricate cave systems, and uncover historical treasures as you travel from the vibrant city of Mumbai to the sacred sites of Nashik, Aurangabad, Nanded, and beyond. This cultural and spiritual expedition promises a deep dive into the state’s diverse history and architectural wonders, making it a memorable adventure for history enthusiasts and pilgrims alike.

Highlights

  • Explore the stunning Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with ancient art and history.
  • Discover the spiritual significance of Nanded, with visits to Aundha Nagnath Temple and Hazur Sahib Gurudwara.
  • Explore Ahmednagar's Shree Vaijnath Temple and historic Ahmednagar Fort.
  • Visit the serene Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple and, optionally, trek in the wildlife sanctuary.
  • Delve into Lonavala's ancient Buddhist shrines at Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves, along with Lohagad Fort and Bhushi Dam.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 41.8%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 44.8%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 51.8%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 51.6%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 56.5%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 55.7%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 60.4%

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

Upon your arrival at Mumbai's airport, our team will be there to greet you and assist you in transferring to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel, and the rest of the day is at your leisure for relaxation or personal activities. You'll spend the night at the hotel, getting ready for your upcoming exploration.

Day 2: Mumbai

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before setting out for a morning excursion to the Elephanta Caves (please note that these caves are closed on Mondays). Afterward, enjoy a city tour that includes visits to iconic landmarks such as CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), the Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, and the fascinating Dhobhi Ghat. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 3: Mumbai - Nashik (170kms)

Following breakfast at the hotel, embark on a scenic drive to Nashik. Once you arrive, check-in at your hotel and then proceed to explore the sacred Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, the historic Brahmagiri Fort, and the spiritual Gangadwar. Unwind and relax during your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Nashik - Aurangabad (170kms)

After enjoying breakfast, delve deeper into Nashik's spiritual offerings with a visit to the Panchavati temple complex, the serene Ram Kund water tank, the revered Kalaram Temple, and the mystical Sita Gufaa. Later in the day, embark on a drive to Aurangabad, where you'll check in at your hotel after a stopover to seek blessings at the renowned Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. Your overnight accommodation will be at the hotel.

Day 5: Aurangabad - Ajanta (210kms round)

Indulge in a wholesome breakfast before embarking on a full-day excursion to the astonishing Ajanta Caves. These caves house 30 rock-cut caves dating back from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE, filled with remarkable art and history. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, return to Aurangabad for your overnight stay.

Day 6: Aurangabad

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, and then set out for a day filled with exploration. Your itinerary includes visits to the captivating Ellora Caves, with 34 monasteries and temples dating from 600 to 1000 AD, as well as the sacred Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple. Additionally, you'll explore the historic Daulatabad Fort, the enchanting Bibi ka Maqbara, the unique Panchakki, and the ancient Aurangabad Caves. Your overnight accommodation will be at the hotel.

Day 7: Aurangabad - Nanded (265kms)

After a hearty breakfast, your journey continues as you drive to Nanded. Along the way, make a stop to visit the impressive Aundha Nagnath (Nageshwaram Temple), built by the Seuna dynasty in the 13th century. Upon reaching Nanded, check in at your hotel and later visit the sacred Hazur Sahib Gurudwara, one of the five takhts in Sikhism. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 8: Nanded - Ahmednagar (325kms)

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel, and then embark on a drive to Ahmednagar. Your journey will take you to the revered Shree Vaijnath Temple, a sacred site surrounded by strong walls and featuring corridors and a courtyard. Once in Ahmednagar, check in at your hotel and later explore the historic Ahmednagar Fort. The rest of the day is free for relaxation. You'll spend the night at the hotel.

Day 9: Ahmednagar - Bhimashankar (170kms)

Following breakfast at the hotel, set out on a scenic drive to Bhimashankar. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel, and then visit the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple, nestled in the serene Sahyadri Hills. Optionally, you can engage in a trek within the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, renowned for its endemic and pandemic animal and bird species, including the Indian Giant Squirrel. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 10: Bhimashankar - Mumbai (200kms)

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, commence your journey back to Mumbai. Along the way, explore the ancient Buddhist shrines of the Karla Caves and the Bhaja Caves, dating back to 160 BC, in Lonavala. These caves feature rooms for resident monks, a prayer hall, and a massive stupa. Additionally, visit the imposing Lohagad Fort and the picturesque Bhushi Dam. Finally, continue your drive to Mumbai and check in at your hotel for a well-deserved rest. Spend the night at the hotel.

Day 11: Mumbai - Departure

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you'll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey, marking the end of this enriching exploration of Maharashtra's sacred and historical treasures.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 11 Nights' accommodation in 5-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.

Tour's Location

FAQs

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

Mixed 3, 4 and 5 Star below mentioned hotels or similar Mumbai - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central Nashik - The Gateway Hotel Ambad/ Beyond By Sula Aurangabad - WelcomHotel Rama International/ Lemon Tree Hotel Nanded - Gurudwara Sarai Ahmednagar - Iris Premiere Hotel/ Hotel Raj Palace Bhimashankar - Neelam Hills Resort/ Blue Mormon Jungle Holiday Resort

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