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MAHARASHTRA TOUR - 06 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS

(MUMBAI, MAHABALESHWAR, AURANGABAD)

Shivaji MarathaWelcome to Maharashtra. A land untouched, unsullied, unlimited. A land whose sheer size and diversity will stun you. Enjoy her mountains that stretch out into the mists as far as the eye can see. Her innumerous forts that stand proud and strong. Her scores of temples, sculpted into and out of basalt rock.  Her diverse and colourful cultures, woven into one gigantic quilt.

The name Maharashtra means the 'The Great State' or 'Great Nation'. both in terms of area as well as population.   Maharashtra spans 308000 km² with a population over 78,937,000 and the state language being Marathi.

Day 01 -         Arrive Mumbai, air
Arrive Mumbai by flight. Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Mumbai, which was previously known as Bombay is a major metropolitan city of India. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country's principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major International airport. India's largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world is situated in Mumbai.

Description about Mumbai/Bombay can not be complete without the mention of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which churns out hundreds of Hindi block-busters every year.

The fusion of manufacture, trade and oriental glamour puts Mumbai at the heart of international commercial relations and has become a suitable destination for businesspersons and tourists alike.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 02:         Mumbai
Morning excursion to Elephanta caves. Earlier called Gharapuri is today's Elephanta Island, which is known for embracing the remarkable Elephanta Caves. To be found about 10 kms off the eastern coast of Mumbai, Elephanta Caves has been given the position of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Afternoon guided city tour of Mumbai.

Afternoon guided city tour of Mumbai visiting Flora fountain or stream.

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market (Formerly known as Crawford Market very famous as a wholesale market for Fruits and vegetables.

Dhobhi Ghat -unique open air laundry of bombay.

Also visit Gateway of India  the landmark of Mumbai city. The gateway is an arch with a height of 26 meters and is made up of yellow basalt and reinforced concrete.

Also visit Prince of Wales Museum and Hanging Garden.

Overnight at your hotel.

MahabaleshwarDay 03:         Mahabaleshwar
Morning drive for Mahabaleswar enroute enjoying the scenic beauty and on arrival check-in at your hotel.

Mahabaleshwar located at an altitude of 1372 meters,  along with Panchgani makes the most popular hill resorts in the Maharashtra state of India. The heat and the dust of the plains give way to the cool breezes and the gorgeous greens of Mahabaleshwar. The hill resort of Mahabaleshwar derives its name from the God "Mahabali". There is a temple dedicated to Lord Mahabali namely the old Mahabaleshwar Temple.

Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the natural beauty of the place.  Overnight at your hotel.

Day 04:         Mahabaleshwar
Full day explore surrounding visiting The old Mahabaleshwar Temple of Mahabaleshwar .

For the nature lovers Mahabaleshwar offers several waterfalls. You can check out the Lingmala waterfall, Chinaman's waterfall and the Dhobi waterfalls.

The hill resort of Mahabaleshwar has as many as thirty vintage points to enjoy the beauty of nature. The Wilson Point happens to be the highest in Mahabaleshwar. You must not miss the splendid view of the sunrise from the Wilson Point.

Overnight stay at Mahabaleshwar.

Day 05:         Mahabaleshwar -  AurangabadAjanta Caves
Morning drive for Aurangabad and on arrival check-in at your hotel.

Aurangabad, situated in the central part of Maharashtra is one of the most visited travel destinations in India. Today, Aurangabad is also emerging as an industrial center, with silk fabrics as the major industry. Aurangabad city is the central point for tourists who wish to visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves. However, Aurangabad has its own share of Buddhist caves, carved from a hillside in the 7th century A.D.

Afternoon excursion to Ajanta caves. Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills, 100 kms. from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horseshoe, are the 30 rock-cut caves of Ajanta. The caves date back to the 2nd century B.C.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 06:         Aurangabad
Morning excursion to Ellora caves. The famous caves lay 33 kms south of Aurangabad. There are 34 rock cut temples representing the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu faiths Ellora caves are amongst the most important historical monuments in India.

Overnight stay at Aurangabad.

Day 07:         Aurangabad – Mumbai – onward destination
Morning guided city tour of Aurangabad visiting Panchakki , Bibi Ka Maqbara,
Aurangabad Caves .

Afternoon departure transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Mumbai to take a connecting flight for onward destination.

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