Point of Arrival & Departure: Mumbai (BOM), India
Destinations Covered: Mumbai-Nashik-Shirdi-Aurangabad
Highlights: Mumbai, Gateway of India, Sidhi Vinayak, Maha Laxmi Temple, Marrine Drive, gateway of India, VT Station, Tryambakeswar Temple in Nashik, Shirdi Sai Baba temple, Aurangabad, Pani Chakki, Ajanta Caves, Bibi-ka-maqbara, Ellora Caves, Buddhist, Jain & Hindu Sculptures Kailasanath Rock cut Cave Temple
Duration: 5 Nights & 6 days
Day 1 & 2: Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai Airport, meet and greet by our representative and he transfer you to the hotel in Mumbai. Check in and refreshed. When you are ready your driver will take you to roam around Mumai called India’s ‘City of Dreams’.
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, remains as India’s city of dreams. Mumbai is one of the best-protected natural harbours in the world and is India’s strategic economic centre. Mumbai is also the home to the country’s prolific film industry called Bollywood which produces feature films than any place in the world. Visiting local attractions includes Sidhi Vinayak, Maha Laxmi Temple, Marrine Drive, gateway of India, VT Station and much more depends on your time.
Gateway of India:
A former colonial monument built in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 and now a popular emblem and hubbub of the city. The downtown area contains numerous sights such as the Prince of Wales Museum, the Kala Ghoda Art Galleries and the vast green Oval Maidan, Horniman Circle, the Town Hall, St Thomas’ Cathedral and Victoria Terminus.
Do not forget to taste the bhelpuri (Mumbai’s favourite snack) when you visit Marine Drive (Chowpatty Beach), one of the city’s most popular promenades. Complete your tour in Mumbai if you have enough time by visiting bazaars of Kalbadevi and Bluleshwar, north of Crawford Market.
Rock-cut temples on Elephanta Island is another attraction you have to reach by boat. These temples are believed to have been cut between 450-750AD.
Day 3: Mumbai–Nashik (180 K.ms, 3.5 hours)
After your delicious breakfast we transfer you to Nashik to visit Tryambkeshwar Shiva temple (One of the 12 jyotirlinga). Check in to the hotel on reaching, get refreshed and relax with own activities. Overnight in Nashik.
Tryambkeshwar Shiva temple (One of the 12 jyotirlingas):
Temple Timing: 5.30 Am – 9.00 PM
The ancient Tryambakeswar temple is located near the source (Brahmagiri Mountain) of Godavari River, the longest river in Indian sub continent. Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva and as the source of the river Godavari. Just as sacred river Ganga, Godavari is also known as Gautami Ganga and is one of the most sacred rivers in Southern India.
Day 4: Nashik to Shirdi (100 K.ms, 2 hours drive)
Morning go for Darshan in Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple. After that head to local temples & city sightseeing – Visit Kalaram- Goraram, Panchvati, Muktidham. Afternoon enjoy a 2 hours drive to Shirdi for Saibaba Darsan, which is 100 K.Ms away. On arrival there check in to the pre booked hotel.
Shirdi is famous for the temple of Shri Sai Baba, houses the last remains of Sai Baba.
This religious place holds immense reverence for Sai Baba’s devotees from all across the world. The temple is the central point of the Shirdi pilgrimage and you can witness people stand in long queues to catch a glimpse of Sai Baba’s mortal remains.
Day 5: Shirdi-Aurangabad (110 K.ms, 2 hours drive)
Early morning after breakfast proceed to Saibaba Darshan. Later we drive to Aurangabad called the ‘City of Gates’. Here the attractins are Ajanta caves & Paintings, ellora Caves & Kailasanatha Temple, Buddist Caves, Jain Caves and Hindu Caves.
Ajanta Caves & Paintings:
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the first Buddhist cave monuments dates from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence. The Ajanta site cut into the side of a cliff which rises above a meander in the Waghora River. Out of these, five (cave no. 9, 10, 19, 26, and 29) are chaityagrihas and the rest are viharas. These caves are datable to the pre-Christian era, the earliest among them being Cave 10 dating from the second century B.C. The object of worship is a stupa here and these caves exhibit the imitation of wooden construction to the extent that the rafters and beams are also sculpted even though they are non-functional.
The area was previously heavily forested, and after the site ceased to be used the caves were covered by jungle until accidentally rediscovered in 1819 by a British hunting party. They are Buddhist monastic buildings, apparently representing a number of distinct “monasteries” or colleges. The caves are numbered 1 to 28 according to their place along the path, beginning at the entrance. Several are unfinished and some barely begun and others are small shrines. The refined lightness of the decoration, the balance of the compositions, the marvelous beauty of the feminine figures place the paintings of Ajanta among the major achievements of the Gupta dynasty.
This archaeological site in Aurangabad (Maharashtra state of India) is listed as one of the world heritage site by UNSECO. It is the finest example of rock cave temple in India with 34 caves in total. And is believed to be built by the rulers of the Rashtrakuta dynasty. The structures were carved between 350 AD and 700 AD, representing the faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. There are 12 caves in the southern part of the site which belong to Buddhism, 17 caves in the center which belong to Hinduism and 5 caves in the north which belong to Jainism.
The caves 1 to 12 are made for Buddhism, built during 550-750 AD. These caves are adorned with striking sculptures and murals of Lord Buddha. The cave number 12 is a significant here known for its three stories structure.
The caves 13 to 29 are made for Hinduism, built during 600-875 AD. These caves are completely filled with sculpture of “Apsaras” (beautiful woman), gods and goddesses. Cave number 16 should not be missed as it has a Kailash temple which is known to be the largest monolith structure of the world.
After passing through the Hindu caves, there comes the Jain caves (from 30-34) built between 800 AD and 1000 AD. These caves even comprise of various images of lord and mythological paintings.
An impressive thing to observe is the 15 feet statue of Buddha seated in two story structure of stupa with all the grace. It took about five centuries to complete the structure made with 200,000 tones of rock which is a splendid achievement by human. In the year 1819, John Smith, a British officer discovered these caves while he was on a hunting expedition.
Please Note: Ajanta Caves are closed on Mondays, Ellora Caves are closed on Tuesdays.
Bibi ka Maqbara:
Bibi ka Maqbara situated in the town of Aurangabad. This mousoleum is also known as ”Taj of Deccan” as it is a good copy of the Taj Mahal in Agra. This is said to have been built between 1651 and 1661 by Mughal emporar Aurangzeb’s elder son Azam Shah (Akbar’s brother) in memory of his mother. The inscription here states that Mr. Ata-Ullah, was the architect under whom the monument took shape.
Taj Mahal is made entirely with marble, where as Bibi ka Maqbara uses marble only for the lower portion and the dome. In the middle portion we finds marble polishing given to a structure made primarily with basalt and plaster. This mausoleum is simple and very beautiful with intricate and rich marble carvings.
Day 5: Departure Transfer (Aurangabad-Mumbai by flight)
Today after breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. You may continue with your flight to the next destination or if you want to get transferred to a hotel in Mumbai, our driver and room will be made available to you on your arrival Mumbai.
- Mumbai-Aurangabad-Mumbai flights,
- Accommodation as per the itinerary,
- Daily breakfast,
- Intercity transfers and tours by A/c vehicle,
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary,
- Sightseeing in Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nashik & Shirdi,
- And all taxes and service charges.
Price as per request