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IndiaTour - West India - Duet of Maharashtra & Gujarat

Duet of Maharashtra & Gujarat

14 Nights / 15 Days

Places Covered : Mumbai – Nashik – Ellora – Aurangabad – Ajanta – Mumbai – Diu – Somnath – Gir – Gondal – Banni Region (Kutch) – Jamnangar – Mumbai


01 Day: Arrival Mumbai
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Mumbai International airport, our representative welcome you and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would brief the tour to you and hand over the documents. Rest of your days is at leisure and free for relaxation.

02 Day: Mumbai
After breakfast takes a sightseeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvellous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch (of your own) at the Taj Hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Victoria Terminus, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture, Marine Drive, one of the most scenic stretches amid the concrete jungle of Mumbai.Also visit Mani Bhavan, a Gandhi Museum that houses many of his personal items and houses the same room that was used by Gandhi during his stay in Mani Bhavan, and the later visit Hanging Garden. Dhobi Ghat a fascinating spectacle, looking down on row upon row of open-air concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. In the evening, if time permits visit Crawford Market and then later Fashion Street or Colaba market for shopping. Return back to the hotel for overnight., Return back to the hotel for overnight.
Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.

03 Day: Mumbai – Nashik (185 kms: 3 hrs)

After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Nashik. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later explore the holy city visiting; the ornamental Sunder Narayan Temple is rich in carvings and domed porticoes. the Kapaleeswara Temple, The Kapaleeswara Temple, Rameshwar or Naro Shankar Temple with its white marble structure is the richest and the most elaborate., Balaji Temple built on the confluence of the Godavari and the Saraswati (a mythical river that flows underground) houses copper images of Balaji, Kala Ram Temple, the city's holiest temple with black stone deities of Rama, Sita and Lakshman, Ram Kund (pool) said to have been used by Rama and Sita during their exile. Its holy water is believed to provide moksha (liberation of the soul). More interestingly, the water has the ability to dissolve bones and the remains of famous Indians have ended up here. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

04 Day: Nashik – Ellora – Aurangabad (180 kms: 3 ½ hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Aurangabad. Enroute visit Ellora, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. Later proceed to Aurangabad. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.

05 Day: Aurangabad – Ajanta – Aurangabad (105 kms: 1 ½ hr one way)
After breakfast, take an excursion to the famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognized as the World Heritage Site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. Ajanta’s wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge, at the head of which is a waterfall that drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below –deep inside the mountain are the Buddhist chaitya – vihara prayer and monastery caves. They cover a span of 800 years where under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties, professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations, while simultaneously creating a painted record of the panorama of life in ancient India. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylized beauty and magical eloquence. Return to back to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.

06 Day: Aurangabad – Mumbai (By Air)
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Aurangabad visiting Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the Queen of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument rises majestically in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra and Panchakki - An engineering feat of the time is the Panchakki, or the water mill built by Malik Ambar in 1695. The water, channeled from a spring on a distant hill was used to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims. Later check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the scheduled flight for Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

07 Day: Mumbai – Diu (By Air)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Diu. On arrival, transfer to the resort. The day is free to enjoy the beaches of Diu. They are exceptionally beautiful, quiet and some of the beaches also offer a wide variety of water sports facilities. Later take a city tour of Diu visiting St. Paul's Church, Diu Museum and the Diu Fort. Overnight at the resort.

08 Day: Diu – Somnath - Sasan Gir (120 kms: 3 hrs)

After breakfast check out from the resort and drive to the Sasan Gir. Enroute stopover at Veraval one of the India’s major fishing ports, visiting Bhalkeshwar temple and Bhid Bhanjan Mandir. Proceed to Somnath visit the seat of the twelve most sacred "Jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shiva. Later drive to Sasan Gir. On arrival, transfer to the resort. Overnight at the hotel.

09 Day: Sasan Gir
After breakfast, you can opt to take a jeep safari to the Gir National Park and the Wild Life Sanctuary, the last stronghold of the Lion population outside Africa. It also plays home to a large number of Panthers, Hyenas, Deer, the world's only 4-horned Antelope, Blue Bull, Wild Boar and the dangerous Marsh Crocodile. In the afternoon, you can opt for another jungle safari. Overnight at the hotel.

10 Day: Sasan Gir – Gondal (115 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the princely place Gondal. Gondal has considerable significance and prosperity. Later take a sightseeing tour of 1740 AD Naulakha Palace to see the superb collection of former rulers as textiles, beadwork, toys painted by hands, crafts of silver, brassware & the excellent carvings. Also visit the place that promotes the weaving in Gondal and few historic buildings. In the evening visit Khadi Plaza - it is one of the main centers in Gujarat of handloom weaving. You can opt to stay overnight at a heritage hotel which is fabulously decorated by the rich textile collection of erstwhile ruling family of Gondal. Overnight at the hotel.

11 Day: Gondal – Banni Region (350 kms: 6 hrs)
After early breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Banni Region (Kutch), On arrival visit the District Collector’s office to procure several permissions to visit the prohibited area in Kutch sector. Later check in to the resort. In the evening enjoy the cultural dance and performance at the resort. Overnight at the resort.

12 Day: Banni Region (Kutch) – Great Rann of Kutch – Banni Region (Kutch)

After breakfast, head out by jeep to explore the Paccham region and the proximities of the Great Rann of Kutch. Visit Dhordo to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors; Bhirandiara, a small settlement of Muslim shepherds; Ludia to see their traditional painted mud houses, Meghwal embroidery and wood carving crafts; and Khavda to see its pottery work. A packed lunch is taken under the shade of a tree. After lunch, we drive to India Bridge, the last civilian point before the Pakistani border. Later you undertake a 2-hour camel safari or jeep safari along the edge of the Karo Dungar (Black Hill) and the Great Rann of Kachchh. For sunset, we will drive you to the Dattatray temple at the top of the Karo Dungar (Black Hill), from where you will have the best views of the Great Rann. Return to the resort for overnight stay.

13 Day: Banni Region (Kutch) – Jamnagar (330 kms: 7 - 8 hrs)

After breakfast check out from the resort and drive to Jamnagar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for rest and relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

14 Day: Jamnagar – Marine Nature Reserve (30 kms: 1 hr) – Jamnagar
After breakfast, take an excursion to 162.89 Square Kilometers of Marine National Park and 457.92 square kilometers of Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Kutch. This is one of the rare places in the world where one can look at corals without having to dive down into the water. One just has to walk in the water, when the tide ebbs, in about 1 to 2 feet of water and watch this fascinating underwater world of corals. One can see, octopus, jelly fish, star fish, colourful corals, exotic marine flowering plants, puffer fish, sea horse, huge green sea turtles, lobsters, dolphins, etc. And if one is very lucky then maybe a dugong which resembles seals. Later drive back to Jamnagar for overnight stay.

15 Day: Jamnagar – Mumbai (By Air) – Hometown (By Air)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight for your hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.