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Shirdi Religious Tour

7 Nights / 8 Days

Places Covered : Mumbai - Shiridi - Nasik - Mumbai

Itinerary


Day 01:- Arrive Mumbai
Meeting & Assistance on arrival at Mumbai airport by Indian Horizons representative and transfer to hotel. On arrival check into hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 02:- Mumbai - Shiridi
Drive to Shirdi visit Mahasamadhi temple of Sri Sai Baba. Abode of one of Maharashtra's most revered saint -- Sai Baba of Shirdi. Popularly known as the 'Child of God', Sai Baba preached tolerance towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood. Every activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex dedicated to Sai Baba. Devotees start queuing up in the early hours of dawn to catch a glimpse and seek the blessings of the life-size statue of Sai Baba. Thursday is marked by special pujas and darshan of the Sai Baba statue. Visit Dwarkamani Mosque where the Baba meditated and slept on alternate nights. Near the mosque, in a corridor is the dhuni or eternal flame that burns day and night. Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori. Overnight Hotel.

Day 03:- Shirdi
Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori. Viasit these places Overnight at hotel.

Day 04:- shirdi - Nasik
Drive to Nasik a sacred city on the banks of the River Godavari, Visit Someshwar Temple Someshwar Temple One among the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Mahadeva, the Someshwar temple is situated on the banks of the sacred river Godavari. Besides Shiva, the temple is also the abode of Lord Hanuman. The temple is surrounded by all around greenery, which provides an idyllic ambience to the serene environment of this pretty shrine. "Someshwar, the place, where the temple is placed tourists is a beautiful nature spot with a pleasant climate. Someshwar temple is a delight not only for an ardent devotee, but also for a nature lover. The riverbeds here are very suitable for swimming and boating. . It is no wonder then that Nasik is called the Benares of southern India and the Godavari, the Ganges of the South.

Day 05:- Nasik
Drive to Trimbakeshwar. It is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and source of the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva and this one is considered to be the main jyotirlinga. Legend has it that Guatam Rishi performed a rigorous ritual of prayer and penance or tapasya to Shiva on Brahmagiri Hill which rises above the present-day temple. Pleased with this devotion, Shiva is said to have blessed him and brought down to earth from heaven the sacred rivers of Ganga, Gautami and Godavari. At the Kushavarta Teerth, devotees usually dip themselves into the waters and purify themselves of all sins before entering the temple. To this day, Hindus offer shraad prayers (prayers for the souls of the departed) here. It is also believed that bathing in the waters of the Godavari will bring moksha or salvation. Mondays are considered particularly holy and the priests carry the idol of Trimbakeshwar in a palanquin on their shoulders around the temple. Then visit The Saptashrungi Devi temple is located at Vani near Nashik in Maharashtra. This temple is one among the 51 Shakti peethas located on the Indian subcontinent. The Devi is said be swayambhu (self-manifested) on a rock on the sheer face of a mountain. She is surrounded by seven (sapta-in Sanskrit) peaks (shrunga-in Sanskrit), hence the name- Sapta Shrungi Mata (mother of the seven peaks). The image of the Devi is huge-about 10 feet tall with 18 hands, holding various weapons. The idol is always coated with Sindoor, which is considered auspicious in this region. For overnight return to Nasik.

Day 06:- Nasik - Mumbai
Today drive to Mumbai then reach Mumbai rest for that day then go for sightseeing tour of mumbai visiting: Gateway of India One of the major landmarks of Mumbai is the Gateway of India. Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the Gateway of India was built in honour of King George V and Queen. The Mahalaxmi Temple of Mumbai is dedicated to Mahalaxmi, the goddess of wealth. The temple is situated on B. Desai Road - residential and shopping area of Mumbai. In the evening you can do the shopping and Enjoy at Chowpaty , overnight at hotel.

Day 07:- Mumbai
Morning visit Elephanta Caves. One of the major attractions of Maharashtra, the Elephanta Caves is situated near the metropolitan city of Mumbai. The Elephanta island is located 10 km away from the Gateway of India. There is various rock cut temples present in these caves, which are as old as 5th century. The Elephanta island was named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an elephant near the landing area of the island. Rest time free at leisure. Overnight stay at Mumbai.

Day 08:- Mumbai
Morning after breakfast you will be transferred by Indian Horizons representative at Mumbai International airport to board flight for onward journey. (End of the Tour)