Best of Maharashtra

Mumbai - Lonavala - Khandala - Matheran - Nashik - Shirdi - Aurangabad - Mumbai

Overview

Maharashtra is a vast opus displaying numerous iconic attractions of India. We offer a 10 Nights and 11 Days Best of Maharashtra tour. This amazing trip will take you to some of the interesting places in the state. The tour starts from Mumbai, a popular city for housing the Bollywood Industry. From there, you will be taken to other sightseeing destinations like Khandala, Nashik, and Matheran. Pay homage to spiritual saint, Sai Baba at Shirdi. Explore the wonders at Aurangabad and take a trip to Ajanta and Ellora Caves which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Trip Highlights
  • Explore the Elephanta Caves
  • Spend some time at Hanging Gardens, Mumbai
  • Visit Lonavala, Matheran, and Khandala
  • Worship at the Sundarnarayan Temple, Nashik
  • Seek blessings of Sai Baba at Shirdi
  • Day trip to Ajanta and Ellora Caves near Aurangabad
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Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival at Mumbai Airport, enjoy a comfortable ride to the hotel. Mumbai, the 'City of Dreams' becomes lively at night. The rest of the day is at leisure. On the first day of your Maharashtra trip, you can take a walk to the Marine Drive or visit Juhu Beach. Savor some of the lip-smacking street food. Enjoy an overnight stay in Mumbai.

After a delicious breakfast, leave for sightseeing. A lot of exciting experiences are ready to mesmerize you on this Maharashtra trip package. An enthralling motorboat ride from Gateway of India, the iconic landmark of the city to Elephanta Caves awaits for you. At the Elephanta Caves, admire a huge Trimurti idol of Lord Shiva with three heads. Post this, you will be taken to Hanging Garden for an amazing sunset view, the garden is nestled on the top of the Malabar Hill. The majestic view of the Arabian Sea can be seen from here. Your next stopover will be Prince of Wales Museum to get glimpses of glorious history. The museum exhibits a large number of artifacts which gives an insight into the history and culture of the country. Visit Jain Temples to pay homage, this shrine dedicated to Adishwara – the founder of Jainism and Marine Drive will be the last stopover. One can stroll around the beach and enjoy the company of your loved one in the serenity and peaceful environment. Spend the night in Mumbai.

Satiate your hunger with scrumptious food. Proceed towards Lonavala, a scenic hill station and famous tourist place in Maharashtra. Spend your day at leisure and visit Karla and Bhaja Caves, ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rocks. These caves, houses the Buddhist monastery and stupas. This is the perfect way to spend some quality time in the bygone era. They are the finest example of rock-cut architecture. Don't forget to taste the famous Chikki, a sweetmeat. This destination offers awe-inspiring views during monsoon season. Enjoy overnight stay at the hotel.

Visit Khandala after having your breakfast. Unravel at Bhushi Dam, a masonry dam en route. The dam is built on Indrayani River, one can enjoy some quality time here, even though swimming is prohibited due to inconsistent flow but one can sit on the bank of the river. Submerge in the reviving ambiance of Khandala. Soak in the beauty of sunset views. A perfect weekend getaway engages you in several adventure activities. The salubrious climate makes it an ideal destination to be during monsoon. An overnight stay in Lonavala.

Get ready for a 2-hours journey to Matheran post breakfast. Unwind amidst the serene surroundings. Don't be surprised if you find no-motor vehicles here. This tranquil hill station follows the 'No Motor Vehicle' policy and tourists arrive here via a narrow-gauge railway. It is situated in the lap of the Sahyadri hills and it is a perfect getaway from the chaos of city life. The fresh air and cool breeze of this serene place will make you fall in love with this place. Take a tour to well-known tourist attractions like Chowk Point for picturesque views and Panorama point for sunrise views. Louisa Point is a hilltop lookout point with scenic views and Garbett Point gives a panoramic view of the waterfalls and neighboring mountains. Do visit Echo Point to hear the surrounding mountains calling your name in echo. Enjoy a sound sleep in the hotel in Matheran.

Post breakfast, proceed towards Nashik, an ancient holy city. The links of this city are related to Ramayana. It takes around 2 hours to reach the destination. Complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. Relax for a while. In the afternoon, visit Sunder Narayan Temple, a masterpiece and a true example of the temple art culture of India. Sita Gufaa is an interesting place to visit as this is the spot from where Devi Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. Seek the blessings at Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and counted as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Nestled in Brahmagiri Hills, this temple was built by Maratha Ruler, Nana Saheb Peshwa. This place is a source of the Godavari River. You can find appetizing snacks outside the temple which can satiate your cravings. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

Post breakfast, head towards Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi. Upon reaching, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. Pay homage at the sanctum sanctorum. The statue of the Sai Baba is built from Italian white marble. The temple is built from old stone bricks and is covered by gold. Take some time out to visit the nearby attractions like Dwarkamai, Gurusthan, Lendi Baugh and Baba's Chavadi, at this place Sai Baba used to spend some time in their last years. People from all religions come here and pay homage to the Sai Baba. Dwarkamai is a mosque and probably the only mosque which has a temple in its premises. Sai Baba spends most of life in this place, so it has a lot of importance for their followers. Spend the rest of the day in leisure. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Relish a nutritious breakfast. Get going for a 4-hour journey to Aurangabad, the 'City of Gates'. After check-in, move towards the city tour. Explore Daulatabad Fort – one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra, also known as Devgiri Fort – a rich tapestry of history. To explore this architectural marvel you need to hike some 750 steps but it is worthy to reach the top. The fort has a strategic location to defend themselves from enemy attack. The beauty of this ancient establishment takes you on a tour of bygone era. Bibi ka Maqbara or Baby Taj Mahal – a replica of the Taj. This is also popularly known as 'Taj of the Deccan' and it offers a spectacular view of the mountain ranges in the backdrop. Spend the rest of the day at Panchakki, a stunning water mill. It is a perfect spot for picnickers.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.

After having breakfast, the Maharashtra trip package itinerary will take you to the Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Out of the 100 plus caves, 34 are open to the public. Dating back to the 6th and 11th Century, these caves are dedicated to Brahmanism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Viharas, Kailasa Temple and the Buddhist Vishwakarma Chaitya grab the attention instantaneously. The Buddhist monks used to visit these caves frequently during the 10 century. There is a Jain temple, to reach there one needs to climb 600 steps, which has 16 feet tall rock carved image of Parshvanath. It is one of the largest monastery temple cave complexes in the world. The paintings at the caves are so admirable and the carvings were profusely painted. Be back at Aurangabad for an overnight stay.

Post breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Ajanta Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. A cluster of approximately 30 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd and 6th centuries is dedicated to Buddhism. These caves depict the relics from the life of Buddha and his teachings. These caves are the finest example of Buddhist religious art and they consist the paintings in the caves predominantly narrates the Jataka tales which depicts the past lives and rebirth of Buddha. The paintings, sculptures, ornate carvings and ancient scripts are the added charm of these caves. This place is the finest example of Indian art. An overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.

Get transferred to Mumbai airport and board a flight for onward journey with fond memories of the Best of Maharashtra tour.

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