Cultural West India & Beach Tour

Cultural West India & Beach Tour
(08 Nights & 09 Days)

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai Arrive Mumbai and transfer to the hotel (Hotel Check-in time is 1400hrs). Depending on the flight timings, your accommodation will be booked. Mumbai, the commercial capital, financial, industrial and film in India, most famously known for its Bollywood film industry.  

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Mumbai
After Breakfast we proceed for the guided city tour of Mumbai: Gateway of India (India Gate) built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary of Agleterre. Hanging gardens, Tours of silence (outdoor), Dhobi Ghat (laundry public), where some 5,000 men and women wash tons of laundry each day open – air, Jain Temple, Malabar Hill, the House of Mahatma Gandhi, Marine Drive, residential area along the Bay of Oman and business district Mumbai. Evening free for personal discovery. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Mumbai – Aurangabad (by flight)
This morning meeting and assistance on departure at hotel by our representative and transfer to Domestic airport to connect flight to Aurangabad.

On arrival at Aurangabad, meeting and assistance at airport. Then transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon we proceed for a visit to the Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Aurangabad Caves. 

Ellora Caves: 
Impressive in their own right is the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 km away from Aurangabad city. In all, there are 34 cave temples, 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (550-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-875 AD) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (800-1000 AD) 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. Kailas Temple (cave16), the central attraction at Ellora, is the most remarkable.  The moat, 40 ft. deep with mechanical drawbridges teemed with Crocodiles. A 5-kilometer sturdy wall, artificial scarping and a complicated series of defenses made Daulatabad impregnable. The 30-meter high Chand Minar (Tower) built much later with 3 circular galleries had a defensive and religious role in the fortress. 

Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Aurangabad (Ajanta Caves)
After Breakfast we proceed for a full day sightseeing with excursion to Ajanta Caves.

Ajanta caves: 
Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100 km from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horse- shoe, are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta. The Caves date from the 2nd century BC. Discovered in 1819 by a group of British army officers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of Buddhist monastic orders features several ‘chaityas’ (chapels) and ‘viharas’ (monasteries). Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Aurangabad – Mumbai – Goa (by flight)

After breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai, on arrival connect your onward flight to Goa.
On arrival at Goa, meeting and assistance at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Goa

After breakfast we proceed a for a guided tour visit the city of Panjim (capital of Goa) and the city of Velha Goa (Old Goa, a small town with a quaint charm). Visit the Bom Jesus Basilica which houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier, the cathedral built in 1510 with a white tower and baroque interior, 14 gold altars and Doric arches that create an atmosphere of dignity and splendor. Then visit the Fort Aguada and Pichoine temple Maupasa. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Goa

After breakfast at the hotel. Free time around at the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Goa

After breakfast at the hotel. Free time around at the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Goa – Mumbai – Departure
After breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai and then connecting flight for onward Journey.