Ancient Architecture and Modern Marvels: Vadodara to Aurangabad
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Embark on a captivating journey from Vadodara to Aurangabad, discovering a blend of ancient architectural wonders and modern marvels. Your adventure begins with a visit to Vadodara's iconic landmarks, including the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, before moving on to the colossal Statue of Unity in Kevadia. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Ajanta Caves, showcasing ancient rock-cut artistry, and the Ellora Caves, an architectural marvel carved into the rock. Your spiritual quest takes you to revered temples like Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga and Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. This tour offers a rich tapestry of culture, history, and spirituality that will leave you enchanted.
Day 1: Arrival in Vadodara
Your journey begins as you land at Vadodara airport, where our representative will extend a warm welcome and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Vadodara, also known as Baroda, is a city rich in history and culture. After checking in, you'll kickstart your exploration of this vibrant city.
Your first stop is the illustrious Lakshmi Vilas Palace, an architectural masterpiece that showcases Indo-Saracenic grandeur. It's a reminder of the opulent history of the Gaekwad family, the former rulers of the region. The palace houses an incredible collection of art and artifacts from around the world.
Next, you'll visit the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, which is housed within the Lakshmi Vilas Palace complex. The museum boasts a diverse array of art pieces, including a splendid collection of European paintings, sculptures, and Indian artifacts.
To conclude your day of exploration in Vadodara, you'll make your way to Kirti Mandir, a sacred memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. The temple's design is an excellent example of the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, making it a serene and spiritually significant location.
You'll spend the night in Vadodara, giving you the opportunity to reflect on the day's discoveries and relax in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 2: Vadodara - Kevadia (90kms)
Following a hearty breakfast, you'll journey to the intriguing town of Kevadia. En route, you'll make a fascinating stop at the Pavagadh-Champaner Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remarkable site is renowned for its historical and architectural treasures, showcasing a unique blend of Islamic, Hindu, and Jain culture.
Upon reaching Kevadia, you'll have the option to check in either at a hotel or the tent city, depending on your preference. Kevadia is home to one of India's most iconic landmarks, the Statue of Unity. This colossal statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stands as the world's tallest statue at an impressive height of 182 meters. The statue offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. You'll also explore the nearby attractions of Selfie Point and the mesmerizing Valley of Flowers.
In the evening, you'll be treated to the captivating Light and Sound show at the Statue of Unity. (Please note that this show is not available on Mondays.)
You'll wrap up your day in Kevadia, where you'll enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 3: Kevadia - Nashik (310kms)
After a delicious breakfast, your journey continues with a visit to the Statue of Unity, an extraordinary monument that stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue's design and engineering are nothing short of remarkable, providing an awe-inspiring experience as you explore its interior and take high-speed elevators to a height of about 400 feet, offering breathtaking panoramic vistas of the surroundings.
Leaving Kevadia behind, you'll set your course for Nashik, the wine capital of India. Upon reaching Nashik, you'll check in at your hotel, where you can relax and prepare for your upcoming explorations.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure, giving you the freedom to unwind and perhaps sample some of Nashik's renowned wines, known for their distinctive flavors and quality.
You'll spend the night in Nashik, looking forward to the adventures that await you.
Day 4: Nashik
Your day in Nashik begins with a comprehensive city tour of this enchanting region. Nashik is not only celebrated for its wineries but is also a place of deep historical and spiritual significance.
You'll visit the Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the twelve prominent Shiva shrines and a spiritual haven for devotees. The temple's fascinating architecture and spiritual aura make it a must-visit location.
Next on your itinerary is the Brahmagiri Fort, an ancient hill fort that offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. As you explore this historical site, you'll gain insights into the region's rich past.
Your journey continues with a visit to Gangadwar, a vital pilgrimage spot situated on the banks of the Godavari River. It's a place of spiritual reflection and picturesque beauty.
The Panchavati temple complex is your next destination, encompassing several significant sites. You'll visit the revered Ram Kund water tank, known for its spiritual cleansing properties. The Kalaram Temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, stands as a symbol of devotion. Your explorations also include a visit to Sita Gufaa, a cave believed to be linked to the tales of Ramayana.
As the day's adventures conclude, you'll return to your hotel in Nashik, where you'll find a comfortable haven for a peaceful night's rest.
Day 5: Nashik - Aurangabad (170kms)
After breakfast, you'll leave Nashik and continue your journey to the city of Aurangabad, known for its rich history and cultural heritage. En route, you'll visit the revered Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, a spiritual haven for millions of devotees. The temple pays homage to Sai Baba, a revered saint known for his teachings of love, forgiveness, and service to humanity.
Upon reaching Aurangabad, you'll check in at your hotel, where you can relax and unwind. The city is renowned for its historical significance, serving as a testament to the illustrious Mughal Empire.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to explore the city or simply enjoy some well-deserved relaxation.
You'll spend the night in Aurangabad, looking forward to the cultural experiences that lie ahead.
Day 6: Aurangabad - Ajanta (210kms round)
Prepare for a day of exploration and cultural enrichment as you embark on a full-day excursion to the Ajanta Caves. These awe-inspiring caves are carved into the rocky cliffs and date back to ancient times, providing an incredible window into India's artistic and religious history. The Ajanta Caves house 30 rock-cut caves, each adorned with remarkable sculptures and exquisite paintings that depict the life of Buddha and various tales from his previous births.
Your journey through these ancient caves offers a profound understanding of the art, culture, and spirituality of the times in which they were created. The intricate details and vibrant colors of the cave paintings remain remarkably well-preserved, making this an unforgettable cultural experience.
Following your exploration of the Ajanta Caves, you'll return to Aurangabad, where you'll find your hotel ready to provide a comfortable and well-deserved night's rest.
Day 7: Aurangabad - Mumbai
Your journey continues as you prepare for a day filled with exploration. Your first stop is the Ellora Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a place of profound historical and artistic significance. The Ellora Caves house 34 monasteries and temples, dating back from 600 to 1000 AD. These caves are a marvel of rock-cut architecture, showcasing intricate carvings and sculptures that reflect the rich diversity of Indian culture and religion. You'll be captivated by the artistic expressions and devotion exhibited in these timeless structures.
Your exploration also includes a visit to the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the twelve sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is not only a place of worship but also a significant symbol of India's spiritual heritage.
Lastly, you'll visit the Daulatabad Fort, a historical marvel with a fascinating history. Its strategic location and impressive architecture make it an incredible site to explore.
As the day draws to a close, you'll make your way to the airport in Aurangabad, where you'll catch an evening flight to Mumbai, the bustling metropolis known as the "City of Dreams."
Your tour comes to an end, but the cherished memories and cultural treasures you've gathered along the way will stay with you for a lifetime.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 6 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 6 nights accommodation
Vadodara x 1 night
3* - Tansha Comfort Regency/ Suba Elite Fatehganj
4* - Royal Orchid Central/ Lemon Tree Hotel
5* - Welcomehotel Vadodra/ Vivanta Vadodara
Kevadia x 1 night
3* - Tent City Narmada / Brg Budget Stay
4* - Statue of Unity Tent City 1 - Royal Cottages/ Ramada Encore
5* - Statue of Unity Tent City 1 - Royal Villa
Nashik x 2 nights
3* - Lily Sarovar Portico/ Holiday Inn Express
4* - Express Inn/ Hi 5 Hotel
5* - The Gateway Hotel Ambad/ The Source at Sula
Aurangabad x 2 nights
3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel
- Aurangabad - Mumbai flight fare approx INR 5, 500 per person in economy class.
- Any flight tickets.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.