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Journey Through Time: Ancient Caves, Temples, and Goa Beach

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Embark on an enriching "Journey Through Time: Ancient Caves, Temples, and Goa Beach" across 12 immersive days. Kickstart your adventure in Mumbai, India's bustling metropolis, blending ancient wonders like Elephanta Caves with vibrant city life. Traverse to Nashik, a spiritual hub where age-old temples stand alongside modern vineyards. Discover the architectural marvels of Ellora and the artistic treasures of Ajanta. Navigate to Bijapur and Badami, where historic fortresses and temples echo tales of dynasties past. Conclude with the serene shores of Goa, where golden sands meet azure waters, and colonial heritage merges with tropical tranquility.


Day 1: Mumbai Arrival

Upon landing at Mumbai airport, our courteous representative will greet you. You'll be transferred to your hotel where you can freshen up. Mumbai, India's bustling financial capital, offers a rich blend of culture and heritage. Spend the day leisurely exploring its vibrant streets, from the bustling markets of Colaba Causeway to the tranquil promenades along Marine Drive.


Day 2: Mumbai Exploration

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Your excursion begins with a ferry ride to Elephanta Island. Here, the ancient rock-cut temples, dating back to the 5th century BC, await your exploration. Upon returning to Mumbai, embark on a city tour, visiting architectural marvels like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the iconic Dhobhi Ghat, Mumbai's open-air laundromat. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum to delve into the city's history and conclude the day with a serene visit to Mani Bhawan, Gandhi's former residence.


Day 3: Mumbai to Nashik (170kms/3hrs)

After breakfast, set out on a picturesque drive to Nashik. This city, nestled on the banks of the Godavari River, is known for its spiritual significance. Visit the sacred Tryambakeshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve revered Jyotirlingas, and take a dip in the holy Ram Kund water tank. Explore the ornate interiors of Shri Kalaram Sansthan Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, and the ancient Sita Gufaa caves, believed to be the abode of Goddess Sita during her exile. Conclude the day with a unique experience at local vineyards like Soma Vine Village and Sula Vineyards, sampling some of India's finest wines.


Day 4: Nashik to Ellora to Aurangabad (200kms/4hrs)

After breakfast, proceed to Aurangabad. En route, stop at the awe-inspiring Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These caves, carved out of a single rock, showcase an amalgamation of Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist temples. Upon reaching Aurangabad, delve into the history of the region with a visit to the imposing Daulatabad Fort, known for its intricate architecture and strategic location. Overnight in Aurangabad.


Day 5: Aurangabad to Ajanta (100kms/2hrs one way)

Embark on a full-day excursion to the UNESCO-listed Ajanta Caves. These 30 rock-cut caves, adorned with exquisite sculptures and frescoes, narrate the life and teachings of Buddha. Return to Aurangabad to explore Bibi ka Maqbara, often referred to as the 'Taj of the Deccan' due to its striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal. Conclude your day with a visit to Panchakki, an ancient watermill driven by underground water channels.


Day 6: Aurangabad to Sholapur (310kms/7hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Sholapur. This historical city is dotted with architectural wonders and serene lakes. Visit Siddheshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its intricate carvings and spiritual ambiance. Spend some tranquil moments by Siddheshwar Lake, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Conclude your day exploring the historic Bhuikot Fort, which offers panoramic views of the city. Overnight in Sholapur.


Day 7: Sholapur to Bijapur to Badami (220kms/5hrs)

Post breakfast, journey towards Badami with a captivating stopover in Bijapur. Witness the grandeur of Gol Gumbaz, an architectural marvel known for its whispering gallery and the majestic Ibrahim Rauza, a tomb and mosque complex. Continue your drive to Badami, a town renowned for its ancient cave temples and architectural splendors. Overnight in Badami.


Day 8: Badami to Pattadakal to Aihole to Hampi (180kms/4hrs)

After breakfast, explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Badami, Pattadakal, and Aihole. Badami, nestled amidst rugged sandstone cliffs, houses intricately carved cave temples showcasing a blend of Dravidian and Nagara architectural styles. Proceed to Pattadakal and Aihole, renowned for their Chalukyan architecture, featuring ornate sculptures and temples. Later, drive to Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, and check-in for an overnight stay.


Day 9: Hampi Exploration

Post breakfast, delve into the enchanting UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hampi. Begin your exploration at the Hazara Rama Temple, adorned with exquisite bas-reliefs narrating the Ramayana. Visit the King's Balance, a unique structure used to weigh kings against gold, followed by the Mahanavami Dibba, a grand platform used for royal ceremonies. Explore the Virupaksha Temple, a hub of spiritual and architectural wonders, and the Vithala and Lotus Mahal, showcasing the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire. Conclude your day at the ASI Museum, offering insights into Hampi's rich history and heritage. Overnight in Hampi.


Day 10: Hampi to Lakkundi to Gadag to Goa (330kms/8hrs)

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Goa. En route, visit Lakkundi, known for its medieval temples and intricate stone carvings. Continue your journey to Gadag and explore its architectural marvels, such as the Veeranarayana Temple and the Trikuteshwara Temple. As you reach Goa, the land of sun, sand, and sea, check-in at the hotel and relax amidst the coastal vibes.


Day 11: Goa Discovery

After a sumptuous breakfast, set out to explore Goa's rich cultural and historical heritage. Visit the historic Churches of Old Goa, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral, showcasing intricate Portuguese architecture. Explore Panjim city, Goa's charming capital, known for its colonial-era buildings and bustling markets. Dona Paula viewpoint offers panoramic vistas of the Arabian Sea, making it a perfect spot to unwind and soak in the coastal beauty. Conclude your day relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches of Goa, like Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna, known for their golden sands and vibrant beach shacks.


Day 12: Goa Departure

After breakfast, bid adieu to the mesmerizing landscapes and vibrant cultures of India's western coast. You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey, carrying with you cherished memories of this enchanting journey through time.

Assistance on arrival at the airport.

11 Nights' accommodation (if option selected sharing double/twin room) in selected price category hotels.

Daily breakfast at all hotels.

Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.

English-speaking local tour guide in all cities during the sightseeing.

Monument entrances and activity charges mentioned in the itinerary.

Bottled drinking water in the car.

Government taxes.


Hotels Used or Similar for 11 Nights’ Accommodations:

Mumbai x 2 nights
3 Star: Hotel Godwin, Colaba/ Hotel Suba Palace
4 Star: Fariyas Hotel/ The Gordon House
5 Star: Trident Hotel/President, Mumbai - IHCL SeleQtions

Nasik x 1 night
3 Star: Enrise by Sayaji Nashik/ Lily Sarovar Portico
4 Star: Regenta Resort Soma Village/ Hotel Express Inn
5 Star: The Gateway Hotel Ambad/ Beyond By Sula

Aurangabad x 2 nights
3 Star: The Fern Residency/ Amarpreet Hotel
4 Star: Lemon Tree Hotel
5 Star: WelcomHotel Rama International/ Vivanta Aurangabad

Sholapur x 1 night
3 Star: Kyriad Hotel Solapur by OTHPL
4 Star: Balaji Sarovar Premiere
5 Star: Balaji Sarovar Premiere

Badami x 1 night
3 Star: Badami Court/ Clarks Inn
4 Star: Morpho Banashree Resort/ WADA1
5 Star: Morpho Banashree Resort/ WADA1

Hampi x 2 nights
3 Star: Malligi Hotel/ Clarks Inn
4 Star: Heritage Resort/ Royal Orchid Central Keerti
5 Star: Evolve Back, Hampi

Goa x 2 nights
3 Star: The Fern Residency Miramar/ Zone Connect Hotel Parra
4 Star: Lemon Tree Hotel Candolim/ The Chances Resort & Casino
5 Star: Alila Diwa Goa/ Kenilworth Resort & Spa, Utorda Beach

Any flight tickets.

Meals other than those mentioned in the inclusions.

Expenses of a personal nature such as liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet, etc.

Gratuities and optional activities.

Anything not explicitly mentioned in the inclusions.