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Mumbai to Vadodara Discovering the Architectural Treasures of Western India

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Embark on an enriching expedition from Mumbai to Vadodara, unveiling the architectural and cultural gems of Western India. Your journey starts in Mumbai, where ancient Elephanta Caves and iconic landmarks paint a vivid picture of the city's rich history. Transition to Aurangabad to marvel at the intricate Ellora and Ajanta Caves, each telling tales of ancient craftsmanship. Traverse to Nashik, a spiritual hub adorned with revered temples and sacred sites. Venturing further, Kevadia showcases the majestic Statue of Unity and engineering marvels like the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Concluding in Vadodara, immerse yourself in regal palaces, insightful museums, and the city's vibrant heritage, culminating a journey of discovery through Western India's architectural wonders.


Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai

Upon landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, our representative will warmly greet you. They'll assist with your luggage and escort you to your selected hotel for check-in. The day is at your leisure, allowing you to acclimate to Mumbai's dynamic energy. You might choose to stroll along Marine Drive, shop in Colaba, or sample Mumbai's renowned street food. Overnight stay in Mumbai.


Day 2: Mumbai Sightseeing

After a refreshing breakfast at the hotel, your guided tour begins with a ferry ride to the Elephanta Caves on Elephanta Island. Marvel at the rock-cut temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, adorned with intricate sculptures and carvings. Upon returning to Mumbai, your city tour includes the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), a magnificent example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya) to explore its vast collection of artifacts and art pieces. Mani Bhawan, Gandhi's former residence, showcases memorabilia from his life and struggles. The Dhobhi Ghat, a sprawling open-air laundry, offers a fascinating insight into Mumbai's unique laundry system. Overnight stay in Mumbai.


Day 3: Flight to Aurangabad

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Mumbai Airport for your flight to Aurangabad. On arrival, our representative will assist you with hotel check-in. Following a short rest, visit the Ellora Caves, a complex of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cave temples dating back to the 6th century. Don't miss the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later, explore the Daulatabad Fort, known for its formidable defense systems, and the Bibi ka Maqbara, often referred to as the 'Taj of the Deccan'. The Panchakki, an ancient water mill, and the Aurangabad Caves, with their intricate carvings and sculptures, also beckon. Overnight stay in Aurangabad.


Day 4: Aurangabad - Ajanta Excursion

Set off early for a day trip to the Ajanta Caves, a collection of rock-cut Buddhist caves adorned with paintings and sculptures depicting Buddha's life stories. These ancient caves offer a deep dive into India's rich cultural and spiritual history. Upon returning to Aurangabad, relax and enjoy a peaceful evening. Overnight stay in Aurangabad.


Day 5: Aurangabad - Nashik Drive (Distance: approx. 220 km)

Post breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Nashik. En route, stop at the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, a spiritual haven for devotees from around the world. Upon reaching Nashik, visit the Panchavati temple complex, a significant Hindu pilgrimage site, and Ram Kund, a sacred bathing ghat on the Godavari River. Explore the Kalaram Temple with its striking black idol of Lord Rama and the Sita Gufaa, believed to be the site where Sita stayed during her exile. Overnight stay in Nashik.


Day 6: Nashik - Kevadia Excursion (Distance: approx. 415 km)

Today, journey to the spiritual sites of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Brahmagiri Fort, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Later, proceed to Kevadia. On arrival, choose to check into a hotel or experience the unique tent city accommodation overlooking the serene Narmada River. Reflect on the day's spiritual journey as you enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Overnight stay in Kevadia.


Day 7: Kevadia Sightseeing

Begin your day with a visit to the Statue of Unity, an architectural marvel dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Deputy Prime Minister. Ascend to the statue's core via high-speed elevators, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Continue your exploration with a visit to the Sardar Sarovar Dam, an engineering marvel on the Narmada River. The Selfie Point offers unique angles to capture memories. Conclude the day with the mesmerizing Light and Sound show at the Statue of Unity. Overnight stay in Kevadia.


Day 8: Kevadia - Vadodara Drive via Pavagadh-Champaner (Distance: approx. 90 km)

Post breakfast, your journey takes you to Vadodara. En route, explore the Pavagadh-Champaner Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its historical and archaeological significance. On reaching Vadodara, check-in at your chosen accommodation. Spend the evening at leisure, perhaps exploring the local markets or relaxing at the hotel. Overnight stay in Vadodara.


Day 9: Vadodara Sightseeing - Departure

After breakfast, embark on a guided city tour of Vadodara. Visit the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, the majestic residence of the royal family of Vadodara, showcasing a blend of Indian and European architectural styles. Explore the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, housed within the palace, displaying an impressive collection of art and artifacts. Conclude your tour with a visit to Kirti Mandir, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, our representative will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey, marking the end of your architectural and spiritual journey from Mumbai to Vadodara.

- Assistance on arrival at airport.

- 8 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 8 nights accommodation

Mumbai x 2 nights
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central

Aurangabad x 2 nights
3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel

Nashik x 1 night
3* - Lily Sarovar Portico/ Holiday Inn Express
4* - Express Inn/ Hi 5 Hotel
5* - The Gateway Hotel Ambad/ The Source at Sula

Kevadia x 2 nights
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

Vadodara x 1 night
3* - Tansha Comfort Regency/ Suba Elite Fatehganj
4* - Royal Orchid Central/ Lemon Tree Hotel
5* - Welcomehotel Vadodra/ Vivanta Vadodara

- 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.