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A trip to Mumbai and Aurangabad

04 NIGHTS / 05 Days MUMBAI AND AURANGABAD

(02 Nights Mumbai – 02 Nights Aurangabad)

Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 6.16% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in India (Mumbai Port Trust and JNPT), and 70% of capital transactions to India's economy.The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. It is also home to some of India's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Indian Rare Earths, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Atomic Energy Commission of India, and the Department of Atomic Energy. The city also houses India's Hindi (Bollywood) and Marathi cinema industries. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures. Khadki was the original name of the village which was made a capital city by Malik Ambar, the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam, Shah of Ahmadnagar. Within a decade, Khadki grew into a populous and imposing city. Malik Ambar died in 1626. He was succeeded by his son Fateh Khan, who changed the name of Khadki to Fatehnagar. With the capture of Daulatabad by the imperial troops in 1633, the Nizam Shahi dominions, including Fatehnagar, came under the possession of the Mughals.In 1653 when Mughal prince Aurangzeb was appointed the Viceroy of the Deccan for the second time, he made Fatehnagar his capital and renamed it Aurangabad. Aurangabad is sometimes referred to as Khujista Bunyad by the Chroniclers of Aurangzeb's reign.

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              Kumarakom, Alleppy, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Ranthambore.

Meals                                          : Breakfast Inclusive. Lunch and Dinner Optional.

N.B. De-tours and Optional services also available. Itinerary can be customized.

Itinerary

  • 1

    ARRIVE MUMBAI

     Arrive Mumbai Airport by late evening or night flight.

     Meeting and assistance on arrival. Complete Immigration and transfer to the hotel.

     Check-in, freshen-up and relax to beat the jetlag.

     Overnight at hotel

  • 2

    Mumbai (Local Sightseeing)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel Mumbai, a cosmopolitan metropolis, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai is a spectacular paradox of chaos and hope, glamor and squalor, modernity and tradition, old and new. Famously known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai has a long colonial history, starting from Gandhi’s visits to the city to the intense protests against the Simon Commission in 1928. Mumbai also is known as Financial, commercial and entertainment capital and the largest populated city of India. It is also the wealthiest city in India and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings

     Morning excursion to Elephanta island by motor launch (Caves closed on Mondays) The island of Elephanta is just an hour away from Mumbai by motor launch. The cave temples here, excavated between the 5th and 8th centuries AD, are famous for their magnificently sculpted panels. The best known is one that depicts the Maheshmurti - a three-headed image of Lord Shiva. This island was so named by the Portuguese after the large stone elephant near the landing place and which now stands at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the mainland. The caves are reached by a stairway up the hillside from the ferry landing.

     Lunch at restaurant/hotel.

     Afternoon sightseeing of Mumbai- visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principal landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Afghan Church built in memory of those who fell in the First Afghan War. Drive past the Bombay High Court built in Gothic style and the Old secretariat. The ornamental university building with its 280 ft. high Rajabhai Clock Tower, the ornate Victoria Terminus, the colourful Crawford Market, the Flora Fountain in the large bustling square at the heart of the city, the Prince of Wales Museum (Closed on Mondays) which houses a varied collection of China-ware, miniature paintings and sculpture. Drive along the Marine Drive which is known as the Queen’s Necklace. View the memorial to Haji Ali, a Muslim Saint. This unusual shrine stands on an island 500m out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Also stop at the Jain Temple and visit Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai.

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

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    Mumbai  - Aurangabad (By Air : Approx 1 hour 20 mins)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Morning at leisure or go for souvenir shopping.

     Check-out and transfer to Mumbai Domestic Airport

     Board afternoon flight to Aurangabad

     Arrive and transfer to Hotel

     Rest of the evening at leisure.

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

  • 4

    Aurangabad (Local Sightseeing)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Moring excursion to Ellora- 30 kms from Aurangabad. Ellora (closed on Tuesday) represents to the world the finest and greatest in terms of sheer magnificence of Indian sculpture. The awe-inspiring, mammoth Kailash Temple is carved out of solid rock. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva named as Kailasha after his abode in the Himalayas. This monolithic structure is a very rare phenomenon that demanded the most careful planning, based not on what was added but what was removed! Ellora is a repository of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religious expression, a sheer volume of information in carved pageantry. Thirty-four shrines synthesise Indian religion and Indian passion for sculpture. The Ramayana and Mahabharata are also depicted here in carvings as also the many-faceted personality of Lord Shiva Ellora is a priceless page out of history

     Afternoon city tour. Aurangabad is named after the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb who made it his capital. Aurangazeb was a megalomaniac who had his father ShahJahan imprisoned. Visit the Bibi-ka-Maqbara built in memory of Aurangazeb’s wife Rabia Durrani and meant to surpass the Taj Mahal (built by his father Shah Jahan) in grandeur but failed miserably. Visit the Panchakki or Water Mill, an ingenious creation of Mughal engineers who used it to harness water to run large grinding stones which served as a flour mill. The tomb of a muslim saint lies in the garden beyond the mill. Visit the Aurangabad Caves (7, 10 & 13) carved out during 2nd BC to 2nd AD. The most interesting is Cave 7 with a huge figure of Bohisattva Padmapani who is praying for deliverance from eight fears which are illustrated here dramatically in stone.

     Dinner at restaurant/hotel.

     Overnight at the hotel

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    Aurangabad – Delhi / Mumbai (By Flight)

     Enjoy Breakfast at hotel

     Morning at leisure.

     Check-out and go for souvenir shopping.

     Post lunch excursion to Ajanta. 112 kms from Aurangabad lies Ajanta (closed on Monday)-a series of caves, hewn out of rock by Buddhist monks who found sanctuary and left a legend for posterity. These thirty caves with twenty-six monasteries and four temples have wall paintings and sculpture of an aesthetic appeal that is timeless. The craftsmanship astounds scholars and art lovers even today. Some of the most exquisite paintings depict the life and teachings of Buddha as well as his earlier life as a prince. The Ajanta caves are like chapters of a splendid epic tale in visual form. Natural light brightens the caves at different times of the day leaving visitors awe-struck by the sheer brilliance of those ancient masters to create this marvel of art and architectural splendour.

     Post Ajanta Tour, transfer to Aurangabad Airport.

     Fly to your destination – DELHI / MUMBAI

     Arrive at DELHI/MUMBAI and continue your journey to connect onward flight. International flight check-in starts 03 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure of the flight.

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