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Visit Maharastra..

Go inside India, the Deccan Plateau. learn about the Maharastra,  Bombay, the cuisine, the inevitable Aurangabad, magnificent caves of Ellora. 
 
** Name of Program : Visit Maharastra (Mumbai)  
** Places Visit: Mumbai-Nasik-Aurangabad-Pune-Mahabaleshwar-Kolhapur-Chiplun-Ratnagiri -Kashida- Mumbai Departure.  
** Duration : 12 Nights 
** Best Time : Oct-March.  
 
Day 01 : Arrival - Mumbai :  
On arrival meet to our representative, drive to hotel for rest of the night.  
 
Day 02 : Mumbai :   
The morning tour of the city, the Gateway of India (a big arch built to commemorate the visit of King George IV). Passage through the Afghan Church, Secretariat of the Government of Maharashtra and along Marine Drive which is known as the "Queen's Necklace". Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view over the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai, Haji Ali Mosque, a mosque. Continue to the colorful market Crawford. Afternoon free. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 03: Mumbai-Nashik (By road, 5h hrs drive) :
The morning drive to Nashik. Visit Pandu Lena, a group of 24 Buddhist caves dating from the 1st century BC. Some of them have excellent and interesting sculptures on the doors. There is a carved Buddha in Cave No. 10 and No. 18 grotto has a Chaitya, well carved facade is particularly noteworthy. On arrival, installation and overnight at the hotel.  
 
Day 04: Nashik-Aurangabad (By road, 6 hrs drive) :  
Morning visit to Nashik and the city of Pachavati. We think it is here that Sita (wife of Lord Rama) has spotted the golden deer and was abducted by the demon king Ravana, visit Gondeshwar temple built in the architectural style Hemadpanthi, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lunch at the hotel and then depart for Aurangabad. Installation and overnight stay.  
 
Day 05: Aurangabad :  
Departure for the excursion to Ajanta.(closed Tuesdays). Caves dug between the second century BC. BC and the sixth of our era, the cave temples and monasteries at Ajanta attest to the vitality of Buddhism at that time. The remarkable murals that adorn depict a fairy world from the legends of the Buddha's past lives and can trace the progressive development or Mahayana (Great Vehicle) against the original school of Hinayana. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 06: Aurangabad-Pune
(By surface, 6-7 hrs drive) :
Departure for the excursion to Ellora Caves (Caves closed on Monday). From the sixth century, Buddhists, Brahmans and Jains dug relentlessly cliff Ellora to celebrate the glory of their gods. They created wonderful sculptures in caves, which demonstrate the dexterity of the artists early medieval India, then visit the temple monolithic Kailash. Then on to Pune and upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 07: Pune-Mahabaleshwar (By surface, 4hrs drive) :  
In the morning visit the Temple Parvati (a climb of 108 steps) located atop a hill, Agha Khan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned and the samadhi of his wife Kasturba Gandhi. Afternoon drive to Mahabaleshwar. This hill is situated at an altitude of 1372m in the heart of Sahyadri Hills in Satara district. Its name is derived from a temple of Lord Mahadev and three Sanskrit words, Maha (great), Bal (power) and Ishwar (God). You'll have a panoramic sea and valley. Mahabaleshwar is considered the best seat in the state of Maharashtra in terms of climate, excursions, sports and other activities. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 08: Mahabaleshwar :  
Visit the main tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar, which are its 30 exotic viewpoints such as Wilson Point, Babington Point, Bombay Point. Wilson Point is the closest and highest in Mahabaleshwar. There is a large rock with three observation towers erected at different places. It offers a magnificent view of sunrise. Bombay Point is one of the earliest known points in Mahabaleshwar. Every evening visitors rush to the summit to admire a spectacular view of the sunset. Babington Point offers a panoramic view of the Koyna valley and Chinaman Falls. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 09 :Mahabaleshwar-Kolhapur (By srface, 5 hrs drive) :
 
The morning departure for Kolhapur. Kolhapur is a blend of traditional and modern influences. The city is situated beside the river Panchganga and reflects a rich cultural heritage. One of the most important cities of Maharashtra, through its various ruling dynasties in the past has become a cultural center with theater, music, painting, etc.. The city is also famous for its temples built by kings Satavahna. Kolhapur has also become a center for the film industry in Marathi. Arrival and Check into your hotel. Afternoon, city tour including Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Palace, Bhavani Mandap and Shalini Palace. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 10 : Kolhapur-Chiplun (By surface 4 hrs drive) :  
The morning departure for Chiplun, an ancient city on the banks of the river Vashishtha, Chiplun is situated in a valley between the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other, and is the link between the coast west and the interior of Maharashtra .. Chiplun means "the abode of Lord Parshuram". Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Afternoon free to explore the city. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 11: Chiplun-Ratnagiri (By surface 1h30) Ratnagiri-Chiplun ( By surface 1h30) :

Trip to Ganpatipule and Ratnagiri, movement of tribes from Ratnagiri, dates back to 11th century AD. A fort was built during the Bijapur dynasty in 1670 by the Maratha king Shivaji, which is located on a promontory near the harbor. In 1731 he was under the control of the king and Satara in 1818 it was ceded to the British. Konkan Division, rich green and has a beautiful coastline and exotic agricultural products such as mango, cashew, etc.. Fishing is the main occupation of the inhabitants of the Konkan coast. Ganapatipule is an ancient pilgrimage center located in Ratnagiri district. About 25 km from Ratnagiri, Ganapatipule is one of the Ashta Ganapati (Ganapati eight) of India and called the Paschim-Dewata which means that the Western Sentinel God. The temple has nearly 400 years and is revered Swayambhu idol. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 12: Ratnagiri-Kashida (By Surfac, 6hrs drive) :
 
The morning drive to Kashida, visit the Fort of Janjira unique. Janjira Jal-Durg (sea fort) was built by Malik Ambar, a minister Abssinian service of the Sultan of Ahmadnagar, who belonged to the famous dynasty Nizamshahi. The fort, built in the late 17th century, is almost entirely intact even today, despite the ravages of wind and tide. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 13: Kashida-Mumbai (By surface, 4hrs drive) :
Morning free to enjoy the beach. Afternoon, departure to Bombay and transfer to local restaurant for dinner. Later in the evening, transfer to airport for your return flight Home.  
 
 

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