The third largest state and the second most populous state in India - Maharashtra - is brimming with an array of colorful shrines; a remarkable collection of caves; golden beaches lined with swaying palm trees; historic hotspots with strong past connection; and oodles of emerald hill stations under the canopy of lush western ghats. With an incredible mashup of everything, there's is no better place to go for a holiday in India than Maharashtra.The state is primarily known for its ancient Ellora and Ajanta caves, and pilgrim destinations.

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Mumbai
  • End Mumbai
  • Countries
    • India
  • City
    • Mumbai
    • Pune
    • Aurangabad
    • Nashik
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips
  • Accommodation Standard, Superior, Deluxe
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our highest standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrive In Mumbai & Sightseeing
    Day 1

    On arrival in Mumbai, meet with our MTA representative and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, excursion to the Elephanta Island, famous for the caves dedicated to the sacred sculptures of the Hindu gods. Back to Mumbai and take a panoramic tour of colonial Mumbai passing through the Victoria Terminus station, Fort area and later visit of Gandhi's House (Mani Bhawan) Mani Bhavan was the focal point of Gandhi's political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. The day ends with a visit to Hanging Gardens. Overnight in Mumbai.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Elephanta caves, Mani Bhawan. Hanging Gardens

    Please Note : Elephanta Caves are closed on Monday

    Visited places:
    • Mumbai
  • 2
    Mumbai Sightseeing
    Day 2

    After breakfast in the morning, Explore Kanheri caves to see Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions, dating back from the 1st century B.C. to the 10th century CE. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit Krishnagiri, which means black mountain. The site is on a hillside and is accessed via rock-cut steps. After that go for visiting Global Vipassana Centre. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Hall near Gorai, North-west of Mumbai, India. The Pagoda was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India on 8 February 2009. It is built on donated land on a peninsula between Gorai creek and the Arabian Sea. The pagoda is to serve as a monument of peace and harmony. The center of the Global Vipassana Pagoda contains the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. Return to the hotel for overnight.

     

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.
    Highlights: Kanheri caves, The Global Vipassana Pagoda

    Please Note : Kanheri Caves are closed on Monday

    Visited places:
    • Mumbai
  • 3
    Mumbai – Lonavala - Pune (170 Km, 3 Hrs approx.)
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Breakfast and proceed to Pune. Stop at Lonavala, Visit the Bhaja Caves. It is over 2000 years old and date back to 160 BC. The Bhaja Caves are 22 rock cut caves which looks impressive and magnificent. It is said that the Buddhist monks used to live here and provided shelter to the travellers who were on a trade excursion. The rock excavation of the cave are intricate and very fine that looks marvellous. Various figures like a woman dancing and playing tabla are also excavated inside the caves and it looks just perfect and tell a lot about the history and lifestyle of the people of the 1st century. After visiting go for Karla Caves. Karla Caves are ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves and a famous tourist attraction located near Lonavala. Also known as Karli Caves, Karle Caves or Karla Cells, it is one of the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India. These caves houses one of the largest Chaityas (prayer hall with a stupa) in India. Karla Caves is mainly known for the Ekvira Temple located inside. Continue to Pune. Arrive and overnight stay.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Bhaja caves, Karla caves

    Visited places:
    • Mumbai
    • Pune
  • 4
    Pune
    Day 4

    Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the Shaniwarwada. It was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.

    After it go to visit for The Aga Khan Palace is also known as the Gandhi National Museum and is a part of the Indian freedom struggle. It served as a prison for national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi during the Quit India Movement in 1942. The Aga Khan Palace was donated to India by Aga Khan IV during 1969. The museum also serves as a memorial wherein the remains (samadhi) of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba Gandhi rest in peace. The palace was built in 1892 by Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III. When taking a trip to Pune, the Aga Khan Palace is a must visit as it is known for its historical as well as architectural significance.

    And then go for Pataleshwar Cave Temple. It is devoted to the Lord Pataleshwar, the God of the Underworld. Built in the 8th century, this temple is visited not by religious tourists but by everyone who admires architectural beauty. It is said that the Pataleshwar Cave Temple has been carved out from a single rock. It is also dedicated to the Lord Shiva and Nandi. There are also statues of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses such as Goddess Sita, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman, and Lord Ganesh. A majestic shivalingam is also built under its roof, at the main shrine of the temple. This temple has huge pillars, adding on to its magnificence.

    Overnight in Pune.

     

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Shaniwarwada, Pataleshwar Cave Temple, The Aga Khan Palace

     

    Visited places:
    • Pune
  • 5
    Pune – Shani Signapur – Aurangabad (240 Km – 5 Hrs Approx)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    After Breakfast in the,optional visit to the Osho Ashram (on direct payment basis). Osho Ashram was founded by the Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain, who is popularly famous as Osho Rajneesh. Also known as, Osho Commune International of Pune, this ashram is spread across an area of 32 acres.

    Later transfer to Aurangabad, You may visit Shani Signapur on the way, a famous temple dedicated to shani. It is acclaimed as the 'Alive Temple Town' in Maharashtra because of the belief that Lord Shani still resides in the self-emanated rock that represents him. An interesting fact about this town is all the amenities do not have doors. It is believed that Lord Shani himself protects the vicinity of Shani Shingnapur and no one dares to commit the act of theft at this place.

    Arrive in Aurangabad and checkin to the hotel and overnight.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Osho Ashram, Shani Signapur

    Please Note : Osho Ashram visit is optional and on direct payment basis

    Visited places:
    • Pune
    • Aurangabad
  • 6
    Aurangabad - Ellora Caves - Daulatabad Fort - Aurangabad
    Day 6

    After having breakfast in the hotel we will go on an excursion tour to Ellora Caves. The caves are over 2000 years old and consist of temples and monasteries made from rocks by Buddhist, Hindu and Jains monks and craftsmen. Ellora is a World Heritage Site and represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" - actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1-12), 17 Hindu (caves 13-29) and 5 Jain (caves 30-34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history. It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

    After it you will go for Daulatabad Fort. Its towers over a conical hill 200 meters high. The fort has a place in Indian history, having overcome any previous attempts of invasion, it’s said that to this day the fort remains invulnerable. Daulatabad, or ‘the abode of wealth’ has a history dating back to 1327 when Muhammad-bin-Tughluq made it his capital.

    Later return to hotel for overnight stay in Aurangabad.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights:  Ellora Caves. Daulatabad Fort

    Please Note: Ellora caves are closed on Tuesday

    Visited places:
    • Aurangabad
  • 7
    Aurangabad Sightseeing Of Ajanta Caves
    Day 7

    Morning Breakfast proceed to Ajanta to have full day excursion to Ajanta Caves - they are cut from the volcanic lavas of the Deccan trap in a steep crescent - shaped hillside in a forested ravine of the sahyadri hills, These caves are older than those at Ellora consisting of 24 monasteries and temples hewn out of solid rack. The wall paintings and frescoes of these caves are a wealth of colors. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Aurangabad.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Ajanta Caves

    Please Note: Ajanta caves are closed on Monday

    Visited places:
    • Aurangabad
  • 8
    Aurangabad - Nashik (200 Km, 5 Hrs Approx.)
    Day 8

    Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nashik. Arrival in Nashik and visit to the Sita Gufa. It was the spot from where Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. A narrow staircase leads to the caves. The caves house idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman as well as a Shivling, said to be the one Sita worshipped.

    Later visit the Trimbakeswar Temple, one of the most sacred temples in all of India as it houses one of the twelve most important shrines of Shiva. Although entry is only allowed to Hindus, it is possible to have a look at the courtyard.

    And then go for Sula Vineyards which is said to be the first winery of the city. Most of the famous companies have their factories set up in this place. The unparalleled experience of viewing the process of making wine will make you to fall in love with this place. Sula is the name that is derived from the owner’s mother’s name ”Sulabha”. If you visit this place, you will gain knowledge about the history behind the formation of this winery.

    Overnight in Nashik.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees
    Highlight: Sita Gufa, Trimbakeswar Temple, Sula Vineyards

    Visited places:
    • Aurangabad
    • Nashik
  • 9
    Nashik – Igatpuri – Mumbai (200 Km, 5 Hrs)
    Day 9 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Mumbai on the way you may visit the Dhamma Giri vipassana centre at Igatpu-ri. Dhamma Giri, meaning ‘Hill of Dhamma’ is one of the world’s largest Vipassana medita-tion centres. It is co-located with the Vipassana Research Institute at Igatpuri. Arrive in Mumbai & overnight. 

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees
    Highlight: Dhamma Giri vipassana centre

    Visited places:
    • Nashik
    • Mumbai
  • 10
    Mumbai - Airport
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    Breakfast at hotel transfer to the airport. No overnight.

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Transport

    Visited places:
    • Mumbai
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the selected category hotels as per the itinerary on Bed and Breakfast plan.
    • Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary by vehicle with AC on private basis.
    • Local English speaking guides as per the sightseeing.
    • For a groups of 6 and more travelers, an accompanying tour escort for whole tour will be provided.
    • Entrance fee to monuments and the activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Shared Ferry ride to go to the Elephanta caves.
    • Local assistance.
    • Two bottles of water per person per day.
    • Local taxes, parking, tolls and driver expenses.
    • Travel Kit (travel documents, mask, hand sanitizer).
    Price does not include
    • International flights and visas.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Tips and personal expenses.
    • Additional visits or extra use of vehicles.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.