at Mumbai airport or station. Transfer to hotel. Check in and relax for the
Mumbai's skyline is recognisable in advertisements and pictorial depictions
stating the country's technological and financial hub. It's an imposing
skyline. The contours are hazy but the residents don't seem to mind. They
love this place and this all-encompassing love is infectious.
What are the few nail-on-the-head characteristics of the city? A walk on
marine drive, the gateway of India, warden road, university buildings, fort,
townhall, Mumbai high court to name a few. The waves splashing against the
embankment establish an essence of Mumbai too, much in the same genre as the
skyline. The pub and bar scenario here is quite state of the art and ranges
from the sophisticated ones in the five stars to the hip and trendy ones in
colaba and the suburbs. Mumbai is also known as the Hollywood of India or
Bollywood (from the names Bombay and Hollywood) and is the biggest film
industry of the world. Overnight will be at Mumbai.
-Mumbai - Aurangabad
will be at hotel or onboard the aircraft. Relax in the morning or visit the
local market. Transfer to airport for flight to Aurangabad. Reach and check
in at hotel. The city of Aurangabad was founded in 1610, on the site of a
village, Khirki by Malik Ambar - the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah
II. When Fateh Khan, Malik Ambar's son turned successor in 1626, he gave the
city the name 'Fatehpur'. Later in 1653, when Prince Aurangzeb became
Viceroy of the Deccan, he made the city his capital and called it
Aurangabad. Aurangzeb added the walls that enclose the central part of the
city in 1686 in order to withstand attacks from the Marathas. There are four
principle gateways to the city - the Delhi Darwaza, the Jalna Darwaza, the
Paithan Darwaza and the Mecca Darwaza. Nine secondary gateways also formed a
part of the defensive system of this city. Aurangabad district has always
been a prominent region on the Deccan plateau. Having been inhabited since
the Stone Age, it has a long artistic and cultural history - to which
several dynasties have made major contributions over the years. Maurya rule
marked the arrival of Buddhism in Maharashtra. Aurangabad today is a
bustling city of Maharashtra with diverse big and small industries, fine
silken textiles, and exquisite hand woven brocades of silver and gold
fabrics, Himroo of world frame. To scholars and lovers of art and culture
the city is more familiar as the gateway to the ancient caves of Ajanta and
Ellora, both famous as treasure houses of Indian Art and Sculpture.
Overnight will be at Aurangabad.
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
Proceed for a full day sightseeing with excursion to Ajanta Caves.
Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100
km from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horse- shoe, are the 30
rock-hewn caves of Ajanta. The Caves date from the 2nd century BC.
Discovered in 1819 by a group of British army officers, these startling
achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a
hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of Buddhist monastic orders
features several 'chaityas' (chapels) and 'viharas' (monasteries). The
exquisite wall and ceiling paintings, panels and sculptures of Buddha's life
are famous throughout the world as the earliest and finest examples of
Buddhist pictorial art.
Return to Aurangabad and overnight will be at Aurangabad.
Breakfast will be at the hotel.
Proceed for a visit to the Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Aurangabad
Impressive in their own right is the rock-hewn temples and
monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 km away from Aurangabad city. In all,
there are 34 cave temples, 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (550-750 AD), 17 Hindu
caves (600-875 AD) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (800-1000 AD) 22 more
caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. Kailas Temple
(cave16), the central attraction at Ellora, is the most remarkable. Chiseled
by hand from a single massive rock, it includes a gateway, pavilion,
courtyard, vestibule, sanctum, sanctorum and tower which bear testimony to
the excellence of Dravidian art. It is believed to have taken 7000 laborers,
working in continuous shifts and 150 years to build. Ever since the first
European visitors in 18th Century, Ellora has attracted chroniclers,
antiquarians, scholars and in more recent years, ever- increasing number of
The almost forgotten caves of Aurangabad lie just
outside the city. Excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD, they reflect
TANTRIC influences in their iconography and architectural designs. In all
there are nine caves which are mainly viharas (monasteries).
The most interesting among these are Caves 3 and 7. The former is supported
on 12 highly ornate columns and has sculptures depicting scenes from the
legendary 'Jakata' tales. Cave 7 with its detailed figures of bejeweled
women also has a dominating sculpture of a 'Bodhisattva' praying for
deliverance. Daulatabad Fort: Once known as 'Devgiri', this magnificent 12th
century fortress stands on a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. It was given
the name Daulatabad, the 'city of fortune', by Muhammad Tughlaq, Sultan of
Delhi. Initially a Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of several
dynasties in the Deccan. One of the world's best preserved fort of medieval
times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character
that made it invincible.
This is a Fortress that was conquered only by treachery. A series of
secret, quizzical, subterranean passages lie coiled like a python amidst the
fort. Here flaring torches were thrust upon an unwary enemy. Or hot oil
poured down his path, as he deliberated in the labyrinth. Also the heat from
a brazier was blown into the passage by a process of suction suffocating the
entire garrison within. The Fort itself lies in the body of an isolated
hill; the steep hill - sides at the base falling so sharply to the moat that
no hostile troops could scale the height.
The moat, 40 ft. deep with mechanical drawbridges teemed with crocodiles. A
5-kilometer sturdy wall, artificial scarping and a complicated series of
defenses made Daulatabad impregnable. The 30-meter high Chand Minar (Tower)
built much later with 3 circular galleries had a defensive and religious
role in the fortress. 0vernight will be at Aurangabad.
- Aurangabad - Mumbai
Breakfast will be at hotel or onboard the aircraft. Reach Mumbai and
transfer to hotel. Proceed for an excursion to the ELEPHANTA CAVES. On your
way back, proceed to see the interesting sites of Mumbai. Overnight will be
Mumbai arrival in mumbai and day for leisure
- Bombay/Goa (Flight)
A short flight takes us to the one time Portuguese colony of Goa, which
offers a unique blend of India with a strong Portuguese influence. We are
transferred to our beacheside resort to enjoy the relaxing Goan lifestyle
and sea activities. The beach in Goa offers both quite and a public area
where one would find lots of families enjoying the silver sands and the
local hawker selling home cooked snacks. Overnight: Hotel Taj Holiday
Village, Goa (2 nights)
is free for leisure activities in this tropical beach resort. You may also
wish to visit the World Heritage Site of the churches and convents of Goa,
the former capital of the Portuguese Indies. Of particular interest is the
Church of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb of St Francis-Xavier, a great
illustration of the evangelization of Asia. These monuments were influential
in spreading forms of Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art to all the
countries of Asia where missions were established.
Day free to relax on beach
Depart to your homke twon after having a rich cultural and heritage
experinece with relaxation on beach
(B) - Breakfast
(L) - Lunch
(D) - Dinner