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Caves, Temples, Vineyard & Spa Retreat Tour From Mumbai

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This 11 days Caves, Temples, Vineyard & Spa Retreat Tour will begin with your arrival in Mumbai. Explore the colonial era monuments, museums and caves in Mumbai, then drive to Nashik an ancient holy city links to the Ramayana epic poem. Explore the flourishing wine industry and enjoy fabulous Nashik vineyard tours. Continue drive to Aurangabad to visit the UNESCO world heritage sites of Ajanta & Ellora Caves. Next rejuvenate yoursenf in the lap of nature at Atmantan - an international luxury health and wellness resort located near Pune offering the best practices in ayurveda, spa, fitness and yoga. At the end we will drop you off to Mumbai airport.

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

On arrival at Mumbai airport assistance & transfer to hotel. Rest time free to relax and personal activities. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Mumbai (B)

City tour of Mumbai. Drive via Marine Drive one of the most beautifully laid boulevards in the city to reach Gateway of India. Board a ferry from here to reach Elephanta Caves (Monday closed). A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where caves are located. Afterwards cruise back to Gateway of India and then city tour. Drive pass CST & Parliament House. Visit Dhobhi Ghat to see the city famous open air laundry in action. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, a grade I Heritage Building of the city counted amongst one of the most prominent museums of India. The complex exhibits a myriad collection of ancient artefacts, artwork and sculptors of the country which give a unique insight into our past. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Mumbai - Nashik (200kms) (B)

Drive to Nashik check in at hotel. Later city tour of Nashik the ancient holy city known for its links to Ramayana the epic poem. Visit Panchavati Temple complex on the bank of Godavari River which include Ram Kund where Lord Rama believed to have bathed in water tank. Shri Kalaram Sansthan Mandir an ancient shrine to Lord Rama, and Sita Gufaa caves. Also visit Sundarnarayan Temple, ISKCON Temple & millennium old Pandavleni Caves. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Nashik (B)

Excursion to visit Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlingas Temple, constructed by the third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (1740-1760) at the site of an even older temple at the foot of the Brahmagiri Hill, flanked by the hills of Nilagiri and Kalagiri. Made entirely of black stone, it is a beautiful pilgrimage center for Hindus, dedicated to Lord Shiva. River Godavari originates from Kusavarta, a pond within the temple premises. While you are here, you can also explore the impressive Brahmagiri Fort, and Gangadwar, located in close vicinity to the temple.
Nashik also known as the ‘Wine Capital of India’, and its home to some of the best vineyards in the country. The premium quality wine produced at these wineries has made it famous on the global front as well. Explore the flourishing wine industry and enjoy fabulous Nashik vineyard tours. Nashik produces about 10,000 tons of grapes per year. A major chunk of the wineries in India, i.e. 22 out of a total of 46, lies in Nashik which is a great feat in itself. You will get ample of opportunities to get acquainted with the different stages in wine preparation and spend time sipping the delightful drink. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Nashik - Aurangabad (200kms) (B)

Drive to Aurangabad via visiting Shirdi known as home of revered spiritual leader Sai Baba. The Samadhi Mandir shrine has an ornate marble statue of Sai Baba, alongside his tomb. Close by are Dwarkamai, a mosque where Sai Baba once lived, and tree-lined Lendi Garden.
Arrive Aurangabad check in at hotel. Later visit Bibi ka Maqbara, the white marbled monument, a son loving tribute to his mother. Panchakki, which literally means water mill. An artificial waterfall has been created near the mill, through which this water is discharged on to the wheel to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims. And Aurangabad Caves the twelve rock-cut Buddhist shrines located on a hill running roughly east to west, close to the city of Aurangabad. The first reference to the Aurangabad Caves is in the great chaitya of Kanheri Caves. The Aurangabad Caves were dug out of comparatively soft basalt rock during the 6th and 7th century. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Aurangabad (B)

Excursion to visit the Ellora Caves (Tuesday closed), a UNESCO World Heritage Site from about 200 BC. to 650 AD. There are 34 monasteries and temples at Ellora, belonging to the three different religions Buddhism, Hinduism & Jainism. Grishneshwar Temple one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan.

 

Day 7: Aurangabad (B)

Excursion to Ajanta (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while hunting tiger. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between AD 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora which date from about 200 BC to 650 AD. Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha`s life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves. Drive back to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

 

Day 8: Aurangabad - Atmantan Spa, Pune (250kms) (B)

Drive to Pune and check in at Atmantan Spa. Nestled in the crystal dense Sahyadri Mountains and overlooking the pristine Mulshi Lake, Atmantan is a sanctuary of wellness, an international luxury wellness resort tucked into the folds of lush, green, misty valley, where trained experts guide you to a better sense of wellbeing. It is the ultimate destination for reconnecting with yourself, revisalizing your body and refreshing your mind. Atmantan is a place for personal transformation and deep understanding of how to achieve holistic wellness. 
A dedicated team of wellness practitioners provides luxury wellness services to guests. At Atmantan you will enjoy a myriad of daily activities including yoga, meditation, breathing, dance, TRX, pilates, aqua aerobics, cooking classes, circuit training and wellness lectures. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 9: Atmantan Spa, Pune (B)

Day free and easy to relax and for Ayurvedic treatments. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Atmantan Spa, Pune (B)

Day free and easy to relax and for Ayurvedic treatments. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11: Atmantan Spa, Pune - Mumbai - Departure (Flight) (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

Assistance on arrival at airport.

10 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.

Daily breakfast & meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)

Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.

English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

Bottled drinking water in car.

Government taxes.

Any flight tickets.

Camera charges at monuments.

Meals other than mentioned in day plan.

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

Gratuities & optional activities.

Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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