Mumbai is the most populous metropolitan city of India and the eighth most populous city in the World. Mumbai's culture is a blend of traditional festivals, food, music and theatres, entertainment and night life. Mumbai's history as a major trading centre has led to a diverse range of cultures, religions and cuisines coexisting in the city. It is the home of Indian Cinema that famous as Bollywood (equal to Hollywood of USA). Aurangabad is a historic city of Maharashtra, famous for its many historical monuments, including the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta (110 KM from Aurangabad) and Ellora (30 KM from Aurangabad) Caves. It is popularly said to be a City of Gates and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city. Recently Aurangabad has been declared as the Tourism capital of Maharashtra.
After arrival at the airport transfer to the hotel & take some rest. Post lunch move to Mumbai sightseeing which includes Haji Ali mosque, Gateway of India, after that retune to the hotel, overnight at hotel.
Mumbai - Situated in Western part of India, Mumbai is known as the financial capital of India. Its elongated shape is divided between Modern South Mumbai and Upcoming North Mumbai. Welcome to the city that never sleeps! Pulsating, Alive, On the Move, Vibrant, Fun. This is Mumbai or as it is still frequently referred to -- Bombay. The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernization.
Haji Ali Mosque - The ethereal 400 year old dargah (grave) is located on a small island in the middle of North and South Mumbai, boasting of beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture.
Juhu Beach - Juhu is most famous for the sprawling beach destination. Juhu is surrounded in the west by Arabian Sea, in the north by Versova, in the east by Santacruz and Vile Parle and in the south by Khar.
After B/F at hotel move to full day sightseeing of Mumbai which includes Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum & Marine Drive.
Gateway of India - Known as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, the Gateway was built during the British Raj and served as an entry point into the city of Mumbai.
Prince of Wales Museum - Renamed in the year 2000 as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the museum comprises of art, archaeological and historical artifact collections and was built in the early years of 20th century. It offers an insight even into the Indus Valley civilization, and has a collection of relics from the time of earlier dynasties like Guptas, Mauryas and Chalukyas etc.
Marine Drive - Take a walk along the lingering Marine drive during the day when palm trees provide respite from the scorching Mumbai sun, or at dawn when one gets to witness the Queens necklace.
Post lunch move to visit Elephanta Cave, Chowpatty Beach & Sanjay Gandhi National Park after that return to hotel, overnight at hotel.
Elephanta Cave - After half an hour of Boat journey, enjoy the heritage of Buddhist era and return onshore to do further sightseeing.
Chowpatty Beach - Bite into delicious Indian street food at the Chowpatty beach and enjoy the sunset while looking at a complete view of the Queens necklace.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park - The Sanjay Gandhi national park is breathtaking with its wide variety of flora and fauna. Every year, millions of people visit the park, which is also home to the famous Kanheri Caves.
After B/F at hotel transfer to Aurangabad and check in to hotel, overnight at hotel. Travel by air to Aurangabad. The journey is of about 372 km and takes about 40 minutes by air and 07- 08 hours approx by road. By rail it takes 07hrs. Constructed in the 17th century, this Portuguese Fort has been used for a variety of purposes, even serving as a prison at one point.
Aurangabad - The gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora, Aurangabad is named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. Lying along the right bank of the Kham River, the city is the district headquarters, which offers visitors all the modern comforts and amenities.There are several luxury and budget hotels, shopping centers and banks.
After B/F at hotel proceed to Excursion of Ajanta cave, after that return to hotel, overnight at hotel.
Ajanta - These 2nd century caves are fine achievements by Buddhist monks. Beautiful frescoes, wall paintings and vivid sculptures reflect the peak of ancient Indian art and architecture. The horseshoe shaped gorge has 30 caves dividend in two phases. Ajanta dates from 100 B.C. The village of Ajanta is in the Sahyadri hills, about 99 kms. From Aurangabad; a few miles away in a mammoth horseshoe-formed rock, are 30 caves overlooking a gorge, `each forming a room in the hill and some with inner rooms.
After B/F at hotel proceed to visit pre lunch sightseeing which includes Daultabad fort.
Ellora - The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jai temples. UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the finest examples of rock cut caves, there are 34 caves, Cave 16 is the most famous and has Lord Shiva sculpted on the rocks-the largest monolith in the world.
Daulatabad Fort - Devagiri (Daultabad of the later period), 11kms north-west of Aurangabad, is a famous for its formidable hill fort. The fort is situated on an isolated cone-shaped hill rising abruptly from the plain to the height of about 190 metres. The Daulatabad fortress was an old Hindu stronghold originally called Devgiri Fort. Emperor Mohammed-bin-Tughlaq captured and plundered it in the 13th century and made it the second capital of the Delhi Sultanate renaming it Daulatabad. It is famous for its series of trick defences, secret escape routes etc.
Post lunch move to visit Bibi ka maqbara & Panchakki at Aurangabad after that return to hotel, overnight at hotel.
Bibi-ka-Maqbara - Situated about 3 km from the city is Bibi Ka Maqbara, the burial place of Aurangzeb's wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani. It is an imitation of the Taj at Agra and due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the Mini Taj of the Deccan.
Panchakki (water mill) - Housed in the Dargah complex of Baba Shah Musafir, it is a 17th-century water mill situated at a distance of 1 km from the city. An intriguing water mill, the Panchakki is famous for its underground water channel, which traverses more than 8 km to its source away in the mountains.
After B/F at hotel transfer to airport/railway station for onward Journey.