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Day - 1 : Arrive Mumbai
The commercial capital of India. Depending upon the arrival time it may be necessary to hold the accommodation from previous night as check in & check out time is 12 noon in most of the hotels. Half day time permits visiting The Gateway of India & the chief Entry port of India is a largest industrial center & is most cosmopolitan city in the east. With it’s beautiful natural horbour, studied with emerald island & palm fringed shore which-rises gradually to the mountain peaks. It is one of the finest waterfronts. Highlights of the city sightseeing includes Gateway of India , Hanging gardens, prince of wales museum. The bustling Crawford market, flora fountain & dhobhi ghat –a vast outdoor laundry.
Day - 2 : Mumbai-Aurangabad
Mumbai transfer to Mumbai airport in time to connect flight to Aurangabad, check in to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Ellora Caves : About 18 miles away from the city of Aurangabad-a group of rock temples-possess a magnificent series of Buddhist, Brahmanical & Jain temples of the 9th century A.D. Kailash Temple, hewn out of a single rock, carved with life size figures of gods and goddesses , is a wonder. ( Ellora caves closed on all Tuesday).
Day - 3 : Aurangabad
After breakfast full day tour of Ajanta caves: Hewn out of rocks richly sculptured and with walls ceilings and pillars adorned with fresco paintings depict the life of Buddha. These cave picture galleries are unique in the history of art and the date from the 22nd century B.C To the 7th century A.D. (Ajanta caves closed on all Mondays).
Day - 4 : Aurangabad-Shirdi
After breakfast leave by surface for Shirdi(125kms/3hrs)-(en route) visit Daulatabad Fort, this hilltop fortress was built in 1187, Mohammad Tughlak (the mad sultan of Delhi) who shifted his capital here. On arrival check in to hotel & overnight at hotel.
Day - 5 : Shirdi-Pune
Early morning visit temple of Sai Saba ( there are very long queues for Sai Baba Temple ) & the temple of Shani ( Temple devoted to Saturn). After lunch leave by surface for Pune (185kms/4hrs) the cultural capital of Maharashtra . Rest of the day free and overnight at hotel.
Day - 6 : Pune
Full day city tour of Pune city visiting Kasturba Gandhi Smriti Mandir ( Aga Khan Palace) where Kasturba Gandhi-wife of Mahatma Gandhi breathed her last in Internment, Pataleshwer cave temple, shaniwar wada-a palace built in 1736 which was destroyed in a fire in 1827, Osha commune- At koregao park is Guru.
Day - 7 : Pune-Delhi
After breakfast transfer to Pune airport in time to connect flight to Delhi. On arrival check into hotel & half day city tour of Delhi & New Delhi visiting: Two & a half hours drive around old Delhi visiting the Red-Fort one of the magnificent palaces of the east with Diwan-e-Am, where once stood the jeweled peacock Thorne –studded with diamonds & precious stones, & the graceful pearl mosque, Jama masjid which is considered the biggest mosque in India , Chandni Chowk –a typical bazaar with narrow lanes & traditional traders, Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi the father of the nation was cremated & the Government buildings .
Day - 8 : Delhi-Home Town
Leave in time for Delhi airport to connect flight back home. (Hotel checkout 12:00 hrs).