Tour Itinerary- Mumbai – Bhandardara – Aurangabad – Ajanta – Ellora – Shirdi – Nashik – Mumbai – Guwahati – Bhalukpong – Dirang – Tawang – Bomdila – Kaziranga – Cherrapunjee – Shillong – Guwahati – Mumbai
Duration: 20 Nights and 21 Days
01 Day: Arrival Mumbai:
Welcome to the mesmerizing land of India. As per your scheduled flight, our representative will met, assist and escort you to the booked hotel. All documents will be handed over to you with traveling brief and interaction for any query in terms of tour and services. Rest of the time is for leisure and overnight at the hotel.
02 Day: Mumbai:
After breakfast take a city tour covering Parliament House, CST, Flora Fountain. Halt at Gateway of India an architectural marvel that scores over other buildings in Mumbai. From there opt for a pleasant half an hour motor-boat ride to the vicinities of the famous Elephanta caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. This island is home to a series of seven magnificent rock cut caves which show various incidents in the life of lord Siva and other dramatic moments from Hindu mythology. These are chiselled with immense artistic finesse. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India. After lunch (on your own), visit to Dhobi Ghat, a unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. Almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation. In the evening pass by Marine Drive fondly dubbed as the Queen’s Necklace, because of the dramatic curve of its streetlights at night. You may halt at Chowpatty Beach one of Mumbai’s most popular promenades and a favourite sunset-watching spot. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: Elephanta Caves is closed on every Monday.
03 Day: Mumbai – Bhandardara (180 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Bhandardara. On arrival transfer to the resort. Rest of the day is free for trekking, visit to Konkan Kada, a unique formation in the Sahyadris, Konkan Kada is a semicircular cliff consists of about 2,000 feet straight drops in to the Konkan plains. The surrounding grandeur and beauty of the plains and the mountains, leaves one absolutely spellbound. For those who seek a bit of action, Bhandardara provides plenty of opportunity for small treks and hikes. The most interesting is the small trek to Ratangad fort. Ratanwadi is at the foothills of Ratangad. You can visit an ancient Shiva temple at Ratanwadi. Ratangad is an interesting fortress, situated at the edge of ghats with numerous water cisterns and caves. It also commands an excellent view all around and is said to be the favorite fort of Chatrapati Shivaji. In the evening take a boat ride at Bhandardara Lake that was formed when the Wilson dam was built on Parvara River. The lake sits in midst of dense greenery and offers picture perfect scenery with hills encircling the lake. Overnight at the hotel.
04 Day: Bhandardara:
After breakfast visit to Randha Falls, falls near Bhandardara is enchanting during monsoons. The water from the dam overflows into a deep gorge creating a spectacular sight. Not surprisingly, Randha falls have served as the backdrop for song and dance sequences in a number of silver screen blockbusters. More adventurous ones can plan a trek to Kalsubai Mountain. There is certain amount of thrill in climbing Maharashtra’s tallest peak. It is an interesting climb that can be accomplished in three to four hours. It is extremely enjoyable in the early part of the monsoon or at the fag end of the monsoons. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
05 Day: Bhandardara – Aurangabad (240 kms: 5 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Aurangabad. Enroute visit Ellora, carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. Ellora is also world famous for the largest single monolithic excavation in the world, the great Kailasa. The finest specimens of cave – temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, were carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After visit proceed to Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
06 Day: Aurangabad – Ajanta (Excursion: 105 kms: 1 ½ hrs):
After breakfast take an excursion to the famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is world’s greatest historical monument recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Ajanta Caves were carved in the 2nd century BC out of a horseshoe-shaped cliff along the Waghora River. They were used by Buddhist monks as prayer halls (chaitya grihas) and monasteries (viharas) for about nine centuries, then abruptly abandoned. They fell into oblivion until they were rediscovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. They cover a span of 800 years where under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties, professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations, while simultaneously creating a painted record of the panorama of life in ancient India. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylized beauty and magical eloquence. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
07 Day: Aurangabad – Shirdi (130 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Aurangabad a historical city, named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Later visit to Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son’s loving tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the Queen of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Due to its similar design standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument is popularly known as the mini Taj of the Deccan and Panchakki – which literally means ‘Water Mill’ by Malik Ambar in 1695. It receives water from an underground channel, with its source being 6 km away in the mountains. 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. After visit proceed to Shirdi. Shirdi was the abode of the saint Sai Baba, who lived here for eighty years – and died here over eighty years ago. It is said that Sai Baba himself calls his devotees to Shirdi and that his blessings can heal even the deepest wound. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
08 Day: Shirdi – Nashik (90 kms: 2 hrs):
After breakfast proceed to “The Temple of Sai Baba of Shirdi”. Spend your time at the sacred atmosphere of Shirdi. Roam around in the spiritual atmosphere. Later drive to Nashik. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Nashik: A delightful town, usually bustling with fervent crowds. It paves way to many a fascinating forts and royally graceful temples that possess an aura of exuberance. Later explore the holy city visiting Kala Ram Temple, the city’s holiest temple with black stone deities of Rama; Sita and Lakshman, Ram Kund (pool) said to have been used by Rama and Sita during their exile. Its holy water is believed to provide Moksha (liberation of the soul). More interestingly, the water has the ability to dissolve bones and the remains of famous Indians have ended up here, followed by visit to Rameshwar or Naro Shankar Temple with its white marble structure is the richest and the most elaborate, the ornamental Sunder Narayan Temple is rich in carvings and domed porticoes, the Kapaleeswara Temple, Balaji Temple built on the confluence of the Godavari and the Saraswati (a mythical river that flows underground) houses copper images of Balaji. Overnight at the hotel.
09 Day: Nashik – Mumbai (180 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
10 Day: Mumbai – Guwahati (By Air):
Early morning check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Guwahati. Later take a local sightseeing tour of Guwahati. Guwahati is the commercial capital city of the northeastern state of Assam. Formerly known as Pragjyotishpur (the City of Eastern Light). Fixed between the picturesque hills of the eastern flanks of the Himalayan mountain range, Guwahati houses the political capital of the state, Dispur. The gateway to the seven other northeastern states, also referred as seven sisters, Guwahati is a vital tourist base point. Visit Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra – a place where Assamese history and culture is depicted in a sprawling enclosure, State Museum and visit to Emporiums for ethnic local products. Then take a temple visit to Maa Kamakhya Temple – dedicated to Mother Goddess Kamakhya, Nabagraha Temple – the “temple of nine planets”, Sukleshwar Temple – dedicated to Shiva and Balaji Temple. In the evening, take a cruise across the river Brahmaputra. Overnight at the hotel.
11 Day: Guwahati – Bhalukpong (240 kms: 5 hrs):
Today morning drive to Bhalukpong. On arrival, transfer to the eco camp. Bhalukpong is a small town on the banks of the Kameng River bordering the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a definite paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventurer seekers, with great opportunities for hiking, rafting and angling. In the evening explore the local area and opt for some adventure sports activities. Overnight at the eco camp.
12 Day: Bhalukpong – Dirang (155 kms: 5 ½ hrs):
Today morning visit the Tipi Orchid house which promotes orchid conservation, research and development. Here you will find a number of orchid houses, natural orchidarium and botanic garden with rare species of orchids like Paphiopedilum venustum, P. spicerianum, Vanda coerulea, Coelogyne, Renanthera imschootiana etc. A large number of orchid hybrids produced by the center are on displayed here and are up for sale. Later drive to Dirang. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
13 Day: Dirang – Tawang (140 kms: 6 hrs):
Today morning drive to Tawang, located an altitude of 10200 ft. On the way we will be crossing Sela Pass. At 14000 ft it is the highest motorable pass in the Northeast. Journey to Tawang is all about passing by the breath taking vistas and making your way through narrow, steep curvy roads leading to the Sela Pass. On the way also stop over at the Nuranang Waterfall. Welcome to Tawang the ‘land of monpas’. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening is free to walk around Tawang town. Overnight at the hotel.
14 Day: Tawang:
Today morning visit the landmark of Tawang, the 400 year-old Gaden Namgyal Lhatse popularly known as the Tawang monastery. It was founded by the Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in the year 1681 in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. It also has an interesting legend surrounding its name which literally means “Chosen by Horse”. Here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley. Followed by a visit to Urgelling Monastery, located 5 kms from Tawang Town. Far away from the crowd of the town, is the beautiful Pankang Teng Tso (P.T. Tso) lake. Evening is free at the local market. Overnight at the hotel.
15 Day: Tawang – Bomdila (180 kms: 7 hrs):
Today morning check out from the hotel and drive to Bomdila. En route stop over at the Jang waterfall and Indo China war memorial. Continue to drive to Bomdila. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Located at a height of 8500 ft above the sea level, Bomdila is a beautiful small town with cool climate, apple orchards, artistic locals, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Buddhist Gompas, making it one of the most sought after destinations of Arunachal. Evening you can walk around the town and visit the Lower Gompa. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila reflects the Buddhist culture of the town. The Orchid Research and Development Station at Tippi and two other Orchid conservation sanctuaries located at Sessa and Dirang are worth seeing places. You may also opt for some shopping of unique souvenirs at the local craft centre. Overnight at the hotel.
16 Day: Bomdila – Kaziranga (225 kms: 7 hrs):
Today morning check out of the hotel and drive to Kaziranga. Kaziranga National Park is a birding paradise; the grasslands are a raptor country that can be seen on safari makes a remarkable experience. It covers an area of approximately 430-sq-kms with its swamps and tall thickets of elephant grass making it the ideal habitat for the Indian One-Horned Rhino. Beside of course the great one horned Indian Rhino, the other major wild attractions include a large population of Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tiger, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons, Monitor Lizards, etc. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening if time permits take a jeep safari through the grassland and woodland of the Central Range / western Range. Overnight at the hotel.
17 Day: Kaziranga:
Early morning elephant ride in the Central Range. After the elephant safari, followed by a jeep safari in the Eastern Range of the park. Later return back to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
18 Day: Kaziranga – Shillong (300 kms: 7 hrs):
Today morning check out of the hotel and drive to Shillong. Shillong also called ‘Scotland of the East”. The place, the people and the climate all combined together to create an amiable atmosphere, to make Shillong Meghalaya an ideal holiday destination throughout the year. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
19 Day: Shillong – Cherrapunji (86 kms: 3 hrs):
Today morning check out of the hotel and drive to Cherrapunjee. Cherrapunjee is a stunning location and the year-round rain earned Cherrapunjee coveted entry long ago into the Guinness Book of World Records as the wettest place on earth, the place where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. On the way visit Nokalikai waterfalls, lime stone cave. You can also explore some of the caves in and around Cherrapunjee. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
20 Day: Cherrapunjee – Shillong (86 kms: 3 hrs):
Today morning is free for leisure. Later check out of the hotel and drive to Shillong. En-route visit Elephanta falls and Shillong peak for some breathtaking views. Evening visit the markets in the Police Bazar. Overnight at the hotel.
21 Day: Shillong – Guwahati (100 kms: 3 hrs) – Mumbai (By Air) – Onwards Journey (By Air):
Today morning take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting Lady Hydari Park, Wards Lake and Cathedral. Then drive to Guwahati. On arrival transfer to the airport to board you’re the scheduled flight for Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onwards journey with happy memories of your holiday to India.