08 Night 09 Days
Duration- 08 Night 09 Days ( 02 night Mumbai 01 night Nashik 01 Nights Shirdi, 02 Nights Aurangabad 02 Night Bhimashankar
Day 01: Arrive in Mumbai
Upon arrival at Mumbai International airport /Railway Station meet with our representative & transfer to the hotel. The day is free for rest and exploring the city on your own. Overnight stay at a hotel in Mumbai.
Day 02: Mumbai
After Morning breakfast proceeds to Gateway of India to take the catamaran for Elephanta Caves with an accompanied English Speaking Guide. Enjoy a one-hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbour brings you to the lovely, green Elephanta Island. Elephanta Island is a popular tourist destination because of the island's cave temples, the Elephanta Caves, which have been carved out of rock. The island is easily accessible by ferry from Mumbai, being about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) from the southeast coast of the island city. After exploring Elephanta island return back to the Gateway of India. After lunch proceeds to a city sightseeing tour. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Mumbai – Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga (195 km) – Nashik (30 km)
After breakfast in the Morning drive to Trimbakeshwar.
Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 28 km from Nashik City near Brahamgiri hill. Trimbakeshwar is well connected by state transport buses to all major cities of Maharashtra, Gujrat, and Madhyapradesh. The present temple was constructed by the third Peshwa Bajirao (1740-1760) on the site of an old Temple. After Trimbakeshwar proceeds to Nashik. upon arrival in Nashik visit Panchavati. River Godavari flows through Nashik and its Northern part is called Panchavati. It is mentioned in the Ramayana that Lord Shri Ram and Sita along with Laxman stayed at Panchavati for some time during their Vanvas (exile). Due to this Panchavati has gained holy importance. There is five Banyan (Vat) trees and hence the area is called Panchavati. Nearby is Sita Gufa (cave) where Sita is said to have stayed for some time. In the evening transfer to the hotel. overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Nashik – Shirdi (90 km)
Take morning breakfast in the hotel and proceed to Shirdi which is 85km by road from Nashik. Upon arrival check into the hotel. In the afternoon visit Sai Baba Temple. Shirdi is a well-known religious town dedicated to the saint who preached the theory of one god and wished for amicable relations between all religious groups. Shirdi is dedicated to Sai Baba. The Samadhi Mandir, Guru Sthan, and Khandoba are among the holy temple to be visited during a visit to Sai Baba. Overnight stay in Shirdi.
Day 05: Shirdi – Aurangabad (109 km) – Ajanta (100 km) - Aurangabad (100 km)
The morning after breakfast drive to Ajanta via Aurangabad( 104km) to have a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves –
The Ajanta Caves are a Buddhist monastery complex consisting of 29 caves (as officially numbered by the Archaeological Survey of India), located in a wooded and rugged horseshoe-shaped ravine about 3.5 km from the village of Ajantha, which is situated in the Aurangābād district of Maharashtra State in India (106 kilometers away from the city of Aurangabad)
Day 06: Aurangabad – Ellora (30 km) - Shani Shignapure (84 km) – Ahmadnagar (35 km)
The morning after breakfast an excursion to Ellora caves, Grishneshwar Jyotirlingam & Renuka Mata temple.
The caves are over 2000 years old and consist of temples and monasteries hewn from rocks by Buddhist, Hindu, and Jains monks and craftsmen, (Ellora caves are closed on Tuesday).
The temple enshrines one of the most revered 12 Jyotirlingas in India. This lingam is also known as Kusum Eswarar, Grishneshwar, and Ghushmeshwar, apart from Grishneshwar. The temple was re-constructed in the 18th century by Ahilyabai Holkar. The temple is constructed in red volcanic rocks and the appealing appearance of the temple is eye-catching. The temple has a 5 tier Shikara, which is very attractive. Shikara is crowned with images of Bull and Monkeys.
After the visit drive to Ahmadnagar. En route we will visit Shani Shinganapur - The temple of God Shani is about 75 km from Shirdi. Here the houses of people who stay in the village are without doors and windows! It is said/believed that a person, who steals anything, gets blind on the same day as a punishment by God Shani. Plenty of people visit this place while they visit Shirdi. Further, continue drive to Ahmednagar. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07: Ahmadnagar – Lenyadri (Junnar) (112 km) – Bhimashankar (75 km)
The morning after breakfast drive to Lenyadri to visit Girijatmaja's Idol. Lenyadri is the only place among Ashtavinayaka places, which is situated on a mountain & in the vicinity of the Buddhist caves. Girijatmaja's idol faces east. Parvati consecrated Ganesh's idol in the cave wherein she had performed penances. Out of 18 Buddhist caves on the mountain, Girijatmaj Vinayak's temple is in the eight caves. These caves are also called Ganesh Caves. The temple is reached after climbing 307 steps. Further, we will drive to Bhimashankar. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Bhimashankar – Mumbai (250 km)
After breakfast temple visit & local sightseeing of Bhimashankar. Bhimashankar temple is an exquisitely carved Nagra-style 18th-century Jyotirlinga temple erected over a self-emanated Shivalinga. The Bhimashankar temple is said to have been built by Nana Phadnavis- a diplomat of the Peshwas. A well-trodden trail begins right behind the temple that leads deep into the forest to Gupt Bhima. It is also the origin of the river Bhima. A waterfall gushes over a stone lingam to mark the exact spot of Gupt Bhima. Later in the afternoon drive to Mumbai via Lonavala. Upon arrival check into the hotel. overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09: Departure
In this way your Maharashtra religious tour ends today. After Morning breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination.with memorable experiences of Gagangiri Tours & Travels. (MTDC Approved Travel Agency)
Tour & services Ends.
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