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Namaste! Welcome to India and New Delhi the capital city of India. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day yours to relax after your long flight.
Mumbai or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains India’s city of dreams. Today we embark on a glittering city tour, with a morning visit to the cave temples of Elephanta Island sculpted during the 5th to the 8th centuries. In the afternoon visit the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive and the Mani Bhawan Jain temple.
Built largely by the British around one of the best-protected natural harbours in the world, Mumbai is India’s strategic economic centre. The city is also is home to the country’s prolific Bollywood film industry, which cranks out more feature films than any place in the world. Today we tour a working Bollywood film studio, with time to explore Chowpatty Beach or shop the city’s labyrinth of alleyways and colourful bazaars.
This morning early we fly to Aurangabad arriving at 08:00 am we transfer you to your hotel. Today we explore the Ellora caves, a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religions - Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. (please note caves are closed on tuesdays)
Older than the Ellora caves (200 BC to 650 AD) the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Buddhist caves of Ajanta are also cut from the volcanic lava. They reside on the near-vertical, horse-shoe shaped ravine known as the ‘Deccan Trap’. Lost to the world after the 7th century it was discovered by accident in 1819, by a party of British officers on a hunting expedition. Today we visit some of the 30 caves, boasting remarkably preserved frescoes created and painted using minerals, ochres and lime.
Departing with your chauffer driven car we travel to Pune. The remainder of your day is at leisure when you arrive.
Pune was chosen by the British in 1820 as an alternative headquarters for the Bombay Residency and many of the British buildings survive. Today we visit the Raja Kelkar Museum which houses an eclectic collection of artworks and curios and Shaniwar Wada - a 17th century ruined fortress-like palace. Later we tour to the famous Rajneesh (Osho) ashram and Aga Khan’s Palace - the site where Gandhi and other leaders of India’s independence movement were detained for nearly two years.
The palm fringed beaches of Goa beckons! After a morning at leisure we fly to Goa with the 13:30 flight (does not operate on saturdays) Arriving in Goa we transfer you to your hotel.
Welcome to the palm-fringed shores of Goa. A one time Portuguese colony, Goa is truly a trpical paradise. Leave the world behind as you watch the sun set over the Arabian sea, sample fresh food and seafood, swim in Goa's warm waters or simply soak up the sun!
Farewell incredible India! We transfer you to Goa airport for the short one hour flight to Mumbai where you can connect with your late night flight home.
Often called the 'open air art gallery of Rajasthan', the region of medieval Shekhawati in northeastern Rajasthan lies in the ...