Glimpses of Western India
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places to Visit : Mumbai — Ahmedabad — Wakaner — Gir — Palitana — Bhavnagar — Aurangabad — Goa
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, Welcome and assistance upon arrival at the airport. Later transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Mumbai
Morning free to relax and adjust to the time zone. Afternoon city tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India built to commemorate the visit of King George V, Prince of Wales Museum, Crawford market, Dhobi Ghat.
Day 03: Mumbai — Ahmedabad
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Ahmedabad. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Ahmedabad. Ahemadabad contains some very fine museums, the Calico museum of textile being considered one the worlds fines. This walled city is testimony to India’s crafts. Visit some of the famous ancient wooden Jain temples, shaking minarets, Jumma Masjid and modern architectural design buildings.
Day 04: Ahmedabad — Wankaner
Transfer to airport for flight to Rajkot. Arrive and drive to Wankaner. Afternoon city tour of Wankaner includes visit to stupendous 1907 Ranjit Vilas Palace.
Day 05: Wankaner — Gir
Early morning drive to Sasan Gir Forest for game viewing. This forest is the last remaining natural habitat of the Asiatic Lions, teak and deciduous forest, leopard, deer, monkeys, hyena, peacocks etc.
Day 06: Gir
Full day game viewing at the Jungle.
Day 07: Gir — Palitana
Morning drive to palitana. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour. Palitana is a gateway to Shatrunjaya, the Place of Victory. It is famous as one of Jainism’s holiest pilgrimage places. The climb up 2 kms to the hill will lead you into 863 different Jain temples built over a period of 900 years. The most important temple is dedicated to Sri Adhiswara, the first tirthankar a Jain Founder) Nearby is the Muslim shrine of Angar pi. Childless women come here and make offering of miniature cradles at this shrine to become mothers.
Day 08: Palitana — Bhavnagar
Morning drive to Bhavnagar. Arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour. Bhavnagar was once a Princely State, was founded in 1743 is now a flourishing port of Khambat. This city is famous for sacred Shatrunjaya hills, Takhteswar temple situated on hilltop and Gaurshankar lake.
Day 09: Bhavnagar — Mumbai
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel.
Day 10: Mumbai — Aurangabad
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Aurangabad. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Ellora caves. (Caves closed on Monday) Ellora Caves — Three distinct groups of temples relate the story of the evolution of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Chiseled out of rock by religious monks over the centuries, the sites were chosen for their seclusion. Over 2000 years old, they are compared to the Pyramids for their amazing construction, sculptures and frescoes. The most marvelous of all is the Stupendous Rock Temple of Kailash.
Day 11: Aurangabad — Mumbai
Full day visit to Ajanta caves. Ajanta Caves — 112 km from Aurangabad, the caves here which are over 2000 years old hewn out of a solid rock. The wall paintings and frescoes of these caves have a beautiful flow of line and a wealth of color. Evening transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel.
Day 12: Mumbai — Goa
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Goa. Arrive and check — in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Goa. Goa — famous for its world renowned goldenbeaches and its Dutch Portuguese influence. Visit Basilica Cathedral where the body of St. Francis Xavier is enshrined, Patriarch’s Palace, Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Day 13: Goa
Full day free to relax at the world famous Golden beaches of Goa.
Day 14: Goa — Mumbai
Morning free to relax at the beach. Afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Day 15: Mumbai — Onward Journey
Transfer to airport for flight to your onward destination.