West India contains the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and part of the massive, central state of Madhya Pradesh. The west coast extends from the Gujarat peninsula down to Goa, and it is lined with some of India's best beaches. The land along the coast is typically lush, with rainforests reaching southward from Bombay all the way to into Goa. A long mountain chain, the Western Ghats, separates the verdant coast from the Vindya mountains and the dry Deccan plateau further inland.
West India is a region that offers spiritual solace of centuries and the sylvan serenity of the countryside. The region is home to rich cultural heritage with innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces . The natural beauty is equally varied, consisting of plateaus, spectacular mountain ranges, meandering rivers and miles of dense forests offering a unique and exciting experience.
Day 01 : Gwalior
Arrive Gwalior, the ancient city of Gwalior is steeped in its past splendour. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. A multitude of reigning dynasties, the Pratiharas, Kachwahas and Tomars have left imprints of their rule, in this city of palaces, temples and monuments. Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour of Gwalior, visit the Gwalior Fort. It dominates the city and is the most renowned land mark, its walls housing several fascinating temples and palaces in ruins. A steep road winds upwards to the Fort, flanked by statues of Jain tirthankaras carved into the rock face. The Fort area is also home of the Scindia school. Later proceed to visit Jai Vilas Palace and Museum. Rest of the day is at leisure or explore this historic city on your own. Overnight at the hotel
Day 2 : Gwalior – Datia – Orcha
After breakfast, proceed for Datia (69 kms/1.5 hrs), it is mentioned in the Mahabharata as Daityavakra'. The main monuments here are the 7 storied palace of Raja Bir Singh Deo and Gopeshwar Temple. Later drive to Orcha ( 60 Kms / 1 hr ). Lunch at Orcha followed by sightseeing of Orcha. Orcha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular. The noble proportions of their exteriors and interiors represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. In the Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal, vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes, bring the walls and ceilings to rich life. Rest of the evening is at leisure,. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Orcha-Khajuraho
After breakfast, proceed to Khajuraho (150 kms – 4 hrs). On arrival check-into the hotel. Evening enjoy a sound and light show at the Khajuraho temples. Overnight at the hotel
Day 04: Khajuraho
After breakfast, visit the fascinating Western group of temples. The temples of Khajuraho have been declared a 'world heritage' site by UNESCO in order to preserve the rich legacy of architecture, bequeathed to future generations by the Kings of the Chandela dynasty. These temples are famous for their intricate sculptures and erotic carvings that are one of the outstanding achievements of Indian art. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel
Day 5 : Khajuraho
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward journey
Day 1: Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Check into the hotel. Evening is at leisure. Explore Mumbai's nightlife by visiting Chowpatty beach on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Mumbai
After an early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a half-day excursion to the Elephanta Caves, a popular World Heritage Site. Return to the hotel for lunch on your own Afternoon continue the sightseeing tour of the 'city of dreams', Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, Gandhi Memorial Museum and the Jain Temple in the Malabar Hills. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Mumbai - Aurangabad
After breakfast, depart for the airport to board a flight to Aurangabad. On arrival in Aurangabad, you will be met and transferred to the hotel and proceed for a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Aurangabad that includes visits to Paithan Darwaza, Jalna Darwaza, Mecca Darwaza, Delhi Darwaza, Shivaji Museum and Bibi-Ka-Maqbara. Remember to buy beautiful handicraft articles from Paithani and Himroo showrooms. Later return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Aurangabad
After breakfast, leave for a full day excursion to the Ajanta Caves, the famous archaeological masterpiece that has earned the status of World Heritage Site. Known for its prehistoric caves, gorgeous locations, towering sculptures and breathtaking caves. After observing the Buddhist motifs and style as portrayed in the exotic sculptures of Ajanta Caves, return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Aurangabad - Mumbai
After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Ellora Caves, another great archaeological masterpiece that has been awarded the status of World Heritage Site. Visit all the 34 Buddhist monasteries, Jain Shrines and Hindu Temples at Ellora. While returning to the hotel, visit the famous Daulatabad Fort. Later return to the hotel. and then leave for the airport to board the flight back to Mumbai.
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