5 Nights Itinerary Covering: Mumbai - Khandala - Lonavala- Mahabaleshwar - Alibagh - Mumbai
The hill stations of the state of Maharashtra boast of pristine beauty, cool weather and enchanting locations. Similarly, the beaches also have an amazing charm. Amazing Maharashtra Tour by Indian Holiday is a well-planned itinerary that offers you a chance to explore some of the most popular hill towns and beaches of Maharashtra. During this itinerary of 5 nights and 6 days, you visit destinations like Khandala, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar and Alibagh along with visiting the popular tourist destinations of Mumbai. Enjoy the amazing weather, indulge in fun activities at the beaches, partake in sightseeing and so on.
On your arrival in Mumbai Airport meet our IHPL representative who further escorts you to your hotel. Check-in and relax in your Room. Rest of the time is to be spent at leisure. In the evening take a stroll around the locale if you wish to. Return to your hotel by evening, have dinner and stay overnight.
Mumbai was given the name City of Dreams owing to tremendous opportunity it holds, mainly in Hindi cinema. The city is the capital of Maharashtra and overlooks the gamboling waves of Arabian Sea. Its cityscape might remind you of that of New York. But along with the bustling nooks, Mumbai has clung on to its heritage and history and takes immense pride in all of that. It is unarguable that this very city gives a cut-throat competition to even the most developed cities worldwide, let alone of India.
Have your breakfast in the morning and proceed for Mumbai local sightseeing tour, which includes Elephanta Caves, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Garden, Juhu Beach, Gateway of India and Marine Drive.
Elephanta cave is located in Gharapuri (The City of Caves), approximately ten kilometers away from Mumbai Harbor. The caves consist mainly of two groups- Hindu Caves (consisting five caves) and Buddhist Caves (consisting of two caves). This rock-cut architecture adopted for the caves is datable to a time between 5th and 8th century. However an apt date of its construction is yet a mystery but historians have concluded them to the time when Mauryan rulers were defeated by Badami Chalukyas in 635 AD. Back then, the Elephanta was the capital of Konkan Mauryas and was called Puri or Purika. The caves today are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next attraction of your Mumbai Tour is Prince of Wales Museum, also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. It was founded in 20th century in order to commemorate the visit of Prince Wales. There are about 50000 exhibits inside the museum divided into three categories- Art, Archeology and Natural History. Artifacts and relics of Indus Valley Civilization, Guptas, Mauryas, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and others are put here for public display. Other than this, you can behold beautiful prints, illustration of different wildlife species, paintings, manuscripts etc.
Just a few kilometers away from the museum is where the landmark of Mumbai stands, The Gateway of India. This structure was built in order to commemorate the visit of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Take a leisure stroll in the Hanging Garden, which is perched at the top of Malabar Hill, overlooking the beautiful Arabian Sea. This manicured terrace garden is festooned with a huge variety of plants and flower species. Juhu Beach, the popular beach of Mumbai is thronged with visitors. Some of Mumbai’s best street food and restaurants are located here. Marine drive is located in the heart of Mumbai, just beside a busy road. But the horns and screeches of city’s road don’t really interrupt the serenity that is attained here while sipping a cup of coffee and just simply unwinding.
Overnight stay in hotel.
Today, get all set to get transferred to Lonavala, by road. After breakfast, begin driving for Lonavala, via Khandala. While on the way, treat your eyes to the lush greenery spread all around, soak-in the cool breeze. You can take a halt here and click some nice pictures with the loved ones. After reaching Lonavala, check-into your hotel. You are now free to explore the lakes, waterfalls and caves of this hill town. Some of attractions include Bhaja Caves-Buddhist caves etched during 2nd century, Karla Caves-India largest cave temples and Koregad fort-ideal for trekking expedition. Overnight stay.
On the 4th day, begin driving towards Mahabaleshwer, another mesmerizing hill resort of the state, thronged by tourists from all around. As you reach, complete the check-in formalities. Leave the hotel room for visiting the attractions. Enjoy the amazing weather. Visit popular points like Arthur's Seat, Babbington Point and Sunset Point to admire some panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Visit Morarji Castle, known for its British architecture. Taste the local renditions and so on. Overnight in Mahabaleshwar.
After breakfast, get all set to get transferred to Alibaug, by road. A popular weekend spot, Alibaug is known for its clean and beautiful beaches. Check-into the hotel, after arrival. Later, partake in sightseeing. Explore the popular forts like Khanderi Fort, Kolaba Fort and Undheri Fort. Kihim beach, Akshi beach are two of the very popular beaches of Alibaug. Stay overnight.
Today is the last day of your memorable tour. Post- breakfast, get an assisted transfer to Mumbai airport for boarding the flight for your onward journey.