Bollywood is the name given to the Indian film industry. It is one of the largest film producing centres in the world as so many commercially successful and critically acclaimed films churn out from the bright and creative brains here! After a full day Bollywood Tour exploring the studios, film making processes and other things. A perfect conclusion will take place with a movie screening at the Eros Theater.
On arrival in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India’s most cosmopolitan city, you are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to the hotel. Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra, and the commercial hub of India. It is the country’s most cosmopolitan city, an ancient port and trading center. This palm-fringed shore of the The Arabian Sea was the British Empire’s entrance to its proudest “Crown Jewel.” A city of paradoxes, Mumbai is renowned as the country’s financial nerve center, and also an important center of the theater, art, music, and classical dance. Although steeped in tradition is the premier city in India. Overnight is at the hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast, our representative will take you on a cruise across the harbor to the island of Elephanta. The island rises near its center into two conical hills. Rock temples were hewn out of the hill sometimes toward the end of the Buddhist period in India, probably in the eighth century. Explore the caves consist of several interesting sculptures including some depicting the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, Ravana the demon king, and lesser male and female divinities. Cruise back to the mainland and drive back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel.
After breakfast, our representative will organize a visit to a Film Studio, where you can witness the shooting of a feature film. Popularly known as Bollywood- Indianised Hollywood. See the celluloid star perform in front of rolling cameras. The afternoon with our representative embarks on a sightseeing tour of Mumbai- a classic blend of East & West. Your tour of the city will include the British built arch “Gateway of India”, Bombay’s landmark, built in commemoration of the visit of King George the Vth and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. See the Hanging Gardens, located on the crest of Malabar Hill, a welcome oasis of green and almost entirely concrete and cement. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum built between 1904 and 1914 which was used during World War I as a hospital. Also visit the affluent community of Malabar Hills, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple. Drive back to your hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for our flight to Goa. Flying south to the former Portuguese enclave of Goa we enjoy some fun in the sun. Goa is known for palm-fringed sandy beaches, exotic cuisine and heavy Portuguese influence in the form of white-washed, terracotta tile-clad architecture and Catholicism. Goa can be explored at ease with long sandy beaches in the south and Panaji – the old city in the north. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight is at the hotel.
You wake up to the sound of waves lapping the shore and after having a leisurely breakfast our representative is there to meet you and you then embark upon the old Goa sightseeing tour. Visit the Convent and Church of St Francis of Assisi built in 1661 and the Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, as it contains the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier who in 1541 spread Christianity among subjects of the Portuguese colonies in the east. Late this evening you undertake a boat cruise on the river Mandovi which meanders through the city of Goa before entering the Arabian Sea. Drive back to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, a full day is at leisure on the beach. There are a lot of water activities available, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, water scootering, water skiing, sailing, paragliding, just to name a few. Overnight is at the hotel.
After breakfast, the day at leisure on the beach. Afternoon you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Aurangabad, transiting in Mumbai. Upon arrival at the Caves city of Aurangabad, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
After breakfast, our representative will accompany you on a sightseeing of Aurangabad. Much of the old city of Aurangabad was built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1682. Your morning is spent spend touring the majestic Fort Daulatabad built in the 12th century emerging dramatically 600 ft above the Deccan plain. Afternoon, our representative will take you on an excursion to explore the Ellora Caves A World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religions – Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. We visit caves No 7 and 8. Our last stop is Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a 17th-century mausoleum dedicated to Aurangzeb’s wife, Rabia-and-Daurani is an imitation of the Taj Mahal, though a grand piece of Mughal architecture all the same. Drive back to your hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, our representative will take you on an excursion to Ajanta Caves. 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 on an 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. You return to your hotel late afternoon and are transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, you will be met and you wrap up the tour by dining at a local restaurant before you are transferred to the International airport for our onward flight.
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