OVERVIEW- 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. Beautiful Maharashtra Tour will take you this summer to the places starting from Mumbai, the City of Dreams and capital of Maharashtra rubs its shoulders with some of world’s most developed cities. Lonavala, Khandala and Mahabaleshwar are the beautiful destinations of Maharashtra. Lonavala has been blessed with valleys, hills, waterfalls, lush greenery and cool winds. Khandala has been blessed with nature beauty in abundance. Mahabaleshwar is the Queen of Hill Stations, situated in the heart of Shyadari hills. To end up the journey visit to Alibaug for its clean beaches.
MUMBAI- Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and is the financial powerhouse of the country. Also well known commercial capital of India, fast paced cosmopolitan city. This historic city, extends along the sea, has grand buildings and is the center of India's Hindi film industry. The city is famous as the center of glamour and glitz due to the presence of Indian film industry. Mumbai is also a historical city having many attractions to offer to a visitor.
KHANDALA- It is one of the important hill stations in the state of Maharashtra and is the pride of the Sahyadri Mountains. Khandala is endowed with abundant natural beauty, it is also provides a popular gateway from the hustle and bustle of cities of Mumbai and Pune. The picturesque green surroundings of this pretty hill station attract the travelers towards it.
LONAVALA- A popular hill station at an altitude of 2,047 ft above sea level, Lonavala is a romantic escape from the chaotic noise of city life. Salubrious climate, magnificent exquisiteness, historical forts, ancient caves and beautiful lakes make it the most sought after destination in India. Lonavala is also notable all over India for Chikki (the hard candy sweet). Enveloped by Sahayadri hills, it is the perfect destination for trekking and mountaineering.
MAHABALESHWAR- The beautiful hills station of Mahabaleshwar is snuggled in the sloppy mountain ranges of the western ghats of Maharashtra. This hill station is a respite from the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities offering a clean, calm and refreshing environment. Mahabaleshwar was discovered by the Britishers, who were always in search of places that provided them relief from the heat of the plains. Thus, the city still retains some of the old world charm.
ALIBAUG- It is a coastal town in the Konkan region well known for its sandy beaches, clean water and fresh, unpolluted, rejuvenating air. Apart from the beaches, there are many historical and intricate temples in this region which are also interesting for tourists here. A walk amidst dense, refreshing coconut groves could also be very enchanting and relaxing if you are looking for some solidarity.
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Tour Destination: Mumbai – Khandala - Lonavala –Mahabaleshwar – Alibaug - Mumbai
Travel Duration: 06 Nights/07 Days
DAY 1: MUMBAI- Arrive in Mumbai and later transfer to the hotel. After breakfast, full day city tour of Mumbai
ELEPHANTA CAVES- located on an island about 10 kilometers away from the shores of Mumbai. These caves comprise of temples carved from solid rock dating back to the 7th century. The main attraction is the three-headed bust of Lord Shiva, famously known as ‘Trimurti’.
GATEWAY OF INDIA- The Gateway of India was built during the British Raj in Mumbai. Located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, the monument is companioned by the Arabian Sea.
PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM- The Museum of Western India is the main museum in Mumbai. The museum is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha, Jain, etc and the museum building is surrounded by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds.
TARAPOREWALA AQUARIUM- Taraporewala Aquarium on Marine Drive has a good collection of sea and fresh water fish and other marine life.
CHOWPATTY BEACH & MARINE DRIVE- It is one of the most famous public beaches in Mumbai. The beach is famous for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay and links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill.
KAMLA NEHRU PARK- The park covers an area of 4,000 square feet. Located atop of Mumbai's Malabar Hill, it is named after Kamala Nehru, the wife of India's first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
HANGING GARDEN- These Gardens are terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: MUMBAI- Today continue sightseeing of Mumbai viewing
HAJI ALI DARGAH- The Dargah is located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the Southern Mumbai. Near the heart of the city proper, the dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of city. An exquisite example of Indian Islamic architecture, the dargah contains the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.
SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE- The temple is devoted to Ganesh, the elephant headed God for Good Fortune.
ISKCON TEMPLE- Hare Krishna Land is set upon four acres of prime land and a stone throw away from Juhu beach, Mumbai. Founder of ISKCON inspired the construction of one of India’s most beautiful temple of Lord Krishna in Mumbai.
JUHU BEACH- Juhu Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Mumbai. The beach is famous for its Mumbai street food, notably bhelpuri, pani puri, and pav bhaji. Juhu beach is also a very popular place for watching aircraft as planes from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: MUMBAI – KHANDALA - LONAVALA- Today start your trip to the famous hill station Lonavala, enroute stopover at Khandala.
RAJMACHI FORT- Midway between Lonavala and Khandala is a fort by the name of Rajmachi Fort, a prominent landmark that watches over some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and wide sceneries of the region. Atop the Western Ghats, the complex comprises two forts that are individually located at the Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Peaks.
LOHAGAD FORT- It is a popular historic structure perched over the top of an impressive hill near Malavali. The place is quite popular among trekkers who come here for one day tryst with nature and history. Built in the 18th century, it makes for an ideal destination for trekking and nature lovers, especially from Pune and Mumbai. The trek to the fort is an easy one and perfect for the first timers. The place is flanked by nature at its best, lush green grassland, panoramic views and cool mountain air.
After lunch continue you drive to Lonavala. Transfe to hotel. Evening free for leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 4: LONAVALA- After breakfast, start your sightseeing of Lonavala viewing
AMRUTNJAN POINT- Located at the starting of Khandala Ghatsa, the Amrutanjan Point is an excellent view point from where one can get a magnificent aerial view of the town Khopoli as well as the Duke's Nose. This is an enjoyable picnic spot owing to its pleasant weather, during most of the year and the beautiful surroundings.
TIGER POINT- At 650 meter height, Tiger Point, which is also called as Tiger’s Leap, offers spectacular views of forests, lush greenery, waterfalls and lakes around. Since it resembles a leaping tiger’s shape, the place is called thus. The sunrise and sunset views from here are mesmerizing. The place, in short, is a nature lover’s ultimate dream destination.
KARLA CAVES- Nature and the artistic excellence in man fight a friendly battle here to reign supreme. Though nature is the ultimate winner, the architectural brilliance of man is not to be underrated. Karla Caves is a perfect example of the artisanship of man as early as 80 BC. Karla Caves are an impressive representation of architectural brilliance.
BHAJA CAVES- These Caves are amongst the most ancient Buddhist centers in this part of the world. They are over 2200 years old. The 22 rock-cut caves at the hill top represent the astonishing architectural skills possessed by the craftsmen of the past.
KOREGAD FORT- The fort is an individual fort in a hillock which is not connected to other hills in Lonavala Region. About one hour trekking expedition is required to reach the top. This hillock is credited with few ponds and magnificent picturesque landscapes. This fort stands alone with grandiose solitude.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 5: LONAVALA –MAHABALESHWAR- After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Transfer to hotel. After lunch visit
VENNA LAKE- The lake is the most popular among the tourist places in Mahabaleshwar, is a bustling tourist spot. The lake is surrounded by trees on all side, and offers boat riding option as well. It’s open till late in the evening so that you can soak in the breathtaking lush greenery during the day, and lounge by the lake side towards the evening.
PRATAPGAD FORT- Placed strategically on a hill-top, the fort was originally built by Maratha rulers in 1665. Having seen one of the most fierce battles in the history – the battle of Pratapgad, the fort is in ruins. But its surrounding beauty and heritage value lures people till date.
LINGAMALA FALLS- The falls are located amidst natural beauty, You have to walk through the forest and follow a trudged trail to reach it. The best time to visit Lingam Falls is between July and December. During these months, Lingamala Falls become the most visited spot among the best places to visit in Mahabaleshwar.
ARTHUR’S SEAT- Or Suicide point is also known as the Queen of all points. It offers the most mesmerizing and fascinating view of the dense valleys of Brahma-Arayana and the Savitri river.
The point is a huge table that stands on a natural pillar. On the way up, one can also see window point and Tiger's spring.
ELEPHANTS HEAD POINT- as the name suggest, is a piece of mountain which uncannily resembles the shape of an elephant’s head. It is also popular as the needle point. It’s an ideal spot for picnic in fresh air, with abundant sun and scenic beauty surrounding the hill-top. It is a cool and calm place with amazing views from the top.
LORD MAHABALESHWAR TEMPLE- It situated in old city, is a very old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Chanda Rao More dynasty in the 16th century. The sanctum is a huge draw to people due to its huge and divine Shivalinga and the holy pond.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 6: MAHABALESHWAR - ALIBAUG- After breakfast, drive to the city of beaches Alibaug. Transfer to hotel. After lunch visit
KOLABA FORT- Built by Shivaji Maharaj, the fort is situated at a distance of 2 km from the seashore, in the sea. The fort could only be visited during low tides. The fort features sweet water well and numerous temples. The fort is said to be about 300 years old. On the entrance arch, visitors can also find carvings of peacocks, elephants and tigers. There also are shrines of Padmavathi, Mahishasura, Fort Deity and other Gods. In 1759, a Ganesh Temple was also built in front of the sweet water well.
ALIBAUG BEACH- Alibag Beach is a popular and major beach of the town. The sand of the beach here is black in color. The beach hustles and bustles right from morning to evening. The beach is one of the major attractions in the region.
KHANDERI FORT AND UNDHERI FORT- They are both island forts with access to them from the Thai beach, separated by a distance of 300 mtrs. One needs to take permission from the Bombay port trust to take a boat to reach the fort .
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 7: ALIBAUG - MUMBAI- After breakfast, later travel back to Mumbai to catch your flight/train towards onward destination.
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