The Great Land, as the name itself suggests, offers an abundant diversity of riches. Long standing bastion of the Maratha Empire and home to legendary Raja Shivaji, its history is testimony to its glorious past.
Day 1 : ARRIVE PUNE – ON TO SHIRDI (90 KMS / APPROX. 2 HOUR DRIVE)
Welcome to Pune, one of the biggest industrial towns of Maharashtra. On arrival at Airport / Railway station in Pune begin your tour of ‘Maharashtrian Delight’. You will be met and transferred to Shirdi. On arrival, check into your hotel.
The Sai Baba of Shirdi was an Indian guru, yogi, and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim devotees as a saint.The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the holy town of Shirdi on foot.
Overnight in Shirdi. – None (Meals on your own)
Day 2 : SHIRDI TOUR – EXCURSION TO SHANI SHINGNAPUR (75 KMS / APPROX. 2 HOUR DRIVE)
Early in the morning, visit the holy Samadhi Mandir, the shrine of Sai Baba where his mortal remains were interred.
Later in the afternoon, proceed on a half-day excursion to Shani Shingnapur, a shrine dedicated to Lord Shani.
This village is an interesting village as none of the houses have doors. Return to Shirdi by late evening.
Overnight in Shirdi. (B)
Day 3 : ON TO AURANGABAD (125 KMS / APPROX.3 HOUR DRIVE)
Today, your journey continues to Aurangabad, where on arrival you will check-in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour visiting the Panchakki (Water Wheel) followed by a visit to Bibi Ka Maqbara, built in black marble, which is considered to be an imitation of the Taj.
Finally, visit the Ellora Caves and the Ghrishneshwar Temple – one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Shrines of Lord Shiva) and the Devgiri Fort – an invincible fort built in 12th century by Bhillama, the king of the Yadav Dynasty.
Overnight in Aurangabad. (B)
Day 4 : AURANGABAD TOUR – EXCURSION TO AJANTA (103 KMS / APPROX. 3 HOUR DRIVE)
Today, you will proceed on a full day excursion to Ajanta – a world famous site where one can find the most beautiful paintings and sculptures.
En route you can shop for the famous Himroo Shawls and Paithani Saris. The Ajanta Caves have 30 rocks cut Buddhist caves. The basic designs of the caves are called ‘Chaitya grihas’ and ‘Viharas’. Five caves are Buddhist cathedrals and the remaining 25 are monasteries.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Aurangabad. (B)
Day 5 : DEPART AURANGABAD
Today, bid farewell to your ‘Maharashtrian Delight’ tour, as you are transferred to the Airport / Railway station in Aurangabad for your onward journey.
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