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Expressions of Western India

Destinations Covered:- Mumbai - Ahmadabad - Wakaner - Gir - Palitana - Bhavnagar - Aurangabad - Goa
Tour Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Day: 01 Arrival in Mumbai

On arrival at Mumbai airport, you will be greeted by eLand Holidays representative who will assist you till your pre booked hotel. Check in and spend rest of the day at leisure. Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day: 02 Sightseeing in Mumbai

The dawn of the second day will bring a pleasant surprise. Today you will acquaint yourself to this ironical city of Mumbai. Previously known as Bombay, this city is constituted by seven islands and shelters fisher folk communities. Celebrated as Financial Hub of the country, Mumbai has a profound history that is reflected in its framework which is an amalgamation of Gothic Revival, Art Deco, Indo-Saracen and other modern approaches. As it is the prime center for Hindi cinema, popularly known as Bollywood you may spot some film or television star. Other art forms like music, dance, theatre and television are also ubiquitous in the city.
Famous tourist spots in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Marine Drive, Hanging Garden, Jahangir Gallery, Prince of Wales Museum, Siddhivinayak Temple, Mahalakshmi Temple etc. overnight stay at the hotel.

Day: 03 Mumbai to Ahmadabad

After a healthy morning breakfast you will be transferred to airport by our representative to board flight for your next destination Ahmadabad. On arrival you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel. Check in and get freshen up for afternoon city tour of Ahmadabad. It is an uncomparable paradigm representing the blend of past and the present, this city welcomes everybody with open heart. A perfect embodiment of copious history, vibrant art and culture this place has it all to make you fall in love with it. Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Rani Sipri's Mosque and Tomb, Balvatika, Teen Darwaza, Bhadra Fort, Daria Khan's Ghummat, Siddi Sayyad's Mosque, Sabarmati Ashram, Gandhi Ashram, Swami Narayan Temple, Jhulta Minar, Jumma Masjid, and Kankaria Lake are the popular tourist attractions of the city. Besides, city houses many museums and art galleries.
Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day: 04 Ahmedabad - Wankaner

Post your morning meal you will be transferred to airport by our rep for flight to Rajkot. On arrival, you will be driven to the erstwhile princely state of Wankaner. Located about a bend on the River Machchhu, it is a pure delight for travelers. Nestled on a hilltop, Wankaner is an eclectic unification of various architectural styles. A part of it still belongs to the royal families while few sections have been transformed into a museum exhibiting a magnificent collection of armaments, stuffed animals, royal silver ware, exotic furniture and portraits and paintings.
Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day: 05 From Wankaner Drive to Gir

After early morning breakfast, you will be driven to Gir forest national park and wildlife sanctuary. Spread over a massive expanse of 1412 sq km, it was established in the year 1965. After British viceroys brought to attention of the Nawab of Junagadh the plight of the lion in Asia he started efforts to protect the park and hence its inhabitants. This sanctuary is the gem of Gujarat's ecological resources. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is a perfect destination where many wildlife travelers meet their dream of capturing the most exotic wildlife photographs. Overnight will be spent at the lodge.

Day: 06 Gir – Wildlife Viewing

After early morning breakfast, you will embark on a jeep safari for wildlife viewing. Gir is the last domicile of the Asiatic lion and has a prosperous population of panther (leopard), sambar, chital (spotted deer), nilgai (blue bull antelope) and wild boar. Gir is also one of the chief habitats of the world's only four-horned antelope - chousingha and chinkara (Indian gazelle) that are hard to spot in the teak woods. Jackal, striped hyena, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, langur, porcupine, black-naped Indian hare are among the other mammals of Gir. But during your stay in the forest you must follow certain rules and regulation. Do not try to disturb the natural harmony by any means.
Later, relax in the evening enjoying the natural sounds of the animals. Overnight will be spent at the lodge.

Day: 07 Gir - Palitana

On seventh day of the tour, you will be driven to Palitana - the pious Jain city. On arrival you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel. Check in and get ready for an afternoon city tour. The Palitana temples are regarded as the most consecrated pilgrimage place by the Jain community. The exquisitely carved 1300 marble temples are nestled on the Shatrunjaya hills. On top of the hill, visit the cardinal temple which is devoted to 1st tirthankar lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). Cluster of temples located on the hill were built over a period of 900 years. Nearby is the tomb of a Muslim saint ‘Angar Shah Peer’.
Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day: 08 Palitana - Bhavnagar

In morning, you will be driven to Bhavnagar. On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel. Bhavnagar is a coastal city situated on the eastern coast of Saurashtra. Regarded as the cultural hub, this city is known for its art loving and easy going people. Amid small hills flows the Gaurishankar Lake. It was created by the former Deewan Shree Gaurishankar Oza. Besides the palace of the royal family, there is a children’s park and temple of Lord Shiva situated near the lake.

Day: 09 Bhavnagar - Mumbai

Early in the morning, post breakfast you will be transferred to airport by our representative for flight to Mumbai. Arrival in Mumbai will be followed by transfer to hotel. Check in and spend rest of the day at leisure. Street markets of Mumbai are quite famous for selling trendy and comfortable clothes. Lip smacking street food is worth giving a try.
Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day: 10 Mumbai to Aurangabad - Visit to Ellora Caves

On the morning of your 10th day of the tour, you will be transferred to airport for flight to Aurangabad. On arrival check in at your pre booked hotel. Relax for a while and get freshen up for the city tour. In afternoon, you will visit Ellora caves located 30 km from Aurangabad. This world famous archaeological site was built by the Rashtrakuta rulers. This world heritage site is famous for its monumental caves. The 34 "caves" chiseled out of a vertical surface of Charanandri hills, are the living example of great Indian rock-cut architecture. They are a group of three distinct temples which narrate to world the story of evolution of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The most marvelous of all is the astounding Rock Temple of Kailash. Caves are closed on Monday.

Day: 11 Visit Ajanta Caves - Board Flight for Mumbai

After delicious morning breakfast, you will leave for a full day excursion to Ajanta caves located 112 km from Aurangabad. The 31 rock-cut cave monuments date back to 2nd century BCE. They have been included in the list of world heritage site. These antique caves hold paintings, sculptures which are considered to be magnum opus of Buddhist religious art. Shortly after the discovery of the Ajanta Caves, they became famous for their unusual milieu, striking architecture, significant artwork, and long-forgotten history. Later in the evening, you will be transferred to airport by our representative to board flight to Mumbai. On Arrival in Mumbai, check in at your pre booked hotel.
Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day: 12 Mumbai to Goa

After a lovely breakfast, you will be transferred to Mumbai airport to catch flight for Goa. An hour later you will land in Goa. Check in into your pre booked hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure.
Goa, a small state along the coastline of the beautiful Arabian Sea, constitutes several tiny beaches. Colors get their real meaning in the vast reaching blue skies brightened by the sunrays which create seven colors over the sea surface.
Overnight will be at the hotel.

Day: 13 Goa

With approaching rays of sun, Goa becomes more euphoric. A fresh ecstasy poured over the beaches by tidal waves gives an essence of purity. After breakfast, you will be taken for a romantic sightseeing tour. Old Goa is dotted by beautiful churches with framework representing Portuguese style of architecture. Se-Cathedral, Church of St. Francis Xavier, Arch of vice Roy of Goa and St. Catherine's Church are the most visited churches of old Goa. Take blessings for your married life from almighty by lighting up candles in these churches. Later, move towards Miramar Beach. It draws its name from a Portuguese word that means looking at the sea. Enjoy the Goan cuisines available at the beach shacks. Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day: 14 Goa - Mumbai

Fourteenth day will be free for you to relax in Goa. Numerous tiny beaches of Goa offer a whole list of water sports and several other activities like parasailing, boat cruises, diving, biking and bump rides. Shopping is an extravagant experience at the flea markets of Goa. Trendy clothes, junk jewelry, stylish bags and lots of fun, this is what you bag during your shopping spree in Goa. Also, you have the option of lazing at the beach sides gulping some exotic Goan drinks. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to airport by our representative for flight to Mumbai. On arrival, check in at your pre booked to hotel.

Day: 15 Departure for Onward Destination

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to airport by our representative to board flight for your onward destination.