Ten days Mewar festival tour start from Mumbai and end in Mumbai. Covering UNESCO site Elephant Cave, UNESCO heritage site Ellora and Ajanta Caves, Rajputana cultural of Rajasthan, Fort and palaces, Blue city Jodhpur, Mewar festivities
Arrive in Mumbai, the commercial capital of Maharashtra also known as Bollywood city, meet and greet by our representative and transfers to your iconic hotel.
In the morning leave by Motor Launch & travel across the hrabour to the world famous Elephanta Caves: a UNESCO World Heritage site 9 km by sea from Gateway of India. From Gateway of India regular ferry service are available. A ferry ride across the harbor takes you to Gharapuri the local name for Elephanta. Almost at its center the island rises into two conical hillocks. The island stone elephant was found when they landed there in the 16th century. These eight-century rock-cut caves were hewn out of the hills and sculpted intricately. Three avenues made from four rows of massive columns cut into the main rock lead to the 18-ft high imposing structure of Maheshmurti- depicting Shiva as the creator, destroyer & Preserver. It has been often erroneously called the Trimurti. Overnight stay
This afternoon visit to mighty Gateway of India, the ceremonial arch was built in 1927 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911 than visit to Victoria Terminus – Gothic Architecture style, Then travel to the Church gate Railway Station to observe local dabbawallas at work as they prepare to deliver hundreds of thousands of home-cooked meals to working professionals throughout the city with astonishing accuracy. Later visit to visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi was based from 1917 to 1934, and organized much of his movement for independence Overnight stay
Early morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Aurangabad meet and greet transfer to hotel Later visit to Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent fort situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of around 13 km from the Aurangabad city. It forms a part of the Daulatabad city, which was earlier known as 'Devigiri'. The fort, perched at a height of approximately 60 ft, dates back to the 12th century. Aurangabad Caves lie nestled in a valley, between Sihyachal and Satara hill ranges. Dating back to somewhere around the 2nd-3rd century, these caves serve as the proof of the flourishing Buddhist settlement in Maharashtra during that time.
Ellora Caves are situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of approximately 30 km from the city of Aurangabad. Founded in the period between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back. Ellora Caves were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills and comprise of temples as well as monasteries. There are total twelve Buddhist Caves at Ellora (numbered 1 to 12), while the Hindu Caves number seventeen (13 to 29). On the other hand, the Jain Caves excavated at the site are only five in number (numbered 30 to 34). The co-existence of Hindi, Jain and Buddhist Caves, at the same site, serves as a proof of the fact that religious harmony prevailed during that period.
The earliest excavation carried out at the site of Ellora Caves revealed the Cave number twenty-nine, known as Dhumar Lena. Then, there is the magnificent Kailasa Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated inside cave 16. The temple holds the distinction of being the single largest monolithic structure in the whole world and makes one of the major attractions of the Ellora Caves.
After breakfast drive to Ajanta Caves 100 Kms from Aurangabad. Ajanta Caves are one of the most magnificent Buddhist caves in the whole of India. Counted amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra, these caves have been found to date back to the 2nd century BC. There are approximately 30 caves at the site of Ajanta, of which cave number are 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya - grihas. The rest of the caves have been found to comprise of monasteries.
Ajanta Caves were discovered in 1819 AD and some of the paintings discovered inside them were made between 5th and 7th century AD. Almost each and every painting found inside the premises of these caves centers around Buddhist religion. Some of them portray Lord Buddha, some Bodhisattvas, while some other are based on the Jatakas tales and incidents from the life of Lord Buddha. Mud-plaster ground, built as per the tempera technique, forms the base for the paintings seen at Ajanta.
The older caves situated at Ajanta were constructed centuries before the birth of Christ and belong to the time when the Hinayana sect of Buddhism was flourishing in India. The second group caves date to somewhere around the later part of 2nd century AD, by which time Buddhism had been divided into two different sects. This time period can be said to be the one, after the fourth General Council was held under the rule of the great king, Kanishka. Drive back to Aurangabad. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After early breakfast transfer to airport for fly to Udaipur – Romantic city of lakes. Today sightseeing of Udaipur includes The City Palace, drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, Sahelion-ki-Bari (The fountain and flowered garden of Maidens), and Partap Smarak: A memorial to the legendary warrior Rana Pratap, also visit to Jagdish temple- built in 1651 AD.
Afternoon short drive to Delwara and the temple complex of Eklingji and Nagda - A Religious complex Northern region of Mewar 22 Km It houses 108 temples chiseled out of sandstone and marble, this temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of EKLINGA). Return to Udaipur for lunch at a specialty fine-dining restaurant before returning to the hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure Stroll through the Bazaar and streets, famous in RAJASTHAN for these silver jewels.
Mewar Festival of Udaipur is a major festival of Rajasthan and is famous all over India for its liveliness.
Mewar Festival- the 2nd World Living Heritage Festival. It is an ideal opportunity for its visitors to witness the uniqueness of Mewar. The festival organizes events of folk music, dance, traditional art and culture. One can also relish delicious food and experience vibrant colors of the festivity. The festival is organized every year to preserve the heritage of the city by the Maharana of Mewar Charitable foundation.
Women dressed in ethnic outfit and jewelry to participate in the festival. They also get their hands and feet designed with beautiful Mehendi pattern. The women then make the idols of Lord Shiva and Gangaur (Shiva’s consort) ready. They prepare the most famous sweet named Ghewar, which they offer to the God and Goddess. Later it is distributed among the people and consumed as Prasad. Womenfolk of Mewar, worship Goddess Gangaur for their happy married life and for the well-being of their husbands. Single girls worship Goddess Gangaur seeking an ideal match.
The women perform dance and sing religious songs during the procession. The idols are carried in the different parts of the city. The procession ends as they reach the Gangaur Ghat of Lake Pichola. You can get the amazing view of boats carrying idols at the center of the lake for immersion. The cultural events begin with the completion of immersion ceremony. The events include Rajasthani cultural performances- like songs, dances and drama that will keep you enthralled throughout the festival.
After breakfast drive 100 kms /2 hrs to Deogarh, en - route visit to Ranakpur temples of the Jains, built in the 15th century in the lovely valley of Aravalis. It has grand structure & beautiful Sculptures. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kgs whose sound echoes in the entire complex. Our drive continues to Deogarh upon arrival checking Hotel
Deogarh – a castle of medieval Rajasthan, the Deogarh Mahal has been witness to history unfolding within and beyond its realms. Built in 1670 A.D by Rawat Dwarka Dasji as a family residence, it soon became the hub of village activity. The family interacted with the villagers and invited a host of feasts and festivities to be performed within the mahal precincts. Some of these traditions are still upheld. You can do village walk, camel cart ride through the local villages environment.
After breakfast ready for drive to Jodhpur before that enjoy a rural train safari for one and half hour on the meter gauge train, the journey starts from Kalighat 10-minute drive from Deogarh Mahal, where the station master single handedly man’s in train everything having wooden slipper, accompanying local villagers traveling to Marwar. The track passes through a breath-taking scenery of Ravli sanctuary, with some 100 feet high bridges, two long tunnels, waterfalls, thick jungle, and above all an unchanged ambience of bygone era. One travels through a Ghat section and descends from neighboring shrub Jungle to feed on articles given by the villagers. Vehicle awaits the guests at Phulad 19 kms, to take our drive continues to Jodhpur the Blue city and the Great Indian Desert, sites on sand stone hill surrounded by a strong wall, approximately 6 miles long with 7 entry gates upon arrival check in hotel.
Late afternoon visits Bishnoi Village - A memorable outing in visit various traditional villages seeing local handicrafts viz. stone makers, pottery, hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, etc. Overnight stay
Afternoon Sightseeing half day sightseeing of the city includes visit to Meharangarh Fort, drive through the old city and past the Clock Tower near the largest spice bazaar in the sub-continent, visit the Jaswant Thada Cenotaph, the royal cremation site and then proceed to see the most magnificent, modern 20th century Palace, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and its museum – a treasure trove.
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Mumbai to connect the flight for onward destination.
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