Mumbai and Aurangabad
Designed as a post-tour for End of Empires.
This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.
Depart Kolkata in the morning on a flight to Mumbai (flight included in tour price), India’s largest city and once known as the key British port of Bombay.
In the afternoon, visit Mahalaxmi Temple, one of Mumbai’s most famous temples. Located at the seashore on the northern side of Malabar Hills, the shrine is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi or the ‘Goddess of Wealth’.
After a talk by Iain in the morning, discover Mumbai’s main colonial landmarks. See the Gateway of India, a monument commemorating King George V’s visit to India in 1911, walk past the Royal Mumbai Yacht Club and the City Museum. Then, explore Kala Ghoda Art District, including many heritage buildings, museums and galleries. The district gets its name from a black stone statue of King Edward VII.
Continue to Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundromat constructed in 1890. Every day, thousands of kilograms of clothes and linen are cleaned by washers (known as dhobis) in more than 1000 open-air troughs.
After lunch, explore some of the city’s better kept secrets, including the Banganga Tank, an artificial 12th century reservoir that forms part of a neighbouring temple complex, and the Hanging Gardens of Mumbai, a park of terraced gardens and sculpted hedges.
See the Parsi Tower of Silence, a Zoroastrian structure used for excarnation – where the bodies of the dead were left out for carrion birds, such as vultures.
This morning, journey across the bay to Elephanta Island, containing many cave temples carved out of rock dating to the 2nd century BC, including 6m tall carvings of deities.
Return to the mainland and continue to Mani Bhavan, a building that served as Gandhi’s headquarters for 17 years. Today, the building is a memorial to Gandhi.
The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore Mumbai at your own pace.
This morning, enjoy a talk by Iain followed by lunch at the hotel.
In the afternoon, fly to Aurangabad (flight included in tour price) and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Spend a full day exploring the Ajanta Caves, a set of 30 cave monuments dating from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD. The paintings and sculptures in this cave are amongst the finest surviving examples of early Indian and Buddhist art, and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the morning, travel to the Ellora Caves, one of the largest rock-cut monastery complexes in the world. Construction of the Ellora Caves began some 200 years after Ajanta Caves were completed, and so this site shows the progression in architectural design which followed.
After lunch, continue on to Daulatabad, a 14th century fort city built around a late 12th century fort, with its own unique array of defences and traps which makes it stand out amongst similar defensive structures.
In the evening, fly back to Mumbai (flight included in tour price).
Tour arrangements conclude at Mumbai Airport for departure on suggested Cathay Pacific flights. Renaissance Tours can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any extra nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Please note the post-tour to Mumbai and Aurangabad requires 6 persons to proceed.
Final payment due
20 December 2019
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions.
Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa to visit India. Renaissance Tours will assist Australian and New Zealand passport holders obtain your Indian visa.
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in 5-star hotels with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including drinks with meals
- Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
- Economy Class flights from Kolkata to Mumbai, Mumbai to Aurangabad and Aurangabad to Mumbai (20kg luggage allowance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
- Lectures and talks with your tour leader, Iain Shearer
- Visa for India for Australian and New Zealand passport holders
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- International airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, mini-bar, taxis etc.)
- Airport porterage
- Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Mumbai – Taj Mahal *****
Aurangabad – Vivanta by Taj *****
N.B. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.