02 Nights – 03 Days
Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay as it was then called, was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661.
Day 1: Elephanta Caves & South Mumbai
Take a ferry to the Elephanta caves. The island of Elephanta is an hour away from Mumbai by motor launch. The cave temples here were excavated between the 5th and 8th centuries AD are famous for their magnificently sculpted panels. The best known is the one that depicts the Maheshmurti – a three – headed image of Lord Shiva, which signifies the creator, preserver and destroyer of this universe as per Hindu mythology. The Portuguese named this island after a large stone elephant that was found near the landing. The elephant now stands at the Victoria and Albert Museum on the mainland.
In the afternoon visit Prince of Wales Museum built in grand Indo Saracenic style, drive past Marine Drive, Mumbai’s most popular seaside promenade, and see the Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens on the slopes of the Malabar hills, offering a nice view of the Marine Lines and the Chowpatty beach. Visit the Jain temple, Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and the Dhobi Ghat. Also, drive past the Flora Fountain, the colourful Crawford Market and Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station.
Day 2: Kanheri Caves & North Mumbai
Visit Kanheri Caves. These caves are dated from 1st Century B.C. to 9th Century A.D. Most of them are the Buddhist Viharas, which were meant as places of residence, study, and meditation. A few Chaityas are seen containing rock-cut stupas meant for congregational worship. The large number of Viharas obviously prove a well-organized existence of Buddhist monks establishment which was also connected with many trade centers such as the ports of Sopara, Kalyan, Nasik, Paithan and Ujjain. Kanheri was a well-flourished University center at that time.
In the afternoon visit the Hare Krishna ISKCON temple complex, and the Juhu Beach.
Spend the morning shopping at the Linking Road at Bandra, a shopping paradise, famous for its great bargains on colourful shoes, clothes & trinkets after which you will board the flight for your hometown.