AJANTA - ELLORA CAVES TOUR
3 Nights / 4 Days
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the historic Ajanta and Ellora monumental ancient cave carvings
Itinerary Route: Aurangabad - Ellora - Ajanta - Aurangabad
Day 1: Arrive Aurangabad
Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later, take a sightseeing tour of the city. Aurangabad has the most elaborate vase temples of India. Although Buddhist monks began excavating in the 7th century, the site grew to include Hindu and Jain temples as the Buddhist faith waned in popularity towards the end of the 7th century. There are 34 caves, including 12 Buddhist (600-800 AD) and 17 Hindu (around 900 AD) and they are numbered in that order as you progress from south to north.
Later, visit the Daulatabad Fort. Originally the mountainous Deogiri fortress, it was an old Hindu stronghold, finally captured and plundered in the 13th century. After touring the Fort make a stop at Panchakki, an engineering feat of the time built by Malik Ambar in 1695. The water channelled from a spring on a distant hill was used to power the flourmills for the pilgrims.
Dinner and overnight at Aurangabad.
Day 2: Aurangabad - Ellora
The Ellora Caves are a cultural mix of religious arts of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The caves consist of 34 monasteries and temples sculpted contiguously into rock walls of a high basalt cliff, whose length stretches 2 km/1.2 mi. Dated from 600 to 1000 AD, they are a reflection of both religious tolerance and artistic creation of the ancient civilizations of India. Like the Ajanta Caves, this cultural property has been inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most frequently visited World Heritage sites of India.
After touring the caves, return to Aurangabad for lunch. Later, visit Bibi ka Maqbara. Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the Queen of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument rises majestically in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal.
Dinner and overnight at Aurangabad.
Day 3: Aurangabad - Ajanta - Aurangabad
Ajanta Caves, listed under UNESCO World Heritage as a cultural heritage site, are Buddhist caves built between the 2nd and 6th centuries. The caves were discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The caves depict richly decorated paintings and frescoes reminiscent of the Sri Lanka Sigiriya paintings and sculptures. There are a total of 31 rock-cut cave monuments which are unique representations of the religious art of Buddhism, one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. Ajanta's wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge. At the head of the gorge is a waterfall which drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below. Deep inside the mountain are the Buddhist chaitya vihara prayer and monastery caves. They cover a span of 800 years where, under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties, professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations, while simultaneously creating a painted record of the panorama of life in ancient India. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylized beauty and magical eloquence.
After your tour of the Ajanta Caves spend the night at Aurangabad.
Day 4: Departure
After breakfast, checkout and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Extend or Customize Your Tour: We would be happy to assist with additional travel and hotel arrangements. Changes to this tour can be added as an inclusive part of the package.
Aurangabad Gymkhana Club - Superior Aurangabad Gymkhana Club is a smoke-free property conveniently located adjacent to the airport....
Aurangabad Gymkhana Club - Superior Aurangabad Gymkhana Club is a smoke-free property conveniently located adjacent to the airport. There are 72 AC rooms at Aurangabad Gymkhana Club with balconies offering a view of the city. At the 3.5-star property, accommodations include kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Televisions have premium cable channels and free movie channels. Guests may request microwaves and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available. Guestrooms are all non-smoking. Dining options include 3 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool with a poolside bar, an indoor tennis court, a health and fitness club, a spa tub, and a sauna. Spa amenities include facials, beauty services, and a hair salon. This 3.5-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audio-visual equipment. This Aurangabad property has event space consisting of a conference center, banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Note: Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out. The Ambassador Ajanta- Deluxe The largest 5-Star property in Aurangabad, the Ambassador Ajanta is reputed for its superb service standards. With 92 opulent rooms and suites, central AC, CCTV, and refrigerators in every room. It also boasts Society, a multi-cuisine restaurant and The Garbah, an ethnically styled bar. Other amenities include health club, shopping center, squash, billiards, sauna, steam bath, massage, a fully equipped gymnasium, a swimming pool with sunken bar, tennis and badminton courts, a jogging track and a putting green. Aurangabad Taj Residency - Super Deluxe The Taj Residency palace-style hotel sits amidst five acres of landscaped gardens offering spacious comfort and warm, hospitable service. Conveniently located within 9 km of both the airport and railway station, Taj Residency is a gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ellora and Ajanta Caves. A choice of accommodation, business facilities, banqueting facilities, dining options and recreational activities, makes the hotel ideal for business and leisure guests. With three in-house restaurants, Wifi, computers, swimming pool, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, currency exchange along with a host of other services and amenities, the Taj Residency is a favorite among travellers.
Best Time: October to March (Winter) - very comfortable and pleasant climate with warm days and cool nights March thru May (Summer) 23°C - 42°C...
Best Time: October to March (Winter) - very comfortable and pleasant climate with warm days and cool nights March thru May (Summer) 23°C - 42°C (74°F - 107°F) June thru September (Monsoons) 23°C - 35°C (74°F - 95°F) October thru February (Winter) 15°C - 21°C (59°F - 70°F)
Aurangabad is well connected by Air, Rail and Road with proximity to the Maharashtra coast as well as Goa. Direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi and...
Aurangabad is well connected by Air, Rail and Road with proximity to the Maharashtra coast as well as Goa. Direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad are available on a daily basis.
Aurangabad offers a wide variety of cuisine from star category hotels to budget restaurants. Budget to Mid-Range Vegetarian Thaali...
Aurangabad offers a wide variety of cuisine from star category hotels to budget restaurants. Budget to Mid-Range Vegetarian Thaali Restaurants Bhoj (near Varad Ganesh Mandir) is one of the oldest Thaali restaurants in the city. The thaali dishes change daily and the thaali is neither spicy nor very oily. Recommended and worth a visit, especially for foreigners Thaat-Baat (off Adalat Road) serves a similar kind of Thaali in traditional Indian Silver pottery. Priced to make it a good value Naivedya (Jalna Road) is a great Thaali restaurant near the airport Swad (at Osmanpura) is another good Thaali restaurant Indrali (at Aurangpura) is a good budget Thaali restaurant Budget to Mid-Range Non-Vegetarian Restaurants. Smile - Nirala Bazaar Laadli - Jalna Road Madhu's - Adalat Road Mrignayani - Sootgirni Sagar Hotel - Buddi Lane Jazeera Hotel - Buddi Lane Mughal Darbar - Juna Bazaar / Kat Kat Gate City Spice - Connaught Gardens (Restaurant & Fluid Lounge) Angeethi - Seven Hills, Jalna Road (Bar & Restaurant) Gharonda - Nirala Bazaar (Bar & Restaurant) Hotel Janaki - Surana Nagar, Jalna Road (Non-Veg Multi-Cuisine) Riviera - Seven Hills, Jalna Road (Bar & Restaurant) Kohinoor Plaza - Nirala Bazaar (Bar & Restaurant) Atithi-Rooftop - Seven Hills, Jalna Road (Bar & Restaurant) Amarpreet - Jalna Road (Bar & Restaurant) Non Vegeterian Dhabas (Garden Restaurants & Bars) Located on the outskirts of the city, these open-air restaurants serve good food and liquor. Their out-of-town locales make them an ideal getaway for families. Pasha Bhai Ka Dhaba - Daultabad Road Pathan Dhaba - opposite Meadow Hotel. Fauji Dhaba - Nasik Road Ambiance Dhaba - Nasik Road Tinu's Dhaba - Nasik Road Master Cook - Beed Highway NH-211 Madhuban - Beed Highway NH-211 Garden Court - Beed Highway NH-211 Familiar Snack/Coffee Bars/Restaurants Domino's Pizza - City Pride, Opp Gurudwara Gate, Mondha Naka, Jalna Road Smokin Joe's - Nirala Bazaar - good veg and non-veg pizzas Korn Klub - Nirala Bazaar - serves a large variety of tasty corn products Cafe Coffee Day - Nirala Bazaar and Jalna Road Kream & Krunch - Opposite Aurangpura AMT Bus Stop Baker's Lounge at Osmanpura and CIDCO (opposite Lemontree Hotel) Fast Food Center (Veg) - Nirala Bazaar Smile - Nirala Bazaar and Laadli, Jalna Road - South Indian veg snacks Cafe Cofee Break - Nirala Bazaar and Cannought Gardens Chimney - Off Jalna Road near the 7 Hills flyover City Spice - Connaught Gardens, CIDCO Expensive Restaurants - Multi-Cuisine / Specialty Residency (Restaurant at Taj) at Ruza Buag, Harsool Road - serves excellent Indian, Chinese and Continental food in traditional Mughal decor and cozy ambiance Society (Restaurant at the Ambassador Ajanta) on Jalna Road - multi - cuisine restaurant serves Indian, Chinese and Continental food Restaurant at Rama International on Jalna Road - multi-cuisine Relish (Restaurant at the Windsor Castle) on Jalgaon Road, CIDCO - feast on Chinese, Continental and Indian culinary delights
H2O Waterpark Located opposite the world famous Daulatabad Fort - 12 km from the city - H2O Waterpark has activities for the...
H2O Waterpark Located opposite the world famous Daulatabad Fort - 12 km from the city - H2O Waterpark has activities for the entire family from waterslides, swimming pools, rain dance, cyclone ride, tube rides, and more including restaurants. Open all year from 10 to 6. Daulatabad (Devgiri) Located 13km from Aurangabad, Daulatabad is known as the city of fortune. Iit houses a stupendous 12th century fortress well placed atop a charming hill. This invincible fortress boasts a 5 km sturdy wall and an intricate series of ramparts. Don't miss the climb to the very top through the bat cave. Bibi Ka Maqbara Bibi Ka Maqbara Located inside Aurangabad, this architectural marvel is a replica of the Taj Mahal and serves as the only example of Mughul architecture on the Deccan plateau. It was built in 1679 by Aurangzeb’s son, in tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durani. Soneri MahalSoneri Mahal An historic monument converted into a museum which houses a variety of ancient Indian pottery, costumes, remains of local palaces as well as antiques of daily use. A number of sculptures and reliefs from the local excavations are also on display. It is located within Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus and is on the way to Aurangabad caves. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University History Museum Located on the University campus, the museum has on display a good number of ancient Indian paintings, coins, fabrics, arms, artifacts, etc. The museum collection is vast and contains some fine sculptures from the excavation at Bhokardan, a nearby historic site. Chatrapati Shivaji Museum As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to the great warrior of Maharashtra - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. A number of exhibits associated with Lord Shivaji are on display. The museum is on the way to the Ajanta caves from Aurangabad. Lonar LakeLonar Lake Lonar Lake is a saltwater lake which was created by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene Epoch. A lake that evolved in the resulting basaltic rock formation which is both saline and alkaline in nature. Geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, naturalists and astronomers have studied Lonar Lake and its ecosystem extensively. The crater diameter is ~1.2 km and the crater itself is ~137 meters (449 ft) in depth. The crater's age is estimated at 52,000 ± 6,000 years although a study published in 2010 gives an age of 656,000 ± 81,000 years. Paithan and Jaikwadi DamJaikwadi Dam Located on the Godawari River, Paithan is an ancient taluka town located 56 km south of Aurangabad. Well known for the exquisite saris that it specialises in, people come from all over India for these special saris. Formerly a trade centre, it now hosts a weaving centre which concentrates on maintaining this traditional art. Also found in Paithan is the Jaikwadi Dam, a favorite spot for avid bird watchers. Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary is a dense forest reserve, with rare flora and fauna, almost 70 kkm northwest of Aurangabad. Home to leopards, bears, wolves, hyenas, jackals, flying squirrels and 85 different species of colourful birds. Pitalkhora CavesPitalkhora Caves Lying peacefully nestled in the Satmala ranges of the Sahyadris, at a distance of 78km from Aurangabad, the Pitalkhora Caves consist of 13 sanctuaries embedded in this region. These monasteries date back from 2nd century BC to 5th century AD. Rich carvings with elaborate details can be seen in these monuments. WARNING: The side road to reach Pitalkhora from the main Aurangabad road is in an extremely bad shape. Don't go unless you have a SUV/Tata Sumo type of vehicle. The caves are reachable via a footbridge that is in a very bad shape. There is not much to see in the caves except for half-finished carvings. Siddarth Garden Siddharth Garden is a beautifully landscaped garden with a wide variety of trees and shrubs. There is a small aquarium inside the garden, however the biggest attraction is the Siddharth Garden Zoo which is home to Lions, Tigers (White & Bengal), Leopards, Crocodiles, Snakes (Snake-house), Civet cats, Hyena, Fox, Porcupine, Emu, Deers. Sprawling lawns covered in shade offer a a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad FestivalEllora Ajanta Aurangabad Festival This most celebrated Aurangabad festival (usually in December) serves as a cultural showcase for skilled and talented people across the country. Artists and artisans come to perform classical dances, instrumental and vocal music, folk dances, Mushaira, Qawalli, Ghazals and exhibit various local handlooms and handicrafts like Paithani Himroo, Bidri and Paperwork. Competitive events such as Rangoli, Mehendi, Cookery, Essay, and Bhajan are also conducted. People enthusiastically participate in these competitions to show off their talents. The festival is held in the Sonehri Mahal and the performances are showcased every evening from 7-11pm. The festival goes on for several days and creates a vibrant city full of fun and celebration. It is the most significant crowd puller for the city of Aurangabad. The Paithan Festival The Paithan Festival is celebrated every year during March/April. Pilgrims from all across the country gather at Paithan village on the banks of the Godavari River to pay homage to Saint Eknath Maharaj. The fair runs for 10 days and is filled with great enthusiasm and fun. Buddha Jayanti Festival The Buddha Jayanti Festival is an important and vital festival. Community halls and public places are swarmed with believers for mass prayers. Religious processions are held and heavily attended. Dussehra Dussehra is literally celebrated for ten days at a stretch. On the tenth day, a fair is held in the city where people address and welcome each other with offerings of leaves that symbolise good luck. Bhavani Temple in Karnapura is visited by thousands of devotees on this particular day. Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi has attained worldwide fame and is looked upon as the most important and crucial festival in Maharashtra and celebrated with great zeal. Idols of Ganapati are installed at most public places and a ten-day long celebration is marvelously conducted. On the last day, the clay idols are taken in a grandiose processional and immersed in the river. The special occasion is marked by fun and gaiety. Khuldabad Urs Known as one of the more colorful festivals of Aurangabad, Khuldabad Urs is accompanied by a fair whose tradition harks back to the Islamic community to unite for their religious entreaties. Muslims gather together at the tomb of Khawaja for five days each year during the month of Rabi-Ul-Awal during this festival. Mahashivratri Festival The Mahashivratri Festival is celebrated yearly in February and sometimes in March as well. Worshippers throng to the Grishneshwar Temple to worship Lord Shiva on this highly auspicious day.
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