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Ancient Treasures of Aurangabad: Ajanta & Ellora Caves Exploration

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Duration

2 Nights / 3 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the “Ancient Treasures of Aurangabad: Ajanta & Ellora Caves Exploration” tour, delving into Maharashtra’s rich heritage. Begin in Aurangabad with the mystical Aurangabad Caves and the grand Bibi Ka Maqbara, echoing the Taj Mahal’s elegance. Journey to Ajanta’s 30 Buddhist caves, adorned with intricate sculptures and vibrant paintings depicting Buddha’s life and teachings. Explore Ellora’s 34 caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist rock-cut temples and monasteries spanning centuries of craftsmanship. End with a visit to Daulatabad Fort, a formidable structure from medieval times offering panoramic views and historical insights.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Amount)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Twin/Double Room Discount (Auto calculated on more than 2people booking) 2 2 $ 76.00

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Aurangabad

Arrival at Aurangabad airport, where you will be greeted by our representative. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. Begin your city tour with a visit to the Aurangabad Caves, carved out of soft basalt rock during the 6th and 7th centuries. These caves are renowned for their intricate sculptures, especially of Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and scenes from Jataka tales, showcasing both Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhist influences. Explore Bibi Ka Maqbara, a mausoleum built in 1660 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in memory of his wife, Dilras Banu Begum. Often called the "Taj of the Deccan," it reflects Mughal architecture with delicate carvings and symmetrical designs. Visit the nearby archaeological museum to see artifacts, sculptures, and exhibits from the ancient Deccan region, providing insights into the history and culture of the area. Overnight at the hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 2: Aurangabad - Ajanja - Aurangabad (210kms round) (B)

After an early breakfast, depart for Ajanta Caves, located about 107 km from Aurangabad. Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, consist of 30 rock-cut caves dating from the 2nd century BCE to the 6th century CE. Explore the caves known for their Buddhist religious art, including sculptures, paintings, and frescoes depicting the life of Buddha and stories from Buddhist scriptures. The caves are divided into Chaitya (prayer halls) and Vihara (monasteries). Marvel at Cave 1, famous for its exquisite sculptures and Cave 26, renowned for its impressive paintings showcasing the Jataka tales. Enjoy a scenic drive back to Aurangabad in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 3: Aurangabad - Mumbai (B)

After breakfast, proceed to Ellora Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage site, located about 30 km from Aurangabad. Ellora Caves comprise 34 rock-cut temples and monasteries representing Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain faiths. Visit the Kailash Temple, an architectural marvel carved out of a single rock, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Explore the intricate carvings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. Discover the Buddhist caves, such as Cave 10 (Vishvakarma Cave) and Cave 12 (Teeple Cave), known for their detailed sculptures and serene atmosphere. Explore the Jain caves, including Indra Sabha and Jagannath Sabha, featuring elaborate carvings and pillars adorned with intricate motifs. En route back to Aurangabad, visit Grishneshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, renowned for its architectural beauty and spiritual significance. Explore Daulatabad Fort, an ancient hill fortress with impressive defense systems and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Later, transfer to Aurangabad airport for your flight to Mumbai or onward journey.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 2 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plane
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location

FAQs

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

4 Star below mentioned hotels or similar
Aurangabad - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel

How many person will be in the group ?

There could be upto 10 people in the group.

Does this tour include airport pick ?

Yes, you can arrive on any flight and private airport transfer will be provided.

How do travelers meet the group ?

On first day of sightseeing all group member will assemble in hotel lobby and there will be first introduction with group member.

What category of hotel accommodation will be provided ?

4star below mention or similar hotels accommodation is included in the tour.
Hotels used or similar for 2 nights accommodation

Aurangabad x 2 nights
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel

Can travelers upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels?

Yes, travelers can upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels by paying the supplement. Please send inquiry for same from the booking page to get the price quote.

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