Ajanta Ellora Caves Tour From Mumbai

Description

Get ready to explore UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ajanta & Ellora Caves Tour with us. It is a dream destination for thousands of tourists around the globe. In this tour, we take you in a thousand-year-old history of rock-cut Buddhist caves. The caves are located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra State. Tourists explore the best mixtures of ancient art and engineering works here. Making your trip lifetime experience we added Mumbai–experience the liveliness in the dream city of India. It is said that Mumbai never sleeps. For a traveler who has a curiosity of exploring the heritage of World, these heritage sites are something which will set an approach of stone art created in these caves centuries ago, it is one of the best package Mumbai.

Tour Timeline

  • Day 01: Mumbai – Arrival and Local Sight Visit

    Arrive at Mumbai airport or station our representative will welcome you & assist you for transfer to the hotel. Check-in to the hotel after freshen up and relax, proceed to visit the local attraction Mumbai. A walk on Marine Drive, The Gateway of India, Warden Road, University Buildings, Fort, Townhall, Mumbai High Court to name a few other places. The pub and bar scenario here is quite state of the art and ranges from the sophisticated ones in the five stars to the hip and trendy ones in Colaba and the suburbs. Mumbai is well known for Bollywood, and is the biggest film industry of the world; hence you can plan for an Indian Bollywood movie in the evening. Overnight stay and dinner will be at Mumbai.

    Day 02: Mumbai – Aurangabad (370 km/ 7 hr Journey)

    After Breakfast, you would be driven to Aurangabad from Mumbai. Upon arrival and check-in and relax, we will proceed for the local sightseeing. The city of Aurangabad was founded in 1610, on the site of a village, Khirki by Malik Ambar - the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah II. There are four principle gateways to the city - the Delhi Darwaza, the Jalna Darwaza, the Paithan Darwaza, and the Mecca Darwaza. Nine secondary gateways also formed a part of the defensive system of this city. Aurangabad district has always been a prominent region on the Deccan plateau. Having been inhabited since the Stone Age, it has a long artistic and cultural history - to which several dynasties have made major contributions over the years. Famous places of Aurangabad to visit:  Bibi Ka Maqbara and Daultabad Fort. Aurangabad today is a bustling city of Maharashtra with diverse big and small industries, fine silken textiles, and exquisite hand woven brocades of silver and gold fabrics. To scholars and lovers of art and culture, the city is more familiar as the gateway to the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora, both famous as treasure houses of Indian art and sculpture. After sightseeing return back to the hotel for overnight stay and dinner.

    Day 03: Aurangabad-Ajanta Caves- Aurangabad (100kms one side Journey 2hr)

    After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing excursion to Ajanta Caves (Closed on Mondays). Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills, 100 km from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horseshoe, there are the 29 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta known to be 2nd century B.C old. The exquisite wall and ceiling paintings at Ajanta falls, panels and sculptures of Buddha's life are famous throughout the world as the earliest and finest examples of Buddhist pictorial art. Return to Aurangabad and overnight will be at Aurangabad.

    Day 04: Aurangabad-Ellora-Caves (30 Km one side half hour journey)

    After Breakfast proceed for a visit to the Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort, and Aurangabad Caves. Ellora Caves (Closed on Tuesdays): Impressive in their own right is the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 km away from Aurangabad city. In all, there are 34 cave temples, 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (550-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-875 AD) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (800-1000 AD) 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. Kailash Temple (cave16), the central attraction at Ellora, is the most remarkable. Chiseled by hand from a single massive rock, it includes a gateway, pavilion, courtyard, vestibule, sanctum sanctorum and tower which bear testimony to the excellence of Dravidian art. It is believed to have taken 7000 laborers, working in continuous shifts and 150 years to build. Ever since the first European visitors in the 18th Century, Ellora has attracted chronicles antiquarians, scholars and in more recent years, an ever-increasing number of tourists. Daulatabad Fort: Once known as 'Devgiri', this magnificent 12th-century fortress stands on a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. It was given the name Daulatabad, the 'City of Fortune', by Muhammad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. Initially a Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of several dynasties in the Deccan. One of the world's best-preserved fort of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character that made it invincible. The 30-meter high Chand Minar (Tower) built much later with 3 circular galleries had a defensive and religious role in the fortress. Overnight will be at Aurangabad.

    Day 05: Aurangabad - Mumbai

    After Breakfast early check-out from Hotel, You can visit some famous traditional local shopping market place in Aurangabad like Gul Mandi and Connaught Shopping Market.  Aurangabad city also offers modern shopping centers like Prozone shopping Mall &a