Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tour
Package price 529 per person sharing twin
Product Code : AGORA75
While in India, don’t miss this private 3-day tour of Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Tour the streets of Aurangabad and get an up close look at the stunning Ajanta and Ellora Caves two unique UNESCO World Heritage listed sites on this three day private tour. Explore 34 caves at Ellora, dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, as well as 29 caves at Ajanta, dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. Your private guide makes sure you have the time you need in each area to fully soak in all the history you had hoped to. Your tour comes with two nights of accommodations and all transport to make getting around easier on you.
Day 1: Arrive Aurangabad (flight)
On arrival at airport assistance and transfer to hotel.
Later city tour of Aurangabad, visit the Aurangabad Caves, which are artificial caves that were dug out of soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. Then, visit the Bibi Ka Maqbara - the burial place of Aurangzeb's first wife. Also visit a small archeological museum nearby. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Aurangabad - Ajanja - Aurangabad (104kms/ 2hrs approx one way)
Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while tiger hunting. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora , which date from about 200 B.C to 650 A.D. Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves.
Evening back to hotel in Aurangabad for overnight stay.
Day 3: Aurangabad - Mumbai (flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to visit the Ellora Caves (Tuesday closed), a UNESCO World Heritage Site from about 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. There are a total of 34 monasteries and temples at Ellora, belonging to the three different religions, namely - Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The temple is an important pilgrimage site in Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light).
On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan. The defence system that made Daulatabad virtually impregnable comprises fortifications with double and even triple rows of massive walls.
Later transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai.
2 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotel
English speaking guide during sightseeing.
Transport by private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion.
Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Bottled drinking water in car
Hotels used or similar
Aurangabad x 2 nights
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel
Any air fare
Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Or anything not mentioned in inclusions.