Nagpur to Aurangabad via Amravati & Akola
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Nagpur to Aurangabad via Amravati and Akola tour will begin with pick up from Nagpur airport. Explore Nagpur monuments and museum then head to Akola via visiting ancient Ambadevi Temple at Amravati. Visit the ancient fort & Temples in Akola and head to Aurangabad via visiting Ajanta Caves, 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE. While in Aurangabad visit Ellora Caves one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, featuring Hindu, Buddhist and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600–1000 CE period and Aurangabad city monuments. Please note Akola is a small offbeat small city, there are no luxury hotels but you will get the authentic Indian experience.
Day 1: Arrive Nagpur
On arrival at Nagpur airport assistance and transfer to hotel.
Later city tour visit Sitabuldi Fort a significant historical importance. The fort is situated atop a hill and is the site of the Battle of Sitabuldi, 1817. The highlight of the fort has a cell where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned. Besides, it has a war memorial dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the battle. The fort is now home to the Indian Army's 118th infantry battalion. Dhamma Chakra Stupa a very important place for Buddhists built out of Dhaulpur sandstone, marble and granite and is 120 feet in height. Followers of Ambedkar and Buddhism gather here on Ashoka Vijaya Dashmi, marked to celebrate the amalgamation of many Dalits to Buddhism by Doctor Ambedkar, to offer their tributes. The place is of great religious importance to them. Central Museum (Mondays closed), this eclectic museum is a treasure-trove of specimens related to archaeology, art, anthropology, natural history and geology. The collection housed here has been sourced from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha and some parts of western Maharashtra. This comprises sculptures with a representative collection of fossils, minerals, pre and proto-historic metal tools, pottery, beads, coins, inscriptions, ethno-anthropological articles, architectural pieces, manuscripts, paintings, etc. The museum is spread across 11 galleries with a thematic scheme for each. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Nagpur - Amravati - Akola (250kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Akola. Enroute visit The Ambadevi Temple at Amravati. This ancient, spiritual temple finds its mention in ancient gazetteers and it is believed that Rukmini, daughter of King Bhishmak's, a day before her marriage to Shishupal, visited this temple. Lord Krishna is said to have abducted her from here and married her thereafter. The temple & its walls are adorned with sculptures telling the tales of different Puranas. Inside the high walls of the temples, one can find a spacious hall called "Garbhagriha. The Garbhagriha is split into three main arches with a sandstone idol of Goddess Ambabai, Lord Ganpati, Lord Mahadev, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Parvati. In the main chamber, one can see the huge idol of Goddess Amba with Lakshmi and Narayan. The Western wall of Garbhagriha has idols and engravings of various gods and goddesses.
Continue drive to Akola check in at hotel. Later visit Akola Fort along with Narnala and Akot forts. Initially fort was built in the form of mud by Akol Singh during the reign of Aurangzeb. One day, Akol Singh saw a hare chasing a dog, considering it as a holy sign, a fort was built around the village. Later, the fort was constructed by using large granite stone blocks, line stones, mud blocks, clay bricks, woods, irons, and mortars. Along with strong, it's beautiful too. In the year 1803, during the second Anglo-Maratha War, the fort became the camping ground of Arthur Wellesley. Later in 1870, Britons destroyed the fort and left it in ruins. Within the Fort complex visit the Rajeshwar Mandir, one of the oldest Shiva temple in the region. Also, there are many stone structures in the fort complex, which were built in later part of times by its consecutive occupant.
Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Akola - Ajanta - Aurangabad (250kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Aurangabad. Enroute visit 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.
Continue drive to Aurangabad check in at hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 4: Aurangabad – Ellora (36kms/ 1hrs approx one way)
Breakfast at hotel, excursion to visit Ellora Caves & Grishneshwar jyotirlinga Temple.
Ellora Caves a UNESCO World heritage sites (Tuesday closed). It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. Grishneshwar Temple 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. Made of red and black stones boasting intricate carvings and patterns the temple was constructed by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, in the Maratha style of architecture. On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan. The defense system that made Daulatabad virtually impregnable comprises fortifications with double and even triple rows of massive walls.
Later city tour of Aurangabad visit Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother. Due to its similar design standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument is popularly known as the mini Taj of the Deccan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Aurangabad – Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Private airport transfer with assistance of office executive.
4 Night accommodation in selected category hotels or similar.
Daily breakfast at hotels
Deluxe air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.
Monuments entrances of sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide).
Bottled water in car
Applicable GST (government taxes).
Hotels used or similar for 4 nights accommodation
Nagpur x 1 night
3* - Tuli Imperial/ The Nagpur Ashok
4* - The Pride/ Regenta Central & Convention
5* - Le Meridien/ Radisson Blu Hotel
Akola x 1 night
3*/ 4*/ 5* - Hotel Jasnagra/ Hotel Tushar Executive
Aurangabad x 2 nights
3* - Keys Hotel The Aures/ Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
4* - Ambassador Ajanta / VITS Hotel
5* - WelcomHotel Rama International / Lemon Tree Hotel
Any air fare
Camera charges at monuments
Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Or anything not mentioned above.