Ajanta Ellora Caves

Ajanta & Ellora Caves

Duration : 05 Nights & 06 Days

Destination Covered :Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Ellora Caves – Mumbai

Day 01 : Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai. Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Mumbai

Morning cruise across the harbour (9 kms) to see Elephanta Caves noted for huge rock cut temples dated back to 600 AD. Afternoon tour of Mumbai city. Main attractions are Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens, Chowpatty Beach, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India & drive through the Crawford Market, Marine Drive & Flora Fountain. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Mumbai-Aurangabad

Morning excursion to Kanheri Caves. These caves are dated from 1st Century B.C. to 9th Century A.D noted for Buddhist residence. Afternoon transfer to the Airport to connect flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 : Aurangabad - Excursion to Ajanta Caves

Full day sightseeing tour of Ajanta Caves. These caves were excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD, they reflect tantric influences in their iconography and architectural designs. The caves are 100 kms away from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horse- shoe, are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta.

The Caves date from the 2nd century BC. Discovered in 1819 by a group of British army officers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of Buddhist monastic orders features several 'chaityas' (chapels) and 'viharas' (monasteries). The exquisite wall and ceiling paintings, panels and sculptures of Buddha's life are famous throughout the world as the earliest and finest examples of Buddhist pictorial art. (They are closed on Monday).

Day 05 : Aurangabad - Excursion to Ellora Caves

Morning excursion to Ellora Caves. 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. 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. (They are closed on Tuesdays).

Day 06 : Aurangabad - Mumbai

Morning city tour of Aurangabad which includes visit to the Aurangabad Caves, State Archaeological Museum, Nehru Udyan, History Museum of Marathwada University, Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Siddharth Udyan. Evening transfer to the Airport to connect flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 06 : Mumbai - Out

Morning transfer to the airport to connect flight for onward destination.