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  • Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta Cave Tour

Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta Cave Tour

Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Activities: Heritage Tour To Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Regions: West India
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Aurangabad - Mumbai
Best Time: January, February, March, October, November, December

Overview

India Cave Tour - Taking you to one of the finest historical and World Heritage sites in India, Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tours tour is a short tour tn the far-flung region of Maharashtra. The World Heritage Caves of Ajanta and Ellora have most graceful gems of rock-cut architecture. The ultimate jaw-dropper is the Kailashnath Temple Complex, Cave 16 at Ellora that was designed as the devotee’s vision of Mount Kailash, the Abode of Lord Shiva. The largest monolithic structure in the world, it is twice the size of famous Pantheons at Athens. Dating from 2nd century B.C. to 6th century A.D., the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu caves of Ajanta and Ellor are the most important cultural treasures of the world. The resplendent murals and dainty stone sculptures preserve the painting styles that have long disappeared from the face of the earth. Stonecutters’ vision of an isolated haven for meditation, Ajanta Caves is situated in a horseshoe-shaped ravine. The World Heritage Caves Tour also takes you to Mumbai, the modern-day seat of Indian artists and Seat of Indian Cinema.

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Day 1:Mumbai- Aurangabad (By: Flight)

Morning in time transfer to Mumbai airport to board flight for Aurangabad

Depart Mumbai at 0535 hrs by 9W 313 (Jet Airways)

Arrive Aurangabad at 0630 hrs and then proceed to Ajanta – (closed on Monday) These 2nd century caves are fine achievements by Buddhist monks. Beautiful frescoes, wall paintings and vivid sculptures reflect the peak of ancient Indian art and architecture. The horseshoe shaped gorge has 30 caves dividend in two phases.

Overnight in Aurangabad

Day 2: Aurangabad

After Breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Ellora Caves (closed on Tuesday) – The World Heritage site, one of the finest examples of rockcut caves , there are 34 caves, Cave 16 is the most famous and has Lord Shiva sculpted on the rocks-the largest monolith in the world. The other popular cave is No.32, a shrine within contains the seated Lord Mahavir, last of the 24 tirthankars of Jainism. After Ellora Caves, further proceed for Pithalkora Caves:- Pithalkora caves are about 78 kms. From Aurangabad. The intricate work on the sculptured facades in these caves is definitely worth a visit. Nestling within the Satmala range of the Sahyadris, is a group of 13 cave sanctuaries, both chaityas and viharas on a remote land cluster that date back to the 2nd century BC.

Afternoon, go for city tour covering The Daulatabad fortress, which was an old Hindu stronghold originally called Devgiri Fort. Seven outer walls and an internal moat protected the fort built by Bhilam Raja of the Yadava dynasty in 1187. Then after visit Bibi-ka-Maqbara, built in memory of Aurangazeb’s wife Rabia Durrani and meant to surpass the Taj Mahal (built by his father Shah Jehan) in grandeur.

Overnight in Aurangabad

Day 3: Aurangabad – Mumbai (By: Flight)

Morning in time transfer to Aurangabad airport to board flight for Mumbai

Depart Aurangabad at 0650 hrs by 9W 355 (Jet Airways)

0740 hrs: Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel

Later proceed to visit Elephanta Caves

This 4-hour tour takes you from Mumbai to the rock art of the Elephanta Caves of Elephanta Island. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Gateway of India at Mumbai. From here, cruise by boat to reach the Elephanta Caves.

On your arrival at the island you will proceed to the Elephanta Caves, which contain a collection of rock art linked to the sect of Shiva. At Elephanta, Indian art found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly in the huge and high reliefs of the main cave.

We will then proceed to The Gateway of India is a treasured monument that was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. It is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone, further drive past a popular sea front, Marine Drive is a winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other. It was once called the Queen’s Necklace because of its curved shape. Tours continues with visit to Mani Bhawan & Hanging gardens.

Also visit The wonderful Prince of Wales museum (closed on Monday) is regarded as one of the best museums in the country with art, sculpture, old firearms, and rare coins and a priceless collection of miniature paintings on display.

Overnight in Mumbai

Day 4: Depart Mumbai (By: Flight)

Aurangabad - Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Mumbai - Elephanta Caves
 

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