Ajanta Ellora Caves ... Ancient repository of Indian architectural heritage



  • Day 1

    Arrival Aurangabad / Sightseeing of Ajanta Caves

    Upon arrival at Aurangabad airport, meet & greet by our representative, Transfer to hotel for check in

    Later visit Ajanta Caves for sightseeing

    Ajanta Caves

    Superbly set in a remote river valley 105km northeast of Aurangabad, the remarkable cave temples of Ajanta are this region�s second World Heritage Site. Much older than Ellora, these secluded caves date from around the 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD and were among the earliest monastic institutions to be constructed in the country. Ironically, it was Ellora�s rise that brought about Ajanta�s downfall and historians believe the site was abandoned once the focus shifted to Ellora.

    Overnight at Aurangabad

  • Day 2

    Aurangabad / Sightseeing of Ellora Caves

    Today visit Ellora Caves

    Ellora Caves - Give a man a hammer and chisel and he�ll create art for posterity. Come to the Unesco World Heritage Site Ellora cave temples, located 30km from Aurangabad, and you�ll know exactly what we mean. The epitome of ancient Indian rock-cut architecture, these caves were chipped out laboriously over five centuries by generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks. Monasteries, chapels, temples � the caves served every purpose and they were stylishly embellished with a profusion of remarkably detailed sculptures.

    Undoubtedly Ellora's shining moment is the awesome Kailasa Temple (Cave 16), the world�s largest monolithic sculpture, hewn top to bottom against a rocky slope by 7000 labourers over a period of 150 years. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is clearly among the best that ancient Indian architecture has to offer.

    Overnight at Aurangabad

  • Day 3

    Aurangabad sightseeing / Departure drop

    Day at leisure for local sightseeing of Aurangabad. Time permitting below places of sightseeings can also be covered on Day 1 & 2 ...

    Aurangabad Caves

    Architecturally speaking, the Aurangabad Caves aren�t a patch on Ellora or Ajanta, but they do shed light on early Buddhist architecture and make for a quiet and peaceful outing. Carved out of the hillside in the 6th or 7th century AD, the 10 caves, comprising two groups 1km apart, are all Buddhist. Cave 7, with its sculptures of scantily clad lovers in suggestive positions, is a perennial favourite.


    The garden complex of Panchakki, literally meaning �water wheel�, takes its name from the ancient hydromill which, in its day, was considered a marvel of engineering. It�s still in working condition but is today really only of minor interest.

    Baba Shah Muzaffar, a Sufi saint and spiritual guide to Aurangzeb, is buried here. His memorial garden, flanked by a series of fish-filled tanks, is at the rear of the complex.

    Daulatabad Fort

    No trip to Aurangabad is complete without a pit stop at the ruined but truly magnificent hilltop fortress of Daulatabad, about 15km away from town en route to Ellora, which sits atop a 200m-high craggy outcrop known as Devagiri (Hill of the Gods). A 5km battlement surrounds this ancient fort, a most beguiling structure built by the Yadava kings through the 12th century and originally conceived as an impregnable fort.

    Bibi Ka Maqbara

    Built by Aurangzeb�s son Azam Khan in 1679 as a mausoleum for his mother Rabia-ud-Daurani, Bibi-ka-Maqbara is widely known as the poor man�s Taj. With its four minarets flanking a central onion-domed mausoleum, the white structure certainly does bear a striking resemblance to Agra�s Taj Mahal.

    Later in the evening drop to Aurangabad airport for onward flight


Round the Year Destination ... Extention available to Shirdi, Bhimashankar Temple, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Shani Shingnapur Temple and Nashik

Tour Inclusions [Ajanta Ellora]

2 nights accommodation at finest hotel
3 days transportation by AC vehicle including Toll tax, Parking, Fuel Charges & Driver allowance
Buffet breakfast at the hotel
Sightseeing entrance fees at all destinations as mentioned in itinerary
Service of our local English speaking guide during sightseeing - 3 days


Notes on itinerary

All our itineraries are "Just for Ideas" ... We will get to know you and customise an itinerary just for you that matches your requirements ... dates of travel, category of hotels, preferred airline, flexibility in choosing sightseeing, mode of travel between cities, etc. 

Many of our clients have us design more relaxing, slower paced holidays with more in-depth experiences whereas some simply want to visit various destinations and cover only the highlights. 

Together, we will determine the ideal route, pace of travel, accommodations, levels of pampering, style of touring, sightseeing to be included, dining preferences, adventure levels, options to meet locals, dates of travel  & much more ! and based on this arrive at a price.

Do feel free to get in touch with us by a quick call on +91 79 29602961 or a short mail on mail@destinations4india.com ... Looking forward


Submit Review
Be first to submit the review.