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Aurangabad Caves Tour

Duration : 3 Night / 4 Days
Destinations : Aurangabad

Day 01 : Arrive Aurangabad and Sightseeing tour of Aurangabad
About Aurangabad, - meaning "Built by the Throne” is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The city is a tourist hub, surrounded with many historical monuments.  Mughal Emperor Aurangabad was founded in 1610 A.D. by Malik Ambar, the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah of Ahmadnagar town in Maharastara.

Check-in Hotel and later visit

  1. Bibi ka Maqbara - History & Culture Monuments - The monument Bibi Ka Maqbara was built in 1679 AD by Aurangzeb’s son. He built it in memory of his mother Rabia. Ata Ullah was the architect and he based the design on the Taj Mahal.
  2. Panchakki – Water Harvesting Engineering of 17th AD. Known as the water mill was built during the early years of the 17th century. The mill used to grind grains for the pilgrims. It was so designed that it generated energy through water which was brought from a spring on a mountain.

Return back to the hotel for night stay.

 

Day 02 : Full day Excursion tour to Ajanta Caves (110 km /03 hrs drive by car).
Morning early breakfast, drive to Ajanta Caves (110 km /03 hrs drive by car) it’s full day excursion tour to Ajanta Caves. On arrival you will see village Fardapur and from this village Caves are 04 KM far by main and good road. From This village you have to take air-conditioned and Non- air-conditioned cbos / coach run by Maharastra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), it’s very nominal charges 12 to 20 Indian Rupees for in way, these bus run from 09:00am to 05:00pm every 10 minutes services.  This bus services because near cave area there is no private parking area.
But ‘Imperium Journeys’ suggest you to drive more 20km far from Fardapur village and go to ‘View Point’, Britisher John Smith stood at exactly the same position in the year 1819 and as a chance sighting rediscovered the caves long hidden behind dense vegetation. Car and coach easlly go there, on arrival you will find the Ajanta Caves Panorama view from viewpoint across Waghora river, yiu will see that this is the photo and view you have see in all Ajanta photos and Maharashtra Photo worldwide.
To get down toward caves take the routine walking path from top of the view point to reach the caves. This is also a superb location to start your Ajanta caves experience. Standing at a point where the waterfall begins to flow down, you can easily view the complete cave clusters and maybe even identify.


About Ajanta Caves:
 India is 30 rock-cut cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE. The caves include paintings and sculptures considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art. The caves were built in two phases starting around 200 BCE, with the second group of caves built around 600 CE. These Caves have 30 rock cut Bhuddhist caves and it is 106 km from Aurangabad. The basic designs of the caves are called ‘Chaitya grihas’ and ‘Viharas’. 5 caves are Buddhist cathedrals and the remaining 25 are monasteries. The Chaityas are large, rectangular chambers separated by rows of pillars. They are decorated by sculptures and murals which depict the many incarnations of Buddha.
The Vhharas are rectangular shaped halls. They have series of small cells which are attached on both sides. Opposite to the entrance is an image of Buddha. The caves also include a visual form of the life of Buddha and interesting stories from Jatakas.

Evening return back to the hotel for night stay.


Day 03: Full day Excursion tour to Ellora Caves (30 km (19 mi) / 01 hrs by Drive)

Morning after breakfast, drive direct to for the full day excursion tour of Ellora Caves. On arrival take entrances ticket and you car can easily go inside (not Bus / Coach) to cover the entire area of Ellora as its is long to see all caves in short period of time. Auto Rickshaw’s are also easily available in hire.


About Ellora
- is an archaeological site built by the Rashtrakuta rulers. Well-known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 caves, actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of ‘The Charanandri hills’, being Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries, were built between the 5th century AD and 10th century AD. The 12 Buddhist (caves number 1 to 12), 17 Hindu (caves numbers 13 to 29) and 5 Jain (caves numbers 30 to 34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history.
The famous is ‘The Kailash Temple’ of the Ellora caves is the most attractive and masterpiece of the creator. The Kailash temple in the Ellora caves is one of the world’s largest and massive sculpture. It was curved out of a rock with the help of 7000 laborers and took nearly 150 years to complete. The shrines are a mix or both Hindu and Jain faiths. Cave number 32 is famous for a glorious Yakshi statue and beautiful ceiling paintings.


Also visit ‘The Ghrishneshwar Temple’
– is the 12th Jyotirlingas in India dedicated to lord Shiva, is located next to Ellora Caves main gates.

About The Ghrishneshwar Temple -
It was built during 1765 and 1795. The construction of the temple was done by Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. The temple is built of red volcanic rock and it delivers a characteristic appearance. The most impressing feature of Ghrishneshwar Temple is the 5 tier shikara. The shikara rises in decreasing height. The height is then increased with the help of the high wall component of the sanctum. An unerect bull at each corner and monkey behind it is the crown of the Shikara.

While returning to your hotel in Aurangabad city also you van visit ‘Daulatabad Fort’ is situated 13 km from Aurangabad city and its located on the highway to Ellora caves.

About
Daulatabad Fort- The fort stands on a pyramid shaped hill. It was previously known as Devgiri. Bhillama, the king of the Yadav dynasty built it in the 12th century. It was Mohammed Bin Tughlaq who gave the name Daulatabad which means city of fortune. The fort of the city is built on top of a high hill. It is surrounded by thick walls and has transfixed gates. Steep slip ways and a deep ditch can also be seen. Curled network of secret, teasing and underground transitions can also be seen in the fort.
Daulatabad Fort Entry fee Rs 5 for Indians and USD$ 5 for foreigners. The timing is from 09:00am to 06:00pm.

Evening return back to the hotel for night stay.

 

Day 04 : Departure from Aurangabad

Morning after breakfast you will be transferred from Aurangabad hotel to airport / railway station for your onward destination.



 

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