Mumbai with Ajanta Ellora 07 Days
Ajanta and Ellora Caves are the ancient repository of Indian architectural heritage. Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra Ajanta and Ellora caves are the world famous for the cave shrines that cut out of rock, all by hand. There are 34 caves at Ellora and 29 caves at Ajanta. And all are sheer outstanding specimens of Indian architectural excellence.
Ajanta and Ellora caves were shrouded in ignominy for over a millennium, till John Smith, a British Army Officer stumbled upon them while on a hunting expedition in 1819. Today Ajanta and Ellora caves have been honored the world heritage site status to be preserved as an artistic legacy for generations to witness
Destinations Covered : Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajantha - Ellora - Mumbai
Day 01: Mumbai
Welcome on board at Mumbai Airport, where you would be received by our tour representative who will assist and introduce you to the chauffer, who drive's you throughout your tour. Mumbai is the capital city of Maharastra It is located on the Salsette Island. It is the commercial and the entertainment capital of India. This city is home to India's Hindi films and television industry, which is known as Bollywood. On reaching Mumbai check in hotel and later spend the rest of the day shopping in this city. Late in the evening return back to the hotel for a night stay.
Day 02: Mumbai
GMorning after breakfast drive out for a local tour of this beautiful city. Visit the most attractive places in Mumbai like - The Gateway of India, which is considered to be the principal landmark, Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, the Victoria Terminus, Mahalaxmi temple, the Haji Ali tomb and so on. Late in the evening return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast proceed towards Elephanta Caves which is just 10 Kms away from the Gateway of India. It is one of the greatest tourist attraction. They are known for the rock cut cave temples dedicated for lord Shiva. It covers an area of about 60,000 square feet. It has 3 main entrances. This cave has a collection of Shrines collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos and is filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The Trimurti sculpture of Elephanta showing the three faces of Shiva almost akin to the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswar embodied as one being one among them. Spend a day in this beautiful place and late in the evening return back to the hotel for a night stay.
Day 04: Mumbai - Aurangabad
Morning after breakfast proceed towards Aurangabad has been a place of great importance due to it's location on the famous "Silk Route". Textiles, embroidered finery and various kinds of beads made in nearby Paithan were exported to the markets of Greece, Rome and Egypt. This city is surrounded by the historical monuments like Ajanta and Ellora. The city earlier was the residence of Aurangzeb, and it later got its name after his death. On reaching Aurangabad check in hotel and later on move out for the local tour of this city. Visit Daulatabad - the city of prosperity, Fort of Devagiri, the Bibi Ka Maqbara - a replica of the Taj Mahal and so on. Late in the evening return back to the hotel for a night stay.
Day 05: Aurangabad - Ajanta - Aurangabad
Morning after breakfast move out for a day's excursion to Ajanta which is 110 kms away. They are well known for the rock cut cave temples. The 29 caves at Ajanta are an architectural masterpiece which depict ancient India's rich cultural heritage. The caves were mainly built as a worshipping and residing place for the Buddhist monks. The images such as court scenes, street scenes, animals and birds are the work of masterpiece. In ancient times, each cave was accessed from the riverfront by individual staircases whereas now a terraced path has been built for tourist. Enjoy a day at this world heritage centre. Later in the evening return back to Aurangabad for an overnight stay.
Day 06 : Aurangabad - Ellora - Aurangabad
Morning after breakfast drive out for a day's excursion to Ellora which is just 30 Kms away. It is known for the rock cut cave temples. The 34 caves in Ellora out of which 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves are built in proximity. Out of the Buddhist caves the most famous is cave 10, a chaitya hall (chandrashala) or 'Vishwakarma cave also known as "Carpenter's Cave". Out of the Hindu Caves, cave 16, called The Kailasa or Kailasanatha Temple is the most famous one. Spend a day in this World Heritage Site. Late in the evening drive back to Aurangabad for a night stay.
Day 7: Aurangabad - Mumbai
Morning after breakfast drive towards Mumbai Airport to board your flight to the onwards destination.