Ajanta Ellora Tour

Ellora Caves ELLORA CAVES

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ellora caves are important to see the common threads of the Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Ajanta/Ellora Tour

Day 01 : Mumbai Or Delhi - Aurangabad
Transfer to airport to connect flight for Aurangabad. Check into hotel. Proceed for a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves.

Ajanta caves : Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100 km 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. Evening return to Aurangabad and overnight will be at Aurangabad (Ajanta Caves are closed on all Mondays)

Day 02 : Aurangabad
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Proceed for a visit to the Ellora Caves, Aurangabad Caves and Daulatabad Fort.

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 (Ellora Caves are closed on Tuesdays) Click Here For More Information/Booking

Aurangabad Caves : The almost forgotten caves of Aurangabad lie just outside the city. Excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD, they reflect tantric influences in their iconography and architectural designs. In all there are nine caves which are mainly viharas (monasteries).

Daulatabad Fort : Once known as 'Devgiri', this magnificent 12th century fortress stands on a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. It was given the name Daulatabad, the 'city of fortune', by Muhammad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. Initially a Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of several dynasties in the Deccan. One of the world's best preserved fort of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character that made it invincible.

AJANTA CAVES

Why would one go to caves, inhibit there, and leave it abandoned? That is a historical question but the present, nevertheless, is far more interesting to experience, visiting the caves of Nalanda, thought to be the masterpieces of Buddhist art and architecture and inhibited by the Buddhist monks for many centuries.

These caves are believed to see the rise and spread of both the two sects of Buddhism, the Hinyana and the Mahayana, and enough examples of architecture are available still in the caves. The 30 caves, including the unfinished ones, seem to carry a distinct charm and represent the true faces of the flourishing Buddhist architecture, art, and obviously the religious influence at that period of time.
The fact that these caves were inhibited by Buddhist monks and religious devotees for more than 800 years is, in itself, enough to support it become a UNESCO world heritage site. Even then, there are lots of other specimens to support its uniqueness and importance in archaeology as well as history.

Visiting these caves is like travelling back to the past.

The location
The caves are in the state of Marathas, Maharashtra, in the Aurangabad district. Located between Latitude 20º32' North and Longitude: 75º45'East. The caves are by the river Waghora, in the midst of the Sahyadri hills burried by thick forest all around.

Attractions
The Ajanta caves are important mainly to see the fine line of transfer of the Hinyana and the Mahayana sect, as for the fact he Hianyana did not worship any god or goddess but they used stupas, and other rock forms to represent Buddha. Mahayana on the other hand, used idols of people they worship. Interestingly, the caves include both Chaitya(Prayer Halls) and monasteries and have both types of architecture and art besides paintings and scriptures, of the two sects Hinyana and Mahayana. Caves numbered 8,9, 10, 12, 13 and 15 are of the older sect, Hinayana. Mahayana related vcaves are numbered 1, 2, 16, 17, 19 and 26 where, 19 and 26 are Chaityas.

Extension Tours

Day 01 : Mumbai Or Delhi - Aurangabad 
Transfer to airport to connect flight for Aurangabad. Check into hotel. Proceed for a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves.

Ajanta caves : Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100 km 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. Evening return to Aurangabad and overnight will be at Aurangabad (Ajanta Caves are closed on all Mondays)

Day 02 : Aurangabad

Aurangabad Caves Tours

The almost forgotten caves of Aurangabad lie just outside the city. Excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD, they reflect tantric influences in their iconography and architectural designs. In all there are nine caves which are mainly viharas (monasteries). 

Daulatabad Fort : Once known as 'Devgiri', this magnificent 12th century fortress stands on a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. It was given the name Daulatabad, the 'city of fortune', by Muhammad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. Initially a Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of several dynasties in the Deccan. One of the world's best preserved fort of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character that made it invincible.

0vernight will be at Aurangabad.

Day 03 : Aurangabad-mumbai Or Delhi
Breakfast will be at hotel. Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
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