Duration : 05 Days / 04 Nights
Route : Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajanta- Ellora- Mumbai
Category : North & West India Tours
Welcome to India!!
You will be received by our "Times India Travels" representative/ driver at the international airport and will be assisted to your hotel. In the Hotel the representative/driver will hand over your documents regarding the tour.
Overnight at Mumbai hotel.
After breakfast takes a sightseeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motor boats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 stairs takes you to the top of the hill where it is installed. The caves have large pillars that seem to hold the roof which are made of cross beams. The picturesque presentation of 9 amazing sculptural panels installed on the walls is terrifying. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon, cruise back to Gateway of India. You can have lunch at the Taj Hotel or other good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar which serves continental cuisine. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens, Overnight stay at Mumbai hotel.
Note: Elephanta Caves & Prince of Wales museum are closed every Monday.
Morning transfer to the railway station to board the train # 7617 Tapovan Exp dep at 06:10 hrs and arrive at 13:15 hrs. Upon arrival move towards the hotel. Later visit the Aurangabad Caves, excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD, they reflect tantric influences in their iconography and architectural designs. Also, visit and Daulatabad Fort, this magnificent 12th-century fortress stands on a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. One of the world's best-preserved forts of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character that made it invincible. Overnight stay at Aurangabad hotel.
After breakfast takes an excursion of 105 km to witness famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognized as a World Heritage site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. After visiting Ajanta Caves drive to (30 km) Ellora Caves, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. It has some typical uninterrupted order of 34 monasteries and temples dating back to 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism and Buddhism. It also has some excellent stoneware depicting legends related to Lord Shiva.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to the public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the Airport to board the morning flight for Mumbai. Assistance on arrival. You will have a complete day available to you to spend as per your own designed activities. Optionally you can have lunch and dinner at the choice of city restaurants. In time you will be transferred to International Airport for your scheduled flight back home. On departure, the tour concludes with happy memories.
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