Ajanta & Ellora Cave
5 Days / 4 Nights
From US$560

The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India are about 300 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments. The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as "the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting", which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India and since 1983; the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves form the largest corpus of early Indian wall-painting; indeed other survivals from the area of modern India are very few indeed, though they are related to 5th-century paintings at Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. The elaborate architectural carving in many caves is also very rare, and the style of the many figure sculptures is a highly local one, found only at a couple of nearby contemporary sites, although the Ajanta tradition can be related to the later Hindu Ellora Caves and other sites.

Day 01: Arrival Aurangabad

Arrive at Aurangabad Airport. Proceed to the arrival lounge. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Executive will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel in Aurangabad, check in at the hotel and stay four nights in Aurangabad.

Day 02: Aurangabad

Enjoy city sightseeing and visit Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki; a flourmill run by water built in 1695, Bibi ka Maqbara built in 1678 by Sultan Azam Shah in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal. (B)

Day 03: Ellora Caves

Go for a day excursion to visit Ellora Caves, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. (B)

Day 04: Ajanta Caves

Today enjoy an excursion to the Ajanta caves recognised as World Heritage Site. Its location within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylised beauty and magical eloquence. (B)

Day 05: Departure Aurangabad

After breakfast your tour finishes with transfer to the Aurangabad airport to board your onward flight. (B)

What’s included?

  • 04 nights hotel accommodation with private facility
  • Travel, transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditions car with driver as per itinerary
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fee & Monument charges
  • Local English speaking tour guide during sightseeing in Aurangabad
  • All current taxes

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