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As the Deccan forest claimed and shielded the caves, with roots and shoots choking the sculptures, Ajanta remained deserted for about a millennium, until 1819 when a British hunting party led by officer John Smith stumbled upon it purely by chance.


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$806 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Mumbai to Auranganbad Private 3-Day Tour with Ajanta Caves

Day 1: Mumbai – Aurangabad (flight)Pickup from your Mumbai hotel/place of stay and transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad. (There are 3 daily flights - early morning, late afternoon and evening from Mumbai to Aurangabad).On arrival at Aurangabad airport, you will be assisted and transferred to the hotel check in.Later, have a full day Aurangabad city tour followed by a tour of the Ellora Caves (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). In the city, visit the Aurangabad Caves, which are artificial caves that were dug out of soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. The architecture and iconography here is influenced by Tantric Hinduism. Then, visit the Bibi Ka Maqbara - the burial place of Aurangzeb's first wife. It is an imitation of Agra's Taj Mahal. Also go to a small archaeological museum nearby. The Ellora Caves hold the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and date from about 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. There are a total of 34 monasteries and temples at Ellora, belonging to the three different religions, namely - Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Overnight at the hotel.Day 2: Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves Tour from Aurangabad (108 kms / 2 hours approx one-way) (B)Breakfast at hotel followed by full day excursion to the Ajanta Caves - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Buddhist caves of Ajanta were discovered by British officers in 1819. The Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora. The thirty caves at Ajanta are set in a steep crescent-shaped hillside in a forested ravine of the Sahayadri hills. Thirty of them are Buddhist caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other 25 are Viharas (monasteries). After the tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Aurangabad city.Overnight at the hotel.Day 03: Aurangabad – Mumbai (flight) (B)Breakfast at hotel. As per your flight schedule, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. (There are 3-daily flights - morning, late afternoon and late evening from Aurangabad to Mumbai).Note: Depending on your first day flight, the tour operator will adjust the Aurangabad and Ellora Caves sightseeing to be either on Day 1 or on Day 3, and will book your departure flight to Mumbai accordingly.The following hotels will be used (or similar): 4-star: Ambassador Ajanta or VITS Hotel 5-star: WelcomHotel Rama International or Lemon Tree Hotel

$77 Transfers & Ground Transport

The Famous Ajanta Caves - A World Heritage Site Tour with Private Transfer

The Buddhist caves of Ajanta were discovered by British officers in 1819. The Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between AD 629 and 645. The caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora. The thirty caves at Ajanta are set in a steep crescent-shaped hillside. The caves offer mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well as his previous lives. Five of these caves are Chaityas (Places of worship) while the other 25 are Viharas (monasteries). The Ajanta Caves can be chronologically divided into two phases, the early Buddhist caves of 2nd century BC to first century AD and the Mahayana caves dating to 5th century AD. Ajanta is located on an ancient trade route known as ‘Dakshinapatha’. The Dakshinapatha (southern road) trade route was one of two great highways that connected different parts of the sub-continent since the Iron Age. Monasteries continued to operate here at least till the 8th century AD after which the site was forgotten till its rediscovery in 1819. The 30 caves, including the unfinished ones, were inhabited by Buddhist monks and religious devotees for more than 800 years. The caves are an outstanding testimony to the evolution of Indian art, representing the flourishing Buddhist architecture and religious influence of the prominent religion under the rule of the Guptas (the Gupta Empire’s zenith is between 320 AD and 550 AD also called the Golden Age of India with its peace and advancements in science and philosophy).   The caves have both female and male representations.  These are the only caves where you will find depictions from both, the Hinayana and Mahayana sects of Buddhism. After your guided tour of the caves you will be transferred back to your hotel in .

$308 Multi-day & Extended Tours

UNESCO's Ajanta And Ellora Caves - A Two Night Heritage Immersion From Aurangabad With Private Transfers

Day 1: Arrive AurangabadYou will be picked up for your full day excursion to the Ajanta Caves, one of India's most impressive archeological sites and also known for its Buddhist art. The thirty caves at Ajanta are set in a steep crescent-shaped hillside. It is a pristine area that was chosen not only for the solitude it provided for meditating Buddhist monks, but also because of its proximity to the main trade routes. The caves are filled with ornate façades, frescoes and wall paintings. A large number of incidents from the life of Buddha are depicted, as well as tales from the Jakata legends. The interior chambers are illuminated by a flood of natural light, enhancing the color and vibrancy of the images. Five of these caves are Chaityas (Places of worship) while the other 25 are Viharas (monasteries). The Ajanta Caves can be chronologically divided into two phases, the early Buddhist caves of 2nd century BC to first century AD and the Mahayana caves dating to 5th century AD. (Ajanta Caves are Closed on Mondays)Overnight hotel:  ITC RAMA INTERNATIONAL Day 2: Half-day Excursion Ellora CavesToday, tour the Ellora group of rock-cut caves. The site features over 100 caves, of which 34 caves are open to the public.  These caves were excavated out of the vertical basalt cliff in the Charanandri Hills and extend for more than a mile. They consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves.  Each group of caves presents the respective deities and mythologies prevalent in the 1st millennium.  The associated monasteries were built in proximity and illustrate the religious harmony and spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.  Cave 5, an architecturally important Buddhist cave, it was designed as a hall with two parallel refectory benches in the center with a Buddha statue in the rear.  The most famous of the Buddhist caves is Cave 10, a worship hall called the 'Vishvakarma Cave' (literally the cave of one who accomplishes everything). It is also known as the "Carpenter's Cave", because the artistic finish gives the rock an appearance of wooden beams. At the heart of this cave is a 15-foot statue of Buddha seated in a preaching pose. The most magnificent cave is the Kailashanatha Temple (Cave 16), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world.  It is a chariot shaped monument which depicts Mount Kailasa, the sacred abode of Lord Shiva.  You will also have a chance to view the channels near Cave 32 through which volcanic lava once flowed.  You will be returned to your hotel.(Ellora Caves are Closed on Tuesdays)Overnight hotel:  ITC RAMA INTERNATIONAL Day 3: Depart AurangabadYour tour concludes with transfer to Aurangabad airport. 

$334 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Buddhist Caves of Ajanta Ellora

Highlights Visit famous Ajanta / Ellora Caves, which are considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the world owing to the magnificent paintings of Ajanta and well-carved sculptures of Ellora. For those who love to travel the past to get a panorama of life in ancient India, Ajanta and Ellora caves, are the best sites to visit. Enjoy the company of our knowledgeable Local Tour Guide.   What you can expect – Itinerary is given below for your reference Day 01:           Mumbai - Arrive Aurangabad         (By Flight / Train from Mumbai) On time arrive Aurangabad Airport / Railway-station, by flight / train from Mumbai. Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Aurangabad airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at hotel. (Our services will start from arrival in Aurangabad on this day) Day 02:           Aurangabad - Same day trip to Ajanta Caves Breakfast at hotel. Later enjoy same day excursion to Ajanta Caves. Ajanta Caves are 99 kms away or 3 hrs drive from Aurangabad and date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the frescoes portray in epic form the religious and secular life through eight centuries. Ajanta is famous for paintings and sculptures, considered as master pieces of Buddhist religious art. Overnight stay in the hotel. (Ajanta Caves are closed on all Mondays) Day 03:           Aurangabad - Same day trip to Ellora Caves After breakfast full day tour of Ellora Caves (29 kms) encompassing 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu & Jain art dating from the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash Temple, meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode - Kailash is the best example of Rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. (Ellora Caves are closed on Tuesdays). Overnight stay in the hotel. Day 04:           Aurangabad – Mumbai (By Flight / Train) Breakfast at hotel. Later on time, transfer to Aurangabad Airport / Railway-station to board flight / train for Mumbai. (No services in Mumbai from our end for this day. If required, can be arranged with additional charges)

$442 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Aurangabad Private 3-Day Tour with the Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Day 1 - Aurangabad On arrival at Aurangabad airport or railway station, you will be assisted and transferred to the hotel for check-in.Later, have a full-day Aurangabad city tour followed by a tour of the Ellora Caves (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). In the city, visit the Aurangabad Caves, which are artificial caves that were dug out of soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. The architecture and iconography here is influenced by Tantric Hinduism. Then, visit the Bibi Ka Maqbara, the burial place of Aurangzeb's first wife. It is an imitation of Agra's Taj Mahal. Also go to a small archaeological museum nearby. The Ellora Caves hold the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and they date from about 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. There are a total of 34 monasteries and temples at Ellora, belonging to the three different religions, namely Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Overnight at a hotelDay 2 - Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves Tour from Aurangabad (Two hours approximately one way) (B)Breakfast at your hotel, followed by full-day excursion to the Ajanta Caves,a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Buddhist caves of Ajanta were discovered by British officers in 1819. The Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora. The thirty caves at Ajanta are set in a steep crescent-shaped hillside in a forested ravine of the Sahayadri hills. Thirty of them are Buddhist caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life, as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other 25 are Viharas (monasteries). After the tour, your driver takes you back to your hotel in Aurangabad city.Overnight at a hotelDay 03 - Aurangabad – Mumbai (flight) (B)Breakfast at your hotel. As per your flight schedule, transfer to the airport/railway station for your onward journey.Please note: Depending on your first day flight/train, the tour operator will adjust the Aurangabad and Ellora Caves sightseeing to be either on Day 1 or on Day 3. Please ensure you have two full days to complete sightseeing of all monuments.The following hotels will be used (or similar): 4-star: Ambassador Ajanta or VITS Hotel 5-star: Welcome Hotel Rama International or Lemon Tree Hotel

$200 Private & Custom Tours

Weekend Trip to Ajanta and Ellora Caves Devagiri Fort

Day 1 : Ellora Caves & Local SightseeingArrive in Aurangabad early morningAfter check-in into the hotel and getting fresh, visit Ellora Caves, which is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600-1000 CE period.In the evening visit the grand Devagiri Fort.Don’t miss the Bibi ka Maqbara, which is a replica of the Taj Mahal.Return to hotel in the eveningDay 2 : Ajanta CavesVisit Ajanta caves.The Ajanta Caves are about 30 in number, rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE. The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.In the evening depart for Aurangabad.

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