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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

$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore UNESCO caves of Ellora-Ajanta in a sustainable way

ItineraryDay 1: Explore magnificent Ajanta cavesPass By: Akvin tourismWe are working on sustainable tourism. A part of our benefit goes to social cause like women empowerment and environment protection.Stop At: Ajanta Caves, Ajanta, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraIt´s during the hunting, John Smith rediscovered these magnificent caves. They are built during 5th century BC to 3rd century AD. The complex has 28 caves. The caves are excavate in semi circular scarp of a step stone about 76 meters high overlooking a narrow sinuous gorge. They all are Buddhist caves and known for paintings. The theme of the painting of the wall is intensely religious in tone and mostly centres around Buddha, Boddhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and Jatakas.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Ellora caves: a culture tour of 3 different religionsPass By: Akvin tourismWe are working on sustainable tourism. A part of our benefit goes to social cause like women empowerment and environment protection.Stop At: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraThe temples of Ellora are the product of 3 religious systems: Buddhism, Bramhanism (Hinduism), Jainism containing elaborate carvings of god and goddess and remarkable memorial of the 3 great faiths they represent. The caves have been dated to between 5th-7th centuries AD and 11th-12th centuries AD.The main cave:16 Kailash temple is the largest monolithic temple in the world. This temple is attritubted to the Rashtrakuta ruler, Krishna I.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour : 3-Day Ajanta Ellora Caves & Aurangabad from Mumbai / Pune

ItineraryDay 1: Start at 5 AM from Mumbai/Pune - Travel to Aurangabad & Aurangabad SightseeingStop At: Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraVisit Bibi Ka MaqbaraDuration: 1 hourStop At: Sunheri Mahal, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraVisit Soneri MahalDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Chatrapati Shivaji Museum, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraVisit Shivaji Maharaj MuseumDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight stay in AurangabadDay 2: Start at 9 AM - Visit Ajanta CavesStop At: Ajanta Caves, Ajanta, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraExplore caves at Ajanta (additional charges for guide)Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight stay in AurangabadDay 3: Start at 9 AM - Ellora Sightseeing & Travel to Mumbai/PuneStop At: Daulatabad Fort, Daulatabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraExplore Daulatabad FortDuration: 1 hourStop At: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraExplore Ellora Caves (additional charges for guide)Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$110 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour : 2-Day Quick Tour of Ajanta Ellora Caves & Aurangabad from Pune

ItineraryDay 1: Start at 6 AM from Pune & Visit Ellora CavesStop At: Daulatabad Fort, Daulatabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraVisit Daulatabad FortDuration: 1 hourStop At: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraExplore Ellora Caves (guide can be arranged at extra cost)Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Grand Kailash or Keys Hotel for 3-starLemon Tree for 4-starDay 2: Start at 8.30 AM, Visit Ajanta Caves & Travel to PuneStop At: Ajanta Caves, Ajanta, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraVisit Ajanta Caves (guide can be arranged at extra cost)Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$98 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 INTERNATIONALDay 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 INTERNATIONALDay 3: Depart AurangabadYour tour concludes with transfer to Aurangabad airport. 

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