Welcome to Ellora


Undoubtedly Ellora's shining moment is the awesome Kailasa Temple (Cave 16), the world’s largest monolithic sculpture, hewn top to bottom against a rocky slope by 7000 labourers over a period of 150 years. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is clearly among the best that ancient Indian architecture has to offer.


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$69 Private & Custom Tours

Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves Private with Rock-Cut Temples

Meet your guide at hotel lobby in Aurangabad at 07:00 AM and proceed to Ajanta Caves (approx. 2.5 hours). These 2nd century caves are great achievements by Buddhist monks and here you can see beautiful frescoes, wall paintings and vivid sculptures reflecting the peak of ancient Indian art and architecture. The horseshoe shaped gorge has 30 caves dividend in two phases. After sightseeing at 12:30 PM, you can choose the cuisine and restaurant your are interested for lunch at your own cost. After lunch at 1:00 PM, proceed to Ellora Caves and arrive at 03:00 PM. You will see the famous rock caves temples of Ellora that depict the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths and were constructed between the 5th and 8th centuries A.D. We will also stop by the architectural marvel of the monolithic Kailasa Temple, carved out in the rocky cliff-side from top to bottom.At the end of your journey at 06:00 pm, sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Aurangabad by 07:00 PM.

$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.

$11 Cultural & Theme Tours

Shirdi to Ellora Grishneshwar Aurangabad Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Grishneshwar Temple (Shiv Mandir)Grishneshwar temple sometimes referred to as the Ghrneshwar Jyotirlinga or Dhushmeshwar temple, is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The temple is an important pilgrimage site in Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light). This pilgrimage site is located in Ellora.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraThe Ellora Caves is a collection of Hindu caves, Buddhist caves and Jain caves and is an excellent example of religious harmony during the ancient period. The Ellora Caves are within a 1 km distance from Grishneshwar Temple.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bhadra Maruti, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraThis temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god. The Bhadra Maruti Temple also enjoys the reputation of being the only Hanuman temple with the deity in reclining or sleeping position. The temple is just 6 km away from the Grishneswar Temple.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad, Aurangabad District, MaharashtraThe place is situated about 3kms from the main city and is the resting place of Aurangzeb’s wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani. This place is an imitation of Taj Mahal, Agra. The burial site or the Maqbara is situated in middle of spacious Mughal garden that has axial ponds and fountains along with broad pathways and clean pavilions.Duration: 1 hour

$43 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ajanta & Ellora Caves and Sightseeing 2 days Tour

Below is The Trip Details  This is a 2 days trip with private car.Both day journey will start early Morning @7.30AM. First day we will Cover Ajanta caves and second day we will cover Ellora caves and sightseeing or we can change the plan accordingly you. Ajanta Caves are 110 Km Away from the Aurangabad City hence we have to leave early so we can come before sunset. Ellora caves are 29Km away From Aurangabad but we will cover other places also hence for second day also we have to leave early  With Ellora caves we will cover below points also:- Bibi Ka Makbara Daultabad Fort  Paanchakki  Ghrishneshwar Temple Paithani Waiving Center    Both Day Tour Will Take 8 to 12 hrs  We will Pickup you from your hotel or your preferred Location (Within City)  In this Tour Only transportation is include  You have to buy entry Tickets at the time in entry  We will Provide you 1 water bottle complimentary

$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tour - 2 Days

 Itinerary: Day 1 - Arrival Aurangabad Early morning Pick up from airport/railway station/bus station at Aurangabad followed by sightseeing for Ajanta caves. Ajanta Caves were carved out of a 250 ft wall and had monasteries and Buddhist halls of worship. The paintings represented the different lives and rebirths of the Buddha with sculptures of other Buddhist deities from 2nd to 5th century BC.Overnight Aurangabad. Day 2 - Mumbai After breakfast drive to Ellora Caves at 08:00,followed by guided tour of Ellora caves, Explore one of  the largest single monolithic rock excavation of the world. its actually a temple dedicated to Shiva. It is a chariot-shaped monument and named the Kailasha Temple. It also houses gods and goddesses along with relief panels depicting legends from Hindu epics.After sightseeing you are free to select your own destination for onward journey; simply inform us where to drop including Airport / Train station / Bus station  / Hotel in Aurangabad.Tour End