Welcome to Ellora

Give a man a hammer and chisel and he’ll create art for posterity. Come to the Unesco World Heritage Site Ellora cave temples, located 30km from Aurangabad, and you’ll know exactly what we mean. The epitome of ancient Indian rock-cut architecture, these caves were chipped out laboriously over five centuries by generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks. Monasteries, chapels, temples – the caves served every... Read More

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Aurangabad Private Tour: Ajanta And Ellora Caves Sightseeing Day Tour

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.

$1310 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: 5-Day Delhi to Mumbai including Aurangabad

Day 1: Delhi - AurangabadTransfer to the airport for your flight for Aurangabad. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The evening is free to explore Aurangabad at your leisure. Overnight: AurangabadDay 2: Aurangabad (B)Discover the origins of Buddhism in India by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad. Dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, the caves are packed with sculptures and frescoes detailing the life of Buddha and are a living testimony to the evolution of Indian art.In the morning you will travel to Ajanta Caves, approximately two hours from Aurangabad. This complex of 29 caves was thought to be home to more than 200 monks and artisans. Inside, the caves are richly decorated with frescoes and intricate sculptures that are regarded as masterpieces. Overnight: Aurangabad Day 3: Aurangabad - Mumbai (B) Not far from Aurangabad are the Ellora caves, a stunning example of stone carved architecture. The 34 caves have beautiful iconography and workmanship reflecting the three main religious groups of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. See the beautiful sculpture of Buddha, the Hindu god Shiva and exquisite craftsmanship of deities. This evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Mumbai Day 4: Mumbai (B)Mumbai is a bustling city that blends the old with the new. See the stark contrast of this wealthy city, with its palm-lined streets, art deco homes and fashionable shopping areas amid the chaos of daily life, where cows roam the streets and wallas (local tradesmen) ply their trade. Your full-day tour will take in museums, the Hanging Gardens and the incredible spectacle of the Dhobi ghat, the city's largest public laundry. Overnight: MumbaiDay 5: Mumbai (B)Transfer to the airport where your tour concludes.

$799 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 3-Day Aurangabad Tour Including the Ajanta Caves and the Ellora Caves from Mumbai

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

$250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

Day 1: Aurangabad On arrival at Aurangabad airport or railway station, 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/railway station for your onward journey.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 2 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: WelcomHotel Rama International or Lemon Tree Hotel

$2700 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9-Day South and North India Tour from Aurangabad to Jaipur by Car and Air

Day 1 : Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves - Aurangabad At 7:15 AM you will be picked up at your hotel in Aurangabad and transferred to the hotel for check-in and breakfast. Later take an excursion to Ajanta Caves - a World Heritage Site that has thirty 6th Century rock-cut Buddhist Caves that represent the earliest wall paintings. Have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel. Day 2 : Aurangabad - Ellora caves - Fort Daulatabad - Aurangabad After breakfast you will visit the Ellora Caves showcasing Hindu, Jain and Buddhist heritage. After lunch you will take an excursion to Fort Daulatabad - so formidable that it never fell into enemy hands. Its tunnel entrance, cannon post and narrow escape bridge are marvels of military architecture. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.Day 3 : Aurangabad - Mumbai by AirTake an early-morning flight to Bombay (Mumbai) and check in to your hotel. Enjoy a full-day tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, Sri Siddhvinayak Temple, Iskcon Temple, Colaba and Marine Drive. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel. Day 4 : Mumbai - Udaipur by Air Early morning you will head to Elephanta Caves by boat. After the boat ride and lunch, leave for the airport to catch the afternoon flight to Udaipur.Day 5 : Mumbai - UdaipurCheck in to your lake-facing hotel and have dinner at Amrai Restaurant, overlooking a lake. Day 6 : UdaipurEarly in the morning explore Lake Pichola, by boat. Visit the City Palace and Museum, Bajor-Ki-Haveli and the Garden-for-Maidens. Stroll through the colourful bazaars and drive around the gardens and lakes of Udaipur. Day 7 : Udaipur - KishangarhAt 7:30 you will leave for Kishangarh. Enroute you will visit Fort Chittorgarh, a World Heritage Site, and then check in to Phool Mahal Palace, a heritage hotel situated on a lovely lake. In the evening enjoy BBQ and a sumptuous buffet dinner. Day 8 : Kishangarh - Pushkar-JaipurTake an excursion to Pushkar where you will visit the temple of Lord Buddha and the sacred lakes. You will leave for Jaipur, driving for around 90 minutes. In the evening you will visit the colorful bazaars of Jaipur. Leave for the majestic Castle Kalwar (30 mins), where you will enjoy some BBQ and dinner. Day 9 : Jaipur - Fort AmerVisit Amer & Nahargarh Forts followed by the City Palace and Museum, the Palace of Winds and Jantar Mantar. In the late afternoon, enjoy a complimentary Ayurvedic massage and then watch a puppet show and dance with the folk dancers on the hotel roof-top while enjoying a buffet dinner. The tour ends in Jaipur and you will be dropped off at your hotel in Jaipur.

$70 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple and Panchakki from Aurangabad

Meet your guide at your hotel lobby in Aurangabad at 09:00 am and proceed to Ellora Caves at 09:30 PM. You will see the famous rock cut caves temples of Ellora that were constructed between the 5th and 8th centuries A.D depicting the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths. You will particularly enjoy the architectural marvel of the monolithic Kailasa Temple that is carved out from the rocky cliff-side from top to bottom. Lunch time at 12:30 PM. You can choose the cuisine and restaurant your are interested at your own cost. After Lunch at 1:30 PM visit Chand Minar and Daulatabad Fort where you will see the beautiful view from the citadel. You can also see the country of the Jumma Masjid with old carved pillars and the Kila Shikan canon with ram’s head. Later on you will visit Bibi Ka Maqbara built by Azam Shah in 1678. Bibi Ka Maqbara is a loving tribute from a son to his mother Begum Rabia Durrani, the Queen of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. You will see white marbled monument rises majestically in an intentional bid to copy the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra. The central tomb is framed by four towering minarets and distinguished by elaborate surface ornamentation and intricately perforated marble screens. Next stop is Grishneshwar Jyotirling Temple. From there visit Panchakki, also known as the "water mill" because of the mill used to grind grains for the pilgrims. On the display you will notice the scientific logic that was put in medieval Indian architecture. At the end of your journey at 04:00 pm, sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Aurangabad.