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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

$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tour - 2 Days

 Itinerary:Day 1 - Arrival AurangabadEarly 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 - MumbaiAfter 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

$550 Day Trips & Excursions

Ellora Caves Tour by Flight

Enjoy a complimentary hotel pickup and transfer from your hotel in Mumbai at 3.30 am in the morning. Before taking the one hour flight, which departs at 5:30 am from Mumbai and arrives in Aurangabad at 6:30 am.At Aurangabad airport our representative will warmly welcome you and take you in a private air conditioned car to the world famous Ellora caves.After spending 4 to 5 exciting hours, exploring the Ellora caves, you will be driven to the magnificent “Bibi Ka Maqbara” in Aurangabad which bears a striking resemblance to the famous Taj Mahal.After a memorable day spent visiting both these historical sites, our representative will drop you at Aurangabad airport at 4 pm for your 5:45 pm flight to Mumbai.When you arrive on Mumbai at 6:45 pm, our representative in Mumbai will pick you up from the airport and drop you back to your hotel in Mumbai.INCLUSIONS: Transfer from Mumbai hotel to Mumbai airport and back, Mumbai Aurangabad Mumbai return flight economy class tickets, visit to Ellora caves by private air conditioned car, entry tickets to Ellora caves, entry tickets to Bibi Ka Maqbara, all toll fees, parking fees and taxes.EXCLUSIONS:Meals not included.Entry fee charged for camera / video recording equipment not included.Guide not included.

$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. 

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