Mumbai – Aurangabad – Ellora Caves – Aurangabad – Ajanta Caves – Aurangabad (05 Nights/ 06 Days)
Day 1: ARRIVE MUMBAI
Upon arrival at Mumbai airport meet with our representative and transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: MUMBAI
After breakfast we will leave for an excellent sightseeing tour of Mumbai’s most iconic sites starting with a visit to the Gateway of India; further we will visit The Prince of Wales Museum, and a stop at Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Mumbai.
We will also drive along the Marine Drive and visit the Hanging Gardens. Stop off at Colaba Causeway before returning to your hotel. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: MUMBAI – AURANGABAD – ELLORA CAVES
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Aurangabad. Upon arrival meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will go on an excursion tour to Ellora Caves. The caves are over 2000 years old and consist of temples and monasteries hewn from rocks by Buddhist, Hindu and Jains monks and craftsmen. Ellora is a World Heritage Site and represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 “caves” – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1-12), 17 Hindu (caves 13-29) and 5 Jain (caves 30-34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history. It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. (Ellora caves are closed on Tuesday). Later return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4: AURANGABAD – AJANTA CAVES
Morning after breakfast drive to Ajanta via Aurangabad to have full day excursion to Ajanta Caves – they are cut from the volcanic lavas of the Deccan trap in a steep crescent – shaped hillside in a forested ravine of the sahyadri hills, These caves are older than those at Ellora consisting of 24 monasteries and temples hewn out of solid rack. The wall paintings and frescoes of these caves are a wealth of colors, Proceed to Civic – cum – Cultural Complex, a gallery of local art and crafts and shopping complex. (Ajanta caves are closed on Monday). Later return to the hotel. After fresh-n-up enjoy local city sightseeing tour visiting Bibi Ka Maqbara – situated about 3 km from the city is Bibi Ka Maqbara, the burial place of Aurangzeb’s wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani. It is an imitation of the Taj at Agra and due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the Mini Taj of the Deccan.
Also visit Panchakki (water mill), housed in the Dargah complex of Baba Shah Musafir, it is a 17th century an intriguing water mill, it is famous for its underground water channel, which traverses more than 8 km to its source away in the mountains. Later transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5: AURANGABAD – MUMBAI
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening free for own activity or enjoy rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: MUMBAI DEPART
Transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onward destination.