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Ajanta Ellora Caves Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai
On arrival at the international airport in Mumbai, our representative will escort you to the hotel. After a traditional Indian welcome at the reception, check in and relax for the day. Enjoy the various hotel facilities and treat yourself to an authentic Indian dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mumbai.

Day 2: Mumbai
In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Mumbai city. Visit St John's Church at Mumbai Fort; drive on the classic Marine Drive, click a photograph at the Gateway of India, and snack at the Chowpatty Beach. overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 3: Mumbai - Aurangabad
After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is free for you to spend at leisure. Post lunch transfer to the airport for a short flight to Aurangabad on Indian Airlines plane. This 17th century city has been seen the rise and fall of many mighty empires that ran the length and breath of India especially the Deccan Plateau. Today it is one of the most prominent places in Maharashtra that serves as the ideal base camp to explore the nearby World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora Caves.

On arrival, check in at the hotel, refresh and proceed for an excursion to the Ellora Caves (World Heritage Site), 12th century Daulatabad Fort and the lesser known Aurangabad Caves (Buddhist monasteries showcasing influence of Tantric art and architectural style from the 2nd and 6th centuries) . At Ellora, visit the 34 Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, and Jainism shrines carved from solid rock. These caves date back to the 4th and 9th century and the magnificent Kailash Temple marks the highlight of the day trip. Later in the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Aurangabad.

Day 4:Aurangabad
Today, after an early morning breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion to the 2000-year-old Ajanta Caves, another World Heritage Site in Maharashtra. Rock cut on the horse-shoe shaped cliff of the Sahyardi Hills, this set of 30 Buddhist rock-cut caves for monasteries and chapels are a must visit for their cave paintings and Buddhist art. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Aurangabad.

Day 5: Back to Mumbai OR we can further explore caves and sites as per booking.

OPTIONS: LONAR CRATER I

Trimbakeshwar Temple : This temple situated in Trimbak, 30 km West of Nasik, contains one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (naturally occuring Lingas) in India. The temple has beautiful carvings. There is a belief that anybody who visits Trimbakeshwar attains salvation. It is considered to be the holiest place to perform Shraddha ceremony as mentioned in 'Nirnaya Sindhu' - a religious book of Hindus. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple but one can get a clear view from outside.

The river Godavari rises here from a hill called Brahmagiri. Nearby there is the 'Gangasagar bathing tank' into which the Godavari river dribbles in, from its source. A bath in these waters is supposed to wash away sins.


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