4 Days Aurangabad Extension

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Aurangabad the gateway to the magnificent Ajanta and Ellora Caves is every tourist’s dream coming true.



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Aurangabad the gateway to the magnificent Ajanta and Ellora Caves is every tourist’s dream coming true.

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  • Day 1: Mumbai/Delhi to Aurangabad

    Our representative will greet you at the Aurangabad airport and help you check comfortably into the hotel.
     

    The city of Aurangabad was founded in 1610 by Malik Amber and was called Fatehpur. It was later renamed when it was ruled by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and is also often called the ‘City of Gates’ due to its fortified layout to protect its inhabitants against the Maratha invaders.
     

    The Bibi ka Maqbara is the most well-known landmark of the city and is also often referred to as the ‘Taj of the Deccan’ due to its similarity to the Taj in architecture, structure and layout. The intention was to build a monument that would rival the Taj, however, due to cost restraints the Bibi ka Maqbara could come close to becoming in many ways, a copy of the Taj. Bibi ka Maqbara was built by Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb in the memory of his mother Rabia-ud-Daurani.               
     

    Aurangabad’s main claim to fame is however its proximity to the historical Ajanta and Ellora Caves.
     

    Spend a peaceful night at Aurangabad and be ready for a couple of days of excitement at the Ajanta and Ellora Caves.

  • Day 2: Ajanta Caves and Daulatabad Fort

    After breakfast we make our way towards the Ajanta Caves.
     

    Built in two phases, the Ajanta Caves are a splendid ancient Buddhist art form that has left many historians and travellers dazzled. First built around the 2 century BC the second phase of cave paintings and sculptures began during the 5th and 6th century AD. The 29 rock cut caves that stand above the Waghora River gorge are known for their impressive paintings, especially of emotions and postures and rock cut sculptures of the different forms of Buddha. The insides of the caves have prayer halls, monasteries and mural wall paintings that depict the Buddhist traditions, life and rebirth of Buddha and tales from the Jatakamala.
     

    We return to Aurangabad after our visit to the Ajanta caves, and make way to the Daulatabad Fort.
     

    The Daulatabad Fort is about 16km from Aurangabad and stands on a conical hill. Its main attraction is its heavy fortification and strength. With only a single real entrance, spiked gates, curved walls and false gates and a narrow bridge to access the summit, the Daulatabad Fort is an extremely well planned strategic piece of invincible architecture.
     

    Return to Aurangabad for the night.

  • Day 3: Ellora Caves and Aurangabad Caves

    After breakfast we proceed towards the Ellora Caves.
     

    Also, a UNESCO World Heritage Site the Ellora Caves are a stunning assortment of rock cut temples and monasteries of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu origin. These caves excavated from the Charanandri Hills, include 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu caves and 5 Jain caves each representing deities and traditions of their individual faiths respectively.  Built between 550-1000 AD all the caves are special, however the Kailasa Temple in Cave 16 needs to be mentioned because it is said to have been carved out entirely out of a single piece of rock. This by itself bears testimony to the skill and craftsmanship of those who toiled to create the Ajanta and Ellora Caves.
     

    Next we visit; the Aurangabad Caves which are 12 Buddhist rock caves that are set on a steep slope about 20m above the lower plains. The caves are divided roughly into the western, eastern and easternmost caves. The caves consist of viharas or monastery, chaitya or the shrine, depiction of the figure of Buddha and sculptures of other Buddhist gods and goddesses. Dating back to 2nd century AD, cave 7 is the most beautiful and elaborate of all caves cut into a central hall, an outdoor corridor and row of pillars and also represents the Bodhisatva Padmapani, the posture of deliverance.
     

    Return to Aurangabad after an eventful day and spend the night resting well.

  • Day 4: Aurangabad to Mumbai/Delhi

    After breakfast our representative will escort you to the airport from where you can proceed for your onward journey to either Mumbai or Delhi.