DAY TRIP TO AJANTA & ELLORA BY CAR
Day Trip to Ajanta / Ellora Caves
PICK UP POINT – Pick up from your Aurangabad hotel / Airport
DESTINATION : Aurangabad
ITNERARY :Aurangabad > Ajanta Caves > Ellora Caves > Aurangabad
DEPARTURE TIME : 6.30 am
DURATION : 12 hours (approx.)
DROP OFF DETAIL : Returns to original departure point at approximately 6.30 pm
Pick up from your Aurangabad Hotel.
Drive to Ajanta caves. Ajanta caves are located at 104 km and 3 hours drive from Aurangabad.
Arrives Ajanta Caves & Enjoy sightseeing
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).
Later on drive to Ellora Caves.
Arrive & visit Ellora Caves
The Ellora caves are about 95 km away from Ajanta Caves. They date from the 6th century A.D. to 12th century A.D. In total, there are nearly 100 caves in the hill range out of which 34 caves are famous and visited by many tourists. Along the cliff face, starting from south to north, are the twelve caves of the Buddhist group, which appear to be the oldest. After this come the caves 13 to 29 of the Hindu group, which include the famous Kailasa temple, and, finally, caves 30 to 34 of the Jain group. Thus the Ellora Caves not only bear witness to three great religions (Buddhism, Brahminism and Jainism) but they also illustrate the spirit of tolerance, characteristic of ancient India, which permitted these three religions to establish their sanctuaries and their communities in a single place, which thus served to reinforce its universal value.In 1983, the caves at Ellora were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After finishing the sightseeing of Ellora caves. Drive back to Aurangabad, which is 30 km from Ellora.
18: 30 Hrs
Arrives Aurangabad and drop at your hotel.