Day 1: Arrive Aurangabad
Upon your arrival at Aurangabad airport, our team will provide assistance and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, embark on a captivating city tour of Aurangabad. Your first stop will be the Aurangabad Caves, a remarkable complex of artificial caves that were meticulously carved out of soft rock during the 6th and 7th centuries. These caves are an architectural marvel and provide insights into ancient Buddhist art and culture. Next, explore the Bibi Ka Maqbara, often referred to as the "Mini Taj" due to its striking resemblance to the iconic Taj Mahal. This mausoleum is the final resting place of Aurangzeb's first wife, and its exquisite design showcases Mughal architectural splendor. Adjacent to the mausoleum, visit a small archaeological museum that adds depth to your understanding of the region's history. Return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2: Aurangabad - Ajanja - Aurangabad (210kms round)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel before embarking on an exciting excursion to the renowned Ajanta Caves (closed on Mondays). These ancient Buddhist caves, dating back to as early as 200 BC, are a treasure trove of artistic and religious significance. Discovered by British officers in 1819 during a tiger-hunting expedition, the Ajanta Caves house a collection of 30 mesmerizing caves adorned with intricate sculptures and paintings. These artworks beautifully depict the life of Buddha and his previous incarnations. Among these caves, five are Chaityas, designed for worship, while the remaining 25 are Viharas, used as monastic residences. Explore the caves and absorb the spiritual aura of this UNESCO World Heritage site. After a day filled with cultural exploration, return to Aurangabad for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Aurangabad - Mumbai
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, set out on another excursion to the renowned Ellora Caves. This fascinating archaeological complex boasts 34 monasteries and temples. Among its exceptional features is a continuous sequence of monuments that span from 600 to 1000 AD. These caves are a testament to India's rich religious and artistic heritage. While at Ellora, visit the Grishneshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines revered by devotees of Lord Shiva. En route back to Aurangabad, explore the formidable Daulatabad Fort, a medieval Deccan fortress known for its military significance. Its intricate design and historical importance make it a must-visit attraction. Later in the day, you'll be transferred to Aurangabad airport for your flight to Mumbai.