Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Near the “City of Gates” – Aurangabad, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra are the two cave temples of Ajanta & Ellora. The caves have both been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1983 and are also among the most visited cultural sites in India. The beautiful experience starts in Aurangabad, where you can also visit the many gates and the Bibi-Ka-Maqbara (a replica of the Taj Mahal). After a break, visit the Buddhist Ajanta Caves. They are located in a U-shaped hollow 100 km away. During the Vakataka Dynasty in the 2nd to 5th centuries, most were built by Buddhist monks, of which 29 are accessible today, and 3 are pure cultic caves. You can see the many wall paintings of Buddha’s life or a statue of him there. Unfortunately, the condition of the antiques is after almost 2100 years awful. The next day, it will take you to the 30 km away Ellora, a cave temple complex of 34 Buddhist, Hindu and Jain. The whole system was knocked out in the 5th and 11th centuries as part of the Dekkan architecture from a more than 2 km long running of the southeast to the northwest rock face. In total, all the caves of Ellora were made between 1100 years.
Day 1 – Arrival in Aurangabad – via. Mumbai or Delhi
Today begins in the “City of Gates” Aurangabad, located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The chauffeur with private car picks you up after arrival and brings you to the luxurious Vivanta By Taj – Aurangabad. The rest of the day you can relax.
Day 2 – Aurangabad – Excursion to the Ajanta Caves
After breakfast, you will be picked up and brought to the Ajanta Caves, 100 km away. But you can also visit the city first, including many gates and the Bibi Ka Maqbara (a replica of the Taj Mahal). The temple caves are located in a U-shaped valley hollow. They were built during the Vakataka dynasty in the 5th century, although the representatives of the Vakataka did not work for themselves. Therefore, they were created by Buddhist monks, from the buildings are 29 accessible today and three pure cultic caves. Inside you can see many murals of the life of Buddha, unfortunately, these are after almost 2100 years in very bad condition. Similarly, some statues of Buddha are preserved. Otherwise, you see the “living caves” or Vihara where the monks had lived.
Day 3 – Aurangabad – Excursion to the Ellora Caves
On this day, head to the Ellora Caves, 30 km away, a complex of 34 Buddhist, Hindu and Jain. The whole complex was knocked out in the 5th and 11th centuries as part of the Dekkan architecture from a more than 2 km long running from southeast to northwest rock face. All buildings were hewn in influential work with oblique propulsion from top to bottom out of the tight rock. The work of the sculptors probably began after the architectural work was mostly completed. This rock wall used to offer excellent protection for hermits or small groups of monks. There is also a Buddha statue in European sitting posture.
Day 4 – End – Fly back to Mumbai or Delhi
This is a perfect Experience in the Ajanta & Ellora Caves. The way has been adapted by us so that you can enjoy everything to the fullest. Of course, you can change the process individually, so it fits your journey. You can start this experience via Mumbai or Delhi. If you are looking for a trip to connect with this experience, it’s worth taking a look at our Luxury India Tours or simply creating your own journey.