- Aurangabad & Mumbai Caves
6 Days / 5 Nights
Destinations Covered : Mumbai / Aurangabad
Mumbai - Arrival
Arrive at Mumbai airport or station. Transfer to
Check in and relax for the evening.
Mumbai's skyline is recognisable
in advertisements and pictorial depictions
stating the country's technological and
financial hub. It's an imposing skyline. The
contours are hazy but the residents don't seem
to mind. They love this place and this
all-encompassing love is infectious.
What are the few nail on the head characterisics
of the city? A walk on Marine Drive, The Gateway
of India, Warden Road, University Buildings,
Fort, Townhall, Mumbai High Court to name a few.
The waves splash against the embankment
establish an essence of Mumbai too, much in the
same genre as the skyline. The pub and bar
scenario here is quite state of the art and
ranges from the sophisticated ones in the five
stars to the hip and trendy ones in Colaba and
the suburbs. Mumbai is also known as the
Hollywood of India or Bollywood (from the names
Bombay and Holywood) and is the biggest film
industry of the world.
Overnight will be at Mumbai.
Day 02: Mumbai - Aurangabad
Flight : 9W 3103 (Jet Airways)
Aircraft : ATR
Departure : 0715 hr
Arrival : 0810 hr
Breakfast will be at hotel or onboard the
Relax in the morning or visit the local market.
Transfer to airport for flight to Aurangabad.
Reach and check in at hotel.
city of Aurangabad was founded in
1610, on the site of a village, Khirki by Malik
Ambar - the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah
II . When Fateh Khan, Malik Ambar's son turned
successor in 1626, he gave the city the name 'Fatehpur'.
Later in 1653, when Prince Aurangzeb became
Viceroy of the Deccan, he made the city his
capital and called it Aurangabad. Aurangzeb
added the walls that enclose the central part of
the city in 1686 in order to withstand attacks
from the Marathas. There are four principle
gateways to the city - the Delhi Darwaza, the
Jalna Darwaza, the Paithan Darwaza and the Mecca
Darwaza. Nine secondary gateways also formed a
part of the defensive system of this city.
Aurangabad district has always been a prominent
region on the Deccan plateau. Having been
inhabited since the Stone Age, it has a long
artistic and cultural history - to which several
dynasties have made major contributions over the
years. Maurya rule marked the arrival of
Buddhism in Maharashtra.
Aurangabad today is a bustling city of
Maharashtra with diverse big and small
industries, fine silken textiles, and exquisite
hand woven brocades of silver and gold fabrics,
Himroo of world frame. To scholars and lovers of
art and culture the city is more familiar as the
gateway to the ancient caves of Ajanta and
Ellora, both famous as treasure houses of Indian
art and sculpture.
Overnight will be at Aurangabad.
Day 03 : Aurangabad
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
Proceed for a full day sightseeing with
excursion to Ajanta Caves.
Ajanta caves: Nestling in an inner
fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100 km from
Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horse-
shoe, are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta. The
Caves date from the 2nd century BC. Discovered
in 1819 by a group of British army officers,
these startling achievements took around 600
years to create. Carved with little more than a
hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of
Buddhist monastic orders features several 'chaityas'
(chapels) and 'viharas' (monasteries). The
exquisite wall and ceiling paintings, panels and
sculptures of Buddha's life are famous
throughout the world as the earliest and finest
examples of Buddhist pictorial art.
Return to Aurangabad and overnight will be at
Day 04 : Aurangabad
Breakfast will be at the hotel.
Proceed for a visit to the Ellora Caves,
Daulatabad Fort and Aurangabad Caves.
Caves: Impressive in their own right is
the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora
that lie just 30 km away from Aurangabad city.
In all, there are 34 cave temples, 12 Mahayana
Buddhist caves (550-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves
(600-875 AD) and 5 caves of the Jain faith
(800-1000 AD) 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord
Shiva, were recently discovered. Kailash Temple
(cave16), the central attraction at Ellora, is
the most remarkable. Chiseled by hand from a
single massive rock, it includes a gateway,
pavilion, courtyard, vestibule, sanctum
sanctorum and tower which bear testimony to the
excellence of Dravidian art. It is believed to
have taken 7000 laborers, working in continuous
shifts and 150 years to build. Ever since the
first European visitors in 18th Century, Ellora
has attracted chroniclers, antiquarians,
scholars and in more recent years, ever-
increasing number of tourists.
Aurangabad Caves: The almost
forgotten caves of Aurangabad lie just outside
the city. Excavated between the 2nd and 6th
century AD, they reflect Tantric influences in
their iconography and architectural designs. In
all there are nine caves which are mainly viharas (monasteries).
The most interesting among these are Caves 3 and
7. The former is supported on 12 highly ornate
columns and has sculptures depicting scenes from
the legendary 'Jakata' tales. Cave 7 with its
detailed figures of bejeweled women also has a
dominating sculpture of a 'Bodhisattva' praying
Daulatabad Fort: Once known as 'Devgiri',
this magnificent 12th century fortress stands on
a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. It was given
the name Daulatabad, the 'City of Fortune', by
Muhammad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. Initially a
Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of
several dynasties in the Deccan. One of the
world's best preserved fort of medieval times,
surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet
displays the character that made it invincible.
This is a fortress that was conqusubterranean
passages lie coiered only by treachery. A series
of secret, quizzical, led like a python amidst
the fort. Here flaring torches were thrust upon
an unwary enemy. Or hot oil poured down his
patih, as he deliberated n the labyrinth. Also
the heat from a brazier was blown into the
passage by a process of suction suffocating the
entire garrison within. The fort itself lies in
the body of an isolated hill; the steep hill -
sides at the base falling so sharply to the moat
that no hostile troops could scale the height.
The moat, 40 ft. deep with mechanical
drawbridges teemed with crocodiles. A
5-kilometer sturdy wall, artificial scarping and
a complicated series of defenses made Daulatabad
impregnable. The 30-meter high Chand Minar
(Tower) built much later with 3 circular
galleries had a defensive and religious role in
0vernight will be at Aurangabad.
Day 05 : Aurangabad - Mumbai
Flight : 9W 3104 (Jet Airways)
Aircraft : ATR
Departure : 0840 hr
Arrival : 0935 hr
Breakfast will be at hotel or onboard the
Reach Mumbai and transfer to hotel. Proceed for
an excursion to the Elephanta Caves.
On your way back, proceed to see the interesting
sites of Mumbai.
Overnight will be in Mumbai.
Day 06 : Mumbai - Home
Breakfast will be at hotel
Transfer in time to international airport for
Tour Will Include
Accommodation at suggested hotels
Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the
air-conditioned car (toyota muv) transfers
speaking local guide for all mentioned tours
at the airports on arrival / departure
breakfasts at hotels
applicable taxes and service charges
ellora caves excursion with guide
caves visit at mumbai
fare, etc. Included in excursions
monument entrance fees included
flights as per supplement
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