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The Ajanta Ellora Aurangabad Tour - 6 Nts / 7 Days

 
 
 
 

Day 1: Departure from Delhi Domestic Airport for the town of Aurangabad. After arrival we check you into a pre-reserved hotel. The day is spent exploring this fascinating town. We visit the shrine of Baba Shah Musafir a saint of those days and Bibi Ka Magbara the mausoleum of Rabia Daurani a wife of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and similar in design to the Taj Mahal.
Later we stop to view an ancient water mill Panchakki that shows the way people ground their grain in those days. Later in the afternoon we drive to the Daulatabad Fort imposingly built on a rocky hill 13 Kms from the town. This was intended to be the new capital of the Tughlak Dynasty of Delhi. However the move failed and it kept being passed on from one Deccan dynasty to another till it was abandoned. Well preserved and retaining the original grandeur and invincible location, Daulatabad Fort gives you an almost uncanny picture of what life must have been like in the 12 th century. Return to your hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 2: Hidden within a fold of the Sahayadri hill ranges and 100 Kms from Aurangabad are the well preserved Ajanta caves which we spend the day exploring. Dating back to the 2 nd Century BC these caves have been described above. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 3: After breakfast we head 15 Kms from town to the elaborately carved rock temples and monasteries of Ellora dating back to 5 th century AD. These have been described above.

Day 4: After breakfast we explore the 2 nd and 6 th century Aurangabad caves just outside the city limits. A definite Tantric influence can be discerned in the architecture and iconography of the nine caves that were once monasteries. Return to your hotel for tea and dinner.

Day 5: We drive you to the airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival we are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The entire day is free for shopping and other personal interests.

Day 6: Drive to Agra city - a 5 hour drive after an early breakfast. In Agra visit the legendary Taj Mahal, the Fort and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri 37 Kms away. In the evening drive back to Delhi and your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 7: The day is free to explore New Delhi with its massive colonial buildings in sandstone and granite today housing Government offices, the India Gate, the Delhi Zoo and the impressive tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun before returning to your hotel for the night. I nternational flights normally leave late at night or very early in the mornings. We transfer you to the airport for your onward flight according to the flight timings.

 


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