On arrival you will be met by our representative
& transferred to hotel, where we will be holding
the rooms on ready occupancy basis. After
traditional welcome check in into hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02 - Mumabai
Enjoy a full day sightseeing of the city of the
dreams. Start your day from the Gateway of India
-one of Mumbai's most famous monuments designed
by George Wittett in the Indo-Saracenic style
with Gujarati and Islamic elements; watch the
devotees pay their respects at the Mahalaxmi
temple, Sidhi Vinayak Temple , Jain temple and
at the tomb of the Muslim saint Haji Ali; see
the magic of Indian history and heritage explode
at the Prince of Wales Museum; take a undersea
walk at the Taraporewala Aquarium and see the
magic of the marine life unfold before your
eyes. Learn about the Zoroastrian burial rites
at the Tower of Silence and see the Christians
celebrate their faith at the innumerable
churches and cathedrals across the city;
important ones being Mount St Mary’s, Aloysius
Church, Mahim Church and St Thomas’ Cathedral.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03: Mumbai/Aurangabad
In the morning, after breakfast we drive to
Aurangabad. After checking in the hotel, we
visit the Daulatabad Fort - an old Hindu Fort
that later became the capital of the Delhi
Sultanate and also of many successive dynasties
in the Deccan. Important monuments within the
fort include the Jami Masjid - now the Bharat
Mata Mandir, the Chand Minar, Elephant Tank and
Chini Mahal or Chinese Palace; the 18th century
Ghrishneshwar Temple- made of spotted red
sandstone, decorative friezes and sculpture
depict a pantheon of Indian gods including
Bhrama, Vishnu, Ganesh, the marriage of Shiva
and Parvati, celestial beings, and even Maratha
heroes. The temple is an important pilgrimage
site for the savities as enshrines a jyotirlinga.
We then go on to visit the tomb of Aurangzeb-
the last great Mogul, in the village of
Khuldabad. His simple tomb remains an eloquent
testament to his staunch faith and Spartan
lifestyle. As per his instructions, the tomb was
built only with the few rupees he had earned by
stitching cloth caps! On his tombstone is
inscribed in elegant Persian calligraphy: "No
marble sheets should shield me from the sky as I
lie there one with the earth.” However the most
noteworthy is the Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, built by
Aurangzeb as a mausoleum to his wife
Rabia-ud-Durrani. Similar in style to the Taj
Mahal, it is also known as the "Mini Taj" and
"The Taj of the Deccan”. Though not as opulent
and majestic as the Taj, the Maqbara is
nonetheless a living testimony of another king’s
love for his wife. The Maqbara stands in the
middle of a spacious and formally planned Mughal
garden with axial ponds, fountains, water
channels, broad pathways and pavilions. and
evening back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04 Ajanta Caves
After breakfast Ajanta Sightseeing
These monuments dating back from 2nd century BC
containing paintings and sculptures are
considered masterpieces of the Buddhist
Religious arts. The monastic composites of
Ajanta consist of Vihara (monastery), Chaitya
(worshiping hall) and Stupa (monuments built
upon relics of Buddha). The Ajanta caves can be
distinguished into two architectural phases,
separated from each other by almost four hundred
years. The first phase coincides with the older
Hinayana school of Buddhist thought where the
Buddha was represented in symbols like a throne,
a set of footprints or the Stupa. Later,
Mahayana sect gave Buddha a human form.
The ancient artists of Ajanta covered the wall
with a layer of mud and cow dung mixed with
straw as a binding medium. This layer was
smoothened by plaster of lime or gypsum. It was
upon this that the painters created their worlds
of colour. The paintings of Ajanta are different
from frescoes. In fresco, paintings were done on
moist wall while in Ajanta, the painting were
done on dry walls. Another amazing fact about
the painting is that they were done in extremely
poor light conditions in the caves.
Cave 1: This was the earliest discovered
cave and has no relation to the chronological
sequence of the caves. This cave has one of the
most elaborate carvings on the facade with
relief sculptures on entablature and fridges.
There are scenes carved from the life of the
Buddha as well as a number of decorative motifs.
The sidewalls antechambers are painted with
murals showing two important episodes from the
Buddha's life. The left wall narrates the story
of Gautama being tempted by Mara just before he
became the Buddha. The right wall depicts the
miracle of Sravasti.
Cave 2: This cave is the adjoining cave. It
is in a better state of preservation though
looks similar as Cave. It is known specifically
for the paintings that have been preserved on
its walls, ceilings, and pillars.
Cave 9: This cave is one of the oldest and
dated back to 1st century BC. This Chaitya has a
vaulted ceiling that was originally supported by
wooden beams. Some of the paintings have
similarities with those of Sanchi, the largest
Stupa in India.
Cave 16: It is one of the most beautiful
caves of Ajanta dating back to 475 to 500AD. Its
antecedents are recorded on an inscription on
the left outer wall. The cave was made for the
use ascetic. Varahadeva, a minister of the
Vakataka king, Harisena, funded the cave.
Cave 17: Apart from an elaborately- carved
doorway, this cave is especially remarkable for
the number of survived murals. The masterpiece
is a panel just behind gateway depicting seven
Buddhas including Maitreya or the Future Buddha.
Directly below the row of Buddhas, is a line of
eight couples in different poses of lovemaking.
Perhaps the most beautiful of all the paintings
of Ajanta is the figure of the dark-skinned
apsaras with a turban like headgear.
Cave 26: This cave is larger than cave 17
but is similar in decoration and arrangement.
The main attraction is the figure of the Buddha
seated in the pralambha-pada position under a
pavilion. And Evening Back hotel
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Ellora
After Breakfast Full Day Ellora Sightseeing.
Ellora consists of 34 monasteries and temples,
extending over more than 2 km. These monuments
date back to 600 to 1000 AD. The 12 Buddhist
(caves 1-12), 17 Hindu (caves 13-29) and 5 Jain
caves (caves 30-34), built in close proximity,
demonstrate the religious tolerance prevalent
during this period of Indian history.
The Buddhist caves were the earliest structures,
created between the fifth and seventh centuries.
These consist mostly of Viharas or monasteries.
A few of these caves have shrines and statuettes
of Buddha, Bodhisattvas and saints. In many of
these caves, sculptors had endeavoured to give
the stone the look of wood.
Buddhist Cave 12 or Tin Tala has a relatively
plain structure with austere pillars and the
sculptured panels are only on the inner walls.
Its historical value lies in the fact that human
hands shaped a three- storied structure from
solid rock with such meticulous skill that even
the floors and the ceiling are even and levelled.
Further 2 Kms along the rock-face are the Jain
caves, the most recent of the lot, having been
excavated between 800-1100AD. Of this Cave 30,
the Chhota Kailasa and Cave 32, the Indrasabha
cave is the most striking. Chhota Kailasa is a
miniaturized version of the stupendous Hindu
Kailasa Temple. However, the masterpiece of the
Jain caves is the two-storied Indrasabha temple
having a huge dhwajastambha (flag cliff) and an
and evening back to Hotel , Overnight stay at
Day 06 : Ellora to Mumbai
After breakfast we drive back to Mumbai