Day 1: Mumbai - Aurangabad
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is free for you to spend at leisure. After lunch you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Aurangabad. On arrival, our representative will escort you to the hotel. Check in, refresh and relax for the day. Aurangabad (meaning "Built by the Throne") is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, a well known Mughal Muslim ruler.This 17th century city has been the Witneess to the rise and fall of many mighty empires that ran across the length and breath of India, especially the Deccan Plateau. Today it is one of the most prominent places in Maharashtra that serves as the ideal base camp to explore the nearby World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.
Day 2: Aurangabad
Today, after an early morning breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion to the Ajanta Caves. These 2000-year-old Caves
in Aurangabad district of Mahrashtra, India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaelogical Survey of Inida as "the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting", which are masterpieces of buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. Rock cut on the horse-shoe shaped cliff of the Sahyardi Hills, this set of 30 Buddhist rock-cut caves for monasteries and chapels are a must visit for their cave paintings and Buddhist art. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Aurangabad.
Day 3: Aurangabad
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for an excursion to the Ellora Caves, another World Heritage Site. Ellora is an archaeological site, 29 km (18 mi) North-West of the city of Aurangabad in the Inidian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta Dynasty. It is also known as Elapura (in the Rashtrakuta literature-Kannada). Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills.Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Inidan history. It is a protected monument under the Archaelogical Survey of India. En route, you can also stopover at the 12th century Daulatabad Fort and check out the lesser known but equally mesmerizing Aurangabad Caves (Buddhist monasteries showcasing influence of Tantric art and architectural style from the 2nd and 6th centuries). Later in the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Aurangabad
Day 4:Aurangabad - Mumbai
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport to board the Jet Airways flight back to Mumbai. On arrival, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of the city of dreams. Visit St John's Church at Mumbai Fort; drive on the classic Marine Drive, click a photograph at the Gateway of India and grab a snack at the Chowpatty Beach. Later visit Flora Fountain at the Hutama Chowk, 18 km long Juhu Beach, and see the sunset as the Mumbai comes to life in the night from the famous 1880's Hanging Gardens in Malabar Hills. After some shopping and eating, drive to the airport for a flight back home or to your onward destination.