AJANTA & ELLORA CAVES TOURS WITH MUMBAI TOUR

AJANTA & ELLORA CAVES TOURS WITH MUMBAI TOUR

Ajanta & Ellora Caves Tours With Mumbai Tour

From India’s most exciting metropolis and the country’s glamour capital to millennia old caves hiding entire monastery complexes hewn from solid rock. A fascinating glimpse of two sides of the same mysterious coin that is India.This is only a template.Your dedicated Compass consultant will work with you to build a custom holiday experience that is tailor-made to your unique tastes, preferences and interests. A bespoke experience of one of the most fascinating regions of the world…

Activity Sightseeing
Start in Mumbai
End in Mumbai
Group Size 2 -16 pax
Tour type Private Tour
Code ININDIA – 106
Depart Weekly
Price from Contact us

Day 1 : Mumbai Arrival 

Day 2 : Mumbai City Tour ( B )

Day 3 : Mumbai – Elephanta Cave  ( B )

Day 4 : Mumbai – Aurangabad By air Flight : Jet Airways Departure : 1500 hrs Arrival : 1550 hrs ( B )

Day 5 :  Aurangabad Tour ( B )

Day 6 :  Aurangabad Tour ( B )

Day 7 :  Aurangabad – Mumbai – Departure By Air To be announced ( B )

Day 1 : Mumbai Arrival 
A Compass representative shall receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The bustling city of Mumbai is India’s commercial capital and home to Bollywood, the world’s largest movie industry. Originally an archipelago of seven Arabian sea islands, Mumbai gets its name from Mumba Devi, a goddess worshipped by Koli fishermen, the original inhabitants. By the 19th century, reclamation work joined the islands in a narrow promontory that is the Mumbai of today.
A city of contrasts, Maybachs and Ferraris jostle for space on Mumbai roads with the strikingly retro, low-maintenance Premier Padmini cabs, while glitzy malls housing the world’s most desirable brands find themselves hemmed in by buzzing local markets. We shall spend a leisurely evening around Chowpatty beach.Chowpatty Beach – Situated at the end of glittering Marine Drive, Chowpatty is the only beach in central Mumbai. Every evening is a carnival with numerous street food vendors, happily squealing children, the pious taking a dip in the sea at sunset and evening walkers.Overnight stay will be at Mumbai.

Day 2 : Mumbai City Tour ( B )
Breakfast will be at the hotel.Enjoy the sights of Mumbai.Fort – This business district to the North of Kolaba gets its name from an East India Company fort that was dismantled soon after the British won the Maratha wars. In its place, came up grand colonial buildings which give this part of Mumbai its distinctive architectural flavour. Of note is St. John’s Church, dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the 19th century British campaigns at Afghanistan and Sind.Marine Drive is the spectacular crescent of light facing the sea that you may have spotted as your flight landed in Mumbai. This sea-facing promenade runs from Nariman Point to Malabar Hill along the Arabian Sea and is aptly named ‘Queen’s Necklace’. The buildings along the road follow an unmistakable art deco style.The huge arch of Gateway of India is perhaps Mumbai’s best known landmark. This magnificent structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, it was ironically also the point from where the last British ship sailed for England in 1947 after India gained independence. The arch, dramatically illuminated at night, provides a spectacular view from the sea. A flight of steps leads down to the sea where motor launches bob in the water, awaiting tourists for a short cruise. Towards the east of the Gateway of India lies Apollo Bunder, Mumbai’s most popular promenade. The place is abuzz with street vendors and fortune-tellers. Local families come for walks and tourists feed flocks of pigeons in the old dockyard.Flora Fountain/ Hutatma Chowk – With the Roman goddess Flora at its centre, and this fountain was crafted out of Portland stone shipped from England. It is situated at the intersection of three streets and is embellished with carved dolphins, sea shells and mythical figures. The area is now called the Hutatma Chowk or Martyr’s memorial. Victoria Terminus is one of India’s busiest railway stations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It represents a unique amalgamation of Indian and Gothic architectural styles. Its large iron entrance is flanked with stone sculptures of a lion and tiger. The centrepiece is a 160 foot high dome with a statue of a woman with a torch that symbolizes progress. The station featured prominently in the Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire.Mumbai High court – This English Gothic style building was completed in 1878 and was designed by Col. J.A. Fuller, a British engineer. Two life size statues of the Goddess of Mercy and Justice stand atop this building on the western side.Rajabai Clock tower – Mumbai’s Big Ben. Made of locally available Kurla stone, this 280 foot tower is a fusion of Venetian and Gothic styles of architecture. Behind its stunning stained glass windows, the tower houses the Mumbai University library and has been recently restored by conservationists.Hanging Gardens – Built in 1880, this terraced garden on Malabar Hill offers a spectacular view of the city and is a popular picnic spot. It sits atop three reservoirs that supply water to Mumbai city. Overnight will be at Mumbai.

Day 3 : Mumbai – Elephanta Cave  ( B )
After breakfast at the hotel, we proceed for an excursion to Elephanta caves. The Elephanta caves are situated on an island to the North-east of Apollo Bundar. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it gets its name from a giant elephant statue found on the site which now resides in the Jijamata Garden in Mumbai. The Elephanta caves date back to the 6th and 7th centuries. Cut from solid basalt, they depict magnificent figures of Lord Shiva in his various forms. One of the caves features the Ardhanarisvara, a figure bearing both male and female features, representing the masculine and feminine energies that unite to keep the cosmos in balance, somewhat similar to the concept of Yin and Yang. The central cave has a colossal figure of Mahesha Murti, depicting the three faces of Shiva. Overnight stay will be at Mumbai.

Day 4 : Mumbai – Aurangabad By air Flight : Jet Airways Departure : 1500 hrs Arrival : 1550 hrs ( B )

Breakfast will be served at the hotel. The morning is free. You will be transferred to the airport later in the day. Check in at the hotel at Aurangabad. The city of Aurangabad is the gateway to the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Founded in 1610 by Malik Ambar, prime minister of the Nizam, it later became the capital of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb who named it after himself.  Aurangzeb built walls around the city to protect it against Maratha invaders. The city’s most famous landmark is Bibi ka Maqbara, built by Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah in memory of his mother Rabia-al-Daurani. French traveller Tavernier was passing through during its construction and describes how marble slabs for the structure were carried in from faraway Surat on three hundred oxcarts, each pulled by 12 oxen. Bibi ka Maqbara is also know as “The Taj of the Deccan.” Today’s Aurangabad is a buzzing city with multiplexes, malls and pizzerias. The city is famous for Himroo fabric which traces its roots back to the Mughal era. The silk was originally woven with pure gold and silver threads for the royal family.  Overnight stay will be at Aurangabad.

Day 5 :  Aurangabad Tour ( B )
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Proceed for a full day’s sightseeing and excursion to Ajanta Caves.Ajanta caves – Overlooking the Waghora river gorge, within a horseshoe-shaped escarpment, lie thirty extraordinary caves hewn from solid rock. Once inhabited by Buddhist monks and craftsmen who used the caves as monsoon shrines, the Ajanta caves were built in two instalments separated by over 700 years. The older dates back to 2nd and 1st centuries BC while the “younger” was built between the 5th to 6th centuries AD. The dwellings are in two distinct styles – chaitagrihas or prayer halls and viharas or monasteries. Beautiful murals painted in natural colours depicting the Buddha’s life and teachings adorn the walls of the caves.Daulatabad Fort – The elaborate fortifications of the Daulatabad fort – with its layers of protective moats, towers, heavily spiked gates, and a medieval version of a gas chamber to discourage intruders – may appear excessive to the modern eye. But they bear testimony to the successive waves of intruders it survived as it changed hands through the centuries. From the Yadava Kings, the Delhi Sultanate, down to the Mughals. In the words of Emperor Shah Jahan, “No ant or snake can scale it.” The ramparts of the fort offer a magnificent panoramic view of the surroundings. Overnight stay will be at Aurangabad.

Day 6 :  Aurangabad Tour ( B )
Breakfast will be served at the hotel.Proceed for a visit to the Ellora and Aurangabad Caves.Ellora Caves – The Ellora caves are an entire monastic temple complex cut out of solid volcanic rock, the largest of its kind in the world. There are 34 caves in all, of varying antiquity, dated between the 4th and 12th centuries A.D.The oldest 12 are Buddhist, and contain Buddha sculptures, monasteries or viharas, or, as in the case of cave 12, an entire monastic complex complete with Buddha images and shrines scattered over three levels. The next 17 caves are Hindu, of which Cave 16, or Kailasa, occupies pride of place in Ellora. A gigantic multi storied diorama depicting Lord Shiva’s Himalayan abode, with stone guardians, pillars, gates and sculptures depicting gods, mythical beasts as well as scenes from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, Kailasa has no parallel.The Jain Caves (30-34) were the last to arrive and feature shrines to Mahavira as well as various Hindu deities, exquisite sculptures and highly elaborate pillars that set them apart from their predecessors.
Aurangabad Caves are a set of twelve – the oldest dating back to the 2nd Century A.D. – and show a distinct Buddhist lineage featuring chaityagrihas, viharas, as well as exquisite panels and sculptures depicting the Avalokiteshwara and Tara, his consort. Overnight will be in Aurangabad.

Day 7 :  Aurangabad – Mumbai – Departure By Air To be announced ( B )
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Spend the morning at leisure as you await transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Enjoy last minute shopping in Mumbai. After a farewell dinner, proceed to the airport with memories that will last a lifetime.

 


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Price Upon Request
The prices listed below are in US dollars, per person, based on the size of your group.
Prices included:
* Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis at the hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
* All arrival-departure transfers and land transportation using an aircon car exactly as per the itinerary.
* Sightseeing tours along with a local English Speaking Guide and including entrance fee to monuments exactly as mentioned in the Itinerary.Note : it is certainly possible to add in a few more days to your Goa holiday package. In addition to the Leela Resort, on which this holiday is based, we also offer short and long stay packages for a number of other beach resorts in Goa.Price excluded:
• International air ticket to Delhi and from Mumbai
• Personal expenses, Tips, Drinks, Meals, and any other than mentioned in the program

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