AJANTA-ELLORA WITH THE TAJ MAHAL
TOUR DURATION – 08 DAYS
03 NIGHTS AURANGABAD / 02 NIGHTS DELHI / 02 NIGHTS AGRA
DAY 01: AURANGABAD
Upon arrival at Aurangabad, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort for a refreshing break. Whenever you’re ready, venture out to explore the enchanting heritage of Aurangabad. Enjoy your journey through this historic city!
Discover Aurangabad, a city steeped in history and named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, who reigned from 1653 to 1707. It’s a gateway to timeless treasures. Witness the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora, stand in awe of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, explore the mystic Aurangabad Caves, and conquer the formidable Daulatabad Fortress. This city is your portal to an imperial past, where every step leads to the heart of an empire’s legacy.
Embark on a journey through Aurangabad’s rich history, where the Mini Taj, Bibi Ka Maqbara, stands as a testament to love and architectural splendor, surrounded by lush Mughal gardens. Explore the ancient mysteries of the Aurangabad Caves, revealing Buddhist heritage and panoramic city views. Then, step into the past at Daulatabad Fort, “the City of Fortune.” Aurangabad weaves a tale of centuries past, waiting to be uncovered.
DAY 02: AURANGABAD – AJANTA CAVES / AURANGABAD
After breakfast, set off on an enchanting day excursion to the Ajanta Caves.
Ajanta Caves “A Timeless Heritage” Situated just 110 km from Aurangabad, the Ajanta Caves are a remarkable cluster of 32 ancient Buddhist caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These caves, hewn into the cliff’s scarp, house a captivating fusion of Chaityas (chapels) and Viharas (monasteries). Inside these caves, vivid paintings still bear their original colors, narrating the life of Lord Buddha and his previous earthly experiences. The outer walls are adorned with masterful sculptures, making Ajanta Caves a testament to the enduring artistry and spirituality of ancient India.
DAY 03: AURANGABAD – ELLORA CAVES / AURANGABAD
After breakfast, prepare for an enchanting day as you embark on an excursion to the remarkable Ellora Caves.
Unveil the architectural marvel of the Ellora Caves, located just 30 km from Aurangabad. Carved with precision between the 4th and 9th centuries, these caves are a testament to the Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain faiths. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, hewn from a single monolithic structure, showcases intricate rock-cut architecture and boasts a history dating back 1,500 years to the Rashtrakuta dynasty. It stands as one of the world’s most captivating archaeological sites, offering a glimpse into India’s rich heritage and craftsmanship. After you explore the Ellora Caves, make sure to visit the Pithalkora Caves, a true “Sculptural Wonder.” These caves feature intricate sculpture facades that are nothing short of breathtaking, enriching your journey through history and art.
DAY 04: AURANGABAD – DELHI
After breakfast, your transfer to Aurangabad Airport to catch your morning flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort. Then, at your convenience, you can head out for sightseeing and visits. Enjoy your exploration of the vibrant city of Delhi.
Nestled along the Yamuna River, Delhi, India’s capital, is a city of immense historical significance and cultural richness. It boasts UNESCO World Heritage Sites, preserves the British colonial charm, and is home to a myriad of ancient relics and historic wonders. The city seamlessly blends ancient and medieval architecture, boasts captivating museums, inspiring art galleries, lively performing arts, delectable dining options, and bustling markets that infuse life into every corner. Prepare to be enthralled by Delhi’s timeless tapestry of history and culture.
Explore Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Qutub Complex and Humayun’s Magnificent Tomb, and Discover the fusion of tradition, spirituality, and architectural magnificence at Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. A stunning symbol of millennia-old Hindu culture, this masterpiece was built by over 8,000 global volunteers, a testament to human unity and faith. Step into a world where timeless traditions thrive in the modern age. Enjoy a leisurely evening on your own.
DAY 05: DELHI
After breakfast, embark on a captivating journey to discover the heritage treasures of Delhi.
After breakfast, immerse yourself in Delhi’s rich heritage and culture with a unique blend of Walking and Car Tours. Explore the authentic Delhi, designed by those who know it best. As the sun sets, experience the captivating Red Fort Light & Sound Show, where history comes to life against the backdrop of this grand monument.
Step into the enchanting heritage of Shahjahanabad, Delhi’s walled city. Here, history comes to life amidst vibrant markets, colorful shops, charming architecture, exquisite cuisine, and rich traditions. Don’t miss iconic landmarks like the majestic Jama Mosque (Masjid-i Jahān-Numā) and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort (Lal Qila). In the afternoon or evening, venture into New Delhi, the modern counterpart to the former British capital of India. A journey through the contrasts of this city will reveal the rich tapestry of India’s past and its dynamic present.
DAY 06: DELHI – AGRA
(Approximately 210 kilometers, or a 3-4 hour drive)
After breakfast, we will drive to the “Indian heritage city Agra.” Upon arriving in Agra, we will embark on a journey of sightseeing and visits.
Nestled on the serene banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is a global treasure, alluring millions each year to witness the iconic Taj Mahal and explore its historical riches. Known for Mughal architectural mastery, Agra boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Immerse yourself in a tapestry of history, architectural marvels, and artistic heritage, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. Agra is a must-visit destination.
Embark on a heritage journey in Agra, beginning with the iconic Taj Mahal, a world wonder and emblem of India’s rich history. Celebrated as the “Jewel of Islamic Architecture,” it represents the zenith of Mughal design and was honored as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Then, explore the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, which witnessed significant Mughal events, and marvel at the red sandstone beauty known as the “Qila-i-Akbari.” Conclude your day tour with a visit to the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, a Mughal masterpiece from Emperor Jahangir’s era. Housing the cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas and Asmat Begum, parents of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, it’s often dubbed the ‘Baby Taj Mahal’ for inspiring the Taj’s grandeur.
DAY 07: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI / AGRA
Begin your day with a captivating sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a moment of awe and inspiration. Following this breathtaking experience, return to your hotel or resort to rejuvenate and prepare for a day filled with exploration in and around the enchanting city of Agra.
Indulge in the timeless beauty of Sikandra Tomb, where Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s revered rulers, rests eternally. This magnificent mausoleum stands as a testament to his visionary aesthetics, adorned with an enchanting garden lovingly crafted by his son, Emperor Jahangir.
Embark on a captivating journey to Fatehpur Sikri, just a 40-minute drive from the heart of Agra city, known as the “City of Victory.” This UNESCO World Heritage site, conceived by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, serves as an embodiment of Indo-Islamic architectural brilliance. This historic city briefly served as the capital of the Mughal Empire, leaving an indelible mark on Indian urban design with its majestic Mughal architectural style and grand gateways.
DAY 08: AGRA / DELHI
After breakfast, transfer to Agra Airport or continuing your drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International Airport.
Delhi International Airport, situated approximately 210 kilometers away, can be reached comfortably in just 3-4 hours by road travel.