AJANTA-ELLORA WITH VIBRANT MUMBAI
TOUR DURATION – 07 DAYS
03 NIGHTS AURANGABAD / 03 NIGHTS MUMBAI
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 – MUMBAI
After breakfast, your transfer to Aurangabad Airport to catch your morning flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival at Mumbai 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 Mumbai.
Mumbai, once Bombay, stands as India’s modern gem, cradled by the Arabian Sea. It’s a city where tradition and progress coalesce, creating a cosmopolitan hub where diverse cultures unite. Mumbai boasts ancient architectural wonders, UNESCO sites, vibrant markets, and beautiful beaches. As the global heart of “Bollywood,” it’s a dynamic metropolis.
Discover the city’s attractions, from the iconic Gateway of India to fascinating museums and vibrant markets, with your evening free for leisure.
DAY 05: MUMBAI
After breakfast, embark on a captivating journey to discover the treasures of Mumbai.
“The Bollywood Tour in the city of Mumbai” immediately conjures images of glitz, glamour, and the enchanting world of Indian cinema. Bollywood’s global influence is undeniable, and it’s fascinating to explore the industry’s behind-the-scenes activities and iconic sites. If you’re eager to delve into the captivating world of Bollywood studios and their off-screen activities, this tour is tailor-made for your curiosity.
Explore Mumbai’s architectural and natural wonders as you visit the Haji Ali Dargah, a stunning 15th-century Indo-Islamic architectural marvel located on a picturesque islet in Worli Bay. Take in the romantic beauty of Marine Drive, where the sunset over the Arabian Sea creates a mesmerizing backdrop for unforgettable moments. Continue to Chowpatty Beach, the heart of the city, to witness breathtaking sunsets, enjoy its sandy shores, and immerse yourself in a lively carnival atmosphere with local delicacies, all while experiencing the quintessential Mumbai charm.
DAY 06: MUMBAI
After breakfast, set out to explore the vibrant city of Mumbai. Evening free for leisure at your pace
Explore Mumbai’s rich heritage through its iconic landmarks, including the Elephanta Caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CST). Be sure to capture memorable family photos, and interestingly, the majestic CST ranks as the second-most photographed building in India, right after the Taj Mahal. Dive into the UNESCO-listed Victorian Gothic and Art Deco ensembles, along with an abundance of Indo-British architectural heritage, making your visit truly enriching.
Juhu Beach, a haven for those seeking a romantic escape, promises an unparalleled experience. There’s no greater romance than watching the crimson sun and the luminous orange sky on this breezy shoreline with your loved one. It’s undeniably a spectacular destination in the vibrant city of Mumbai.
DAY 07: MUMBAI
After breakfast, check out from your hotel/resort. If you have some time available, you can opt for optional sightseeing or visits in Mumbai. Later, your transfer to Mumbai Airport for your onward journey.