We visit to these amazing cave architectures of ancient India. The Ellora caves are a series of 34 caves built by monks of three religions. Caves 1-12 are Buddhist caves; caves 16-30 are hindu caves; and the last ones are jain caves. They were built between 6th and 12th century AD, I believe. The biggest and the most spectacular of them is cave 16, a shiva temple etched in a single rock. This also happens to be the biggest monolith cave in the world. One look at it and you are awed by its gigantic size and grandeur
The Ajanta caves are a series of 30 Buddhist caves. They were built between 2nd and 7th century AD. However, they remained undiscovered till about 1850 (I forget the exact year) when an English soldier in the army of Nizam of Hyderabad accidentally bumped into them.
Day 01: Arrival /
and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and
escort you to your car.
Whilst the room keys and check-in
is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and
hand over the documents to you.
Welcome to India, or as we
say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank
you for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
at Fariyas Hotel
Day 02: Mumbai /
Aurangabad (9W 113 - 0715 / 0800 Hours)
Morning transfer to
the airport to connect your flight to Aurangabad
and assistance upon arrival and transfer to your Hotel Q.I. Meadows
After wash & change proceed on an excursion to Ellora
caves, which were carved during 350 A.D. to 700 A.D. these
structures represent the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and
Jainism. These caves 34 in number are the finest example of cave
temple architecture housing elaborate facades and exquisite
interiors. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the
centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.
Overnight at Q.I. Meadows (Deluxe Room)
03: Aurangabad Caves Tours - Delhi (IC 888 - 1720 / 2055 Hours)
this morning for an excursion of the Ajanta Caves.
Ajanta caves depict the stories of Buddhism spanning from the period
from 200 B.C. and 650 A.D. These caves were discovered in the 19th
century by some British Officers who had been on a tiger hunt. These
29 caves were built by Buddhist monks using simple tools like hammer
& chisel. These caves were the retreats of Buddhist monks who
taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the
ancient seats of learning. The elaborate and exquisite sculptures
and paintings depict stories from Jataka tales. The caves also house
images of nymphs and princesses.
Evening transfer to the
airport to connect your flight to Delhi
assistance upon arrival and transfer to your Hotel Palace Heights
Overnight at Palace Heights
04: Delhi - Agra Taj Mahal Holidays
a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi,
Visiting such sights as Bahai Temple, Humayun's Tomb (1586), the
Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the
Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of
weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy
area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the
heart and main shopping district of the capital.
cross over to the Old Delhi. The capital of Muslim India between the
17th and 19th centuries, Old Delhi seems somewhat anachronistic as
compared to New Delhi. It draws one through congested roads and
lanes, interesting mosques, monuments and forts relating to its
chequered history. Our tour includes visit to the Jamma Mosque
(1650) and drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly
translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and
vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi, on to the Red Fort
(1639-1648 built by Shah Jehan the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra)
to view the inlaid and carved Royal Chambers, on to Raj Ghat and
nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and
thereafter Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were cremated.
we will drive to Agra, along one of India's finest freeways
arrival check into your hotel Howard Park Plaza
at Howard Park Plaza
Day 05: Agra Tour Packages - Delhi
Delhi - Departure
is the city of the Taj Mahal, perhaps the most photographed monument
in the world. However, there is a degree of enigma about the Taj.
Once you hear about a building so much and once you see so many
pictures of a building your expectations are real high; and this is
the enigma about the Taj Mahal. No matter how many pictures you have
seen or no matter how high your expectations are the Taj never lets
you down - the unparalleled glory and beauty of the building
surpasses beyond all human imaginations. At sunrise we visit one of
the greatest sights of one's lifetime - Taj Mahal. Before departure
for the monument we shall be served tea/coffee and cookies so that
our eyes open real wide to behold this breathtaking sight. A dawn
visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused
by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on
this brilliant white marble building.
After a leisurely
breakfast, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings
inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian
architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the
courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the
story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent
buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects.
transfer to Delhi airport to connect your onward flight back home / Scheduled Destinations.