Aurangabad: Steeped in history and Geology | 4th Jan | Saturday | Arrive at Aurangabad | Ellora caves, Dhaulatabad Fort, Grishneshwar temple 5th Jan | Sunday | Day trip to Ajanta 6th Jan | Monday | Discover Aurangabad | Camping Activities at Resort 7th Jan | Tuesday | Gargoti Mineral Museum | Depart via Manmad  

Aurangabad: Steeped in history and Geology


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Key Attractions
History and Culture

30 Slots

₹ 8600.00

3N/4D

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India


What's Included

- A/C Bus for your entire tour
- Accommodation in Non A/C rooms in a resort on Quad sharing basis
- Bf, Lunch and Dinner
- Bonfire, music and activities for 1N
- Entry charges
- Local guide


What's Excluded

- Personal expenditure of any kind
- Any meals not mentioned above


Cancellation Policy

20 days before the event start date: No Refund
20- 50 days before the event start date: 50% Refund
Before 50 days of the event start date: 75% Refund
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Day 1
4th Jan | Saturday | Arrive at Aurangabad | Ellora caves, Dhaulatabad Fort, Grishneshwar temple

Private Vehicle

Resort | 4 sharing basis

All Meals

5:00 am: Pick up from Aurangabad railway station. Transfort to our resort in Aurangabad
6:00 am: Reach the resort. Allot rooms. Freshen up
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Visit Ellora Caves
2:00 pm: Lunch
3:00 pm: Visit the Grishneshwar Temple
4:00 pm: Visit Dhaulatabad Fort. Enjoy sunset from the fort.
7:00 pm: Head back to the resort.
8:00 pm: Dinner
9:00 pm: Time to sleep

ELLORA CAVES
Ellora Caves throw light on the tolerance of the people of ancient India who were ready to accommodate other beliefs and faiths. Ellora Caves are spaced over 2 kilometers and there are 34 caves representing three religions namely Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The monuments date between 600 A.D. and 1000 A.D. All the 34 temples and monasteries were dug adjacent to each other in the walls of a cliff. The first 12 caves are Buddhist Caves and they are the oldest. The next 17 caves are the Hindu Caves. The last 5 caves are Jain Caves. The architectural expertise and the efforts taken by the artisans in constructing buildings out of rocks have no words to admire enough.

GHRISHNESHWAR TEMPLE
Ghrishneshwar Temple belongs to 18th century. It is just half a kilometer from Ellora Caves. The marvelous architecture is awe-inspiring though you cannot hope to see the complete ancient architecture here owing to the damage caused by Aurangazeb. A peaceful place and it is frequented by tourists, as it is one of the twelve Siva temples.

DEVGIRI FORT
Devgiri Fort is situated in the village of Daulat. The massive fort immediately attracts you and has you spellbound the moment you set your eyes on it. The fort was considered to be constructed by Billamraja who ruled Daulatabad during 1187 A.D. The most interesting fact about the fort is that it remained unconquerable throughout. The architectural wonder was built to provide the best defense to the rulers and it was very well achieved, as the fort was never won.


Day 2
5th Jan | Sunday | Day trip to Ajanta

Private Vehicle

Resort

All Meals

07:00 am: Wake up call. Freshen up
08:00 am: Breakfast
09:00 am: Drive to Ajanta caves | 100 kms appx | 3 hrs
12:00 pm: Reach Ajanta. Have lunch.
1:30 pm: Visit & Explore Ajanta caves
5:00 pm: Start towards resort
8:30 pm: Reach resort. Have dinner
9:30 pm: Time to sleep

AJANTA CAVES
Ajanta Caves top the list of favorites when one visits Aurangabad. Declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Ajanta Caves have been visited by tourists from all parts of the world. The mural paintings in Ajanta Caves display unique style that cannot be seen in any part of the world. The paintings depict the events on the life of Buddha and there are illustrations on Buddhist deities. The stunning paintings reveal the skills and artistry of the artists and they effectively narrate the events without the need for words. A lot of researches were undertaken to learn about the mystery behind the life of paintings. The paintings have withstood the test of time and the colors are fresh and glowing.


Day 3
6th Jan | Monday | Discover Aurangabad | Camping Activities at Resort

Private Vehicle

Resort

All Meals

7:00 am: Wake up call
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Aurangabad sightseeing tour.
Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Pitalkhora Caves, Tomb of Aurangzeb
2:00 pm: Lunch
4:00 pm: Head back to our resort.
5:00 pm: Camp activities & some fun time
- Bonfire
- Games
- Stories
8:00 pm: Dinner followed by star gazing
10:00pm: Time to sleep

BIBI KA MAQBARA
Known as the “Mini Taj,” but a charming architectural gem in its own right, this tomb was built by Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah in memory of his mother, Rabia aud Daurani or Dilras Banu Begum, in 1678. The mausoleum was designed and erected by Ata-ullah, architect, and Hanspat Rai, engineer. Ata-ullah was the son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the principal designer of the Taj Mahal. 30 km away, allow up to one hour travel time. Open from 8 to 8 daily.

KHULTABAD
The place is a holy shrine for Muslims. It is a wonderful place surrounded by mountains and it offers scenic view. The city walls constructed by Aurangazeb were ruined and you could see ruins of ancient buildings. The Tombs of Aurangazeb, Khan Jahan’s Lal Bagh and various other Tombs are found here.

PITALKHORA CAVES
You will love the location of Pitalkhora Caves. They are located in the most picturesque setting under the valley. It consists of 14 Buddhist Caves. They are grouped into two sets with the first group consisting of 10 caves and the second group consisting of 4 caves. You can find traces of excellent paintings here. The architecture and sculpture are beyond words.

PANCHAKKI
Panchakki is known as the water mill. This monument is located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, displays the scientific thought process put in medieval Indian architecture. It was designed to generate energy via water brought down from a spring on a mountain. The building, attached to the dargah of Baba Shah Musafir a Sufi saint is located in a garden near the Mahmud Darvaza and consist of a mosque, a madrassa, a kacheri, a minister's house, a sarai and houses for zananas.


Day 4
7th Jan | Tuesday | Gargoti Mineral Museum | Depart via Manmad

Private Vehicle

Stay Not Applicable

All Meals

7:00 am: Wake up call.
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Drive to Gargoti mineral museum | 170 km | 4 hours
1:00 pm: Lunch time
2:00 pm: Visit the museum
6:00 pm: Start for Manmad
8:00 pm: Reach Manmad. Have dinner
9:00 pm: Head off to railway station to catch your connecting train to Hyderabad

GARGOTI MINERAL MUSEUM
The Gargoti Museum is a museum in the town Sinnar near Nashik in Indian state of Maharashtra that houses a collection of natural mineral & gem specimens collected by K.C.Pandey over 40 years. The word "goti" refers to a Marathi word meaning stone or pebble. This is India's 1st & only Gem, Mineral & Fossil Museum.



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